Holidays to Cairo

Cairo holidays offer a great opportunity to explore the largest city in Africa and are a time-honoured tradition with travellers from across the world. For hundreds of years this ancient city has drawn visitors from the African continent and further afield with its stunning array of delights and distractions.

Travellers taking holidays to Cairo can visit the city’s stunning centre, with its broad boulevards and rococo architecture or head to the Khan el Khalili, where winding passages offer a tableau of traditional Egyptian life, as well as some great shopping and dining gems. Be sure to head for the Coptic Quarter at Misr el-Qadima on the east bank; this is the city’s oldest area and home to a mix of religious centres, including Christian and Jewish faiths, which sit incongruously amongst the surrounding buildings.

For those seeking something a little different, from their Cairo holidays, the City of the Dead offers the opportunity to take a tour of one of the biggest necropolises in the world. The 7sq km site, sitting in the shadow of the Moqattam cliff, is the final resting place for people from all walks of life.

Holidays in Cairo are perfect for history buffs, with the world famous pyramids at Giza and the stunning Sphinx only a short hop away. Marvel at these awe-inspiring structures and take a tour of the surrounding desert by camel, before witnessing an incredible Egyptian sunset.

For many visitors, Cairo holidays are all about pharaohs and mummies and would not be complete without a visit to the Egyptian museum, which is home to some of the most significant finds in history. Amongst its most popular exhibits are those on display in the Tutankhamun Galleries, the showcase for the contents of the famous pharaoh’s tomb, which were brought to the city after the excavations at Luxor.

No visit to Cairo would be complete without spending some time in the Citadel, a stone stronghold that started life in the 12th Century, with the later addition of the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. The site, which towers above the modern city, offers a unique insight into Cairo’s past, as well as some spectacular panoramic views, which can, on a clear day, include the pyramids.

Visitors to Cairo will have plenty of opportunity for some serious retail therapy, from exploring the numerous street markets that are synonymous with the city, to checking out the big brand stores, which are there to serve visitors and locals alike. If you wish try your hand at shopping, Egyptian style, be ready to haggle with the local traders who offer an intoxicating range of souvenirs and gifts.

The city offers an extensive range of restaurants, from the authentic Egyptian experiences available in the markets and side streets, to some up market fine-dining destinations.


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