Details for traveling to and staying in Cairo
Turkish Airlines has one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Cairo, with fares starting at $930. Landing at Cairo Airport, you’ll see what looks like a money-exchange booth. Buy your visa there for $15, and change some money for a taxi into the city, around $20 depending on your bargaining skills. Plan your trip with our interactive map.
WHERE TO STAY
Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino
16 Saray El Gezira St. Zamalek, Cairo
Wonderful hotel built around an 1869 palace with a refreshing garden for people-watching and dining. Double rooms currently a bargain, starting at $146.
Cairo Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel
Corniche El Nil, Cairo
Luxury hotel in the center of the city near the Nile and Tahrir Square. Rooms now as low as $136 for a double.
Mena House Oberoi Hotel
Pyramids Road, Giza
Elegant hotel with large gardens right next to the pyramids. Doubles start at about $220, a modest rate for this hotel.
WHERE TO EAT
53 Abu El Feda St., Zamalek
Very cool spot, right on the Nile under a soaring tent. Mezzes, or small plates, from $2.50 (try the beet salad), entrees from $7. Reservations recommended. $25 minimum on weekends.
Abou El Sid
157 26th July St., Zamalek
Atmospheric with traditional Middle Eastern food. Mezzes start at $2; main courses at $8.
Corner of Champelion and Marouf streets
The national dish, koshary — fast, filling and cheap at less than $1 a bowl.
WHAT TO DO
Amina Desouky, an excellent guide, can take you to the pyramids or elsewhere.
Pyramids at Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur
Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets at Giza and Saqqara cost about $10, half that at Dahshur.
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., about $10. The mummy room is extra, about $17.
Gayer-Anderson Museum at Ibn Tulun Mosque
4 Ahmad Ibn Tulun St.
Check to see if it’s open, but in any event visit the mosque next door.