Pyramids, pyramids, pyramids!

Pyramids, pyramids, pyramids! STT102

Your ONE DAY tour will guide you through the development of the pyramid, and you will visit the earliest step pyramid at Saqqara, see the Bent and Red pyramids at Dahshur (where the first, perfect, complete pyramid in history was built), enjoy some real Egyptian food at a local restaurant and finish at Giza where the pyramid builder’s art reached its full glory. Dahshur is not such a busy site as Giza and you will have greater opportunity to have a more private experience.

The Red Pyramid at Dahshur

The Red Pyramid at Dahshur

Saqqara is the site of the step pyramid of King Djoser (Zoser). Designed by his architect Imhotep, this pyramid is considered the forerunner of the true (smooth-sided) pyramids. This site is still being excavated with new finds being made constantly.

At Dahshur the first pyramid was built by Snefru in the south-western corner of the area. This pyramid was started at one angle but about halfway, the angle was changed to a steeper one. This bend in the sides of the pyramid has given it its modern-day name: the Bent Pyramid. Perhaps because the change of angle did not suit, Snefru started a second pyramid, about 2 km to the north of the Bent Pyramid. This new pyramid is often called the Red Pyramid because of its reddish appearance and because of the red stone used to build the burial chamber. This pyramid was the first complete pyramid built and became a “blueprint” for later designs. You can go inside the Red Pyramid, its entrance fee is included in your ticket.

The Bent Pyramid at Dahshur

The Bent Pyramid at Dahshur with some of its limestone casing intact

Finally visit the plateau at Giza where the pyramid builders achieved their full glory in the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

You will also visit a carpet school to see (or buy) handmade silk and wool carpets, large and small, and to see how they are made.

The sun rises behind the pyramids at Giza

The sun rises through a smoky haze behind the pyramids at Giza

Location: Giza and Saqqara are located southwest of Cairo while Dahshur is located further to the southwest of Memphis, 10 kilometres to the south of Saqqara.

How will you get there: By modern air-conditioned vehicle from anywhere in Cairo or Giza.

Duration
8 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). Hotel pickups may commence prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation. The tour operates daily at all times of the year.

Inclusions
•A registered guide (who speaks your language or English) for the day to make sure you don’t miss anything
•Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with accommodation pick-up and drop-off
•Lunch
•Entrance fees at Saqqara, Dahshur and Giza
•Entrance into the pyramid at Dahshur is included in your entrance fee
•Children 3 and under are free

Options
•Camel or horse ride
•Visit inside any of the pyramids at Giza (please advise the guide early so that your ticket can be purchased)
•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 early dinner and visit to the incredible Sound & Light Show. Please request a quotation upon booking.

Exclusions
• Tips (recommended)
• Food and drink unless specified
• Entrance fees to inside of pyramids (25 – 100 LE)
• Solar Boat Museum entrance fee (50 LE)
• Other optional activities

Things to note
•Reduced costs for children 12 and under
•All of these sites have uneven surfaces and sensible footwear is advised. Care should also be taken when accessing the sites.
•Sunscreen, a hat and water are important.
•There are souvenir salesmen at all sites, be polite but firm if you are not interested in purchasing. Ask your guide for assistance if necessary.
•A visit inside the pyramid at Giza 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 a bad 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 discussion 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 sites are not easy with a chair or walking disabilities, in places impossible. Saqqara has some slatted wooden walkways over the sand.
•Don’t forget your camera!!! Bring a spare battery and card – you’ll take lots of pictures to take home and show family and friends.
•We encourage you to give us feedback – please let us know what you thought about your experience.

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

Prices
1 person – US$137 per person
2 – 4 people – US$90 per person
5 – 8 people – US$64 per person
9 -15 people – US$58 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 STT102 and contact us at nilewavetravel@gmail.com.

The pyramids at Giza are dwarfed by a huge sky with swirling clouds

The pyramids at Giza are dwarfed by a huge sky with swirling clouds

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