Excursion package Cheops
Go on an adventure tour with our Jolley´s Travel World Egyptologist and discover the unique monuments of Egyptian history.
Feel the overwhelming magic when you stand in front of the only remaining monumental structures of the seven ancient wonders of the world – the Pyramids of Giza!
Discover other great world cultural sites and at the same time be impressed by the new modern metropolis, the bridges and the connection of the ancient buildings with the modern buildings of the magnificent era on the drive to the individual sightseeing locations – an adventure tour for all your senses awaits you.
Day 1 | Excursion package Cheops – Cairo
After your enjoyable breakfast in the hotel, you will meet our Jolley´s Travel World guide at the exit of your hotel or he will give you a warm welcome on your arrival at Cairo Airport. The adventure day starts as a VIP tour or in a small tour group.
First, go to Memphis. Memphis is located on the west side of the Nile, about 30 km south of the city of Cairo. Founded by Menes, the 1st Pharaoh of the 1st Dynasty, around 3000 BC. the city is strategically located between Upper and Lower Egypt. It was the centre of ancient Egypt almost without interruption.
Today there is little evidence of this mighty city, but the lying granite colossal statue of Ramses II impressively preserves its monumental size. Likewise the remains of the once huge temple of Ptah and the alabaster sphinx.
Then continue to Saqqara.
Along with Giza, Saqqara is the most important complex of all Lower Egyptian necropolises. To this day, new archaeological finds bring the unique secrets of antiquity to light.
It was already in use in the time of the old empire, from the 1st Dynasty to the late period, as Saqqara was the necropolis of Memphis.
Not only pharaohs were buried here, but also high officials in so-called mastabas (flat tombs), which were built around the pyramids. Mostly they contain beautiful tomb paintings such as the mastabas of Ti, Mereruka, Kagemni or Ptahhoteps. Tombs from all eras of Egyptian history can be found here.
One of the oldest monumental buildings made of hewn stones is the famous step pyramid, which belongs to the burial place of Pharaoh Djoser from the 3rd Dynasty of the Old Kingdom (approx. 2650 BC). It is considered the forerunner of the classical pyramids and was built by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s vizier. The work of this builder can be visited in the Imhotep Museum.
During a relaxed lunch in a typical restaurant, you will enjoy the culinary cuisine of Egypt.
The journey continues to Giza, to the Pyramids of Giza. The only surviving of the seven wonders of the ancient world, one of the most famous and oldest structures known to mankind, rises on a plateau on the western outskirts of Cairo. You will experience a magical journey back in time to one of the most legendary high cultures in our human history.
Erected between 2620 and 2500 BC. on a limestone plateau they served as tombs for three pharaohs of the 4th dynasty: Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos. If you wish, you can also visit them inside (optional).
In addition to the three large pyramids, secondary pyramids for princesses and queens, temples, and burial grounds were built.
The Sphinx – the colossal figure was erected in the 3rd millennium BC. probably from the remainder of a limestone hill that served as a quarry for the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The figure shows a lying lion with a human head and is approx. 73 m long and approx. 20 m high. The front paws alone have a length of 15m and the now missing nose was as big as a person.
Next to the Sphinx, there is a temple that is almost exactly in line with the valley temple of the Chephren pyramid. The solar boat was discovered almost completely dismantled in a pit behind the Cheops pyramid in 1954. After years of restoration, the 43m long boat was on display in a museum specially built above the site. The move to the Grand Egyptian Museum GEM, which will soon open its doors to visitors, took place in August 2021.
After your great pyramid tour of today, you will be back at your booked hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 2 | Excursion package Cheops – Cairo
An exciting day out in Cairo awaits you today. At the agreed time, your Jolley’s Travel World Egyptologist will be waiting for you at the exit of your hotel.
You drive to the Egyptian National Museum. The world’s largest museum for ancient Egyptian art and culture is located on Cairo’s main square, Tahrir Square. Since the opening in 1902, over 120,000 exhibits, arranged chronologically, beginning with the Old Kingdom and ending with the later period, can be viewed.
The tour continues to the Saladin Citadel with the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque. This large fortification was the official seat of government until the 19th century. Sultan Saladin built the citadel at the end of the 12th century. Known as the Saladin Citadel.
However, a powerful powder explosion in 1824 destroyed large parts of the facility. The fortress walls were rebuilt under the leadership of Mohamed Ali (1805 – 1839). However, he built a mosque instead of the old palace. From then on known as the Mohammed Ali Mosque or Alabaster Mosque, because the walls of the dome room are clad with the finest alabaster. The slender minarets are reminiscent of the Turkish model of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
From up here, you can enjoy a sweeping view of Cairo and in good weather, the pyramids of Giza can be seen on the horizon.
After a culinary lunch and a relaxing break, the day tour continues to the New National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), which opened in 2021. This new museum houses the best collection currently in Egyptian cultural history. The exhibits are arranged taking modern didactic knowledge into account and offering a very good overview of Egyptian civilization from the time of the pharaohs to the present day.
At the beginning of 2021, the mummies of the pharaohs moved in a spectacular procession from the Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square to the new, state-of-the-art rooms of this New Museum for Egyptian Civilization.
Finally, treat yourself to a stroll through the oldest oriental market, the Khan-El-Khalili Bazar in the heart of Cairo.
After an eventful day, you can take advantage of the amenities of your booked hotel.
Our tour guide says goodbye with best wishes and unforgettable stories and memories of Cairo – the metropolis of contrasts and parables.
We wish you a safe journey home and hope to see you again soon in Egypt because there are many more experiences waiting for you.
Including service excursion package Cheops – Cairo:
- all entrance fees as described
- Guided tours with your German-speaking Jolley’s Travel World Egyptologist
- all transfers in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
- 2 x lunch in a selected Egyptian restaurant excl. beverages
- a bottle water
Excluding service excursion package Cheops – Cairo:
- all optional visits
All camera/video permit fees
Tips for hotel staff, guides, and drivers
all personal expenses
Optional: visit the pyramids of Giza inside
The interior inspection requires a good physical constitution, as the access is steep or requires a stooped posture.
We are happy to plan this, payable in cash on site around € 10 per pyramid.
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