Cairo is the city of extremes, poverty and wealth, mud brick buildings and skyscrapers, widespread illiteracy and internet cafes. In the tale of “The Thousand and One Nights” a man talks about this wondrous city: “He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world. Its dust is gold; its Nile is a wonder; its women are like the black eyed virgins of paradise: and how could it not be otherwise, when she is Mother of the World?”

Egypt is completely dominated by Cairo, everything is centered in Cairo, politics, finance, popular cultures, media, entertainment and that’s why Egyptians use the same word for Egypt as well as Cairo: Masr.

When it comes to tourism in the city of Cairo travel agencies tend to reduce the visit to this marvelous place to a day or two stop over en route to other destinations in Egypt like Upper Egypt and Sinai. But along with the Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids there are a lot more to explore in Cairo.

To plan your Cairo day tours you should consider the many parts of the city. Central Cairo is the heart of the modern city and boosts some fine 19th century architecture. The Egyptian Museum is in the heart of down town Cairo and is home to artifacts and relics dating from the Pharaonic old Kingdom up to the period of Roman Empire’s involvement in the city. A must see is the Tutankhamun Galleries. Central Cairo houses as well the Cairo Opera house, Cairo tower along with many museums.

Old Cairo’s Roman and early Christian history predates the capital. In the area ancient churches like the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, The Hanging Church, St. Barbara Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. The Coptic Museum in old Cairo contains many artifacts of the Coptic Egyptian Era. Amr Ibn El Aas Mosque is located in Coptic Cairo which is an impressive mosque with impressive large open area.

Islamic Cairo is highlight of the city, its minarets and domes, bazaars and alley walks recall scenes from 1001 Nights. Cairo’s infamous Bazaar the Khan El Khalili as well as many mosques like Al Azhar, Hussein Mosque, Al Ghouri Complex, Al Hakim Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque and the Cairo Citadel.

The Pyramids of Giza is in the immediate vicinity of the Cairo. You cannot miss Egypt’s most famous monuments and the magnificent sphinx with its adjourning temple. Just behind the Great Pyramid of Cheops is the solar boat museum.

Within short drive of Cairo’s city limits are some of the oldest and important ancient Egyptian sites in the country Memphis and Sakkara.

Along with the main siteseeing and monuments in Cairo there are plenty of activities to enjoy like the Sound and Light Show, Pharaonic Village, Felucca rides, dinner Nile River Cruises to name a few.

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With such plenty to see planning a visit to Cairo can take more than a week to see all the monuments. To help you plan you Cairo day tours you can visit Deluxe Travel.