A brief about the city

Situated on the River Nile, Cairo is famous for its own history, preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and Coptic sites in Old Cairo. The Egyptian Museum in the center of town is a must see, with its countless Ancient Egyptian artifacts, as is shopping at the Khan al-Khalili bazaar. No trip to Cairo would be complete, for example, without a visit to the Giza Pyramids, and to the nearby Saqqara Pyramid Complex, where visitors will see Egypt’s first step pyramid built by the architect Imhotep for the third dynasty pharaoh Djoser.

Places to visit

Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is the country’s most famous tourist attraction.

Egyptian Museum, on Midan Tahrir. The world’s premier collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Citadel, in Islamic Cairo. A grand castle built by Salah Al-Din. Also parts of the water pipes (Majra Al-Oyouon) are still there, these pipes used to carry the water from the Nile River to the citadel.

Al-Azhar Mosque. One of the pillars of Islamic thought and home to the world’s oldest university.

Ibn Tulun, close to Sayida Zeinab. The oldest, and maybe most beautiful mosque in Cairo.

The “Hanging Church” (Church of the Virgin Mary), in Zabaleen Area (District of Manshiet Nasser) below Mokkatam Hills, not far away from the Citadel

Cairo Tower (185 m./610 ft.) on Gezira Island offers a 360-view of Cairo, along with the Giza Pyramids off in the distance to the west.

Al-Azhar Park. A recently opened landscaped gardens overlooking the Citadel

Khan El Khalily. Cairo’s souk area where visitors will find many merchants selling perfume, spices, Gold, Egyptian hand craft.

Abdeen Palace. Located about one Kilometer away from the Midan El-Tahrir a five minutes’ walk, home of the last king of Egypt the exiled king Farouk.

Places to stay- Budget

Venice Hosokawaya-Just renewal opened in 2008. We are a very clean hostel and all of our rooms have A/C. We are the only Japanese hostel in Egypt that have Japanese staff and the Owner is Japanese , We can give you any information in English, Japanese and Arabic .

Luna Hotel- With Luna, get exclusive benefits: for any stay of 4 nights or more in total (consecutive or non-consecutive), Luna offer a free transfer from OR to the airport (One way One time for One room) AND free Wi-Fi internet in rooms and common areas.

Berlin Hotel– Berlin Hotel is a small, simple hotel in Cairo downtown The Hotel is currently expanding too,and some newly renovated rooms has been boosted,and on the process of boosting more newly renovated rooms in the very near future Rooms has private shower cubicle

Places to stay – High Budget

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nila Plaza- With views of the Citadel and the Nile, this Four Seasons Hotel gets top ratings. It’s certainly a luxurious place to stay. You can have dim sum overlooking the feluccas sailing down the Nile, or enjoy a glass of wine by any of the three pools and cool off from a dusty day of sightseeing.

Mena House Oberoi, Giza-The Mena House is a palatial, luxury hotel, very close to the Pyramids and surrounded by 40 acres of gardens. The Mena House is more than 100 years old and has seen its fair share of royalty and famous clientele. The decor is sumptuous, lots of antiques and hand crafted furniture.

Cairo Marriott, Zamalek-The Cairo Marriott is a large, 20 story hotel located in one of the nicest suburbs of Cairo, Zamalek. The hotel is situated on the banks of the Nile and was originally a palace, built in 1869. The hotel is modern, light and bright with over a 1000 rooms; not exactly intimate.

Places to stay- Romantic Getaway

Talisman Hotel de Charme-The Talisman is a boutique hotel with 24 charming rooms. Each room is unique, tastefully furnished and decorated with antiques. If you want to be in the heart of Cairo, a 20 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo and the bazaars, this is a great option. Breakfast is included as is free internet service.

Le Meridien– it is the largest hotel located in Giza, close to the Pyramids. It’s really a luxury resort, with swimming pools, tennis courts, sauna, themed restaurants, a shopping arcade and more. You don’t have to leave the property except to take a tour or taxi to see Cairo’s many sights. It’s perfect for a couple who want to indulge into love of each other.

Getting around

By metro

Cairo is home to Africa’s first and most expansive metro system. While Cairo’s metro system fully functioning is modern and sleek, the two lines are all too limited in scope. But they are a major boon in the areas they cover, and the flat rate fare of 1.00 LE per trip is a bargain.

By taxi

The fleet of black-and-white taxis that ply Cairo’s streets are convenient but a hassle — communication can be an issue and the meters, which are heirs from antique eras of gas prices, are not normally used.

By bus

The large red, white and blue public buses cover the entire city and are much cheaper, but are usually crowded.

When to visit

As with most destinations in Egypt, the weather really determines the best time to go because it gets very, very hot in the summer. The best time to visit is in the cooler months between November and March.