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Best Day trips from Cairo
Best Day Trips from Cairo
Best Day trips from Cairo
A confluence of beauty and chaos, Cairo is one of the most bewilderingly beautiful places in Egypt. Being one of the world's greatest megacities, the town is complete with sheer confusion, noise and pollution, however if taken a step outside the modern hubbub, you can witness the history spanning over centuries. The beauty of the dusty lanes lines with the colossal Fatimid and Mamluk gives you a surrounding you wouldn't want to part away from. However, surrounding the interesting city is some of the most magnificient sights you wouldn't want to miss. So among the wide collection of pyramids and other antiquities surrounding the city, here is the index of the best day trips you can plan from Cairo.
1. The Pyramids of Giza
Home to the dead and mummified pharaohs of the ancient time, Giza is said to be a pit stop along the way of heaven for the Egyptian kings. With pyramids being the greatest attraction in the entirety of Egypt, this is one place which you just cannot miss! A large collection of temples and tombs built with engineering skills considered primitive by today's standards, this is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A sight for the eyes, this place is a paradise for history lovers and archaeologists. Located at a meagre distance of 18kms from downtown Cairo across the Nile River, one of the fastest ways of transportation is hiring a private taxi, taking you barely half an hour of travel time. Another option you can pick is taking the public buses or micro buses to the destination taking you taking one hour in the working roads.
The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, is a living remnant of the Greek and Roman civilizations prospering in the region over a century back. A peek into the glorious part, one part of the city is fabled to be under water with the dynasty intact. One of the most elemental features of the place is the grand modern library of Alexandria sitting amid faded remnants of the once-grand seafront Corniche, symbolizing the city's latest incarnation as the capital. Located at a distance 218kms from Cairo, the fastest route can be travelled by bus, taking you 2 hours. Other options include train taking an average of rail times 3 hours, and cabs taking 2h and 15minutes for the same travel.
3. Wadi El Raya
Against the common belief, Egypt is not all about the sand dunes. To break the mirage visit the place brimming with life, Wadi El Rayan is located at just a two hour drive away from Cairo. Loaded with various landforms mountains, rock formations, oasis and beautiful waterfalls, this place is also the home to a variety of flora and fauna. Also known as The Whale Valley, a stroll around here will give you a chance to witness numerous whale fossils. While on a trip to here, it is advised to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water. There are two ways to reach to the oasis in the desert, driving the way and hiring a private taxi both taking 2 and a half hour of journey.
Providing an escape to pilgrims along with the tourists, Memphis has a certain baroque ruined quality that's both sad and beguiling. Located south of the Nile River delta, Memphis was an important centre during a major chunk of history. Though originally an archaeological zone, Memphis was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. A nirvana for the history lovers, you can witness the actual archaeological sites in action. Located at a distance of 25kms from the capital, you can take a rail to the place with a travelling time of 1 hour. Other option includes a cab or a private car taking 30 minutes of travelling time.