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5 Things to do in Cairo Egypt as a local

Are you looking for things to do in Cairo Egypt?

Why don’t you try to make it more adventurous? Cairo is the capital of Egypt, a multicultural city where people from diversified ethnic backgrounds and nationalities live together.

Always, there are particular touristic sites and venues In which they visit monuments, have a nice cruise on The Nile River, or enjoy a fancy dinner in a luxurious hotel.

Authentic experience will be in seeking activities to do in Cairo like a local. There is a gap among Cairo residents; the middle class will be our focus of interest and will walk you through a list of Do's and Don't to be a genuine Cairo inhabitant.

1 - Food:


  • Don't eat at fancy restaurants:

Tourists usually book their vacation with at least a breakfast-inclusive package, and most likely they are going to have dinner at a deluxe restaurant.

Even MacDonald's, KFC, Hardees, and Dominos are not that common among older citizens. Do not have cereals or waffles for breakfast.

  • Do eat Fool, Koshary, and Om Ali:

To be a real Egyptian and live perfectly like a Cairo resident start your day by having breakfast on the Fool cart from the street, which is one of the best things to do in Cairo Egypt.

Do not forget to order some falafel, pickled eggplants, and fresh non-MacDonald's fries with Egyptian brown bread. In the afternoon, buy Koshari for lunch from Abu Tariq downtown.

Finally, treat yourself to the spectacular Om Ali dish.

2 - Culture:

 El Sawy cultural wheel:

  • Don't visit the well-known touristic destinations:

When Egyptians are planning a cultural night in Cairo, they do not consider Opera, museums, or a concert for a famous singer.

You will enjoy such places, but if you are trying to experience living like a local, you have to include those venues on your travel bucket list.

  • To attend a concert at El Sawy cultural wheel:

Talking about activities and things to do in Cairo Egypt. You will find that youth tend to attend activities held in El Sawy culture wheel because it is affordable and families nowadays go to Misr Theater or you can be part of workshops on cultural diversity or poetry salon the downtown.

3 - Hangouts and Things to do in Cairo Egypt:

Hangouts and Things to do in Cairo Egypt

Do not spend your time at the hotel:

If you came with a tourism company or in a group, never waste your time staying in a hotel room restricted by the program, as there are many places to hang out in Cairo in the mornings and at late night.

Go outdoors:

Egyptians love being with their families or friends outdoors for a long time. You can have breakfast with your company in a public garden.

Visit Al Azhar Park or The Giza Zoo on weekends, or hang out with your friends in a local cafe;, known locally as Ahwa, downtown or El Zamalek.

Then, drink sugar cane juice and have some rice pudding While walking on Kasr El-Nile Bridge watching the dazzling banks of the Nile, or rent a small sailboat on the Nile River and party with your friends.

4 - Transportation:

Cairo Bus

Do not rent a Car or Limo:

When tourists arrive at the airport. There will be a limo waiting for them, and drive them from the hotel to any other destination. Do not drive a car in Egypt! Traffic in Cairo is awful.

People do not follow the rules. If you want to drive, you should reconsider your plan. On the same side. If you are a pedestrian trying to cross the road, do not wait for green traffic lights or you will never make it!

Use the public transportation:

A considerable proportion of Cairo residents use the Metro as their primary transportation, around 4 million daily passengers.

You will exercise new activities to do in Cairo such as catching buses or running after a microbus in the street or fighting over an empty seat on the bus.

Here is a valuable tip regarding things to do in Cairo Egypt. There is public river transportation Which is not popular enough, it is like a cheap Nile Cruise.

5 - Shopping:

Do not Shop at malls:

Cairo has at least four huge shopping centers, in which you can find various kinds of international brands such as ZARA, and H-M or buy your food from a hypermarket such as Carrefour.

Not all these are good for your target from this vacation because these brands are obtainable back at your home.

Shop at local stores and small markets:

Markets and goods reflect the personality and spirit of the country. For instance, you will watch and hear how people act and talk daily. Listen to the conversations in slang languages, and how they used to buy their stuff from the market.

Main common shopping spots in Egypt: Downtown clothing stores, and Shubra shops. Remember! Tourists buy souvenirs from Khan El Khalili, residents buy gifts from cheaper places.

Eventually. Egyptians are helpful and generous and you will feel a magical spirit if you spent a few hours downtown. Specifically or eat from a fool (boiled beans) cart. Do not forget to follow our Egypt blog to know more about Egypt.

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Egypt has many historical sites that you can visit and enjoy. Each tour is different and unique. If you go on a Nile cruise, you can visit Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor in the South and enjoy the temples, tombs, and the treasures of the Nile. In the North, enjoy the Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Sakkara. Mosques, churches in Cairo, and many landmarks located in the city of Alexandria. On the East, Enjoy a beach tour for diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the Red sea. Every city has its charm, history, and flavor where you can do many tours and activities.

Your Egypt Tours is one of the leading and pioneer travel agencies in the Egyptian tourism industry. We offer very special care and personal touch to our clients making them feel at home with their family. Great and high-quality service to ensure that your trip with us is one of a lifetime. In addition, the commonly known reasons such as our customers’ feedback and testimonials, competitive prices - excellent customer service, punctuality and. Most important of all, our customers safety and enjoying every minute in your trip are our priorities. With us, you are in a safe hand.

