Places to stay near Giza Pyramid Complex
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Day 2: The day begins with a yummy egyptian breakfast "KHUSHARI", Now we are all set to see the PYRAMIDS of GIZA, The royal pyramid complexes, which include temples, causeways, and satellite pyramids, are surrounded by tombs of the elite-members of the royal family, the nobility, and the priesthood. At the foot of the plateau, south of the Great Sphinx, lie the Cemetery and Town of the Pyramid Builders, where the men and women who constructed the royal and elite tombs on the main plateau lived, worked, and were buried.We later went to "AMON PAPYRUS MUSEUM " where the showed us how papyrus paper is made, we did some souvenir shopping of papyrus paintings then we headed for our lunch,
Don't miss the light and sound show at Giza
Visit one of the seven ancient wonders - the pyramids
It was quite a long drive to Giza and then out in the distance, there they were.. giant, majestic and a perfect example of symmetry in monuments… the great Pyramid of Giza also known as the Pyramid of Khufu. The enormity of size doesn’t really hit you until you are up and close to them. Huge is not even a word to describe it. There are two other, slightly smaller Pyramids – Khafre and Menkaure. Of course, over time and with extensive plundering by robbers during the ancient and medieval times, a lot may have changed in the external façade and internal loot but nonetheless that it did not stop me from being awe-struck. For a few minutes, we simply walked around the structures, me for once not saying much other than Wow ! Then the guide asked us, do you want to go inside ? Did we ever ? Yess… lets go … !!! So we climbed up a bit through the rubble and entered a long and narrow passage. It was exciting beyond words. We started walking down the passage, full length first, slowly slouching a bit, then a little more, then a little more, then all fours crawling down and finally almost flat. The passage seemed to get narrower, darker, scarier, definitely the air was less, and then ….. we are into the burial chamber of the King Khufru. For that moment, I felt what an archaeologist must have felt to discover that tomb. A tiny granite sarcophagus was all that lay in front of us with a candle for light .. how that candle burned beats me to this day, since I had a tough time breathing with the limited oxygen available.We saw the sarcophagus with the mummy inside … it was like going back into the beginning of time. We spent about 5 minutes there and crawled our way out of the tunnel. History aside, what a relief to breathe freely. Next stop was the Sphinx. Face of a man and body of a lion, it’s almost as if the Sphinx stands guard of the Great Pyramid.
A highlight of one particular trip to the Suez was a chance to get off at the Bitter Lake while we had an overnight halt to continue our convoy. The captain managed to arrange a boat for a few of us and I managed to get a day to visit the Pyramids and Cairo. It was like I was living the dream of every history student in my class. Visiting the pyramids is like visiting the Holy Grail of history. All my lessons flashed in front of me.
DAY 5// Giza / The Great PyramidsThe Great Pyramids are aptly named “Great”. I had been travelling around the world for just over 6 months and I had been to plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites but never a World Wonder attraction, until the day I visited the great pyramids. It took just a 45 minute taxi ride to Giza where I was welcomed with scammers right in front of the gate entrance, trying to sell me fake tickets to the Pyramids, offering their tour “services” and worthless souvenir(s). I paid the small entrance fee of 60 Egyptian Pounds($9 US Dollars) and even while I was going through the metal detectors, more scammers were trying to sell me sh*t I don’t want or need right in front of the staff and security. I instantly got a bad taste but it turned good just as fast as soon as my eyes adjusted to the bright sun once stepping out of the security office when my eyes saw the 3 Pyramids and the Great Sphinx.It was magnificent. The most beautiful man-made site I have ever been to, second only to Angkor Wat .
DAY 4// Giza / Nile RiverThe next morning I walked across the Giza Bridge and enjoyed viewing the longest river in the world, the Nile. Spanning over 4,000 miles across 10 countries in Africa and I got to see just as far as my eyes can reach from the bridge that connects Cairo and Giza. After returning to Downtown Cairo to get back to my hotel I was starved. Passing on the countless McDonald’s and KFC’s, I finally found an authentic ma-and-pa Egyptian restaurant and enjoyed an unusual but memorable dish.
