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Unusual Day Trip to the Non-Touristic Mosques of Al Albayt

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Day Trip to Mosques of Al Albayt

Visiting the tourist mosques in Egypt, which are home to the shrines of the Prophet Muhammad's family. This book aims to recreate this experience in a way that combines historical and spiritual aspects, offering the reader an inspiring and exciting journey through places that hold great history.

Book our unique Cairo day tours now to explore the non-touristy mosques and mausoleums of Islamic Cairo, including the burial sites of Al Albayt, the family of the Prophet Mohamed, at several mosques.

Let's go inside the Al Azhar Mosque and learn about Islamic culture. We will also learn why this mosque is important. We're going to the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar after that. 
This tour offers a wonderful opportunity to explore Egyptian antiquities and inhale the historical atmosphere of these important areas. It is always best to check your details and arrangements from the organizing agency to ensure an excellent experience.

 

Inclusion

Transports from the hotel in Cairo and Giza.

Transports during all our Egypt tours are done by a modern nonsmoking air-conditioned vehicle.

Private English-speaking expert guide during your Unusual Day Trip to the Mosques of Al Albayt.

Tickets and admission fees to the mentioned sites and mosques during the Islamic Cairo Tour.

Shopping Tours in Cairo.

Bottled water during the Islamic Cairo day tours.

All taxes and service charges of all our Egypt Day Tours are included.

Exclusion

 

Any extra things to do in Cairo which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

Tipping is not included in the prices of our Cairo day tours.

During Ramadan, tourist sites close at 3:00 pm, so the tours usually start one hour in advance.

Prices are valid during Christmas and New Year tours in Egypt or Egypt Easter tours.

 

Take a look at our unique Cairo day trips, including the Unusual Cairo Excursions to the mosques of Al Albayt. This tour begins in the morning, when your accredited Egyptologist guide from Cairo Top Tours will collect you from your hotel and take you to Egypt's most famous mosque, Al Azhar Mosque, which was built in 996 A.D. by the Fatimids. On Fridays, you can attend Jumm'ah's prayer before visiting another famous mosque where Imam Al Hussien's Head is buried. Al Hussien Mosque is the grandson of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), and we pray for his peace.

Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to browse the various Islamic clothing stores located in the area, which offer a wide range of clothing and literature.

Koshari, one of the most common Egyptian cuisine, will be served for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, you will proceed with your day tour to explore several other historical and less popular mosques that are affiliated with the El Sayeda Zeinab Mosque in Cairo. This mosque was built in memory of the granddaughter of Prophet Mohamed, may prayers and peace be upon him, and it is located in the central area of Al Sayeda Zeinab square.

Al Sayeda Zeinab Mosque:

Al Sayeda Zeinab is the youngest daughter of Al Sayeda Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet, and his cousin Ali Ibn Abi Taleb. Additionally, she is the sister of the two Imams, Al Hassan and Al Hussein.

Shortly after her arrival in Egypt, her mosque was established upon the sighting of the new crescent moon of Shaaban in the year 61 A.H. This occurred in the small village of Al Abassah in the eastern Delta region, where the Umayyad wali of Egypt, Maslama Ibn Makhlid Al Ansary, was present to greet her.

Afterwards, she made her home at Al Fustat city, which was the first Islamic Capital of Egypt before Islamic Cairo. While there, she stayed with Maslama. To continue your Cairo Day Tours, you can visit the mosque of Sayyida Nafisa which is situated 150 meters southward of El-Sayyida Nafisa Square. This mosque was constructed by Abbas Helmy II during the Dynasty of Mohammed Ali Pasha.

El-Sayyida Nafisa Mosque:

Afterwards, you should visit El-Sayyida Nafisa Mosque, which is a member of Prophet Mohammed's family and has a great reputation in Egypt. Finally, conclude your day tour by visiting Amr Ibn al's Mosque, which is the oldest mosque in Africa and the first ever built in Egypt.

