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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
  • 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

Fayda was amazing. Very knowledgeable and fun to spend the day with

We had our own car organised with a driver Akhmed who was great. Fayda explained a nice summary of Egyptian history as we went to our first location. At he different sites she explainned a lot very clearly and gave you great insight into how things were back in these times. Between locations we did go to a cotton papyrus and purfume place. Essentially these are for you to buy stuff but you can just have a friendly look around. The cotton place was just a shop so left pretty soon without any pressure. The papyrus paper place was nice as they showed us how to make the paper in a quick demo but again we didn’t want to buy anything so left. The perfume place only go if you might actually buy. They go into a lot of effort and it is great fun to try out the smells and the healing oils. Make sure you go inside the great pyramid! You can pay for a camel ride but I don’t think it was worth the money we paid. You can just walk, don’t believe what you are told.

Cairo, Giza Pyramids, Memphis & Sakkara Day Tour Reviewed by george, 01/15/2019

Excellent tour. Mahmoud the guide is top class.

Loved this tour. Recommend wholeheartedly. Mahmoud, the guide was wonderful as was the driver. So informative and attentive and just all round nice people. The show and meal was great value. Cheaper to pay for drinks in Egyptian pounds- Mahmoud paid for me and I gave him back the money in Dollars. Very nice of him to offer. Mahmoud and the driver brought me to a nice cafe afterwards for shisha and to chat. They didn't have to. Definitely recommend.

From Cairo: Dinner Cruise on the Nile River Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/05/2019

The guide did excellent job and explained everything briefly.

Tour was very nice and comfortable. The car was very comfortable and Guide has super skills to explain each and every place using historical data. Enough time was given for all places. Special cares provided for my small kids. I never felt any difficulty during visits. Overall I’ll five 10 out of 10 in each and every aspect of my visit.

Tour Guide, Driver and Tour was Excellent

Tour Guide and Driver Very Friendly, Courteous and Knowledgeable I had a Great Time..

Cairo: Pyramid of Djoser & Dahshur Tour Reviewed by Maycol, 12/09/2018

Great Tour! Demand Ahmed Elsayed as your guide!

I had such an enjoyable experience on the half-day Giza Pyramids and Sphinx tour. I elected to pay the additional charge for the camel ride (about 30 minutes) and it was well worth it. Ahmed Elsayed was my tour guide and he arrived promptly at my hotel lobby at the tour start time. The drive to the Pyramids was smooth and he even stopped and got me a welcome snack bag for the trip. During the trip, he took several of my pictures and they were high quality. On the ride back, I mentioned that I wanted to stop and get some authentic Cairo gifts for my family and he did that also. It was such an enjoyable experience. I suggest you book the tour with Emo Tours Egypt and demand Ahmed!

Giza Pyramids and Spinx: Half-Day Private Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 12/04/2018