Greater Cairo extends on the banks of the River Nile to the south of its delta. Here the Nile divides into its two tributaries: the Rosetta and Damietta. On its east side stands evidence of 2000 years of Islamic, Coptic Christian and Jewish culture, which still flourishes to this day. On its west side lays the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis (Giza), the renowned capital of the Old Kingdom and the site of the Pyramids. Today, Greater Cairo encompasses various historic towns and modern districts creating in turn one of the most populated cities in the world.
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the stunning solid gold funerary mask of the boy-King Tutankhamen. An entire gallery is devoted to the treasures unearthed by Howard Carter at Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922.
Dating back to 1382, Khan el-Khalili in Islamic Cairo is an ancient shopping area, nothing less, but some of the shops have also their own little factories or workshops. Also in Islamic Cairo is the Citadel fortress that was built by Salah-El-Din in the 12th century and was the seat of power for the next 700 years. In an area known as Coptic Cairo, there are some of the world's oldest Christian churches. The Hanging Church, also known as El Muallaqa was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and reputed to have been built at the end of the 3rd century.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Cairo, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Egypt
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