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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 or Giza: Sakkara & Dahshur Pyramids with Memphis Trip

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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: Giza Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara Day Trip

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

From Hurghada: 2-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

10. From Hurghada: 2-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in the early morning and transfer to Hurghada Airport for your flight to Cairo. Reach Cairo by 7 AM, where your tour guide will be waiting for you outside of the terminal. Begin your full-day tour with a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos. Then, explore the Valley Temple, the location where priests mummified the body of King Chephren. Get a close-up look at the famous Sphinx, the legendary guardian with the head of a king and the body of a lion. Next, continue to Sakkara, located only 16 miles southwest from Cairo. Visit the Step Pyramid, built for King Zoser and an important aspect of the pyramids’ evolution. Then, head over to Memphis City, the ancient capital of Egypt and home to the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. This city dates back to 3100 BC. After this, stop for lunch in a local restaurant based on full meal for each person but beverages is not included. End the first day with a transfer to your hotel for check-in and an overnight stay in Cairo. Day 2: Check out of the hotel at 8 AM and collect your luggage, to be stored in the car. Begin the day with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, displaying the world’s largest collection of precious Egyptian art. Marvel at the rare collection of over 250,000 genuine artifacts that date back as far as 5,000 years. Continue to the Citadel, where you will visit the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali Pasha before proceeding to Khan El Khalili Bazaar. The numerous shops in this district are known for trading fine brass war, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, and much more. After this, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (beverages are not included). At the end of day 2, transfer back to Cairo Airport for your return flight to Hurghada.

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What people are saying about Sakkara

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 957 reviews

Salib was an incredible guide. Extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and caring. He even got us some amazing falafels (though we hadn’t booked lunch!) and gave us tips on how to avoid the hustlers at all the sites. Salib’s English was excellent and the pace of the tour was perfectly judged - just the right amount of time T each place to absorb all the sights and information and take a few snaps for the protobook Salib made sure we got to see the pyramids from all the best angles and took care to give us our own time during the trip as well to take in fully the beauty of the sites. We were picked up on time at 8am (although we were a little late, Salib was incredibly patient ) and dropped off around 4pm. Overall a fantastic experience made all the better by having the perfect guide. Highly recommend!

I had a wonderful time with guide Khaled exploring the Pyramids of Giza and learning about the history of Egypt. Everything was amazing from start to finish and I would suggest this excursion to anybody. Thanks for the great trip!!

We also made the visit with Ayman who knew how to communicate to us his enthusiasm for the history of ancient Egypt. The circuit was very complete and very well organized. We had a great day.

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.

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