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Great Pyramid of Giza (Khufu Pyramid)
Great Pyramid of Giza (Khufu Pyramid)

Great Pyramid of Giza (Khufu Pyramid)

Al Haram, Giza

The Basics

When the Great Pyramid was built, it was surrounded by three smaller pyramids, built for Khufu’s wives and sisters, as well as pits where Khufu’s solar boat (now housed in a museum) was buried. Today the pyramid is weathered with age and missing its limestone casing, but it is still an awe-inspiring sight.

The Giza pyramid complex also includes the Great Sphinx of Giza and Khafre’s valley temple. Most travelers visit with a guide. Full-day tours often stop at other ancient sites, such as Saqqara and Memphis, and some include a camel ride or a visit to Cairo’s museums. For a unique view, see the pyramids at night, when they’re lit up in a sound and light show.

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Full day tour to GIZA PYRAMIDS MEMPHIS CITY AND SAKKARA PYRAMID
Full day tour to GIZA PYRAMIDS MEMPHIS CITY AND SAKKARA PYRAMID
$20.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great day pyramid hopping
Ahmed and the driver Walid were great! They picked me up right on time, drove me to all the stops and recommended a wonderful Egyptian restaurant for lunch. Ahmed even took photos for me since I was traveling solo. Thank you! Would recommend.
Angela_C, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Giza

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Great Experience
Terrance_W, Apr 2022
Day Tour Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Sakkara Step Pyramid and Memphis Old City
The tour was in depth and you get to see all the many sites that are popular. The guide was also extremely knowledgeable. It was memorable experience. My only complaint is that I was overcharged on number of occasions by the tour guide for extra parts of the tour as learned being in Egypt over many days. I would advise you question any additional charges.
star-5
Highly recommended
Jenna_D, Feb 2022
Full day tour to GIZA PYRAMIDS MEMPHIS CITY AND SAKKARA PYRAMID
We booked this tour last minute as we didn’t plan anything ahead for our trip. Best decision ever! The tour was amazing especially for the price and our guide was incredible!
star-5
coptic cairo
Johnthan, Aug 2021
Private All Include: Giza Pyramids ,Camel Ride, Sakkara pyramid & Memphis City
Ibrahim the guide is so informative and met me at my hotel on time with very nice and clean car . driver Ahmed is number 1 in Egypt , very safe and very funny too , coptic cairo is very holy place , I liked so much and feel peaceful at hanging church .thank you guys for this blessing day
star-5
Mahmoud is the best tour guide!!!
Robbin, Sep 2021
Private Tour To Giza Pyramids,Sphinx With Entry Inside The Great Pyramid
Our tour guide was incredible!! He made the tour so awesome and memorable!! He was so nice and kind. He answered all of our questions and had so much information!! He was the BEST!!
star-5
Fun filled day with a lot of great history
Rade_M, Feb 2020
Full day tour to GIZA PYRAMIDS MEMPHIS CITY AND SAKKARA PYRAMID
Perfect from start to the end. I was picked up at the hotel and the driver and tour guide (Omar), took me to the Pyramids first, then to Sakkara and last but not least Memphis. It was a fun day filled with a lot of history and revelations. Omar did an amazing job in explaining in a perfect way. Thank you very much!
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Old Coptic, new Cairo
Janice_L, Jan 2020
Private All Include: Giza Pyramids ,Camel Ride, Sakkara pyramid & Memphis City
Oh, yes you do want to take this tour! Old Coptic Cairo is fascinating and the churches are beautiful. Our guide was so knowledgeable and our driver knew no fear as he maneuvered his way through the chaos of Cairo. We would take this tour again in a minute.
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Excellent!!!
Nicole_C, Oct 2019
All Inclusive Tour Visit Giza Pyramid With Quad Bike And Camel Ride
Excellent tour! Amazing views! Definitely worth it. Thank you Omar for being our tour guide! Excellent
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Interesting experience
Catherine D, Oct 2019
Giza Pyramids Day Trip include enter inside the Great Pyramid & the Sphinx
We were picked up from our hotel at 8 am by Mohamed and taken to the pyramids of Giza. As you can imagine, it was incredibly busy. Mohamed gave us a very informative talk then let us queue up to go in the great pyramid. There is plenty of opportunity for photos to be taken. Inside the pyramid, you walk upright until you get to the corridor leading up to the burial chamber, where you are crouched but not bent double and it isn't too far either. When you get into the burial chamber, it is quite roomy with the granite sarcophagus in situ. Right next to the pyramid, is the solar boat museum, which was excavated from a pit next to the pyramid and has been reassembled . The museum itself has been constructed over the pit where the boat was found. We were then taken to a viziers tomb, we then walked to a vantage point to see a view of the 3 pyramids and then went back to the car and drove a little way into the desert for an even better view of the pyramids with the desert backdrop. After that, we drove back to the funerary temple, and then onto the Sphinx. These days, you cannot get up close to the sphinx but from where you are, you can the full length in, in photos.
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Freedom and Fun on Quad
Cluny_L, Jul 2019
All Inclusive Tour Visit Giza Pyramid With Quad Bike And Camel Ride
We started our tour a little later than expected but once we were picked up, AMR and ARAFA got us to our location where we would first begin our camel ride towards the Giza and the view was amazing. After spending an hour or so going and returning to our starting point, we were greeted by the next adventure. There were seven quad bikes that awaited our arrival. We each got on the quad bikes after a brief over view of how to stop and GO!!!!. It was simple, a few 10 to 15 year old young boys told us what to do and then it was as if we were getting ready for a sequel of the "Fast and Furious", we were ready to take not he sand dunes and blaze towards the sunset. It was liberating and free. We followed our guide initially in a straight line and then he allowed us to take on the open field. It was exhilarating and freeing to ride on the sand dunes in Egypt. As we got to the top of the dune, there was a bedouin in which we were able to drink some mint tea, see the Giza Pyramids and watch the sun set. AMR and ARAFA was great!!! We returned after watching the sunset to the tour van, and headed to pick up a few Egyptian cotton attire at one of the finest stores that sold traditional garments. It was another amazing adventure.
star-5
Best Cairo Tour ever with crazy awesome photographer guide
Yunping_Y, Dec 2019
Full day tour to GIZA PYRAMIDS MEMPHIS CITY AND SAKKARA PYRAMID
I signed up for few trips around Egypt , and Maged from Emo Tour was the best tour guide ever. He explained the Egyptology in depth, unlike other tour guides. And most importantly he is the best photographer I’ve ever seen. If you want exclusive photos with the pyramids or archeology lover, look for Emo tour Maged !
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Steep steps and low tunnels mean you’ll need to be somewhat physically fit to explore inside the Great Pyramid. The inside of the pyramid is not suitable for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia.

