Cairo

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You can't swing a hookah in Cairo without striking archeological treasure! "The City of a Thousand Minarets" boasts not only stunning Ottoman mosques, but ancient wonders and a clash of modern and traditional cultures. Here's what to see.

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    The best time to visit Cairo is from October through to May, when the weather isn't insufferably hot. Hotels are cheaper during its scorching summer, but don't settle for a place without air conditioning and a pool!

  • How many days?

    Book 3 or 4 days minimum just for sightseeing, but a full week is recommended for archeological day trips, or simply to uncover the many sides of Cairo's vibrant culture.

Good to know

  • Language
    Modern Standard Arabic
  • Currency
    Egyptian Pound EGP (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +20
  • Best time to visit
    From October through May, you'll find cooler temperatures, making sightseeing more pleasant.

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What people are saying about Cairo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,959 reviews

We spent a very special day with our guide, Maged, and our driver, Mustafa. The pick-up was timely, the car was clean and air conditioned. Maged was very knowledgeable about the monuments and history around that time. He answered all our questions and was clearly very passionate about ancient Egypt. He also took some amazing photos! After visiting the sites, we were taken to the 3 Pyramids Papyrus Institute, where we were left to peruse on our own. We were told that his store was regulated by the government, implying it was trustworthy. The artwork was beautiful and the lady who explained the process of making papyrus was pleasant. When it comes to the pricing, we paid much more than the regular value of the artwork. It seemed like the pricing was fixed, but it was not. At this point, Maged’s guidance would have been helpful. He did however again organize some gifts for us from the shop as a birthday gift, which was very nice of him. A similar situation occurred at a perfume store.

Mahmoud was a best tour guide for Pyramid tour! He was fun, we could make joke each other, made us feel comfortable. He could answer our any questions, full of acknowledges, very good at taking pictures that we didn’t need to worry about taking photos at the most famous place in the world. He bought us juice because I asked, introduced good local restaurants, he even cross the street together to go restaurants because crossing could be dangerous. Thanks Mahmoud! You made us a good memory and we felt lucky to meet you :)

I took a full day trip form Emo tours. My guide, Ola, was very professional and knowledgeable in her field. She explained and told a lot about the egyptian history. We also talked a lot about different cultures and Egypt in general. She is very passionate about her work, I highly recommend her as a tour guide. My driver Mahmoud did a great job taking us from places to places in the hectic traffic of Cairo. I felt safe during the whole your.

Absolutely amazing service! The driver (Mohamed) was at the hotel on time and he prepared water and snack in the car. He was extremely knowledgeable and made a very nice introduction for the places we visited along with safety tips on what to do or not to do. Fully flexible and made great suggestions on how to fulfill the day. I would definitely recommend this service to anyone wanting to experience the city with a private driver.

We had an amazing time at the Giza-Saqqara-Memfis tour. Our guide was Eslam Hanfi and the driver Mustafah Koty. If you want to have a great experience please contact these guys. They are more like friends than a tour guide and know a lot about Egyptian history. I highly recommend this company. Very happy we chose them!