Top Tours & Activities in Cairo
You can't swing a hookah in Cairo without striking archeological treasure! "The City of a Thousand Minarets" boasts not only stunning Ottoman mosques, but ancient wonders and a clash of modern and traditional cultures. Here's what to see.
Book a day trip to this stepped tomb built by the earliest known architect, Imhotep. The Pyramid of Djoser has survived over 4 millenia, though all that remains of the Pharoah Djoser is his left foot!
The museum boasts the world's largest collection of Egyptian antiquities, including Tutankhamen's solid gold death mask. Expect strict security measures, but it's truly a must-see!
Finished in 2005, it's already hard to imagine how the site of the breathtaking Al-Azhar Park was once a mountain of garbage accumulated over five centuries!
For a tour of Cairo's religious life and history, there's no better place to start than at the city's oldest mosque. Al-Azhar Mosque was built in 970AD and it's also home to the world's first university!
Khan Al-Khalili,Cairo's most prominent souk (market), is as old as the Egyptian capital itself, and its economic heart still beats with tourists and locals alike!
Crowning its citadel is Cairo's most prominent landmark. Not only is the stunning Mosque of Muhammad Ali one of the best places to visit, it offers greats views of the city too.
Though home to two of Cairo's most famous icons – the Great Pyramids and Sphinx – the Necropolis' best attraction might actually be the fascinating ancient workers' village.
The best time to visit Cairo is from October through to May, when the weather isn't insufferably hot. Hotels are cheaper during its scorching summer, but don't settle for a place without air conditioning and a pool!
Book 3 or 4 days minimum just for sightseeing, but a full week is recommended for archeological day trips, or simply to uncover the many sides of Cairo's vibrant culture.
- LanguageModern Standard Arabic
- CurrencyEgyptian Pound EGP (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+20
- Best time to visitFrom October through May, you'll find cooler temperatures, making sightseeing more pleasant.
Things to Do in Cairo
Top Attractions in Cairo
- 1The Sphinx
- 2Pyramids of Giza
- 3Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
- 4Pyramid of Chephren
- 5Khan Al-Khalili
- 6Cairo Citadel
- 7Old Cairo
- 8The Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
- 9Alabaster Sphinx
- 10Pyramid of Menkaure
- 11Cairo Opera House
- 12Hanging Church
- 13Pharaonic Village
- 14Pyramid of Djoser
- 15City of the Dead, Cairo
- 16Tahrir Square
- 17Mosque of Muhammad Ali
- 18Mosque of Mohammad Ali Pasha
- 19Islamic Cairo
- 20Fort of Babylon
Other Sightseeing Options in Cairo
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What People Are Saying About Cairo
We booked an English guided tour to Alexandria from Cairo, the driver and the guid were at our hotel (JW Marriott ) sharp as stated in the ticket (07:00 am). We meet Mr.Ibrahim and his driver Mr.Hazim whom both were extremely very professional in carrying their duties and very informative answering every little and big questions from my 7 years old son who has fun with the trip. We visited 4 different sites in Alexandria including the great Alexandria library. What I really like about this tour the attention to the details both the company and the guid have put for us. For example, the lunch was in "the tikka palace" which was superb even for funny 7 years old kid. Mr. Ibrahim was very educative and delivered a lot of his knowledge to both of us in fun and exiting ways mad the whole visit very interesting and entertaining. I truly appreciated his safety consciousness towards kids and adults when it comes to broken steps on the way, lower
Our guide, Mohammed, was waiting for us in our hotel lobby some time before the departure time. He carefully explained to us what the day would hold, and then off we went. We started at The Citadel, and we found our visit to the spectacular Mohammed Ali Alabaster Mosque very special. Such a beautiful place, with a highly sacred atmosphere within. It was the first time in any mosque for the both of us, and we were delighted with the welcome in which we were received. We took many beautiful picture both outside and in, and we sat for about 15 minutes inside as Mohammed walked us through the history of the mosque and how the principals of Islam applied to it’s construction. Before leaving the Citadel, we also visited the 14th century Ahmed Ebn Tulun mosque which was again charming but on a much smaller scale. Onwards to visit the mosque of thanksgiving, the 11th century Bab Al-Futuh mosque, where we had the opportunity to go up into the minaret for some great views around Cairo. We al
Our guide Ahmed Ettler and his driver were excellent from the start. Met on time, and driven and escorted everywhere with minimum of fuss. Ahmed was very knowledgable, starting our day out with a short yet adequate visit to Memphis, then on to the Step Pyramid and tombs at Sakkara, then a break for an good open buffet lunch (included in the price) in Giza, finishing with a spectacular tour of the Great Pyramids. Ahmed tactfully advised us how to carefully manage souvenir sellers and camel drivers at the various sites visited, without our causing offence. We would like to book this very courteous and helpful team again for more excursions whilst here, and highly recommend both guide and driver.
Ahamid left a great impression on me because he was very knowledgable and Professional regarding egypts history Thanks to Ahamid I have fond memories of Egypt where he gave me time. to enjoy being in the presence of these great monuments and Pyramids I would of preferred Ahamid to lead the entire tour through out Egypt down to Aswan and Luxor and on the Nile but I had already prebooked with another tour company I highly recommend Ahamid to anyone I know that will travel to Egypt via Real Egypt tours Thank you Real Egypt tours especially Ahamid for the highlight of my tour when I visited Cairo
To start sharing my travel experience to my fellow travelers, I book this tour from Get Your Guide. The local company who rendered the service is Emo Tour. This local tour company in Egypt requested that I made some changes to my itinerary to accommodate my other tour. So, I tried to switch my Itinerary supposedly this tour on October 8 but made some changes as requested by EMO Tour Egypt. So, this tour happen on 10-9-16. I am pick up by Mohamed who is very friendly and drop me off in Cairo airport flying round trip with Egyptair. My first time flying and traveling alone in Egypt. Then my guide is already waiting at the International Airport in Luxor with a friendly welcoming smile. She explained in great details the ancient history of Egypt. Shimaa Ismail is my tour guide. She is very friendly and knowledgeable. I felt comfortable the whole day that I am with her.I really enjoy my tour of Luxor temple,Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memmon. I recommend it. This is a must see.