As one of the largest cities in all of Africa and the Middle East, Cairo is a brilliant and chaotic mix of ancient history, modern cosmopolitanism, and beautiful natural landscaping. Situated on the Nile River, Cairo is most famous for its ancient and profound history and its medieval Islamic air.
Perhaps the best place to witness its history in succession is the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, whose treasures span 5,000 years, from Egypt’s pre-history to the Greco-Roman period. Along with Tutankhamen’s famed grave goods and the statue of King Khafre are the lesser-known grotesque images of Akhenaten, Queen Hetepheres’ jewelry, and solid silver coffins of 21st Dynasty kings. Here amid its wonders, it’s possible to be mesmerized for hours, immersed in an incredible slice of important history that has affected the entire world in so many areas, from mathematics and literature to astronomy and strategies of battle.
Cairo also serves as the resting place of the Giza Plateau, home of the Giza Pyramids, the last of the original Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. The Great Pyramid, built circa 2570 B.C for Khufu, is the largest and oldest of the three structures and still stands 451 feet high, towering over the sprawl of Cairo. Nearby, the Great Sphinx—carved from an outcrop of limestone left after quarrying—guards its pyramids and camel drivers, while the Solar Boat Museum—discovered in a pit close to the Pyramid in the middle of the 20th century—offers its own unique insight into the history of the region. The entire Giza Plateau is a wonder and will leave any visitor breathless with its majesty.
But luxury travel to Cairo with Ker & Downey is more than just visits to museums and the pyramids. It is the private Egyptologist guides that reveal the hidden histories behind every brick, the afternoon shopping excursions through the lively and colorful Khan el Khalili Marketplace, Egypt’s oldest market, and the unique insight gained by journeying to places like Memphis, the first capital of a united Lower and Upper Egypt, and Sakkara, an ancient Memphis cemetery still in use after 3,000 years.
Contact a Ker & Downey luxury travel consultant today to begin planning your luxury journey to Cairo to learn why it deserves its name, translated to mean “the triumphant.”