9 hoursStart time
Your hotel in Cairo. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Tour returns to the original departure point
Take a trip to the ancient capital city of Memphis and explore the remains of the Pharaonic city including a huge fallen image of King Ramesses II of ancient Egypt. Visit Saqqara, an ancient burial ground in Egypt and marvel at the Zoser Step Pyramid that has a funeral complex including temples and tombs with intricate wall engravings.
Marvel at the Giza pyramids guarded by the mysterious Egyptian Sphinx which has the body of a lion and a human head. A tour to the pyramids of Giza will reveal some interesting facts about the history and culture of ancient Egypt.
In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cairo. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken to the ancient capital city of Memphis located about 24 kilometres south of Cairo. Though little remains of this pharaonic city, the open air museum here is worth a visit. See the huge fallen image of Ramesses II at the museum. Founded around 3,100 BC, Memphis is the legendary city of Menes, the king who united Upper and Lower Egypt.
After exploring the historical city of Memphis, continue to Saqqara, the most ancient burial ground in Egypt. It is situated on a desert plateau crowned by Zoser step pyramid and its funerary complex including temples and tombs. It is the most ancient stone building in the world. Take a trip to the pyramid of Unas, the Serapeum and Mastabas, also known as the tombs of Nobles. The most famous of which is the tomb of Ptah Hotep, the tomb of Kagemni and the tomb of Mereruka.
Further on, proceed to the pyramids of Giza that lies on the west bank of the Nile facing Cairo. On top of Giza plateau rise the three pyramids erected by Cheops, Chepren and Mycerinus, guarded by the mysterious Sphinx which is a mythical statue with the body of a lion and a human head.
Five thousand years ago, Giza became the royal burial place for Memphis, the Pharaoh’s capital city. Giza’a three pyramids and the Sphinx were constructed in the 4th dynasty of Egypt’s Old Kingdom. About 2,500 BC, King Khufu, the second pharaoh of the fourth dynasty, commissioned the building of his tomb at Giza. On an average, over 2 million blocks of stone was used to build Khufu’s pyramid, and the heaviest blocks were used as the ceiling of Khufu’s burial chamber. Khufu’s son was the next in the royal line who commissioned the building of his own pyramid complex which includes the Sphinx. Each pyramid has a mortuary temple and a valley temple linked by long causeways that were rooted and walled.
After marvelling at the pyramids of Giza, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Cairo.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.
In most temples and museums in Egypt, an additional fee for photo and video cameras is requested.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Excellent tour. Guides very professional and knowledgable. Great value....Karina Fay Medrano, El Salvador, 16/Aug/2011
After booking over the internet we were very pleased to see our Tour rep and guide in our hotel reception in Cairo right on time with a driver in our vehicle outside. Our guide...MR DAVID M ASHTON, United Kingdom, 25/Nov/2010
My wife and I were met by our guide at the hotel and taken to the mini bus and our driver. The traffic was very heavy heading out of town so after a quick conversation our guide...Douglas Barthram, United Kingdom, 27/Oct/2010
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