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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.

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!

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.

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 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 (£)
  • 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

Excellent tour guide, the day was awesome!

Bossi was a great guide, she explained so much about the Giza pyramids and Egyptian history. She showed me around the city, and brought me shopping after the tour. She was so attentive and was willing to show me anything I wanted to see around town. Very friendly woman, easy to talk to and she made the tour so much fun! I'm definitely recommending this tour to my friends.

Giza Pyramids and Sphinx: Half-Day Private Tour Reviewed by Rebekah, 09/11/2018

Will made it a GREAT Day......thank you and alot of respect

Just a great day, so happy we choose this type of excursion and so lucky to get a guide like Will. We met Will at Cairo and he was so engaging and made us feel welcome. We did everything and more and would absolutely recommend this to anyone who wants a flavour of Cairo and the Pyramids. Cheers Will I will always remember this day for the rest of my life and so happy to meet you. Many thanks for making a great day greater. Simon Karan & Lauramae

Really good but it took us 24 hours not 18 hours

The communication before the trip was a bit laps. I was added to a watsapp group and told by the administrator if i have any problems or questions I should ask... I then asked and never had a response. The taxi was 20 minues late but alas took us to the coach in good time. From then on the trip was floorless. The museum was amazing, and our tour guide was both informative and interesting. She engaged us all and made the whole experience refreshing. Seeing the pyramids was great and we were also advised of the best place to get gifts. The free food offered was good and the last stop to a local flower extract palace was a nice finishing touch. Overall the trip took us 24hours including the taxi ride to and from our hotel in soma bay. But it was totally worth it as we will both remember this trip in many years to come.

Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo by Bus Reviewed by My-My, 08/31/2018

Sohaila was incredible. We had a wonderful night with her.

Our guide Sohaila was perfect and gave us many tips for our next days in Egypt. We never felt inconfortable and she gave us intimity during the night. The cruise in general was nice and the food is okay. I would recommend Sohaila.

From Cairo: Dinner Cruise on the Nile River Reviewed by Elykia, 08/20/2018

Fantastic experience. Everything ran like clockwork.

The guide was excellent. Will ( his name). Went out of his way to buy some Egyptian snacks for us ( English tour group. As the German guide and tour group were in the same bus did not receive any. Felt like VIP’s. The day went fantastic. Driver of the transport ( his name was Reda ) was an excellent host helping everyone on and off the bus carrying children off/on bus. Asking if everyone was ok or if they needed something.

Hurghada: Day Trip to Cairo by Plane with Transfers Reviewed by Shahban, 08/09/2018