Cultural & Theme Tours in Cairo

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Description:A fascinating Egypt Cairo Half Day Alternative History Tour 1 is just for you, exploring the Turkish / Mamlouk influence on Egypt with is very underestimated. A visit to the first ever recorded ‘Nilo meter ‘structure which measured the level of the Nile in ancient times constructed through the Turkish dynasty. Highlights:-        The Nilo meter - Roda Island Cairo-        Prince Mohamed Ali Palace and Museum -        There is an original Mosque with intricate details 
Itinerary:Pick up after breakfast from your Hotel with your expert English speaking Tour Guide for your delightful Half day in Cairo visiting the spots often neglected by the Tour companies.Situated on the southern tip of what is known as ‘Roda Island’, this historical structure is a unique insight. Called the. Nilometer’,it shows how the clever architects of the Umayyads period 715 AD known as the ‘Umayyads’, constructed this clever way of measuring the flow of water of the Nile and in which directions was best to take accurate statistics. The Nileometer was restored in 815 AD but was unfortunately destroyed by flooding in 850 AD.Today’s updated structure of the Nileometer was designed by Abdul Abbas Ahmad Ibn Muhammad from western Turkestan and a renowned astronomer of his time. He restored the Nileometer in 870 AD which was then once again restored finally in 1092.Prince Mohamed Ali Palace and Museum  - Maniel Cairo After Tour 1,you will be transferred with your Tour Guide to the Maniel district of Cairo to explore the wonderful Gardens and Palace of Prince Mohamed Ali. The first thing that strikes you on entering the main Palace gates, is the huge space and diversity of green open land with tropical plants, shrubs and trees and botanical area, all delicately cared for regularly. The Palace was constructed in 1901 AD by the son of the Khenive Mohamed Tawfiq which was part of a long established reign dating from the Turkish royalty through to Egyptian. The Palace and Museum hosts 5 separate buildings, each hosting their own unique blends and styles with several aspects of design and architecture from Turkish, North African and USDopean influences.Each separate building has it’s own unique style and design with ornate ceilings, marble tiling, mahogany wooden furnishings, gold painted frames, Chinese ceramics, and art work from the original renowned painters of these times from all over USDope and the African continent. There is an original Mosque with intricate details ,A tall tower of Moroccan design ,are caption area hosting 2 rooms on entry, 1 with marble and ceramic interiors for the hot weather, and 1 with wood en interiors for the winter months 1 building holds a unique ornate waiting room for high status visitors of that time, with plush dining and seating facilities in adjoining rooms. A 2nd building is a palatial hall for distinguished royal visitors with original paintings of past rulers and current scenes depicting Cairo. A 3rd Building was home to Prince Mohamed Ali and his French wife. Both had separate bedroom chambers with their own bathrooms and an office area with reception ,all found on the higher level of the building with an impressive stairway and hand carved wooden ceiling design, Finally, after your intriguing tour, you will be transferred back to your Hotel with your Tour Guide.

What’s included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Assistance during tours
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned mini-bus
  • Small bottle of water
  • Private tour with a private guide
  • Transport by private vehicle

What’s not included

  • Any Item not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping