A Quick Guide to Visiting the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx
Set right up against the modern, capital city of Cairo is the oldest of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, The Great Pyramids of Giza and The Great Sphinx.
We have grown up with seeing these stunning wonders everywhere, be it from movies, music videos and school. They are not mythical, these constructions exist, and you are able to visit them quite easily thanks to their central city location.
Here is a quick overview of what you need to know about visiting the pyramids.
Location of the Pyramids and Sphinx
You can find the pyramids and sphinx within the city of Cairo, Egypt. They are so close to the city that you can actually sit in a McDonalds or Pizza Hut restaurant and have a view of them!
How to get there
You can fly direct to Cairo from the UAE in approx. 3 to 4 hours via a number of different airlines.
An alternative way to visit the pyramids is to travel from a neighbouring country to Egypt such as on an overnight cruise from Cyprus to Port Said. Then you hop on a coach which will take you to Cairo, and back.
A little history…
The pyramids were constructed round 2560 – 2540 BC by labourers (previously thought to be slaves), out of limestone and granite. It is believed that the pyramids were built as tombs for the fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu.
The Great Sphinx is a limestone statue located near the Great Pyramids. It has the body of a lion and the dead of a human and faces directly west to east. It is thought that the sphinx was a representation of the Pharaoh Khafre. It is still unknown when exactly it was built and for what reason
When to visit: The pyramids and sphinx are open daily, however opening times are slightly shorter during Ramadan so check before you travel. We recommend visiting as early in the day as possible to try and miss the tours and crowds a little. It is also very hot in the middle of the day and there is no shade here.
What to wear: As Egypt is a mostly Muslim country, it is advisable to dress conservatively. It is not essential; however it will stop unwanted attention. You should also dress for the hot weather, make sure your shoes are comfortable and wear sunscreen!
What it costs: Whilst you may want to book on a tour with your local travel provider, hotel, etc, you can also simply turn up to the pyramids and pay an entry fee. The current price is listed as $7 but there are different options and this cost could vary at the time.
What there is to do: You can visit both the pyramids and the sphinx fairly closely, but you cannot climb them. You can also take a tour inside the pyramids and into one of the tombs, but do beware the journey in is very tight, cramped and busy, and there isn’t too much to see inside. Nether the less, you will be able to say you have been inside a pyramid!
It is worth noting that due to there being a lot of tourists at the pyramids, there are also a lot of locals trying to sell goods, and they will be quite pushy. Be firm, say no, and do not shake their hands (they sometimes put goods in your hands and you then must pay for them).
If you get to visit the pyramids, then you are incredibly lucky. Prepare yourself for the heat and take in the amazing experiences and sights of the most intact ancient wonder of the world.
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