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Old Cairo (Misr Al-Qadima)
Old Cairo (Misr Al-Qadima)

Old Cairo (Misr Al-Qadima)

Free admission
Old Cairo, Cairo

The Basics

Old Cairo will attract visitors wanting to immerse themselves in the city’s classical and medieval history. At its core is the complex of Coptic Cairo, whose sites include the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Abu Serga Church and the Coptic Museum, and Roman fortress.

Many Cairo city tours concentrate solely on the Coptic quarter, sometimes teaming it with outlying Christian sites such the Cave Church at Mokattam. Most focus on landmarks such as the Hanging Church, Abu Serga, and Ben Ezra, Cairo’s oldest synagogue. To see Old Cairo and widen your net further on the same day, pick a tour that also covers Islamic Cairo’s sights, such as the Citadel and Khan El-Khalili bazaar, or modern Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Other options include Old Cairo tours that add a visit to the Egyptian Museum or a Nile dinner cruise.

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Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
$25.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing tour
We booked the tour at the last minute, but our guide and driver showed up for us and the tour was well organised. The tour was very interesting. We enjoyed the old churches more than the cave church overall. The history and architecture of Coptic Cairo is extraordinary. Our guide, Yusuf, was very knowledgeable and prepared
Nazrana_S, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

star-5
Great tour of holy sites
Aaron_J, May 2022
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
This was a fun tour that brought us to so many historical holy sites. Our driver and guide were both amazing. Our guide wend above and beyond to explain the significance of each site. Highly recommend!
star-4
Awesome tour. The cave...
Lucas_R, May 2022
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
Awesome tour. The cave church is amazing. Nice opportunity to see a different side on Egyptian culture.
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
Mimo and Zimo are the best!
Fara_H, Nov 2021
All Inclusive 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour
Great guide and driver duo - Mimo and Zimo, showed us the best of Cairo safely, efficiently and with a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommend!
star-5
Very pleased
MARCELA_Z, Dec 2019
All Inclusive 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour
I’m very pleased with our tour. Rasha was always very nice and with good actitud. We decided not go to a some stores and we added a boat tour. They were very flexible and there was no problem doing those changes. We are very picky with the food and both lunch we really enjoy it. They were always on time. The shuttle was very clean and we were able to leave a backpack and jackets there.
star-5
An excellent exposure to the Coptic Christian Era of Cairo with a good Egyptian meal!
Johanna_T, Jan 2022
Private Tour Visit Egyptian Museum Old Cairo & Khan Khalili Bazaar
We wanted to become familiar with the "more recent" history of Christian Coptic Cairo, so this tour began at the Hanging Church and the Greek Orthodox and ended with the Church Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. The Khan El Khalili Bazaar allowed us the chance to shop for a scarf and cartouches for each of our boys. Our guide and driver whisked us through crowds, provided history and an Islamic perspective of their city (only upon our request), as well as introducing us to delicious dishes and teas. The Egyptian Museum is massive but with our guide's help we could understand the timelines and context for the very important works displayed. I'd always wanted to see the Tutankhamen Exhibit. Because the Museum was not too crowded, we could take our time. We added a trip to the Alabaster Mosque for a view out over Cairo and it's beauty.
star-5
awesome lesson and experience!!!
PatriciaStrasser, Jun 2021
Cairo day tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old Cairo
awesome experience w ayman and soulean. we covered a lot of history and it was a very pleasant tour. we even stopped by papyrus factory which was the cherry on top. very complete tour even in the heat. they really take care of you and go with your pace. i very much recommend this. it will immediately submerge u in the culture! a must!
star-5
Tour guide was great and informative.
Scott_K, Oct 2021
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
It was very cool to see the extensive history of the churches. Impact of multiple civilizations. And the journey just to get to the Cave Church was fascinating and illuminating.
star-5
Day Tour of Cairo
Gail_J, Nov 2019
Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Old Cairo
Horus was an excellent service and the guide we had was outstanding. She was extremely knowledgeable and personable. My head was stuffed with information about Coptic Cairo, the Mosque, the old city and the museum. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Very good!
Rubens F, Aug 2019
Private Tour Visit Egyptian Museum Old Cairo & Khan Khalili Bazaar
Maged is an experienced and focused guide and we loved (my wife and I) the tour. The driver, Mustapha, was also great. We recommmend!! Rubens & Vera
star-5
Must see!
Jon_H, Jul 2021
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
It was fascinating to learn so much about the history of christianity in Egypt. Essam was a fantastic, friendly guide. Thank you!
star-5
Do not miss this!
Jerry_R, Jul 2021
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
Wow! What a great job by Mazen to tell us all the stories and illustrations of these places. It was a very special day that we will never forget.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old Cairo is a must-see for history and culture buffs and first-time visitors to Cairo.

  • Choose to go on a tour with a guide to help you navigate and cover the must-sees.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for lots of steps and uneven surfaces.

  • Wear sunscreen: Some of the sights are outdoors and unshaded.

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How to Get There

Old Cairo is located in the southeastern part of town and is best reached by cab or on a tour that provides transport between the sights. Alternatively, take the metro to the Mar Girgis stop, just across the road from the Hanging Church and Coptic Museum.

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When to Get There

Old Cairo is perfect for exploring year-round, although it’s wise to visit early for the cooler morning temperatures—the sites are generally open from morning to afternoon, with some open from early morning. While the area is less hectic than other parts of the city, going early will also help beat any buildup of crowds.

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Things Not to Miss in Old Cairo

Coptic Cairo’s sights lie close to each other, inside what was once the Roman fortress of Babylon and framed by palm-dotted walkways. This means you can hop between them with ease, seeing everything from the Hanging Church—named for being built atop the fortress—Abu Serga, the Coptic Museum, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue back-to-back.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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