Egypt remains on the bucket list of every traveler, and it unfailingly prompts images of glorious monuments to the ancient world nestled alongside the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the capital. Cairo is the entry point for most visits to Egypt and visitors are immediately struck by the apparent chaos on the streets of the capital. This is, after all, one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

The city’s Egyptian Museum is an unmissable sight for all visitors, not just history buffs. It is one of the world’s great museums, boasting the finest collection of Egyptian antiquities to be found anywhere in the world. The dozen or so mummies of ancient kings and queens that are on display are impressive, but it is the funeral mask of Tutankhamen as well as the spectacular treasures that were discovered in his tomb a century ago that is the main draw here.