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Ben Ezra Synagogue used to be a Christian place of worship by the name of El-Shamieen Church and according to a legend, the building was built on the exact spot where Moses was found as a baby in his basket. However, when the Coptic Christians owning it weren’t able to pay the annual taxes imposed by the Muslim rulers any longer, they had to sell the church. It was sold to Abraham Ben Ezra, who purchased the building in 882 AD for 20,000 dinars and turned it into a Jewish synagogue.

The synagogue became a place where North African Jews congregated for major festivals and famous rabbis came to worship on their visits to Cairo. Then, during a restoration in 1890, the most famous and diverse Geniza in the world was found. In an empty space below the roof, roughly 300,000 priceless manuscripts were hidden away, a collection that is now known as the Cairo Geniza. The manuscripts have long since been transferred to different libraries, but visitors to the synagogue will still be able to visit this place of historical importance and learn about Coptic and Jewish Cairo. In fact, the Ben Ezra Synagogue is the most visited Jewish site in the city and surprises visitors with the beautiful geometric and floral patterns in the Turkish style.

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Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo

Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo

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Visit Cairo’s religious landmarks on a private tour to the city’s most important Coptic, Islamic, and Jewish places. Learn how the Christian Holy Family took shelter on the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, explore the Church of Saint Barbara, and see the gilded icons that adorn the Hanging Church. Enter a synagogue built where baby Moses was found and eat lunch at a local restaurant; see Cairo’s most important mosques then take in sweeping views of the city from Saladin’s 15th-century citadel. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.00
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$24.00
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Private Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour

Private Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour

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Explore Cairo’s dynamic Christian and Islamic history on a walking day tour of the old city. The outing is divided into two segments. First you’ll visit Christian Coptic Cairo—among the most important locations for Christians in Egypt—and visit a church and a synagogue. After a lunch break at a local restaurant, continue on to learn about Islamic Cairo, where you’ll have the opportunity to enter two mosques.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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Half-day Tour in Churches of Cairo

Half-day Tour in Churches of Cairo

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Marvel at Cairo’s UNESCO-listed treasures on a small-group tour of the city’s historic churches. Explore Coptic Cairo and the famous Hanging Church; visit the Cave Church, the Church of Santa Barbara, and Church of Saint Sergius; and learn more about Cairo’s rich religious history and heritage.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
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$36.00
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Islamic Cairo Private History Tour

Islamic Cairo Private History Tour

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Discover the mosques and madrasas of one of the world’s oldest Islamic cities on a customizable, private tour of the city with a local guide. Explore historic Cairo, a UNESCO site that was founded in the 10th century, and see how the city’s tradition, art and architecture braid together in the narrow streets. Learn about life in the city while taking in the rich scents, sights and sounds of the Egyptian capital.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

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Discover the historical treasures of the Coptic Christian community on this 3-hour private tour of Coptic Cairo. Travel into this captivating neighborhood, also known as Old Cairo, with your private guide, and visit a medley of early, icon-adorned churches, including the Hanging Church and Abu Serga, where the holy family is said to have found refuge. Learn about Egypt’s rich Coptic heritage, and visit the Coptic Museum, a treasure trove of ancient artifacts that tell the story of this Christian community, one of the world’s oldest.
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  • 3 hours
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$74.82
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Cairo City Tour Visit Egyptian Museum Coptic Christian Cairo and old Market

Cairo City Tour Visit Egyptian Museum Coptic Christian Cairo and old Market

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Visit Cairo’s essential historic destinations on a full-day tour with an experienced guide. Browse the vast collections at the Egyptian Museum, and learn the stories behind the royal mummies, gilded masks and exquisite artifacts, including Tutankhamun's treasures. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then explore the Coptic and Jewish landmarks of old Cairo, from the crypt below Abu Serga to the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Finish your tour in Cairo’s vibrant present, browsing the bright displays of handicrafts, perfumes and souvenirs at Khan El Khalili bazaar.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$20.00
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Day Tour To Islamic And Christian Cairo

Day Tour To Islamic And Christian Cairo

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Spare yourself the street harassment that so often goes with independent Cairo tourism and benefit from the insights of an Egyptologist guide on this tour of Old Cairo. Visit the Hanging Church, the Church of St. Sergius and Bacchus, the Church of St. Barbara, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Then discover Islamic Cairo at the Citadel, the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As, and the Alabaster Mosque.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.00
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$20.00
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3 Days Private Guided Cairo Tour Package

3 Days Private Guided Cairo Tour Package

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Get a comprehensive overview of the great city of Cairo on this 3-day private tour. Visit all of the city’s top attractions such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, the Khan Khalili Bazaar, as well as the ancient cities of Memphis, Saqqara, and Dahshur. Learn about the rich and vibrant history of ancient Egypt from your private guide and enjoy complimentary refreshments throughout the tour.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.00
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$185.00
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Day Trip to Giza Pyramids Old Cairo Citadel and Bazaar