You will be picked up from your hotel towards the Sound and Light Spectacular Show of Giza Pyramids and enjoy the history of the ancient Egyptians. The show begins with the story of the Sphinx who has been the vigilant guardian of the city of the dead for five thousand years. The show also depicts the story of building the pyramids and relates the history of great and famous figures of ancient Egypt such as Thutmosis IV, Akhnaten, Nefertiti and Tut Ankh AmonINCLUDED Pick up service from your hotel and return Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle Entrance fees Mineral water&Wipes Private tour guide All taxes service & charge NOT INCLUDED Food and drinks
Your lovely day will start with a pick up service from your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle to the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. Then proceed to the Great Sphinx- the head of a man with a lion’s body. After that you will travel to Sakkara to visit the step pyramid, the oldest stone pyramid in Egypt. It was built for King Djoser.Lunch will be served during the day. Then proceed to visit the oldest capital of Egypt Memphis city.INCLUDED Pick up service from your hotel and return Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle Entrance fees to all mentioned sightseeing Private English guide All taxes service & charge NOT INCLUDED Any item not mentioned
As all good visitors to Egypt, I too kept my appointment with the Sphinx and her precious Pyramids, after nearly being conned into hiring a taxi outside Cairo railway station for EGP 120. Something about the money smelt fishy and a few inquiries later I reached Giza on the Metro for one Egyptian Pound! My senses had been well tuned to detect deception in “very good price, special for Indian” and I wasn’t going to be cheated again. The memory of the expensive train ticket from Luxor to Cairo was fresh in my mind and I resolved to make good by being as penny-pinching as I possibly could in a place that functioned primarily on baksheesh.
Years later, as I read the history of Egypt, I was fascinated with the idea of visiting the Great Pyramid of Giza. I had planned for the Egypt trip many times but for some reason or the other those plans never worked out. However in 2013 December I finally made up my mind to visit my dream place and was reluctant to let this opportunity go. I started off as a solo traveler and became great friends with 18 of my fellow travelers whom I met for the first time in my life and Our group leader Prasanta gave us a brief of the journey.The next 10 days were magical. The land of Pharaohs hold a thousand stories and I witnessed each moment on my trip as our guide Khalid shared his knowledge on the history, the rich heritage and the culture of this ancient civilization. He proved to be an amazing story teller and narrated and enacted the stories in such a manner we can never forget. Our Journey started off from the Ancient City of Cairo.So we landed in Cairo International Airport…As we boarded our bus and headed towards the Hotel, I grabbed a window seat to catch a glimpse of the city. Cairo has a striking resemblance with any random Indian city. Even the vehicles on the road were similar and I was surprised to see Auto Rickshaw on the Roads of Cairo. A part of the city is not very clean and a little clumsy due to construction works going on here and there.Over the next few days as we visited the popular tourist spots, strolled through the markets and walked on the roads of the city ,the locals easily spotted us as Indians ,came and told us about their admiration for Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan and their obsession with bollywood movies.The Journey:We explored the cities of Cairo-Alexandria-Luxor and visited the most important tourist spots like Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Sakkara, Cairo Museum , CataComb , Alexandria Library , Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Valley of Kings ,Karnak temple and Luxor temple . The engravings and hieroglyphics on the walls of the temples trace history of a golden period of Egypt.In Valley of kings I felt there is magic in the tombs of the great Kings with their imposing architecture and marvelous paintings.Even afterover 5,000 years, the paintings retain their original colours and tell the story of civilization gone byThe sites of the West Bank of luxor in the peaceful glow of dawn from a hot air balloon can be described in one word:surreal.Nile Cruise was a perfect chance for us to get off road and sail into history. Our Cruise sailed from Luxor to Aswan . The days spent in Nile Cruise were unforgettable. Mesmerized by the beauty of the surroundings, we spent our lazy days on the Cruise deck chatting , reading magazines and clicking pictures .We visited Edfu and Kom Ombo Temple located on the bank of River Nile . After a beautiful boat ride we reached the Philae temple located in Agilika Island and also enjoyed a ride in the traditional sailboats or feluccas of Egypt.From Aswan (the final destination of the cruise) a convoy left for Abu Simbel