Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world. Its metropolitan area, with a population of over 30 million, is the largest in Africa, the Arab world, and the Middle East, and the 6th-largest in the world.
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The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is located in Cairo, Egypt. It is the oldest mosque in Egypt as well as the whole of Africa surviving in its full original form, and is the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of land area.Learn more Book this experience
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The Citadel of Cairo or Citadel of Saladin is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in Cairo, Egypt, built by Salah ad-Din and further developed by subsequent Egyptian rulers.Learn more Book this experience
The Beauty of Egypt Upper Nile Valley, is best appreciated from the deck of a Nile Cruise ship. Enjoy the riverside scenery and discover the ancient wonders of Egypt passing by pharaonic sites en route between Aswan and Luxor. Explore the highlights of the sightseeing in Luxor and Aswan, two stops in the way to visit the pharaonic sites of interest such as; Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples. Discover one of the most impressive temples in Egypt by visiting Abu Simbel 285 km south of Aswan. Experience the exciting trip of the Hot Air Balloon in Luxor. Have fun and enjoy plenty of night entertainments of the belly dancing show, galabiya party, Nubian show or disco and more.Book this experience
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The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt and was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848.Learn more Book this experience
Gezira is an island in the Nile River, in central Cairo, Egypt. The southern portion of the island contains the Gezira district, and the northern third contains the Zamalek district.View on Google Maps Book this experience
Explore Ancient Egypt all in one day. Take in the Giza Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykreinus and the Sphinx before visiting the Egyptian Museum with the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world.Book this experience
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The Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is a monumental mosque and madrassa located in the historic district of Cairo, Egypt. It was built between 1356 and 1363 during the Bahri Mamluk period, commissioned by Sultan an-Nasir Hasan.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, also known as The Hanging Church, is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and the history of a church on this site dates to the third century. It belongs to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.View on Google Maps Book this experience
Enjoy Egypt with 8 days, 7 nights Nile River Cruise. This tour begins when you meet your tour representative at the Cairo Airport. Stop in Cairo and visit the Giza Pyramids, and the Egyptian Museum before flying to Luxor to embark on a Nile Cruise. Day two features an unique excursion to the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus & to the oldest known monumental sculpture and the largest monolith statue in the world, the great Sphinx. See stunning ruins, the most beautiful scenery between Luxor and Aswan, on a luxurious relaxing 5 day cruise before returning to Cairo for departure. This is an all inclusive multi-day tour with most meals and hotel accommodations, all transfers to/from airport & hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle included in the price.Book this experience
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Al-Azhar Mosque, known simply in Egypt as al-Azhar, is an Egyptian mosque in Islamic Cairo. Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah of the Fatimid dynasty commissioned its construction for the newly established capital city in 970.Learn more Book this experience
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Khan el-Khalili is a famous bazaar and souq in the historic center of Cairo, Egypt. Established as a center of trade in the Mamluk era and named for one of its several historic caravanserais, the bazaar district has since become one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike.View on Google Maps Book this experience
Enjoy a 2-hour Nile River night cruise with buffet dinner. Includes pickup and drop off from your hotel in Cairo. As you cruise along the river, take in different entertainment shows such as a belly dancer, Tanura show, and a band. You will be directed by a local tour guide. Tour includes round-trip transportation by private vehicle and is a total of 5 hours with transfers. Small-group cruise limited to 15 people.Book this experience
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Babylon Fortress was an ancient fortress in the Nile Delta, located in the area known today as Coptic Cairo. It was situated in the Heliopolite Nome, upon the east bank of the Nile, at latitude 30°N, near the commencement of the Pharaonic Canal, from the Nile to the Red Sea.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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The Mosque of Amr ibn al-As, or Taj al-Jawame', or Masjid Ahl ar-Rayah, or Jame’ al-Ateeq, was originally built in 641–642 AD, as the center of the newly founded capital of Egypt, Fustat.Learn more Book this experience
The Beauty of Egypt Upper Nile Valley, is best appreciated from the deck of a Nile Cruise ship. Enjoy the riverside scenery and discover the ancient wonders of Egypt passing by pharaonic sites en route between Luxor and Aswan. Explore the highlights of the sightseeing in Luxor and Aswan, two stops in the way to visit the pharaonic sites of interest such as; Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples. Discover one of the most impressive temples in Egypt by visiting Abu Simbel 285 km south of Aswan. Experience the exciting trip of the Hot Air Balloon in Luxor. Have fun and enjoy plenty of night entertainments of the belly dancing show, galabiya party, Nubian show or disco and more in 4 days/3 nights Nile Cruise every Sunday/Monday/Wednesday or Friday from Aswan to Luxor. Full board, check in with lunch, check out with breakfast. Note: ★Recommended Arrival time on the first day should be before 12:01 pm. ★the tour ends in Luxor on the last day around 3:30 to 4:30 pm, so evening departure is recommended.Book this experience
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The Baron Empain Palace, better known as Le Palais Hindou, is a distinctive and historic Hindu temple inspired mansion in Heliopolis, a suburb northeast of central Cairo, Egypt.Learn more Book this experience
