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Half-Day Saqqara Pyramids and Memphis Tour from Cairo

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    What to Expect
    Depart central Cairo by air-conditioned vehicle and journey south to Saqarra, home to one of the world’s greatest antiquities — the oldest step pyramid still standing. As you travel, hear intriguing tales of Saqarra, and how this desert area was used as a burial ground for Memphis, Lower Egypt’s ancient capital.

    After roughly an hour, pull up at your destination and stroll to the magnificent Step Pyramid of Zoser. Marvel at the vast structure as your guide recounts how it was constructed in the 27th century BC as the tomb of the Pharaoh Zoser. 

    Learn about the main features of the flat-topped, 4,600-year-old pyramid and hear how it ranks as the world’s oldest large-scale stone monument. Admire the smaller pyramids around it, and then continue to the site of Memphis. Founded in around 2,900 BC and a center of power for over 3,000 years, this aeons-old city is believed to have been purpose-built and was characterized by majestic temples and palaces.

    Explore the city’s last remaining vestiges around the villages of Dahshur and Saqqara, and visit the open-air museum that houses broken statues, carvings and columns found at the site. Marvel at the prize exhibit — a huge, fallen statue of Ramses II — and enjoy the crowd-free atmosphere. The relics here attract fewer visitors than those in Cairo, so you can admire them in quiet surroundings.

    Afterward, return to Cairo where your tour ends at the start point.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pharaohs Hotel, 12 Lotfy Hassouna, St, Dokki, Giza Governorate, Egypt
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local guide
    • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Memphis Historical Site
    • Entry/Admission - Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
    • Maximum group size is 12
    • Please dress modestly, yet considering the heat. Shoulders and knees should be covered, and light fabrics like cotton are advisable.
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    We did this tour today with Marwa and can’t recommend it enough! Marwa was super nice and made us feel really welcome right from the start. We learnt so much about the different types of pyramids built in different dynasties, and saw some great pyramids and temples. Having
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    Shrouk was a friendly and knowledgeable guide. We had a great morning learning many interesting facts at Memphis and Saqqara.
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    Our family of 4 had a great trip with Mohamed (aka Mo), accompanied by a young couple to form our group of 6. Mo was very helpful and guided us through the history and lore behind the heiroglyphs and Ancient Egypt and the history of the pyramids in Saqqara in a lot of depth,
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    Travel guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. She even showed us a good place to eat after. Would do again.
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    Great day trip, and the local guide, Hoda, was absolutely fantastic!!!! Highly recommend!!! My Urban Adventure started from the King Hotel, and I was staying in Giza, so that meant battling Cairo traffic, which was painful! Leave lots of time to Uber to the meeting point! Small
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    About the operator
    By: Cairo Urban Adventures
    Rita B
    Arlington, Virginia
    Best way to see the city!
    Marwa was a fabulous guide, sharing lots of information about the history of the city and explaining modern day
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    Michael M
    Amazing tour of saqqara and Memphis
    We did this tour today with Marwa and can’t recommend it enough! Marwa was super nice and made us feel really
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    Santa Monica, California
    Downtown Cairo (and snacks!)
    Mo was my guide, and I ended up having a private tour, which was super cool. We walked around the downtown area,
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    Santa Monica, California
    Super special experience
    Reham and her family were absolutely lovely. I was the only guest, so I had a private cooking lesson. The food was
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    Kildeer, Illinois
    Great tour! Great starter tour on your first day!
    We had a wonderful walking tour last night with SHROUK! She is well educated in Egyptology and did a wonderful
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    Melbourne, Australia
    Great intro to Egypt and Pyramids
    Shrouk was a friendly and knowledgeable guide. We had a great morning learning many interesting facts at Memphis
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    Downtown Cairo tour
    Mo our tour guide was excellent. The tour was fun as well as educating. Food and ice cream are included in the
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    Rhonda J
    Saqqara, Egypt
    Great experiences that made happy memories
    Spent a week cruising from Luxor to Aswan on the Dolphin Boat with my daughter and our personal and amazing tour
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