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Cairo

The Cradle of Civilization

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is one of the most compelling and chaotic cities you'll experience, and also one of the most memorable. Crossed by the Nile, Africa's largest and most cosmopolitan city is the gateway to the world's greatest ancient wonders and civilizations, but also home to 17 million people who make it buzz with life at any hour of the day or night.

Diverse architectural styles, extreme wealth and poverty, Parisian boulevards and crumbling façades, skyscrapers and minarets, appalling traffic, lively cafés and nightclubs make up a city that may not conquer you at first sight, but that will leave a lasting impression.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. The GIZA PYRAMIDS, the enigmatic ancient wonders.
  2. The spectacular treasures of ancient Egypt in the Egyptian Museum.
  3. The sights and smells of the bustling KHAN EL KHALILI BAZAAR.
  4. A Nile cruise.
  5. The architecture and city views from the CITADEL.
  6. The art of pre-Islamic Egypt in the Coptic Museum.
  7. The art of the Islamic world in the Museum of Islamic Arts.
  8. The Townhouse Gallery 's contemporary art.
  9. The views from the top of CAIRO TOWER.
  10. Trips to the ancient temples of Luxor and Aswan.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

Egyptian food may not be as exciting as Moroccan or other North African cuisines, but Cairo does offer some good dining options. Most are inexpensive and have some attractive surroundings, especially those facing the Nile. Most of the best restaurants are in hotels, and while those tend to focus on international cuisine, many blend local traditions.

Shopping

Visiting the souks in Cairo (especially Khan El-Khalili) is more for capturing local color (and the scent of the spices) than to do any serious shopping. Walking around the city will take you past artisans selling their painted papyrus, perfumes, and a variety of crafts, but there isn't a real major shopping district. Just keep your eyes open as you walk around and you just may discover some authentic pieces created by local artists and designers.

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