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Cairo: Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Saqqara & Memphis Tour

1. Cairo: Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Saqqara & Memphis Tour

Be picked up from your hotel in Cairo or Giza. Visit the Step Pyramid of Zoser, Egypt's oldest existing colossal stone building (2630 BC) built for King Djoser. Next visit Memphis, the first capital after Upper and Lower Egypt's unification in 3100 BC, and witness the Colossal Statue of Ramesses II. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and visit the pyramids of Cheops, Chefren, and Mykerinus. Next, see the Great Sphinx, a limestone statue of the mythical creature with a Pharoah's head and lion's body. Explore the Valley Temple, a funerary complex with a mortuary temple and the Pyramids of Chefren.  There will be free shopping time to enjoy the experience on your own, discussing the price directly with the vendors. After, return to your accommodation in Cairo or Giza.

Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara & Memphis: Private Tour with Lunch

2. Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara & Memphis: Private Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day tour to the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara. Start your tour by visiting the Great Pyramids - Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos. The highlight of this section is getting close up to the Sphinx - the legendary guardian with a lion’s body and the head of King Chephren. Admire the impressive statue and get your photo taken beside it. You will then visit Sakkara, a 27 km journey away from Cairo. The highlight of this section is the Step Pyramid. Built for King Zoser, it is considered an important part in the process of the pyramid evolution. Finally, you'll head over to Memphis. Not the home of Elvis, of course, but the ancient capital of Egypt!

From Giza and Cairo: Pyramids, Sakkara, and Dahshur Day Trip

3. From Giza and Cairo: Pyramids, Sakkara, and Dahshur Day Trip

Experience world wonders in the heart of Egypt on this guided day trip from Cairo or Giza. Enjoy the expansive desert landscapes and visit the majestic pyramids while you learn more about these ancient landmarks. Get a snapshot of the sights: the Sphinx, Sakkara, Dashur, and much more on this tour. After a comfortable pickup, head towards history! First, you will visit the Giza Pyramids of the 4th dynasty. Become awestruck by the great Pyramid, Khaphren Pyramid, and Mykrinos Pyramid. Discover the secrets of the construction of the Pyramids and feel the surreal atmosphere of the massive space. Then check out the great Sphinx of Giza and the Valley Temple of Khafre, where you will walk on legendary land. Head to the Sakkara Step Pyramid of the 3rd dynasty (2700 BC), where you can witness the oldest stone funerary complex built in Egypt. Walk through its magnificent corridors, seeing the walls of the tombs painted with daily scenes of ancient Egyptian life. Finally, explore the ancient Dahshur Pyramids. Here you will have the opportunity to step inside and reveal their hidden corridors.

Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

4. Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

Begin your adventure by meeting your guide, an Egyptologist, at your hotel’s reception. Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and see the treasures of young King Tutankhamun. Receive an in-depth overview of the different eras of ancient Egyptian history.  Afterward ride down the Nile in a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat. Pause and enjoy lunch before exploring the streets of Old Cairo. Explore the Mohammed Ali Pasha Mosque, Khan El Khalili bazaar, and Moez Street. After immersing yourself in the beauty and energy of Cairo, stop for a cup of tea before returning to your hotel. You will have the option to book dinner on the cruise or a sound and light show. Day 2 - start the day as per your convenience with the same guide. Visit the Giza pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the ancient pyramid fields of Sakkara, and the open-air museum of Memphis. You also have the option to go inside the pyramid or enjoy a camel ride for an additional fee. Afterward, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in Cairo or Giza.

