Visit the pyramids and sphinx at Giza. Take a guided tour or explore at your own pace, either way this wonder of the Ancient World is well worth the visit. Whilst at the pyramids, don’t miss the Solar Boat museum, beautifully presented and absolutely fascinating.
The Egyptian Museum
Spend the morning, you will need at least that at the Egyptian Museum. Be prepared to come back a couple of times, as there is so much to take in. You get to spend quality time with Tutankhamun and Rameses the Great.
Buy an Arab Spring t-shirt in Tahrir Square, then wander over to Felfela for lunch. It’s an authentic, atmospheric Egyptian restaurant and a good introduction to a cuisine that’s at once healthy, spicy and fresh. Over in Giza, head to the restaurant Andrea – great al fresco dining – and cooking.
A trip down the Nile
From a relaxing dinner cruise to an early morning row, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to see the river that created a civilisation. Best of all, take a traditional felucca boat trip just before sunset.
Sandboarding in Cairo
Not far from the city you’ll find the Kataneya Dunes, the authentic steep, sculpted Sahara things you’ll have seen in the movies, where you can try sandboarding. Choose whether to be a daredevil (standing) or a sensible person (sitting). Either way, you get a starlit barbecue afterwards.