Your 24 Hours in Cairo
Cairo is one of the world’s richest cities when it comes to tourist visits and historic sites. Though there is so much to see and experience in Cairo, many people find themselves with only one day in which to see the main sights of the city. If you find yourself in this position, there are a few musts that simply cannot be missed.
Here is your ultimate guide to a one-day visit to Cairo.
Begin your one-day tour of Cairo with an early morning visit to the Giza plateau. It is essential to visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx, no matter how many pictures you have seen of them before. The experience will leave you humbled as you will be taken aback by the sheer size of the structures and the brief history that your tour guide will give you about how and when they were built.
After visiting the Giza plateau, head towards central Cairo and visit the Egyptian Museum. Though you can spend an entire day at the museum alone, there are a few must-sees that can compensate for the short nature of the duration of your trip. The mummy rooms and the King Tut rooms are a simple must. You can also shop in the museum gift shop for books and memorable souvenirs.
Once you are done with your visit to the Egyptian Museum, get ready to get lost in the labyrinthine of fascination that is Khan El Khalili. The 600-year-old Khan El Khalili Bazaar is where truly authentic art pieces that are crafted to perfection can be bought. It is also where a completely different face of Cairo is uncovered as a switch from Pharoanic Egypt to Islamic Egypt occurs.
To see Cairo from yet another completely different angle, visit the Cairo Tower. It is the tallest building in Egypt and its design was inspired by the lotus flower, which is symbolic of Egyptian history. The capsula at the top of the tower contains a revolving restaurant that gives a spectacular 360-degree view of the entire city of Cairo, all while enjoying a hearty and healthy meal amidst friendly and professional service.
End your day perfectly by paying a visit to Al-Azhar Park in the heart of old historic Cairo. The park commands stunning panoramic views and offers lush green landscaped gardens and walkways. This 30-hectare (74-acre) Al-Azhar Park lets you enjoy exotic settings amidst a variety of unique cafes and restaurants that are thoughtfully positioned for visitors to appreciate the most dramatic views of Cairo.
Though Cairo is a city that you can rediscover daily, these basic guidelines can be your first step to what will be one of many visits to this magical city.