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Best Things To Do in Cairo

Some visitors are satisfied with a tour of the Pyramids of Giza, but there is so much more to this city. If its ancient ruins that draw you to Egypt's capital, carve out some time for Dahshur and Saqqara, two archeological sites that are peppered with pyramids and attract fewer tourists than Giza. For further insight into ancient Egypt, head to the Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Stepping into the winding streets of Islamic Cairo and Coptic Cairo whisks you back to the ancient world. And as dusk sets in over Cairo's sandy terrain, witness the monuments glow in the orange light of the setting sun as you enjoy a felucca ride on the Nile or a puff of hookah at one of Zamalek's many lounges.

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#1
Coptic Cairo (Old City) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This neighborhood in southern Cairo is the oldest part of the city, with twisting alleyways and ancient churches that are ... read more»

#2
Giza Pyramids
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Cairo's most popular attraction, the Giza Pyramids draw thousands of visitors every year. As one of the Seven Wonders ... read more»

#3
Islamic Cairo Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This sprawling neighborhood in eastern Cairo encompasses a labyrinth of twisting alleyways and a spattering of awe-inspiring architecture. The atmosphere ... read more»

#4
Mosque of Ibn Tulun Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Constructed in 879 A.D., Cairo's oldest and largest mosque was built to accommodate Tulunid Dynasty founder Ahmad Ibn ... read more»

#5
Dahshur
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: While the Giza Pyramids steal most of the limelight, travelers looking to experience ancient Egypt without competing with crowds head ... read more»

#6
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The best way to follow up your trip to the pyramids is visiting the Egyptian Antiquities Museum. This massive facility ... read more»

#7
Zamalek (Gezira Island) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When you're itching to return to modern times, head to Zamalek, an upscale neighborhood situated on an island in ... read more»

#8
Salah El-Din Citadel (The Citadel)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: You'll need to devote a whole day to the Salah El-Din Citadel, which is quite possibly the most popular ... read more»

#9
Saqqara
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sandwiched between Giza and Dahshur in southern Cairo, this palm-tree-encompassed archaeological site houses the Step Pyramid of Djoser, Egypt's ... read more»

#10
Khan el-Khalili Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: For the best taste of Cairo's vibrant, chaotic personality, make a beeline to the Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Overflowing into ... read more»

#11
Mohamed Ali Mosque (The Alabaster Mosque) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Rising above the Citadel in Islamic Cairo, the Mohamed Ali Mosque remains the most recognizable of Cairo's mosques with ... read more»

#12
Al-Azhar Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Flanking the eastern edge of Islamic Cairo is Al-Azhar Park, a massive green space and a welcome addition to the ... read more»

#13
Coptic Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located in Coptic Cairo in the southern part of the city, the Coptic Museum offers fascinating insight into ancient Cairo ... read more»

#14
Museum of Islamic Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located in the southern sliver of Islamic Cairo, the Museum of Islamic Art boasts a stunning collection of art ranging ... read more»

#15
Memphis
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: First founded in 969 A.D., Cairo is considered a very young capital by Egyptian standards. Before Cairo took control ... read more»

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