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Half-Day Tour – Saladin Citadel, Sultan Hassan Mosque, and Al-Rifa’i Mosque

Created with Sketch. Greater Cairo, CAI, Egypt
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Start your day tour by visiting the medieval fortress of Salah El-Din Citadel, which overlooks Cairo from one of the high tops of El-Mokattam, evoking the memory of its great founder and the beautiful Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali.
Then scout the pearl of Islamic architecture in Cairo, visit Sultan Hassan mosque built between 1356 and 1363 by Cairo’s Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan, made to be a mosque and a school for the Islamic doctrines.
Then visit Al-Rifa’i Mosque. The building is located directly opposite the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, which dates from around 1361. It was architecturally conceived as a complement to the older structure and where the ex-royal family members are entombed and the Shah of Iran.


  • The Saladin Citadel.
  • The Mohammed Ali Alabaster Mosque.
  • The Sultan Hassan Mosque.
  • The Al-Rifa'i Mosque.


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Tour Plan
Tour Plan

Geoota Travel's professional and friendly licensed tour guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby.
Today's central visit is to the Citadel of Salah El-Din & The Alabaster Mosque. Al-Nasser built the citadel (the victorious) Sallahuldin the Ayyubid in 1176 AD as a stronghold defense castle to stop the Crusader's attacks on Northern Africa; the location of the fort was genius; it served its purpose.
After the decline of this dynasty, the Mamluks ruled Egypt and were followed by the Ottoman dynasty head. Sultan Mohamed Ali took care of the citadel, brought life back to the fort, and built his great mosque (Alabaster Mosque) on top of the same engineer's citadel (Yusuf Bushnaq) who built the blue mosque in Istanbul early 19th century.
Then visit Sultan Hassan mosque & Al-Rifa'i mosque below the citadel cliff; two of Egypt's grandest mosques are found. They look alike even though one is built during the reign of the Mamluk Sultan Al-Nasser Hassan. Those mosques go by the fourth pyramid of Egypt due to its excellence in limestone usage, facing a nearly 400 years younger mosque started by Hoshiyar Qadin (Lady Khushyar), the wife of Ibrahim Pasha, son of Sultan Mohamed Ali. The lady's grave and tombs of the ottoman kings (King Farouk I, Khedive Ismail) and her grandchildren are all buried here at Al-Rifa'i mosque (Royal Mausoleum of Muhammad Ali's family).
The Empress, Farah Diba, mother of Reza Pahlavi II, former Crown Prince of Iran, regularly visits the Shah of Iran tomb, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, accompanied by Mrs. Jihan Sadat, the late President Mohamed Anwar Sadat's wife.
The driver will be waiting to take you back at the end of the tour.


  • Pick up/Drop off services; Round Trip Transfers From/To your hotel.
  • Private transportation by a modern air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Specialized Bilingual Egyptologist licensed tour Guide.
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned above in the itinerary.
  • Mineral water on board the vehicle during the tour.
  • A shopping tour in Cairo.
  • All taxes & service charges.
  • Lunch meal of good quality will serve in a local restaurant.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Drinks & Personal Expenses.
  • Tips and Gratuities.
  • Additional optional activity Services.

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Greater Cairo, CAI, Egypt


A. When and where does the tour start/end?
Your tour will start/conclude in your hotel as its private daily tour for approximately 04 hours from 08.00 AM till 01.00 PM.
B. Do you arrange an entrance inside all Saladin Citadel Museums?
Yes, this tour visits the Saladin Citadel Complex. However, some clients who wish to enter the museums, especially the Military Museum (against charge), should indicate booking to pick them up earlier and purchase tickets directly on site.
C. Do you arrange airport transfers?
Private airport transfers are when you and your travel companions order pre-booked transportation to your destination. Airport transfer fees usually start at about $10 per person one way. In other words, it is not in this tour fare; you can expect to pay at least an additional $20 per person for transportation to and from the airport. Typically, you are met at Cairo airport by a Geoota Travel driver & Guide holding signs with names outside of the arrival hall's baggage claim.


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