This is a full-day tour in Saqqara, covering Zoser’s pyramid complex, Imhotep Museum, Pyramid of Teti, Nobles tombs, Kagemni tomb, Tia tombs, Maya tombs, Horemhb tombs, Serapeum, Unas’s Funerary Complex.
What to Expect
Embark on this full-day tour in Saqqara and discover sites such as Zoser’s Funerary Complex, Imhotep Museum, Pyramid of Teti, Nobles tombs, Kagemni tomb, Tia tombs, Maya tombs, Horemhb tombs, Serapeum, and Unas’s Funerary Complex.
Saqqara is one of the richest archaeological sites in Egypt. It covers a 7km-stretch (4.4 miles) on the West bank of the Nile River. Famous for its step pyramids, as the oldest and proto type for building pyramids in Egypt, built from more than 4700 years ago. Saqqara is the necropolis of the capital Memphis, a huge cemetery was an active building ground from Dynasty I funerary structures (3050 BC) to Coptic monasteries (6th century). Saqqara was not a necropolis only for humans, but also for sacred animals and birds. In addition to 11 pyramids, human and animal tombs, Saqqara has an uncalculated wealth of monuments still hidden beneath the windblown sand.
Your day-trip to Saqqara will include visiting some of these major sites:
Zoser’s Funerary Complex: the centerpiece of Saqqara. It is Egypt’s (thought the world’s) earliest stone monument (2687-2668 BC)designed and fashioned by the talented high official Imhotep. The complex has the first pyramid rose in six steps to a height of 60m (197 ft.). The Step Pyramid is surrounded by a vast funerary structures, covers 15 hectares (37 acres).
Pyramid of Teti: is currently the only one open to visitors at Saqqara. Although Titi reigned for 20 years, His pyramid one of the smallest pyramids in Saqqara, but the decoration of the inner chambers reflects his long reign in the intricately carved hieroglyphic, its ceiling adorned with stars and its walls inscribed with beautiful hieroglyphs, known as the Pyramid Texts .Within the intact burial chamber, Teti’s basalt sarcophagus is well preserved (2374-2354 BC).
Unas’s Funerary Complex: What appears to be another big mound of rubble is actually the Pyramid of Unas (2404–2374 BC). But its interior marked for the first time, the royal burial chamber was decorated, its ceiling adorned with stars and its walls inscribed with beautiful blue hieroglyphs. With the 750m (2,461 ft.)Long causeway running from the pyramid to his valley temple, which still has some remarkable scenes.
Serapeum: is the name given to the galleries of tombs of the ‘Apis Bulls’, or the later composite god, Serapis. Apis was a god associated with fertility. The mummified bull was placed in a huge stone sarcophagus (80 tones). It is one of the highlights of visiting Saqqara.
Philosophers’ Circle: Towards the serapium there is a sad-looking group of Greek statues, this is the remnant of a collection of philosophers and poets set up as a wayside shrine by Ptolemy I (305–282 BC) as part of his patronage of learning.
Imhotep Museum: named after the great architect of the first Pyramid in Egypt. It was opened in 2006. Although it is small, but it has a beautiful collection of some of the best finds at Saqqara.
Private tombs: While the Pyramids are undercoated, here the tombs, intent on letting the good life continue after their death, decorated with wonderfully detailed scenes of their daily lives, it is considered the masterpieces of the ancient Egyptian art. It belongs to the royal family and their high officials.
The tombs are divided into 5 groups according to their location, history, and condition.
• 1st group (Kagemni & Meriruka tombs): king Titi family and high officials, old kingdom 6th dynasty (2374-2354 BC).
• 2nd group (Ptahhotep & Ti tombs): high officials, old kingdom 5th dynasty (2513-2374 BC).
• 3rd group (Khnumhotep, Neferhernptah & Nefer tombs):well known as(Brothers, Birds& Butchers tombs) high officials, old kingdom 5th dynasty (2513-2374 BC).
• 4th group (Tia, Maya & Horemhb tombs): Princess and high officials, New kingdom 18th,19th dynasties (1569-1201 BC).
• 5th group (Idut, Unasankh & Infrt tombs): king Unas family and high officials, old kingdom 6th dynasty (2404–2374 BC).
- Tour guide
- Private transport in new model A/C private van
- Bottled water
- All taxes
What's Not Included
- Entry fees for the following (paid in EGP on site)
- the area 80 EGP (40 EGP Kids (6-12), students or teachers. Kids up to 6 years are free)
- Private tickets for Serapeum 100 EGP (50 EGP Kids (6-12), students or teachers)
- Meriruka tomb 50 EGP (25 EGP Kids (6-12), students or teachers)
- 3rd group (Brothers, Birds & Butchers tombs) 40 EGP (20 EGP Kids (6-12), students or teachers)
- 4th group (Tia, Maya & Horemhb tombs) 30 EGP (15 EGP Kids (6-12), students or teachers)
Know Before You Go
This is a full day tour, mainly outdoors. Good walking shoes, a sunhat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are all recommended.
Suggested dress: Normal (comfortable, breathable clothing)
Physical fitness: Good (Able to hike, walk and stand for over 3 hours and tolerate the direct sun for more than 1 hour)
The cost of lunch varies from EGP 10 per person for take away Egyptian food such as Falafel and Shawirma sandwiches, to EGP 70 for a big meal of mixed grill or grilled chickens served with Egyptian baptizers in a restaurant. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, there are many choices in the Egyptian cuisine matching your diet and normally less expensive than a regular food. Another option, you can bring snacks or own packed lunch.
I.S.I.C or I.T.I.C cards are essential to get discounted entry.