and after a 3 hours of scenic ride across the Sahara dessert we reached the Temples of Abu Simbel on the Western Bank of Lake Nasser. The time difference between India and Egypt is only 3 hours 30 mins but when you visit these magnificent places time difference feels like a million years. Everything about Egypt is so full of character.The Treasures of Tutankhamun preserved in Cairo Museum include some of the finest collection of Gold ranging from several Gold sarcophagi to Gold Jewelry studded with precious stones…the collection stands out for its unique craftsmanship .The thousand years old Mummified bodies of the Great Pharaohs preserved in the Royal Mummy section of Cairo Museum is worth a visit .In my itinerary I have given a historical significance of each of the places we visited.Major Attractions :1.Pyramids of Giza2.Sphinx3.Light and Sound Show in Giza4.Sakkara Pyramid5.Cairo Museum and Royal Mummy Section in Cairo Museum6.Khan al Khalili Market7.Alexandria downtown, Alexandria Library8.Hatshepsut Temple9.Valley of Kings10.Nile Cruise11.Esna Lock12.Hot Air Ballooning in Luxor13.Karnak Temple14.Abu Simbel and the Ride from Aswan to Abu Simbel across the Sahara Dessert15.Nubian Tribe DanceOverall tourism scenario in December 2013:December is the best time to visit Egypt but due to the political unrest going on in the country…. the tourism of the country suffered massively which have in turn affected the economy badly .During my visit to Giza(A Major tourist attraction in the world), I noticed there were only 2-3 tourist buses in the spot. It was really challenging to refuse the hawkers who have clearly out-numbered the tourists.Armed military men came with each of the tourist groups to ensure their safety and this was a great gesture from the Government of Egypt .The People of Egypt were very hopeful that the January 2014 elections will put an end to all their problems as the right candidate would be voted to power and positive changes will take place….and the economy of the country will improve greatly.When to Go:October to February is the perfect time to visit EgyptCurrency :Egyptian Pound1 Egyptian Pound= Rs 8.43Food:The Egyptian Cuisine is similar to Indian food in many ways.Rice , Brinjal and Potato form an important part of their everyday meal and Non-veg dishes include Fish , Chicken and Beef.If you are looking out for KFC, it’s just outside the GIZA complex.Shopping:Pick up glassware, souvenirs, and dates from the Khan al khalili market, Cairo and Luxor Market ,Luxor .Papyrus is available in the Government Shops.Do’s :You need to carry mineral water with you wherever you go.Egyptians do not serve regular water with meal. Everywhere water is chargeable.Don’t’s:To avoid unwanted attention, respect the sentiments of the locals and dress accordingly. Avoid unnecessary argument with the hawkers .
Tour guide will pick up you from the hotel or airport by air conditioned vehicle to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus. Built over 4500 years ago to house the mummified bodies of the Kings, the awe-inspiring Pyramids are a once in a lifetime sight. You'll also get the chance to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of all three pyramids and the Valley Temple facing the great Sphinx. After this you will have lunch at a restaurant, then move to Sakkara necropolises enjoy unique museum of Imhotep the vizir of king Zoser this museum has amazing collection mummies and statues and albaster jars and daily life tools of the ancient Egyptians, after visiting this museum you will be taken to the step pyramid of king Zoser the oldest pyramid in Egypt built 4800 years ago . this is unique pyramids it consist of 6 steps(mastaba) and has many shafts underground . also you will have the chance to visit a tomb for one of the of the high officials of old kingdoom this tomb you can see a lovely colors as it was painted yestrday and what makes this tombs unique is contains the daily life scenes of cultivations and irrigations and hunting etc.. after that move to Memphis the oldest capital of Egypt it was the capital of the first dynasty 500 years ago . it has the largest statue of the great king Ramses the second after this lovey tour with your Egyptologisit you will be back to your hotel or airport
So, on this day tour, we'll travel from the great Pyramids of Giza to the Step Pyramids in Saqqara and then head to the great sandstone structures of Memphis. On one hand, you'll see how the Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure from the center of the Giza necropolis, serving the royalty of the Old Kingdom capital of Ancient Egypt, which was more than 5000 years ago! And, standing the testimony of time, along with these are the Step Pyramids at Saqqara (or Saqqarah) and its grand entrance gates, followed by the ruins and remains of the ancient royal capital at Memphis. With camel rides around the pyramids, over the hot sands, and hieroglyphic inscriptions embedded right under those sand-laden paths, you'll truly await an Egyptologists or even an Indiana Jones experience in this tour of the Pyramids!
