About Nasr City
This city is named after a date as this date marks a huge significance in the history of Egypt.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Nasr City is from December to April
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The Sphinx was our next stop. I have never would have imagined it with large fences around it, I've always just seen the Sphinx on TV or in photos as it was, nothing surrounding it, but this huge creature statuette, and that was it, but you enter through a door area, and walk around tall pillars of stone in the area where the Sphinx was. What a sight it was. Something I never thought I would see! My mind was just being overwhelmed with astonishing sights all day long.
Don't forget to stop by Egypt's most famous squareTahrir Square is one of Cairo's biggest and busiest squares. In 2011, that's where it all began when protestors gathered by hundreds of thousands demanding President Hosni Mubarak end his 30-year autocratic rule. Since then, Tahir square has become a symbol. It's large enough to accommodate crowds and very centrally located - next to the museum, government buildings and television offices. In fact, the torched NDP party building is still there. Be careful because security is tight and they ask you not to photograph them.
The Great Pyramid at Giza
Today's stop was the GREAT PYRAMIDS! While the bus started back on the highway, I could see off in the distance the Great Pyramids, and never thought that our hotel was so close, and during the night we couldn't see them. It was a gorgeous day, a hot one, but the humidity wasn't bad at all, We got our tickets to enter the area for the pyramids, and away we went. They're huge! I can't believe that humans were able to create something that amazing so many years ago when they didn't have all the technology we have these days. I still believe it's Aliens!! With our ticket was included the access to go inside the largest pyramid, and you had to climb a path up along the wall, and there was a hallway you can enter. Photography is prohibited, which is too bad, I would have loved to take pictures of the tiny hall way and low arches we had to climb under. There was very little lighting, and after you had to crawl under these huge arches of stone, and climb up a very steep and high flight of stairs that could only fit one person at a time.Once we were up the stairs we were in a dark, black room. It had high ceilings, and it was cool inside. Once my eyes adjusted to the darkness I could see a black box in the back, side of the room. It was the place where the Tomb of Pharoah Khufu would have been placed.
Cairo International Airport
One could choose to take an Airport- day trip to Cairo during this layover but we chose not & stayed back at the airport as Cairo is a place with immense culture and a 10hours quick overview will not do justice to the city.We landed in Athens at 6:30pm (local time), since we were on a budget trip therefore we had already planned to commute throughout Athens via their Metro service, which is quiet effective and well connected. We choose to take a tourist pass of 21euro which one can avail for 3 days.
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 Tutankhamen. There are two main floors in the museum, the ground floor and the first floor. On the ground floor there is an extensive collection of papyrus and coins used in the Ancient world. Also on the ground floor are artifacts from the New Kingdom, the time period between 1550 and 1069 BC. Those items include statues, tables, and coffins .On the first floor there are artifacts from the final two dynasties of Egypt, including items from the tombs of the Pharaohs Thutmosis III, Thutmosis IV, Amenophis II,Hatshepsut, and the courtier Maiherpri, as well as many artifacts from the Valley of the Kings, in particular the material from the intact tombs of Tutankhamun .Two special rooms contain a number of mummies of Pharaohs and other royal family members of the New Kingdom.You will find the mummies of the following Pharaohs .1. Tutmosis I2. Tutmosis II3. Tutmosis III4. Tutmosis IV5. Seti I6.Amenhotep 17. Amenhotep II8. Hatshepsut9.Ramses II10 . Merenptah (Son of Ramses II)After hearing so much about these Pharaohs when I saw the 3000-4000 year old mummies I was too shocked to believe my eyes.This is surely an experience to remember.
Pyramid of Khufu
Go inside a deep dark tunnel to visit a burial chamberDespite show of greatness outside, the burial chambers deep inside the pyramids of the earlier pharaohs were devoid of any pomp and ceremony. Absolutely plain walls surround the burial chambers at the three pyramids. There is a reason because later rulers had a lot of show in their burial chambers to go to the afterlife. Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure believed they were gods so to go into the afterlife was a matter of fact. The later pharaohs thought themselves to be demigods and believed would need some sort of passage to enter the afterlife. The tunnel is long and narrow in places. It's not pitch dark now but just imagine how the archeologists would have felt who went down the tunnel for the first time! The chamber is big and a guard sits there, telling you photography is prohibited. So, take a mental picture.
Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Also known as the Museum of Cairo, this is where all the treasures of the Pyramids lie. It houses 27 royal mummies and artifacts collected from the tombs of two, very famous Egyptian Pharaohs, Tutenkhamen and Akhenaten. The Pyramids are just the hardbound cover of the Egyptian history book, the real matter lies here in these rooms.
If the Pyramids speak of the ancient rulers of Egypt, the Abdeen Palace speaks of the modern rulers of Egypt. A partial Military museum, it proudly displays the gifts given to various Presidents. It was the royal residence before monarchy was abolished and now serves as the official residence of the President. This huge Palace with 500 rooms is certainly not to be missed.
This street is a bustling maze of alleys, lanes and narrow gullies lined with shops, restaurants, hustlers and ever persistent shopkeepers. Despite its somewhat touristy vibe, it’s still a great place to experience the true flavor of Cairo and Egypt. Everyone is rushing, laughing, screaming and yelling and though it’s pretty exhausting to wade through the sea of shops, Khan-El Kalili is the best place to hang and watch life go by. There are some wonderful traditional coffee houses serving Arabic coffee and my favorite Hibiscus tea besides the ever accompanying Sheesha. After some wandering I discovered this old and popular coffeehouse named Fishawi that served up amazing coffee along with free Sheesha, where I also made friends with some jovial minded locals.
Spend a day with elephants-feeding,bathing and even painting them at the elephant safari at Dera Amer, Kukas. It's adventure camp behind Amber Fort that offers fantastic elephant,camel horse and jeep safaris organized by the resident Rajput family. Indulge in the high tea at the base camp , before the elephants take you on a sunset safari across the Aravali forest.
Marvel at Egypt's first pyramidAbout 4600 years ago, the first pyramid was built for Djoser in Saqqara. Unlike its later counterparts, Djoser's pyramid was unique - it had six steps. Conceptualised by Imoteph, the step pyramid seems like six mastabas in decreasing size, stacked one on top of each. When it was built, it was the dominant structure at Saqqara. Today, it draws tourists just as its counterparts in Giza does.
Reached Cairo!! Took flight from Cairo to Luxor. Once I arrived in Luxor, I proceeded for the Nile Cruise. Thereafter, I started our tour to the East Bank. I got chance to discover the Karnak Temple Complex - a vast area of temples, chapels, pylons and the Great Temple of Amun. Walked down the avenue of ram headed sphinxes that connect the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Amun-Re and the Luxor Temple. After lunch, spent the afternoon at leisure. Later in the evening, enjoyed dinner and a comfortable overnight stay on the cruise.