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  • Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

  • This is one of the most extensive archaeological sites comprising many important monuments such as the Step Pyramid of Djoser, Pyramid of Unas, Pyramid of Sekhemket, Mastaba of Ti and the deep underground Persian Tombs.

 
 

Egyptian Antiquities Museum

 
 

.This famous museum houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyption artifacts (more than 120,000 items on display) featuring the famous Tutankhamun collection with its beautiful gold death mask and sarcophagus and the royal Mummy room, which houses an additional eleven Pharaonic dignitaries.

 
 

 

 
 

Citadel (Al-Qalaa)

 
 

This massive stone fortress, built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century, was crowned with the Mosque of Mohammed Ali 700 years later.

 
     
 

Khan Al-Khalili

 
 

Located in the heart of Islamic Cairo, this busy and colorful open-air bazaar is filled with unique and exotic items from spices and perfumes to jewelry and souvenirs.

 
     
 

Mosque of Ibn Tulun

 
 

This is considered one of Egypt's largest and oldest mosques, which was built between AD 876 and AD 879 by an Abbasid governor sent from Baghdad to rule over Egypt.

 
     
 

The Coptic Museum

 
 

Housing some of the finest collections of Coptic art dating back to Egypt’s Christian era, this museum includes collections of ancient ankhs and Horus-like falcons, stone carvings from the era of the Mamluks, a 6th-century Coptic stone pulpit and the 1,600-year-old Coptic book of the Psalms of David.

 
     
 

Pyramids Sound and Light Show

 
 

The Show consists of a recorded commentary which tells the story of the Egyptians.  The commentary is illustrated by still images (photos and illustrations) projected on to the wall of the temple.  At key points in the narrative, one or more of the pyramids is illuminated with a coloured floodlight.  Recorded music is also used.  There are no live musicians or actors.

The only animation is when the Sphinx speaks, which is quite impressive.  Thanks to a clever projection, the face of the Sphinx comes alive as you hear the words of a long-dead Pharaoh.  It's a pity that moving images aren't used more in the rest of the show. 

To see the show, you have the choice of theatre-style seating, or a seat in the cafe at the rear.  The cafe is recommended (although your view will not be as good), because parts of the show do drag and you will be able to entertain yourself with refreshments.  If you choose the theatre-style seating, arrive early to get the best seats at the very front.

 

 
 

Egypt - cairo and beyond:

Cairo

Known as the greatest city in the Islamic world, Cairo’s ancient monuments and medieval customs thrive in a cosmopolitan, modern city. A blend of Arab, African and European influences, Africa’s largest city has a population of at least 18 million. Situated on the Nile, the city is polluted and overcrowded, and getting around poses many challenges, although it has greatly improved with the ever-expanding underground Metro system.

In Islamic (or Medieval) Cairo, narrow congested streets are filled with donkey carts, spice traders and imposing mosques. A central landmark is Midan Hussain, a large open square with tea houses around the perimeter, and dominated by the sacred Mosque of Sayyidna Al-Hussain. Adjacent is the famous Khan-el Khalili, one of the world’s largest bazaars, pulsing with commerce and crammed with spices, coppersmiths, perfume and trinkets. Bargaining has been a way of life in these alleyways since the late 14th century and it is easy to get taken in by silver-tongued salesmen. Here, Fishawi’s tea house has been in business for over 200 years, and is still a great people-watching venue.
Nearby is Al-Azhar Mosque, containing the oldest university in the world (AD 970). The pre-Ottoman Madrassa and Mausoleum of Al-Ghouri, has Sufi dancing, and opposite is Wakala of Al-Ghouri, an attractively preserved cultural center. Exhibits in the Museum of Islamic Art bring Islamic Cairo to life, with arts, ceramics, mosaics and  calligraphy.

The Citadel was home to Egypt’s rulers for 700 years; an imposing medieval fortress offering sweeping views of the city. Within it is the Midan Salah al-Din with the unmissable Sultan Hassan and Rifai Mosques. The Mohammad Ali Mosque has classic Ottoman minarets and interior. Within the Citadel, other attractions include the Military National Museum, Al-Gawhara Palace and Museum and the National Police Museum.
City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery) is a Mamluk necropolis with hundreds of thousands of tombs dating from the 12th century. Many thousands more live here in something resembling a shanty town amongst the ornate mausoleums.
Sharia Talat Harb street and Midan Tahrir (Liberation Square) are typical of the more modern, commercial center of Cairo – filled with concrete and cars, and containing countless hotels, restaurants, office blocks and museums. Here is one of the country’s greatest attractions; the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities housing over 130,000 exhibits, including Pharaonic and Byzantine art and sculpture, the Mummy Room and the celebrated Tutankhamun exhibition.
Behind the museum, bridges cross the Nile, and riverside walks along the corniche bring some relief from traffic. Here, river taxis travel to local docks, and feluccas (sail boats) are available for private trips.
The south is home to the Coptic Orthodox Christians, forming 10 per cent of the population. Originally a Roman fortress town called Babylon, it was greatly significant to early Christians. Here, the Coptic Museum has exhibits from AD 300 to AD 1000, in the world’s greatest collection of Coptic art. The Hanging Church, Monastery of St George and the churches of St Sergius and St Barbara are all in the same area. The Ben Ezra Synagogue is one of the oldest in Egypt, and represents the remains of the Jewish community.
The small island of Gezira is a modern upmarket area with the Opera House (a US$30 million arts complex) containing the Museum of Modern Art, and the Cairo Tower with great city views. The adjacent neighborhood of Zamalek contains elegant town houses and embassies. On the southwest outskirts of the city is Giza with Cairo Zoo and the University. But Cairo is most famous for the Great Pyramids, Egypt’s most visited monuments. Of the three main pyramids (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus), the largest is 137m (449ft) high and contains some three million blocks of stone. Exploring the interiors is possible via labyrinthine tunnels and staircases. Adjacent is the bewitching Sphinx, as named by the ancient Greeks, with the head of a woman and body of a lion. Erosion was partly rectified by restoration, which finished in 1998. Early morning and late afternoon are a little less crowded, and every evening there are son et lumière - extravagant light shows telling the story of ancient Egypt. Camels, horses and donkeys can be hired to explore the site.

hotels in cairo:

 

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza (*****)

The location of the Four seasons Cairo is excellent on the Nile within walking distance of the Egyptian Museum. However, Cairo is not a nice clean city and the Nile there is dirty. The hotel is a typical high rise but does not feel that way inside.

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Hotel Longchamps (****)

If you have been to Cairo, you know, it is a busy, loud, somewhat grimy city. In short, your hotel should be a calm retreat from the hustle and bustle--precisely what Hotel Longchamps is. Do not be put off by the entryway or tiny elevator; once in your room, you'll feel at home and comfortable. The service is perfect

 

 

Oberoi The Mena House (***)

This is a spectacular hotel. It tends to cater to the tourist so you do not see many business people here. There are several good places to eat but it is hard to get a reservation. The rooms are grand, we stayed in the new section and had a wonderful room.

 

The Karvin Hotel

(***)

the hotel staff is very helpfull and friendliy, the room was very clean small but nice. i enjoyed my stay, its not easy to find it as its located at a small hidin street but they can offer to send you a taxi with a small charge. thier indian and chainese food very tastey.

 

Staybridge Suites Cairo-Citystars

(****)

The Staff are very good, they try to be helpful but sometimes the language barrier comes into being. The thing that we found the most annoying was the traffic noise which goes on all night, as the hotel is next to the largest shopping mall in Egypt which stays open until midnight.

 

 

Pharaoh Egypt Hotel (***)

not to bad hotel, but cheap and clean