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The Great Sphinx of Giza, commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human.Learn more Book this experience
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The Giza pyramid complex, also called the Giza Necropolis, is the site on the Giza Plateau in Greater Cairo, Egypt that includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza.Learn more Book this experience
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The Giza Plateau is a plateau in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, site of the Fourth Dynasty Giza Necropolis, which includes the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, the Sphinx, several cemeteries, a workers' village and an industrial complex.Learn more Book this experience
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The Pyramid of Khafre or of Chephren is the second-tallest and second-largest of the 3 Ancient Egyptian Pyramids of Giza and the tomb of the Fourth-Dynasty pharaoh Khafre, who ruled c. 2558−2532 BC.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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The Giza Pyramid Complex, also called the Giza Necropolis, is the site on the Giza Plateau in Greater Cairo, Egypt that includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza.Learn more Book this experience
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The Pyramid of Menkaure is the smallest of the three main Pyramids of Giza, located on the Giza Plateau in the southwestern outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. It is thought to have been built to serve as the tomb of the Fourth Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Menkaure.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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The Serapeum of Saqqara is a serapeum located north west of the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, a necropolis near Memphis in Lower Egypt. It was a burial place of Apis bulls, sacred bulls that were incarnations of the ancient Egyptian deity Ptah.Learn more Book this experience
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To get to Cairo, you can fly into Cairo International Airport, which is served by various international airlines. From the airport, taxis, Uber, and the Cairo Airport Shuttle Bus are available to take you to your accommodation. Alternatively, you can also reach Cairo by train or bus from other cities within Egypt.
It is highly recommended to book some tours and attractions in advance, particularly if you plan to visit the famous Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, and the Citadel of Saladin. Booking ahead ensures that you have a guaranteed spot and can avoid long queues, especially during peak travel seasons. You may also want to book a Nile River dinner cruise or a hot air balloon ride over Luxor for a unique experience.
The costs of visiting Cairo can vary depending on your travel preferences. Generally, entrance fees for major attractions range from $5 to $20. Budget accommodations can cost around $20 per night, while mid-range to luxury hotels range from $50 to $200 per night. Meals in Cairo are relatively affordable, with budget meals costing around $3 to $5 and mid-range restaurants charging around $10 to $20 per person.
Beyond the iconic pyramids, there are plenty of exciting things to do in Cairo. Explore the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar, visit the Al-Azhar Mosque, and take a leisurely stroll through the Al-Azhar Park. History enthusiasts should not miss the Coptic Cairo area, which is home to several ancient churches and the Coptic Museum.
For a memorable dining experience, head to Abou El Sid in Zamalek, which serves authentic Egyptian cuisine in a charming atmosphere. Another great option is Koshary Abou Tarek, a famous spot for trying Egypt's national dish, koshary. For a more upscale experience, visit Sequoia, a riverside restaurant offering delicious Mediterranean cuisine and stunning Nile views.
When it comes to accommodations, consider staying at the budget-friendly Egyptian Night Hostel, which is close to the Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square. For a mid-range option, the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir offers modern amenities and a central location. If you're looking for luxury, the iconic Marriott Mena House is situated right next to the Pyramids of Giza and offers unparalleled views.
Off the beaten path: For an unusual and immersive experience, visit the City of the Dead, a vast ancient cemetery that also serves as a residential neighborhood for some Cairenes. Guided tours are available to explore this unique area, where you can witness the fascinating coexistence of the living and the dead, and learn about the history and culture of this intriguing part of Cairo.
Fresh fish is one of the local specialties. The national dish is foul (bean stew with onions, cumin, and lemon).
In addition to the Egyptian restaurants that you will discover in Cairo, you can also taste the gastronomy of other regions in the east. Cairo also boasts good French, Swiss, Italian, and Asian restaurants. Muslims do not eat pork, which is why few local restaurants serve it. But although they don't drink alcohol, you'll have no trouble ordering a glass of wine or a beer in most establishments.
Most hotels also invite you to try international dishes. While you will find cheap food in every corner of the city, the best and most expensive food is found in luxury hotels.
Desserts include oriental pastries made with honey and oil, which can be accompanied by Turkish tea or coffee.
You can also explore the labyrinth of alleys and squares that make up the great Cairo souk.
You will find all kinds of products and souvenirs that will surprise your loved ones:
The capital of Egypt has 17 million inhabitants with its agglomeration which makes it the largest city in Africa.
Cairo is located in the north of the country at the beginning of the Nile Delta.
Although the city is not very tourist-friendly because of its size and traffic, you will find a lot to do if you take the time: of course,
In the evening, to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city, go to the modern district of Zamâlek. If you plan to visit Egypt and especially the Nile Valley, Cairo is often not included in the itinerary but can be a 2-day stay for example.
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