With all due respect to The Bangles, these pop sensations have nothing on your upcoming holiday in Cairo. They may know how to “Walk like an Egyptian”, but you’re just a few clicks and a flight away from walking, eating and living it up like Cairo locals.
Located near the Mediterranean Coast of North Africa, this city is both ancient and constantly reinvented. Amble through ruins or take a day trip out to Mount Sinai, then hurry back to the present day to dance the night away. So score savings on Cairo holiday packages and party like it’s 399!
Holidays to Cairo start at the very beginning, literally. Start in the Old Cairo district with a tour of Hanging Church. One of the oldest churches in Africa, it was converted from a Byzantine fortress into a house of prayer during the 4th century. From there, you’re a super short walk to the Coptic Museum, which houses collections dating back to before your entire family even existed.
Next, make your way north toward downtown and stop for museum-hopping in the Garden City district, home to the National Geographic Society Museum, the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, Abdeen Palace Museum and many more. Home sweet home to Egyptian monarchs until the mid-20th century, Abdeen Palace is a historian’s dream come true with gilt pottery, royal housewares and more than a few swords.
Next up, we know you’ve gotta see some pyramids. The most famous collection of Egyptian tombs are in Giza, Cairo’s neighbour to the south. Book one of lastminute.com.au’s Cairo car hire deals and take a ride back in time to the Great Pyramid, Keops Pyramid and The Great Sphinx.
East of the city centre, Khan al-Khalili is one of Egypt’s biggest open market districts. Take home a haul of international fashions, antiques, art, jewellery—you name it! On the surface, you’ll find heaps of souvenirs, but dig a little deeper and you could completely redecorate your flat with gorgeous tapestries and dinner party ready pottery.
Shopping till you drop needs a little help, so stop for super-strong Arabic coffee with cardamom and lots of falafel and kushari—Egypt’s answer to goulash. Over in the island district of Zamalek, a lot of delicious things are happening in luxey restaurants and casual cafes. Feeling fancy? Get yourself some tickets to the Cairo Opera on the south end of Gezira Island and go out for dinner and a show!
Speaking of the Cairo Opera House, this huge domed venue is just part of Cairo’s National Cultural Centre. Start your evening with an opera, a jazz concert or a touring symphony. Zamalek has some great bars for capping your evening. Otherwise, say good night to your Cairo holiday with a hike up Mount Sinai just in time to catch the sunset.
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Booking your Cairo hotel will be a breeze with lastminute.com.au (there are more than 157 accommodations to choose from). Being the nation's awesome capital, you might want to start the search ASAP to be sure that you get the best deal going.
Thankfully, there's a room waiting for you in Cairo. For accommodation that won't break the bank, book yourself in at either the Zayed Hotel (42 Abu El Mahasn El Shazly Square) or the Oasis Hotel Heliopolis (17 Abdel WahabEl Kadi St Koliet ElBanat). Alternatively, let the experienced staff at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at First Residence or the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo Nile Plaza take care of you. After all, what are vacations for if not spoiling yourself?
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.