Destination Information - Cairo, Egypt
Cairo has been called the cradle of civilization and it's not hard to see why. Positioned at the heart of what was once the Ancient Egyptian Empire, Cairo is only rivalled by Athens in the world for historical significance.
For many people Egyptian culture holds more of a fascination than that of the Greeks however, and it is for this reason that more than four million people flock to the country each year - many travelling just to see the Pyramids. Located just 10km from Cairo these ancient relics inspire a feeling of awe and wonder and include the last surviving of the ancient world's seven wonders - The Great Pyramid of Cheops.
However, the pyramids are not the only things to see in Africa's largest city. The Museum of Antiquities is packed with relics from one of the oldest civilizations in history and is where you can see the riches taken from the Giza and Luxor sites - including the death mask of Tutankhamun. But to spend all your time looking at the dusty relics of Egypt's past would be a mistake, for Cairo is a living, breathing city. The worn sandstone buildings of the old town form narrow streets that throb with life, and against this backdrop you can see the trappings of a twenty-first century conurbation - a fascinating blend of ancient and modern.
Cairo's city bazaars have to be seen to be believed. Although chaotic they are incredible centres of social and commercial life, full of colour, sights and sounds that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Hundreds of years old they are still integral to the daily life and routine of the city - not merely cultural exhibits recreated to sell trinkets to tourists.
Formerly it was only a privileged few who could access the riches of this incredible city - now it is open for everyone to take advantage of the unforgettable experiences Cairo affords.