It usually varies according to the type of tourist trip in Egypt, but the average cost for spending one week in Egypt is 1600 USD including visiting alot of tombs and temples and sailing on a 4 or 5 stars Nile cruise.

Don't drink the tap water - it is highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn't mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. This happened to most people when they visit a country for the first time. They were simply not used to water there. It's a similar situation here. It is advisable to drink Bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why it is strongly advisable that you don't drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.

Enjoy Egypt Tours From September until March. It is the perfect time when the weather is good and mild. From September until mid-November, when it is very nice and the temperatures are pleasant for all activities - around 25 C to 15 C. mid-Nov until the end of February is wintertime when temperatures during the day are around 12 or 15 C, and at night can drop to about 7 or 8 C. In March and April, the weather is still so nice and travelers can enjoy the Easter vacation. From May to September is the summer season. Spending summertime in a desert climate does not appeal to most travelers. Average daytime temperatures hover in the high 80s and low to mid-90s, although they can jump up into three digits in the South as in Luxor and Aswan. Summer is really hot here, prices go down and it is a good chance for travelers with a tight budget.

It is usually hot and sunny. winter falls between November and January, and the peak of the summer months is between June and August. Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at night. In the Western Desert. Cairo and areas of the Nile Delta may experience a few rainy days during winter. Summers can be unbearably hot, especially in the desert and other areas of the country's interior. In Cairo, average summer temperatures regularly exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), while the record high for Luxor and Aswan, popular tourist destinations on the banks of the River Nile, is 110 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).

Safety and security are our first and foremost concerns! Egypt is a very safe country with a low crime rate. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, accommodations and sightseeing nationwide have finalized sterilization and disinfection in light of the Egyptian government's efforts to implement precautionary measures against the COVID-19. In addition, our company has followed the same procedures to make all our staff, guides, and drivers are well-trained with the current events to prevent and stop the spread of this outbreak. Traveling the world is a joyful experience and we want to do our part to keep the anticipation stress-free.

There are many things to do in Egypt during your visit depending on your interests and character. Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan Nile cruise must be your first priority if you are a history and culture lover. You must visit the pyramids of Giza, enjoy a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan and enjoy visiting the most important tourist attractions in Luxor and Aswan. You can visit the city of Hurghada, Marsa Alam, or Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea for relaxation and enjoy many activities there such as diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, or swimming. You may like to go on a safari trip in the western desert if you are an adventurer. Many other activities are available in every single Egyptian city

The high season for tourism is all year with winter and spring being peak season for cultural travels with lots of sightseeing. Weather in Egypt is perfect for many kinds of tourism, and if coming in June, July, and August, head for the seaside resorts. Those months are very warm with temperatures that can reach around 45C. and the humidity is about 70 to 80%, but it is bearable with the sea and large swimming pools nearby. So the period of the high summer season is also a bit busy as hotels fill up with tourists from all over the world looking for a bargain, lots of sunshine, diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also a primary vacation time in Europe. If you come in the deep summer season you can still enjoy it because you can always sightsee early in the morning and go again at night when the sunsets. You will definitely need good sunscreen and a lot of liquids to drink with a nice hat on your head. Summer is a good time for people looking for good rates in accommodation and other services.

Egypt is a Muslim country and the dress code is towards the conservative side, especially for women. That being said, we are used to seeing travelers from all over the world. My suggestion would be to wear light clothes and not to wear short shorts, short skirts and alike to avoid the occasional unwanted stare. But it's really up to you. When you visit religious places (synagogues, churches, and mosques) you do need to cover your shoulders and wear over the knee dresses, if you are planning to wear one of course. If you plan to attend the Nile dinner cruise, there is no need for formal wear unless you want to make that night a special night! Also, you will be sharing this experience with other travelers so you can dress however you feel most comfortable.

You can get your visa when you arrive at Cairo Airport. It is an easy process for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and European citizens. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth. The visa will cost you $25 US Dollars and after buying it; you just stick it on any empty page on your passport. Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. You can also apply for E-Visa via the official electronic visa portal:

Your Egypt Tours travel agency recommends two weeks so that you can enjoy the temples and tombs of Luxor and Aswan, explore the sights of Cairo, and relax in the Red Sea islands and nature reserves.

There are many Nile cruises. Not to name one but your choice depends on many things to put in mind such as the number of nights you want to spend on the cruiser, your budget, and the standard of the Nile cruise. We recommend you choose a 5-star luxury Nile cruise, and if you are looking for a private Nile River cruise you can choose Dahabiya cruises, it is only for the small-group tour, about 15 people. Most cruises have. There is another way of cruising the Nile, which is the Felucca boat. It is traditional and charming but it is cheap as long as it will be ok to sleep on the deck exposed to mosquitos and most of these boats do not have a toilet

The best time to visit Egypt is generally from October to April where it is suitable for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Egypt travel usually have guided tours to archaeological sites, museums, and historical landmarks. Also have optional activities may include hot air balloon rides over Luxor, snorkeling in the Red Sea, or desert safaris.

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