Planning a trip to Cairo city means you’ve just booked a date with one of the oldest civilizations in the world situated around the legendary river Nile. Cairo is the largest city in African and middle-eastern countries and one of the most popular destinations of tourists around the world famous for its Pyramids, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Information about flights to Cairo
Cairo International airport located in Heliopolis, an ancient Roman city, is one the busiest airports in Africa with four terminals and over 65carriers accommodating millions of passengers every year. Cairo is well connected with flights from official carrier EgyptAir to some popular carriers like Lufthansa, Etihad, Sky Team, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Swiss airlines, Austria airlines and other carriers like TUIFly and JetAirFly that offer cheap flights to Cairo. During the season of Hajj Pilgrimage, a huge traffic of travelers is witnessed due to a lot of low costs connecting flights to Medina that are run from Cairo International airport.
Places to visit in Cairo
The weather in Cairo is usually hot during the summer but one can beat the heat by planning to come out during the mornings and the evenings. Cairo is well connected in terms of getting around the city by Taxis, Metro and Bus. The must visit places in and around Cairo are
Pyramids of the Giza and Sphinx are the first thing that comes to mind of any tourist who is visiting Cairo or Egypt. The pyramids are the premier attraction that represents the archetypal structures of ancient Egyptian civilization and together with the Sphinx at the base of the Giza plateau form the iconic image of Egypt. At the pyramids you can take a camel ride along with your family.
Cairo Tower which is 610 feet high situated on Gezira Islands offers a 360 degree view of the Cairo city. From here one can also view the Giza pyramids towards the west.
Egyptian Museum, also known as The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities located in the Midan Tahrir area housing the world’s premier collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts.
Citadel and Mosque of Mohamed Ali Pasha is the largest Ottoman mosque built situated in the citadel of Egypt by Mohamed Ali Pasha who is the founder of modern Egypt. With its Twin minarets and animated silhouettes, it is the most visible mosques and a major landmark that can be seen while approaching the city in any direction.
Al-Azhar Mosque is one of the first mosques established in Cairo and one of the oldest mosques built in the world. Al-Azhar mosque is home to one of the oldest and most revered universities in Egyptian society.
Abdeen Palace is a historic Cairo palace built on a site owned by Abidin Bey, an Albanian commander and politician of Egypt which is named after him. It is one of the official residencies and principal workplace of the president of Egypt. The palace today is a museum located in the old Cairo district of Abdeen.
October to April is the ideal time to visit these places when the weather is mostly sunny and perfect for traveling. During summers, which is offseason, one could get more cheap flights to Cairo and concessions in almost every prominent sites of Cairo.
Where to stay in Cairo
Cairo offers a lot of accommodation options ranging from low rent budget hotels in the downtown to five star palaces along the river Nile, near the Giza pyramids and close to the Airport.
Some of the hotels if one decides to spend a night at the airport hotels are
1. Le Méridien Cairo Airport
2. Novotel Cairo Airport
3. Le Passage
Apart from the above three hotels, there are other lodging options nearby Heliopolis.
Some of the hotels that offer the best view of the Giza Pyramids are
1. Best View Pyramids Hotel
2. Pyramids View Inn
3. Mena House Hotel
4. Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, El Remaya Square is a five star hotel across the street from the Giza Pyramids complex which offers excellent views of the Giza pyramids.
Some of the top hotels in Cairo with wonderful views of River Nile are
1. Fairmont Nile City Cairo
2. Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo
3. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo Nile Plaza
4. Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
5. The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo
To stay close to Cairo’s history or the old Cairo, then choosing Coptic Cairo as your base would be an ideal choice. For people who prefer more modern surroundings or a business-friendly base can find varied accommodation in New Cairo. One can find accommodation to suit a range of budgets in Cairo’s diverse neighborhoods.
With Cheap Cairo flights offered by many carriers from around the world, now is the time for a perfect family gateway to Cairo, one of the oldest cities in the world.
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