Cairo (Al-Qahira or 'the Victorious') is a bustling and fascinating city boasting the awe-inspiring Pyramids, the bewitching half-lion, half-human Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures from Tutankhamun's tomb. Cairo holidays are a fantastic way to experience this vibrant city taking visitors through a hypnotic journey through ancient, medieval and modern ways of life.
Cairo, the largest city in Africa and the Middle East, is acknowledged by Arabic peoples as Umm Dunya, the Mother of the World, and is home to nearly 20 million people. It is a vast and extraordinary megalopolis where medieval and modern ways of life collide in a mesmerising streetscape. Its chaotic, hectic and vibrant ambiance is tempered by the warm and friendly welcome extended to visitors by the best-natured and most easy-going city-dwellers you'll find anywhere in the world. Take a sense of humour, add some healthy respect for tradition, sprinkle it with tolerance and holidays to Cairo will be as enjoyable in reality as it may have been daunting in theory.
Modern and Medieval Cairo
Cairo holidays are a great way to delve into this traditional and contemporary city. Located where the Nile valley widens into its delta, Cairo was founded in AD641 and expanded in the 9th century to become the most powerful Islamic city of the medieval era. Central Cairo is the more modern part of town inspired by the boulevards of Paris with grand art deco and empire-style buildings designed by European architects. This downtown area boasts shopping streets, cafes and restaurants and it's a good idea for visitors to acquaint themselves with this part of the city before exploring the more traditional quarters.
Towering minarets, teeming markets, medieval lanes and congested streets abound in the older Islamic Cairo which is dominated by the Al Azhar Mosque and Kahn el-Khalili bazaar. When on holidays in Cairo we recommend you visit both the older and more modern parts of the city. Right at its heart is the huge Liberation Squre, Maydan at-Tahir, boasting Egypt's centre of bureaucracy and the old American University. And when the sights, sounds and smells begin to result in a disorientating sensory overload, visitors should take a moment to revive their senses by pausing at one of the city's coffee houses, tea rooms, patisseries or trendy juice bars, or indulge in the pleasures of a shisha pipe whose sweet scented smoke wafts through the narrow alleyways to a hypnotic soundtrack of gently bubbling water.
At Classic Collection Holidays we aim to create your perfect tailor made holidays to Cairo. We have a range of exclusive luxury 5 star accommodation located in and around the city. With a country that has so much to offer, we can also provide our customers with twin centre holidays to Cairo and Luxor amongst other fantastic Egypt destinations.