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Cairo Citadel (Citadel of Saladin)
Cairo Citadel (Citadel of Saladin)

Cairo Citadel (Citadel of Saladin)

Midan al-Qala'a, Cairo

The Basics

There’s a significant charge to enter the Cairo Citadel, often known simply as the Citadel. Admission covers access to all the sights inside, including the Alabaster Mosque, the Al-Nasir Muhammad Mosque, the Suleiman Pasha Mosque, the Egyptian Military Museum, and the Carriage Museum.

Most travelers visit the Citadel as part of an Old Cairo tour, many of which include such Islamic Cairo highlights as the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, and the Mosque of Ibn Tulun. Many also add Coptic Cairo signature sights, such as the Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.

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Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
$25.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Achmed is a great guide
Really nice tour with highlights of Cairo. Our tour guide Achmed was really nice and has a lot of knowledge about all the sights. Absolutely recommend him as a tour guide! We had a nice day with my friends group.
Julian_H, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

star-5
Great day with an experienced guide
Ivy_d, Jul 2022
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
Issam was great and experienced guide who made sure to show us the best of the Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar. We had a great day!
star-5
Amazing full day tour
Levi_M, Jul 2022
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
It was a great experience! Wonderful way to see the city and know more about the history of Egypt!!!
star-4
Great tour guide. Museum tour a bit too short
Kollsman_C, Jul 2022
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
The tour was great. Mohammed Is a really good lad. We learnt a lot about citadels through the mosques visits and museum. We took down one star because the museum tour was a tad bit too short.
star-5
Just amazing!
petruta_i, Jun 2022
Cairo City Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old market of Khan Kkalili
This tour had us speechless! Would highly recommend; Nahed, our tour guide, was amazing and ready to answer all our questions!
star-5
The trip was very...
Sharon_R, Jun 2022
Cairo day tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old Cairo
The trip was very informative. Akmed Jackson was really knowledgeable and respectful. This is a must do trip.
star-5
Nice tour
Raychel_H, May 2022
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
This was a nice tour of some sights in Cairo. Our guide Khalid was nice and knowledgeable. Worth it if you want to learn about some background about items in the museum and to visit the market. The lunch was tasty and in a nice restaurant.
star-5
The best Khalili Market tour in Egypt
Enzo_B, Jun 2022
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
Fantastic tour, both Essam and Mohammed were great. Essam is a encyclopaedia of knowledge in the Museum and the Citadel. Highly recommend this tour if you doing the markets as they don’t take you from friends stalls to stall and most importantly you are taken to the Main Street with the mosques and they are explained in detail.
star-5
Excellent service
Lubomir_P, Apr 2022
Cairo City Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old market of Khan Kkalili
Mohamed was very knowledgeable on all Egyptian history facts. He spent enough time to provide the details we wanted to know. I highly recommend him.
star-5
Highly recommended
Tmea_T, Mar 2022
Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Old Cairo Tour
It was a nice trip with a very professional guide. He thought us a lot about the history of Egyipt and about islamic and coptic cairo. He also gave us shopping advice and added a stop to the tour upon request. Highly recommended.
star-5
Awesome Citadel Tour
Dennis_M, Feb 2022
Private Tour in Cairo Citadel
The Citadel is really awesome (in the true sense of the word) and a sight that really should not be missed while in Cairo. The Mohammad Ali mosque (also called the Alabaster Mosque) is fabulous and the views from the hilltop are great. Nour gave us a wonderful tour, providing a lot of terrific history and stories along the way. She was punctual and the driver was very good. Really glad we went on this tour!
star-4
Recommend
yrnzyvcfvb, May 2022
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
Good trip for first day through Cairo. Gets you to all the interesting spots and must sees in the city.
star-5
Can’t go wrong with Emo Tours
Wendy_C, Jun 2022
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
We went with EMO Tours and Ahmed Jackson was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and made our day. So much so we request him for every tour. Every driver that we had was awesome. The food for lunch was perfect. You can’t wrong booking with Emo tours especially with Ahmed Jackson as your guide.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Cairo Citadel is a must for history buffs and architecture fans.

  • Military-minded kids will love the cannons, planes, and tanks on display at the Egyptian Military Museum.

  • On a clear day, views stretch across Cairo as far as the Giza pyramids.

  • It’s possible to visit the Citadel in a wheelchair and look at the exteriors of the buildings. Most attractions are not accessible, and curbs generally lack ramps.

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How to Get There

The Cairo Citadel stands atop Mokattam Hill in Old Cairo, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Tahrir Square. It’s a long way from the nearest metro station, and Cairo’s bus network is hard to use unless you speak and read Arabic, so many travelers visit on a tour that includes transport.

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When to Get There

The Citadel is open from morning to late afternoon seven days a week. Note that the mosques close for prayers at Friday lunchtime, and museums may not always be open. Visit outside the Islamic weekend (Friday and Saturday) for a less crowded experience, and avoid the main Islamic holidays.

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Who Was Saladin Al-Ayubbi?

Born in Tikrit, in modern-day Iraq, Saladin Al-Ayubbi was a 12th-century Muslim general and political leader who founded the Ayubbid dynasty. He captured Jerusalem from Christian Crusaders, ruled justly and fairly, and enjoyed a chivalric rivalry with Richard the Lionheart, king of England. Many Middle Eastern Muslims still consider him a hero today.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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