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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. Cairo International Airport serves as the gateway to this ancient city of wonder.