It may be tempting to dive straight into the antiquities, but a true visit to Cairo cannot be had without a healthy balance of the old and the new. An approachable starting point is Cairo Tower, a modern attraction whose fantastic views give visitors a sense of the size and general layout of central Cairo.
An important facet of both contemporary and historic Cairo is the coexistence of the world’s three dominant monotheistic religions. This is perhaps best witnessed with a visit to Islamic Cairo and Old Cairo – ideally, within the same day. Make your way from the mosque of Ibn Tolon to the Coptic ‘Hanging’ Church to the Ben Ezra synagogue to gain a first-hand view of this delicate, but inspiring balance.