Cairo

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Cairo which includes heritage architecture
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 theEgyptian Museum, explore the breathtaking architecture and streetscapes ofIslamic Cairoand immerse yourself in the contemporary arts on the island of Gezira. Just 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Cairo at theGizaPlateau, enter the tombs of the pharaohs at theGreat Pyramidsand marvel at theGreat Sphinx.

Start your adventure into the history of the city by exploringOld Cairo, an area surrounded by the walls ofBabylon Fortress, dated at nearly 2,000 years old. In the area around the fortress, known asCoptic Cairo, you will find theCoptic Museum, home to artefacts of early Christian history, art and culture. Don’t miss theHanging 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

Mamlouk Pyramids Hotel
Mamlouk Pyramids Hotel
Abou El Houl El Seyahi, Giza
Fully refundable
The price is $41 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6
Stay at this hotel in Giza. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Giza Pyramid Complex and Sound and Light Theater are located ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
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"We had a pleasant stay at the mamlouk pyramids hotel. My reason for rating it the way I did is based on Cleanliness, location, accessible food, facilities and the view. Cleanliness: as others have explained cleanliness is where this hotel needs improvement. Knowing tbe situation upon arrival, I took ..."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Le Méridien Cairo Airport
Le Méridien Cairo Airport
5 out of 5
Cairo Airport , Terminal 3, Cairo, 11341
The price is $122 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cairo. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (825 reviews)
"Quiet and convenient"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

Concorde El Salam Hotel
Concorde El Salam Hotel
5 out of 5
65 Abdel Hamid Badawi St, Cairo, 11776
The price is $83 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cairo. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (809 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly. Property was well kept."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
NewCity Suites & Apartments
NewCity Suites & Apartments
3 out of 5
39 Chark Compound, infront of new AUC Campus, New Cairo
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in New Cairo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
3.6/5 Good! (57 reviews)
"Central location. Good value for money."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Ocean Blue Studios
Ocean Blue Studios
1258 El-Nasr Road, Plot 1258, Cairo, Cairo Governorate, 11799
Stay at this apartment in Cairo. Enjoy free WiFi, a children's pool, and free bicycles on site. Popular attractions Tivoli Dome and City Stars are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
"The room was great. It had a really comfortable bed and pillows and the room was spacious and modern. Perfect spot to stay to be near the airport."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Prime Residence New Cairo
Prime Residence New Cairo
New Cairo 1, New Cairo, Cairo Governorate, 11865
Stay at this aparthotel in New Cairo. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and dry cleaning or laundry services. Popular attractions Point 90 Mall and Maxim ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"everyone was great! the staff was amazing. really liked this place."

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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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