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How to Travel to Cairo, the City of Charm, and Mystique?

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Egypt, the home to the longest river of the world, having a rich socio-cultural history which dates back to the pharos, has been a popular travel destination for ages. Cairo being the capital of Egypt is the city that attracts most of the tourists. The temples, mighty pyramids, and Nile cruises, etc. are what is making the Cairo a mystique and city of charm, just as we all have read about it in the Alchemist.

Travelling to Cairo can be a life-changing experience for you. Here is everything you need to know, ranging from cheap air travel to popular tourist attraction you must not miss to visit:

Best Season to Travel to Cairo:

Weather is not always great in Cairo. Summers can be really hot at times and can make your trip less fun. Winters are the perfect season to enjoy the desert safari and desert trips like visiting the pyramids etc. However, in summers you can enjoy going to the beach. Weather is the first thing that you should always consider before travelling because it’s the weather that can make you wear a picture-perfect outfit and you can have perfect vacation photographs.

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Make Bookings in Advance:

Tourism is growing rapidly in Cairo which means that all the places are going to be booked and heavily crowded particularly in favourable weather. Either you are booking a trip with the guide or not make sure to make bookings of all the places that you are going to stay at or visit such as Nile cruises. It can save you from a lot of hassle and you can enjoy a seamless trip.

What to Pack:

When in Rome, do as Romans do! Likewise, before travelling to Egypt you must consider the fact that it is a Muslim country and the culture can be a bit conservative. If you want to roam in the street to explore the city, then consider wearing clothes that cover your legs and arms to attract less attention. However, the places where there is a lot of tourists, you can wear the outfits of your choice!

It is Affordable!

Travelling to Cairo won’t cost you a fortune. Compare your currency to the Egyptian pound and you will find it absolutely affordable to travel around the city and shop too. Moreover, you can easily travel to other cities as well.

Bargain While Shopping:

Locals know that the price they are going to tell will sound affordable to the tourists, so they often tell the prices that are way more than the original ones. Don’t settle for the first price they tell you. Always bargain, particularly at souvenirs shops.

Get to Know Your Riding Options:

Traffic in Cairo is crazy and almost every hour is the rush hour. You can hire a local taxi, uber or career for travelling but they might be very consuming. The metro can be a great fast yet an inexpensive option for travelling but they can be crowded too at times. Other options include buses or microbuses. You can pick any that you find convenient.

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The Food:

Although we want to experience and taste more food in less time but putting a hold on trying indigenous dishes would be a great option to stay healthy during your visit. Egyptians put a lot of spices, onions, and oil in food which can make it hard for you to digest it particularly if you are not used to spicy and greasy dishes. Don’t try eating new dishes in one day, take time to satisfy your taste bud by trying one thing in a day.

Do Tip!

Tipping is very important in Cairo. If you won’t, it will be considered a disrespectful and cheap act. Either it’s the person who is carrying your luggage at the airport or the waiter at the restaurant, make sure to give them 10-15 Egyptian pounds as a tip.

The City Never Sleeps:

Popular restaurants and tourist attractions might close at 12 am or 2 am but you will always find the local shops and street food vendors open at night. It is the best time to explore the streets of the city and enjoy the true essence of the city.

Cairo is much more than a mere a popular tourist destination. Visiting it will be a life-changing experience for you. Wandering through the walls with hieroglyphics and seeing the mighty pyramids will make you believe in those ancient Egyptian tales that once sounded like a magical story to us. Every inch of the city lets you peep through the window to past and let you have a glance of its majestic past.

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