Cairo - the very name conjures up visions of ancient monuments, exotic souks and eons of history. Almost as a backdrop to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the city rises from the surrounding sandy plains like some kind of desert mirage, albeit cloaked in an ever-present haze of heat, smog and sand.
The following itinerary helps you experience the very best of Cairo. For other ideas, over on the Viator Travel Blog you'll find Egypt travel tips from Viator staff member Kerrie, and read all about her cruise along the Nile and trip to Abu Simbel.
Day 1: Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza are at the top of most people's do-before-I-die lists. For an in-depth experience, go for a private tour of the Pyramids and the Sphinx in the fascinating company of a professional Egyptologist and archaeologist. Only a few kilometers away from Cairo, literally on the edge of the city limits, the Pyramids are an ever-present reminder of Egypt's mysterious, ancient history. At night, the Pyramids come to life in a brilliant Sound & Light show - it's a sight not to be missed!
Day 2 - Old Cairo
Follow echoing crowded lanes on a walking tour through Old Cairo's bazaars and ancient winding streets. In the afternoon, visit the world-renowned Egyptian Museum and lively Khan el-Khalili bazaar, then dine on the River Nile on an unforgettable dinner cruise.
Day 3 - Day Trips from Cairo
Hire your own private guide for the day and swap Cairo's big-city mayhem for Alexandria's Greco-Roman Mediterranean atmosphere, tour the archaeological treasures of Memphis and Saqqara, or visit the desert oasis town of Fayoum.