Cairo Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Cairo
As the one remaining Ancient Wonder of the World, the GIZA PYRAMIDS are one of the world's most truly spectacular sights. They date from 2570BC and are still fascinating today, especially due to their mysterious construction. Going on a tour is a must.
The Townhouse Gallery shows the more contemporary side of Cairo, with photography, video, and film exhibitions mostly by local artists.
The Egyptian Museum has been showing all of the country's great treasures for over a century. It has the world's most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, and with so much to show, a large part of it remains in storage awaiting the construction of a larger space. But what you'll find on display is enough to awe you for hours, especially the fabulous jewelry, the mummy rooms, and King Tutankhamun's stunning collection. To get the most out of the visit, you can go on a private tour.
The Coptic Museum is houses another important collection, the world's largest of Christian or pre-Islamic Egypt artwork. Particularly interesting are the Christian scenes with Egyptian gods.
You may also want to take a look at the Museum of Islamic Arts, with pieces from all over the Islamic world, such as ceramics, woodwork, crystal, and textiles.
The CAIRO TOWER was the world's largest concrete structure when it was completed in 1961. It still stands out in the city's skyline today, and you can go to the top for city views and a drink or meal at the café and restaurant.
The 12th century CITADEL is home to the 19th century Muhammad Ali Mosque, known for its huge dome and tall minarets. From the courtyard you'll have one of the best views over Cairo, and the wonderful atmosphere will make you want to stay for a few hours.
You'll find as many tourists as locals at the bustling KHAN EL KHALILI BAZAAR, a must-do experience for the variety of products (from crafts to spices) on sale, for a stop at the many cafes, and above all, to enjoy the haggling with a good dose of sense of humor.
Finally, the perfect way to end a visit to Cairo is going down the Nile on a cruise. You'll see traditional lateen-rigged sailboats called Falucas by the docks offering rides at reasonable prices, or you can go on a pre-booked Nile cruise.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on an organized tour of Cairo and the Pyramids and easily see the best of the city and its ancient wonders.
From Cairo, most tourists also move on to the temples and other Egyptian wonders in Luxor and Aswan.