Cairo Hotels , Flights and Travel Packages

  • Cairo Hotels , Flights and Travel Packages
  • Cairo Hotels , Flights and Travel Packages
  • Cairo Hotels , Flights and Travel Packages
  • Cairo Hotels , Flights and Travel Packages
  • Cairo Hotels , Flights and Travel Packages

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Cairo ,  is the capital of Egypt and, with a total population in excess of 16 million people, one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East . It is also the 19th largest city in the world, and among the world's most densely populated cities. Situated on the River Nile, Cairo is famous for its own history, preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and Coptic sites in Old Cairo. The Egyptian Museum in the center of town is a must see, with its countless Ancient Egyptian artifacts, as is shopping at the Khan al-Khalili bazaar. No trip to Cairo would be complete, for example, without a visit to the Giza Pyramids, and to the nearby Saqqara Pyramid Complex, where visitors will see Egypt's first step pyramid built by the architect Imhotep for the third dynasty pharaoh Djoser. Though firmly attached to the past, Cairo is also home to a vibrant modern society. The Midan Tahrir area situated in downtown Cairo area , built in the 19th century under the rule of Khedive Ismail, has strived to be a "Paris on the Nile". There also are a number of more modern suburbs including Ma'adi and Heliopolis, while Zamalek is a quiet area on Gezira Island, with upscale shopping. Cairo is best in the fall or spring, when the weather isn't so hot. A felucca ride on the Nile is a good way to escape from the busy city, as is a visit to Al-Azhar Park.

Districts of Cairo : The downtown core consists of the following districts:

Downtown : (Midan Tahrir, Downtown) - Midan Tahrir is the very centre of the modern city: big hotels, transport nexus and the Egyptian Museum, with downtown extending through Midan Talaat Harb up to Midan Ataba.
Midan Ramses :  Cairo's main railway station and a burgeoning retail and accommodation zone.
Garden City :  An upmarket "garden suburb" close to the city centre and the Corniche el-Nil.
Islamic Cairo :  The centre of historic Cairo, located east of downtown; the Citadel, Khan el Khalili (the main Cairo souq / market), historic mosques and medieval architecture.
Old Cairo - Located south of downtown, includes Coptic Cairo and Fustat (Cairo's historical kernel).
Dokki and Mohandeseen :  Located on the west bank of the Nile, with upscale restaurants and shopping.
Gezira and Zamalek :  Upmarket suburbs on an island in the Nile, with hotels and the Cairo Tower.
Giza :  A sprawling western district of the city and the site of the Pyramids.
Heliopolis and Nasr City :  An upmarket residential and retail area close to the Airport.
Ma'adi :  A suburb catering to many foreign ex-patriates, accessed by the Ring Road.
Cairo New expansions : New Modern Cities around Cairo including Al Obour City , New Cairo City  , 6TH of October City with the largest Media Production City in Africa & the Middle East .

A selected list of Cairo highlights:

Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx :  The only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is the world's most famous tourist attraction.
Egyptian Museum :  on Midan Tahrir. The world's premier collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.
Citadel, in Islamic Cairo :  A grand castle built by Salah Al-Din. Also parts of the water pipes (Majra Al-Oyouon) are still there, these pipes used to carry the water from the Nile River to the citadel.
Al-Azhar Mosque :  One of the pillars of Islamic thought and home to the world's oldest university.
Ibn Tulun Mosque : close to Sayida Zeinab. The oldest, and maybe most beautiful mosque in Cairo.
The Coptic Museum :  in Coptic Cairo.
The "Hanging Church" : (Church of the Virgin Mary), in Zabaleen Area (District of Manshiet Nasser) below Mokkatam Hills, not far away from the Citadel
Cairo Tower : (185 m./610 ft.) on Gezira Island offers a 360-view of Cairo, along with the Giza Pyramids off in the distance to the west.
Al-Azhar Park : A recently opened landscaped gardens overlooking the Citadel
Khan El Khalily : Cairo's souk area where visitors will find many merchants selling perfume, spices, Gold, Egyptian hand craft.
Abdeen Palace : Located about one Kilometer away from the Midan El-Tahrir a five minutes walk, home of the last king of Egypt the exiled king Farouk.
The Pharaonic Village : It is about twenty minutes driving from Downtown.

Things to Do in Cairo :

Coffee & Sheesha : Have a coffee, mint tea or Cola at El Fishawy's coffee shop in Khan El-Khalili. Smoke a sheesha water pipe (try the "double apple " flavor) and watch the world go by. Great cheap entertainment.

Felucca: Ride a felucca along the Nile River. A great way to relax and enjoy a night under the stars in Cairo. Feluccas are available across from the Four Seasons Hotel in Garden City.

