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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.

  • 1. 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 millenia, though all that remains of the Pharoah Djoser is his left foot!

  • 2. 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!

  • 3. 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!

  • 4. 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!

  • 5. 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!

  • 6. 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.

  • 7. Giza Necropolis

    Though home to two of Cairo's most famous icons – the Great Pyramids and Sphinx – the Necropolis' best attraction might actually be the fascinating ancient workers' village.

Planning Your 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 (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +20
  • Best time to visit
    From October through May, you'll find cooler temperatures, making sightseeing more pleasant.

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What people are saying about Cairo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,849 reviews

Sayed Hamdy, my tour guide, and Mohammed, my driver, were both fantastic. Sayed was extremely knowledgeable about every site we went to, and you could tell he was passionate about history. He was also an excellent photographer that took numerous photos of my husband and me at each site. Mohammed was an excellent driver and safely got us to each place. Both Sayed and Mohammed were excellent conversationalists, which made for great discussions throughout the entire day. They also took us to a few local places to shop before lunch, where we could learn more about products particular to Egypt. I would absolutely recommend this tour as it was a wonderful experience and I will be booking another trip with them in the future. Since I recently moved to Cairo, they were even happy to give advice on restaurants near my home and the best foods to try. They made us feel extremely welcome, and we will absolutely be using their services again!

Ahmed was a great guide, very experienced and sat down to explain history to us at the pyramids. He dealt with people trying to sell us stuff as well as entrance fees. Also took lots of photos without us! Tell your guide ahead of time if you're not interested in papyrus shop since we were kind of dropped off there and the shop was very aggressive about selling. Bought something just to leave.

We had a nice drive and wonderful day. Mohamed from EMO Tours was very passionate and knowledgeable and made the day so much more interesting. The resort itself is spacious, quiet, and right on the beach. This is a great family trip or for a relaxing time away from the city.

Excellent trip to the Gizeh pyramids and Sphinx. Or guide Osama to many great pictures of us, where it looks like you're kissing the Sphinx, holding pyramids between your hands, leaning on them, etc. Very much recommended

The trip was amazing. The views, the food and the guide are amazing. I want to specifically thank our tour guide Karima Samy. She was really friendly and took good care of us. Highly recommended!!!