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Cairo, is the administrative capital of Egypt and is home to the Great Pyramids of Giza, which lie on the edge of the city. A city buzzing with life 24 hours a day, with honking horns, children playing in the streets and merchants selling their wares, is also host to ancient temples, tombs, Christian churches, magnificent Muslim monuments and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Cairo tours offer an incredible selection of shopping, leisure and nightlife activities. Shopaholics will be in heaven here with the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar, largely unchanged since the 14th century, selling spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copperware, leatherwork, glass, ceramics and mashrabiya. Alternatively, try some of the famous street markets such as Wekala al-Balaq for fabrics including Egyptian cotton or the Tentmakers Bazaar for appliqué-work, or Mohammed Ali Street for musical instruments and, although you probably won't want to buy one, the Camel Market makes a fascinating trip. This is, and has been for over a thousand years, truly a shopper's paradise.
Explore Egypt's capital city with one of our tailor-made Cairo holidays.
Best time to be there
Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.
Cairo (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
Save £500 per person on a Nile Deck cabin
Join Abercrombie & Kent and Christie's in the Land of the Pharaohs as we reveal the secrets of Giza's monolithic pyramids, the treasures housed in the Museum of Antiquities and The Valley of the Kings, as well as iconic temples that stretch along the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. Book by the 28th February and save £500 per couple on a Nile Deck cabin.
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