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Cairo Travel Guide

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Plan Your Cairo Vacation

On first impression, there is hardly a superlative too extreme to capture the epic scale of this city of some 15 million—or 14, or 16; no one really knows for sure—that sprawls in all directions. The traffic, the people, the chaotic rhythm of Cairo will all reinforce this impression, threatening to overwhelm you. So take your time, relax over a mint tea in a café, or wander the

quiet back alleys, and a different world will be revealed to you. In many ways Cairo is the proverbial overgrown village, full of little districts and communities that feel much smaller and more intimate than the city of which they're part.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The First View of the Great Pyramids Stand at the viewing platform on the Pyramids' plateau and gaze out over the only remaining wonder of the ancient world.
  2. King Tut Come face to face with Tutankhamun's golden funerary mask—and other treasures from his tomb—at the Egyptian Antiquities Museum.
  3. The Call to Prayer Stand in Islamic Cairo at sunset and enjoy the muezzins calling from hundreds of minarets in the district.
  4. Bettering Your Bargaining Skills Never pay the first asking price for that must-have treasure at Cairo's famous Khan al-Khalili bazaar.
  5. The Nightlife Enjoy a cocktail while chilling out to cool vibes at Buddha Bar, one of Cairo's trendiest night spots in the Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel.

When To Go

When to Go

Cairo is only uncomfortable for a couple of months a year. Spring and autumn are both gorgeous, with warm days and cool nights, though spring bri...

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