Cairo is a must-see city steeped in history with wondrous secrets, beautiful mosques, imposing citadels, and unexpected garden oases. Cairo, where old meets new, is one of the largest cities in Africa and stands proud on the shores of the River Nile. A holiday here offers something for everyone, no matter what you are looking for.


  • Fascinating mix of Egyptian history, culture, and modern society
  • Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Pyramids of Giza
  • World-class museums staggering collection upon collection of artefacts
  • Must visit historical sites including the Al-Azhar Mosque, Old Cairo, The Citadel and Al-Muizz li-Din Allah Street


  • Air Temperature: 18-36°c
  • Sea Temperature: 18-29°c
  • Flying Time: 5.5 hours - Cairo International Airport
  • Marriott Mena House,Cairo
    Pyramids within walking distance

    Marriott Mena House,Cairo

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  • 4 Nights Soft Tourism to the Southern Red Sea
    Soft & Easy

    4 Nights Soft Tourism to the Southern Red Sea

    Take a trip to one of our three exclusive diving villages for a an experience like no other, this southern Red Sea diving destination pioneers sustainable tourism development across its villages making it a positive choice for those that are passionate about supporting the local Bedouin community along with conservation of our ocean and its incredible marine life.

    Here you will receive an environmentally orientated and educational diving experience. You can partake in workshops where knowledge of marine biology and underwater ecosystems are encouraged. The Red Sea is home to over 1200 fish species and 300 coral species of which 10% exist nowhere else in the world and here at RSDS the maximum number of house-reef dives are no greater than its carrying capacity to control human impact and protect the future of this rich marine ecosystem.

    • Duration: 4 Nights
    from £399pp
  • Cairo Delights
    Adventure Tours

    Cairo Delights

    Bus tour

    Admire the breathtaking views of Cairo, visit the impressive “absolute must-see” Pyramids of Giza and the fabulous Sphinx, the astonishing Egyptian museum with all it’s magnificent treasures including Tutankhamen, Lunch, transport, guide & program entrance fees included.

    Wednesdays only

    • Duration: 1 day
    from £101pp

Egypt Holidays offer Cairo trips that take you to a city between the Nile Delta and Alexandria. Start your journey through time at Saladin’s citadel, then venture back through the warrens of Coptic Cairo, the city’s Roman remains and then the famous Giza where you will find the greatest of the surviving pyramids and the Great Sphinx. To ensure you get the most out of your holiday experience our expert team with years of experience and unrivalled product knowledge puts us in the perfect position and provides you with this handy Fact File.


Large public blue, red and white buses cover the entire city however can be crowded but cheap. There are also micro buses, orange and white or red, white, and blue in colour. The destination will not be marked so hail them down and ask. There are two main options with regards to taxis, Solid-White Taxis (modern sedans) or Uber and Careem. Solid-White Taxis are metered and can be hailed down on the street. Uber and Careem work well and there will be no confusion about negotiating prices or being overcharged, they accept credit card payments or cash. Three lines cover most of the main districts in Cairo, they start running around 6am until midnight and there are no timetables, but departures are frequent.


  • As a British citizen, you will need a valid passport and a visa to enter Cairo. You can get your visa at the airport when you arrive or from the Egyptian Consulate. For further information please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements.
  • Cairo is 2 hours ahead of UK time (GMT).
  • The currency used is the Egyptian pound.
  • The language spoken is Arabic
  • Resorts will be busy after Ramadan as Egyptian families will go away to celebrate. Ramadan is a sacred month when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Ramadan for the year 2021 starts on the evening of Monday, the 12th April lasting 30 days and ending at sundown on Tuesday the 11th of May.
  • The Cairo International Book Fair is held in the last week of January and is the oldest and the biggest of its kind in Egypt, along with being one of the biggest in the world, drawing book sellers from across the globe.
  • The Sights
    The Sights

    A visit to Cairo would not be complete without a trip to see the Great Pyramids of Giza along with the Sphinx at the base of the Giza plateau. Step back in time at The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square which houses the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, or head to the Citadel to see the many sights and enjoy the silence of car free streets. Take a wander round Khan el Khalili, a large open-air market dating back to 1382, and take your pick of locally produced goods but be prepared to haggle!

  • Entertainment

    Cairo is not within easy reach of the ocean, so you might prefer to take a relaxing dinner cruise on the Nile River where you can admire the lights of downtown Cairo whilst being entertained with belly dancing and Egyptian folklore. You can also take a guided walk along the riverside or visit Zamalek, an island in the Nile, with its many shops, hotels, art venues and exotic landscape gardens.

  • Explore More
    Explore More

    To soak up the Egyptian culture then take some time out in one of the many ‘ahwas’ (coffeehouses) where you can enjoy the fruity flavours of a shisha pipe. There are a multitude of places to enjoy the sunset in Cairo but how about with a cold beer in one of the many rooftop bars, alternatively take in a show at the stunning Cairo Opera House or for a truly memorable experience book your ticket for the Sounds and Light Show at The Pyramids of Giza where history is ‘retold’ by the Sphinx while lasers, lights and projections shows historical scenes on the side of the Great Pyramid itself.