Join this tour from Cairo to see the world's oldest stone pyramid in Sakkara and visit the ancient capital of Lower Egypt, Memphis.
What to Expect
Located approximately 30 km South of modern-day Cairo, Sakkara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt with the world's oldest standing step pyramid. After your pick up in Cairo, this is the first stop on your day tour, and certainly is an impressive way to start the day. Designed by Imhotep for King Djoser, the Step Pyramid is the oldest complete stone-hewn building complex known in history, and is surrounded by other small pyramids dating back to the 5th and 6th Dynasties. Although Sakkara was eclipsed as the burial ground of royalty by Giza and the Valley of the Kings in Thebes, it remained an important complex for burials and cult ceremonies for more than 3,000 years.
Next up, you proceed to Memphis, which functioned as the ancient capital of Lower Egypt and of the Old Kingdom of Egypt from its foundation until around 2200 BC. The modern towns of Dahshur and Sakkara lie within the administrative borders of historical Memphis. Wander around, explore, and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of some really, really old cities. Shake off the dust of the past, bid farewell to these decidedly less touristy pyramids, and conclude your Cairo pyramids tour by heading back to the big, modern city of Cairo.
- Local English speaking guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Food and drink
- Personal expenses