  • Even if you take a guided tour, you’ll need a dedicated ticket to explore the inside of the pyramid.

  • If you want to get all three of Giza’s pyramids into one photo, you’ll need to walk into the desert; guides can help you find the best viewpoints.

  • Vendors at Giza can be aggressive, and prices are better in downtown Cairo.

  • Wear a hat and sunscreen, no matter what time of year you visit, and carry plenty of water; there is relatively little shade in the area.

  • As in any part of Cairo, women will feel much more comfortable dressed conservatively and may want to cover their upper arms, legs, and cleavage.

  • You can get a good view of the exterior of the pyramids (and the Sphinx) from a wheelchair, but you’ll need a driver to get around the site.

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How to Get There

The Giza Plateau is in a suburb of Cairo, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) southwest of Tahrir Square. The pyramids are surprisingly hard to reach by public transportation, as the nearest subway stop is miles from the site. The 355 and 357 buses run to the site from the airport, with a stop near the Egyptian Museum, but most travelers prefer the convenience of an organized tour.

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When to Get There

The Giza pyramids open quite early in the morning and operate until afternoon, then reopen in the evening for a sound and light show. If you want to look inside the Great Pyramid, arrive early (especially during high season) as numbers are strictly limited. Try to avoid the Islamic weekend (Friday through Saturday) and important Muslim holidays such as Eid.

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Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza

Although Khufu’s pyramid was robbed over the centuries, and his grave lacks the kinds of gorgeous paintings found in the later tombs in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, the inside of the Great Pyramid of Giza is extremely atmospheric. Low, cramped, sloping tunnels open up into vaulted spaces with beautifully-engineered granite blocks, and a rough, crudely finished sarcophagus still stands in the King’s Chamber.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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