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What To Do With Your Free Time in Egypt

The first great civilization – full of wonder and history. From the awe-inspiring pyramids to old towns along the Nile, Egypt is sure to amaze you.

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Cairo Tower
Standing at 614 feet, Cairo Tower is Cairo’s most recognizable modern monument, and is the tallest structure in Egypt and North Africa. Visitors today can ride to the top for 360 degree views of the Greater Cairo area. On a clear day, you can see all the way from the Muqattam Hills at the capital’s eastern edge to the pyramids and the start of the Sahara Desert in the west. But the incredible views are not the only reason to visit this monument – the mosaic murals in the lobby, and lattice design are also worth admiring before heading to the top.
Hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Location: Gezira Island in the middle of the River Nile.


Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar
Take a trip back in time and visit this market most similar to an old Arab souk. Wander through the busy stalls and try your hand at haggling with vendors. If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir, you’ll find everything from spices to jewelry here. Even those not looking to buy will enjoy watching the interactions and trade. Visiting the bazaar is a tradition you won’t want to miss.
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: East of the Nile River, in the El-Gamaleya area.


Cairo Citadel
The Citadel, started by Saladin in 1176 as a fortification against the Crusaders, was home to Egypt’s rulers for 700 years. Now part of the UNESCO-inscribed neighborhood of Islamic Cairo, you can visit the Citadel to see its mosques, palaces, old museums and outdoor terraces with amazing views of Cairo. On a clear day you’ll see all the way to Giza’s Pyramids!
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; mosques are closed during prayers Friday
Location: Perched above the city on Mokattam Hill.