Egypt – Charming Cairo Explorer

Cairo is an ancient city that also happens to be a modern metropolis. It is one of the largest cities in the Middle East and the traffic and noise issues prove it. As long as you are not looking for solitude, Cairo—the City of the Thousand Minarets—is an impressive place to explore Egyptian history and culture.

Cairo

Cairo is the largest city in Africa and its name means “the victorious city”. Located on both banks of the River Nile and inhabited for over 6000 years. Cairo has served as the capital of numerous Egyptian civilizations and known locally as “Misr”, the Arabic name for Egypt, because of its centrality in Egyptian life.

Greater Cairo is spread across three of Egypt’s administrative governorates. The northeastern part is known as Kaliobia Governorate. The west bank is part of the governorate of Giza. The eastern and south-eastern parts form another governorate known as Cairo. All three parts together form greater Cairo.

Traditions and influences of the East and the West, ancient and the modern mark the city. However, the city also reflects Egypt’s growing poverty. It struggles with massive population growth, urban sprawl and a deteriorating infrastructure.

Cairo covers an area more than 453 sq. km (more than 175 sq. m) and it is difficult to separate the city from its immediate suburbs. Joined by the desert to the east, south and west and surrounded by the fertile Nile delta to the north, Cairo sits astride the river. Several river islands play an important role in the life of the city. As the region’s principal commercial, administrative and tourist centre it also contains many cultural institutions, business establishments, governmental offices, universities, and hotels. Together they create a dense pattern of constant activity.

Downtown Cairo

The centre of downtown Cairo is Tahrir Square, located on the east bank a hub of tourist activity. The vast and open square contains numerous attractions, including the Egyptian Museum, the Arab League headquarters and the modern Umar Makram Mosque.

The Corniche extends from north to south along the east bank of the Nile. Located nearby is Garden City, a narrow strip of land and one of the city’s newer residential areas. In the centre of the city is Zamalek Island (also called Jezerah, meaning “the Island”).

It houses upscale residential and commercial properties; the Cairo Opera House (founded in 1869) and the Cairo Tower (1961). Three bridges link the island with both banks of the river.

The island of Al-Rodah, located to the south, is linked to the mainland by two additional bridges, while another bridge to the north carries road and rail traffic across the Nile.

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Hotel Rating4 Star, 5 Star

TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1 Welcome to Cairo. Transfer to your hotel Day 4 Cairo: day at leisure
Day 2 Full day tour: Pyramids & Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara Day 5 Cairo: day at leisure
Day 3 Full day tour: Museum, Citadel and Khan Bazaar Day 6 Transfer to Cairo Airport. End of tour

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Day 1

Cairo
* Arrive at Cairo International Airport.
* You will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration.
* Transfer to the hotel and check-in. (Check-in at 12 hours or prior if rooms are available)
* The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Cairo.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cairo
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Day 2

Cairo
* After breakfast, enjoy a full day visit of Memphis, Sakkara, the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cairo
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Day 3

Cairo
* After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour to the Egyptian Museum,Citadel , Mohamed Ali Mosque and Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
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Day 4

Cairo
* Today is at your leisure to explore Cairo.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
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Day 5

Cairo
* Today is at your leisure to do more exploring of Cairo and the surrounding areas.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
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Day 6

Cairo
* Check-out after breakfast.
* The balance of the day is at your leisure.
* Transfer to Cairo International Airport for your departure flight.
* Services end at Cairo International Airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Egypt experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Cairo: 5 nights with bed and breakfast
* Return transfers from airport to hotel and back to the airport
* Tours: 2 Full day tours in Cairo include Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara, Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili Bazaar
* Entrance fees

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL/DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
* Departure & fuel taxes
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

* Rates are LAND ONLY, and Exclude International flights; departure & Fuel taxes
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Rates valid for travel between 01 August to 30 September 2017.
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Egypt view of the Sphinx with Pyramids in the background
Egypt Cairo International airport entrance
Egypt view of Cairo from the Citadel
Egypt Cairo City Star Mall
Egypt Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Egypt view of the Sphinx with Pyramids in the background
Egypt aerial view of Cairo showing the Nile Rover
Egypt Pyramids of Giza at sunset
Egpyt Great Pyramid with the Sphinx in the foreground
Egypt view of the exterior of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquity
Egypt The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in his burial chamber is seen in the Valley of the Kings, in Luxor
Egypt view of a street in Cairo
Egypt aerial view of Cairo across the Nile River
Egypt Interior view of the Egyptian Museum
Egypt Egyptian Museum
Egypt view of the Christian Coptic church in Cairo
Cairo, EGYPT: The mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's most famous female pharaoh