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Long considered to be the jewel of the orient, Cairo is an international city overflowing with an interesting mixture of different cultures. It is a city steeped in the early civilizations of the ancient pharaohs, blended with the history of Christian and Islamic cultures. It is all brought together by the modern sights and luxuries of a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city.

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Al Giza Desert, Giza

A vast burial ground located at a 32 km distance from Cairo, it is mostly known for its 6-steps Pyramid of Djoser. Archaeologists have recently been discovering more and more artefacts at this necropolis, one of them being the tomb of Mehu, which can now be visited by the public following years of renovations.

The Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids Rd., Cairo

On the outskirts of Cairo, these pyramids are the sole survivors of the Seven Wonders of the World. The archaeological site on the Giza Plateau is called the Giza Necropolis, and includes, apart from the three pyramids, the sculpture of the Sphinx and several cemeteries.

Abou el-Sid
157 Sharia 26th of July, Zamalek, Cairo

Abou el-Sid has a sumptuous, languorously sensual Oriental inspired décor with equally impressive food. Home-style Egyptian cuisine dominates the menu, with authentic dishes that are difficult to find elsewhere.

La Bodega
157 Sharia 26th of July, Zamalek, Cairo

La Bodega is an excellent restaurant serving unique Italian dishes as well as creative international cuisine set in a lavish décor. The elegant cocktail lounge has its own cigar humidor.

Khan el-Khalili
al-Azhar Street, Cairo, Egypt

An immense market, a bazaar, with sand covered ancient buildings. This place will remain as one of your best memories of Egypt. Use your best bartering skills or you will have to pay double for your goods!

City Stars
Omar Ibn El-Khattab, Masaken Al Mohandesin, Nasr City, Cairo Governorate

A traditional modern mall which can be found very close to the airport. With a food court, cinemas, and lots of stores, you can be certain you can spend an entire day here. This place is a good start off point for when you just landed in Cairo.

Cairo International Airport
Heliopolis, Cairo

Cairo International Airport is located 25 km northeast of the city centre. There are 2 terminals: Terminal II is the new terminal and services most international flights, while Terminal I, the old terminal, is the hub for EgyptAir and services both their domestic and international flights. There are large official taxis (called “limousines”) that charge a fixed rate for a trip to the city centre. A taxi for the same ride will involve some heavy haggling, so the official taxi may be the easier option. There are two city busses and a mini-bus that takes you to and from the Airport. Bus number 356 is the designated airport service, which is a large white, air conditioned, luxury coach. It runs to the city centre at Midan Abdel Moniem Riad (behind the Egyptian museum) and charges extra per large luggage item. Local bus No 400 also goes to the city centre, as well as minibus No 27. The bus stand is at the far end of the car park.

Public transport

The local buses are like a carnival ride, as they rarely come to a full stop to let passengers on and off! There is a mini-bus that has set routes like the normal bus, but they are smaller and carries fewer passengers, but on the other hand -actually stops properly to let people on and off!

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