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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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All Inclusive 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour
All Inclusive 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour
$67.30 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Mimo and Zimo are the best!
Great guide and driver duo - Mimo and Zimo, showed us the best of Cairo safely, efficiently and with a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommend!
Fara_H, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

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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.
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
Absolutely top-notch
Jennifer_D, Jan 2020
All Inclusive 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour
I cannot recommend this tour enough! I have traveled to 33 countries by myself and this is absolutely one of the best tours I have ever booked! Manar was the most knowledgeable tour guide I have ever met, not to mention the friendliest person. Would HIGHLY recommend her and this tour for future travelers. Even better than described!
star-5
Interesting trip
Mamdouh_A, Jun 2021
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
It was a nice trip with our guide Essam. He is very kind and told much interesting informations about the places what we visited. Agam, the driver is also a great man.
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
Coptic churches
bgugiu, Feb 2020
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
Yasser took us to the Coptic cave churches and some Old churches of apocryphal fame. Interesting and enjoyable. On the way you will see Cairo’s garbage neighborhood, where the recycling takes place.
star-5
Amazing tour to see the highlights on Cairo
Dominic_D, Jan 2020
All Inclusive 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour
We had a great time on our two day Cairo tour. Day 1 was the pyramids/desert activities and day 2 was inside Cairo (mosques, museums, and bazaar). Our tour guide was Amina - she was knowledgeable and very kind. Our group was four adults - definitely recommend!
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COPTIC CIRO
Angie_L, Jan 2020
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
Fabulous tour, the cave churches were unbelievably beautiful . Our guide was friendly and informative.
star-5
Cairo at Its Best
NorthStar449424, Dec 2019
All Inclusive 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour
We were treated as special guests from first contact. Ibrahim was polite, respectful, fun and so very knowledgeable about Egypt and it's history. He listened to what was important to us, found us great examples of local food and made us feel welcome in his country. And he is an excellent photographer! Highly recommend this personal tour.
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Solo Egypt
Angie_K, Nov 2019
All Inclusive 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour
I was scared to go on my first solo trip but I had such a wonderful, stress-free time with Ibrahim. He was so knowledgeable in many things and very patient with my questions. He also took amazing pictures and texted me even when our tour was over for the day to make sure I felt comfortable and everything was okay. He definitely made me feel welcome and I felt like I was traveling with a smart friend, not a tour guide. Highly recommended!!

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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