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Half-Day Tour to the City of the Dead Necropolis from Cairo provided by Egypt Safe Travel

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Half-Day Tour to the City of the Dead Necropolis from Cairo

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Updated 05/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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    City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    The City of the Dead, or Cairo Necropolis, also referred to as the Qarafa (Arabic: القرافة‎, romanized: al-Qarafa),[1] is a series of vast Islamic-era necropolises and cemeteries on the edges of Historic Cairo, in Egypt. They extend to the north and to the south of the Cairo Citadel, below the Mokattam Hills and outside the historic city walls, covering an area roughly 4 miles long. They are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of "Historic Cairo".[2] The necropolis is separated roughly into two regions: the Northern Cemetery to the north of the Citadel (also called the Eastern Cemetery or qarafat ash-sharq in Arabic because it is east of the old city walls), and the older Southern Cemetery to the south of the Citadel. There is also another smaller cemetery north of Bab al-Nasr.[1] The necropolis that makes up "the City of the Dead" has been developed over many centuries and contains both the graves of Cairo's common population as well as the elaborate mausoleums of many of its historical rulers and elites. It started with the early city of Fustat (founded in 642 CE) and arguably reached its apogee, in terms of prestige and monumentality, during the Mamluk era (13th-15th centuries).[1] Throughout their history, the necropolises were home to various types of living inhabitants as well. These included the workers whose professions were tied to the cemeteries (e.g. gravediggers, tomb custodians), the Sufis and religious scholars studying in the religious complexes built by sultans and other wealthy patrons, and the regular inhabitants of small urban settlements and villages in the area.[1] This population grew and shrank according to circumstances in different eras. However, starting in the late 19th century and increasing in the 20th century, the pressure of Cairo's intensive urbanization and its ensuing housing shortage led to a large increase in the number of people living in the necropolis zones. Some people resorted to squatting within the mausoleums and tomb enclosures and turning them into improvised housing; although these "tomb-dwellers" were a small fraction of the overall population in the area.[1][3] This phenomenon led to much media commentary and popular imagination about the condition of those living in the necropolises, linking them symbolically to Cairo's much-discussed overpopulation problems and sometimes leading to exaggerated estimates of the number of people squatting in the mausoleums
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Important Information
Duration
1–2 hours
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
About the operator

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By: Egypt Safe Travel
Bren_Ro12
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This is a must!!
I would definitely recommend this private pickup transfer to anyone. I experienced more than just a private pickup,
G5020UNmartina
G5020UNmartina
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Easy n stressless
Even though I arrived 20minutes early on flight and had no checked bags and was through customs quickly they were a
bos2njjd
bos2njjd
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Book EMO
EMO was great! From the US, it is a long grueling flight. To have someone there waiting to pick you up is great.
372hillarys
372hillarys
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Fabulous Tour with Ahmed
I just went on this tour and it was really great! My guide was Ahmed Zaki and he was so amazingly knowledgeable (he
JLC-1972
JLC-1972
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Perfect day!!
This trip was absolutely perfect - although it took a bit longer than advertized. You get a much better understandi
Y5099FMelizabethm
Y5099FMelizabethm
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Osama was fab
Osama was a great tour guide and made this really fun. You definitely need someone who knows the area and the histo
rfelder81
rfelder81
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Airport and Hotel transfer service
Emo Tours provided transportation from the Cairo Airport to downtown Hilton Hotel. Person waiting outside air termi
darrellshaunetteh
darrellshaunetteh
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5 star+ Day trip to Red Sea
Hazem was our guide and he was amazing! He started by stopping and buying snacks and water for us. Our driver, Achm
1takam
1takam
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transport
comfortable transfer for our group. always available for our ever-changing requests. get a cost for your changes so
jennalynnxxo
jennalynnxxo
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Thanks for wonderful service!
Amir contacted me the evening before our flight in and the morning of. He was very professional and pointed out lan
Global576738
Global576738
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Private Tour Day Trip to Alexandria from Cairo
We had a very interesting day touring Alexandria. Our guide, Abdul and driver, Ehab were great. They arrived at o
wjtvet33
wjtvet33
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A great tour to the Red Sea
This was a private tour with Hazem and his driver period I picked up the snacks that we wanted it and drinks that w
michelexxxxx
michelexxxxx
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Travelled from Canada - great use of a day
I was on my own and wanted to see Alexandria from Cairo in one day. The guide was great. On time, perfect English
825jeremyh
825jeremyh
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Wonderful personal tour with Amr Samir and Ehab Sedan
Today, I had a wonderful tour of the pyramids of Giza with Amr Samir and Ehab Sedan. Amr was a wonderful guide, sh
Michelle E
Michelle E
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Great way to relax prior to ending your visit
I highly recommend this trip for a relaxing getaway. We went in February so knew it would be too cold to swim, but
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