Cairo is the largest city in Africa and capital of Egypt. It is one of the Middle East’s most vibrant cities. It is also one of the world’s most populated cities with nearly 20 million people living there.
Cairo is a fascinating city of contrasts, incredibly busy and hectic yet strangely alluring. It is a perfect blend of old and new. Cairo provides great culture, including art galleries and music halls. Its bustling streets and colourful souks conceal a staggering array of treasures. From the glory of the Pyramids to the mosques and churches of its old quarters, this is certainly a city break with a difference.
You can fly to this fascinating city in just under 5 hours from London Heathrow. There are daily flights with Egypt Air. There is an abundance of 4, 5 and 5* deluxe accommodation. The hotels are situated either in the hustle and bustle of Cairo city, or on the outskirts towards the Pyramids.
The most popular tourist sites are: -
The Egyptian Museum – without doubt, hosting the most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. It houses a staggering 120,000 exhibits, encompassing a unique wealth of ancient treasures, towering granite statues and mummified remains of the ancient Pharaohs. Its most prized possessions though are the treasures of Tutankhamun, including the magnificent golden funerary mask of the boy-king, which along with the exquisite collection of artifacts unearthed by Howard Carter in 1922, ranked amongst the greatest of all archaeological finds.
The Pyramids and Sphinx – The last surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza. There are actually three main pyramids in Giza; the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), the Pyramid of Kafhre and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura. Each pyramid is a tomb to a different King of Egypt. In front of the pyramids lies the Sphinx. Carved out of a single block of stone, this enormous cat-like sculpture has mesmerized millions of visitors. It is possible for you to go inside the pyramids, but be warned if you suffer from claustrophobia. The climbs are very steep and narrow so your knees have to be in good shape.
At night there is a Sound and Light Show centered around the Sphinx. You will pick up some interesting facts about the Pyramids.
Other excursions include Memphis, Saaqqara and the Citadel. You can also partake in a Dinner cruse along the Nile.