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Cairo was founded more than a millennium ago, a figure that might impress tourists if it weren't for the unfathomably ancient icons looming to the west. Gateway to the Pyramids of Giza and one of the most ancient kingdoms on earth, Cairo offers a mix of historic sightseeing and modern luxury, all within reach of the Bedouin heartland, famous for tireless hospitality and vibrant traditions.

When they're not pondering the ruins at Giza, tourists are most likely to be found in Downtown Cairo. Cairo accommodation in this area ranges from bargain guesthouses to trend-setting luxury hotels, and guests staying in the city enjoy excellent museums, lively marketplaces and good metro service. The adjoining Garden City is the region's most exclusive commercial district.

Strolling through the heart of the city is as much about marveling at Cairo's modern advances as it is about delving into its eclectic culture. Throughout history, Cairo has been occupied by the Romans, the Turks, the French and the British, among others. These vastly different cultures have each left their own legacy, and Cairo's museums and architecture are richer for it.

Across the Nile from Cairo are Mohandeseen and Dokki, upscale districts that lure tourists with excellent shopping, dining and entertainment. This is also where to find some of the most convenient hotels in Cairo, with access to both the city center and the Pyramids of Giza.

Most tourists arrive via Cairo International Airport, which recently added its third and largest terminal. Tourists can take a taxi or Bus 356 to the city center, or they can stay in here in Heliopolis at an airport hotel.

Cairo travel tip: Before you land why not take a virtual tour of Cairo Airport.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Cairo, click on the interactive Cairo map on the left-hand side of the page.