Details for traveling to and staying in Cairo

GETTING THERE

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

011-20-22-728-3000

www.marriott.com

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

011-20-22-795-7171

www.ichotelsgroup.com

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

011-20-23-377-3222

www.oberoihotels.com

Elegant hotel with large gardens right next to the pyramids. Doubles start at about $220, a modest rate for this hotel.

WHERE TO EAT

Sequoia

53 Abu El Feda St., Zamalek

011-20-22-735-0014

sequoiaonline.net

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

011-20-22-735-9640

www.al-nakhil.com/
abuelsid/2.htm

Atmospheric with traditional Middle Eastern food. Mezzes start at $2; main courses at $8.

Abou Tarek

Corner of Champelion and Marouf streets

011-20-22-577-5935

www.aboutarek.com/default2.asp

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.

011-20-12-278-5449

minotravel@yahoo.com

minotravel@hotmail.com

Pyramids at Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur

011-20-23-676-3766

Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets at Giza and Saqqara cost about $10, half that at Dahshur.

Egyptian Museum

Tahrir Square

011-20-22-578-2452

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.

011-20-22-364-7822

Check to see if it’s open, but in any event visit the mosque next door.

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