Cairo, Egypt

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Giza Sphinx

It has been a month since the last time I blogged. Just because I was preparing for something to happen. Well, I was saving up for an important journey in my life.

Everybody wants to travel, be it local or international. They say in traveling you will find peace and the sense of satisfaction. I may agree to that, but the only difference is that I do it alone.

I want to share my bravest, coolest and zaniest trip to the largest city in the Middle East: Cairo, Egypt.
Before I start, I would just like to briefly share the essentials.
  1. You need to save up for your trip. Be financially ready.
  2. Check for your passport validity.
  3. Secure a visa before getting into Egypt premises.
  4. If you are traveling alone, find a reliable travel agency and a tour guide.

 

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL AT CAIRO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT/HOTEL CHECK IN

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Cataract Pyramids Hotel and Resort
The hotel service was great. If you want to free yourself from traffic and stress of the busy city life, this is a perfect place for you to relax. It is about an hour and a half from the airport.
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Patio of the hotel room

DAY TWO: HALF DAY TOUR AT THE GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA AND THE SPHINX

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Just outside the pyramid
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touristy feels infront of the three pyramids
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history at its finest
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intricate design of the pyramid

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some random tourists
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upclose with the Sphinx
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upclose with the Sphinx
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before getting inside the Pyramid

You need to purchase a ticket if you want to get inside the pyramids. Price range may vary depending on which pyramid you want get into. I went inside the Pyramid of Menkaure, the smallest among the three. You need to pay 40 Egyptian Pound (40 L.E.).

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landscape view of the Pyramids and the Sphinx

DAY THREE: NILE RIVER FELUCCA CRUISE

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Inside the Felucca

The tour lasted for an hour and a half. You need to pay around 600-800 Egyptian Pound (or at least haggle or bargain for a cheaper price).

DAY FOUR: CAIRO ISLAMIC IN DEPTH

(Egyptian Museum – Khan el Khalili Bazaar – Citadel – Mosque of Mohammed Ali)

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Egyptian Museum facade
Before getting inside the museum you need to purchase a ticket, and it usually costs 70 Egyptian Pound (70 L.E.). There would be an additional charge if you want to bring your camera inside the museum. It cost 50 Egyptian Pound (50 L.E.).

 

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one of the stunning pieces inside the museum
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one of the stunning pieces inside the museum
There were a lot of astounding archaic fragments and pieces of history cautiously assembled, restored and transferred.

 

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the famous Khan El-khalili Bazaar

Souvenir items are always available in this place. You need to have  good bargaining skills in order to at least save or even buy some more items.

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with my tour guide, Hend
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the famous El Fishawy Coffee shop

 

 

CITADEL OF SALADIN, CAIRO

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Citadel of Saladin

Citadel of Saladin is considered one of the greatest monuments of the medieval strife. It used to be a military garrison as a protection against Crusader attacks. Within the Citadel is the famous Mohammed Ali Mosque. Entrance fee is 60 Egyptian Pound (60 L.E.)

 

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infront of Mohammed Ali Mosque

 

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outside the mosque
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inside the mosque

 

 

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view from the top
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view from the top

 

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Downtown Cairo

 

 

 

Visiting a new place would not be complete without trying their street food.

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Middle east would never be complete without the Shawarma!

 

 

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Hawawshi

 

 

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The famous Egyptian dish called Hawawshi. Made with minced beef, onions, pepper and some chilies and is placed in between a dough. Tasty!

 

 

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My tour guide, Hend 🙂
I was so fortunate to meet such an amazing person. She was my tour guide. Her name is Hend Magdy. She is honest, pretty, very witty and respectable. She knows a lot about Egypt and its history and culture. She loves photography, too! Considering the minute amount of time to get to know her, I felt comfortable and secured. We had a great chat at the El Fishawy Coffee Shop. If you happen to be in Cairo you can contact her at Urban Adventure, Cairo Egypt. She will be very happy to accommodate you! 

Mobile number : (002) 0100 3532666

Email address: Hend.Magdy@hotmail.com

 

I had a satisfying 5 days in Egypt! Till next time! Shukran Katir!

 

If you have any questions, please feel free comment or send me a message. 🙂 I would love to hear from you! 🙂

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