Throughout our 3 day journey in Giza you have the option to choose additional site seeing tours each day. Each morning you can check out any number of historic sites near Cairo and the surrounding deserts and still arrive back to the hotel in time for the days festivities. We highly recommend getting out there and seeing as much of Egypt as possible!!
Below are descriptions and photographs of our additional tour options including prices. All additional tour prices are per person and include all entrance fees, transportation and a licensed guide. Use the link below to piece together a 3 day adventure that suits your curiosities best.
The Great Pyramid ($70 per person)
Today there are more than 93 Pyramids in Egypt, the most famous of which are the great pyramids of Giza. For many years it has been believed that these megalithic structures were built in the 4th dynasty (circa 2550 BC) and served as tombs for Kings and Queens but in the past few decades new evidence has brought forth a different train of thought that is proposing these pyramids are much much older than anyone originally believed. No one knows for certain how they were built, who built them and why, but when you stand under them for the first time and witness their grandiosity it’s hard to imagine humans in today’s technologically advanced civilization building them, let alone ancient humans with primitive tools.
The Sphinx (included with Great Pyramid)
After visiting the pyramids you’ll take a camel ride through the desert with the most amazing unobstructed views of the Giza Plateau and end at the Sphinx. The Sphinx is a symbol that has represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years. Carved from the bedrock of the Giza Plateau, the Sphinx is truly a mysterious marvel from the days of ancient Egypt. With the body of a lion and the head of a king or god, the Sphinx has come to symbolize strength and wisdom. This beautiful statue has spent most of its lifetime covered in sand up to it’s neck and has most recently been completely uncovered in 1905. The date of which it was built is hotly contested by traditional Egyptologists and forward thinking researchers and is still uncertain to this day.
Egyptian Museum in Cairo ($70 per person)
You can spend an entire week at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and not see all of the 120,000 ancient artifacts they have on display, but after only a few hours you can walk away with a true sense of the ideas and richness of ancient Egyptian culture. One of the must see highlights of your trip to the museum is the Royal Mummy room containing 27 royal mummies from Pharaonic times, including the newly discovered mummy of Queen Hatshepsut. And of course you’ll need to see the world famous King Tutankhamun exhibit which showcases many of the artifacts that were found in his burial tomb including decorated chests, bracelets and other decorated jewelry, alabaster vases and flasks and of course the famous Gold Mask that rested over the bandages that wrapped around the Kings face.
Saqqara ($70 per person)
Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. This site features numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser, sometimes referred to as the Step Tomb due to its rectangular base. The step pyramid is the oldest complete stone building complex know in history, built during the 3rd dynasty.
Another 16 Egyptian kings built pyramids at Saqqara, which are now in various states of preservation or dilapidation. High officials added private funeral monuments to this necropolis during the entire pharaonic period. It remained an important complex for non-royal burials and cult ceremonies for more than 3,000 years, well into Ptolemaic and Roman times. If you visit Saqqara you will have an opportunity to see the Pyramid Texts which are among the oldest religious writings in the world, consisting of spells found carved on the walls of several Egyptians tombs. These carvings are fragments of what was later to be collected as the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Dashur ($60 per person)
Dashur is located about 40 kilometers south of Cairo on the West Bank of the Nile and is mostly known for two of the oldest, largest and best preserved pyramids in Egypt, The Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid. Archaeologists now believe that the Bent Pyramid represents a transitional form between step-sided and smooth-sided pyramids. It has been suggested that due to the steepness of the original angle of inclination the structure may have begun to show signs of instability during construction, forcing the builders to adopt a shallower angle to avert the structure’s collapse. This theory is contested by researchers such as Carmen Boulter who remind us that mistakes like these were not something ancient builders would make lightly. After a visit to the Bent Pyramid perhaps you can decide for yourself. One of the unique features of this pyramid is that out of the 90 or so pyramids in Egypt it is one of the few with its original polished limestone outer casing in tact.
The Red Pyramid, also called the North Pyramid, is the largest of the three major pyramids located at the Dahshur necropolis. Named for the rusty reddish hue of its stones, it is also the third largest Egyptian pyramid, after those of Khufu and Khafra at Giza. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world. It is also believed to be the world’s first successful attempt at constructing a “true” smooth-sided pyramid. When you visit the Red Pyramid you will be able to descend down a long passageway to the heart of the structure where you will enter 3 chambers. The walls of the chambers create a step formation that tiers up to the ceiling where both sides meet. If you stand in the center of this chamber and sing the reverb resonates in beautiful tones for long periods of time. It is suggested by some that these chambers were not in fact tombs, but instead were used as some sort of sound healing chambers. It’s hard to believe these rooms were not designed with sound in mind when you experience how they resonate first hand. We highly suggest you take a visit to the Red Pyramid and sing inside the chambers!
Khan El Khalili Bazaar ($35 per person)
Khan el-Khalili, once known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, is now usually just called the ‘Khan’. Named for the great Caravansary, the market was built in 1382 by the Emir Djaharks el-Khalili in the heart of the Fatimid City. Together with the al-Muski market to the west, they comprise one of Cairo’s most important shopping areas. But more than that, they represent the market tradition which established Cairo as a major center of trade, and at the Khan, one will still find foreign merchants. Perhaps, this vary market was involved in the spice monopoly controlled by the Mamluks, which encouraged the Europeans to search for new routes to the East and led Columbus, indirectly, to discover the Americas. If you plan to do any shopping an bring souvenirs and other goods home with you from Egypt a trip to the Khan is a must!
Additional Tours Purchases Can Now Only Be Arranged at the Quest Desk in the Mercure Hotel Lobby.