Cairo is an ancient city that also happens to be a modern metropolis. It is one of the largest cities in the Middle East and the traffic and noise issues prove it. As long as you are not looking for solitude. Cairo, the City of the Thousand Minarets is an impressive place to explore Egyptian history and culture.
Cairo also means "the victorious city". Located on both banks of the River Nile and inhabited for over 6000 years. Cairo has served as the capital of numerous Egyptian civilizations and known locally as "Misr", the Arabic name for Egypt, because of its centrality in Egyptian life.
The city covers an area of more than 453 sq. km (more than 175 sq. m) and it is difficult to separate the city from its immediate suburbs. Joined by the desert to the east, south, and west, and also surrounded by the fertile Nile delta to the north, it sits astride the river. Several river islands play an important role in the life of the city.
As the region's principal commercial, administrative and tourist center it also contains many cultural institutions, business establishments, governmental offices, universities, and hotels. Together they create a dense pattern of constant activity.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Cairo. Transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Pyramids & Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara|
|Day 3||Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Bazaar|
|Day 4||Cairo: day at leisure|
|Day 5||Cairo: day at leisure|
|Day 6||Transfer to CAI APT. End of tour|
> Full day tour to Memphis, Sakkara, Giza Pyramids and Sphinx
> Explore the Egyptian Museum, Citadel and shop at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar
> Tours are private and accompanied by a professional Egyptologist
> Pick up and drop off from your hotel
> Entrance fees are included
- Best time to travel
The best time to visit Egypt’s sites (Cairo, red Sea Resort and Nile Cities) is from February to April and again between October and November. During these months, the sky and seas are perfectly blue.
Winter time temperatures (December to February) are mild and can be overcast. Note that December is peak season and rates are calculated accordingly
- Egypt Culture and Greetings
Egypt’s Essential Views are defined as Honour, Loyalty, Education, Modesty and Pride
Greetings between men and women: A handshake may be acceptable in certain circumstances and the woman must extend her hand first. If she does not, a man should bow his head as a sign of acknowledgment.
- Drinks & Food
There is a wide variety of offerings available ranging from the cheap food carts and street food that serve Egypt’s working class to fancy restaurants that cater solely to tourists and the upper class. Tea (shai) is the national drink of Egypt. Invitations to sit and drink tea together are an important part of the culture. Egyptians generally drink tea sweetened with a large amount of sugar. Alcohol is not widely consumed because of Islamic rules. Beer is popular and readily available in the larger cities. Buy your duty-free alcohol before entering the country.
- City Travel
Government-owned Transport Authority run buses and tram services in Cairo (Very crowded). Buses and fixed taxi routes are run by private companies. The easiest way to get around Cairo is by Metro. Most used transport mode are taxi’s. Fix the rate before you start your journey. A comprehensive rail network runs through the country. Serving the Nile cities are various AC day and night trains with sleeping and restaurant cars serving Luxor and Aswan (Sleeper trains must be booked well in advance)
Also known as Backsheesh will be requested from you by “everyone”. Change your money into Egyptian Pounds for tips to porters, waiters, room staff and drivers. Official Guides are tipped in Foreign currency. Remember that the tips supplement the income of low Egyptian wages paid.
- Local interesting meals:
Ful Mudamas: broad beans in sauce
Koshari: lentils, macaroni, rice and chickpeas
Mahshi: stuffed grapevine leaves
Fiteer Baladi: known as Egyptian pizza, fiteer is buttery and full of artery-clogging goodness
Falafel (Tameya): a deep-fried mixture of herbs and beans is a favorite, especially among vegetarians
Kofta: minced beef or lamb with spices, rolled onto a skewer and barbecued over coals
Tahrir Square is the center of downtown Cairo and located on the east bank a hub of tourist activity. The vast and open square contains numerous attractions, including the Egyptian Museum, the Arab League headquarters and the modern Umar Makram Mosque.
The Corniche extends from north to south along the east bank of the Nile. Located nearby is Garden City, a narrow strip of land and one of the city's newer residential areas. In the center of the city is Zamalek Island (also called Jezerah, meaning "the Island").
It houses upscale residential and commercial properties; the Cairo Opera House (founded in 1869) and the Cairo Tower (1961). Three bridges link the island with both banks of the river.
The island of Al-Rodah, located to the south, is linked to the mainland by two additional bridges, while another bridge to the north carries road and rail traffic across the Nile.
- Arrive at Cairo International Airport.
- You will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration.
- Transfer to the hotel and check-in. (Check-in at 12 hours or prior if rooms are available)
- The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Cairo.
- Overnight at your hotel in Cairo
- After breakfast, enjoy a full day visit of Memphis, Sakkara, the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx.
- Overnight at your hotel in Cairo
- After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour to the Egyptian Museum,Citadel , Mohamed Ali Mosque and Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
- Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Excursions with Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY and 30 SEP 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable
- Contact us for any other date of travel required