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How to Spend 1 Day in Cairo

How to Spend 1 Day in Cairo

With one day in Cairo, it's possible to see much of the large city. With the proper planning, you can stop at a museum, see the pyramids, and cruise the Nile River.  Here’s how to make the most of one day in Cairo.

Morning: The Egyptian Museum

Start your day off learning about Egyptian history at the Egyptian Museum, which houses the largest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts on earth. Here you find more than 100 rooms filled with everything from treasures pilfered from ancient tombs to real mummies, as well as statues, religious items, and other archaeological artifacts. The museum is also the home of the mask of King Tutankhamen, the stunning golden funerary mask in which the young pharaoh was buried. Visit independently or maximize your time on a tour. A guide can help educate you on Egyptian history and culture, in preparation for your next stop.

Afternoon: Experience the Ancient Giza Pyramids

It’s a short drive from Cairo to the town of El Giza, home to the country’s iconic monument: The Pyramids of Giza. This UNESCO World Heritage Site encompasses not only the three pyramids (Cheops, Khafre, and Menkaure), but also several smaller pyramids as well as the Great Sphinx. While at Giza, take a camel, quad, or horse ride in the surrounding desert—doing so gives you access to otherwise hard-to-reach vantage points for taking photos of the ancient collection of monuments.

Night: Cruise along the River Nile

After freshening up at your hotel, finish your evening in Cairo in style with an evening dinner cruise along the Nile River. Cruises offer views of the city's skyline from the river, and many cruise options come with the choice of set menus or a la carte choices, most with plenty of vegetarian options. Cruises generally also feature live performances with traditional folk music, tanoura dance performances (similar to whirling dervishes found in Turkey), belly dancing, or some combination of the three.

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Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo

Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo

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Visit three pyramids and ancient Egyptian churches on this private, full-day adventure in Cairo. See the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex; the Great Sphinx of Giza on the west bank of the Nile; the Coptic Cairo museum, featuring a collection of ancient Egyptian Christian artwork, objects and manuscripts; and the Monastery of Saint Simon, or the Cave Church, located in the Mokattam mountain. All necessary entrance fees, plus a Cairo hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$57.15
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Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Escape to the pyramids, tombs and history of ancient Egypt with a private, full-day tour of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum. Hear stories about the pharaohs and kings as you explore the pyramids, the oldest of the ancient world’s seven wonders. Stand at the foot of the mysterious Sphinx, have lunch at a local restaurants and see where the 2011 revolution ignited in Tahrir Square. Finish your day at the Egyptian Museum, where a vast collection of gleaming artifacts and treasures brings the ancient world to life.
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  • 8 hours
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Full-Day Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and bazaar Private Tour

Full-Day Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and bazaar Private Tour

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See the wonders of ancient Egypt on a private tour of the Egyptian Antiquities Museum and the Giza Pyramids. Exploring with a private guide saves you the hassle of navigating Cairo’s busy streets and crowds, visiting the city’s most remarkable places in a private, climate-controlled van. You’ll discover the treasures excavated from tombs and temples across the country, then walk and ride a camel amid the towering pyramids of the Giza Plateau, as your expert guide shares stories to bring the ancient sites to life.
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  • 8 hours
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$98.97
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$98.97
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Explore the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Khan el-Khalili with Camel Ride, Lunch

Explore the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Khan el-Khalili with Camel Ride, Lunch

From the Giza Pyramids to the Egyptian Museum and Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo’s key sites are widely scattered across the city, and finding a long series of taxis can eat into limited travel time. Take the hassle out of exploring Cairo on a full-day, private tour that coordinates transport and tours, saving your time in Cairo for discovering the pyramids, checking out ancient treasures, and browsing a colorful market.
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  • 8 hours
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$97.00
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$97.00
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Dinner Cruise on the Nile with Show from Cairo and Giza

Dinner Cruise on the Nile with Show from Cairo and Giza

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Enjoy a night of dining and entertainment on the Nile River. After pickup at your hotel by an English-speaking guide, board a night cruise to enjoy music and a buffet of international foods. After dinner, take in a cultural show featuring belly dancing and tanoura, a traditional form of folkloric dance.
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  • 3 hours
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$37.00
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Private Full-Day Tour to Giza, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Private Full-Day Tour to Giza, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Perfect for first time visitors or travelers who are short on time, this three-part tour offers an excellent overview of Cairo. First, visit the Giza pyramid complex, Valley Temple, and the Great Sphinx. Then head into Old Cairo to tour notable religious sites. Finally, explore the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar, one of the largest and busiest souks in the city.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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Full-Day Giza Pyramids and Cairo city Tour with lunch

Full-Day Giza Pyramids and Cairo city Tour with lunch

This full-day tour combines several adventures in one action-packed day. First, visit the Giza pyramid complex to learn about ancient Egypt. After a short camel ride and lunch at a local restaurant (both optional), head on to the Egyptian Museum, which is home to more than 120,000 pieces of art and antiquities. Your guide can also take you to a local market to shop for souvenirs.
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  • 8 hours
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$59.00
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Private Full-Day Cairo Tour Including Giza, Solar Boat Museum, Felucca, and Nile Dinner Cruise

Private Full-Day Cairo Tour Including Giza, Solar Boat Museum, Felucca, and Nile Dinner Cruise

Short on time in Cairo, and keen on ancient history and boats? Then this private, full-day boating-theme tour packs in the sights. View the Giza pyramids and pharaonic barge at the Solar Boat Museum, and ride a ‘felucca’ sailboat on the River Nile. After lunch, see the boat artefacts and Tutankhamun’s treasures at the Egyptian Museum before enjoying a Nile dinner cruise. Private minivan transport and round-trip hotel transfers included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.90
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$99.90
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Full-Day Tour Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx and Egyptian Museum

Full-Day Tour Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx and Egyptian Museum

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No visit to Egypt is complete without ticking off the pyramids, so don’t let limited time stop you visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This tour, which is designed with first-time visitors in mind, transports you between the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum in air-conditioned comfort, and includes hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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$32.00
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$32.00
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