Iconic Cairo – Pyramids and Museum

Iconic Cairo – Pyramids and Museum STT107

The oldest, the biggest, the brightest, the best – what a day of superlatives! Tour Egypt’s most visited site and see the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, which many consider the best of all possible things to see in Egypt. As well, enjoy time spent looking at the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world and stand in awe in front of the brightest treasure we have – the golden mask of Tutankhamun!

Pyramids at sunrise in the fog

The pyramids peek through the foggy sunrise

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, Cheops), Khefre 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 solar boat of Khufu

The "Khufu ship", a 43.6-meter-long vessel that was sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BC, is a full-size surviving example which may have fulfilled the symbolic function of a solar barque. This boat was rediscovered in May 1954 when archeologist Kamal el-Mallakh and inspector Zaki Nur found two ditches sealed off by about 40 blocks weighing 17 to 20 tonnes each. This boat was disassembled into 1,224 pieces and took over 10 years to reassemble.


The inscrutable Sphinx has the body of a lion and the face of a pharaoh; some say originally the face of King Khefra. 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.

As well you can do a little shopping at the carpet factory, where you can see intricate designs being hand made. We will also take in a papyrus institute where you can see (and buy) beautiful artwork on this ancient paper. There will also be other souvenirs for you to grab…

Sarcophagi inside the Egyptian Museum

Sarcophagi inside the Egyptian Museum


Egyptian Museum
This museum houses more than 120,000 precious objects which, in their overwhelming wealth, bear testimony to the art and the culture, history and civilization, daily life and religious practices of the Egypt of the pharaohs from prehistoric down to Graeco-Roman times. The famous collection of Tutankhamen and the room of the ancient Egyptian mummies are two of the big highlights but there are many other special pieces on display.

The exterior of the Egyptian Museum

The exterior of the Egyptian Museum. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamun.


Duration
9 hours approx. (will vary a little dependent on how long you might like to linger or how many options you take up, 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 (who speaks your language or English) to make sure you don’t miss anything on this important day
Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
Lunch
Entrance fees at Giza, the Solar Boat Museum and the Egyptian Museum
Children 3 and under are free

Options
Camel ride or horse ride
Visit inside any of the pyramids (please let us know when you book so we can ensure you get a ticket and we allow time) – cost up to LE100 per person
Visit to the Mummies Room at the Museum (100LE per person)
You can add in an optional early dinner and visit to the incredible Sound & Light Show – please ask when booking and we’ll give you a cost.

Exclusions
Tips (recommended)
Food and drink unless specified
Entrance fees to inside of pyramids at Giza (25 – 100 LE)
Entrance fees to the Mummies Room at the Museum (100LE pp)
Other optional activities
Anything not mentioned in this programme

Things to note
– The pyramids site has uneven surfaces and sensible footwear is advised. Care should also be taken when accessing all sites.
Sunscreen, a hat and water are important. Most of our drivers have cold water on board that you can purchase at a small price.
– There are souvenir salesmen at the sites, be polite but firm if you are not interested in purchasing. Ask your guide for assistance if necessary.
– 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 and you need good knees and back. 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 talking point when you get home.
– If required, wheelchair accessibility should be discussed when booking. A vehicle with wheelchair accessibility can be made available but the pyramids site in particular is not easy with a chair.
– Don’t forget your camera!!! Bring a spare battery and card – you’ll take lots of pictures to remember this iconic day. However, there is NO photography allowed inside the Museum.
– We’d really like your feedback so please let us know what you think of all aspects of your tour. You can find us on TripAdvisor and we’d love you to leave a review.

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

Cost
1 person – US$128 per person
2 – 4 people – US$91 per person
5 – 8 people – US$72 per person
9 -15 people – US$67 per person
Request a quote for 16+ people
Reduced costs for children 4-12, children 3 and under free

Prices are a guide based on current currency conversion rates and set entrance fees. While we do not expect significant change, we can give you an exact quote at the time of booking.

If you wish to book this tour please quote STT107. You may contact us by email at nilewavetravel@gmail.com or phone +2017 333 8800.

The pyramids on a cloudy winter's day

The pyramids at Giza in sunlight under a black and cloudy sky

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