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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 and professional tour operator, nice show

Very easy to book, very fast responding of the tour operator in Cairo, excellent service, in particular the option to be picked up from the hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful. If you are on a tight schedule in Cairo, I definitely recommend you use this service and visit the sound and light show.
Cairo: Sound & Light Show Giza Pyramids Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/06/2016

Service was prompt and timely as promised.

I'm glad I found this site for booking my airport transfers while in Egypt. The cars were newer cars and the drivers very courteous. Thank you for providing this service. I did however have to email the different companies to confirm my pickup.

My flight was an hour late and they still waited!

Really friendly guide and driver. I was amazed they didn't leave when the flight was delayed. Gave me a little tour of Cairo on the way into town.

The tour exceeds expectation and is made more interesting.

Ahmed Fayed is incredibly knowledge-able and professional as a tour guide. He is prepared to answer every question thrown not just about the tour itself but Egypt as whole. He makes sure every important part of the sites is covered memorably. I could not have recommended having Ahmed Fayed as our personal tour guide and EmoTours for organising such tours. Thank you for making sure we had such great time in Alexandria.

Perfect trip to Cairo / Perfekter Ausflug nach Kairo

We had the wonderful luck to decide for that great trip. Short after booking Ibrahim contacted us and confirmed everything including time schedule. Pickup/flight went well and Mamdouh (speaks German/English/Russian/French) picked us up in Cairo. We've seen the Egyptian museum, had lunch close to the pyramids and then visited an old mosque, a church and a synagogue in ancient Babylon. Mamdouh knows everything and gives you the best support you can wish. He even keeps street vendors away from you! In the evening we've been to a cruise on river Nile and walked along Cairo's streets. Next day we went to Saqqara and egyptologist Mamdouh led us to and IN(!) tombs. After lunch we visited the Great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, had coffee in a street bar and then went to Al Khalili bazaar. Thank you so much for the wonderful trip! PS: Are you afraid of visiting Cairo? Don't be! People are nice, we felt safe the whole time and thanks to the careful driver Said even the traffic was okay :)

Cairo
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