Cairo Sphinx and Pyramids

Cairo: The Ancient and Modern City

The capital city of Egypt, Cairo, with its mix of old and new, presents an incredible destination to include in your Nile Cruise, or a Nile Cruise and Stay package. The city is a bustling, exciting metropolitan hub with a wealth of malls, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and more to enjoy during your stay. The dusty streets are full of life and energy and the people are welcoming and passionate.

And yet while this sprawling city is one of the busiest centres of business and industry in Africa and rich with technology, the heritage and culture of the region seep through every aspect. The souks and bazaars, cobbled streets and exquisite architecture create a heady atmosphere of history and beauty. Walking through the streets, you can close your eyes and imagine you are thousands of years in the past.

From many parts of the city, the modern buildings that make up the skyline are dominated by the impressive outlines of the Pyramids of Giza. The pyramids are part of a site set on the outskirts of Cairo and are easily accessible by bus. This site includes the three great pyramids Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, as well as the great Sphinx, a massive statue of the mythical creature who was imagined to have the body of a lion and the head of a beautiful woman. These incredible monuments are stunning to view, and the sheer scale of them, the planning and skill that would have been needed to realise them, is awe inspiring.

Another unmissable excursion is to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, an incredible trove of historical artefacts. Mummies and sarcophagi will bring the past to life and give you an insight into these ancient times. Many of the statues are of huge proportions, demonstrating a remarkable level of craftsmanship. There are also fragments of papyrus, coins and many items taken from ancient Egyptian tombs.

This is only a part of what Cairo has to offer, and why extending to a Nile Cruise and Stay in Cairo is a perfect idea. Enjoy the best of both worlds by splitting your holiday between the hustle and bustle of Cairo, and the serene Nile cruising experience in one of our elegant luxury boats. There are plenty of other destinations to visit on your Nile cruise, like Luxor, Hurghada or on to the Red Sea.

Ready to book your Nile Cruise and Stay in Cairo holiday? Immerse yourself in all this city has to offer with our luxury 5* packages. Call for free on 0800 193 8382 or fill in our contact form and one of our specialists will get in touch to tailor make your perfect Egypt cruise.