Parks : The most famous is the Giza Zoo located in the Giza district of Cairo, right in front of the entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel in Giza. This is actually one of the oldest zoos in the world (it was built approximately 100 years ago). Hadiqat Al Orman, traslated (Al Orman Gardens). This is a fairly large park in the giza district, close to the Giza zoo, and it can be enterred by paying a daily ticket at the gate. It contains a variety of trees and flowers . Hadiqat Al Azbakiya, translated (Al Azbakieya Gardens). Another nice park to enjoy the greenery and scenery of trees and gardens, while remaining inside the city. It is located in the Azbakiya area of Cairo . Genenet El Asmak, another park located in Zamalek. It is a nice park, which also includes several large caves containing water aquariums, where you can see different species of fish and underwater life through glass windows. Merryland, in Arabic (Genenet El Merryland), located in Heliopolis district near Roxy Cinema. Again, another park with trees and gardens and nice scenery,  with a number of restaurants and cafes have also opened up inside the park, which means it is now a place where people can eat, drink, and enjoy the park all together. El Hadiqa El Dawliya, in English this means (The International Garden), located in Nasr City district. It is one of the more recently opened parks, built when Nasr City district was built. Again, it's another park, with sections containing different copies of famous buildings from around the world. (The copies are much smaller of course and are like small statues that you can view (ie. The Eiffel Tower of Paris, The Great Wall of China, The Windmills of Holland, etc.) Interesting to see. Al-Azhar Park near Al Azhar University , is probably the newest and most recent park to open in Cairo, also with restaurants and entertainment available. It has a good vantage point of Islamic Cairo and the city skyline. You can also take a stroll along the Corniche el-Nil, and there is a river promenade on Gezira Island.

Desert Park  : Wadi Digla Protected Area is a 60 square kilometer environmentally protected park near Ma'adi, that offers opportunity for taking a trek, jogging, rock climbing, and cycling. Wadi Degla is also a good spot for bird watching, and viewing the various reptile species, plants, and deer that reside there.

Recreation : Other options for relaxation include visiting the Giza Zoo and the Cairo Botanical Gardens, or watching horse racing at the Gezira Club in Zamalek . Or when you need a break from city life, try a round of golf on the famous Mena House Golf Course overlooking the Pyramids, or The Hilton Pyramids Hotel tournament Golf Course and nearby Sixth Of October City , Ten minutes drive from Giza Pyramids.
Or if the family, and especially children are fed up looking at monuments and museums, a ten minute trip from the Giza Pyramids by micro-bus, taxi, or car, will take you to two of the biggest and best theme parks in Cairo, Dream-park, and Magic land, both in nearby Sixth Of October City. Magic land is also part of The Media Production City complex, including The Mövenpick Hotel, where visitors can take a tour of the Egyptian TV and drama sets, and studios which house many of the Egyptian and other Arabic TV stations. Another theme park in Cairo is the Giro Land Park alocated at the Golf City area at Al Obour City close to Cairo International Airport , the compound includes 5* hotels , A C Milan Football Club , The City Club ( one of the biggest for all sports activities ) and  The Golf City Club.

Shopping : Citystars is Egypts premier shopping mall and is quite comparable to a foreign mall. It offers most international brands and most international food chains.It offers a cinema and amusment park. Mcdonalds, TGI Fridays, Fudrucckers, Ruby Tuesdays and more are all here. Other well known shopping mall to visit in Cairo are The Sun City Mall ( Heliopolis area ) , Down Twon Mall & Meeting Point Mall Located at New Cairo City . The City Mall located at  Al Obour City close to Cairo International Airport .

Horseback Riding : Go horseback riding in the desert from one of the Nazlet El-Samaan stables like FB Stables in Giza. Ride in the shadow of the Great Pyramids or further afield to Saqqara or Abu Sir or camp out over night with a barbecue and fire. Popular with expats who keep their horses at livery, FB Stables is also great for a 'tourist' type ride to view the Pyramids from the desert. Longer rides to Saqqara and Abu Seer can be arranged in advance, as can sunrise, sunset and full moon rides.

Music and Culture :

Sufi Dancing / dervish dance - The Al Tanura Troupe offers free performances every Saturday,Monday and Wednesday night at 8:30PM at the Al-Ghouri Mausoleum. This picturesque place is situated nearby the Khan el Khalili souk, on a narrow street between the Al Azhar and Al Ghouri mosques.
The Culture Wheel ( Saqyat Al Sawy ) :  The largest independent cultural center in Cairo, offers concerts almost every night.
The Garden Theater in Al-Azhar Park :  offers a range of musical performances. The venue is also a great place for an evening stroll.
Cairo Opera House : see details at :
Egyptian Center for Culture & Art (MAKAN) : Egyptian Traditional music.
The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art : Hussein El Me'mar Pasha street
Cairo Jazz Club :  Live entertainment from local and international musicians, a great food and beverage menu (happy hour from 7-9PM) and a relaxed atmosphere.

Cairo Flights & Airports : Cairo International Airport (CAI), is well served by Egypt-Air , the national carrier, and others such as British Airways , Air France , KLM , Singapore Airlines  and Lufthansa , as well as budget carriers TUI-fly  and Jet-Air-Fly . The airport has three terminals, the latest " Terminal 3 " was opened in 2009 and is the best in Africa & The Middle East Area . Egypt-Air now operates all flights from the new Terminal 3 , but there is little rhyme or reason to other airlines as well . The airport is on the north-eastern outskirts of the city at Heliopolis.

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