Cairo or Giza: Sakkara & Dahshur Pyramids with Memphis Trip

5. Cairo or Giza: Sakkara & Dahshur Pyramids with Memphis Trip

Experience the mighty history of ancient Egypt and visit Sakkara Step Pyramid on a guided day trip from Cairo or Giza. Explore the ancient capital of Memphis with its monuments to Ramses II and its patron god, and watch the alabaster Sphinx. Visit the less known but Magnificent Dahshur Pyramids. Start the day with pickup at your accommodation in Cairo or Giza. Then head to the Saqqara necropolis to see the oldest pyramid in Egypt: the Pyramid of Djoser, known as the Step Pyramid. See the oldest stone funerary complex in Egypt and walk through its corridors. Discover the incredible details on the painted walls of ancient Egyptian tombs, describing the details of their daily life. From there it’s on to Memphis, the first Egyptian capital, built in 3150 BC. Explore its wonders, including the colossal statue of Ramses II, the alabaster Sphinx, and the statue of Ptah, the patron god of Memphis. See these exceptional monuments, learn the history, and take lots of photos. Finally arrive to Dahshur to visit the Bent and the Red Pyramids of the 4th dynasty. you have the opportunity to step inside one of them. At the end of the day, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation.

From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

6. From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

Day 1: Start the tour at 8:30 AM when you will be picked up from your hotel or any point in Eilat. Set off for the Arava Border and pass over to the Jordan side. Meet your representative there and continue the drive to the Petra site. The drive takes about 2 hours in total.  When you arrive, enjoy a tour of this iconic archaeological site with your guide. Visit the famous Treasury, the Amphitheater, and much more. After this, have lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Israel and set off on an overnight 10-hour drive to Cairo making a short procedural stop at the Egyptian border. Day 2: When you arrive in Cairo, visit the pyramids, the sphinx, the market, and the museum. Then, eat lunch and go to your 4-star hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 3: After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Saqqara and Memphis area, about 27 km south-west of Cairo. Learn about how Memphis was the ancient capital of Egypt and Saqqara was its necropolis. Hear stories about how the deceased pharaohs and sacred animals were ceremoniously transported from Memphis to be permanently enshrined in one of the many temples on the site. Then, stop for lunch before continuing the tour to Old Cairo. See the Church of St-Sergius, a 5th-century basilica, built over a crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed. Admire the spectacular Citadel of Saladin, built-in 1183 in the medieval stronghold tradition. Also, marvel at the Mohammed Ali Mosque, also known as the Alabaster mosque. Finally, transfer to the Taba Border, where your tour concludes.

Cairo: Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara Private Day Tour

7. Cairo: Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara Private Day Tour

Start your day trip to the Great Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara, with an 08:00 pick-up at your hotel. Your guide will take you to the Giza Plateau where you will see the famous Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. Next, see the Great Sphinx statue and visit the Valley Temple, which is a part of the same ancient complex. Marvel at the ancient structure as you learn about the burial rites of the Pharaoh kings. The next stop on your day tour is the Step Pyramid of King Djoser, at the fascinating Sakkara archeological site. Built in the 3rd Dynasty (around 2630 B.C.E.), this special pyramid is the world's oldest major stone structure. From the Step Pyramids transfer to Memphis, the former capital city of ancient Egypt during the Old Kingdom. Having once reigned as a cultural center for over 3,000 years, Memphis offers stunning ancient sites and intrigue.

Cairo: Giza Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara Day Trip

8. Cairo: Giza Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara Day Trip

Your tour will begin as you are collected from your Cairo accommodation. From the moment your tour starts, your guide will provide you with full attention. Once in the car, your guide will talk to you about all the things on the way, as well as other aspects of your tour that will interest you. You will begin your tour traveling to the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus, before later proceeding to visit the Great Sphinx, which dates back to the time of Chephren. You will then visit the Valley Temple of the Pyramids, whilst also enjoying many outstanding photo stops. You will move on to visit the Step Pyramid of Zoser in Sakkara, home of Egypt’s oldest pyramid which was built in the third dynasty for King Djoser. Finally you will proceed to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt where you can observe the great Statue of Ramses II and the alabaster Sphinx of Memphis. At the conclusion of your tour, you will travel in comfort back to your hotel.

