Begin with pickup at your Cairo or Giza hotel, and travel to the City of the Dead in an air-conditioned minivan that’s Wi-Fi equipped and stocked with bottled water. Visit the neighborhood on foot with a local guide, and learn the history of the cemetery, which has been used for more than 1,000 years. Take in scenes of daily life here, where tombs have been transformed into houses for the living, valuable real estate in a crowded, growing city. Stroll down streets filled with shops and children playing, as non-residents visit their deceased relatives’ tombs and mausoleums.
Continue to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, a historic mosque that was commissioned by Ahmad Ibn Tulun in the 9th century. According to local legend, the mosque is built on the site that Noah’s ark was grounded after a historic flood, and even the mosque’s minarets and architecture are surrounded by local myths and stories. After visiting the mosque, make the return trip to your accommodations, where this tour concludes.