cairo

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Hörður Ragnarsson

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!

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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.
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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.
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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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Image - Sound and Light Theater
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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.
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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.
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Image - Mosque of Muhammad Ali
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Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Hörður:A beautiful Mosque with an amazing view over Cairo.
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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.
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Image - Khan el-Khalili
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Khan el-Khalili
Hörður:A buzzling market, perfect opertunity to master the skill of haggling
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Image - Kababgui Restaurant
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Kababgui Restaurant
Hörður:Nice Tandori chicken, their naan bread is also amazing!
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Sofitel Restaurant
Hörður:Didn't try the food there but they had good coctails.
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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.

What not to do

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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.
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Shopping malls

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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.
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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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Egypt travel blogs from other travellers

Travel blogs filled with all you need to know based on personal experience.

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67 fun facts about Egypt
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Image - We May Finally Know How the Pyramids Were Built
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We May Finally Know How the Pyramids Were Built
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Image - 8 Reasons why you should travel to Egypt in 2018
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8 Reasons why you should travel to Egypt in 2018
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Image - Egyptian Adventures: 5 Excursions You Wouldn’t Want to Miss
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Egyptian Adventures: 5 Excursions You Wouldn’t Want to Miss
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Image - http://annaeverywhere.com/egypt-travel-guide/
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Ultimate Guide to Visiting Egypt (& Not Just the Pyramids!)
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Image - Egypt Family Travel Blog and Guide
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Egypt Family Travel Blog and Guide
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Image - Surviving Egyptian Scams At The Giza Pyramids
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Surviving Egyptian Scams At The Giza Pyramids
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Diving in Egypt?

I didn't do it, but these are great references if you are looking for tips.

Image - A red hot Red Sea adventure: Four days on an Egyptian Liveaboard
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A red hot Red Sea adventure: Four days on an Egyptian Liveaboard
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Image - Egypt’s real treasure: diving with sharks in the Red Sea
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Egypt’s real treasure: diving with sharks in the Red Sea
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Image - Dahab Diving – The Ultimate Scuba Guide (by a local)
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Dahab Diving – The Ultimate Scuba Guide (by a local)
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Wanderguide map

  1. Panorama Pyramids Inn
  2. Hotel Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
  3. The Great Pyramid of Giza
  4. Sound and Light Theater
  5. Al Azhar Park
  6. Mosque of Muhammad Ali
  7. Memphis
  8. Khan el-Khalili
  9. Egyptian Museum Cairo
  10. Le Deck - By Laurent Peugeot
  11. Kababgui Restaurant
  12. Sofitel Restaurant
  13. Nile Pharaoh Cruising Restaurant[مركب فرعون النيل]
  14. Rent & Drive
  15. Mall Of Egypt
  16. Mall of Arabia

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