Suggested outline of things to do during your stay
if you only have 1 day in cairo
- To really make the most of the day using a private transport with driver and guide would really make a difference! (a guide for the day (transport not included) costs you around 25 euros just for you, not shared with anybody else, so you can discover the sites at your own pace, feeling free to ask about anything you wish)
start at 7.30 am to go to guiza to see the pyramids and the sphynx (curent entrance fee 60 egp per person, half price for students or under 12s)
then have the driver take you to the citadel (50 egp ticket) to see the mohamed ali mosque, the suleyman pasha mosque, have a view over cairo
then depending on how long you are staying on each site, you can have him take you to coptic cairo for a quick overview of the oldest part of the city (hanging church...)
and finish with the museum, make sure you are there by 3.30 pm so you have enough time to see the most important collections
and for the evening do not miss the Muizz street (renovated mediaval street with the highest concetration of mediaval islamic architecture in the world) from bab el futuh to the big market Khan el khalili. you can go there with street cab from the hotel (make sure to use a white cab, meter starts at 2.50 egp)
if you have 2 days
-1st day: Coptic cairo in the morning then to the citadel and finish with the museum (be careful museum closes at 1.30pm on wed)
Muizz street (as above) at night
-2nd day: visit the 3 sites of Guiza, saqqara and dashour
dashour is beautiful and still devoid of tourists and touts!! saqqara has so much to see and of course guiza, the famous site.
with or without guide it is up to you but do book a trusted driver as dashur is in the middle of nowhere and street cab might either not take you there or charge you double once you arrive there (and no other cabs there to continue the journey!!!!)
at night, walk along the nile, take a felucca (dok dok facing the 4 season hotel, 60 egp for the boat for 1 hour (not per person, for all of you) and 10 egp tip for the captain
or take a "disco" motor boat, behing the egyptian museum, about 5 egp per person, loud music, bright lights, all worth it when young people start dancing, a lot of fun, a very egyptian outing
if you have 3 days
- Day 1 coptic cairo (take the metro from sadat station (5 min walk from the hotel) direction Helwan, stop in mar girgis) if time visit the coptic museum, beautiful
and egyptian museum
-Day 2 the 3 sites pyramid as above
-Day 3 Islamic Cairo: Citadel in the morning then walk from the citadel to sayeda zeinab, visiting the El Rifai mosque, Ibn tulun mosque, right next to it, the Gayer Anderson Museum is worth a visit as well
you can then walk to the sayeda zeinan neighbourhood, local markets, local life (no tourists there) and then back to the hotel still walking or with metro (2 stops)
in the evening same a above + sound and light show at the pyramids (current price 75 egp per ticket + transport) or evening at the opera house ( http://www.cairoopera.org/)
Cairo by night/Le Caire de nuit:
- for a meal, dance, drink, belly dance show on the nile check out the following site:
The boat is just across the nile from us; you can take a cab there for less than 5 egp and walk back to the hotel
the belly dance shows and the discos dont start before midnight
there is usually a minimum charge of 150 or 200 EGP when there is a show going on.
Several restaurants to chose from
- For belly dance shows you can also go to the top terrace of the Marriott hotel, on the other side of the nile from us; 5 egp taxi ride
the show usually start a little bit before midnight; minimum charge applies
- for a very fun and cheap outing... go to the nile (dont cross it; same side as the hotel) walk towards the side of the museum; look down and you ll see motor boats with very flashy lights and loud music, choose a boat almost already full (otherwise lots of waiting around) and with a lot of young people on it... get on the boat (between 2 and 5 egp per person) the ride lasts about 15 minutes and with luck the young people will start dancing in the middle of the Nile, it is a lot of fun watching them!!! dont miss it!!!
construction there will be more info soon
THIS IS A LIST TO HELP YOU WORK OUT ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN CAIRO
THE ORDER IS RANDOM AND DOESNT REFLECT THE ORDER OF QUALITY
IF YOU DONT HAVE MUCH TIME:
WE DO ADVISE TO DO THE 3 SITES OF GUIZEH, SAQQARA AND DASHUR AND EACH SITE IS DIFFERENT AND YOU WILL APPRECIATE THEM FOR DIFFERENT REASONS.
THE 3 CAN BE DONE IN ONE DAY BUT YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK A TAXI FOR A DAY AS YOU WONT FIND ANY TO GO FROM SITE TO SITE.
WE CAN BOOK A PRIVATE TRANSPORT WITH DRIVER FOR THE DAY OR AN ALL INCLUDED EXCURSION DAY
WITH TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ENTRANCE FEES AND LUNCH.
2) CAIRO MUSEUM
Of course the museum with all the antiques from the pharaos period is a must see, if possibe before seing the pyramids so you can imagine them with all the splendours from the past! it is at a walking distance from the hotel
3) ISLAMIC CAIRO
Islamic Cairo is an aera of Cairo with many Islamic architecture. It is very interesting and there are not so many tourists walking the streets. You can see people working their crafts. You will really enjoy it and you can end the visit with the souk Khan el khalili
you can take a taxi to the top of the area and walk your way down (10 EGP for the taxi)
See a descrition of walks to do in the section "walks in islamic cairo"
4) KHAN EL KHALILI
A huge market where you can find all kind of souvenirs (clothes, jewelry, crafts, furniture...)
Sellers are a little bit pushy trying to get you to go to their store
Be prepared to discuss prices
Make sure you have an idea of what it costs and how much you are being prepared to pay
from the market make sure you walk the newly renovated medieval "muizz street"
IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME:
5) COPTIC CAIRO (ALSO CALLED OLD CAIRO)
very easy to go to by subway (4 stations from the hotel, stop at Mar Girgis)
Churches, cemetery and roman ruins
Not a large area but interesting, you can do it in half a day and do the museum in the afternoon
6) PHARAONIC VILLAGE
interesting especially with children but a bit expensive
7) AL AZHAR PARK
a breath of fresh air after a few days in chaotic and polluted cairo
8) ABDEEN PALACE MUSEUM
Walking distance from the hotel
Attraction type: History museum
Address: Moustafa Abdel Raziq Street
off Abdeen Square Cairo
The stately grandeur of this palace owes to its construction in 1863 at a time when a worldwide cotton shortage meant huge revenues for Egyptian cotton exports. It served as a royal palace until the end of the monarchy in 1952, when it became the home of the president. In the 1980s, President Hosni Mubarak decided to restore the decaying building and turn it into a weapons and medals museum, a process that was interrupted by a major earthquake in 1992. Housing every conceivable means of killing an enemy, the weapons section is always a hit with young males. Its extensive collection of knives, guns and cannons, as well as ingenious combinations, is impressive and well-labelled. Another section is dedicated to a large, and somewhat monotonous, exhibit of medals and gifts presented to President Mubarak on various occasions, as well as medals given to members of the former royal family and Egyptian celebrities.
9) CAIRO OPERA HOUSE
10) MANYAL PALACE MUSEUM
- Address: 1 Saray Street, Manyal, Cairo
- Phone: +20 2 368 7495
It was built in 1901-1929. In 1955 Prince Muhammad Ali, cousin to King Faruq, left the complex to the Egyptian nation. King Faruq's game shooting trophies are housed there.
11) CAIRO TOWER