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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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1 - Mosque of Ibn Tulun

   7 km away

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.

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2 - Cairo Citadel

   7 km away

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.

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3 - Hot Air Balloon Rides in Cairo

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.

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4 - Gezira Island

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.

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5 - Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan

   7 km away

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.

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6 - Archaeology Tours in Cairo

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.

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7 - Mosque of Muhammad Ali

   7 km away

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.

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8 - The Hanging Church

   8 km away

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.

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9 - Multi-day Cruises in Cairo

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.

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10 - Babylon Fortress

   8 km away

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.

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11 - Mosque of Amr ibn al-As

   8 km away

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.

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12 - Sightseeing Cruises in Giza

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.

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13 - Khan el-Khalili

   6 km away

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.

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14 - Al-Azhar Mosque

   6 km away

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.

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15 - Helicopter Tours in Giza

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.

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16 - Baron Empain Palace

   12 km away

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.

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17 - Khufu Ship

   12 km away
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18 - Great Sphinx of Giza

   13 km away

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.

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19 - Giza Necropolis

   13 km away

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.

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20 - Giza Plateau

   13 km away

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.

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21 - Pyramid of Khafre

   13 km away

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.

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22 - The Pyramids Of Giza

   13 km away

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.

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23 - Great Pyramid of Giza

   13 km away
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24 - Pyramid of Menkaure

   14 km away

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.

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25 - Saqqarah

   22 km away

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.

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The Egyptian Museum and the now-famous Tahrir Square,


the Islamic Cairo with the Sayyidna el-Hussein and el-Azhar mosques as well as the great souk Khân el-Kalili and the citadel (el-Qalaa). The old Cairo and the Coptic quarter too, for the less hurried. 

Add to that a quick stroll along the Corniche and an evening on a terrace in Zamâlek to enjoy the modern city. Most travelers spend too little time in the capital of Egypt. It must be said that this sprawling megalopolis, soaked in dust and pollution, most of the time crushed by heat, terribly noisy, congested, a sea of buildings without a single green space, does not invite one to spend time there at first.


Cairo can reveal a very different face from the dreamed city, El-Qahira (the Victorious), capital of Egypt,



located at the entrance of the delta of the sacred river of the Pharaohs. Its sprawl and chaotic traffic make it difficult to visit, the metro - modern and efficient - covers only a small portion of the city and the daily life of the visitor is like that of the Cairoite, consisting of a lot of time on foot and in cabs. 

But if Cairo is not a city for tourists, it is fascinating for those who know how to get past this chaos. From antiquity to the end of the 19th century, the city has known a succession of golden ages and dominators whose heritage is intermingled and juxtaposed today in this imbroglio of more or less distinct districts. Often hidden, the collection of mosques, madrasas, and mausoleums worthy of interest is incredible and Islamic Cairo alone deserves a full day's visit for those interested in history and architecture. The city of the dead, the largest necropolis in the world inhabited by... nearly a million living people should not be omitted. 

Not forgetting finally, a young, dynamic, curious population, to be met to immerse oneself in this fascinating Egyptian society, so many times secular but also in full mutation.

A world to discover before escaping for a final journey through time at half an hour by cab from the center of Cairo: the pyramids of Giza. Simply one of those sites that you must have the chance to discover once in your life.

With nearly 17 million inhabitants, Cairo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.



Noise, traffic, and pollution are inevitable for a capital city of this size. Despite this, the city is full of vitality and energy. It retains a special charm that will dazzle you.

After a marathon day of visiting the city's museums and tourist attractions, at nightfall, opt for a relaxing and peaceful boat ride on the Nile.
Finally, you can visit one of the city's typical cafeterias and enjoy the exquisite flavors of teas and coffees.
The pyramids and sphinxes are located in Giza (about 20 kilometers southwest of the capital).
You will be impressed by their size: the construction of the Pyramid of Cheops would have required the use of nearly 2.5 million blocks of limestone.

As you travel through the city, you will appreciate the charm that emanates from the Nile and is undoubtedly one of the greatest assets of Cairo.
Don't miss the ancient and grandiose mosques such as the Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun and the Madrasa Mosque of Sultan Hassan.

Lovers of ancient art will be delighted by a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian art.
Souks and markets like Khan al-Khalili are also worth a visit.

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Cairo : what to eat?

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 famous scrolls
  • Embroidered clothes
  • Big cushions and other objects with your name embroidered in Egyptian according to the designs you choose (you have to ask for it in advance) as well as essences and very successful imitations of famous perfumes.

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,

  • The Egyptian Museum must be on your agenda as well as the pyramids of Giza.
  • The Old Cairo neighborhood (Coptic quarter) is the oldest in the city.
  • Go to the Khân al-Khalili souk, discover the famous Tahrir square, the monuments of Islamic Cairo like the Sayyidna el-Hussein mosque, the City of the Dead...


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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