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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, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
Suggested accommodation in Cairo Holidays
Fairmont Nile City
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo The First Residence
Mena House Hotel
Villa Belle Epoque
Suggested itineraries in Egypt
Nights: 9 | from £2,295
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
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
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
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
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
Spend 7 days like an Egyptian Pharaoh while exploring the ancient worlds greatest treasures with expert Egyptologists and local guides.
Nights: 7 | from £1,495
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 |
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
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
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
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
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.
Nights: 10 | from £1,995
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
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.