Full Day at the Cairo Museum
Duration: Full Day
Egypt is full of enriching cultural experiences, but this full day tour at the Egyptian Museum is one of the most fascinating. Marvel at the wealth of ancient treasures here, a testament to ancient Egypt’s grand era of wealth and splendour. You will also visit the historic Citadel of Saladin and its famous Mohamed Ali Mosque, and there will be free time to browse the famous Khan El Kalily Bazar at the end of the day. This exciting day of discovery will open your eyes to Egypt’s rich culture and heritage.
Beginning in the centre of Cairo, our first stop of the tour is the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, otherwise known as Cairo Museum; famous for its awe-inspiring collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Over 120,000 objects are housed here, ranging from the prehistoric era to the Greco-Roman period, including statues, jewellery, written documents, tomb equipment, furniture and many more relics of this wealthy and powerful period. Museum highlights include the treasures from the Tomb of Tutankhamen and his famous Golden Mask; the collection of royal mummies, which include many famous pharaohs such as Rhamses II, and a collection of beautiful Egyptian jewellery, much of which was originally buried in the ancient royal tombs.
We then proceed to the Citadel of Saladin, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cairo. Dominating Cairo's skyline, this spectacular stone fortress was built by King Salah ad-Din in the 12th century in order to protect the old city of Cairo, and it remains in excellent condition today. Situated high on a hill, the castle offers magnificent views of Cairo, including the Pyramids of Giza on a clear day. Visitors have the freedom to explore the citadel, which mainly consists of walled enclosures, watchtowers and gates. Inside the walls, however, lies a splendid complex of historic buildings, museums and mosques, including the impressive Mohamed Ali Mosque which is also known as Alabaster Mosque.
After lunch and refreshments you can enjoy free time to browse the colourful Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Egypt’s most famous market. Soak up the sights, smells and bustling atmosphere of this traditional bazaar whilst you try haggling with the merchants for bargain prices. A wide range of interesting gifts, souvenirs and general goods can be found here, including local handicrafts, essential oils, perfume, jewellery, water pipes, leather and many more interesting items. Exploring Cairo’s exotic treasures is an experience not to be missed during your holiday in Egypt.
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