In Cairo, I encountered the most aggressive taxi drivers I’ve ever come across. At the Pyramids of Giza, the touts are more than hawkish, and they are very, very clever.If you’re considering traveling to Egypt, this is the reality. There is conflict here, and you will encounter it in various forms. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t visit—I met many other travelers in Egypt from all over the world. I met solo female travelers, scuba fanatics, and other plain ol’ regular people.No, Egypt is not your typical holiday. If you want to travel to Egypt and visit the Pyramids of Giza, you should be prepared for what is waiting for you. It’s an inside look at a very different region of the world, and an inside look at what’s actually happening in the Middle East.But is it safe to travel in Egypt? The answer is somewhat tricky to explain.Is it Safe to Travel to Egypt?Once upon a time, the triangular Sinai Peninsula in Egypt was a popular tourist destination for people from all over the Middle East and even Russia. They would come from Israel and Moscow to scuba dive, drink beer, smoke weed, and party on the beach.However, these days, government websites mark the entire northern half of Sinai in blatant red. Many terrorist groups are active in Egypt, and every travel warning for northern Sinai reads simply: “DO NOT TRAVEL.”Though I believe many travel advisories to be over-exaggerated, the ones in Egypt should not be ignored. Point blank, northern Sinai should be avoided and southern Sinai should be traveled using caution. Once on the mainland, anything east of the Nile River is generally safe, while anything west should be traveled with prudence.But I don’t mean to scaremonger. There are some regions which are not safe, but there are also regions where are perfectly fine. Look beyond the warnings.What you should be focused on is where it is safe to travel, not where it is notsafe to travel.According to GOV.UK, “previous attacks have almost exclusively targeted the security forces, their facilities and other government buildings.” As a tourist in these areas, it’s unlikely that you’ll have any issues. But the warnings are clear, and anyone traveling in Egypt should at least be cautious.Can I tell you it’s absolutely safe to visit? No, I can’t, because if you go there and die, it would be my fault. But I can tell you that I went there and I didn’t die. So, I guess you can make your decision based on that.For more information on traveling to Egypt, consult your local embassy. (USA / UK)Meeting Rami ElshaerThe first half of my travels in Sinai were done on my own. I had just one week in Egypt, but I was determined to make the most of it. In Dahab, for four days, I relaxed in beachfront hookah bars and went scuba diving at the famous Blue Hole.This dive site, notoriously regarded as the most dangerous dive site in the world, has taken hundreds of lives over the years.One extremely uncomfortable overnight bus ride later (screaming Arabic men included), and I found myself in the company of Rami Elshaer, a member of a Bedouin tribe who now lives in the city just 100 meters from the Pyramids of Giza.It was an early morning in Cairo and we sat down at a local cafe for introductions, breakfast, and a Turkish coffee.“When you are with me, you are my family, do you understand?”Rami was explaining how his hospitality was going to work.“Never take money out of your pocket. If you try to pay as a tourist, you will pay tourist prices. When I pay, I pay local prices. At the end of the day, you will pay me back. This is how it will work. Do you understand?”I nodded.“And I will do all of the talking. If you need something, just tell me, and I will make it happen. Do you understand?”Rami was stern, but fair. He cared. He knew how things worked, and wanted to make sure I would get the most out of my time in Egypt.In three short days, Rami became my Bedouin brother.The Bedouins are a tribe of people who have been roaming the Middle Eastern desert for thousands of years. Literally translating to “desert dweller,” they are a highly respected group of people who are known for for maintaining their traditional values and strong family bonds.Rami didn’t like to tell people he was an Elshaer unless he had to. He just wanted to live out his life. But, as he explained, anytime he needed a government official to look the other way, one flash of his ID was all it took.Rami’s father came from Libya and his mother from north Sudan and then Sinai. The Elshaer’s were among the first to settle by the Pyramids of Giza thousands of years ago, directing traffic and trade along the Silk Road, and they have remained here ever since.It’s funny, because everywhere I went with Rami, I met more cousins. More Elshaer’s. In Giza alone, I’m told his family numbers between 2,000-3,000.Rami paid for my Turkish coffee, took me to his home, provided me with a bed, and allowed me to dine with his family for three days straight.When I found out that he would be sleeping on the floor, I insisted that he take his bed back and allow me to sleep there instead. He demanded not, and refused to allow me to sleep anywhere except the large bed in his small home, which was usually reserved for him and his young son, Loai.You see, as travelers themselves, the Bedouins are no stranger to providing hospitality. When I asked Rami why he hosted people from Couchsurfing, he told me of his international travels. He told me that the hospitality he received overseas was life-changing, and that he wanted to dedicate much of his life to returning the same hospitality he had found.Today, Rami spends his time raising his son, preparing barbecues for his family, and showing travelers the Great Pyramids of Giza.If you wish to contact Rami, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.Originally published on Travel Freak.
The three pyramids are definitely impressive. Make sure to purchase admission into either the Great Pyramid or the pyramid of Khafre. The Solar Barque museum is also one of its kind, and should not be missed. The Sphinx and Valley Temple will be seen on your way out, but also get driven to the lookout point overseeing the plateau.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops, is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza.