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CairoEgypt

Egypt is the land of pharaohs and pyramids, and home to the longest river the in world. You’ll find all this and more when you holiday in the thriving capital city of Cairo. One of the world’s most densely populated cities, Cairo is an exciting jumble of old and new. Medieval, Islamic and Coptic sites stand among modern streets packed with upmarket shops and business centres.

Cultural CairoCairo is overflowing with enigmatic mythology and world-famous cultural destination. Head to Old Cairo to explore the Coptic district, home to the Babylon Fortress, the Hanging Church and the Coptic Museum, as well as churches from the Christian period before the Islamic conquest. In the Citadel, a Medieval Islamic fort with grand designs and interesting architecture, there’s the Military Museum, the Carriage Museum and the nearby Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world.

A little further out is Giza, where you’ll find the Great Pyramid – which stood as the world’s tallest structure for 4,000 years – and the Sphinx. To this day no one really knows how they were built, but there are many theories.

Family Days OutAside from cutting your teeth on Ancient Egyptian history in Coptic Cairo or strolling around in the dusty depths of a towering pyramid, you can enjoy all manner of activities in Cairo that prove both educational and entertaining.

Start your holiday to Cairo with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, which is chock-a-block with fascinating antiquities. Next, venture to the Museum of Islamic Art and the more contemporary Museum of Modern Art, which combine to give visitors a taste of Egyptian art over the centuries.

Take to the Nile aboard a traditional Egyptian felucca (wooden boat), a wonderful outing for all the family which can be taken by day or by sunset. Come evening, Cairo Opera House makes for a fabulous night out with its array of symphony orchestra recitals and special performances.

Shopping in CairoShopping might not be something you would associate with Egypt’s great city, but as you’ll see on a holiday to Cairo, this city is full of surprises.

Zamalek, an island in the Nile between downtown Cairo and Giza, is a fashionable upmarket district popular for its green spaces, fine restaurants and contemporary shopping in independent boutiques. There is also a number of large malls in the central areas of Cairo – City Stars in Heliopolis and Cairo Festival City Mall in New Cairo – which are perfect for escaping the Egyptian heat of the day.

If you’re after somewhere a little more atmospheric to shop, go browsing at Khan el-Khalili, one of the biggest and oldest bazaars in the Middle East. Here, merchants hawk everything from textiles, gold and semiprecious stones to spices and locally grown produce, with the stalls all crammed into a maze of courtyards and skinny alleys. Cairo locals and tourists alike proclaim that this is one of Cairo’s must-see sights.

Where to stay in Cairo

Top hotels in Cairo

Ramses Hilton
Ramses Hilton
5 out of 5
1115 Corniche El Nile, Cairo
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £38 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb

This family-friendly Cairo hotel is located on the riverfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Egyptian Museum and Museum of Islamic Art. Cairo Opera House and Cairo Tower ...

3.6/5Good! (757 reviews)

"Liked everything. Staff was wonderful..Felt very safe;."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

Ramses Hilton
Le Méridien Cairo Airport
Le Méridien Cairo Airport
5 out of 5
Cairo Airport , Terminal 3, Cairo
The price is £70 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb

Located in Heliopolis, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of City Stars, Baron Empain Palace and Cairo International Stadium. Cairo International Convention ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (509 reviews)

"Nice hotel at Cairo Airport. Staff very friendly. Thanks!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2021

Le Méridien Cairo Airport
Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir
Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir
4 out of 5
The price is £42 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

This family-friendly Cairo hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square. American University of Cairo ...

4.4/5Excellent! (327 reviews)

"Nice hotel in Cairo Downtown. The staff and accommodations are great. Food was good and amazing security. Just a note: this area is very crowned during all days. A lot of scams close to the museum located in front of the hotel. Tips: uber works great in this area, just have them pick you up inside ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2021

Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir
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Top Holiday Rentals in Cairo

NewCity Suites & Apartments
NewCity Suites & Apartments
3 out of 5
39 Chark Compound, infront of new AUC Campus, New Cairo
The price is £38 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

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! (41 reviews)
Great stay

"Was great stay"…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

NewCity Suites & Apartments
Villa in Golf Al-Solaimaneyah Resort Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road
Villa in Golf Al-Solaimaneyah Resort Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road
Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road Golf, Al-Solaimaneyah El Wadi Yemen Villa #115, 6th of October City, Giza Governorate

Situated on a lake, this romantic resort is within 25 miles (40 km) of Mall of Arabia, Smart Village and Carrefour Dandy Mega Mall. Great Sphinx of Giza and ...

Villa in Golf Al-Solaimaneyah Resort Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road
Downtown Apartment
Downtown Apartment
3 out of 5
11 Sherif Basha St., Downtown, Cairo, Cairo
The price is £152 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

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 22 Mar 2020

Downtown Apartment
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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