Overview Cairo

Visiting Cairo

Crowded bazaars, pickpockets, ornate mosques, Nile vistas, posh hotels and 16 million residents make the desert city of Cairo anything but deserted. Even more remarkable than its size are its archaeological treasures: the Pyramids at Giza, the ancient capital of Memphis, its necropolis of Saqqara and the famed collections of the Egyptian Museum.

You won’t want to miss the historic sites within the city itself. Islamic Cairo is packed with sights to see, like the sprawling Citadel Complex, the spiral minaret of the Ibn Tulun Mosque, and the massive marketplace, the ... Read More
Crowded bazaars, pickpockets, ornate mosques, Nile vistas, posh hotels and 16 million residents make the desert city of Cairo anything but deserted. Even more remarkable than its size are its archaeological treasures: the Pyramids at Giza, the ancient capital of Memphis, its necropolis of Saqqara and the famed collections of the Egyptian Museum.

You won’t want to miss the historic sites within the city itself. Islamic Cairo is packed with sights to see, like the sprawling Citadel Complex, the spiral minaret of the Ibn Tulun Mosque, and the massive marketplace, the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, the perfect place to get a taste of Cairo, and come away with the perfect souvenir.

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Stories and Tips Cairo

What to eat in Cairo, Egypt

Written by Prosperine on 05 Jan, 2011

So, you want a culinary experience when you are in Cairo, other than hotel food, American fast food or some snack you brought from the airport? There are a number of exotic restaurants from Lebanese to Syrian to Asian to Indian, so many menus will…Read More


Incessant Traffic and Smog

Written by Prosperine on 05 Jan, 2011

Bear in mind that a city that grew to have 21 million inhabitants may not have had the infrastructure to handle the same amount of automobile and motorcycle drivers. While I was told that the train system was safe and fast, there was nothing that…Read More


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CAIRO for the 2nd Day

Written by Mark Gokingco on 27 Oct, 2010

Remember that we spent the night at the Fairmont Nile City Cairo as part of the Ramses Tour package. (See my review). Our days started out late and without breakfast as you know. (See my story in Day 8) We met Mohamed at…Read More


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Top 10 Cairo & the Nile

Written by frangliz on 16 Jul, 2010

TOP 10 CAIRO & THE NILE(DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)by Andrew Humphreys'Top 10 Cairo & the Nile' opens with the ten unmissable highlights including the pyramids of Giza, the mosque of Al-Azhar, the temple of Philae and the Valley of the Kings. Carrying on…Read More


Eat Like an Egyptian

Written by frangliz on 16 Jan, 2010

Having lived in Egypt for over twenty years, I thought I would like to write a review of Egyptian cuisine. For the first few years I lived with my in-laws, and it wasn't exactly a typical household as my mother-in-law was a French Jewess, but…Read More


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Exploring Coptic Cairo and Shopping at the Khan

Written by nofootprint on 28 Dec, 2009

Coptic Cairo I have to admit I knew nothing about this area before we visited. It is an ancient area of Cairo dating back to the 6th century BC. We notice that the area is heavily guarded. We see armed police as we enter, with spiked…Read More


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Looking Back 4500 Years at The Great Pyramids of Giza

Written by nofootprint on 27 Nov, 2009

Our first view of the Cheops (also called the Pyramid of Khufu ) was from our restaurant window at lunch, as it simply towers over Giza. It’s surreal to sit eating pita and hummus while gazing at one of the top wonders of the…Read More


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Memphis, Ramses and the First Pyramid

Written by nofootprint on 25 Nov, 2009

Once we figured out we were an hour early ( didn’t know there was an hour time change) we were on our way with our guide for the Cairo area with Saed and our driver Tony. Saed is a walking history book ----he’s quite a…Read More


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NOGA Tours - Cairo, Egypt

Written by LAFRAGIA on 22 Nov, 2008

In February 2008, we journeyed to Egypt and had the opportunity to visit Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and take a cruise down the Nile River. This land takes your breath away! I myself became teary eyed. For the thought…Read More


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Carpet Factory

Written by jim on 06 Jul, 2004

On the way to see the State Pyramids at Sakurra, we stopped at a carpet factory at Ensultan. It was a short stop, but one of my favorite sites. You get a tour of the back rooms where the actual carpets are made.…Read More


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