The Pyramids

The Pyramids are Egypt’s most iconic archaeological structure and the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. 

The Pyramids at Giza are located just on the outskirts of Cairo. We suggest visiting them later in the afternoon when all the tour groups have left for the day, or after about 10:30 am.  They were constructed about 4,500 years ago, between 2550 and 2490 B.C.  They were the tombs of the Old Kingdom Pharaohs, who ruled from nearby Memphis. 

The main Pyramid is Khufu’s Great Pyramid, dating from 2570 BC. It stands at 146m high and is estimated to have 2.3 million stone blocks weighing between 2.5 and 15 tons each. Khufu’s son (also known as Cheops), Khafre, built a second structure here. His necropolis also included the Sphinx. This iconic limestone monument features the body of a lion and a pharaoh’s head. The third Pyramid is smaller and built for Menkaure in about 2490 BC. As with Luxor, the Pyramids are located on the West Bank of the Nile. This is because the sun rises in the east (so there for the living), and sets in the west (the dying). 

A private tour of the Giza Pyramids takes about two hours. You can go in one of the Pyramids, but it is fairly humid in there, and you will see far better tombs in Luxor.  While in Giza, a visit to the Solar Boat Museum is highly recommended.

Itineraries

Simply Egypt

Cairo - Aswan - Luxor  

This five-night Egyptian sojourn is for those who want a short snapshot of Egyptian culture and history. Combine Cairo and a short Nile cruise before flying home.

5 days from £1500 p. p.

Oberoi Philae & the Red Sea

Cairo - Aswan - Luxor - Hurghada  

From the desert oasis of the Sahara to the myriad of fish and coral in the Red Sea, Egypt is an eternal land of contrast, mystery, intrigue, and romance. This delightful suggested itinerary combines Cairo, a Nile cruise on the Oberoi Philae & the Red Sea. 

11 days from £4450 p. p.

Egypt Family Holiday

Cairo - Luxor - Hurghada  

Bring the stories of ancient Egypt to life on this wonderful Egypt family holiday. Ride camels, see Mummies in the Egyptian Museum, explore the tombs of the Pharaohs, take a felucca ride on the Nile and finish on the beach for plenty of pool time on the Red Sea.

10 days from £2195 p. p.

Boutique Egypt

Cairo - Luxor - Aswan  

Explore Egypt on this privately-guided suggested itinerary combining Cairo, Luxor and Aswan without taking a cruise along the Nile.

10 days from £3350 p. p.

Egypt & Jordan Tour

Cairo - Luxor - Aswan - Amman - Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea  

Delve into timeless antiquity in undoubtedly two of the world’s most historically rich destinations, Egypt & Jordan. 

16 days from £3465 p. p.

Oberoi Zahra Cruise

Cairo - Luxor - Aswan  

The Oberoi Zahra is unquestionably one of Egypt’s most luxurious and iconic Nile cruises. You'll cruise along the Nile, being looked after by the finest Egyptologists. Stay in fabulous cabins and relishing world-class cuisine and spa treatments.

11 days from £3795 p. p.

Classic Egypt & Nile Cruise

Cairo - Luxor - Aswan  

Uncover the ancient world of Egypt on this classic tour of Egypt. Explore Cairo and the Pyramids before cruising down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. 

9 days from £2145 p. p.

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