Just on the outskirts of Cairo is the evocatively named Giza Plateau, and on our Pyramids day tours you’ll visit some of the world’s most famous and iconic of all ancient monuments. There are few countries in the world that stir the fires of imagination in travelers as much as Egypt, and a visit to the sites across the plateau at Giza is to step back through thousands of years of history and culture.
Rising impossibly high and proud from the sands of the Sahara desert is the oldest and most iconic of all mankind’s ancient wonders, the Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops or Khufu.
At a mind blowing 4,500 years old, and reaching almost 450feet (145m) to the ancient heavens of the pharaohs. The Great Pyramid inspires awe in anyone lucky enough to witness the genius of ancient Egyptian ingenuity and their mastery of engineering.
The equally massive adjacent pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure only add to the wonderment, and combined with the innate magic and mystery that surrounds the magnificent structures, with their mysterious tombs and chambers that refuse to give up their secrets, the pyramids are the very epitome of adventure.
Hewn directly from the very bedrock of Egypt herself, the mighty Sphinx is an icon of the ancient world. With the head of a man and the body of a lion, the mythical Sphinx has been wowing visitors for thousands of years as a symbol of strength, power and wisdom.
At 240 feet (74m) in length, the Sphinx is imposing, and while nobody knows for sure who built the Sphinx and why, the elegant sculpture’s lasting mystery is the very reason it remains so enigmatic.
Many tourists bypass it, but on one of our many Egypt private tours you’ll visit the original Memphis, and even without Elvis Presley strutting his stuff, the ancient capital of Egypt resonates with history.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1970, the Memphis Archaeological Zone contains many treasures, and offers visitors an evocative glimpse into both the greatness of ancient Egypt and its transition into modern rural life.
The administrative and religious center of Egypt, cosmopolitan ancient Memphis was probably one of the largest and most important cities in the ancient world. In Memphis you will enjoy seeing the status of the Great Ramesses II. Ramesses II or the husband of Nefertari was one of the most famous kings in ancient Egypt who built Abu Simbel temple south of Aswan plus parts in Luxor temple and Karnak temple in the city of Luxor in Upper Egypt.
If you thought The Great Pyramids of Giza were the oldest, think again. That title goes to King Joser’s step pyramid at Saqqara, built in Egypt’s Third Dynasty in approximately 2630 B.C. The enigmatic crumbling pyramid is still surrounded by a complex of courtyards, temples and shrines, where Djoser would enjoy his afterlife, and even though they are somewhat in ruins, it is easy to imagine their former magnificence, fit for an early Egyptian king.