Half Day Memphis and Sakkara
Duration: Half Day
Step back in time to ancient lands during your holiday in Egypt, as you explore the capital of the Old Kingdom and its magnificent statues, ruins and tombs. You will also visit the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, believed to be the oldest of Egypt's 97 pyramids. This fascinating half day excursion to Memphis and Sakkara is an exciting introduction to Ancient Egyptian wonders.
From Cairo you will travel by car to the ancient city of Memphis, the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Two Lands (Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt) through six Dynasties. Built by King Menes around 3100 BC, the city is believed to have been one of the largest and most important cities in the ancient world, once boasting many grand temples, monuments, palaces and gardens. Unfortunately, little remains of the city’s splendour today aside from its scattered ruins, but these are fascinating nevertheless.
One of the first stops of the tour is the impressive Alabaster Sphinx, which was carved in honour of an unknown Pharaoh during the 18th Dynasty, between 1700 and 1400 BC. However, the face is believed to be that of Amenhotep III, one of the builders of the Luxor temple. You will also visit the incredible Colossus Statues of Ramses II, the third King of the 19th Dynasty and the most powerful of Egypt's ancient pharaohs.
One of the main attractions in this area is Sakkara, a section of Memphis’ vast necropolis on the west side of the River Nile. This is reputedly the oldest cemetery in Ancient Egypt and one of the most extensive archaeological sites in the country. As well as being the burial-place of most kings, queens and officials in the 1st and 2nd Dynasties, the site is dominated by the majestic Step Pyramid, built for King Zoser, one of the greatest Kings of the 3rd Dynasty. Dating back to 2700 BC, this pyramid is believed to be the oldest stone structure in the world and was an important milestone in the evolution of Egypt’s stone architecture.
Surrounding the pyramid is King Zoser’s extensive funerary complex, which includes altars, thrones, columns, statues and shrines, although it is now largely ruined or buried by sand. Another tour highlights in this area includes the Serapeum, the largest and most magnificent temple in the Greek quarter of Alexandria (the second-largest city in Egypt). Dedicated to the Egyptian God Serapis, this is the site where Apis bulls (the sacred animals of ancient Egyptians) were buried and worshipped, as they were believed to be an incarnation of the god Ptah. Later on, you will also be taken to see the majestic Mastabas (tombs) of Ti and Ptahotep.
After all that exploring you can enjoy a delicious Egyptian lunch in a selected restaurant. This tour is a wonderful way to learn about the fascinating history of Ancient Egypt, whilst exploring some of the country’s most awe-inspiring archeological treasures
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