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Discover one of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations in the museums and nearby pyramids of Egypt’s dynamic and surprisingly modern capital. 

Cairo is a cultural delight. Discover glittering ancient treasures in the Egyptian Museum, explore the breathtaking architecture and streetscapes of Islamic Cairo and immerse yourself in the contemporary arts on the island of Gezira. Just 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Cairo at the Giza Plateau, enter the tombs of the pharaohs at the Great Pyramids and marvel at the Great Sphinx.

Start your adventure into the history of the city by exploring Old Cairo, an area surrounded by the walls of Babylon Fortress, dated at nearly 2,000 years old. In the area around the fortress, known as Coptic Cairo, you will find the Coptic Museum, home to artefacts of early Christian history, art and culture. Don’t miss the Hanging Church, which has religious paintings from the 8th to the 18th centuries. Next door, at the Ben Ezra Synagogue, visit the place baby Moses is said to have been found.

For a taste of contemporary Egyptian culture, head across one of the many bridges to Gezira Island, located in the centre of the Nile. Experience Egypt’s incredibly rich music scene at the Cairo Opera House or at the Egyptian Center for Culture and Art (Makan). Then dine by the Nile’s ancient waters or join a dinner cruise to take in the lights of Cairo at night.

If you’re keen to take some of Cairo home with you, go shopping at the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Here, you can sample street food and wander the labyrinth of stalls selling jewellery, perfume, spices, hand-painted pots and brass lanterns. After the bustle of the bazaar, take a break in one of Cairo’s green spots. Picnic in Al-Azhar Park’s shady, landscaped gardens or enjoy the views over the city from one of the restaurants that ring the park.

Cairo is easy to navigate via subway and bus services, but for trips to Giza and the Old City it’s best to go with a guided group so you don’t miss anything!

Where to stay in Cairo

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Downtown Cairo

4/5Very Good!(557 area reviews)

The interesting museums and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to Downtown Cairo. A stop by Egyptian Museum or Tahrir Square might round out your trip.

Downtown Cairo
Heliopolis, Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Heliopolis

3.5/5Good!(330 area reviews)

Heliopolis is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Baron Empain Palace, a top place to visit in the area.

Heliopolis
Sunset faluca ride. Amazing way to see the Nile

Maadi

4/5Very Good!(17 area reviews)

The live music and riverfront are just a few features travelers like about Maadi. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, The Hanging Church and Coptic Museum are a few top places to visit.

Maadi
The mighty Nile running through Cairo.

Zamalek

4/5Very Good!(93 area reviews)

Cafés, museums, and historic sites are some highlights of Zamalek. Make a stop by Aquarium Grotto Garden or Sports Center Gezirah Sporting Club while you're exploring.

Zamalek
يممم يممم .. حمام ومشويات وورق عنب وبتاع كلوو ياباشا 😍

Al Duqqi

4/5Very Good!(114 area reviews)

Visitors to Al Duqqi like its museums and live music, and Orman Botanical Gardens is a sight worth a stop.

Al Duqqi
A view of #Cairo from the top of Cairo Tower

Gezira

4/5Very Good!(21 area reviews)

Gezira is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Cairo Tower and Cairo Opera House while in the area.

Gezira

Top Hotels in Cairo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Marriott Mena House Cairo
Marriott Mena House Cairo
5 out of 5
6 Pyramids Road, Giza
The price is $102 per night

Located in Al Haram, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Grand Egyptian Museum and Giza Pyramid Complex. Great Sphinx of Giza and Pyramid of Khufu ...

4.4/5Excellent! (270 reviews)

"Perfect views of the pyramid with armed guards outside for safety"…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Marriott Mena House Cairo
Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
5 out of 5
3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek, Po Box 732 El Orman Giza, Cairo
The price is $89 per night

This family-friendly Cairo hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Cairo Opera House and Cairo Tower. Egyptian Museum and Museum of Islamic ...

