Cairo: Suggested Itinerary

Mother Of All Cities

Day 1: Egypt is a popular destination in African travel and it’s little wonder with such a unique culture and history that the rest of the world would die to emulate. Most of Cairo's hostels and budget hotels are located in the city centre. Start with a gentle walkabout in your local area. Cairo is an extremely busy, fast paced city and making your way around the city can take a small bit of getting used to. The view from the deck at Cairo Tower which stands proudly on El Gezirah Island offers the best views found anywhere in the city. On a clear day look around and you can not only see the entire city, but the nearby pyramids and the entire Nile Delta also. If you’re feeling peckish, another of Cairo's more unique ways to enjoy a meal is on a cruise down the River Nile. You can check with local tour operators once you get there, but the vast majority of companies offer reasonably-priced packages. Returning after the sun has set, it is a pleasant way to spend your first evening.

Day 2: Cairo city centre has a plethora of mosques, churches and monuments to keep you occupied. Best known of these and one which dominates Cairo's hazy skyline is the Citadel. With its numerous bubbling white dome roofs, this building really is a spectacle. If you want to do a bit of shopping in Cairo there is no better place to do so than at Khan al-Khalili market - you name it and you will find it here. Cairo isn't all sightseeing though and there is some fun to be had with lots of bars and nightclubs scattered throughout the city centre. Midan Tahir in downtown Cairo has one of the best selections of bars in the whole city and is particularly good for those playing host to live acts.

Day 3: OK, you’ve managed to resist it this long, spend your last day taking mental pictures of ancient beauty to bring back with you (or some real ones of course). Start the day you visit the Pyramids with a trip to the Egyptian Museum on Midan El Tahir. This museum is best known for being the home of Tutankhamen's treasures. Along with the ancient pharaoh's riches you will also find a collection of fascinating relics which date back to before 1000BC and learn more about the Pyramids. When you finally make it to the Pyramids and see them for the first time, savour the moment - they are regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Of all the pyramids, Khufu (or Cheops) which was built for the pharaoh of the same name is the largest, and hence most impressive. Of course the Sphinx is just as engrossing. Standing majestically just before Khufu's pyramid, many legends surround it. Most of these are in regards to whether or not there hidden passageways or rooms within, even though none have ever been found. Others concentrate on the special powers it holds. It is the Sphinx which looks most impressive at the nightly light and sound show staged. What a day to end your Egyptian taster.

Day 4: If you’re up early enough, you might want to take one long last look at the ancient wonders, but don’t miss your flight!