A tour of Cairo is the best way to experience the city and its surrounds, especially if you are limited for time. A tour of Cairo typically includes historical attractions such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, or the necropolis of Sakkara, and visitors can also explore Memphis, the former capital. A tour of the Egyptian Museum or a trip to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar is also popular. In the evening, visitors can enjoy a Nile River dinner cruise, or marvel at the Pyramids Sound and Light Show.
Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara
Step back in time to the days of ancient Egypt of the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, the necropolis of Sakkara and the former capital, Memphis. With your own private Egyptologist guide to lead the way, you can determine the amount of time you'd like to spend at each of the sites you'll visit. The Giza Plateau is only around 30 minutes from Cairo, where your qualified Egyptologist guide will provide a fascinating introduction to each of the three pyramids: Cheops, Khafre and Menakaure. You will have free time to enter one of the pyramids (additional cost), though your guide is not permitted to enter with you, or take a camel ride (additional cost). After visiting the pyramids, you'll continue across the plateau for a photo opportunity of the three pyramids rising from the sands, with the Cairo skyline in the background. A short drive to the city side of the plateau finds you standing at the feet of the Sphinx, for thousands of years the enigmatic symbol of Egypt. Also in Giza you may visit the Solar Boat Museum (optional), home to the remarkably well preserved funerary boat of Khufu. Your next stop is Sakkara, home of Egypt's oldest pyramid, built in 2650 B.C. Your guide will provide a brief history of the famous Step Pyramid and you'll have free time to walk around. Your final stop is Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Here you will see artifacts from many of the great rulers of Egypt, including the fallen statue of Ramses II. You will also have the chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how the famous artwork is made.
An immense reservoir of art history, Cairo's Museum of Egyptian Antiquities contains fabulous collections of relics from the Mediterranean's most mysterious and ancient civilization, the true cradle of western culture. From the creation of the first state on the banks of the Nile to its submission to the Roman empire, the millennial story of ancient Egypt is recounted here through the artistic masterpieces, the everyday objects, the spectacular jewels, and the magnificent remains from the tombs of the pharaohs, all remarkably assembled within the walls of a single institution.
Islamic Art Museum
Reopened in 2010 after a seven-year closure for vital refurbishment, this museum houses one of the world's finest collections of Islamic art, dating from the seventh to the 19th centuries. The rooms contain carved woodwork and columns, mosaic fountains, metalwork and other architectural exhibits salvaged from crumbling mosques and mausoleums throughout Egypt.
Situated in a lovely garden within the former Roman fortress of Babylon-in-Egypt, the Coptic Museum features Coptic art from the Christian era (AD300-1000). Among the highlights are the exquisite Coptic textiles, carved ivories, papyri (ancient paper) with text from the Gnostic gospels of Nag Hammadi, and Nubian paintings from the flooded villages of Lake Nassar. The ornate rooms are decorated with beautiful mashrabiyya (carved wood) screens, fountains and painted ceilings.
Cairo Tower or Borg El Qahira is one of the most remarkable tourist attractions in Cairo that is widely visited by both local and foreigners alike . It locates on El Gezira Island ( El Zamalek District) next to the tower , stands the Museum of Modern Art and many other worth visiting places .
The tower is about 187 meters height and this allows enjoying an overall view of Cairo with its numerous minarets and its eternal Nile River . It was established in 1961 during the reign of President Gamal Abd El Naser .
Cairo Tower is highly admired for its design as a latticework tube that ends in the shape of a lotus flower and its location overlooking the Nile River . The time for visiting Cairo Tower begins since 9 am unill 1 am in the next day . The best time for visiting the tower for enjoying the panoramic view of Cairo and the Nile is at sunset .
Aida is a four-act melodrama opera. Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (October 9/10, 1813 – January 27, 1901), libretto is written by Antonio Ghislanzoni, after a scenario by French Auguste Mariette and a French prose version by Camille du Locle. It was composer by Verdi between 1870-1871. The first performance was on December 24, 1871, Opera House, Cairo, Italy, and on February 8, 1872, in La Scala, Milan.
Aida was commissioned by Ismail Pasha, Khedive of Egypt. Production was delayed by the Franco-Prussian war and Giuseppe Veredi donated a portion of his considerable fee to the victims of the siege of Paris. Today, Verdi's Aida is as popular as ever all over the world, including many recordings. Act one has some famous and best-loved scenes.
At the Pharaonic Village, visitors sail on comfortable motorized barges down a network of canals and view incredibly accurate tableaux of the recreation of ancient Egyptian life. Though the city of Cairo surrounds the island, not a trace of it penetrates the thick wall of trees planted around the island. Sights include recreations of industries, games, arts, and moments from history and legend. Services such as cafeterias, boat rentals, a children's playground and a restaurant that serves both Egyptian and European dishes help to make your stay even more enjoyable.
