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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.

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Egypt with Abercrombie & Kent

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.

Fly to

Cairo, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)

Flying time

4 hours 50 minutes direct

Time difference

GMT +2 hours


Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

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Suggested accommodation in Cairo Holidays

Fairmont Nile City

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Fairmont Towers

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Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

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Four Seasons Hotel Cairo The First Residence

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Mena House Hotel

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Villa Belle Epoque

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Suggested itineraries in Egypt

Historical Footsteps

Nights: 9 | from £2,295

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Explore majestic Egypt and revel in the majesty of the pyramids, Luxor, Cairo and the Nubian desert city of Aswan.

Luxury Small Group Journeys - Egypt & the Nile

Nights: 9 | from £3,435

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Sail on a four-night Nile river cruise on board the luxurious and intimate Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III,’travelling to off-the-beaten-path Denderah, one of Egypt’s best-preserved and less-frequented temples

Pharaohs & Families

Nights: 9 | from £2,295

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Visit the pyramids, the Great Sphinx of Giza, discover the treasures of Tutankhamen and other mummies in the Cairo Museum after a marketplace scavenger hunt.

Telegraph Tours: Wonders of the Nile

Nights: 10 | from £2,990

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This exclusive 10 night trip takes you from Cairo to the archaeological heart of ancient Egypt and on to the Nile for a luxurious cruise.

Nile and Luxor Experience

Nights: 10 | from £2,185

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A relaxing yet thought-provoking 10-night Nile voyage taking in Aswan, Edfu and Luxor and classic sites like the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple.

Highlights of Egypt

Nights: 6 | from £1,595

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Spend 7 days like an Egyptian Pharaoh while exploring the ancient worlds greatest treasures with expert Egyptologists and local guides.

Classic Nile

Nights: 7 | from £1,495

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Seven nights full board aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Sun Boat IV and access to the main sites of Dendarah, the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple

White Desert Extension

Nights: 3 |

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An off-the-beaten-track 3 day extension into Egypt's interior exploring wind carved chalk mountains, remote desert landscapes and Bedouin camps.

Egypt in depth

Nights: 11 | from £2,700

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An Egyptian adventure where you will cruise Lake Nasser and the Nile, experience the sound and light show at Abu Simbel and explore ancient Cairo.

Nile Dahabiya Private Charter

Nights: 7 | from £1,495

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7 nights aboard a sailing boat on the Nile, passing beautiful little-visited regions as well as exploring the temples of Luxor and Aswan with an Egyptologist.

Highlights of Egypt with Jordan

Nights: 12 | from £2,795

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This unforgettable journey will take you on a comprehensive Egyptian and Jordanian history lesson through time as you visit both countries exquisite sites.

Siwa Desert Safari

Nights: 6 | from £2,595

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Visit Cairo, the 2,700 year old Temple of Amun, Siwa's other-worldly landscapes and Al-Alamein on this enchanting 6-night desert safari.

Classic Egypt

Nights: 10 | from £1,995

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Be awe-struck like Lord Carnarvon when you first look upon King Tutankhamun and the legacy of his preceding Pharaohs during your 10 night Egyptian adventure.

Christie’s Art Journeys: Egypt: Pharaohs and Feluccas

Nights: 8 | from £4,495

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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.

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