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 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

Le Méridien Cairo Airport
Le Méridien Cairo Airport
5 out of 5
Cairo Airport , Terminal 3, Cairo
The price is $80 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Heliopolis, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Baron Empain Palace, City Stars, and Cairo International Stadium. Cairo International Convention ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (605 reviews)
"Great for short-term stays or transits where access to the airport is desirable. Direct access from terminal 3 to the hotel lobby, but the information wasn’t shared in advance on the website. It should be relayed to guests, otherwise they will end up walking all the way around the parking lot. The ..."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Le Méridien Cairo Airport
Marriott Mena House Cairo
Marriott Mena House Cairo
5 out of 5
6 Pyramids Road, Giza
The price is $179 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
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 Giza Solar Boat ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (341 reviews)
"Great location; beautiful view and great customer service"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Marriott Mena House Cairo
Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo
Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo
5 out of 5
12 Ahmed Ragheb Street, Cornish El-Nile, Garden City, Cairo
The price is $112 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
This family-friendly Cairo hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Tahrir Square and American University of Cairo. Egyptian Museum and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (761 reviews)
"Great quality and location Wonderful staff for the most part (in particular at reception based on my experience). Pricing of food needs to be seriously reviewed and revised (quality is good but would not justify that level - way overpriced for Egyptian and even international standards)."

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo
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
The price is $46 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of The American University in Cairo and Point 90 Mall. Maxim Mall is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) ...
3.6/5Good! (47 reviews)
Satisfied and will book again if needed
"The place has a very good location, there is a nice mall close by and the area is good. The hotel needs some renovation it gives you a dark feeling at first then you get used to it. Overall its good for short stay it has almost everything needed."

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

NewCity Suites & Apartments
Downtown Apartment
Downtown Apartment
3 out of 5
11 Sherif Basha St., Downtown, Cairo, Cairo
The price is $48 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Downtown Cairo, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Abdin Palace, Egyptian Museum, and Tahrir Square. American University of Cairo and Cairo ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"Comfortable, plenty of room, well placed for shopping"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Downtown Apartment
Villa in Golf Al-Solaimaneyah Resort Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road
Villa in Golf Al-Solaimaneyah Resort Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road
6th of October City, Giza Governorate
Located on a lake, this family-friendly villa is within 25 mi (40 km) of Mall of Arabia, Carrefour Dandy Mega Mall, and Dreamland Golf Course. Giza Solar Boat ...
Villa in Golf Al-Solaimaneyah Resort Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road
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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