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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, Cairo
The 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

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    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.

    • The Marriott Marriott Mena House Hotel, Cairo

      Marriott Mena House

      Medium

      Located in the Giza area of Cairo the central building was originally a hunting lodge for Egyptian royalty. The hotel’s main draw is its close proximity to, and views towards the Pyramids.

    • Barcelo Cairo Pyramids, Cairo

      Barcelo Cairo Pyramids

      Medium

      The Barcelo Cairo Pyramids is situated just a short distance from the Giza Plateau. Its rooms, pool area and restaurants are thoughtfully designed and the hotel makes a good base for a short stay the city.

    • Hilton Cairo Heliopolis, Cairo

      Hilton Towers Heliopolis

      First Class

      Located just ten minutes from the airport, Hilton Towers Heliopolis is an ideal choice for those spending just one night in Cairo before continuing their trip or returning home.

    • Suite, Four Seasons at the First Residence, Cairo

      The Four Seasons at the First Residence

      Deluxe

      The Four Seasons First Residence is ideally located between the pyramids at Giza and downtown Cairo. It is tastefully furnished with large and comfortable guest bedrooms.

    • Fairmont Nile City, Cairo

      Fairmont Nile City

      Medium

      The Fairmont Nile City boasts a great location, just a short distance away from the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Cairo's other downtown attractions.

    • Four Seasons Nile Plaza, Cairo

      The Four Seasons at the Nile Plaza

      The Four Season Nile Plaza in Cairo is centrally located and overlooks the Nile. Its rooms are large and its restaurants provide a wide variety of international cuisine.

    • Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo

      Kempinski Nile Hotel

      With one of the most exclusive addresses in central Cairo and great views of the Nile, the Kempinski Nile offers a tasteful blend of European luxury with an exotic Egyptian flavour.

    • Standard Room, Marriott Hotel, Cairo

      Marriott Hotel

      Medium

      Built for the visiting Empress Eugenie, the Marriott Hotel offers verdant gardens, al fresco cafes and sumptuous dining rooms, now used as the public area of the hotel.

    • Sofitel Gezirah, Cairo

      Sofitel Gezirah

      First Class

      Every room at the Sofitel Gezirah has beautiful Nile views, and it is ideally located for visiting the sights of central Cairo and Giza.

    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.

    • Detail from a door, Coptic Cairo

      Churches & Synagogues of Old Cairo

      Cairo

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

    • Spices, Khan El Khalili, Cairo

      Museum, Citadel, Mosque & Souqs

      Cairo

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

    • The Pyramids of Giza

      Giza, Saqqara & Dahshur

      Cairo

      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 favourite with travellers.