Something Different

Party Night at Yasmina's
This is dependent on numbers - we need a group of 12 to have the party night. Unless another group is in town as well and we can join together.

Yasmina is our gracious hostess. She arranges for a band to play for the night, and some entertainment. There is also delicious home made food.

You get the chance to boogie to live music in a very informal setting. Yasmina's apartment overlooks the Pyramids - it is a magical setting - and a magical evening. Most folks cite it as the highlight of their week.

If we schedule a party night and there are not enough people on the trip, we go to see a dance show with dinner instead to an equivalent value.


El Tannoura

Whirling Dervish show - the Tannoura is the distinctive skirt that they whirl in. At least 3 of the bellydance shows include a Tannoura set so you will probably see a few during your stay. This show is put on by the Ministry of Culture and entrance is free. If you are interested in the more traditional instruments and the 'Sufi' aspect of the dance, this is for you. If you teach and want to expand you knowledge, go to this show. Because it is free, you have to arrive early and queue. Only on certain nights so we have to plan it into the agenda.

Zaar Music
For those that have an interest in things beyond bellydance. Hosted by the Ministry of Culture with an entrance fee. You can't book in advance so have to get there early. A fascinating evening with incredible music and vocals. It is a show you sit and watch as opposed to dancing. I wouldn't recommend for a first trip to Cairo but it is something different to do on subsequent trip. There are sometimes other musical styles, i.e. Nubian, so please ask if you are wanting to do something different.

Arabic Class
I encourage everyone to include a 1.5 hour session on the first day. We have a very stylish Egyptian gentleman - Ostaz Salah - who teaches groups the basics. Pleasantries, numbers, directions for the hotel. It makes people feel more equipped to deal with Cairo. It is also possible to arrange ongoing tuition either for individuals or for the group.

Felucca
Feluccas are the traditional sail boats on the Nile. It is a wonderfully peaceful way of chilling out for an hour. Highly recommended and something that is nice to do towards the end of the week when everyone is knackered. We hire the boat - so it is just us - and sail around the Nile for an hour. Pointless yet wonderful! Something worth including whether it is a new group or you have been several times before.

Party Boat
On a night, you see brightly lit boats nipping around on the Nile with bad quality music blaring out. For a totally different Nile experience, we can hire one of these for an hour and party as we go. A good thing to do after the Tannoura ..... or the Hassan Hassan Folklore show.

Al Azhar Park
This park was built by a philanthropist who wanted to give the ordinary people of Cairo a green and beautiful place to be able to go. It is built on reclaimed rubbish tips and overlooks Cairo itself. It has a lovely restaurant - and a lakeside cafe. A lovely place to spend either an afternoon or an evening chilling out. Not licensed. If you go on a Friday or Sunday, you get to see ordinary Egyptian families hanging out. Most tourists would never get here. The trip can be included with just the entrance fees - or with a bus and food.

Singing Lessons
Emad el Rashidy is a professional musician, composer and Oud player. He often teaches groups a song which is incorporated into a dance class with Sara. He can also teach singing separately.

Ahmed Elkhatip - a young and gorgeous singer who is happy to teach groups. He taught Candi and Sabs to sing 'Akdeb Aleyk' and they treat us to a rendition at the party night. Highly recommended for something different - if you know the words to a song, you can dance to it so much better.

Meal at Barrys
Lovely restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Pyramids. If you time it right, you get the sound and light show in the background. Not really good to do by itself as it is a traipse out of town - but could be good to combine with camel riding!!!

Camel Riding
I have been taking groups to Cairo for 10 years. There are always a few girls that want to go camel riding but I have always let Yasmina or Nibal take them. It was only in March 2010 that I went on a camel for the first time ..... I am a camel convert!! Everyone should do it. A fantastic experience. Camel ride out into the desert - with the Pyramids as a backdrop. How special is that? Not too long or too far so you don't get saddle sore! And then I would suggest a meal and drinks at Barrys.

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