Top 5 things you must do in Cairo

Did you know that Cairo is home to the ONLY remaining Ancient Wonder of the World? I know, hard to believe that those big stone triangle-shaped things are still there!

That’s why visiting the Pyramids are top of our list of things to see when you’re in Cairo!

#1 Visit the Pyramids

If there is only one thing you do when you visit Cairo, it has to be the pyramids. Click here to read our advice on visiting the Pyramids and which pyramids you can visit where you’re probably the only people there.


#2 Egyptian Museum

This is an absolute must when you’re in Cairo. This is no ordinary museum that’s for sure. It is home to a massive collection of ancient Egyptian pieces.. 120,000 pieces to be exact and that’s only what’s on display – the rest is in storerooms!

You can see the Gold Mask of Tutankhamun, which by the way is made from 11kg of solid gold amongst the pieces.

The most incredible part of the museum for us was the Royal Mummy Room. It is an additional charge to go into this room and you are not allowed to take in cameras. It is a special air-conditioned room that is home to the royal mummies. Here, you can see Ramesses II. Ramesses II died in July or August of 1213 BC. The room is full of mummies and I tell you what, it is not something you forget about! It was seriously impressive.

#3 Coptic Cairo – Walking Tour

We booked ourselves on a walking tour with Cairo Walking Tours and booked a private walking tour. The tour cost us $35 USD per person which did not include entrance fees. As part of the tour, we stopped in at:

  • The Hanging Church
  • Saint George Church
  • Synagogue
  • Fortress of Babylon
  • City of the Dead

The tour included hotel pick up and drop off in an air-conditioned vehicle and an expert guide.

#4 Khan-el-Khalili

Khan-el-Khalili is a major souk in Cairo. It is very popular with both locals and tourists and you can pick yourself up a few souvenirs.

We picked up some Alabaster candle holders which are just gorgeous!

#5 Mosques of Sultan Hassan and Mosque of Al-Rifa’i

The Mosque of Sultan Hassan is one of the largest mosques in the world. Located in the old city of Cairo, this mosque is 150m in length and was built in 1359.

The Mosque of Al-Rifa’i also located in Cairo is located next to the Mosque of Sultan Hassan and was built in 1361.

Where to stay in Cairo

We stayed at the Mariott. The hotel grounds are really lovely. Click here to read our full review.

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