5 unmissable Cairo attractions | Private Jet Charter
Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is an extraordinary blend of ancient and modern. From the iconic Pyramids and Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum, to Khan El-Khalili souk, to Cairo’s Tower for birds-eye views of the city, and a felucca ride down the Nile, Cairo is a vibrant, unforgettable metropolis.
Here are 5 reasons to hire a private jet to Cairo:
Giza Plateau – Pyramids and Sphinx
Egypt’s most famous attractions, the Pyramids and Sphinx on the Giza Plateau (a short drive out of central Cairo) is unmissable. Built for the ruling Pharaohs in around 2,500BC, these massive structures defy belief. Burial chamber or temple of initiation? Who knows, but a visit to these iconic landmarks and the enigmatic Sphinx is a must. Take a day tour and visit nearby Memphis, ancient Egypt’s capital and Sakkara, each with their own pyramids.
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo contains the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, with 107 halls filled to the brim with architectural treasures. Among these are artefacts from the tomb of the famous boy king Tutankhamun. The garden next to the museum is a wonderful place to relax and pays homage to famous Egyptologists. A new museum – Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum – is set to open in 2018.
Coptic Cairo (Cairo’s Old City)
An area of Cairo that is home to churches, mosques and synagogue all co-existing side-by-side. Coptic Cairo was originally a Roman stronghold and had the first mosque ever built in Egypt. Visit the Monastery and Church of St George, the Hanging Church (with its beautiful stained glass windows), St Mary’s Church, Roman Catholic cemetery, Ben Ezra Synagogue, St Sergious Church and the Coptic Museum. Best to arrive early and explore before the crowds and the heat. Arrange a private driver for the day and hire a guide.
Birqash Camel Market (Souq al-Gamaal)
If you fancy leaving the well-worn tourist trail in Cairo, head west out of the Egyptian capital for an hour to experience the unique Birqash camel market. It’s only open on Fridays and usually there’s no entrance fee. Leave early as the four-hoofed action is usually over by noon. Camel herders and traders have been doing brisk business here for centuries and the sight of hundreds of camels being traded is an amazing trip back in time.
In a city of 20 million, you’ll want to escape to some greenery during your visit to Cairo. We suggest you head to Al-Azhar Park and relax a while in its 80 beautiful acres. Created with funds from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, this former rubbish dump was transformed into an urban oasis replete with shady trees, tranquil fountains and lakes, and terraced restaurants. Located in Cairo’s historical heart, the park’s hilltop vantage point (near the Citadel and Al Sultan Hassan Mosque) gives visitors superb views over Cairo.
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