To Egyptians, Cairo is Umm ad-Dunya, ‘Mother of the World’. Visiting Cairo will make you feel like you have travelled back in time. History is beautifully preserved in Cairo, seamlessly weaving in and out of daily life.
Cairo is the gate city to the only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. If you prefer your ancient history behind glass cases, the Egyptian Museum houses the best collection of Egyptian antiquities.
The Nile was Ancient Egypt’s life-force and crucial to the flourishing of its civilisation. A great way to take in this majestic waterway is to hire a felucca, a traditional sailboat, in the evening for a relaxing ride down the river.
What is a city without a fantastic market to match? Cairo’s is Khan El Khalily, a souk where you’ll find spices, fragrances, jewellery and handicrafts. Finish off your day with a visit to beautiful Al-Azhar Mosque, home to the world’s oldest university.