4.3/5Excellent! (819 reviews)

"We've enjoyed our stay so much. The view was outstanding. Thank you for making us feel welcomed and loved. Highly recommend it."…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
El Remaya Square-Pyramids, PO Box 25, Giza
The price is $56 per night

Located in Al Haram, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Grand Egyptian Museum and Giza Pyramid Complex. Great Sphinx of Giza and Pyramid of Khufu ...

3.9/5Very Good! (843 reviews)

"Perfect hotel and great team. Amazing location with amazing view to the pyramids"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Cairo

Giza Pyramid Complex
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Giza Pyramid Complex

4.5/5(671 reviews)

Learn about the history of Giza Pyramid Complex, one of the top monuments in Giza. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Egyptian Museum
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Egyptian Museum

4.5/5(603 reviews)

Egyptian Museum is a popular museum in Ismailia with a rich history. Wander around the area's picturesque gardens or experience its fascinating museums.

Great Sphinx of Giza
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Great Sphinx of Giza

4.5/5(627 reviews)

Learn about the history of Great Sphinx of Giza, one of the top monuments in Giza. Wander around the area's picturesque gardens or experience its fascinating museums.

Tahrir Square
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Tahrir Square

4/5(303 reviews)

Learn about the history of Tahrir Square, one of the top monuments in Ismailia. Amble around this culturally rich area's picturesque gardens or experience its fascinating museums.

Cairo Tower
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Cairo Tower

4.5/5(254 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Cairo when you make a stop at a well-known site like Cairo Tower. Discover the area's fascinating museums, or seek out its local tours.

Khan el-Khalili
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Khan el-Khalili

4/5(437 reviews)

With a visit to Khan el-Khalili, a favorite shopping spot in Islamic Cairo, you can browse for souvenirs. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its fascinating museums.

Top things to do in Cairo

Pyramids, Sphinx & Sakkara Half-Day Private Tour
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Pyramids, Sphinx & Sakkara Half-Day Private Tour

$136
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Tour to the Pyramids,Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride and Lunch
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Tour to the Pyramids,Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride and Lunch

$119
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza
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Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza

$49
Per adult
Private Day Tour to Pyramids, Saqqara, Memphis, Dahshur
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Private Day Tour to Pyramids, Saqqara, Memphis, Dahshur

$130
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Half-Day Private Tour
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Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Half-Day Private Tour

$73
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
night-show suffi dance private tour in Islamic Cairo
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night-show suffi dance private tour in Islamic Cairo

$78
Per adult

Reviews of Cairo

4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
256
5 - Excellent 35.45706371191136%
4 - Good
269
4 - Good 37.257617728531855%
3 - Okay
142
3 - Okay 19.667590027700832%
2 - Disappointing
34
2 - Disappointing 4.7091412742382275%
1 - Terrible
21
1 - Terrible 2.9085872576177287%

5/5 - Excellent

Essam

Mar 20, 2020

The best people ever

4/5 - Good

Patricia

Mar 19, 2020

Unfortunate circumstances of corona virus and massive rain storms. Cairo is massive with a huge population to contend with. Historically fabulous of course which was our main interest

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

I love Cairo. I used to live there and find the life and people so energetic and kind. It is not an easy place to visit for Westerners. Finding a safe and comfortable hotel is important for single travelers.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

People are very cunning,cheat a lot,lie a lot,take advantage. Language is a huge issue. Do not take local taxis. Use Uber. Anyone who comes and starts talking with you or tries to suggest anything DECLINE or u will end up cheated

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 5, 2020

Interesting city, very noisy and polluted however, would not stay more than a few days to visit specific nearby attractions.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

We’ve travelled the world. We didn’t enjoy Cairo. It was very dirty & noisy. There is NOT a pleasant place to stroll along the Nile. We didn’t feel unsafe but kept our guard up, constantly approached By scammers under the pretense to help us

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