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How to Spend 1 Day in Giza

How to Spend 1 Day in Giza

Located on the west bank of Cairo’s River Nile, Giza is synonymous with Egypt’s biggest-ticket ancient site—the Great Pyramids. Yet with Cairo nearby, there’s more to see and do here than explore these age-old tombs, even if you only have a day or short airport layover to spare. Here are our tips for spending one day in Giza.

Morning: Pyramids and Sphinx

Begin with a half-day tour of the standout site—the pyramids. Most tours are private, so you can explore the three tombs—the Great Pyramid of Cheops and the Khafre and Menkaure pyramids—as you wish, with a guide recounting their secrets and stories. After admiring their exteriors, pay extra to enter any that are open: Their chambers were once the resting places of their namesake pharaohs. Then, inspect the plateau’s other relics, including the Great Sphinx, crumbled Valley Temple, and Solar Boat Museum—home to a stunning pharaonic funerary barge discovered buried near the Great Pyramid. 

Afternoon: Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo

Cairo’s Egyptian Museum is a close second to the Giza Pyramids on most visitors’ must-see lists, so devote this afternoon to its extraordinary exhibits. From the pyramids, continue to the über-atmospheric museum and downtown Cairo, making for a full day’s sightseeing with easy transport—a big bonus in the congested city. Focus on the highlights of the museum’s 120,000 artifacts with help from your guide: admiring pharaohs’ jewelry, statues, mummies, and the treasures of boy-king Tutankhamun, including his gold death mask. After a visit here, many tours extend into Old Cairo to see its mosques, churches, and Khan El Khalili bazaar—a vast indoor-outdoor souk of perfume, gold, spice, and souvenir stalls.

Evening: Sunset, Show, or Sailing

After a busy day, slow the tempo. Many visitors choose to view the Giza Pyramids afresh: either on a camel or horse ride in the orange-gold of sunset or at a sound-and-light show that brings their history to life with dazzling lights, music, and commentary. Alternatively, book a River Nile dinner cruise and admire Cairo’s twinkling sights as you enjoy an onboard dinner, along with belly dancing and whirling dervish shows.

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Cairo Day Tour to Giza including Nile Dinner Cruise and Lunch

Cairo Day Tour to Giza including Nile Dinner Cruise and Lunch

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Experience the magic of cruising the Nile on an unforgettable full-day tour to Giza from Cairo. Alongside an expert Egyptologist guide, behold the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza and receive a fascinating introduction to the ancient history of the structure. Admire the resplendent golden mask of Tutankhamun in the Egyptian Museum; enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch in a rustic restaurant; and absorb the historical charm of Cairo’s Old Town on a guided tour. Conclude your excursion with a romantic cruise down the Nile River; onboard, delight in a gourmet meal and a traditional dance performance before returning to your Cairo hotel.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Sound and Light Show at Giza Pyramids including Private Transfer from Cairo

Sound and Light Show at Giza Pyramids including Private Transfer from Cairo

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The sound and light show at Giza brings Egypt’s ancient history to life, and the family-friendly experience is one of Cairo’s most beloved attractions. See the show hassle-free by pre-booking tickets, with private transport to the Giza Plateau from your Cairo or Giza hotel in an air-conditioned van equipped with onboard Wi-Fi.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.00
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$39.00
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Sunset Camel Ride near the Giza Pyramids Plateau

Sunset Camel Ride near the Giza Pyramids Plateau

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Enjoy a relaxing moment at the Great Pyramids of Giza just as the sun is setting while riding a camel. Get the best views of the pyramids at golden hour and capture your memories on camera to enjoy for years to come. Your package includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Giza or Cairo for a hassle-free experience.
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  • 3 hours
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$21.75
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