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Cairo and Nile Delta Attractions

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Giza pyramid complex 4.0 stars
At dawn, the sound & light show takes place on a (because of the desert sand) weather-beaten stage with a view to the sphinx and the pyramids. During nice light effects, the story of old Egypt is told. Although the content of the story is not ... [more ]
Step Pyramid 3.0 stars
If you visit the Step Pyramid and Zoser's Funerary Complex, you will probably be approached at the ticket booths by someone offering to show you the "extras" for a small fee. While we usually shy away from such offers, we decided to try this ... [more ]
Khan al-Khalili 4.0 stars
The Khan al Khalili, the famous market in Islamic Cairo, is a favorite tourist destination. This means, of course, that it is something of a tourist trap. It's worth a visit nevertheless, but I found that the merchandise was very over-priced and ... [more ]
Ägyptisches Museum 3.0 stars
The current Egyptian museum is in shockingly bad condition, considering the importance of some of the exhibits (the tomb of Tutankhamun, for example). Apparently a new facility is being built and will be ready in 2011; until then they have ... [more ]
Al Azhar Mosque 4.0 stars
This is a not-to-be-missed attraction in Islamic Cairo. The mosque is across the main road from the Khan al Khalili, and its three minarets dominate the view. I found it to be one of the most accessible and one of the most beautiful mosques in ... [more ]
Museum of Egyptian Modern Art 4.0 stars
There are some truly stunning works in this museum. If you enjoy modern art, this is a worthy destination. The collection is fairly large and encompasses a wide variety of media. Admission is only L. E. 5 for foreigners. You can see most of ... [more ]
Cairo Opera House 4.0 stars
The Opera House in the Gezira Exhibition Grounds was built in 1988 after the old Opera House burned down. The new one was a gift from the Japanese. The building itself is built in a modern, minimalist style based on traditional Islamic designs ... [more ]
The Papyrus Factory 4.0 stars
When you go around Cairo - either with a tour or otherwise - it's quite obvious you're a tourist, so street-sellers tend to gravitate towards you. One of the things they all sell are papyrus paintings, well, fake ones actually. You can buy them ... [more ]
Red Pyramid 4.0 stars
While the Pyramids at Giza are very impressive and are a must-see, a visit to the Red Pyramid is much more pleasant. There are very few tourists here, and the workmanship is equally fine. The most enjoyable part of a trip to the Red Pyramid is ... [more ]
Nile River Dinner Cruise 4.0 stars
Of course, like any other budget traveller, we had our doubts to the Nile River Cruise - was it just for the rich and frivolous, bad-standard food and cheesy belly dancers? Fret not, it was a truly relaxing way of seeing Egypt, from a ... [more ]
Great Pyramid of Giza 3.0 stars
I feel kind of bad for saying this, because the pyramids get so much hype... but when I saw them I kind of thought, yeah, so what. They weren't nearly as big as they had been built up in my imagination, and frankly once you've been at the site ... [more ]
The Sphinx 3.0 stars
Usually when I've seen photos of the Sphinx it's been framed in a similar way to this photo here, making the Sphinx look like it's really close to the Pyramids and that it's of similar size. So when I saw it in real life I was disappointed to ... [more ]
Bent Pyramid 3.0 stars
You can't actually visit the Bent Pyramid, because it's located in a militarized zone. But you can see it in the distance from the Red Pyramid in Dahshur, and if you stop on the road on the way to the Red Pyramid you can get a closer look. It's ... [more ]
Pyramid of Teti 3.0 stars
I went to the Pyramids in April and it was scorching and there is no shelter from the sun so make sure you have a hat or something so you don't get burnt, also cover up arms and legs as there are loads of guys that try and grab you and put you on ... [more ]
The Citadel 4.0 stars
I wanted to see the Citadel because it seems that from wherever you are in Cairo, you can see the Citadel and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali, which dominates the skyline. I got there early one morning and I have to say I was very disappointed. Apart ... [more ]
Memphis 2.0 stars
We took a day trip from Cairo to see Memphis, the Step Pyramid at Zoser's Funerary Complex, and the Red Pyramid at Dashur. We enjoyed our trip immensely, but if we had it to do over again, we'd probably give Memphis a miss. If you are ... [more ]
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