There is never enough time to see all the sights that Cairo has to offer, particularly in the two or three days that most visitors have at their disposal. First on the majority of agendas (and what any day-tour of the city will include) are the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and the Khan El-Khalili. With more time, the churches of Old Cairo, the Citadel and Mosque of Mohamed Ali, plus the outlying pyramids and tombs at Saqqara are key destinations. The streets of Islamic Cairo are dense with mosques, mausoleums and Ottoman houses, all (or any) of which are worth exploring, while the Cities of the Dead contain some of the finest Islamic architecture in the city. The modern Egyptian capital has developed on both sides of the river, spreading in all directions, where interesting and eclectic museums can be found. Get a feel for Cairo by cruising down the Nile on a felucca at sunset, as the skyline comes alive with city lights, and spend an afternoon or evening in a local ahwa. To see Cairo from up high, there are stellar lookout points over the city's labyrinthine sprawl from the Cairo Tower and the top of the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

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