Top attractions 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.
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!
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!
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!
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,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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
- LanguageModern Standard Arabic
- CurrencyEgyptian Pound EGP (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+20
- Best time to visitFrom October through May, you'll find cooler temperatures, making sightseeing more pleasant.
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What people are saying about Cairo
I learn many things and I past a good moment with the group. Our guide was very cool and we learn many things. It is my favorite moment in Egypt. Thank you very much
Received email confirmation and pick up time the evening before. The agent was waiting in reception at allotted time with our flight boarding passes (outward and return) and then we had transfer in private car to airport. Here security was very strict and extremely slow...2 complete security checks before boarding gate. Allow at least 1-1.5 hours extra time for this. There are no facilities other than toilets. Very short flight with drinks and biscuits. Met at other end in Cairo by tour guide who was easily identifiable. Group consisted of 7 adults. Had our own air con mini bus all day so could leave stuff in bus. Our guide Tharwat spoke good English and was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. We agreed to go to Egyptian Museum instead of Sakkara and were glad we did. Tharwat included this in our original price. The included lunch was in a lovely restaurant overlooking the pyramids. As well as Giza plateau Tharwat took us to visit 2 Businesses (papyrus and oils) and a mall
Our guide literally knew every single item in the museum and let us design the tour to our liking. He took us to the best local falafel place on the Bazaar and through to the best shopping area of the market. Our guide (Ali ?) spoke perfect English and he and our driver were lovely.
Although it was a long day I would definitely recommend this excursion. The guide Akmed was excellent and we learnt a lot about Egypt history as well as had some great pictures taken with his help. He looked after the whole group, ensuring our safety and comfort throughout the day. We couldn’t have asked for more it was excellent.
We were visiting Egypt for the first time, and no trip to Egypt is complete without a visit to the Great Pyramids! After a lot of searching & evaluation of different options, we zeroed in on this tour, and even though this option was new, we decided to go ahead with this. And what followed later, was purely awesome. We had an amazing day, as we got to know about the rich cultural history behind the different pyramids, courtesy our guide, Mr. Sam (Osama Nasef), who with his vast knowledge, helped us understand the beautiful history of each of the Pyramids (Including the ones at Dahshur & Saqqara). He really helped us travel through time, into the past, and helped us understand and explore so many things, which otherwise we would have clearly missed. Sam is very patient, has tremendous knowledge & is super friendly too! We had an awesome experience in this tour, and highly recommend this. Thank you so much! :) PS: Sam is also an amazing photographer, do ask him to show his photos!