Top 5 Must Do's in CairoEdit This
1. The Pyramids
No journey to Cairo is complete without a tour of the Pyramids. While the area is overcrowded and seemingly overdone, you have to see these "wonders of the world" in person. The light show at night is spectacular, bringing a modern feel to the ancient beauty of the area, and is also affordable. For around $20 you can gain access to a number of areas.
2. The Sphinx
The sphinx is one of the most famous monuments in all of Egypt. Although you have seen pictures before, they do not do any justice to what the Sphinx looks like in person. While it is also filled with tourists, a trip to Cairo would not be complete without viewing this guard of the Giza Plateau.
3. The Egyptian Museum
Even if you do not have all day to commit to touring this museum you should definitely take the time to view King Tut and the awe inspiring amounts of treasure within the museum. Keep in mind that there are mass amounts of security guards and police protecting the fortunes, and they often frown on picture taking. It is better to just leave your camera tucked away.
4. Kahn Ali-Kalili
Khan Ali-Kalili is the biggest open market in all of Cairo and is sure to please even the most avid shopper. The stores here have been owned and operated by the same people for centuries, making it almost like taking a trip back in time. Exotic spices, perfumes, souvenirs, and jewelry are scattered all around. You are sure to find a hidden gem by putting your bartering skills to the test as the labeled prices here mean nothing.
5. Bab Zuweila Gate
The Sayyidna al-Hussein Mosque is one of the most sacred spots in all of Egypt. While the mosque is an attraction in and of itself, you should take the opportunity to head south and locate the busy street market. Not only is the market full of delightful finds, but you will come across the gate of Bab Zuweila. This gate is the only gate that is left from the wall that used to border the south of the old city. It is a reminder of what happened here and gives insight into the culture that surrounds Cairo.
A horseback ride accross the desert from the Giza Pyramids to the sites of Saqqara and Dashour is an experience to remember a lifetime.
FB Stables is located a stone's throw from the Great Pyramids of Giza. Jointly British-Egyptian managed, they provide good quality, well-cared for horses suited to each customer and ability.
Trips on offer include half- and full-day riding safaris as well as shorter rides (either camel or horse) around the Giza site. Sunrise, sunset and full-moon rides are also available