Cairo

Cairo

Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC. In Gezira Island’s leafy Zamalek district, 187m Cairo Tower affords panoramic city views.

Top sights in Cairo

Pyramids of Giza

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Sphinx

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Old Cairo

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Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

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Giza Plateau

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Great Pyramid of Giza

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Pyramid of Chephren

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Tahrir Square

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Best things to do in Cairo

You can’t swing a hookah in Cairo without striking archeological treasure! “The City of a Thousand Minarets” boasts not only stunning Ottoman mosques, but ancient wonders and a clash of modern and traditional cultures. Here’s what to see.

Pyramid of Djoser
Book a day trip to this stepped tomb built by the earliest known architect, Imhotep. The Pyramid of Djoser has survived over 4 millennia, though all that remains of the Pharoah Djoser is his left foot!

Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
The museum boasts the world’s largest collection of Egyptian antiquities, including Tutankhamen’s solid gold death mask. Expect strict security measures, but it’s truly a must-see!

Al-Azhar Park
Finished in 2005, it’s already hard to imagine how the site of the breathtaking Al-Azhar Park was once a mountain of garbage accumulated over five centuries!

Al-Azhar Mosque
For a tour of Cairo’s religious life and history, there’s no better place to start than at the city’s oldest mosque. Al-Azhar Mosque was built in 970AD and it’s also home to the world’s first university!

Khan Al-Khalili
Khan Al-Khalili,Cairo’s most prominent souk (market), is as old as the Egyptian capital itself, and its economic heart still beats with tourists and locals alike!

Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Crowning its citadel is Cairo’s most prominent landmark. Not only is the stunning Mosque of Muhammad Ali one of the best places to visit, it offers greats views of the city too.

Planning Your Cairo Visit

When to go?

The best time to visit Cairo is from October through to May, when the weather isn’t insufferably hot. Hotels are cheaper during its scorching summer, but don’t settle for a place without air conditioning and a pool!

How many days?

Book 3 or 4 days minimum just for sightseeing, but a full week is recommended for archeological day trips, or simply to uncover the many sides of Cairo’s vibrant culture.

Good to know

Language

Modern Standard Arabic

Currency

Egyptian Pound EGP (£)

Country Code

+20

Time Zone

UTC (+02:00)

Best time to visit

From October through May, you’ll find cooler temperatures, making sightseeing more pleasant.

What people are saying about Cairo

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ a fascinating full day with all aspects of Cairo covered
We were met at the hotel by our guide “Amina” her English was very good. she was extremely passionate and knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour ( she was actually a teacher of Egyptology at the university showing her depth of knowledge) After explanations of each area we were given free time to explore and take photos. The overall tour exceeded 7hrs which made it more enjoyable Dinner was at a local restaurant ( near sphinx) and was very filling. The day was great value for money and I would recommend it to anyone. The only downside was that at times with such a full agenda things appeared hurried – we would’ve liked more time in the museum. If anyone books this tour I hope you get Amina, she was excellent and had a great sense of humor

Cairo: Egyptian Museum, Pyramids & Bazaar Private Tour reviewed by Michael

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Long day that could have been planned better but still amazing
up at 03:00. Back at the hotel at 00:30. the longest day of my life but the pyramids were fantastic. I don’t want to go to the papyrus shop or a perfumery. and this all added to the length of the day. we also spent nearly 3 hours at the airport waiting for our flight. The guide was very good (even if I don’t believe that they were tombs). But with a bit more planning and a bit, fewer crap shops that NONE of us wanted to go to this day could have been amazing. It still was great but slightly tainted but being ferried into shops.

From Hurghada: Day Trip to Cairo by Flight and Guided Tour reviewed by Terence

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ King Tuts mask, sailed on the Nile and see the Pyramids, outstanding!
It’s a long day but that is the nature of the trip. Felt a bit rushed and would have liked more time at the Pyramids but this was due to people being late at every stop. Apart from that, I have ticked off numerous things from my bucket list. The Pyramids being the highlight. The tour guide was excellent and extremely helpful throughout. I would recommend this trip as it is an excellent value for money.

From Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo & Giza by Bus reviewed by Roy

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent tour and excellent guide very knowledgeable and nice person.
The tour was excellent, it was a unique experience and the guide is very knowledgeable of the Egyptian history. I like the fact that we had our guide for us only and was very kind and never rushed us through anything, always willing to answer any questions we had. The food was delicious. Thanks Menem for being are guide. I recommend this tour and Menem as your guide.

Pyramids, Museum & Bazaar Private Tour with Entrance & Lunch reviewed by Adolfo

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