The temple above is only one example of the exacting details that have gone into making the past come to life at the Pharaonic Village. Over a hundred actors and actresses perform all the daily activities and arts of the ancient Egyptians, including agriculture, pottery, sculpture, weaving, and much more. Everyone that would have existed in an ancient Egyptian city is here in the modern recreation, from pharaohs to fishermen, from potters to priests. Because of this attention to detail, the Pharaonic Village is more than education and entertainment; it is a vital resource in the preservation of our knowledge of the ancient world
The Pharaonic Village is a must-see for any visitor to Egypt, whether scholar of Egyptian history and culture, or casual tourist. It is an excellent complement to a trip before going to Aswan and Luxor, but just as awe-inspiring and enjoyable in and of itself. Come with us on a journey through time to the rich and exciting age of the pharaohs.
Sound and Light show at pyramids area
The Sound and Light show takes place at the Pyramids every night. There are a number of different shows each night - i.e. a number of shows in different languages. Chose the one that suits you, and don't assume it's just as good whether you understand the language or not because the show is very informative and interesting
Dream park or Magic land
Dream Park is the largest amusement park in Egypt and one of the two that I'd describe as being of international standard. It features three roller coasters, all off the shelf models from the Vekoma catalogue
Abdeen Palace Museum
Abdeen Palace was built in 1863 on a 25-feddan area by Egyptian, Italian, French and Turkish architects. In 1872 the lush and luxurious palace became the seat of the government.
Believing in the fact that such palace is part and parcel of Egypt’s heritage, President Mubarak in the late eighties ordered that the palace, one of the most beautiful in the world, be completely restored. Restoration work took longer than expected as the old palace was hit during the strong 1992 earthquake that jolted Egypt.
Abdeen Palace is one of the most famous palaces that were erected during the reign of Mohamed Ali Pasha Dynasty. It was the seat of the government as of 1872 till 1952. During such eventful period of time, Abdeen Palace witnessed unforgettable events that undoubtedly affected Egypt’s modern and contemporary history.
Khedive Ismail ordered the palace be erected in 1863, and the palace was named after Abdeen Bay, one of the army commander under Mohamed Ali Basha. In 1872, Khedive Ismail moved to Abdeen Palace, leaving the castle, old seat of Egypt’s government, that was built by Saladdin Al Ayoubi in 1171. And today the Abdeen Palace Museum complex stands as an evidence to Egypt's active role over times. The complex features a military museum of all arms presented as gifts to President Mubarak on different occasions, a museum of ancient weapons and a third of the medals and orders of merit bestowed on members of Egypt’s formal royal family and eminent Egyptian figures.
in one place and the land of Egypt, collect traces of the monotheistic religions of the three Islamic, Christian, Jewish, and was visiting on his visit to the complex religions pleasure rare spiritual high around the place, and enough honor to have witnessed two of the first determination, and two Prophet Moses and Jesus, peace be upon him.
El Sultan Hassan Mosque
Built between 1356 and 1363 by the Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan, the scale of the mosque is so colossal that it nearly emptied the vast Mamluk Treasury. Historians believe that the builders of this mosque may have used stone from the Pyramids Giza
Early in construction, some design flaws in the colossal plans became apparent. There was going to be a minaret at each corner, but this was abandoned after the one directly above the entrance collapsed, killing 300 people. Another minaret toppled in 1659, then the weakened dome collapsed.
The early history witnessed by the mosque was as unstable as its architecture: Hassan was assassinated in 1391, two years before completion, and the roof was used as an artillery platform during coups against sultans Barquq (1391) and Tumanbey (1517).
Panorama October 6
October War Panorama Anchait cooperation between Egypt and Korea in 1983 to mark the commemoration of the memory of Egypt's victory in the war, the sixth of October. Located in the Salah Salem Street next to the Cairo International Stadium. Building a cylindrical shape, surrounded Bjdranh Interior Paintings, representing battles important fought Egypt, starting the battle fought by King Narmer to unite the two countries and through the battle that the expulsion of the Ahmose the Hyksos in 1520 BC, and the battle of Mansoura in 1250, and the Battle of Port Said in 1956, and finally October victory in 1973 where he defeated the Egyptian army and the Israeli army expelled from the territory of Sinai.
There is a circular platform where the audience are seated, and moving them the platform to watch the images present three-dimensional mural paintings representing the battle of the glorious October.
There are also view the panorama hall to watch movies showing scenes real 1967 war and the war in 1973. At the entrance there Panorama aircraft and tanks used in war and attendees can climb and photo ops.
Mohamed Ali Citadel
Designed by the Greek architect Yussuf Bushnaq, The Mohammad Ali (Alabaster) Mosque in the Citadel was begun in 1830 (finished in 1857) in the Ottoman style by Mohammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt, and founder of the country's last dynasty of Khedives and Kings. The mosque is the Tomb of Mohammad Ali and is also known as the Alabaster Mosque because of the extensive use of this fine material from Beni Suef. Its two slender 270 foot minarets are unusual for Cairo. From the arcaded courtyard, visitors have a magnificent view across the city to the pyramids in Giza. Just off the courtyard is the vast prayer hall with an Ottoman style dome which is 170 feet above. The parapet to the southwest offers a good view of the Sultan Hassan and Ibn Tulun Mosques and of Cairo itself. Perhaps because of its location, it is one of the most frequented Mosques by tourists.