Cairo Travel Guide

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Cairo Things to Do

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  • Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Cairo Museum contains the world's most impressive collection of ancient Egyptian art. The beautiful edifice itself, designed by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon, was built in 1903, during Cairo's Belle Epoque, as a showcase of Ancient Egyptian heritage. The sizeable museum is incredibly crammed with objects and artefacts, yet those on...

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  • Khan el Khalili

    4 out of 5 stars

    If you are acquainted with souks and bargaining, Khan-el-Khalili 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...

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  • Great Sphinx - Abu Al-Hol

    More than a mystery guarding the pyramids, the sphinx is a complex, with a temple showing some interesting details in its construction. (And providing a few blessing shades that give time to think and to appreciate the dimension of the whole) As a matter of fact there are two temples near the sphinx, but only the one facing it was built in the same...

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Cairo Hotels

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Cairo Restaurants

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  • Felfela Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    The place was crowded and has a good reputation. Nice interiors ad friendly service, but I was disappointed by the food. It was absolutely basic, no dressings and poor taste of both, vegetables and meat. None

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  • Abou El Sid Restaurant

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    restaurant in Zamalek area. We had a serie of various Egyptian dishes such as chiken liver, and the Sakkara beer, the food was really delicious and so the atmosphear. If you want you can also smoke shisha. The name outside is Charmerie Best dish is definitely the Molokhiyyah a delicious vegetable that can be eaten with rice.

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  • La Bodega Bistro

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a very nice restaurant in Zamalek area. It’s hard to notice it if you do not know as it is at the second floor of a palace. The cuisine is mainly international and not cheap, but anyway it’s better to book as we had difficulties in finding a table every night we went. Two dishes that were really excellet: the chicken tajeen and the lamb...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Cairo Transportation

  • Taxis

    Cairo has an abundance of taxis and they are quite cheap. A ride across town will barely cost $1. Sometime in the last decade, the old black taxis (in main photo) were completely eliminated and newer (but just as flimsy) cars were introduced with properly working meters. This has made it much easier and better to take a taxi. Those white taxis are...

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  • To/From Airport

    When I flew into Cairo the first time I wasn't sure I would be able to get into the country. Why? I didn't have a Visa, but I had been assured that Canadians are able to get a Visa On Arrival (VOA), you just pay for it and go through customs. Well other than the crowd of people (more than one flight had arrived) it was a breeze to get the VOA...

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  • Subway/Metro

    The Cairo Metro is great, fast, efficient, frequent and CHEAP - only 1EP per ride Cant ask for more than that It is frequent, and very easy to use. Give it a go and you will enjoy the experiance Go have a go :)

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Cairo Shopping

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  • Khan el Khalili

    The main bazaar of Cairo is Khan El-Khalili. Everything you may want can be found here. It is mostly a tourist market but towards the outer areas are some areas for locals. The shops are intermixed with coffee and hookah shops.

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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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  • Tourist bazaar

    The main bazaar of Cairo is Khan El-Khalili. Everything you may want can be found here. It is mostly a tourist market but towards the outer areas are some areas for locals. The shops are intermixed with coffee and hookah shops.

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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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  • Traffic

    The automobile traffic and rules on the roadway in Cairo is unlike any conventional heavy traffic. a. donkeys, camels and donkey drawn carriages hauling garbage share the roads with cars b. the traffic circles are a recipe for disaster as the 4 lanes of unlaned cars merge, change lanes, and exit. c. taxis from the 80's running on egyptian sweat...

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Cairo Warnings and Dangers

  • Women

    I love the people in Egypt ,of course I go there not for tourism but to see the dog kennels as I am a hobby breeder and they have some of the best of my breed . Other than the occasional misunderstandings between me and some people (kindness shown from a women is flirting there ) I had no travel problems , of course I did not take Taxi or bus as I...

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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • Hawkers and hassle

    Having just got back from 2 weeks in Egypt (Sharm, Cairo and Alexandria) and not normally a reviewer of my trips but thought it was really necessary to advise about the Giza Pyramids as it was by far the most stressful day of our trip and almost not worth the hassle, and we spent a total of 6 days in the Cairo area. I had read about and felt clued...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Cairo Sports & Outdoors

  • Horseback Riding

    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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  • Fitness Centers

    This club opened in june 2003,I must say it indeed the finest club in Cairo area.I have seen the site,and it`s very interesting and promising. "We can inspire people and make them play sports" quote by the club`s Vice-President and Director of Business Development. "We want to provide our youth with professional educational and training sports...

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  • Golfing

    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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Cairo General

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  • Advises

    Below are some references and recommended reading on Cairo/Egypt: Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture & Stories, by Barbara Pampe Paris Along The Nile - Architecture in Cairo from the Belle Epoque, by Cynthia Myntti Egypt's Belle Epoque - Cairo and the Age of the Hedonists, by Trevor Mostyn Islamic Monuments in Cairo - The Practical Guide,...

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  • People of Cairo

    This is a beautiful city with lot of similarity with our Indian city. We got down from Luxor at 5.30 in the morning, the city was on the move, people were buying tea, breakfast, going to work or school. I really love the way, people live there! It also shows that people are not lazy like many Asian countries, where people sleep through sunrise or...

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  • Egyptian Museum

    if you are touring the Egyptian National Musuem on a group tour like us, your tour guide and egyptologists guide will give you the wireless headphones as a means of communication as you go around the huge musuem as silence is strictly enforced inside (and also no picture and video taking). your egyptologist guide will talk to you via these wireless...

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