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RANKED #1 Food & Drink Activity in Cairo on TripAdvisor

How did Heliopolis get its name? Why was it considered an oasis? Who’s the prominent figure buried in the central cathedral? Why does the main street lead to a cathedral, not a mosque?

Join us as we unveil the answers to these questions and share tales from early 1900’s suburbia. On this tour we visit one of the most historically under-rated quarters of Cairo as we discover its history, observe modern local life as it is today, and eat at neighborhood food joints as old as the 1920’s.

 

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AT A GLANCE:

  • 6 food stops (including 2 beverages)

  • 3-3.5 hours depending on the group’s pace

  • Small groups of 6-7 guests to ensure an intimate experience

START TIME:

May to Sept: 6 PM

Oct to April: 11:30 AM

This tour only runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you want to book another day, please contact us to book a private tour.

MEETING POINT:

We will meet in El Korba, Heliopolis, the exact location is to be provided after booking is complete. We end in front of Second Cup café On Baghdad street, 5 minutes away from where we start.

Please note that we currently cannot offer hotel pickups. Prior reservations are a must, we cannot accept walk-ins. Please message us if you want to bring an extra guest.

WHY TAKE THE HELIOPOLIS TOUR?

  • Get acquainted with street-food at small eateries only known by locals, and have the less traditional, but still delicious dishes. Kunafa-stuffed feteer anyone?

  • Truly go off-the-beaten-path and explore an area that 99% of travelers overlook

  • Understand the “Ahwa” (street coffeeshop), naming and nicknaming traditions while sipping tea/coffee amongst Heliopolis’ middle-aged men

  • Learn about the minorities of the early 1900’s in Cairo

  • Make a new local friend and have all your cultural questions answered and connect with the community making your food

  • Witness local life at its best, no tourist traps, no unnecessary filtering, Cairo as it really is

PRICE PER PERSON: $65

Price Includes:

  • Food/beverages at all 6 stops (not veg. friendly)

  • A local, English speaking tour guide telling you about the stories of the food and landmarks of Heliopolis

  • Unlimited mineral (bottled) water

  • Generous tipping of waiters at all the restaurants

  • A list of all the foods is sent 48 hours after the tour ends

  • A guarantee that your belly will be full!

Price Excludes:

  • Tipping your guide (optional)

  • Any alcoholic drinks

  • Transportation to and from the meeting point

  • Any food/beverages not already part of the route

REFUND POLICY:

If you cancel 3 weeks or more before the tour, you get 100% of your money back, after this, we do not offer refunds as your spots are guaranteed. If you’re unsure about your booking dates, we would be happy to offer you a date exchange based on availability. You will also get a chance to insure your booking upon checkout by paying a small fee and receiving a full ticket refund if you cancel before the tour.

Please note that insured tickets are refunded by Ticket Guardian, not Bellies En-Route. You can file a claim here.


practical tips

GETTING TO THE TOUR:

Since most travelers do not stay within Heliopolis (unless you’re aiming to stay next to Cairo International Airport), almost everybody would need to get a ride. We recommend Uber or Careem.

Cairo traffic could be challenging, so we would always recommend adding some buffer time to your commute.

how to prepare:

We recommend wearing comfortable (closed-toe) shoes to enjoy the walks with maximum comfort. Wearing clothes made with airy materials is best in the summer.

For the winter, layering is key as it can be warm in the afternoons but cold and windy in the evenings. Trust us on this, the windy can be stronger than expected.

On the day of the tour, we suggest skipping breakfast/lunch and coming hungry, we promise you will be full, and if you’re not, your guide is always happy to offer you more food.

staying safe:

Fortunately, since Heliopolis is not a touristic neighborhood, tourist scams are not common there. Heliopolis has tons of affluent neighborhoods and it is one of the safest areas in Cairo.

It’s wise to use common sense and stay alert as you would in any city around the world (eg. avoiding dark alleyways, being aware that pick-pocketing is more common in crowded places … etc.).

Our friends at TravelScams have compiled a conclusive list of scams that are common in Egypt. In Heliopolis, those scams are uncommon so you have nothing to worry about.


please refer to our faq page for more details about the tour


 

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Book one tour and get a 12% discount on your second tour. Fill in the form below after booking to receive your discount code. This offer deems all discounted tickets strictly non-refundable.

 

looking for more?

We have a tour in Downtown Cairo too. It’s the perfect introduction to Egyptian cuisine and culture.

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