Cairo Holidays

Cairo, the largest city on the African continent, is as vibrant and exciting as it is big. With the Pyramids of Giza, the Cairo museum, shopping in the historical Khan Khalil and the energy of the city itself it is understandable to see why Cairo is as popular as it is.

Cairo, Egypt

Things To Do

You will certainly not be stuck for things do in Cairo. However, before you go out of your hotel make sure you unpack some patience as you'll need it in this chaotic city. Everyone wants to see the Pyramids and it always seems the case that everyone visits them at the same time as you, so expect it to be busy! This is not to say don't go, you should go as they are beyond belief and definitely worth the hassle, try and stay for the light show at the end of the day which is amazing.

The Cairo Museum or Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is another place which must be on your tick list. The museum has numerous ancient artefacts which your children will enjoy, the most notable of which are the gold treasures of Tutankhamen. To add extra spice to your visit tell your children about the curse of Tutankhamen and how the person who first opened the tomb and their family all died of unexplained causes. Then when they're in the Royal Mummy Room looking at Tutankhamen's death mask, creep up to them and go mmmwhahaha - what a laugh!

Once you have crossed the Pyramids and museum off your list it is time for a little R & R. So mum, drag the kids and your good man shopping to the Khan Khalil or simply the Khan, they'll love it. The Khan was the brainchild of Emir Djaharks el-Khalili and dates back to 1382. Some of the buildings look as if they date back that far - some do! Walking around the Khan you'll be struck by the incredible architecture and the range of things which are available to buy - only after haggling. The Khan is a great place to bag a bargain for jewellery, gold and sliver. The price of gold does change from day to day though, so bear this mind when you see a bargain. However, don't let your mind go AWOL with the heat or the persistent salesman, make sure you are confident that the gold is genuine before you buy it. You cannot be too careful in a city where you can buy almost anything counterfeit.

Weather

The weather in Cairo is fairly predictable, hot, really hot in the summer and comfortable in the winter. At its peak the temperatures can hit the mid 40's C, which can be quite oppressive. Cairo is a lot more comfortable in the winter, the temperatures are a lot lower, in the mid 20's C which makes seeing the sites a lot more pleasurable. Although the air is polluted, in the spring it can get worse, between April and May. This is due to the the Khamseen, a dry wind, which blows sand and dust in from the Sahara making the air even thicker.

Travelling Around

Public transport on the whole is not really the best and should be left for, well the public. The exception to this is the metro system which is cheap, clean, safe and efficient. However, as luck would have it the metro, as yet, does not serve all of the top tourist routes. Check locally to see if there is a metro service to your desired location. An alternative to the metro are taxis. They are cheaper to hire on the street but you are not guaranteed to get exclusive use - sharing is common place and be careful not to get ripped off as many meters simply don't work! It may be more expensive, but we recommend hiring a taxi from your hotel. This way you know that you are not going to be sharing it. Ask the hotel's concierge how much you should be paying for the trip, that way you won't get ripped off.

If you are feeling a bit mad sit down and let the moment pass. If the madness remains then why not join your fellow madmen and hire a car and drive round, erm, try and drive round Cairo. A note of caution especially for those who have young children. For some reason a few Egyptians drive round at night without their lights on, so be extra careful crossing the roads at night.

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Best Time To Holiday :Sept - May
Transfer Time :30 mins
Night Life :Mixed
This graph shows the average high and low temperatures throughout the year for Cairo

Cairo Hotels

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Barcelo Cairo Pyramids Hotel


Ideally located for sight-seeing, this modern and family friendly hotel has a re...

Cataract Pyramid Resort


The hotel is set in a peaceful yet central location and provides guests with an ...

Dusit Thani Lakeview Hotel


Set amid landscaped lakes and gardens in the heart of the New Cairo district, th...

Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel


Boasting stylish interiors and attractive outdoor space, the hotel has 3 outdoor...

Four Seasons Cairo At The First Residence


Built above a shopping centre and overlooking the River Nile, the hotel enjoys a...

Grand Pyramids Hotel


Relax by the pool and enjoy impressive views to the Pyramids of Giza, visit the ...

Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort Hotel


Relax in the landscaped grounds and enjoy views to the Pyramids and over the fai...

Intercontinental Citystars Cairo Hotel


Offering sports and leisure facilities, activities for children and a choice of ...

Intercontinental Semiramis Hotel


Enjoying a central location in downtown Cairo, on the banks of the River Nile, t...

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel


A modern hotel with a well designed outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace with v...

Marriott Cairo Hotel


An architecturally impressive and family friendly hotel overlooking the River Ni...

Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel


A family friendly hotel with an outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor play areas for ...

Oasis Hotel


Surrounded by pretty gardens, the hotel has a large outdoor pool, a choice of re...

Oberoi Mena House Hotel


A luxurious hotel set in 40 acres of jasmine gardens is ideal for guests seeking...

Sheraton Cairo Towers and Casino


A landmark hotel enjoying a waterfront location on the bank of the River Nile an...

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