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Cairo
Travel Guide

Cairo showing heritage architecture

Discover one of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations in the museums and nearby pyramids of Egypt’s dynamic and surprisingly modern capital. 

Cairo is a cultural delight. Discover glittering ancient treasures in the Egyptian Museum, explore the breathtaking architecture and streetscapes of Islamic Cairo and immerse yourself in the contemporary arts on the island of Gezira. Just 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Cairo at the Giza Plateau, enter the tombs of the pharaohs at the Great Pyramids and marvel at the Great Sphinx.

Start your adventure into the history of the city by exploring Old Cairo, an area surrounded by the walls of Babylon Fortress, dated at nearly 2,000 years old. In the area around the fortress, known as Coptic Cairo, you will find the Coptic Museum, home to artefacts of early Christian history, art and culture. Don’t miss the Hanging Church, which has religious paintings from the 8th to the 18th centuries. Next door, at the Ben Ezra Synagogue, visit the place baby Moses is said to have been found.

For a taste of contemporary Egyptian culture, head across one of the many bridges to Gezira Island, located in the centre of the Nile. Experience Egypt’s incredibly rich music scene at the Cairo Opera House or at the Egyptian Center for Culture and Art (Makan). Then dine by the Nile’s ancient waters or join a dinner cruise to take in the lights of Cairo at night.

If you’re keen to take some of Cairo home with you, go shopping at the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Here, you can sample street food and wander the labyrinth of stalls selling jewellery, perfume, spices, hand-painted pots and brass lanterns. After the bustle of the bazaar, take a break in one of Cairo’s green spots. Picnic in Al-Azhar Park’s shady, landscaped gardens or enjoy the views over the city from one of the restaurants that ring the park.

Cairo is easy to navigate via subway and bus services, but for trips to Giza and the Old City it’s best to go with a guided group so you don’t miss anything!

Marriott Mena House Cairo
Marriott Mena House Cairo
5 out of 5
6 Pyramids Road, Giza
The price is SG$235 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Al Haram, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of The Grand Egyptian Museum and Giza Pyramid Complex. Great Sphinx of Giza and Pyramid of Khufu ...
4.4/5Excellent! (306 reviews)
"This was the best hotel I could have chosen for my first trip to Egypt! Pure magic! The staff... A1. All in all, 10 of 10. Definitely recommended!"

Reviewed on 19 Apr,2021

Marriott Mena House Cairo
Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
5 out of 5
3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek, Po Box 732 El Orman Giza, Cairo
The price is SG$141 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Cairo hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Cairo Opera House and Cairo Tower. Egyptian Museum and Museum of Islamic ...
4.3/5Excellent! (874 reviews)
"The first hotel in Egypt where they didn't expect to get tips all the time, the staff was very polite. Both the hotel and the room was very nice & clean, and we loved the pool! I recommend getting up a little bit earlier and reserve a good sunbed by the pool because during the day it can get ..."

Reviewed on 6 May,2021

Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
Novotel Cairo Airport
Novotel Cairo Airport
4 out of 5
Salah Salem Highway, Cairo
The price is SG$73 per night from 11 Jun to 11 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Baron Empain Palace, City Stars and Egyptian Presidential Palace. Virgin Mary's ...
3.6/5Good! (990 reviews)
"Amazing hotel and super clean room. The staff are friendly and their hospitality is amazing. Thanks to Manager Salah and Medhat for helping me to enjoy this stay to the most. Looking forward for more stay @ Novotel Cairo Airport"

Reviewed on 20 Mar,2021

Novotel Cairo Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
NewCity Suites & Apartments
NewCity Suites & Apartments
3 out of 5
39 Chark Compound, infront of new AUC Campus, New Cairo
The price is SG$69 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of The American University in Cairo and Point 90 Mall. Maxim Mall is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) ...
3.6/5Good! (44 reviews)
"Great location. Clean rooms. Reasonable price. All was good. Thank you."

Reviewed on 25 Jan,2021

NewCity Suites & Apartments
Mondy Pyramids View
Mondy Pyramids View
2.5 out of 5
50 Gamal Abd El Nasser St, Nazlet El Simman, Giza, Giza Governorate
The price is SG$13 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Giza, this golf aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Giza Pyramid Complex and Great Sphinx of Giza. The Hanging Church and Coptic Museum ...
Mondy Pyramids View
Villa in Golf Al-solaimaneyah Resort Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road
Villa in Golf Al-solaimaneyah Resort Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road
Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road Golf, Al-Solaimaneyah El Wadi Yemen Villa #115, 6th of October City, Giza Governorate
Situated on a lake, this romantic resort is within 25 miles (40 km) of Mall of Arabia, Smart Village and Carrefour Dandy Mega Mall. Great Sphinx of Giza and ...
Villa in Golf Al-solaimaneyah Resort Km 55 Cairo Alex Desert Road
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Cairo

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Feb 2020

This was our fourth visit to Cairo. We have therefore been to many historical and archaeological sites before. On this visit we went to the Gayer-Anderson museum which gave a very good insight into 17c domestic architecture, and the collections.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Dec 2019

Lots of memories. Even more crowded than last time; pictures of Sisi everywhere; very friendly people, especially if you try a few words of Arabic. Uber is cheap so tip well.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

We loved it! Its a fascinating place and the people are friendly and respectful and love to chat. Those that seemed insistent on taking you off to sell you things, understood to give up after a friendly, polite but firm 'no' with no hard feelings.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Nov 2019

مدينة رائعة تستحق الزيارة مرة اخرى

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Nov 2019

It was an experience!!

4/5 - Good

Sib

25 Oct 2019

People are mostly friendly however watch out for the rip off taxi drivers who changed 3 times more than what is a normal fair !!!!