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Hörður Ragnarsson

Egypt

What to do in Cairo

I spent a week with my girlfriend in Egypt, visiting Cairo and Luxor. We visited during Ramadan which everyone thought we were crazy to do - but in our opinion it is the best time to visit. Fewer tourists, everything still open and we even got to descend alone into one of the Geiza pyramids!

Good hotels

I recommend splitting your stay up into two parts when in Cairo and staying at both of these hotels.

Image - Panorama Pyramids Inn
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Panorama Pyramids Inn
Hörður :Make this your first stop. This might not be the fanciest of Hotels, but the view from the terrace is amazing. The service is exceptional.
Image - Hotel Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
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Hotel Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
Hörður :Perfectly placed in the middle of the Nile river, this is the Hotel to stay at to be in Cairo but also get a little peace and quiet.

Points of interest

Image - The Great Pyramid of Giza
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The Great Pyramid of Giza
Hörður :A no-brainer for anyone visiting Cairo.
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Sound and Light Theater
Hörður :In the night the Sphinx and the Geiza pyramids are flooded with a light show and music. Amazing to watch.
Image - Al Azhar Park
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Al Azhar Park
Hörður :Wander in the greenest area in Cairo. It's also quite elevated so on a good day you get an amazing view over Cairo and the pyramids.
Image - Mosque of Muhammad Ali
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Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Hörður :A beautiful Mosque with an amazing view over Cairo.
Image - Memphis
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Memphis
Hörður :I recommend visiting this place. You can find trips from Cairo with private guides for a good price.
Image - Khan el-Khalili
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Khan el-Khalili
Hörður :A buzzling market, perfect opertunity to master the skill of haggling
Image - Egyptian Museum Cairo
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Egyptian Museum Cairo
Hörður :A must do. Getting a private guide to tell you about all the different things inside the museum is highly recommended.

Restaurants

We tried a few local restaurants, but came up short with good food. The best food we found was at restaurants close to the Sofitel Hotel - not local food, but good food.

Image - Le Deck - By Laurent Peugeot
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Le Deck - By Laurent Peugeot
Hörður :A great experience. Sit on the banks of the Nile river and have tasty food. Bit pricy but worth it.
Image - Kababgui Restaurant
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Kababgui Restaurant
Hörður :Nice Tandori chicken, their naan bread is also amazing!
Image - Sofitel Restaurant
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Sofitel Restaurant
Hörður :Didn't try the food there but they had good coctails.

Trips and experiences you should book

In Cairo it is very cheap to get a quality guide and driver. I recommend doing this because you will be safer with a local, and hearing all the history when looking at those grand monuments is invaluble.

Image - Luxor
$ 600
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Private Luxor Day Tour From Cairo By Plane
Hörður :This is what we did, flew to Luxor and had a private guide there. Amazing experience.
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$ 165
Experience
2 Day Private Tour From Cairo
Hörður :Visit the Geiza pyramids, museum of Egypt, Islamic and Coptic Cairo.
Image - Quad safari tour by pyramids
$ 60
Experience
Desert Safari By Quad Bike Around Pyramids
Hörður :If you are down to a little bit of fun and action this might tickle.
Image - Luxor 2
$ 80
Experience
Full-Day Luxor Highlights Tour: East And West Banks
Hörður :If you are getting yourself to Luxor, this is a tour you can book without the transfer.
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$ 310
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Nile River Cruise 4 Days With 3 Nights Start From Luxor
Hörður :I haven't tried this, but if you have the time I think this is probably one of the best ways to explore Egypt.
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$ 64
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Private Day Tour To The Pyramids Of Giza And Egyptian Museum
Hörður :Short on time? Do this. Egyptian museum and the Pyramids, you wouldn't want to travel to Cairo without hitting those two places.

What not to do

Image - Nile Pharaoh Cruising Restaurant[مركب فرعون النيل]
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Nile Pharaoh Cruising Restaurant[مركب فرعون النيل]
Hörður :Many will try to sell you an evening cruise on the Nile with dinner and a show - most of them are shit. Do your research and find a good one
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Rent & Drive
Hörður :Don't try to drive in Cairo. It is very dangerous for someone who is not used to this style of traffic. Just get a driver or taxi.

Shopping malls

Image - Mall Of Egypt
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Mall Of Egypt
Hörður :The best mall in Egypt. Has all the major shops, Starbucks - and yes, you can go skiing there.
Image - Mall of Arabia
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Mall of Arabia
Hörður :Descent size mall with plenty of shops. Not as new and nice as Mall of Egypt though.

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