We can offer tours in Cairo too. Our driver and guide will meet you from your plane or train or hotel and take you round all Cairo has to offer.
Cairo has always been attracting travellers, dating back over 10 centuries ago to the time of the Mamluks. However, the beautiful, hectic, crowded, surprising, enchanting (and every other cool sounding adjective) city of Cairo is still in the eyes of the Egyptians, the City Victorious, known officially as al-Qahirah or simply “Masr”, the name for Egypt as a whole.
Cairo is one of the world’s largest urban areas and offers many sites to visit. Almost every Egyptian Pyramid, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza on the very edge of the city. There are also ancient temples, tombs, gorgeous Christian churches, magnificent Muslim monuments, and of course, the Egyptian Antiquities Museum all either within or nearby to the city.
As long as you’re willing to loosen your senses and lose yourself to this majestic city, you can discover the sweetness of Cairo; the cosiness of small cafes and the pleasure of strolling along narrow streets. It would be impossible to accurately describe Cairo fairly; it is truly one of a kind.
Cairo, Egypt is an amazing city full of life and movement, and it is that way almost 24 hours a day, with the noisy honking of horns, children playing in the streets and merchants selling their wears and services.
When you arrive, our partner in Cairo, Waleed Mohammed of Kairo Eyes can arrange the following trips.
More than 100,000 antiquities from almost every period of ancient Egyptian history are housed in the Egyptian Museum. With so much to see, trying to get around everything in one go is liable to induce Pharaonic fatigue. Without doubt, the exhibit that outshines everything else is the treasure of the young New Kingdom pharaoh Tutankhamen – don’t miss the astonishing solid-gold death mask.
The Pyramids at Giza are the best known of the ancient pyramids. Part of a massive necropolis attached to the ancient capital of Memphis, their wonder lies in their age and in the twin mysteries of how they were built and what for. The key sites to visit are Giza, closest to Cairo, as well as Abu Sir, Memphis, Saqqara and Dashur.
World Heritage-listed Islamic Cairo is the old medieval metropolis, stretching from the northern walls and gates of Al-Qahira down to Fustat in the south. Unchanged over the centuries, the neighbourhood is a maze of narrow, twisting alleyways lined with splendid mosques and medieval facades. Vans compete for right of way with donkeys and carts, and boys with impossibly laden barrows. Remember to dress appropriately if you’re planning to take in some mosques, and take your shoes off before entering prayer halls. Most mosques are closed to visitors during prayer times.
Home to Egypt’s rulers for 700 years, the impressive fortifications offer a superb panorama of the city. The nearby Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is the finest piece of Mamluk architecture in Cairo, while the Madrassa and Mausoleum of Qalaun is one of the most lavishly decorated Mamluk interiors. The Northern Cemetery, where the city’s homeless squat cheek to jowl with the city’s dead, buried in their mausoleums. It is home to the Mosque of Qaitbey, whose exquisitely carved dome is a must-see.
Museum of Islamic Art
Has one of the world’s finest collections of Islamic applied art. James Bond fans may recognise the Orientalist fantasy Gayer-Anderson Museum, the only fully furnished medieval house in the city, from The Spy Who Loved Me.
The Pharaonic Village Reconstruction of Ancient Glory
It is a village built entirely in the ancient style, inhabited by some 300 people living in the Ancient Egyptian atmosphere and practicing all agricultural and industrial activities with the same tools and implements used in Ancient Egypt. The village covers 150,000 m2 at Ya’aqoob Island, Giza, only a few miles from downtown Cairo. The village teems with hundreds of birds and animals known in ancient times, some of which are now completely extinct. It is surrounded by 5000 trees tall enough to screen adjacent vestiges of modern life, making a visitor feel as if gone back 5000 years in history. Transportation through the village is carried out through navigable canals by means of floating amphitheatres. Fantastic for kids ******
Built during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser, this 187m-high slender tower on an island in the Nile offers spectacular views of Cairo. Its concrete lattice work with a fluted lotus flower finial is unique. It has fantastic panoramic views of Cairo from the top.
The Whirling Dervishes, a Sufi sect founded in Turkey, extol music and dance as a way to shred their earthly ties and give themselves wholly to God; for voyeurs like you, their form of worship will be a dazzling – and dizzying – spectacle.
Floating restaurants – such as The Nile Pharaoh and Golden Pharaoh, a mock-pharaonic barge bedecked in scarab friezes and golden lotus flowers – provide a refreshing if somewhat kitschy way to view the Nile. They have also belly dancing parties at night.
Cairo’s famous bazaars live up to their billing – they’re overflowing with brass and copper goods, jewellery, rugs, hand-crafted musical instruments, and spices; and even for non-shoppers, the haggling and frantic peddling are sights in themselves.
Once known as Babylon, this ancient part of Cairo predates the coming of Islam and is the seat of the Coptic Christian community. The area’s heartland is a small, tightly walled compound known as Coptic Cairo. Once hosting more than 20 churches within less than a square kilometre, this number is now down to five. It remains a haven of tranquillity. Pick of the crop is the Coptic Museum, which houses Coptic art from Graeco-Roman times to the Islamic era. Also worth a visit are the Al-Muallaqa (Hanging Church) and St Sergius church, on whose site the Holy Family are reputed to have sought shelter in a cave during their Flight into Egypt.
Dashur & Abu Sir
Some 20km (12.4mi) south of Saqqara, Dashur is an impressive field of 4th- and 12th-dynasty pyramids. There were originally 11 pyramids at the site, although only the Bent and Red Pyramids remain intact. Access is variable, we can advise on this.
Memphis and Saqqara (Step Pyramid). The oldest Stone Building in history.
There isn’t much left of the former Pharaonic capital of Memphis, 24km (15mi) south of Cairo, although the museum contains a fairly impressive statue of Ramses II. The real reason for heading out here is to see the pyramids, temples and tombs strewn around Saqqara, the heart of Memphis’ ancient necropolis, 3km (1.8mi) away from the former capital