Day Trip to Giza Pyramids Old Cairo Citadel and Bazaar

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Save time and money and explore ancient Giza and old Cairo on this private, inclusive tour. In the company of just your party and an Egyptologist guide, visit the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx; tour one of Cairo’s oldest Coptic churches, and shop for brassware, copper, leather, and other fine products at the centuries-old Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Includes lunch.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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$20.00
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CAIRO LAYOVER EXCURSION TO GIZA PYRAMIDS SPHINX COPTIC CAIRO and BAZAAR

CAIRO LAYOVER EXCURSION TO GIZA PYRAMIDS SPHINX COPTIC CAIRO and BAZAAR

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If you’ve ever wondered if you can see the highlights of Cairo on a layover, the answer is yes. A private driver picks you up at the airport and whisks you to the Giza Pyramids complex, the Sphinx, Coptic Cairo, and Khan el-Khalili bazaar. You can also enter the pyramids or take a camel ride around the complex for an additional (on-site fee).
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches

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Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches

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Visit El Mokattam Mountain Cave Church, or the Monastery of St Simon, on a private tour that also explores the magnificent churches of Coptic Cairo. You’ll see some of Cairo’s most important Christian sites, including the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, the Church of Saint Barbara, and the Hanging Church, while going beyond sightseeing for a glimpse of ‘garbage city,’ a fascinating Cairo neighborhood that most visitors overlook entirely.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
$25.00
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Islamic and Coptic Cairo Day Tour

Islamic and Coptic Cairo Day Tour

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Discover Cairo’s Coptic, Jewish and Islamic traditions on a full-day cultural tour that includes Abu Serga Church and the Citadel of Cairo. Step into the sanctuaries of the city’s most important Coptic churches, from the 4th-century Abu Serga to the elegant Hanging Church, visit a synagogue built where baby Moses was purportedly found and see celebrated mosques and madrassas. Finish your tour on the medieval fortifications of Saladin’s Citadel of Cairo, which protect the graceful domes and minarets of the Alabaster Mosque. 
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00
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Cairo full day city tour with private modern car and tour guide

Cairo full day city tour with private modern car and tour guide

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Explore Cairo’s churches, mosques, markets, and antiquities on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit the Egyptian Museum and check out the King Tut exhibit and other important artifacts. Explore the 12th century citadel and marvel at historic religious sites like the Hanging Church, the synagogue of Ben Ezra, and the Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-As. Finish at the famed Khan el Khalili bazaar, Cairo’s sprawling 700-year-old market.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.77
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Cairo Day Tour to Giza including Nile Dinner Cruise and Lunch

Cairo Day Tour to Giza including Nile Dinner Cruise and Lunch

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Experience the magic of cruising the Nile on an unforgettable full-day tour to Giza from Cairo. Alongside an expert Egyptologist guide, behold the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza and receive a fascinating introduction to the ancient history of the structure. Admire the resplendent golden mask of Tutankhamun in the Egyptian Museum; enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch in a rustic restaurant; and absorb the historical charm of Cairo’s Old Town on a guided tour. Conclude your excursion with a romantic cruise down the Nile River; onboard, delight in a gourmet meal and a traditional dance performance before returning to your Cairo hotel.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Day Tour Cairo Egyptian Museum Coptic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar from Giza

Day Tour Cairo Egyptian Museum Coptic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar from Giza

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Explore the Egyptian Museum, Cairo’s Coptic heritage, and Khan El Khalili Bazaar on a full-day tour from Giza. Take in gleaming antiquities in the museum then see Egypt’s iconic churches; enter the sanctuary of the Hanging Church, climb broad steps into the Church of St. George, then visit the St. Barbara Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the legendary site where baby Moses was found. Make a final stop at Egypt’s most celebrated souk, where vendors display piles of spices, souvenirs and handicrafts. 
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.00
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Cairo Travel Package For 4 Days 3 Nights

Cairo Travel Package For 4 Days 3 Nights

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Travel Private package to Cairo includes 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Cairo, 2 full day tour in Cairo, All Transfers in Cairo, all your tours and excursions are with A/C bus, the service of meet and assist at all your destinations, Expert tour guide, Camel ride, Free Sim Card with Local number, Water and Snacks, Entrance fees and all taxes and services, Tour excludes Visa Entry for Egypt, Tipping and Any Option Tours.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$250.00
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$250.00
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3 Days Cairo Tour Package exploring Cairo Top attractions and best things to do

