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For over 700 years Cairo has been the largest city in Africa, and it continues to grow at a rapid pace.

The urban sprawl, dusty streets and chaotic driving do not endear the city to everyone, but those who persevere are rewarded by a diverse and dramatic history, and many unsung attractions.

Exploring Cairo

Mohammed Ali Mosque, CairoThe one stop that really must be included in any visit to Egypt is the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, a vast treasure trove handed down through the ages that includes the legendary treasures of Tutankhamun.

Scratch beneath the surface and Cairo reveals its wondrous secrets, beautiful mosques, imposing citadels, labyrinthine bazaars, ancient Coptic churches and unexpected garden oases.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Cairo

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Cairo, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Cairo

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    Places near Cairo

    Accommodation choices for Cairo

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Cairo. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Cairo

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Cairo, and which use the best local guides.

    • Citadel, Mosque and Souqs
      Spices, Khan El Khalili, Cairo

      Citadel, Mosque and Souqs

      Citadel, Mosque and Souqs

      Situated on a spur of the Muqattam Hills, the citadel dominates Cairo's skyline and was the nerve center of the city and wider Egypt for almost 700 years.

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    • Giza, Saqqara & Dahshur
      The Pyramids of Giza

      Giza, Saqqara & Dahshur

      Giza, Saqqara & Dahshur

      As the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the pyramids at Giza occupy a unique place in world history, and are a perennial favorite with travelers.

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    • Churches and synagogues of Old Cairo
      Detail from a door, Coptic Cairo

      Churches and synagogues of Old Cairo

      Churches and synagogues of Old Cairo

      Old Cairo is contained within the boundaries of the Roman fortress of Babylon, where the Copts built their churches for protection.

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