Cairo Travel Guide

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Cairo Highlights

  • Pro
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     An overload of history where the ancient and modern are juxtaposed seamlessly. 

  • Con
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     Traffic, congestion, pollution, touts 

  • In a nutshell
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     Mixing Old & New Together To Make One Awesome City! 

Cairo Things to Do

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  • Egyptian Museum

    Apart from the no photography thing, which in many ways I can understand, I found the museum un kempt, ill labled, and dirty. The 2 exceptions to this were the Tutankhamun section and the royal mummies. Both of these areas were great. There is so much to see here, but there is so many things all jumbled together. Glass cabinets have the glass...

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  • Khan el Khalili

    If you are acquainted with souks and bargainning, this may be just one more commercial area. But if you want to feel the pulse of arab deals and feel the real Cairo you must not skip this famous street, and its tents and shops of any kind. I must confess that we were not impressed, maybe because... it was one more... we were short in time......

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  • Gizeh Pyramids

    Everybody has a good image of what drags millions to Cairo - the pyramids; Everybody knows that they are extremely big; Anyway, everybody gets surprised when trying to make a picture of them and, even from the distance, they confirm their astonishing dimensions. That, and the sensation felt in front of the most important landmark of mankind, are...

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Cairo Hotels

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Cairo Restaurants

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  • Felfela Restaurant

    Overrated and overpriced restaurant! I have always wondered why this place is so popular especially among tourists? then after going there with my Dutch friend & her boyfriend and drink the worst lemonade ever I just realized if it wasn't for the location (Down town), the alcoholic and being mentioned in several guidebooks...No one would have ever...

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  • Fast Food

    I know it's sounds cheesy to right a review about a fast food restaurant but for fast food's lovers like me it's not! Here's the thing Fast food in Egypt is SUCKS by all standers; so if I am gonna pick the workable one I'll go for Hardee's. in my opinion it's better than Mcdonald's, the quality of the food is much better so is the varieties If you...

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  • Maison Thomas

    Maison Thomas on 26th july St. in the Zamalek district is my favorite place to get a quick pizza or burger when in Cairo. It's mostly carryout but there are some high tables and chairs available if you wish to dine in. Sit by the windows and watch the traffic go by and hear the constant honking horns of Cairo. They're open 24 hours a day, so...

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Cairo Nightlife

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  • Dancing

    Beside the nile river in a very nice boat called (Blue Nile) At El Morocco you can listen to Arabic, English, French, Italian, Latino, and much more and dance till 4am Minimum age is 25 Minimum charge is 75 Egytian pounds = 14 $ It is decorated in the Moroccan style

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  • Belly Dance

    The hotel were useless and wouldnt recommend a good place for bellydancing - the guide book recommended the Palmyra, but in the end we didnt go. We ended up on a Nile cruise and they offered dinner and music and a belly dancer. Ask in your hotel but there was one of several that left from in front of the Sheraton, and another one 2 bridges down...

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  • On the Nile

    this will be my nightlife tips on Nile River Cruise, I will have separate thing to do and restaurant tips for it. what tour of Cairo is not complete with a Nile River Dinner Cruise? cruising along the mighty Nile River, where the Egyptian and other Civilisations (such as the Nubians) started as territorial egypt then was only along the first 50...

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Cairo Transportation

  • Taxis

    Like with every other mode of transportation in Cairo - there really seem to be no rules. The lines on the road are decorations as are the lights, if they are working. The same is with my taxi ride. This may be the normal way it happens, or maybe it was a special case. I had missed my flight back to Canada after a series of unplanned events that...

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  • To/From Airport

    Since we were staying at the New 6th of October City which is located more then 65 kilometers away from Cairo International Airport in Heliopolis, the only mode of transport in going to the airport will be via Taxi or private van and tour buses (since we are on a group tour, tour buses ferried us to the airport) and public buses travel from the...