3 Days Cairo Tour Package exploring Cairo Top attractions and best things to do

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Explore ancient Giza, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, and other popular Cairo landmarks on a hassle-free three-day tour. After convenient hotel pickup, travel with an expert guide to the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Valley Temple, and the Sakkara and Dashure pyramids. Check out the museum’s King Tut exhibit, stop by the Citadel, shop for fine products at Khan El Khalili Bazaar, and explore historic Islamic, Christian and Jewish sites.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.00
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$190.00
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Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo

Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo

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Visit three pyramids and ancient Egyptian churches on this private, full-day adventure in Cairo. See the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex; the Great Sphinx of Giza on the west bank of the Nile; the Coptic Cairo museum, featuring a collection of ancient Egyptian Christian artwork, objects and manuscripts; and the Monastery of Saint Simon, or the Cave Church, located in the Mokattam mountain. All necessary entrance fees, plus a Cairo hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$57.15
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$57.15
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Egyptian Museum Alabaster Mosque Hanging Church and Khan Bazaar from Cairo

Egyptian Museum Alabaster Mosque Hanging Church and Khan Bazaar from Cairo

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Visit four of Cairo’s star attractions and explore Old Cairo on this full-day tour, including lunch, with an Egyptologist guide. Visit the Egyptian Museum to see Tutankhamun’s funerary mask and more; and view the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, otherwise called the Alabaster Mosque. Delve into the ancient lanes of Old Cairo to see the famous Hanging Church, other Coptic churches and the Synagogue of Ben Ezra. Finish at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Cairo’s old souk, with free time to explore the narrow alleyways and shop for handicrafts, jewelry and trinkets.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.99
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$99.99
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Private Tour to Coptic and Islamic Cairo

Private Tour to Coptic and Islamic Cairo

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Explore old Cairo’s religious legends and landmarks on a full-day private tour from your hotel in Giza or Cairo. Customize the tour to your interests, and see how the city’s Islamic, Coptic and Jewish inhabitants have worshiped for milennia. Discover the Hanging Church and the Church of St. Sergius, then visit the Churches of St. George and St. Barbara. Take in the soaring minarets of Cairo’s most important mosques, then take views of the city from the Citadel of Saladin’s medieval fortifications. 
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.00
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$83.00
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Private Day-Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Sala Din and Old Cairo

Private Day-Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Sala Din and Old Cairo

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Take in some of Cairo’s top sights, including the Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Old Cairo, with the aid of a private guide during this 8-hour day trip. Discover the more than 160,000 priceless artifacts at the Egyptian Museum, some dating back as far as 5,000 years. Continue your trip back through Egypt’s history at its Citadel, constructed in the 12th century to ward off invaders, and see the city’s Coptic area and Ben Ezra synagogue. Your Cairo sightseeing trip covers a private Egyptologist guide and vehicle, lunch, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.93
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$76.93
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Day Tour to Coptic and Islamic Cairo

Day Tour to Coptic and Islamic Cairo

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Exploring Islamic and Coptic Christian Cairo without a guide may mean missing some sights and their history, or losing your way. This full-day private tour makes everything easy: covering the highlights and hidden gems of both quarters, including the Abu-Sergah Church and Hanging Church, and the El Sultan Hassan and Amr Ibn Elas mosques. A private air-conditioned vehicle and hotel pickup and drop-off ensure worry-free travel, too.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Cairo Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Coptic Cairo

Cairo Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Coptic Cairo

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Cover thousands of years of history on this enriching cultural tour of Cairo’s top sights. Combine a peek at the Egyptian Museum—the world’s largest collection of Egyptian antiquities—with a guided visit to Old Cairo. Learn about the city’s Coptic and Jewish heritage with stops at churches and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. You’ll also visit the spectacular Citadel of Cairo, a 12th-century fortress.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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12-Night Private Tour: Amarna and El Minya with Cruise and Train

12-Night Private Tour: Amarna and El Minya with Cruise and Train

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Explore beyond the beaten path on a comprehensive tour of Egypt’s remarkable ancient sites, traveling by Nile River boat, train, and private car. With a personal guide to ensure a great experience for your private group, you’ll see the towering Pyramids at Giza, visit ancient tombs and temples, enter the Valley of the Kings, and cruise the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. Since accommodations and tours are included, this extended tour offers a smooth, comfortable introduction to the very best of Egypt.
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  • 13 days
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$898.25
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What are Ben Ezra Synagogue hours of operation?
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Ben Ezra Synagogue hours of operation: Open daily from 8am to 4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Ben Ezra Synagogue tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ben Ezra Synagogue can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Ben Ezra Synagogue 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ben Ezra Synagogue costs USD 20.00. Guided Ben Ezra Synagogue tours start around USD 20.00 per person.
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