The Best Things To Do in Cairo

Cairo is the capital city of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. Located on both banks of the River Nile, the history of settlement in the region goes back to 6000 years. Cairo had been the capital of numerous Egyptian civilisations. Today Cairo is a developed city marked by the traditions and influences of the ancient as well as the modern. The city is home to many cultural institutions, business establishments, governmental offices, universities, and hotels.

Cairo is one of the world's great megacities and boasts a history that spans centuries. One of the best way to experience the culture, past and the true Egyptian street life is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Cairo which include taking tours of sights like Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Al-Azhar Mosque, Old Cairo, The Citadel, Sultan Hassan Mosque and Roda Island. Cairo is home to some of the most vibrant markets including Khan el-Khalili, Al-Muski Street and Al-Muizz Li-Din Allah Street. The remnants of the glorious past of the city have been displayed in the many museums dotted around the city, including Egyptian Textile Museum, Palace of Arts, The Coptic Museum and the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art. Other top things to do in Cairo include Sphinx, The Serapeum of Saqqara, Hanging Church, Al- Azhar Park, Ben Ezra Synagogue and Cave Church. Cairo is home to some great food, culture, entertainment attractions and weather, making it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world.

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  1. Pyramids Of Giza

    # 1 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 7201 times in trip plans
    Pyramids Of Giza

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Monument

    Address: Al Ahram, Al Haram, Giza, Egypt

    Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The most famous of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World have held a deep say over the human imagination for almost two centuries. It also the oldest of those Seven Wonders and the best preserved of ...Read more

  2. Keops Pyramid

    # 2 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 3631 times in trip plans
    Keops Pyramid

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Monument, Architecture

    Address: Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Take a historic walk through the ancient icons of Egypt. The Keops Pyramid that is about a thousand years old is gorgeous and incredible. The pyramid is of course huge on the outside and unbelievable ...Read more

  3. Sphinx

    # 3 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 6710 times in trip plans
    Sphinx

    Tags: View Point, Historical Site, Monument, Architecture

    Address: Al Ahram, Giza, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Terrifying One, as the Great Sphinx is known in Egypt, is built of limstone and has the head of a man with the face of a Pharaoh, a hawk or a ram with the body, and tail and legs of a lion. Modern...Read more

  4. Islamic Cairo

    # 4 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 2738 times in trip plans
    Islamic Cairo

    Tags: Mosque, Food And Drinks, Streets

    Address: Al Gamaleyah, Qesm Gamaleyah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Islamic Cairo is a historic area that was created and nurtured by the Muslims after conquering Egypt. The area is beautiful and the atmosphere here is nostalgic. The old woodwork, stonework, and ironw...Read more

  5. The Egyptian Museum

    # 5 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 5528 times in trip plans
    The Egyptian Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Library, Museum

    Address: Tahrir Square, Meret Basha, Ismailia, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate 11516, Egypt

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    This Egyptian museum is located at Tahrir square. This museum is peculiarly famous for huge and small statues, jewels, the mummies, Tutankhamon treasures, etc. It includes round about 107 halls which ...Read more

  6. The Serapeum Of Saqqara

    # 6 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 3678 times in trip plans
    The Serapeum Of Saqqara

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Serapeum, (Pyramid of Djoser Rd), Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A serapeum is a temple dedicated to the god Serapis, a combined avatar of Osiris and Apis. Not much is known about this specific serapeum. The construction of this place was dedicated to the sacred bu...Read more

  7. Mohamed Ali Mosque

    # 7 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 2241 times in trip plans
    Mohamed Ali Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Commonly known as Alabaster Mosque, Mohamed Ali Mosque is a holy shrine located in the Citadel in Cairo. This mosque was the largest such structure built during initial years of the 19th century. The ...Read more

  8. The Pyramids At Dahshur

    # 8 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 2085 times in trip plans
    The Pyramids At Dahshur

    Tags: Monument, Architecture , Archaeological Site

    Address: Monshaat Dahshour, Al Badrashin, Giza, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    The royal necropolis at Dashur is notable for several of the oldest and best preserved pyramids of Egypt, most prominent of which are the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. The Red Pyramid, which is th...Read more

  9. Old City

    # 9 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 2557 times in trip plans
    Old City

    Tags: Church, Mosque, Historical Site

    Address: Coptic, Cario, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The old city in Cairo is a true historic dig. The area has spectacular monuments, old churches, mosques, and synagogues. The old city is pretty unique and quite different from the rest of Cairo. There...Read more

  10. Step Pyramid Of Zoser

    # 10 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 2723 times in trip plans
    Step Pyramid Of Zoser

    Tags: Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Tunnel

    Address: Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt.

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The pyramid was built by one of Ancient Egypts most prominent personalities, Vizier Imhotep. It comprises of a series of mastabas (flat-roofed structure with sloping sides), built on top of each other...Read more

  11. Kefre, The Second Pyramid

    # 11 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 2696 times in trip plans
    Kefre, The Second Pyramid

    Tags: Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: Al Ahram, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

    The Pyramids of Cairo account for an incredible experience altogether. Kefre, the second pyramid adds to the same feeling. You could also enter the pyramid and explore the burial chamber of the tomb t...Read more

  12. Mosque And Madrasa Of Sultan Hassan

    # 12 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 1217 times in trip plans
    Mosque And Madrasa Of Sultan Hassan

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    The Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan is one of Cairo’s finest examples of the ancient Mamluk architecture in the city. The holy shrine is not only a gorgeous structure but also a peaceful pla...Read more

  13. Memphis And Sakkara

    # 13 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 558 times in trip plans
    Memphis And Sakkara

    Tags: Historical Site, Statue, Tomb

    Address: Cairo, Mit Rahinah, Al Badrashin, Giza Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Memphis and Sakkara is a must visit if you’re visiting the pyramids of Giza. The area is the original birth place of ancient civilization. This is probably the best place to see statues, views o...Read more

  14. Hanging Church

    # 14 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 1852 times in trip plans
    Hanging Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: 5 Mari Gerges, Misr Al Qadimah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The church is so named because of its location above a gatehouse of the Babylon fortress. It’s famous for not only its Coptic Architecture, but also for being one of the first examples of the Ba...Read more

  15. Saladin Castle

    # 15 of 174 Things To Do in Cairo | Added 1742 times in trip plans
    Saladin Castle

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Castle, Historical Site

    Address: Al Abageyah, Qesm Al Khalifah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The castle of Saladin which is also known as The Citadel is located on Mokattam hill exactly in the centre of the city. It is one of the most popular places and is famous for its cool fresh breeze and...Read more

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