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2 Day Cairo Itinerary – How To Spend The Perfect 48 Hours In Cairo!

Here you’ll find the perfect 2 day itinerary for visiting Cairo, from visiting The famous Pyramids Of Giza to the Cairo Tower, the maze-like alleyways of Khan-El-Khalili Market, and more!

I spent two days in this bustling capital and got to see so many amazing places that I’ll share here with you. Come and discover the best two days in Cairo itinerary, from Ancient Wonders of the World, to vibrant markets, and the rich tapestry of Egyptian culture.

This comprehensive itinerary ensures you make the most of your time in this busy metropolis, offering the perfect blend of history, cuisine, and local experiences.

the pyramids of Giza Cairo Egypt  

Cairo Day 1 Itinerary:

Morning: Pyramids Of Giza

Quite rightly, The Pyramids Of Giza are number one on most people’s Cairo travel itinerary, and what travellers are most excited to see in Cairo!

Fortunately, they are only a short ride away from Cairo – about 20km southwest of the city. They are not in the middle of the desert as pictures make it look!

the pyramids of Giza Cairo Egypt 2 day itinerary

It’s definitely easier to visit The Pyramids Of Giza with a guide, but to avoid the crowds and the midday heat, visit independently at opening time and explore at your own pace. Tour groups usually arrive to the complex at around 10am.

 

The Pyramids of Giza are open from 7 am – 6 pm between April to September, and from 8 am until 4 pm from October to March. It costs 120 LE: Egyptian Pounds (about £5) to enter.

If you want to ride a camel here, remember to barter to avoid getting ripped off! You can get lovely panoramic views of The Pyramids on the other side of the complex, as well as close up photos of The Pyramids and The Sphynx.

the pyramids of Giza Cairo Egypt sphynx 2 day itinerary

Remember that The Pyramids of Giza are one of the world’s most famous landmarks and a historical wonder. They are one of the most popular places in The Middle East, as well as one of the most visited ancient archaeological sites in the world, so they do get very busy!

Afternoon: Khan El Khalili Market

The Khan el Khalili bazaar is a traditional open air market located in Old Cairo that’s a great place to visit after exploring The Pyramids in the morning.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant bazaar that dates back to the 14th Century, making it the oldest outdoor market in The Middle East. It’s a really eye-opening and interesting place to explore!

Get lost in the alleyways and narrow streets, shop for souvenirs, perfumes or spices (just don’t forget to haggle – the locals expect it!), or sit at a traditional outdoor cafe and watch the world go by over a cup of Egyptian coffee.

khan el Khalili market bazaar souq cairo

Late Afternoon/Sunset: Cairo Tower

The Cairo Tower is the tallest tower in North Africa at 187 metres high and is shaped like a lotus plant of the Pharoahs.

It’s located in Zamalek, one of Cairo’s most affluent districts on the banks of the River Nile. From here, you can see a nice view of Cairo and The Pyramids.

This is a great place to see the sunset, however it can be tricky to time (sometimes the queues for the observation deck are so long and you can be queueing for 2 hours or more!).

Therefore, I recommend to book a reservation and go to the restaurant one floor below! No queues, and dinner is sorted!

Evening: Nile Cruise

To finish the evening off, go on a felucca cruise along the River Nile in the evening and enjoy the views of the city.

This might sound very touristy but actually it’s a very local thing to do, plus it’s really fun! Join the locals and spend an hour singing and dancing to music on the boats.

felucca ride river nile Cairo

The price is very reasonable and the location is beautiful. There are also some nice cafe bars located on docked boats on the Nile that you can go to afterwards if you wish.

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Cairo Day 2 Itinerary:

Morning: Egyptian Museum

Head to the Egyptian museum and discover thousands of impressive Ancient Egyptian artefacts and treasures from Egypt’s rich history.

The artefacts are very poorly marked and you can easily miss important things so it’s a good idea to hire a guide (around 200LE) to explain things to you.

If you want a guide, they can only be found outside the museum, so pick one up before you go in and pay your entrance fee (120LE).

The museum is really really big you could spend literally hours here, but there are two parts you absolutely can’t miss: the treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamun, including his magnificent death mask, and the mummy rooms.

You need to pay extra to visit the mummy rooms – where you can see several mummies preserved with even their teeth, hair and nails, but it is worth it!

Early Afternoon: Coptic Cairo

A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Status area of Coptic Cairo is another interesting must-do on any 2 day Cairo itinerary.

Coptic Cairo is the Christian part of Cairo. It is located in an ancient part of the city that is built on the Ancient Babylon Fortress, a fortified city that was around long before Cairo even existed.

Coptic Cairo is pedestrianised, and everything is very close together, making it easy to stroll around. There are many ancient ruins, and the area is full of unique churches.

There is one famous Church in particular that you must visit: The Hanging Church (officially Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church).

The Church was built on one of the fortress gates and so appears to be ‘hanging’ in mid-air as it is suspended over a passage.

Coptic cairo quarter hanging church orthodox

Late Afternoon: City Of The Dead

The City of the Dead (also known as Cairo Necropolis or el Arafa) is another very interesting and unique part of Cairo where people actually live amongst the dead.

The Necropolis is an Islamic cemetery that is an impressive 4 miles long. People live amongst their ancestor’s remains – the streets are full of tombs. Definitely worth a visit!

Garbage City

If you have time, head to Garbage City. Garbage City is a very poor poverty-stricken Christian slum in Cairo where people literally live in the garbage.

The neighbourhood is covered in rubbish: the streets, the roofs, everything and it smells very bad there. The living conditions are very poor and there is a lack of sewers, electricity and running water.

It is a side of the city that the Muslim population chooses to ignore, but I encourage you to drive through the area and see this place for yourself. Once you get inside you’ll see something a beautiful church built into a cave at Moqattam Mountain.

coptic christian cave church Cairo

Late Afternoon/Sunset: Al Azhar Park

Head to Al Azhar Park just before sunset to see the city from above and the sun going down on the Pyramids.

It is a lovely park with great views, a few restaurants/cafes and it is really clean, making it a nice respite from downtown Cairo.

Evening: Islamic Cairo 

Stroll through the historic district and visit the landmarks like the Citadel of Saladin, the Alabaster Mosque, and the Sultan Hassan Mosque.

 

Try Egyptian Food!

One food that you MUST try in Egypt is it’s national street food: Koshari. It is a traditional dish made of rice, macaroni, lentils, chickpeas, tomato sauce and garlic sauce all mixed together.

Koshari is a cheap meal found everywhere and you’re guaranteed to be full afterwards!

One restaurant you absolutely can’t miss in Cairo is Sobhy Kaber – a really famous restaurant in Cairo with a great atmosphere that is frequented by many locals!

Note that imported alcohol is very expensive in Egypt. Save money and drink the local beer instead.

 

And that is the ultimate way to spend 2 days in Cairo! This itinerary ensures you get to see all the best bits of Cairo, and you’ll be sure to leave with some fantastic photos and memories!