This tour includes the most breath-taking views in Sakkara.
What to Expect
In the morning your guide will pick you from your hotel to start your tour to Memphis. This was once was a Capital of the Great Kingdom, however today the city itself no longer exists, apart from the mud-brick ruins in the countryside. The reason being that Royal Palaces were built out of Mud-brick, a material which is not solid enough to stand the annual river floods, especially when the capital became Luxor, then Alexandria, and there was no maintenance for the ancient City. That being said, there are still some remarkable monuments used to decorate the Cult temple of Memphis which was dedicated to the God Ptah and his holy family. The remains include the beautiful Statue of Ramsis II, the New Kingdom Sphinx, which is the second largest sphinx of Egypt. You will then will proceed to Sakkara.
Sakkara, not far from Memphis is on the borderline between the fertile valley and the western Desert. Sakkara is the official necropolis of the old kingdom, a vast area containing hundreds of tombs, mastaba-tomb and pyramids. The area dates back to thousands of years ago and was designed to preserve bodies, and keep their possessions, in hope of a Resurrection Day. The most famous landmark in Sakkara is the Funeral Complex of King Djoser, designed and built by his intelligent architect "Imhotep", who memoralised everything the king did in his life, his coronation day, his realm and provinces, and above all, the first Pyramid ever build in Egypt, the Step Pyramid of Sakkara. You will proceed to the Pyramids in Giza. En route you will enjoy lunch that will consist of local Egyptian food at local restaurant.
After lunch, arrive at the Pyramids of Giza. About 15 kilometers to the north of Sakkara lies a high plateau that overlooks the river. Today it is called the Giza Plateau, which was used by the Necropolis of the Kings of the 4th dynasty, (c. 2580 – c. 2520 BCE). On this plateau, three main pyramids were built, the pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) and the Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus). A father, son and grandson built the 3 pyramids to keep their mummies and their personal possessions. There were pits that contained wooden boats to sail in the underworld, minor pyramids for their wives & daughters, hundreds of Mastaba-tombs for their high officials, family members, and the famous Sphinx which was sculpted near the river valley to protect the area, with a body of a lion, and a head of a philosopher king.
At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to you hotel.
- Entrance fees
- Qualified Egyptologist guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
Know Before You Go
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults. Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.