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  • Subway/Metro

    Getting to the Giza Pyramids from Downtown Cairo can be expensive and time consuming. A taxi will cost you at the minimum 50 LE ($10) each way and takes about an hour to and from the Pyramids. The best option is to take the red line metro to the Giza Station stop for 1 LE each way (.20 cents) and then from Giza Station you can catch a cab to the...

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Cairo Shopping

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  • Khan el Khalili

    It is the place to buy typically oriental souvenirs and handmade crafts. Atmospheres of this traditional market with the labyrinth layout of the streets gives visitors o lot of pleasure and impression what medieval markets once were like. This is the place to train your negotiation skills, traders speak all known languages and if you are from...

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  • Supermarkets

    There are two main supermarkets, or "Markets" as they're called in Cairo. In my area of Zamalek, I visit the two main suppliers of Metro and Alpha. These are typical supermarkets with aisles and many international brands. Don't expect any items to be organised in specific areas as one would expect, you have to actually walk the entire shop to find...

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  • Duty Free Shops at Cairo International...

    Having 3 terminals, Cairo International Airport has duty free shops in all three terminals and with National Carrier Egypt Air dominating the shops in Terminal 3, In terminal 1, where most of the International Airlines are housed, there are also a number of Duty Free Shops but less in umber than terminal 3. the shops are independently owned and...

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Cairo Local Customs

  • Dress Codes for Women

    The nile river cruise is apparently not only popular with tourists going to egypt as even locals do this as when we were at the cruise, there was a wedding party present and the reception is at the Nile river cruise. the bride were a traditional white wedding dress and since Islam mandates women to wear modest clothes, the bride has her hair and...

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  • Islam

    Take caution when traveling to Egypt! Make a honest person you know meet you at the airport, or some trustworthy person! The taxi drivers there will rip you off if you don't know the rates, so keep someone trustworthy with you. There should be a trustworthy person with you all ways there advising you what to do there. Make sure you only talk to...

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  • Bargaining

    Bargaining. Us Anglo's just don't get it, do we? In England about the only time we enter into any negotiation over price is when we buy a car or a house. Here' it's different. A love of the deal is part of the Levantine culture. You have to understand, and go along with it. Price is always flexible. In practise everyday items are more or less...

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Cairo Warnings and Dangers

  • Women

    My cuz and I are both Cypriot muslims and are quite aware of the culture to a certain extent although we are born in London. We had the most uncomfortable week both in our hotel, the Pyramisa and outside. There were two pools both of which only have locals. The women are all covered up so when we wanted to lie in our bikinis, became very...

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  • Airport and Luggage

    Copy of e-mail I sent directly to the airport management on May 26. Until today no respond. Based on the reviews bellow I know now that I will not get answer. The airport management must know what’s going on and most likely are part of the ongoing extortions. Dear HR representative. I tried several time to send you my complaint bellow via your...

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  • Hawkers and hassle

    being the number one tourist destination of egypt, the Giza Necropolis, where the Great Pyramids are located, has lots of mini stalls, hawkers, touts asking for alms and selling items and other unscrupolous elements like the pick pockets, photo scammers and the like. since having permanent shopping stalls are not allowed in the Complex, the sellers...

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Cairo Tourist Traps

  • Camels

    don't ever pose in front of camels around the giza necropolis area as eventhough you are not riding them and you are just in front of them and taking pictures, the camel herders wil pester you, rather aggressively to pay them for the picture! they will ask 40 LE (about 5 US Dollars) as payment, even though they are not the ones who took the shot...

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  • Papyrus

    I was on a visit to cairo (egypt) in the month of october 2012. I was residing in the hotel semiramish. One fine morning I walked few steps away from my hotel and a young guy aged around 18-20 yrs came to me and started greeting me. Welcome to Cairo my brother etc. He was able to speak english and told me that he is a history art student. I asked...

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  • Money/Prices

    Be careful when buying small stone carvings and papyrus. They will always tell you that those are authentic but most of the items they sell in cairo are fake ones. They are not real stones and definitely not real papyrus..so try to pay the price for a replica.

