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Where ancient meets modern, Egypt’s capital is a must for any bucket list. If you’re looking for cheap flights to Cairo, then look no further than Globehunters and choose from our amazing range of cheap flights from all over Canada.
Famous for its year round dry climate, spectacular pyramids and ancient architecture, Cairo is a bustling city full of all sorts of different cultures and religions. Steeped in history which dates back to the earliest civilisations of the ancient pharaohs, Cairo has a strong Christian and Islamic influence. Cosmopolitan and with all the modern sights and luxuries of any developed city, Cairo is popular with backpackers, history buffs and families alike.
When it comes to food, there really is something for everyone. Whether you normally go for a sit down meal in an established restaurant, or you prefer to get stuck in and blend in with the locals, street food is a must - and “Ful Mudamas” is a firm favourite. Known as “Ful” for short, it’s actually a breakfast dish made of fava beans. Beautifully cooked using the simplest of ingredients such as salt, pepper, cumin, oil and a range of spices, it’s usually served with bread or pitta, or even in a sandwich. If you like hummus, you really will love Ful. For lunch or dinner, chicken, lamb, shish and rice salad is the order of the day as well as Egyptian pizza bread and falafel. Just don’t forget to pack your elasticated pants! Egypt prohibits the sale and consumption of alcohol in public places or shops, however you can easily buy and consume beers, wines and spirits in international hotels and tourist establishments. The legal drinking age in Egypt is 18 for beer and 21 for wine and spirits.
When you’ve finished eating, it’s time to explore. Cairo is set on the banks of the River Nile, making nearby Giza with its iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx within easy reach by car or bus. At the heart of the city is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum with its antiquities, mummified royals and gilded King Tutankhamun artefacts.
Travelling with kids? Why not take them on a camel ride? Outside of the pyramids are plenty of vendors with decorated camels looking for business. Have a go at haggling and it can make for a memorable experience for the whole family. Then once you’re back in the city itself, treat the kids to a toy or souvenir from one of the many bustling markets, so they can remember their trip to Cairo for years to come.
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Cairo is a truly amazing place to visit but it’s worth making sure you’re armed with all the facts. Here are five handy tips to know before you go:Time Difference: UTC +2 hoursCurrency: Egyptian Pound (E£) Native Language: Egyptian ArabicWeather: July is the hottest month in Cairo with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 14°C (56°F). The most daily sunshine hours at 14 can be had in June. The wettest month is January with an average of 14.5mm of rain.Sales Tax: 14%
Before you get booking, here’s everything you’ll need to know when flying to Cairo from Canada.
Travelling from Canada to Cairo takes around 12 hours depending where in Canada you’re flying from.
Canadian citizens must be in possession of a visa to visit Egypt. You may purchase a tourist visa at the airport on arrival. However, you should obtain your visa from an Egyptian embassy or consulate before arrival to avoid lengthy delays or the possibility of being refused entry into Egypt.
The following airlines currently offer flights from Canada to Cairo:
- Egypt Air
- Austrian Airlines
- Ethiopian Air
- Air Canada
Cairo International Airport is located towards the north-eastern part of the city and about 15km (9 miles) from the middle of Cairo city.
Due to the extremely busy and chaotic nature of driving in Cairo, car hire is not recommended. However, taxis are freely available outside arrivals. Fares into the city are around 70 Egyptian Pounds (about 5 Canadian Dollars).
With so much to do in Cairo it’s hard to know where to start! So to help you out, we’ve put together a list of the ten main things you must see while you’re there:
- The Pyramids of Giza
- The Egyptian Museum
- Museum of Islamic Art
- Al Azhar Mosque
- Sharia Al Muizz Li Din Allah (street in Cairo)
- Coptic Museum
- Khan Al Khalili (market)
- Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan
- Madrassa & Mausoleum of Qalaun
- Tentmakers Market
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