Visiting Cairo, Egypt is definitely a bucket list experience. Egypt is one of those places we had read about in textbooks for years, so getting to be there and experience it for ourselves was truly surreal. Between walking the ancient ruins of the Pyramids of Giza to wandering through the streets of Coptic Cairo, it truly feels like you’ve stepped back in time when you’re in Egypt. Plan to spend about two days in Cairo, so you have time to see and do everything the city has to offer. Here’s our Cairo, Egypt Travel Guide:
WHAT TO DO IN Cairo, Egypt: Travel Guide
Things to Know Before You Go:
How to Get Around:
The best way to get around is by taxi or Uber. If you’re using a taxi, we suggest getting one from your hotel and deciding on the price before hand to avoid getting scammed. If you use Uber, you won’t have to worry about negotiating a price, but we found that most of our Uber drivers would message us in Arabic, so download a translation app, so you can communicate back with them. We paid around $3 to $5 USD for a 15-20 minute drive. We also suggest getting a SIM card on arrival, so you have data to use Uber and know where you’re going while you’re there.
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What to Wear:
Egypt is a very conservative and religious country, so be respectful of the local culture and make sure you’re wearing clothes that aren’t too revealing. We suggest clothes that cover your shoulders and come to your ankle, like longer dresses, skirts, or pants.
Avoid Public Displays of Affection:
Don’t Bring a Drone:
Plan Your Visit During the Cooler Months:
Egypt is a desert and can get unbearably hot during the summer. If you want to enjoy your time there to the fullest, you won’t want to be standing in the heat for hours on end. We went at the end of September and it was still very hot, but not totally unbearable. We’d recommend visiting between October and April.
What to Do:
Great Pyramids of Giza:
Entrance fee: 80 Egyptian pounds per person (about $5 USD)
Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha:
The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha had the same architect as the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, so they have a very similar look to each other. It has a beautiful design and is located on top of the Cairo Citadel, so it also has a beautiful view of the city.
Khan el Khalili Souk:
Khan el Khalili is one of the oldest open air markets in the world. It’s filled with rugs, lamps, spices, jewelry, and dozens of other goods. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking to bring home a souvenir or if you want to just wander around and look at all of the unique items. It feels like you’ve traveled back in time and are walking through Agrabah.
Visiting the Egyptian Museum:
If you’re a history buff, visiting the Egyptian Museum is an absolute must. It houses thousands of ancient Egyptian antiquities, including ancient mummies, artifacts from the Pharaohs, and the gold mask of Tutankhamun.
Entrance fee: 120 Egyptian pounds (about $7 USD)
Sunset Felucca Boat Ride Down the Nile:
Where to Stay:
We also highly recommend that you have the Intercontinental arrange a driver for you to get to and from the airport. They pick you up right as you get off the plane and help take you through customs and quickly get your luggage. Then the driver takes you directly to the hotel. When you’re leaving the hotel, the driver helps you get through check-in, customs, and the various security check points again, and it honestly made the entire process so much easier and more seamless. We highly suggest doing this to make your travel experience in Cairo easier.
What to Pack: