3 Days in Cairo: The Perfect Cairo Itinerary

Uncover ancient wonders, bustling bazaars, and Nile River magic in Egypt's vibrant capital. Follow this 3-day Cairo itinerary for best results!

West Parker
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West Parker
July 18, 2024

"You're going where?" My friend Jake's voice crackled through the phone, a mix of disbelief and concern. "Cairo? Isn't it, like, super dangerous?" I chuckled, remembering my own initial reservations about visiting Egypt's sprawling capital. But as I stood in my living room, surrounded by guidebooks and packing lists, I felt a surge of excitement. My wife Sarah and I were about to embark on a journey that would take us from the foot of the Pyramids to the heart of Islamic Cairo, and I couldn't wait to prove Jake - and my own preconceptions - wrong.

As I zipped up our suitcase, filled with lightweight, modest clothing (a must for Cairo's climate and culture), I thought about how this trip came to be. It all started with a late-night scrolling session through travel photos, landing on an image of the Sphinx bathed in golden light. That single photo sparked a conversation between Sarah and me, leading to weeks of research, planning, and yes, reassuring our families that we weren't completely crazy.

Now, here we were, ready to spend three days exploring a city where ancient history and modern life intersect in the most fascinating ways. A place where you can stand in the shadow of 4,500-year-old pyramids in the morning and sip coffee in a trendy downtown café by afternoon. A city that's been called chaotic, overwhelming, and magical - often in the same breath.

So, if you're like Jake, skeptical about visiting Cairo, or if you're already sold on the idea but not sure where to start, buckle up. This 3-day Cairo itinerary is designed to give you a taste of everything this incredible city has to offer, from iconic landmarks to hidden gems. We'll cover what to see in Cairo in 3 days, how to structure your Cairo 3-day itinerary, and even throw in some options for different types of travelers. By the end, you'll be as excited about your Cairo trip as Sarah and I were standing in our living room, ready to take on the City of a Thousand Minarets.

But before we dive into the day-by-day breakdown, let's cover some essential pre-trip planning. Trust me, a little preparation goes a long way in making your 3 days in Cairo smooth and enjoyable.

Pre-Trip Planning: What to Know Before You Go

When to Visit Cairo

Timing is everything when it comes to visiting Cairo. We chose to go in late October, and I can't recommend this time of year enough. The weather in Cairo is pretty much perfect from October to April, with temperatures hovering in the comfortable 70s to low 80s Fahrenheit (around 21-28°C). Plus, you'll avoid the scorching heat of summer and the peak tourist crowds of December and January.

If you're on a budget, consider visiting in the shoulder season (May or September). You'll find great deals on hotels, but be prepared for some heat, especially in May as summer approaches. Whatever you do, try to avoid June through August unless you're a fan of 100°F+ (38°C+) temperatures. Trust me, exploring the Pyramids in that heat is no joke!

What to Pack

Packing for Cairo requires a bit of cultural sensitivity and practical thinking. Here's a quick list to get you started:

  • Lightweight, breathable clothing that covers shoulders and knees (especially important for women)
  • Comfortable walking shoes (you'll be doing a lot of walking on uneven surfaces)
  • A scarf or shawl for women to cover hair when entering mosques
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat (the Egyptian sun is no joke)
  • A reusable water bottle (stay hydrated!)
  • Hand sanitizer and toilet paper (trust me on this one)
  • A power adapter (Egypt uses the same plugs as Europe)

Where to Stay

Cairo is a massive city, and where you stay can make a big difference in your experience. After a lot of research, we decided to base ourselves in downtown Cairo, specifically in the Zamalek neighborhood. This upscale area on an island in the Nile offers a perfect balance of local flavor and tourist-friendly amenities.

For budget travelers, Holy Sheet Hostel near the Egyptian Museum is a great option. If you're looking for mid-range accommodation, we loved the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir. It's centrally located, comfortable, and offers great views of the city. For a splurge, the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza is hard to beat - nothing like ending a day of sightseeing with a dip in their rooftop pool overlooking the Nile!

Getting Around Cairo

Navigating Cairo can be... interesting. The traffic is legendary (and not in a good way), but don't let that deter you. Here are your main options:

  1. Metro: Cairo's metro system is efficient, affordable (just 1 Egyptian pound or about $0.11 per ride), and a great way to avoid traffic. It's clean and safe, with women-only cars if you prefer.
  2. Taxis: You'll see black-and-white taxis everywhere. Always negotiate the fare before getting in, or insist on using the meter. Better yet, use...
  3. Uber: Yes, Uber works in Cairo, and it's a godsend. It's typically cheaper than taxis, and you avoid the hassle of negotiating fares.
  4. Walking: For short distances in downtown areas, walking can be a great option. Just be prepared for uneven sidewalks and... enthusiastic traffic.
  5. Felucca: These traditional sailboats are a beautiful way to cross the Nile. More on this later!

Safety in Cairo

Now, let's address the elephant in the room - safety. Is Cairo safe? The short answer is yes, Cairo is generally safe for tourists. But like any major city, it's important to stay aware of your surroundings and take common-sense precautions.

  • Stick to well-lit, populated areas, especially at night.
  • Be wary of overly friendly strangers offering to be your guide or take you to their shop.
  • Keep a close eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas like markets.
  • For women, dress modestly to avoid unwanted attention.
  • Use official taxis or Uber rather than unmarked cars.

Remember, most Cairenes are incredibly friendly and welcoming to tourists. A smile and a simple "la shukran" (no thank you) will go a long way in deflecting unwanted attention.

Alright, with the basics covered, are you ready to dive into our 3-day Cairo adventure? Let's go!

Day 1: Pyramids, Sphinx, and Ancient Treasures

Morning: Giza Plateau

Tourists exploring the Great Pyramid of Giza, showcasing the massive scale of ancient Egyptian architecture
Standing at the foot of the Great Pyramid, I felt tiny but incredibly alive. 4,500 years of history right at my fingertips!

Rise and shine, early birds! Today we're tackling the heavy hitters - the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Trust me, the early wake-up call is worth it to beat the crowds and the heat.

As we approached the Giza plateau, I'll never forget the moment the Pyramids came into view. There's something surreal about seeing these ancient wonders rise up from the desert, the Cairo skyline shimmering in the background. It's a view that perfectly encapsulates the blend of ancient and modern that makes Cairo so unique.

Start with the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the oldest and largest of the three main pyramids. You can actually go inside if you're up for a bit of a claustrophobic adventure (I chickened out, but Sarah braved it and said it was incredible). Next, make your way to the Pyramid of Khafre, which still retains some of its original limestone casing at the top, and finally the smallest, the Pyramid of Menkaure.

Solar Boat Museum

Ancient Egyptian wooden boat on display at the Solar Boat Museum near the Pyramids of Giza
This 4,600-year-old boat was buried next to the Great Pyramid! It's mind-blowing how well-preserved it is.

Don't miss the Solar Boat Museum, which houses a full-size ancient Egyptian ship discovered buried next to the Great Pyramid. It's a fascinating glimpse into ancient Egyptian engineering and beliefs about the afterlife.

Finish your Giza exploration with a visit to the Sphinx. This massive limestone statue with the head of a human and body of a lion has been guarding the pyramids for over 4,500 years. Stand between its paws for that classic tourist photo - hey, when in Egypt, right?

Key Information:

  • Location: Al Haram, Giza Governorate
  • Hours: Daily 8am-5pm (October-March), 7am-7pm (April-September)
  • Admission: 400 EGP for general site admission, additional fees for entering the pyramids

Why Visit: Standing in the shadow of the last remaining wonder of the ancient world is a humbling, awe-inspiring experience that simply can't be missed.

Insider Tip: Hire a guide for this part of your trip. They'll help you navigate the site, fend off persistent vendors, and provide fascinating historical context. We used Egypt Tailor Made and had a fantastic experience.

Afternoon: The Egyptian Museum

Tutankhamun's golden death mask on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Face-to-face with King Tut! The craftsmanship on this 3,000-year-old mask is unbelievable. No photo can do it justice.

After lunch (we loved Abu Shakra for its panoramic pyramid views), head to downtown Cairo to visit the Egyptian Museum. This sprawling pink building houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

The museum is... overwhelming, to say the least. With over 120,000 items, you could spend weeks here and not see everything. But don't worry, I've got you covered with a highlights tour that will give you a great overview in just a few hours.

Start with the Tutankhamun exhibit on the second floor. The boy king's golden death mask is the star of the show, but don't miss the intricately decorated chairs, beds, and even his sandals. It's like the world's most extravagant time capsule.

Next, check out the Royal Mummy Room. Yes, it's a bit creepy, but seeing the preserved bodies of ancient pharaohs like Ramses II is an experience you won't forget. Just remember to be respectful - these were once living, breathing people.

Finish up with a wander through the Old Kingdom rooms on the ground floor. The statue of King Khafre (the same guy who built the second-largest pyramid) is a highlight, as is the bizarrely modern-looking Sheikh el-Balad wooden statue.

Key Information:

  • Location: Tahrir Square, Downtown Cairo
  • Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
  • Admission: 300 EGP for general admission, additional 180 EGP for Royal Mummy Room

Why Visit: This museum houses the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world, offering an unparalleled glimpse into one of history's most fascinating civilizations.

Insider Tip: The museum can be chaotic and poorly labeled. Consider hiring a guide or downloading a museum tour app to make sense of the vast collection.

Evening: Khan El-Khalili Bazaar

Vibrant spice stalls at Khan El-Khalili bazaar in Cairo, showcasing a variety of colorful Egyptian spices
The colors and aromas at Khan El-Khalili were intoxicating! I left with bags full of spices and a newfound appreciation for cardamom.

As the sun sets, it's time to dive into the sensory overload that is Khan El-Khalili, Cairo's main souk (market). This labyrinthine bazaar has been the beating heart of Cairo's old city for over 600 years.

Wander through narrow alleys lined with shops selling everything from tacky souvenirs to exquisite metalwork, colorful textiles, and aromatic spices. The constant calls of "Welcome, welcome!" and "Special price for you, my friend!" can be overwhelming at first, but embrace the chaos. It's all part of the experience.

El Fishawi Café

Patrons enjoying tea at the outdoor seating area of El Fishawi Café in Khan El-Khalili, Cairo
Sipping mint tea at Cairo's oldest café, where the likes of Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz once sat. If these walls could talk!

Stop by El Fishawi, Cairo's oldest café, for a break. Sip on mint tea or try shisha (flavored tobacco smoked through a water pipe) while watching the world go by. This café has been open 24/7 for over 200 years and was a favorite hangout of Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz.

For dinner, head to Naguib Mahfouz Café, named after the famous author. The grilled meats and mezze platters are delicious, and the arabesque décor will transport you straight to the pages of "Arabian Nights."

Elegant interior of Naguib Mahfouz Café in Cairo, showcasing traditional Egyptian decor and architecture
Dinner at Naguib Mahfouz Café felt like stepping into a scene from "Arabian Nights". The grilled meats were to die for!

Key Information:

  • Location: El-Gamaleya, Cairene Necropolis
  • Hours: Most shops open daily 9am-5pm, but the area stays lively well into the night
  • Admission: Free

Why Visit: Khan El-Khalili offers a sensory journey through Cairo's vibrant culture, from aromatic spices to intricate handicrafts and bustling cafes.

Insider Tip: Bargaining is expected and can be fun, but keep it lighthearted. Start at about 50% of the asking price and work your way up from there.

Day 2: Coptic Cairo and Nile Magic

Morning: Coptic Cairo

Quaint alleyway in Coptic Cairo, lined with ancient stone buildings and churches
Wandering through Coptic Cairo felt like time travel. These quiet alleys have seen nearly two millennia of history!

Today we're exploring a different side of Cairo's rich history - Coptic Cairo. This historic area is home to Cairo's Christian community and some of the oldest churches in the world.

Ornate wooden ceiling and interior of the Hanging Church in Coptic Cairo
The Hanging Church's ceiling is a masterpiece of 7th-century craftsmanship. It's hard to believe it's been here for 1300 years!

Start your day at the Hanging Church, also known as Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church. Built on top of the gates of an old Roman fortress, this 7th-century church seems to float above the ground (hence the name). Inside, intricate wooden ceilings and marble pillars create a serene atmosphere that feels worlds away from Cairo's usual hustle and bustle.

Ancient crypt inside the Church of St. Sergius and Bacchus in Coptic Cairo
This crypt is said to be where the Holy Family rested during their flight to Egypt. The sense of history here is palpable.

Next, visit the Church of St. Sergius and Bacchus, believed to be built on the spot where the Holy Family rested during their flight into Egypt. The real highlight here is the crypt, which you can descend into for a moment of cool, quiet reflection.

Vibrant interior of Ben Ezra Synagogue in Coptic Cairo, showcasing intricate designs and Jewish architecture
The Ben Ezra Synagogue is a hidden gem in Coptic Cairo. The intricate woodwork and tiles are absolutely stunning!

Finish your Coptic tour with a visit to the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Legend has it that this is the spot where baby Moses was found in the reeds. While that's probably just a story, the synagogue itself is beautiful, with intricate woodwork and colorful tiles.

Key Information:

  • Location: Mari Girgis, Old Cairo
  • Hours: Daily 9am-4pm
  • Admission: Free for the area, small fees for some churches

Why Visit: Coptic Cairo offers a unique glimpse into Egypt's Christian heritage and the country's religious diversity.

Insider Tip: Dress modestly (covering shoulders and knees) out of respect for the religious sites. Some churches may provide shawls if needed.

Afternoon: Nile Felucca Ride

Tourists enjoying a felucca ride on the Nile River in Cairo, with the city skyline in the background
There's no better way to escape Cairo's chaos than a felucca ride on the Nile. The sunset views were unforgettable!

After lunch (try Taboon for delicious Egyptian-style pizza), it's time for one of my favorite Cairo experiences - a felucca ride on the Nile.

Feluccas are traditional wooden sailboats that have been plying the Nile for centuries. There's something magical about gliding along the river, the Cairo skyline on one side and Gezira Island on the other, while your captain expertly maneuvers the graceful boat.

As you drift along the river, you'll get a different perspective on Cairo. Watch locals fishing from the banks, see other feluccas with their distinctive triangular sails, and enjoy the cool breeze - a welcome respite from the city's heat.

Key Information:

  • Location: Maadi Ferry Station or arranged through your hotel
  • Hours: Best in late afternoon for cooler temperatures
  • Price: Around 150-200 EGP for a one-hour ride

Why Visit: A felucca ride offers a peaceful escape from Cairo's chaos and a chance to see the city from a different angle.

Insider Tip: Bring some snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) to enjoy on board. Watching the sunset from the Nile is an unforgettable experience.

Evening: Dinner Cruise on the Nile

Diners enjoying a meal on a Nile dinner cruise with the illuminated Cairo skyline in the background
Dinner with a view! The food was great, but the Tanoura dance performance and twinkling Cairo lights stole the show.

To cap off your day on the Nile, treat yourself to a dinner cruise. While there are many options available, we chose the Nile Maxim cruise and weren't disappointed.

As you board the boat, you'll be greeted with a welcome drink and shown to your table. The cruise typically lasts about two hours, during which you'll enjoy a buffet dinner featuring both Egyptian and international cuisine. But the real star of the show is the entertainment.

Throughout the evening, you'll be treated to live music, belly dancing performances, and a mesmerizing Tanoura show (a form of Egyptian folk dance). All this while the lights of Cairo twinkle on the banks of the Nile - it's quite a spectacle.

Key Information:

  • Location: Most cruises depart from docks in Zamalek or Downtown
  • Hours: Usually 8pm-10pm
  • Price: Varies, but expect to pay around $50-70 per person

Why Visit: A Nile dinner cruise combines delicious food, traditional entertainment, and stunning nighttime views of Cairo.

Insider Tip: Book your cruise in advance, especially during peak tourist season. And while it's a fun, festive atmosphere, remember to dress somewhat conservatively out of respect for local customs.

Day 3: Islamic Cairo and Modern City Life

Morning: Citadel of Saladin and Mosque of Muhammad Ali

Imposing stone walls of the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo, showcasing medieval Islamic architecture
The Citadel has guarded Cairo for over 800 years. Standing on its walls, you can almost imagine yourself as a medieval defender!

Start your final day in Cairo with a visit to the Citadel of Saladin, a medieval Islamic fortification that offers panoramic views over the city. Built in the 12th century by Saladin to protect Cairo from Crusader attacks, the Citadel served as the seat of government for over 700 years.

Majestic domes and minarets of the Mosque of Muhammad Ali at the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo
The Mosque of Muhammad Ali is jaw-dropping inside and out. Its Ottoman style is unique in a city full of Mamluk architecture.

The crown jewel of the Citadel is the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, also known as the Alabaster Mosque. This Ottoman-style mosque, with its distinctive silhouette dominating Cairo's skyline, was built in the early 19th century. As you enter, you'll be struck by the grand, open courtyard and the ornate interior with its massive chandelier and intricate decorations.

Take some time to explore the Citadel's other attractions, including the National Military Museum and Suleiman Pasha Mosque. And don't forget to enjoy the sweeping views over Islamic Cairo - on a clear day, you can even see the Pyramids in the distance.

Key Information:

  • Location: Salah Salem Rd, Al Abageyah, El-Khalifa
  • Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
  • Admission: 180 EGP

Why Visit: The Citadel offers a journey through Islamic Cairo's history, stunning architecture, and unparalleled views of the city.

Insider Tip: Visit early in the morning to catch the best light for photos and beat the crowds (and heat).

Afternoon: Al-Azhar Park

Locals and tourists enjoying the lush greenery of Al-Azhar Park in Cairo
Al-Azhar Park is Cairo's green lung. Hard to believe this oasis was a mountain of rubble just a few decades ago!

After lunch (try Felfela for classic Egyptian fare), head to Al-Azhar Park for a taste of modern Cairo and a break from the urban hustle.

This beautiful park, built on what was once a mountain of rubble, is a testament to Cairo's ongoing revitalization efforts. Opened in 2005, it's now a favorite spot for locals to relax, picnic, and enjoy the greenery - a rare commodity in this desert city.

Take a leisurely stroll through the Islamic-style gardens, enjoying the fountains, perfectly manicured lawns, and palm-lined walkways. Find a bench with a view of the Cairo skyline and watch the world go by. If you're feeling peckish, the park has several cafes and restaurants with lovely views.

Key Information:

  • Location: Salah Salem St, El-Darb El-Ahmar
  • Hours: Daily 9am-10pm
  • Admission: 20 EGP

Why Visit: Al-Azhar Park offers a peaceful green oasis in the heart of Cairo, with beautiful landscaping and city views.

Insider Tip: Visit the Ayyubid Wall on the park's western edge. This restored 12th-century wall offers a glimpse into medieval Cairo.

Evening: Cairo Tower and Zamalek Dinner

Panoramic view of Cairo at sunset from the observation deck of Cairo Tower
The 360-degree views from Cairo Tower are unbeatable. Watching the sun set over the pyramids was a pinch-me moment!

As the sun begins to set, make your way to the Cairo Tower, a 187-meter high tower with an observation deck offering 360-degree views of the city.

The tower, built in 1961, is an iconic part of the Cairo skyline. Take the elevator to the top and watch as the city transforms from day to night. The sight of the sun setting over the Pyramids in the distance, while the lights of Cairo flicker to life below, is truly magical.

Key Information:

  • Location: Zamalek, Cairo Governorate
  • Hours: Daily 9am-1am
  • Admission: 200 EGP

Why Visit: Cairo Tower offers unparalleled panoramic views of the city, especially beautiful at sunset.

Insider Tip: Time your visit for about 30 minutes before sunset to see the city in both daylight and after dark.

For your final dinner in Cairo, head to the trendy Zamalek neighborhood. We loved Zooba for a modern take on Egyptian street food. Their ta'meya (Egyptian falafel) and koshari are out of this world. If you're in the mood for something more upscale, try Moroccan for a fine dining experience with Nile views.

Alternative Experiences and Customization

While this itinerary covers the highlights of Cairo, there's so much more to see and do. Here are some alternative options to customize your 3 days in Cairo:

For History Buffs

  • Take a day trip to Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the world's oldest known stone building.
  • Visit the Museum of Islamic Art for an incredible collection of Islamic artifacts.

For Foodies

  • Take a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Egyptian dishes.
  • Explore the street food scene with a guided food tour.

For Families

  • Visit the Cairo Zoo, one of the oldest in Africa.
  • Spend an afternoon at KidZania Cairo, an educational entertainment center for kids.

For Luxury Seekers

  • Enjoy a spa day at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza.
  • Take a private guided tour of the Pyramids, including special access areas.

Time-Crunched Travelers

If you're short on time and need to squeeze the must-sees into a tighter schedule, here's a condensed itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Morning: Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx
  • Afternoon: Egyptian Museum
  • Evening: Khan El-Khalili Bazaar

Day 2:

  • Morning: Citadel of Saladin and Mosque of Muhammad Ali
  • Afternoon: Coptic Cairo
  • Evening: Nile Dinner Cruise

This condensed itinerary hits the absolute highlights, giving you a taste of ancient Egypt, Islamic Cairo, Coptic history, and modern city life. It's fast-paced, but if you're pressed for time, it's doable.

Practical Tips and Tricks

To make the most of your 3 days in Cairo, here are some final tips:

  1. Bargaining: Haggling is expected in markets and with taxis. Start at about half the asking price and negotiate from there. But remember, it's supposed to be fun, not confrontational.
  2. Tipping: Known as "baksheesh," tipping is common in Egypt. In restaurants, 10% is standard if a service charge isn't included. For other services (hotel staff, tour guides), a small tip is appreciated.
  3. Dress Code: Egypt is a conservative country. Both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees, especially when visiting religious sites. Women might want to carry a scarf to cover their hair when entering mosques.
  4. Drinking Water: Stick to bottled water. Most hotels provide complimentary bottles daily.
  5. Toilet Paper: Carry some with you, as many public restrooms don't provide it.
  6. Photography: Always ask before taking photos of people or inside religious sites. Some places charge a camera fee.
  7. Traffic: Cairo traffic can be chaotic. Give yourself extra time to get places, especially during rush hour.
  8. Language: While many people in the tourism industry speak English, learning a few Arabic phrases can go a long way. "Shukran" (thank you) and "Min fadlak" (please) are good starts.

Wrapping Up Your 3 Days in Cairo

As our Uber wound its way through Cairo's streets towards the airport, Sarah and I found ourselves already planning our next trip back. Three days in Cairo had flown by in a whirlwind of ancient wonders, sensory-overload markets, and moments of tranquility on the Nile.

We'd stood in awe before the Pyramids, fragments of stone that have outlasted empires. We'd lost ourselves in the labyrinthine alleys of Khan El-Khalili, where the air is thick with the scent of spices and the sound of craftsmen at work. We'd sailed on the Nile, the lifeblood of Egypt for millennia, watching the sun set behind the city's minarets.

But more than the sights, it was the people that left the deepest impression. The warmth of our hosts, the patience of shopkeepers as we stumbled through our few Arabic phrases, the pride with which our guides shared their country's history - these are the memories that will stay with us long after the photos have faded.

Cairo is a city of contrasts, where ancient and modern, sacred and secular, chaos and calm coexist in a uniquely Egyptian mix. It's a city that can be overwhelming at times, yes, but also endlessly fascinating and rewarding.

So, to my friend Jake and anyone else wondering if they should visit Cairo, my answer is a resounding yes. Come with an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to embrace the unexpected. Cairo may just surprise you, as it did us, with its depth, its beauty, and its indomitable spirit.

In the words of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, "I have not seen the hidden things." But after three days in Cairo, we felt like we'd been given a glimpse into the soul of this extraordinary city. And that glimpse left us hungry for more.

West Parker
West Parker
Article updated:
July 18, 2024 8:22 AM

West Parker, a Cornell University School of Hotel Administration graduate, has spent two decades as the secret weapon of the jet-set elite, crafting bespoke adventures that redefine luxury travel. Now a resident writer for Town & Tourist, this 45-year-old "Architect of Extraordinary Journeys" combines razor-sharp insights with unparalleled industry connections to deliver experiences that even the most discerning globetrotters can't help but rave about. West's expertise spans from exclusive real estate to fine dining, making him the go-to strategist for those who demand nothing but the extraordinary in their travels.

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