Egypt’s capital Cairo is best known for its pyramids, but the city is incredibly rich in other archaeological sites, history, culture and religions.
Scattered throughout its maze of streets are ancient ruins, churches, mosques, skyscrapers, medieval monuments and bustling souks, as well as museums housing a wealth of astounding treasures.
A part of Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo is filled with Christian history from its impressive Babylon Fortress and Coptic Museum to its beautiful Coptic churches. To this day this region of Cairo remains inhabited by many Christians. Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church – better known as the Hanging Church – due to its location above a gatehouse of the Babylon Fortress, is another must-see sight when exploring the area. The church features beautiful ornate walls and carved pillars.
Cairo’s storied past also extends from when the city was conquered by Muslim Arabs in the mid-6th century AD. Islamic Cairo refers to the section of the city developed during the Islamic era of Egypt, reaching its “golden age” during the 14th century. This fascinating part of Cairo consists of numerous buildings built during this era, including mosques, mansions, hammams (bath houses) and madrasas (educational institutions). The ancient Citadel of Cairo, a medieval Islamic-era fortification built by Saladin was constructed during this time and is very much the centrepiece of the area. The Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is another major attraction whilst the Khan el Khalili Bazaar has been at the centre of trade in the city for centuries.
- Discover Cairo’s unique history
- Fascinating churches, monuments and ruins
- Incredible Babylon Fortress
- The famous Citadel of Cairo – a 14th century fortress
- Treasure-filled museums
- The amazing Khan el Khalili Bazaar
When is the best time to go to Cairo
Cairo is a year-round destination – however it is definitely more pleasant to visit during the cooler months of October to April. Visitor numbers are higher during this time, particularly during the Christmas/New Year period.
Recommended Egypt Tours
The following itineraries are just some of the many experiences that we can design for you. All of our tours are private, independent and tailor-made to your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin creating your personalised Egypt experience.
Cairo to Aswan Cruise
Discover the wonders of the ancient Egyptians on this unique 15 day cruise aboard the Mövenpick Darakum.
The Nile In Style
Cruise in style aboard Sanctuary Retreats fleet of beautiful cruise boats, which bring legendary service and a boutique experience to the Nile River.
Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria was the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt for almost 1000 years.
Abu Simbel by Air
Situated 280 kilometres south of Aswan, the majestic Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel is the most impressive monument in Egypt.
Legends of the Nile
Unlock the mysteries of ancient Egypt on this fascinating tour that combines the cultural treasures of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan with a romantic cruise down the Nile.
Slowly Down The Nile
Explore the Nile in luxury on an unhurried cruise aboard the exclusive Oberoi Zahra. This is the ultimate Egyptian tour, allowing you to discover 5,000 years of Egyptian culture at a leisurely pace
Antiquities & Wildlife
Explore the antiquities of Africa on this 16 day tour to Tanzania and Egypt. Explore the Pyramids of Giza and Marvel at the mighty Shypnx
Egypt & Jordan
Discover the mysteries of myth and religion on this fascinating tour that combines the ancient lands of Egypt and Jordan.
Nile Dahabiya Cruise
Return to the gracious era of turn of the century travel and cruise the Nile in style on board a traditional sailing boat called a dahabiya.