Ancient Memphis in Pharaoh times, Babylon at the time of the first Christians, Cairo has had many names during its history. However, all were synonymous with greatness. As the largest city in the Middle East, both in size and population, Cairo is full of life and cultural treasures.
A trip here provides an opportunity for an oriental discovery, with magnificent sites such as the Mosque of Ibn Tulun or Al Azhar. It's also an opportunity for new encounters, that you are sure to experience if you decide to explore the old district of Khan al-Khalili, an enormous souk. The bustling atmosphere never fails to surprise with the scents of spices, leather and the bright colors of the costume jewelry ... An unmissable destination to explore; especially if you want to avoid the hordes of tourists and instead set off to lose yourself the old shopping streets nearby. Only there will you discover true Egyptian craftsmanship. All the same, make sure you take the time to enjoy a break in a bar, over a mint tea or a refreshing orangeade at the El-Fishawy cafe.
Feel like climbing up above it all and leaving behind this frenzy? After dark, head to Cairo's tower for a stunning view of the Egyptian city, illuminated by thousands of lights. You can also escape by visiting the Egyptian Museum, in the famous Tahrir Square. There, you can admire the collection of Pharaonic antiquities, sarcophagi and mummies, the richest and largest in the world; not to mention the Statue of Ramses II. A glorious past whose power is still so impressive as you head for the Giza Plateau to visit the three great pyramids of Chephren, Cheops and Mycerinus. Lastly, if you still have some time left, enjoy one final break away from the fast pace and bustle with a tour along the banks of the Nile on a felucca.
where to stay
Cairo • Egypt
Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
The iconic 5-star Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah hotel towers the Nile in Zamalek...
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