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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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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Egypt & the Nile 2016

Nights: 9 | from £5,215pp

Cruise in luxury on Sanctuary 'Sun Boat III,' travelling to off-the-beaten-path Denderah, exploring Egypt's pyramids from the inside out and sailing the... Find out more

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Historical Footsteps

Nights: 9 | from £2,295pp

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

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Nile and Luxor Experience

Nights: 11 | from £2,185pp

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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Egypt

Nights: 10 | from £2,195pp

Ever since there have been travellers, there have been travellers in Egypt. Its unparalleled ancient sites have drawn the curious for centuries – and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Private set departure

Adventure & Culture | Classic Journeys

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Egypt in depth

Nights: 11 | from £2,700pp

An Egyptian odyssey which encompasses some of the lesser-visited sites around Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel, as well as the key sites of Nile ancient Cairo. Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Fairmont Nile City

Fairmont Rooms are the ultimate in urban chic with city views. Deluxe boast Nile views and Signature rooms have their own terrace and work area. All rooms... Find out more

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Fairmont Towers

The Fairmont Towers offers a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of Cairo. The huge glass atrium, complete with palms, bars, restaurants, shops... Find out more

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Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

The majestic Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza is a beacon of sophisticated hospitality on the legendary Corniche along the bank of the river. The... Find out more

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Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence

With impressive views of the Great Pyramids above the canopy of Cairo's ancient Zoological and Botanical Gardens, this hotel stands at the centre of the... Find out more

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Mena House Hotel

The Mena House Hotel is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colourful history. Originally a hunting lodge, the hotel has played... Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Egypt and the Nile

Egypt

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Book on two selected departures on our Luxury Small Group Journeys - Egpyt and the Nile and receive up to £1,370 discount per person. Departure dates are the 7th October and 4th November 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Save 35% on all Nile Cruises

Egypt

35% off all Nile cruises
Book any Nile Cruise for travel before the 31st of December 2016 and save up to 35%. Offer includes a 7 night Nile cruise on board the Sanctuary Sunboat IV alongside expert Egyptologists. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

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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

Visas

Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

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