Golf at the pyramids

Golf at the pyramids (SODTC03)

Want to combine a little golf with your Egyptian sightseeing? Why not spend a day taking in the pyramids up close as well as enjoying a round of golf at one of Egypt’s oldest and most mature courses, still in the shadow of these wonders of the world.

Pyramids panorama

Pyramids panorama

The pyramids and Sphinx at Giza are a “must see” for all visitors to Egypt. An engineering marvel, the Great Pyramid is the only one remaining of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. The three main pyramids, of Khufu (the Great Pyramid), Khafra and Menkaura – grandfather, father and son – are accompanied by smaller pyramids and mastabas of queens, family, friends and servants of the pharaohs. The remains of mortuary temples can also be found at the site. As well, the small Museum houses the incredibly intact Solar Boat of the dead pharaoh, which was buried at the foot of the pyramid.

The inscrutable Sphinx has the body of a lion and perhaps the face of a pharaoh; some say originally the face of King Khafra. However, other archaeologists say the Sphinx is much older than this, so its origins are really shrouded in mystery. Unfortunately the face of the Sphinx has been damaged but it is still a powerful and awesome sight.

Mena House golf course beneath the pyramids

Mena House golf course beneath the pyramids


After lunch you will then play a round of golf at the Mena House course, an 18-hole course with double greens situated very close to the pyramids opposite the Mena House Oberoi Hotel. No water (except water on the fairways!). Short par 4 holes with a small putting green but no driving range. The golf course, 5,250 yards, par 68 overlooks the Pyramids. (Dependent on the time of year or other factors, you may play golf in the morning and then visit the pyramids after lunch).

Duration
9 hours approx. (will vary a little dependent on the length of your golf round, as well as the Cairo traffic). The tour operates daily at all times of the year. You will be collected from your hotel at approximately 8.00 am. Hotel pickups may commence prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Inclusions
A registered Egyptologist guide for your pyramids trip to make sure you don’t miss anything and to get you started at the golf club
Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
Lunch
Entrance fees at Giza
Green fees for your golf round

Options
Camel ride or horse ride
Visit inside the pyramid of Khefra
The Solar Boat Museum (please advise when booking if you would like to include this museum to ensure that time is allocated)
You can add in an optional dinner and visit to the incredible Sound & Light Show (ask for a quote)

Exclusions
Tips (recommended)
Food and drink unless specified
Entrance fees to inside of pyramids (40 – 100 LE)
Solar Boat Museum entrance fee (40 LE)
Golf club rental
Other optional activities
Anything else not specified in the program

Things to note
– The pyramids site has uneven surfaces and sensible footwear is advised. Care should also be taken when accessing the site.
– Sunscreen, a hat and water are important.
– There are souvenir salesmen at the pyramids and they have a reputation for being persistent, be polite but firm if you are not interested in purchasing. The pyramids area is infamous for its hawkers and the owners of camels and horses trying to sell you a ride. Ask your guide for assistance if necessary.
– Be aware that the friendly camel rider who offers to have his picture taken will want to be paid for your photo opportunity as will almost everyone else!
– A visit inside the pyramid is not an easy matter. Down and then back up a low-roofed, steeply sloping and narrow corridor you will find this very hot and not easy as you will be bent over and pushing past people going in the opposite direction. Definitely not for the claustrophobic or those with back or knee trouble. The burial chamber you access will be empty. However, if you are fit enough and really interested don’t be talked out of it – it will make a great discussion point when you get home.
– If required, wheelchair accessibility should be discussed when booking as the pyramids site in particular is very difficult with a chair or for those with walking difficulties.
– Don’t forget your camera!!! Bring a spare battery and card – you’ll want to take plenty of photos to help remember it all.

Confirmation
A confirmation sheet will be sent to you with all details, including local telephone numbers for enquiries.

Cost
1 person – US$171 per person
2 – 4 people – US$136 per person
5 – 8 people – US$117 per person
Request a quote for 9+ people
Reduced costs for children 4-12, children 3 and under free

If you wish to book this tour please quote SODTC03. You may contact us by email at nilewavetravel@gmail.com or phone +2017 333 8800.

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