A holiday in Cairo is perfect for travellers who enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life – you won't be disappointed when you set foot in this city! Of course you'll want to see the pyramids of Giza and the mighty Sphinx – no trip to Cairo is complete with a visit to the iconic landmarks. However if you're after a unique experience pay a trip to the Birqash Camel Market – just make sure you arrive early to grab the best spot! Alternatively watch the world go in a traditionalfelucca boat along the River Nile.
If you choose to buy a direct flight to Cairo you'll only be able to fly out from London Heathrow Airport. You'll have to purchase flights from either British Airways or EgyptAir. But if you live too far away from London it's take indirect flights to Cairo - you'll just have to be prepared to stop over for a few hours. Indirect flights are available from a far broader range of airlines and UK airports. Cairo International Airport is located in Heliopolis which is based around 22 kilometres northeast of the city.
One of the easiest and quickest ways of travelling around during your holiday in Cairo is via the metro. There's even a carriage that's just for women travellers which runs until 5pm daily. Otherwise you'll be able to catch the metro anytime between 6am and 1am every day. Alternatively you can hail a cab - just look out for black and white cars or just plain white cars. If you decided to stop a black and white taxi just make sure that you agree on a price before you set off - after all you don't want to pay over the odds!
Despite its exotic location you don't have to break the bank in order to take a holiday to Cairo. In fact it's easy to find cheap hotels in Cairo, you just have to make sure that you book well in advance. Cairo has its peak season from November through to March as the weather is cooler. If you're on a budget try to visit during the Summer but be aware that it can get very hot! Take note that if you visit during Ramadan many museums and tourist sites may close early and you may also find many restaurants only opening after sundown.
Markets can be a great place to buy souvenirs to take home for friends and family – you'll have no problem finding suitable gifts in during your Cairo holiday! Be prepared to haggle and don't settle for the first price. If you stand your ground you can walk away with some great bargains and make sure you always keep your sense of humour! Pay a visit to the chaotic Khan El-Khalili bazaar - it's a fantastic souk with lots of unique items on offer.
Updated 15th May 2013
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