We'll dive straight into Egypt's medieval past as we walk the streets of the old Fatimid City. Starting where the two great palaces of the caliphs stood in the 900s, we'll work our way through time into the 1800s. You'll explore mosques, minarets, and fountains. We'll see handicrafts, traditional art, and the glorious architecture of Egypt's medieval capital. If you enjoy yourself and sign up for a second day, we can extend the tour and visit the citadel from which Egypt's ruler commanded the city and Coptic (Christian Cairo) as well. A day or two-day tour (depending on your choice) will give you exposure to Cairo's incredible past with insight into its present-day.
I came to Cairo ten years ago to study Arabic and fell in love with the city and its history. I really love sharing this special place with others. For years, I have personally taken different people into the Islamic and medieval parts of Cairo and explored with them the fascinating art, architecture, and cityscape that make Cairo's past so unique. When I'm not out exploring myself, I teach classes at the American University in Cairo and work hard to finish my own PhD research project on Egypt's cultural production in the 1600s.
Light snacks and water We'll stop for light snacks and water along the way.
Entry for historic sights
To and from the meet-up Mostly using Uber.
We'll be exploring the Islamic city and doing a lot of walking, depending on your choice of tour. This area is the historic core of the city. It is charming, chaotic, and a bit dirty but it is the heart of Cairo's history. The experience should be an adventure you won't forget. I'll be taking you into mosques and showing you buildings that aren't on your average tour.
We'll be walking a lot, wear comfortable shoes!
Walking in the traditional city can be exhausting, dusty, and a bit dirty. If you haven't been to a place like Cairo, the experience can overwhelm. But it's worth it and something you'll never forget.
Explore Islamic Cairo with a historian