Cairo Holidays at a glance
Cairo holidays are extra special because this destination caters for a variety of interests. Cairo's pyramids are one of the wonders of the worlds, each pyramid contains the tomb of a different Egyptian king. Any holiday to Egypt would be incomplete without visiting the 'Egypt Museum' where you can see antiquities, mummies and Tutankhamen's treasures.
Cairo is the Egyptian capital stretches out along both bank of the Nile. The historical significance and sights are what Cairo holidays are famous for, but Cairo holidays offers much much more including an incredible selection of shopping, leisure and nightlife activities.
Who holidays in the Cairo?
Cairo holidays are an experience everyone should experience at least once, the ancient history means that it appeals to almost every type of holidaymaker.
Cairo Holidays - Destination Profile
Visitors taking Cairo holidays will marvel at its historical significance and wondrous antiquities dating back thousands of years. Cairo is synonymous with pharaohs, pyramids and is the world's oldest holiday destinations. Greek and Roman travellers arrived in 430BC to wonder at Egypt's awe-inspiring sights and this trend has continued to today.
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Cairo Holidays - Things to see
During your holiday to the magical city of Cairo you'll have no shortage of things to see. For those interested in history, Cairo holidays are a must where you'll be inundated with historic sites to visit.
Medieval Cairo: Popular landmarks of medieval Cairo include the Midan Hussein Square, visit the tea houses and the imposing Sayyidna Al-Hussein Mosque. The Museum of Islamic Art is a very interesting place to visit. The Citadel offers wonderful panoramic views of Cairo.
Egypt Museum: This is one of Egypt's most visited attractions, home to over 130,000 exhibits including arts and sculptures dating back to Pharoanic and Byzantine time. Also the museum is houses a mummy room and Tutankhamen's treasures.
Pyramids of Giza: One of the seven wonders of the world and among the most visited monuments in the world. You will stand in awe when you see these fabulous constructions.
Sphinx: The Sphinx has a woman's head and lion's body and is another sight that leaves visitors struck by this enigmatic structures beauty.
Old Cairo: Known as Babylon during ancient times, the area is now a small walled compound known as Coptic Cairo. The area is home to 5 churches but at one time there were 20. Old Cairo is also where you will find the city's remaining Jewish community.
Heliopolis: This suburb of Cairo was originally meant to be a 'garden city' for European officials who once ruled Egypt. Look out for the Basilica and Sharia Ibrahim Laqqany which is well known for its architecture.
Things to do on a Holiday in Cairo
If you have time from sightseeing during your Cairo holidays than you can participate in one of the following:-
Horse Riding: Unknown to many, desert horse back riding is a very popular activity.
Sailing: During your Cairo holidays you'll notice the traditional Egyptian sailing boats called 'feluccas'. Years ago they were used for both transport and trade, today the feluccas are used for tourism. If you take a trip upon a felucca you'll be able to sail throughout the waters in the heart of Cairo.
Eating/Drinking During Cairo Holidays
There are some excellent restaurants in Cairo, the food is superb, inexpensive and the atmosphere is wonderful. Along the Nile shore are a number of Casinos where you can relax outdoors and enjoy a bite to eat overlooking the Nile.
The nightlife in Cairo is as vibrant or as relaxed as you want it to be. There is no shortage of cool bars and clubs where you can dance and drink into the night.
Getting Around on Cairo Holidays
Cairo has a large public bus system that operates several types of service in different classes and the prices vary accordingly. There is a standard service, air conditioned service known as the CTA (Cairo Transport Authority).
Other modes of transport that can be used by those taking Cairo holidays include the traditional Cairo Taxi and micro buses. Micro buses are cheap but not very reliable, Cairo Taxis use older model cars but these are being replaced by Cairo Cab that operate more modern vehicles. The Cairo Cab drivers very often speak English and used by many tourist on Cairo holidays.
The Cairo Metro is Africa's only metro system, there are 2 operational lines. On all Cairo metros, 2 cars on the centre of each train are reserved for woman until early evening as an option for women who do not want to travel on the same carriage as men.
Cairo Holidays Shopping
Cairo holidays offer great opportunities to shop until you drop. The city is famous for carpet shops, even if you don't want to buy anything its is wonderful wandering around places such as the ancient shopping centre Khan al Khalil.
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