Our guide will pick you up from Alexandria port, waiting by the cruise exit door holding a double sign Nile Dream / your name. After that, you will be transferred by an air-conditioned vehicle about 200 km to Cairo to visit the following ;
Sultan Hassan mosque one of the best mosques and madrasa in the historical centre of Cairo, near the Citadel. This mosque combines strength and splendor, elegance and beauty, with a very varied decoration. One of its most notable elements is the main façade, the northern one, 145 m long and 38 m high. It is decorated in stone and marble, and at the top it has a magnificent cornice which consists of nine rows of honeycomb (named Muqarnas in the Islamic Art). It was ordered by Sultan Hasan; its construction began in 1336. The mosque has an open courtyard, with a standard cross-shaped plan, and four vaulted iwanes. Each iwan is dedicated to one of the four schools, behind each iwan is a school ( madrasa), each of them has its own courtyard and four floors of cells for students and teachers. In the center of the courtyard is a fountain of ablutions used before each sentence.
Then we will enter the Al Rifai Mosque, it is located in front of the Sultan Hassan Madrasa mosque, it was built in two phases during the period between 1869 and 1912, and was architecturally conceived as a complement to the oldest structure. This new mosque was part of a major campaign by 19th century Egypt's rulers to associate with the perceived glory of earlier periods in Egypt's Islamic history and modernize the city. The mosque was built next to two large public squares and out of several European-style boulevards built at the same time. Many famous people were buried in the mosque such as, Mohamed Reda Pahlavi, '' the Shah of Persian '', some royal family of Egypt, and King Farouk the last king of the monarchy of Egypt.
Lunch in a local restaurant
We will continue the tour visiting Al Muizz street one of the oldest streets of the city of Cairo, from the gate of Bab Zuleika, it is an imposing example of Fatimi architecture, Then we will go to Sabil Kuttab to see it, we will continue to the school of El Ashraf Brisbay, then towards the Qalaun complex, school, mausoleum and hospital. Stop at the Textile Museum, where we will see a collection of old fabric exhibitions. Visit the Hammam, men's and women's bathroom. Another Visit to Bayt Suhaymi, Hakim Mosque, and we finish the visit with the arrival at Bab El Nasr gate in the south.
After that you go to the famous souq and Bazar of khan el Khalili one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike. It is also home to many Egyptian artisans and workshops involved in the production of traditional crafts and souvenirs. The Khan el-Khalili today is occupied by local merchants and traders and is significantly geared towards tourists where it is considered as one of the most popular souqs in the region. Shops typically sell souvenirs, and jewelry, many craftsmen' workshops manufacturing some products sold here In addition to shops, there are several coffee-houses, restaurants, and street food vendors distributed throughout the market. The coffee shops are generally small and quite traditional, serving Arabic coffee. One of the oldest and most famous coffee houses is El Fishawi's, established in 1773.
After the tour, you will go back to your cruise in Alexandria
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