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Cairo What to Pack

  • Clothes

    Everyone Knows that Cairo is located in the Harsh Sahara Desert and that it can get really hot in the area and also at The Pyramids of Giza as all people visiting Cairo also visits the Pyramids of Giza, and that You can get sun burned easily even if you have brought sun tans along if you don't cover your head with a hat of a cap as 20% of liquid...

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  • Toiletries/Medical Supplies

    late may to october, this is the hottest months Egypt, and in Cairo, where the temperature rises up to 52 degrees celsius (125 fahrenheit) as it is in the middle of the sahara desert after all, it is best to bring sun screen lotions (preferably the higher SPF's of 50 to 120) to put into your face, neck, upper back and arms as to prevent any sunburn...

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  • Money/Credit Cards

    If you are planning to live for an extended period of time (study abroad, work abroad etc.) then there are some money issues you will need to know. - Have two bank accounts in your home country, each with their own ATM card and access (make sure they have FOUR digit pin numbers, not more or less, and I prefer to also have Visa or Mastercard...

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Cairo Off The Beaten Path

  • Other Destinations in Egypt

    the Saint Joseph Cathedral is located along the european district of Cairo and sits along the embassy row and is one of the few Latin Rite Roman Catholic Churches in Egypt (there are other eastern Rite Catholic Churches in Cairo like the Coptic Catholic, Maronite, Melkite, Armenian Catholic and more) as egypt only has about a 200,000 plus Roman...

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  • Memphis and Sakkara

    On the road approaching the Step Pyramids in Sakkara you will see several carpet making schools on both sides of the road. I have read and heard a lot about these places. Reviews range from overpriced carpet shops preying on busloads of unexpecting tourists to child labor sweatshops. I have also read that they are what they purport to be which is...

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  • City of the Dead

    City of the Dead (Qarafa, Arafa) is a four mile long cemetery from northern to southern part of Cairo, Egypt. To the people of Cairo and other Egyptians, it is simply el'arafa which means "the cemetery". It is a bustling grid of tombs and mausoleums where people live and work amongst their dead and ancestors. Many residents live here to be near...

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Cairo Sports & Outdoors

  • Dreamland Golf Course

    the Main attraction of the 6th of October City in Giza is the Dreamland Golf Course, which is a 45 hole golf course with lush greens and tifton grass, located in the desert and the resort has it's own Dreamland Resort hotel with 450 rooms for tourists. There are various resort hotels lining the area like the sheraton, the hilton, and our hotel, the...

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  • Suffering horses - book a reputable...

    The solution to these suffering horses is to plan ahead and book a reputable guide in advance of your trip. I'm providing the link for the guy I used (his name is Phil). I was very pleased with the condition of the horses at the stable he used. It was farther away from the tourist trap entrance area - indeed it is a sad sight to see the conditions...

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  • Horse riding

    If once in Cairo, never miss horse back riding around the pyramids by a full moon light or at sunset.Camel riding is better in Sinai than it is in Cairo, you can go on safari riding a camel there much better than in Cairo.The stables to rent horses is around the pyramids, better go in a group, or with an Egyptian.Avoid getting cheated the price is...

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Cairo Favorites

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  • Advises

    the foreign curency exchange ATM's are different from the international ATM's, in that you can exhange you US Dollar, European EU, Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars and other selected currencies like the Saudi Arabian Riyal, Kuwait Dinar or the Bahraini Dinar into Egyptian Pound (LE) via a fixed exchange rate via these automated teller machines,...

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  • Gizeh Pyramids

    We've been to Cairo twice. The Pyramids and Sphynx are awesome sites. Remember it is a tourist spot so peddlers will come from everywhere. Enjoy the sites first, then bargain for souvenirs. Stay in site of the bus parking. Visit the Cairo Museum. It is amazing. The history of the site.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    like in any country, egypt has lots of snack foods and junk foods present and there is a cornucupia of assorted snack foods which you can buy in and around cairo which are made by local companies, multinational companies and local street hawkers and they range from halal potato chips, nachos, assorted small cakes, yogurts, finger foods, falafel and...

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