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The largest city in Africa, Cairo is a great place to take your family for a holiday. With many thousands of years of history and culture to explore, with artefacts from every era, your only issue will be fitting everything into Cairo city breaks.
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A Unesco-protected city, Cairo’s many attractions include the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx of Giza, Gabalaya Park, Amr Ibn El-As Mosque and Tahrir Square. Other unmissable sights are the River Nile and Zamalek (Gezira) Island.
If you want to experience the vibrant markets and traditional Egyptian bazaars, then take a walk through Cairo's Old Town. With many traditional stalls and hidden squares it’s worth wandering through the area and experiencing the true feeling of living in Cairo. After visiting the busy Old Town, taking a relaxing cruise down the River Nile to the pyramids and Sphinx of Giza will bring ancient Egypt and the pharaohs to life.
The Egyptian Museum has many ancient artefacts that will astonish and amaze all of the family. The highlight of a visit here is seeing the treasures found in the tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamen.
When you arrive in Cairo you’ll fly into Cairo International Airport (CAI) before travelling the short distance into the city. It’s easy to get into Cairo from Cairo International Airport. An airport shuttle bus runs every half hour and connects the terminal with central Cairo. Expect a journey time of around 45 minutes.
Or jump into a white taxi outside the arrivals terminal. Insist on the meter being used, as fixed fares often bump up the true cost. Alternatively, the budget option is a public bus from the nearby bus station, which is connected to the airport by a free shuttle bus. It can be a task for the brave, as bus numbers are often in Arabic and the journey takes 60-90 minutes.
Getting around on weekend breaks in Cairo can also be slow going – this is a heaving city and traffic doesn’t always move fast! You can get about using the two lines of Cairo's Metro – it’s a fast and cheap but limited affair. Bus services also navigate the streets of the city. Some routes use old, non-air-conditioned vehicles that can be crowded, with other main routes featuring air-conditioned buses. It's a cheap way to see Cairo, though heavy traffic can slow down many journeys.
If you want to use cabs while in Cairo, white taxis are your best bet. Insist the meter is turned on when you get in. If you use older black and white cabs (usually non-metered), expect either to barter on a price at the start of the journey or pay a tourist premium at the end.
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