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
Located in Heliopolis, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Baron Empain Palace, City Stars, and Cairo International Convention Centre. Cairo International ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (649 reviews)
"unfriendly , wooden, reception staff"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Le Méridien Cairo Airport
Marriott Mena House Cairo
Marriott Mena House Cairo
5 out of 5
6 Pyramids Road, Giza
Located in Al Haram, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Giza Pyramid Complex, Great Sphinx of Giza, and The Grand Egyptian Museum. Giza Plateau and Pyramid ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (366 reviews)
"Had the room with the pyramid view and it was worth it. Waking up and seeing an ancient seven wonders of the world was awesome! Service was good. Food was good, but my bf & I took turns having slight food poisoning…but other than that, we enjoyed our stay. Shout out to Sandy, the receptionist and ..."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 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
This family-friendly Cairo hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of American University of Cairo, Egyptian Museum, and Tahrir Square. Cairo Opera ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (780 reviews)
"Our stay was very comfortable and pleasant. The property was just as we expected. The staff was very accommodating."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo
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Madinaty Lodge By Travelholic
Madinaty Lodge By Travelholic
3.5 out of 5
Madinaty B6, New Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Located in Madinaty, this apartment building is within 25 mi (40 km) of Rehab Mall 1, City Stars, and Petro Sport Stadium. Kafraey Park and Kafrawy Mosque are ...
Madinaty Lodge By Travelholic
Maadi Royal Serviced Apartments
Maadi Royal Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Banks Street, \N, Cairo, Giza Governorate
Located in Al-Basatin, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Muhammad Ali Mosque, El Rifai Mosque, and Saladin Citadel. Babylon Fortress and The ...
Maadi Royal Serviced Apartments
Sultan Apartment Near HILTON Cairo Nile Maadi
Sultan Apartment Near HILTON Cairo Nile Maadi
3.5 out of 5
19 Maadi Nile Corniche, Riyad El Maadi, Tower # 2, Next to HSBC Head Office, Cairo, Cairo
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tahrir Square, Egyptian Museum, and Khan el-Khalili. Cairo Tower and Great Sphinx ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"We loved the spacious living area and the wonderful view of the Nile. You could even see the Pyramids in the distance."

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2019

Sultan Apartment Near HILTON Cairo Nile Maadi
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