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Egypt What To Do

Explore Old Islamic Cairo

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Old Islamic District. Visit the main Citadel (Al-Qalaa), a crusader-style fortress dating from the time of Saladin and home to Egypt's rulers for almost 700 years. One of the main highlights in the southern enclosure of the Citadel is the 19th century Mosque of Mohammed Ali, built in a wholly Turkish style between 1830 and 1848. Also visit the Coptic area of Cairo to see the Hanging Church, the most beautiful church in Egypt, with its ornately decorated interior consisting of three barrel-vaulted, wooden roofed aisles, ivory inlaid screens and a finely carved pulpit. From here, head to the medieval bazaar of Khan al-Khalili, the most intriguing part of the Old Quarter, to challenge your bargaining skills. Built in 1382, the bazaar is the world's oldest. Artefacts of gold, silver, glass, wood, and paper of the highest quality and exquisite workmanship are manufactured in the tiny workshops hidden in the maze of narrow streets. It is easy to get lost in the narrow winding streets and razor-sharp vendors watch you, keen eyed to impress their trade on you, as odours of exotic spices and smoke encompass you. The west of the Khan is the "street of the gold-sellers" where the best deals for gold and silver are to be had, and the brass and coppersmith markets lie beyond. Remember Egypt is a Muslim country, and women should keep their arms, neck and legs covered when shopping.

Other things to do in Egypt

Explore Saqqara Step Pyramids

This morning visit to the oldest pyramids in the world at Saqqara. The complex of Djoser is one of the oldest known structures to have been constructed completely with natural stone. It was built at the beginning of the third dynasty, around 2625 BC, and was intended as a funerary complex for king Djoser. The remainder of the day is at leisure. We recommend a visit to Old Islamic District. The main Citadel (Al-Qalaa), home to Egypt's rulers for almost 700 years. Built in a wholly Turkish style between 1830 and 1848, the 19th century Mosque of Mohammed Ali in the southern enclosure is one of the highlights. You can also visit the Coptic area of Cairo to see the Hanging Church, the most beautiful church in Egypt, with its ornately decorated interior consisting of three barrel-vaulted, wooden roofed aisles, ivory inlaid screens and a finely carved pulpit. From here head to the medieval bazaar of Khan al-Khalili, the commercial heart of the Old Quarter. Lots of local goods are made in the tiny workshops hidden in the maze of the bazaar. It's easy to get lost in the narrow winding streets and razor-sharp vendors watch you keen eyed to impress their trade on you, as odours of exotic spices and smoke encompass you. The west of the Khan is the "street of the gold-sellers" where the best deals for gold and silver are to be had, and the brass and coppersmith markets lie beyond. Remember Egypt is a Muslim country, and women should keep their arms, neck and legs covered when shopping.…

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Visit the local camel market

This morning drive out to the biggest camel market in Egypt, just outside the village of Birqash, which is about 35km northwest of the city centre. Each Monday and Friday morning, camel traders come from all over Egypt and as far afield as the Sudan, to sell their beasts in a hubbub of sights, sounds and smells. With your guide have a look around and see the traders in action.…

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