Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, Camel and Jeep Adventure - Route of the Pharaohs
Duration: Half Day
Spend a day familiarising yourself with the beauty of the desert and the mysteries of the pyramids during your holiday in Egypt. This wonderfully diverse tour of the Giza Plateau and Sakkara will take you via coach, jeep and camel caravan across golden sands and rural landscapes for an exotic adventure to remember.
Leaving the ancient city of Alexandria behind you on a luxury air-conditioned coach, you will be driven through vast expanses of desert and cultivated land before reaching the magnificent city of Cairo, the largest city in Egypt. Your first stop is the Western Plateau of Giza to see the awe-inspiring Pyramids, which were erected by the pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mykerionos in the 4th Dynasty.
The Great Pyramid (Pyramid of Cheops), also known as Khufu's Pyramid or the Pyramid of Khufu, is the largest and most spectacular of all, and is considered an architectural masterpiece. It is also the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Inside the pyramids and surroundings mastabas lie tombs of royal family members and officials, which are vigilantly guarded by the legendary Great Sphinx. These majestic monuments are national symbols of Egypt and a testament to the grand scale and engineering of ancient Egyptian architecture. Prepare to be awe-struck!
We drive onwards through more rural areas towards Sakkara Country Club, where an air-conditioned 4X4 jeep will be waiting to take you into the heart of the desert to meet your camel caravan. Marvel at the spectacular scenery as an experienced camel driver leads your camel across the vast, rolling sand dunes in caravan formation, travelling in the steps of the desert-dwelling Bedouins who have survived for centuries in this desolate, harsh environment.
You will finally head back to Sakkara Country Club, where you can enjoy rest and relaxation as a country club style lunch is served.
After lunch you will proceed to Sakkara, a section of the great necropolis of Memphis, the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. This vast, ancient burial ground comprises Step Pyramids (the earliest Egyptian stone-built pyramid) and a number of mastabas (Ancient Egyptian tombs with flat roofs and sloping sides). One of the highlights of this area is the Step Pyramid of King Zoser (Djoser) of the 3rd Dynasty. This historic monument is believed to be the oldest stone building in the world.
On the way back to Cairo, you will stop at a Papyrus Institute to observe a fascinating demonstration of the ancient art of paper making from reeds. There will be free time for souvenir shopping before returning to Alexandria.
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