From Cairo or Giza: Sakkara, Memphis, and Pyramids Day Trip

9. From Cairo or Giza: Sakkara, Memphis, and Pyramids Day Trip

Explore the ruins from the 3rd-6th dynasties with this transfer from Cairo or Giza to the Sakkara area, the ruins of the city of Memphis, and the Giza pyramid complex. Ride in a spacious and private vehicle with bottled water. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cairo or Giza. Sit back and relax in a comfortable and airconditioned car as you make your way to the Sakkara area. Stop in Sakkara where you can purchase entrance to the necropolis for the ancient city of Memphis and see the Mastaba-styled tombs. Have the chance to buy a ticket for the Pyramid of Djoser. View pyramids from the 3rd, the 5th, and the 6th dynasties. Take a walk in the desert before heading to the ancient capital, Memphis. Purchase tickets to see the remaining monuments like an alabaster Sphinx, a colossal statue of Ramses II, and the Great Temple of Ptah. Travel to the Giza pyramid complex, where you can buy tickets to explore the complex. View the 4th dynasty pyramids of Cheops, Khaphren, and Mychreanos. Admire the great Sphinx statue which is part of Khaphren funeral complex. Have the opportunity to purchase a camel ride before heading back to your accommodation in Cairo or Giza.

Hurghada: Day Trip to Pyramids, Memphis & Sakkara by Flight

10. Hurghada: Day Trip to Pyramids, Memphis & Sakkara by Flight

Enjoy the variety of Egypt and visit Cairo from Hurghada. An air-conditioned car will bring you from your hotel to Hurghada airport where you will board your flight to Cairo. On arrival in the Egyptian capital, an Egyptologist guide will be waiting for your arrival. The journey begins in Giza, where you will visit 3 of Egypt's largest and most famous pyramids. The Great Pyramid is the oldest, and is the last remaining Wonder of the 7 Wonders of the World. The tip of the Pyramid of Khafre is still partially covered with limestone. The Pyramid of Menkaure is surrounded by 3 other, much smaller pyramids. Visit the step pyramids of Sakkara. The necropolis of Sakkara is the next most important burial site of Lower Egypt, after Giza. The largest and most impressive burial site is that of the Pharaoh Djoser, from the 3rd dynasty of the Old Kingdom, around 2650 B.C. He is buried in a famous step pyramid. You will also visit Memphis, the old capital city, where you will see ruins and the giant toppled statue of the Pharaoh Ramses II, as well as the Alabaster Sphinx. In the afternoon you can visit Khan el-Khalili bazaar to go shopping. You'll also get to visit the famous antiques market in Cairo. After an unforgettable day, you will be brought back to the airport in Cairo in the evening. Fly back to Hurghada where you will be transferred back to your hotel having enjoying a great day in the Egyptian capital.

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What people are saying about Sakkara

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 870 reviews

Well planned out tour for basic introduction to Egyptian history. If you’re looking for a very in depth history then I’d recommend something more focus for a longer duration, there’s a lot planned in the day and not enough time to really get intimate. Knowledgeable guide and fantastic driver (you need one, traffic in Cairo is scary for foreigners). Standard fare for an Egyptian tour consisting of the base tour plus a few added stops to show you cool things but are sort of tourist traps to get you to buy things. Papyrus paper making was cool, carpet making is interesting but not practical. If you want to focus on the tour and not tourist traps recommend getting a detailed itinerary in advance and letting your guide know you’re not interested in the added stops. We added on the extra 1 hour camel ride but it was exactly 19 minutes long that consisted of a short walk to take a couple pictures and back.

I cannot recommend this experience enough. Ahmet was our guide and by the end he felt like part of our family. Everything was so well organized and on time. Omar experienced so many amazing things in Egypt and saw more than we could have asked for. Ahmet was so knowledgeable and proud of Egyptian history. He made our experience infinitely better with his humor and thoughtfulness. We never felt rushed or pressured to go see any attractions. This has been the trip of a lifetime for us and I cannot recommend this tour enough. The pictures are incredible and Ahmet will take the most amazing pictures for you. If you’re looking for a tour please consider this option - you won’t regret your choice!

Very friendly and considerate tour (1 participant aged 77) by the competent guide Ahmed. Very nice tour that offers all the highlights and is not exhausting.

An amazing experience with a lot of guidance around the pyramids, good food and comfort moving around. Definitely a must do in Cairo.

Our guide Ahmed Mohsen and driver Mustafa Ortega were awesome. Be sure to ask for them.