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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

Awesome Day, highly recommend this trip, it's a must do!!!

this was an amazing trip which was enhanced by Will our guide who was informative, knowledgeable, funny and provided exceptional service whilst we spent the day under his wing, My father who travelled on the trip was in a wheelchair and Will took total care of my father, thank you so Much Will, you are an absolute credit to getyourguide!, cannot recommend this enough!

Great experience - Excellent guide (Riham) and driver (Asharf)

We had a wonderdul time seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Riham, our English speaking guide, was very friendly and knowledgeable. She gave us plenty of information, took us many photos and offered us water and juice. We also ride the camels and it was really amazing experience. We highly recommend this tour.

Giza Pyramids and Sphinx: Half-Day Private Tour Reviewed by LIVERIOS, 11/06/2018

Exciting tour with an awesome and insightful guide

We have spent a very exciting day in Luxor with our guide Khalid. He have told us so many stories about the ancient history - he was very passionated about it which made it even more interesting. He was very kind and he had a lots of useful tips on how to best survive as a tourist in Egypt. And lastly he was a very good photographer. I would definitely recommend this tour and if possible, request Khalid, it's guaranteed that you will have a super interesting day in Luxor. Train ride was comfortable enough - seats are big with a lot of space for legs, remember warm clothes (we bought a long towels to use as blankets) as the air condition stays on throughout the whole night. We were only tourists on the train, but don't be nervous - everyone is very respectful and kind, we felt safe at all times (we were 2 girls travelling together).

Luxor Guided Tour with Overnight 1st Class Train from Cairo Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/05/2018

Impressive sites made even better by a knowledgeable guide

Great tour all around. Amro is a very knowledgeable and patient guide. I was adamant about the camel ride but, having done it, would definitely recommend it. You get to see the pyramids from a completely different angle. The camel walkers are also very friendly and take great pictures of you on the camel with the pyramids on the background. be ready to hand out tips though, as it definitely expected.

From Cairo: Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara Visit Reviewed by Richard, 10/28/2018

A fantastic whistle stop tour of Cairo and Giza

A long bus ride from Hurghada to Cairo but really worth it. Our guide, Rushia, was a pure joy. Her knowledgeable and advice was exceptional. Her spoken English and sense of humour made this trip even more enjoyable. The museum is fascinating but with time at a premium our guide lead us to the most interesting and unusual exhibits. The pyramids were breathtaking. Again, our guide gave sound advice on the scams and rip offs that some of the ‘merchants ‘ try. I found a firm but polite “NO, thank you”. Worked well enough. We were quite sad that we didn’t realise when our guide was leaving us because we wanted to give her a very well deserved tip but we missed our opportunity. Should anyone reading this go on this trip and are lucky enough to have Rushia as a guide, perhaps you would be kind enough to tell her Papa Don says “Horus” and Nancy says she misses her. Easy to book this trip on the app. Excellent value for money. Highly recommend.

Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo and Giza Highlights Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/27/2018