Egypt

Things to do in Egypt

Take a diving trip along the reef with Emperor Divers.

Though self-service check-in is less than surprising for U.S. travelers, it’s big news in Egypt. At Cairo Airport’s kiosks, passengers heading on to other Egyptian cities can check in and print boarding passes without waiting in line.

Located east of downtown, this old quarter of narrow alleys and soaring minarets (which dates to the Fatimid period) is the city’s traditional center of culture and commerce.

Youngsters looking for fun before takeoff should head to the play areas in every departure terminal. Look for plastic seesaws and playhouses from American toy company Step 2, touch-screen video games in Terminal 3, and a climbing wall outside the food court in Terminal 3.

Though this small shop sells Segafredo espresso and plenty of small bites, in-the-know travelers come to Coffee Time for Egypt’s local beer, Sakara.

Craving a hot cup of tea and crumpet? Take a seat on the tufted leather couches at the airport’s English Lounge. Are pasta and a glass of Chianti more your thing? You’ll find bliss in the blue-and-white Italian Lounge.

Composed of many historic ruins under restoration, the museum creates facsimiles put in place to hold up the fragile structures.

The gallery is frequented by the older Cairo set of artists.

Tucked behind security and customs, the new pubby Heineken Bar has light and local brews on tap, as well as an international menu if you’re looking for a quick pre-flight pick-me-up.

Located at the airport’s front entrance, near Orouba Road, this elaborate outdoor patio is meant to conjure up visions of the ancient Egyptian city of Heliopolis, or Sun City. Don’t Miss: The desert gardens and deep-blue pools.

The most breathtaking ruin on the Nile, Kom Ombo has thick round columns supporting the roof.

This independent gallery specializes in traditional fine arts.