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Mit Rahina Village, Al Badrashin, Cairo

The Basics

On the site of ancient Memphis, the Mit Rahina open-air museum is an impressive, if bewildering, jumble of ancient statues. Highlights include an alabaster sphinx and beds used to mummify sacred bulls for the Serapeum temple at Saqqara.

Some tours enable travelers to check off the Giza pyramids, Saqqara, Dahshur, and Memphis in a day, but most visitors prefer to spread out the sightseeing. To move at a more leisurely pace, choose a tour of Memphis, Saqqara, and Dahshur, and save the other sites for another day. Most tours provide round-trip transport from Cairo or Giza.

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Full-Day Tour Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara
Full-Day Tour Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara
$70.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Essam and Adel were terrific
Essam, the guide assigned to me, did an exceptional job. And so did Adel, our driver. Essam thoroughly explained the history behind every site and went out of his way to ensure I am happy and looked after. He also kindly agreed to take photos of me and was overall a very pleasant company which felt more like travelling with a friend! I wholeheartedly recommend Essam and Adel.
Nur_A, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

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Guided tour by Bossi
Kjell_and_Carina, Mar 2021
Half-Day Private Guided Tour to Saqqara and Memphis from Cairo
We would like to thank our nice guide Bossi so very much for a good guided tour at Saqqara and Memphis, our half day tour. Thank you a lot. Best regards Kjell and Carina from Sweden
star-5
Excellent Day Tour
MohamedK, Jun 2021
9 Hrs Experience Pyramids of Giza Dahshur Sakkara and Memphis incl Camel
Our guide Mona was excellent, very helpful and knowledgeable. Our driver Saeed was just as good. Would recommend this experience to everyone. We went to Dahshur, Memphis, Saqqara and Giza plateau. Our hosts were excellent and very accommodating to all our requests and needs.
star-5
Very educational
Jimease_T, Jul 2021
Half-Day Tour from Cairo: Dahshur Pyramids Sakkara and Memphis City
Our tour guide was great..very knowledgeable about each place on our tour. We had a good time learning about the older pyramids and seeing various statues and monuments.
star-5
Amazing history tour
Soraya_C, Jul 2021
Full Day Tour To Giza Pyramids Memphis City Dahshur and Saqqara Pyramids
Eve yes’s excellent, greyguide, and the more important, we was able yo go to every Pyramids at Cairo
star-5
Amazing!!!!
Ebony_D, Jun 2021
Private Full-Day Tour to Giza Pyramids,Sphinx,Memphis, and Saqqara
The trip was very enjoyable. The guide and driver arrived at my hotel on time and were very pleasant. The guide was very knowledgeable about all the sites in Cairo. the quad bike was really Super, The lunch was really delicious, Highly recommend this tour with This company!
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Everything was perfect
Denise_D, Jun 2021
Private Full-Day Tour to Giza Pyramids,Sphinx,Memphis, and Saqqara
Mohamed was an excellent guide who was informed, pleasant, and competent. He is a tour guide and archaeologist. He checked me at each location to make sure I was pleased and had seen all I wanted to see.
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Perfect
Lee_C, Jun 2021
Full-Day Tour Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara
Tour guide and driver very friendly and nice. Excellent tour they brought us around we had a great lunch. Tour guides very nice and knowledgeable.
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Very nice
Yusuf_I, Jun 2021
9 Hrs Experience Pyramids of Giza Dahshur Sakkara and Memphis incl Camel
I was great tour with so many historical thing's and tour guy was good and nice.really enjoy the tour trip.
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Pyramids
John_P, Jun 2021
9 Hrs Experience Pyramids of Giza Dahshur Sakkara and Memphis incl Camel
Yasser was an amazing guide. He was very energetic and insightful. The tour of the pyramids was so happy interesting and the camel ride was a great new experience!
star-4
Good trip
Mamdouh_A, Jun 2021
Half-Day Tour from Cairo: Dahshur Pyramids Sakkara and Memphis City
It was a good trip. The Bent pyramid is so exciting inside. Unfurtanetelly the tomb of Saccara pyramid was closed, but we payed the ticket.
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Great day at the pyramids
Rob_M, Jun 2021
Full Day Tour To Giza Pyramids Memphis City Dahshur and Saqqara Pyramids
Great tour of the pyramids with Ahmed. Ahmed really Knows his history and made sure that I had enough time to fully take in the sights and the history
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Very Good!
Izabel_M, May 2021
Private Day Tour to Memphis Sakkara and Dahshur from Cairo
Sérapéum are unforgatable! Mohamed was very important on this trip, a experience guide with egiptology knowledge. thank You so much!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Memphis is a must-see for fans of ancient Egypt.

  • The attractions at the Mit Rahina open-air museum are sculptures, not architectural remains of the former city.

  • Some pieces from Mit Rahina will move to Giza's Grand Egyptian Museum, slated to open in 2020.

  • Mit Rahina is flat but sandy, possibly challenging for travelers who use wheelchairs or strollers.

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How to Get There

The Mit Rahina open-air museum sits around 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of downtown Cairo, 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Dahshur, and 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Saqqara. Public transit can be difficult if you don’t speak Arabic. Most travelers visit on a full- or half-day tour from Cairo or Giza.

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When to Get There

A compact site, the Mit Rahina museum feels crowded much more quickly than the vast expanses of Saqqara and Dahshur. It’s open every day, morning through afternoon, with reduced hours during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. To enjoy the sculptures in relative solitude, visit early in the day.

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Key Ancient Egyptian Sites Near Cairo

While you’ll find ancient sites all over modern-day Egypt, they cluster around two areas: Cairo, the capital during the Old Kingdom period, and Luxor, the capital during the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom periods. In Cairo, the three main royal burial grounds were at Giza, Saqqara, and Dahshur. The pharaohs who built the pyramids lived in Memphis.

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