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Long Layover Transit Tour from Cairo Airport

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Stunning long Cairo layover tour from Cairo airport to the highlights of Cairo such as Giza pyramids, Sphinx, museums, Islamic and Coptic Cairo, and the tourist bazaar at Khan El-Khalili.


  1. All tours as mentioned
  2. Entrance fees to all the sites
  3. All transfers as mentioned
  4. Pickup and drop-off services
  5. Private tour guide and Egyptologist
  6. private air-conditioned tourist van
  7. Drinks at El-Fishawy cafe
  8. Mineral bottled water
  9. Snacks/falafel/local food


  1. Gratuities/tipping (recommended - optional)

Tour Details:

  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Location: Cairo
  • Availability: Available Everyday
  • Pick up and drop off: Cairo Airport
  • Tour Type: Private

Excellent Long layover Tour from Cairo Airport

Having a long layover in Cairo is a great chance to take in all the iconic sites and tour Cairo like a long vacation! This tour is like two days tours done in one single day. At the end of the tour, you shall regret the fact that your layover was not long enough to keep touring this great city. We guarantee the best experience during this short time. A Private Egyptologist tour guide is included and will accompany you all the time in Cairo enhancing your visit with information about modern and ancient Egypt, as well as telling you about life in Egypt and the Egyptian traditions. You will get to taste the Egyptian yummy food, as well as drink Egyptian drinks, and even walk like an Egyptian :). We only use modern air-conditioned vehicles and professional tour guides to make sure you get the most of your layover time comfortably. An ultimate experience will be added to your list. Let’s book you for this very special tour.

Private Guided Tour runs:  Everyday

Long transits are ideal to take in all the sites of interest. Upon arrival, pick you up and assist with airport formalities. Join the Egypt Fun Tour guide to start the tour to the Giza pyramids to see the old Great pyramids of Egypt and the giant Sphinx, Giza tour includes Khufu great pyramid, king Chephren pyramid, Mykarinus pyramid, the mummification temple, and the queen’s pyramids. Proceed to the Egyptian national museum of antiquities to see the collection of the boy king Tut, as well as 120000 pieces from ancient Egypt.
Continue your tours with the Egypt Fun tour guide to the citadel of Saladin to see the ancient fortress and the great alabaster mosque of Mohamed Ali. Finish your tours at the old authentic part of medieval Cairo with an amazing walking tour in the main old street ofEl- Mui’z, finish at Khan El-Khalili’s large tourist bazaar and get a well-worth cup of tea at El-Fishawy cafe.

What’s Featured:

Long Cairo Layover Itinerary:

Pick up from Cairo airport and assist with airport formalities. This is a long Cairo layover tour from Cairo International Airport (CAI). It features Giza great pyramids, Egyptian national museum of Antiquities, Citadel of Saladin, Mohamed Ali alabaster mosque, Islamic medieval Cairo, & Khan El-Khalili tourist bazaar. Transfer back to Cairo airport.

Please note: A long layover allows you to visit many places in Cairo, however, you can customize this tour your way and only choose what you want to see and just spend more time in every attraction.

STOP 1: Cheops Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid of King Cheops is the only still standing wonder of the ancient wonders of the world. The Pyramid is 4600 years old and made of 3 million blocks of limestone.

STOP 2: Queens’ Pyramids & Cheops Solar Boat

The 3 little Pyramids of Cheops’ Queens, his daughter, and two of his wives. He built smaller Pyramids for them. You will probably get inside one of them. The Solar Boat of King Cheops (optional stop)

STOP 3: Panorama Photo Stop

We stop to see the Panoramic view of the 3 pyramids of the Kings and take a great photo with them in the background.

STOP 4: The Great Sphinx & The Mummification Temple

The Great Sphinx is a statue that belongs to King Chephren. The statue is 22.5 meters high and 72 meters in length. We stop in the mummification temple to know how the King was mummified.

STOP 5: Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

The Museum is the largest of its kind with around 120000 pieces. It was opened in 1901. The Museum accommodates the collection of Yoya & Thoya who were the great grandparents of King Tut.

LUNCH: Egyptian Local Lunch

STOP 6: Citadel of Saladin

The citadel was built by Saladin to defend Cairo against the crusaders as well as his x-rulers the Fatimids. The citadel is the largest in Egypt and was used by later Kings. It accommodates two Museums, 3 mosques, and many other buildings. We stop and enter the Alabaster Mosques of Muhamed Ali

STOP 7: Islamic Medieval Cairo

Al-Qahira is an old fortified city that was built around 1000 years ago with large solid fortified walls. The name Al-Qahira which means the almighty undefeated city was given to the city which was translated as Cairo later. The name Cairo “Al-Qahira” Did not exist before building this fortified city. We will walk on El-Muez street, watch the old large mosques, and get inside one mosque.

STOP 8: Khan El-Khalili Tourist Bazaar

The bazaar is the oldest tourist bazaar in Egypt. It is an open area souq. Khan El-Khalili is a must-see attraction as the buildings date back to the medieval era with beautiful architecture & design.

Long Layover Transit Tour from Cairo Airport
Long Layover Transit Tour from Cairo Airport
from: 49$

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  1. Layover Tour in Cairo.
    “This August, my boyfriend and I had quite a long layover in Cairo, 9 hours to be exact. Instead of wasting our time at the airport we decided to do a layover tour of the city. I had been before, but my boyfriend hadn’t, so we wanted to hit the highlights: Pyramids & Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, and the Citadel. I looked around on TripAdvisor and found some recommended tour companies. I emailed quite a few for a quote and got back quite different results. Some offered the tour for about $40 per person and some went as high as $100 per person.

    I finally decided on Egypt Fun Tours (www.egyptfuntours.com) for about $55 per person. The main reason I went with them is because they were very responsive to my emails and nice about all the questions I had regarding what we could see, do, etc . We exchanged phone numbers and I sent our flight details before we arrived in Cairo. Hani, our guide, picked us up at the airport and we had a great time! We went during Ramadan and since our flight arrived somewhat late in the afternoon, the pyramids area was already closed. Instead he brought us to what must be the KFC with the best view: right in front of the Sphinx and Pyramids. The Museum and Citadel were closed because of Ramadan, so we drove to Islamic Cairo instead and visited Al-Azhar Mosque. After that we walked through Islamic Cairo for quite a while and worked up an appetite for dinner which we picked up at El Fishawy and took to a coffee shop Khan-El-Khalili bazaar. We had a great time and I enjoyed Cairo a lot more than the first time I had been there when my mom and I tried to do things alone.

    Even though I usually prefer to organize things myself and do not use tour guides often, I am so glad we did for our layover tour in Cairo. Since you are between flights, you have such important time restrictions that it is invaluable to have somebody with you who knows how long it will take to get from point A to point B and what is open and what is closed. It made the whole things much more relaxing!

    A few things I would look out for when booking a layover tour in Cairo:
    – Shop around until you get a feel for what the different companies charge,
    – Be comfortable with the guide you choose (After many quick responses from Egypt Fun Tours to all my emails I reasoned that they weren’t going to forget to pick me up or something),
    – Listen to your guide (They know what’s possible and what isn’t – While I would have liked to see the Citadel and the Egyptian Museum it just wasn’t possible. I was happy that Hani had some alternative suggestions and am glad we kind of just went with the flow.)
    – Include food in your plans (For me at least, food is such a big part of the culture that I wouldn’t want to be in Cairo without having some falafel, shawarma, koshary, etc.)
    – Don’t pay in advance! All the tour companies I was in contact with demanded payment when they bring you back to the airport, so don’t let anybody talk you into transferring any money ahead of time.
    – If you’re a girl: bring a big scarf! You can use it to cover your hair and shoulder if you visit mosques or other places where you can’t show too much skin.

    I have some pics on my travel blog (www.countryskipper.com) if you are interested: http://countryskipper.com/2010/09/13/7-steps-to-a-great-layover-tour-in-cairo/

  2. Awesome layover day in Cairo
    What an incredible 12 hours spent with Modi! He took us on such a wonderful adventure. We had so much fun at the pyramids he knew just where to take the best photos and was so knowledgeable. We had a few spots we wanted to re-visit from when my husband stayed in Cairo 20 years ago. Modi would not give up until he found what my husband wanted to see and he was a very good and safe driver. This was a perfect way to spend our layover in Cairo.

  3. Absolutely the best
    we visited Cairo over a 15-hour layover. Egypt fun tours organize a customized and wonderful experience for us. We could not be happier. The day included a visit of all the great sites, the marketplace is, dinner and a boat ride on the Nile, and a host of other special requests. I cannot recommend this company enough. In particular, our tour guide Hosam Janel was a wonderful, knowledgeable, kind, great joy to be with. Ask for me!

  4. Well done
    All aspects of the experience were considered and well taken care of. Knowledgeable and friendly guide and organized itinerary.

  5. I visited Cairo with a 16-hour layover. Egypt Fun Tours organized a customized one-on-one tour for me. They were very easy to deal with when setting it all up and responded quickly to answer any questions. As promised, one man was there shortly after stepping off the plane to meet me and he escorted me very quickly through immigration and customs without any fuss and then the guide Mohammed met us. Mohammed is friendly and knowledgeable and cares very much that you get the experience you are looking for. The tour was comfortable and relaxed and I was free to ask all sorts of questions about Egypt and it’s history, which Mohammed answered with great knowledge. We started with a special breakfast Falafel just outside the Giza complex. Then inside for the Pyramids, the Sun Boat, and the Sphinx. Unfortunately, I got a little sick so Mohammed drove to a Pharmacy to get some medicine and made sure I was OK by spending a little time in a Papyrus Gallery, which I had wanted to visit anyway. Then we drove around and saw the Nile and also some hours at the Museum of Antiquities. Everything in the tour was included in the price and no pressure was given to go any particular place or to buy anything – it was up to me. I will organize a big multi-week tour with Egypt Fun Tours and bring my family as I trust them to make it perfect.
    Date of experience: January 2020

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