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Memphis, Saqqara and the Pyramids of Giza

  • When does it run?
    Daily
  • Start time
    08:00am
  • Duration
    9 hours
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle 
  • English, French, Italian & German speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites
COVID-19 Safety guidelines

Key Highlights

  • See the oldest pyramid of the world at Saqqara
  • The open air museum of Memphis is a must-visit for history lovers
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and round trip transport are included
  • The Giza Pyramids are one of the world's most iconic sites and a must-do in Cairo
  • Entrance fees and guided tours of all sites are included

Overview

See the very best of Ancient Egypt – including the wondrous Pyramids of Giza on this day tour from Cairo.

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.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    9 hours

  • Start time

    08:00am

  • Meeting Point

    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)

  • Ending Point

    Tour returns to the original departure point

Itinerary

  • 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.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle 
  • English, French, Italian & German speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee to the Pyramids
  • Gratuities

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.

Additional info

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.

Customer Reviews

  • Great Tour
    Karina Fay Medrano, El Salvador 08/16/2011
  • Our Egypt Pyramid adventure
    MR DAVID M ASHTON, United Kingdom 11/25/2010
  • Excellent tour
    Douglas Barthram, United Kingdom 10/27/2010

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