Home to nearly 16 million Egyptians, Africans and Arabs, and the recognized Cradle of Civilization", Cairo is a noisy and chaotic city that cannot boast magnificent boulevards, beautiful squares and attractive buildings. Yet, it rates with the most visited cities of the world, seen by many as the only place worldwide where many treasures of Ancient Egypt can be seen.
While planning Cairo short breaks, attention should be paid to the peculiarities of a particular season. It's advisable to avoid visiting the city during the summer months because of the insufferable heat. Attention should also be paid to the time of various Muslim festivals, during which museums, art galleries and tourist sites close early, and many cafes and restaurants open only after sundown.
Cairo short breaks offer you a unique opportunity to view a great number of items that cannot be seen at any other place of the world. There are plenty of 14th century buildings, ancient districts and modern art and architecture samples, not to mention the world-renowned Pyramids. With its 4,500-year-old Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, the city is a place where West meets East in an exciting mix of modern and ancient.
Visitors are welcome to dine by the Nile, take in music or enjoy a cabaret show under the stars in an open air theater, shop in a wide variety of stores and noisy bazaars of this cosmopolitan city. The major attractions however, and a must-see during Cairo short breaks are the Pyramids and their guardian Sphinx, recognized as one of the great seven wonders in the ancient world. When accompanied by a boat trip along the Nile, they turn your city break in Cairo into the exciting and memorable experience of a lifetime.
One of the most popular sites with tourists of all ages -- the Giza Necropolis can be found eight kilometers inland into the desert from Giza, lying on the Giza Plateau. This ancient Egyptian necropolis is comprised of the Pyramid of Khufu, known also as the Pyramid of Cheops, the smaller Pyramid of Khafre and Pyramid of Menkaure, along with some smaller "queens" pyramids, Khufu Ship and the outstanding Great Sphinx. Out of the three pyramids, only Khafre retains its original casing towards its apex.
This pyramid also appears larger as compared to the adjacent Khufu, because of the steeper angle of the construction's inclination and more elevated location. In fact, Khufu Pyramid is larger in both volume and height. The most active construction was in the 15th century BC. Owing largely to the 14th century images, the Giza Necropolis is generally thought by tourists as located in the remote desert location; despite the fact they can be found in what is now a part of Cairo.
The remains of the Giza Necropolis have attracted huge crowds of visitors since classical antiquity, and are still considered to be the major attraction for those on Cairo short breaks. Listed by Antipater of Sidon as one of the Great Seven Wonders of the World, it is today the only wonder still in existence. In 1979 the ancient sites of Giza along with those at Dahshur, Saqqara, Abusir and Abu Ruwaysh were declared collectively a World Heritage Site.
Enjoy a brief city break in Cairo and enjoy a memorable vacation experience!