The mosque, also called Taj al-Jawamie, was constructed in 642 AD (21 AH) by Amr Ibn al As, who led the Muslim army that took over Egypt. After that, we visited the Ahmed Ibn Tulun Mosque located on Mount Yashkur in a settlement called al-Qata'i. Ahmad ibn Tulun, the founder of Egypt's Tulunid Dynasty (868-905 AD), completed the mosque in 879 AD.

Al-Qata'i, who was born in Baghdad as the son of a Turkish slave of Mongol origin owned by the Caliph al-Mamun, lived approximately two kilometers away from the old community of Fustat. After his stepfather passed away in 870, he was granted the position of governor of Egypt and eventually rose to hold that title.

The mud-brick mosque that he built over a span of three years became the central point of the Tulunid capital, which had a short lifespan of only 26 years.

After completing your Egypt Day Tours at approximately 6:00 pm, your tour guide will accompany you back to your hotel. We sincerely hope that you had a wonderful experience during our unique excursion to the Mosques of Al Albayt.

 

Price

1 Person

$140 Per Person

2 - 3 Persons

$90 Per Person

4 - 6 Persons

$75 Per Person

7 - 10 Persons

$60 Per Person

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Egypt is a significant nation with numerous must-see attractions. It is best to join a guided day tour if you want to see all of the highlights, including The Mosques of Al Albayt that hold special religious and historical importance as they are linked to the lineage of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

The best times for a daily tour in Cairo can vary depending on the season and the specific attractions you plan to visit. Here are some general guidelines to help you plan your daily tour:

   Morning Tours (8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.):
       Morning tours are a good choice for visiting historical and cultural sites in Cairo, such as the Egyptian Museum, the Giza Pyramids, and the Sphinx. It's generally cooler in the morning, making it more comfortable for exploring outdoor attractions.
       The morning is also a great time to visit markets like Khan El Khalili, as shops and stalls are opening for the day and you can explore without the midday crowds.

   Afternoon Tours (1:00 PM–4:00 PM):
       Afternoon tours can be a good option if you prefer to start your day later. However, keep in mind that the midday sun in Cairo can be intense and hot, so it's advisable to take precautions against the sun and stay hydrated.
       You can use the afternoon to visit indoor attractions like museums and art galleries to escape the heat.

   Evening Tours (5:00 PM–8:00 PM and Beyond):
       Evening tours are ideal for experiencing Cairo's vibrant nightlife, including dining at local restaurants and enjoying cultural performances.
       Some attractions, such as the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids, are best experienced in the evening when they are illuminated.

   Friday morning (weekend):
       Friday is the Muslim holy day, and many businesses and government offices are closed. It's an excellent time to explore cultural and historical sites, as they are typically less crowded on Friday mornings.

   Ramadan Considerations:
       During the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, the pace of life in Cairo can be different. Some attractions may have altered opening hours, and it's respectful to avoid eating or drinking in public during daylight hours.

   Seasonal Considerations:
       Cairo experiences hot summers, so if you're visiting during the summer months (June to August), it's essential to plan outdoor activities for the cooler morning hours.
       The shoulder seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer pleasant weather for tours throughout the day.

Non-touristic mosques in Cairo, Egypt, provide a unique and authentic experience of Islamic architecture and culture away from the crowds of tourist-heavy destinations. To make the most of your visit to these lesser-known mosques, consider the following tips regarding the best time to visit:

Weekdays (Sunday to Thursday): Non-touristic mosques are often quieter and less crowded on weekdays, especially in the mornings. This allows you to explore the mosques more peacefully and engage in quiet contemplation.

Early Mornings: Visiting non-touristic mosques early in the morning, shortly after they open, can provide a tranquil and serene atmosphere. It's an excellent time for photography and quiet reflection.

Avoid Prayer Times: Be mindful of the five daily prayer times observed by Muslims. Mosques are typically closed to non-Muslims during prayer times, so plan your visit accordingly. Friday midday prayer (Jumu'ah) is especially important and can result in mosque closures.

Consider Local Holidays: Some mosques may have special events or activities during local Islamic holidays. While this can provide a unique cultural experience, it may also be more crowded during these times.

Check Mosque Hours: Confirm the opening and closing hours of the specific mosque you wish to visit, as they can vary. Some mosques may have limited visitor hours or may be closed to visitors on certain days.

Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and dress modestly when visiting mosques. It's customary to remove your shoes before entering, and women may be required to cover their hair.

Local Advice: If you're uncertain about the best time to visit a particular mosque, consider seeking advice from locals or your hotel concierge. They can provide insights into the mosque's visiting hours and any special events.

Group Visits: If you're part of a group, coordinate your visit to non-touristic mosques during non-peak hours to minimize disruption to worshippers and maximize your experience.

Exploring Old Cairo, also known as Historic Cairo or Islamic Cairo, is a journey through a district steeped in history, culture, and architecture. To make the most of your visit, follow these tips for the best way to explore Old Cairo:

Appropriate attire: Dress modestly when visiting Islamic sites. For both men and women, it's advisable to cover shoulders and knees, and women may need to cover their heads with a scarf when entering some mosques.

Explore Khan el-Khalili: The famous market of Khan el-Khalili is a must-visit. It's not just a place to shop but also a hub of historic architecture and culture. Spend time wandering through its narrow alleys, shopping for souvenirs, and enjoying local street food.

Visit Other Mosques: Old Cairo is home to numerous historic mosques, each with its own unique architecture and history. Some notable ones include the Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Ibn Tulun Mosque, and the Al-Hakim Mosque. These are architectural marvels and offer insights into Islamic art and design.

Discover Historical Gates: Old Cairo features historic gates such as Bab Zuweila and Bab al-Futuh. These gates have played significant roles in the city's history and are impressive structures in their own right.

Wander the Historic Streets: Old Cairo is a labyrinth of narrow, winding streets and alleys. Take your time to explore these historic streets, where you'll encounter traditional houses, old caravanserais, and beautiful doorways.

Try local food: Old Cairo has numerous street food vendors and traditional restaurants. Don't miss trying local dishes like koshari, falafel, and various pastries. Sip on traditional drinks like hibiscus tea or sugarcane juice.

Visit Historic Fountains: Old Cairo is known for its ornate fountains, many of which are adorned with beautiful tilework and inscriptions. Seek out these fountains and admire the craftsmanship.

Engage with Locals: Interact with the friendly local residents and shopkeepers. Many of them are happy to share stories and insights about the area.

Respect Local Customs: Always be respectful of local customs and traditions. Ask for permission before taking photos of people or their property, and be mindful of prayer times and local etiquette.

Participate in Religious Services: If you're interested, you can attend religious services in the mosques. These services offer a unique glimpse into the religious practices and spirituality of the local community.

If the tourist has a valid residence permit in the country where he or she is currently residing, he or she can apply to the Egyptian embassy or consulate general in the nation for a visa or purchase one upon arrival in Egypt. They should instead apply to the country that granted their passport.

Yes, tourists can visit mosques and various religious sites in Egypt. However, when visiting these places of worship, there are certain guidelines and etiquette to follow:

  • Dress Modestly: Visitors should dress modestly, covering their and knees, particularly when visiting mosques. Women might be required to cover their hair with a scarf.
  • Remove shoes: It's customary to remove shoes before entering mosques. Some mosques may provide plastic bags for shoes or have designated areas to store them.

This tour includes visiting historic and beautiful mosques that do not receive much tourist attention, and which retain their unique architectural and historical aesthetics. It could include the historic Prophet's Mosques, or other local mosques of religious and cultural importance in the region.

A guided tour called "An Unusual Day Trip to the Non-Touristic Mosques of Al Albayt" provides a special chance to see lesser-known, non-touristic mosques in Al Albayt, a region renowned for its rich Islamic legacy. It gives tourists the chance to tour mosques that aren't usually on popular travel itineraries, giving them a better understanding of Islamic culture, architecture, and religious rituals.

Sayyida Zaynab Mosque: Honoring the Prophet Muhammad's granddaughter.
The Sayyida Nafisa Mosque bears the name of the Prophet Muhammad's great-granddaughter. 
Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque: Honoring one more granddaughter of the prophet. 
Imam Al-Hussein Mosque: Supposedly the home of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. 
 

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