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3 Days in Cairo: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2014

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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.

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Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara

4.5 star rating: Recommended 221 Reviews

Step back in time to the days of ancient Egypt on a private tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, the necropolis of Sakkara and the former capital, ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 6 - 8 hours

From USD $84.60

Nile River Dinner Cruise in Cairo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 123 Reviews

Enjoy a Nile River dinner cruise aboard the Nile Maxim , one of the most elegant cruising restaurants sailing the world's longest waterway. You'll enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00

Private Tour: Egyptian Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

The second most frequently visited and certainly one of the most important attractions in Cairo is the Egyptian Museum. You will find the fabulous collection ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.00

Alexandria Day Trip from Cairo

Behold historical Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city on this full-day tour from Cairo. Travel to this beautiful Mediterranean coastal city, founded by ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.00

Half-Day Morning Giza Pyramids and Sphinx Adventure from Cairo including Egyptian Lunch

Wonder at the Great Pyramids of Giza and enigmatic Sphinx on this fascinating half-day tour of Cairo’s greatest treasures! Beat the crowds and midday sun with ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00

Half-Day Saqqara Pyramids and Memphis Tour from Cairo

View the pyramids and sites of early ancient Egypt on this enthralling half-day tour from Cairo. With an expert guide, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.00

Downtown Cairo Half-Day Tour with Egyptian Dinner

Immerse yourself in the bustle and beauty of downtown Cairo on this fascinating 4-hour walking tour. Set off in the late afternoon at Zamalek Island to see the ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

4 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians on a private tour through Old Cairo. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sort refuge, and Ben ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.00

Islamic Sites Walking Tour of Cairo

Discover Cairo’s fascinating Islamic heritage on this 4-hour walking tour with an expert guide. Climb up to the Citadel of Saladin, home to Egypt’s rulers for ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00

Pyramids Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

4 star rating: Recommended 129 Reviews

Want a truly unforgettable evening of entertainment in Cairo? Then don't miss the world-famous Pyramids Sound and Light Show in Giza! You'll hear the story of ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.00

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