8 Best Tours In Cairo, Egypt - Updated 2023

| 4 min read

Cairo, a historical city in Ancient Egypt, still lives up to its name today. Encompassing the iconic pyramids and museums filled with countless ancient wonders, Cairo retains her mystical allure. This charm is also enhanced with the addition of a luxurious element, seen in its romantic Nile River cruises and beautiful night views. From day tours to overnight tours, check out the best Cairo tours here!

1. Immerse yourself in the exquisite history of Egypt with this tour to iconic locations! (from USD 165.0)

This tour is perfect for history buffs out there who hold a keen interest in Ancient Egypt. You will visit the most iconic monuments with a detailed Egyptologist guide. Enjoy a private day trip to the unmissable Great Pyramids and Sphinx and Sakkara, an extraordinary stepped tomb known as Egypt’s oldest pyramid. Lastly, continue to Memphis to discover the UNESCO-listed ruins of ancient Egypt’s capital, including a giant statue of Ramses II. Transportation will also be provided back to your hotel.

Feel free to explore inside one of the pyramids independently or take a camel ride (additional cost) and absorb the sweeping views over central Cairo when at the pyramids! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 312 reviews, the quality of the tour is assured. From 83 USD, book the tour now to get a private introduction to the wonders of Ancient Egypt.

Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara

Duration: 6 hours

342 reviews

2. Sail down the Nile River and enjoy a great night view on this romantic dinner cruise. (from USD 121.0)

Folk dance
Source: Viator Tours

Cruise past Cairo’s night view and admire the low lights on this 2 hour long dinner cruise. Feast on your choice of either a scrumptious set menu or à la carte menu; listen to tunes from the house band and enjoy an after-dinner folklore show featuring sequined belly dancers and spinning ‘tanoura’ artists performing to foot-tapping folklore music. Expect great Lebanese and Chinese cuisine, as well as spectacular seafood as a constant in the innovative and ever-changing menu!

Guides are also available in a multitude of languages, such as English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Russian. Belly dancing performances are also available to spice things up!

Nile River Dinner Cruise in Cairo

Duration: 3 hours

148 reviews

3. Hop on a sleeper train and experience the beautiful cities of Cairo, Aswan and Luxor! (from USD 771.0)

Pyramids on a camel
Source: Viator Tours

With a full 8 day 7 night itinerary, this tour allows you to explore Cairo, Aswan and Luxor through an unconventional transportation method, the sleeper train! The first 2 days will be spent in Cairo at the Giza plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world the great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Valley Temple. Have lunch at a local restaurant and continue on to visit the Egyptian museum where you can see the collection of Tutankhamen among other splendid pharaonic artifacts. Continue onto Coptic Cairo to visit the hanging church and Ben Ezra synagogue.

Then hop on to the highly anticipated sleeper train to Aswan where dinner will be served on board! In Aswan, you will continue sightseeing and go on the Nile Cruise. Visit the famous High Dam, then onto the unique Unfinished Oblisk. Similarly, the sleeper train will again take you to Luxor where you will continue your journey!

Cairo, Aswan, Luxor Private 8-Day Tour with Nile River Cruise

Duration: 8 days

3 reviews

4. A must for Ancient Egypt enthusiasts - visit the national museum and ride a camel to visit the pyramids! (from USD 99.0)

Experience ancient Cairo on a private, full-day tour that takes in ancient sites, artifacts and a bustling bazaar. Your guide will take you through the stunning collection of artifacts, mummies and royal treasures at the National Museum and then continue to the Khan el Khalili bazaar to browse vibrant displays of fabrics, handicrafts and antiques. A quick introduction to the bustling city, this tour is perfect for first-time visitors!

The included lunch is also impressive, with the restaurant overlooking the Sphinx and the pyramids while dining on a set menu of grilled chicken/kebab and kofta!

Pyramids, Sphinx, Museum Camel Ride Private Tour from Cairo

Duration: 8 to 10 hours

2148 reviews

5. Ride the Nile on a traditional wooden boat! (from 35.34 USD)

Nile river at Luxor
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mohammed Moussa used under CC BY-SA 4.0

On a four hour tour, you will get to explore Cairo at night and cruise along the River Nile aboard a traditional felucca wooden sailing boat. See the famous sights in the city, admire the beautiful sunset, and experience the vibrant nightlife in Cairo. With an Egyptologist guide, and felucca rental fees included, this tour has pretty much taken all the trouble of planning out of your hands! At only 35.34 USD per person, it is indeed rather affordable for the backpacker!

Cairo at Night: 4-Hour City Tour & Nile Felucca Cruise

Price: from 35.34 USD

6. Tour Cairo fully with this trip to Old Cairo and Coptic Cairo (from 21.21 USD)

Coptic Cairo!
Source: Get Your Guide

Cairo is made up of much more than the current city center and modern buildings. Have a day tour to Old Cairo and Coptic Cairo visiting Salah El Din Citadel, constructed during the Crusades in 1183 AD, and admire Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside the castle walls. Coptic Cairo is a great place to learn more about Egypt’s Christian history and the founding of Cairo. On the other hand, head to Old Cairo to visit the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Church of St. Barbara, Church of Abu Sergafrom and drive to Khan El Khalili Bazaar. You will then be given some time for shopping in the world famous bazaars of Cairo and perfume factory.

Live guides are available in an array of languages - English, French, German, Italian, and Russian.

City Tour In Citadel, Alabaster Mosque & Coptic Cairo

Price: from 21.21 USD

7. Scale the mountain where Moses received the 10 Commandments! (from USD 56.0)

Sunrise at Mount Sinai
Source: Get Your Guide

What an opportunity to climb the very mountains famed in Christian faith at dawn and watch the sunrise at Mount Sinai! The trip gets even more magical as you descend to Saint Catherine’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and browse through its old manuscripts. This monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world together with the Monastery of Saint Anthony, situated across the Red Sea in the desert south of Cairo, which also lays claim to that title. This experience is not only unconventional but also certainly one to remember!

From Sharm: Mount Moses Trekking, Sunrise & Monastery Visit

Duration: 17.0 hour

211 reviews

8. Watch the pyramids light up in this spectacular show

Sphinx lit up
Source: Viator tours

This tour features a 2-hour Pyramid Sound and Light Show experience in Cairo, with private round-trip transfers included. You will be taken to the Giza Plateau to witness this world-famous sound and light extravaganza. Watch as the pyramids and Sphinx are illuminated in multi-colored lasers and visual projections, and listen to the booming music and commentary emanating from the Sphinx that tells the stories of ancient Egypt and the pyramids. What an astounding experience indeed.

Pyramids Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

Duration: 2 hours

125 reviews

Cairo, a city of endless wonders!

From its historical significance to the multiple cruises and bazaars, Cairo is truly a magical city. Take a tour now to fully explore and immerse yourself in the wonder that is Cairo. Be sure to check out Cairo’s FAQs as well for everything you need to know about the city.

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our Privacy Policy for more information on how we use your data

Hey guys! This is Jiayi here, or if it's too difficult to pronounce, Kate is completely fine. I am an avid lover of comics (Batman!!) and television shows so hit me up for endless chatter about...Read more

 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Cairo
Good things are meant to be shared!