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Pharaonic Cairo - explore the monuments of ancient Egypt

Pharaonic Cairo - explore the monuments of ancient Egypt
Destination(s): Cairo

Cairo was founded by the Arabs in the Seventh Century, but the ancient Egyptians had been living in this area for thousands of years. The capital of ancient Egypt during the Old Kingdom, and still hugely significant throughout the rest of the pharaonic period, was Memphis (about 20 km south of the centre of Cairo). Although Memphis is reduced to a shadow of its former glory, many pharaonic monuments still remain in or near Cairo. The most famous are, of course, the Pyramids of Giza, and the collection of the Egyptian museum. However, there are loads more to discover for the traveller who really wants to get to grips with pharaonic Cairo. This trip will lead you through the most important pharaonic monuments left in Cairo (and will also take you out of the city), as well as a couple of institutions that are famous for promoting knowledge about ancient Egypt. Note that it is assumed you will stay in one of the hotels near to the Pyramids themselves, although you could just as well stay in Downtown. Either way, you will need to hire a taxi to take you around each day (except for day 4). Your hotel will be able to help you out with this. There’s going to be lots of driving, but discovering pharaonic Cairo will be great fun! Note that Egypt is a traditional country, and so it is sensible and respectful to dress conservatively. This is not so important at the tourist sites, but is good practice nonetheless. Finally, you will be on your feet for most of each day, so comfortable footwear is a must. Always carry a bottle of water with you. read more about Pharaonic Cairo - explore the monuments of ancient Egypt... Read More

The Liquid Side of Cape Town

The Liquid Side of Cape Town
Destination(s): Cape Town

Exploring Cape Town's land based activities only gives the visitor half the picture. This trip highlights some of the ocean based activities to experience in the Mother City. read more about The Liquid Side of Cape Town... Read More

A weekend in Cairo: how to make the most of two days in Cairo

A weekend in Cairo: how to make the most of two days in Cairo
Destination(s): Cairo

Cairo is the largest city in Africa, and one of the most exciting cities in the world. There is enough to see and do in Cairo to keep you busy for weeks. Luckily, it’s possible to see the best sights in a weekend, if you’re up for it! To make the most of your weekend in Cairo, you will need to hit the ground running, and use your time wisely. Two days in Cairo is enough time to see the most important Pharaonic, Islamic and Christian sights. You can easily see the Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel, and Coptic Cairo during a weekend in Cairo, and not be too rushed to appreciate them. You’ll also be able to enjoy a spot of shopping in the fascinating Khan al Khalili bazaar, and sample some authentic Egyptian cuisine. Five thousand years of history in 48 hours – not bad going! Note: this guide assumes you are staying in Downtown Cairo. Since you are spending only a weekend in Cairo, you need to be in the thick of things! Furthermore, note that it's sensible to dress conservatively at all times in Cairo. This is essential, however, on days when you will be visiting mosques or churches. read more about A weekend in Cairo: how to make the most of two days in Cairo... Read More

Romantic Cairo: what do do with your lover in Cairo

Romantic Cairo: what do do with your lover in Cairo
Destination(s): Cairo

Cairo is an exciting, exotic, and endlessly fascinating city, yet not necessarily one of the most romantic: it’s simply too chaotic. Having said this, some of the tourist sights are quite romantic, especially if you have a thing for ancient history, and are lucky enough to avoid the huge crowds. There are also some high end restaurants that can offer the level of service and intimacy that a couple might be looking for. More than anything else, though, it’s the activities you do that determine the romance factor. This trip assumes you are in Cairo for the first time, and so want to see all the main sights, but that it’s just as important to spend some quality time with your loved one. In particular, the trip ensures you are in the right place at the right time each day to enjoy one of the most romantic experiences of Cairo – the spectacular sunsets. For a couple, the best play to stay in Cairo is in one of the expensive resorts out near the Pyramids. This trip assumes you are staying out that way. Note that parts of Cairo are very traditional, and it’s sensible to wear conservative clothing when out in public. If visiting mosques, churches or local markets, this is particularly important. read more about Romantic Cairo: what do do with your lover in Cairo... Read More

Cape Town: History and Culture

Cape Town: History and Culture
Destination(s): Cape Town

If youre looking for a trip that touches on a bit of Cape Town and South Africa's "Rainbow" heritage, then this is a good one for you. Cape Town's main population groups include Xhosa, Cape Coloureds, Cape Malay, and white (Afrikaaners, British, and good old African). read more about Cape Town: History and Culture... Read More

Budget Cairo: how to make the most of Cairo on the cheap

Budget Cairo: how to make the most of Cairo on the cheap
Destination(s): Cairo

Cairo is the largest city in Africa, and one of the most exciting cities in the world. There is loads to see and do here, and much of it can be done on a tight budget. Entrance costs don’t tend to be that expensive, though quickly add up. Your biggest savings, however, will come from how you get around, and where you choose to eat and drink. This trip has been designed to include the most important sights of Cairo, on as cheap a budget as possible. Saving money in Cairo means using the metro instead of taxis, lots of walking, and eating at the cheap, local joints. Luckily, these activities are some of the most pleasurable ones in Cairo, so you don’t need to feel you are missing out! You do, however, need to have a fair amount of stamina, and be prepared to let serendipity be your guide: Egyptians are very friendly, and you never know who you might meet around the next corner, or what incredible, half-forgotten monument you might stumble across. Travelling on a tight budget means you will have to stay in one of the cheap hostels, which are mainly located around Talaat Harb street in Downtown Cairo. Which is perfect, really, because this is exactly where you want to be – right in the thick of the action! Note that it's sensible to dress conservatively at all times in Cairo. This is essential, however, on days when you will be visiting mosques or churches. read more about Budget Cairo: how to make the most of Cairo on the cheap... Read More

Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Egypt

Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Egypt
Destination(s): Cairo

For the experienced and the adventurous traveller alike, the experience of dining in a country's authentic and popular restaurants is a unique opportunity of finding out about the local culture through the food and the atmosphere, and Egypt makes no exception. There are plenty of funky places full of character that serve amazing dishes to the hungry crowds, providing all sorts of different settings to meet everyone's tastes and expectations. You can try a dinner cruise on the Scarabee just to get away from the busy urban atmosphere, or go for the opposite in a place like the Fish Market, the best seafood choice in Egypt. There are plenty of places for the young and hip crowds of locals and expats, so make sure you also try the Jazzup Bar or the Tornado. The food is great and the Egyptian spirit can be felt everywhere. read more about Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Egypt... Read More