Cairo, the ‘Mother of the World’ is an experience that one never forgets. Egypt’s capital city is an exciting, bustling, cosmopolitan metropolis, full of life and at the very heart of the nation. As in most capital cities there is an extensive choice of restaurants, night clubs and café’s for dining out and for those who love to shop there are modern shopping malls and the largest market in Africa – Khan El Khalili bazaar – which offers a selection of goods to appease the most ardent bargain hunters!
And Cairo is of course the site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The pyramids of Cheops and Chephren have stood for 46 centuries and guarded by the magnificent and majestic Sphinx, the spectacle is overwhelming.
The evening ‘sound and light’ show is a treat for many millions of visitors and of course is highly recommended.
The Step Pyramid of Zoser, which is 32km south of Cairo and the Pyramids of Saqqara, further north, are also main attractions. Memphis, once the Pharaonic capital of Egypt is in this area and has a small museum and exhibits include a magnificent statue of Ramses II.
The Egyptian Museum in the centre of Cairo is crammed with archaeological treasures and of course the treasures of King Tuttankhamun. The gold mask of the boy king continues to fascinate the world.
For visitors who are interested in Islamic culture, the two remaining northern gates of the medieval city of Cairo and the Citadel to the south contain several districts that have hardly changed for hundreds of years.
The Citadel (built by Salah Ad-Din in 1176), the Mosque of Mohammed Ali (built in the 19th century) the Mosque of Sultan Hassan and the Ar Rifaii Mosque (where the Shah of Iran is interred), the Mosque of Ibn Tulun (one of the largest in the world), the Guyer-Anderson Museum, the Mosque of Sultan Mu’ayyad Sheikh, the Al – Ghouriyya mausoleum, Al Azhar – the oldest university in the world (built in 970), the Mausoleum of Qalaun, the Mosque of Barquq, the Museum of Islamic Art and Khan El Khalili bazaar *am*ndash; Cairo’s main market- are all located in this area.
You may wish to consider visiting ‘Old Cairo’, in the past this area was known as Babylon and remains the seat of the Coptic Christian community. The Hanging Church – ‘al – Muallaqa’ is the central church. St Sergius – on a much smaller scale - is said to have been a resting place for the Holy Family when fleeing King Herod.
For a real treat for the family you may wish to consider a visit to Dr Raghab’s Pharonic Village, where visitors sail on the Nile, passing by small islands where Egyptian boys and girls, dressed in Pharonic garb, act out scenes from Pharonic times, such as farming, perfume making, weaving etc. There is a papyrus shop and musuem and the opportunity to dress up in costume and have photographs taken by the resident photographer.
This really is an excellent excursion for all the family to enjoy.
For an unforgettable dining experience the Nile Pharaoh is unique.
The Nile Pharaoh is a large vessel, sailing in the evening on the still waters of the river Nile. Guests embark in the evening and dinner is served onboard. The onboard entertainment consists of Egyptian musicians and belly dancing. After dining guests disembark at the same point as embarkation.
For those who seek a real taste of Egyptian culture, Al Fayoum – a huge irrigated oasis – approximately 100 km south west of Cairo – is a popular destination. The salty lake of Birket Qarrun, the springs of Ain As-Siliinn, the Hawara, Lahun and medium pyramids and the Ptolemaic temple are all main attractions.
Whatever you choose to do and wherever you decide to go, Soliman Travel will provide the very best service to make your trip to Egypt a wonderful experience.
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