Travel to Egypt for an unforgettable holiday and visit the legendary Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and the mighty Sphinx.
Rising above modern day Cairo, the extraordinary Pyramids of Giza have not only astounded travellers for millennia, but also symbolised the incredible mystery and the legends that surround ancient Egypt.
The three pyramids were thought to have been built from roughly 2550 to 2490 B.C during Egypt’s Old Kingdom era (2686–2181 B.C). The pyramids and the burial chambers within were built by Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure and named after each ruler.
The largest – Khufu – stands 137 metres above the plateau and is constructed from an estimated 2.3 million stone blocks. Khufu’s son Khafre built the second largest pyramid and it is also thought that Khafre built the great Sphinx that lies in the shadows of the pyramids.
The Sphinx is sentinel to the pyramid complex, and measures 73 metres in length and 20 metres in height. It is carved into the bedrock of the plateau and has a lion’s body and a man’s face – with some historians believing it resembles Khafre himself.
The Great Pyramids of Giza are one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World, and along with the mighty Sphinx are two sites that are a must-visit for any traveller. One of the undoubted highlights is entering the Great Pyramid of Khufu and climbing the steep staircase inside of the pyramid to the King’s Chamber.
Just beyond Giza is another famous pyramid – the 6-tier, 4-sided Djoser (or Zoser) Pyramid, also known as a Step Pyramid. Situated in the Saqqara necropolis, part of the ancient city of Memphis, this early pyramid was built by King Djoser during the 27th century BC.
In March 2020 the pyramid was re-opened after 14 years of restoration works after it was damaged by an earthquake in 1992. It is the earliest structure built of its kind in Egypt.
- Pyramids of Giza – one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World
- Marvel at the sheer scale of the pyramids
- Learn about Egypt’s incredible history
- Enter the Great Pyramid of Khufu
- Stand face to face with the Great Sphinx
- Explore the necropolis of Saqqara
When is the best time to visit the Pyramids
The pyramids can be witnessed at any time of year. The best time is during the cooler months (October to April) but this also means visitor numbers are higher as well. If you wish to avoid the peak crowds, it is best not to travel over the Christmas/New Year period. We highly recommended visiting Saqqara which is often not explored by as many visitors.
Can I go inside Egypt’s pyramids?
Yes – there are a handful of pyramids you can get permission to enter, usually at an added cost. This includes the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza. Visitors can climb the steep steps and passage ways inside the pyramid to see the ancient burial chamber within. It is important to note however that it is just an empty room and no longer full of ancient treasures. It is also not suitable for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia! There are also one or two other pyramids travellers can explore.
Our Recommended Egypt Tours
The following itineraries are just some of the many experiences that we can design for you. All of our tours are private, independent and tailor-made to your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin creating your personalised Egypt experience.
Cairo to Aswan Cruise
Discover the wonders of the ancient Egyptians on this unique 15 day cruise aboard the Mövenpick Darakum.
The Nile In Style
Cruise in style aboard Sanctuary Retreats fleet of beautiful cruise boats, which bring legendary service and a boutique experience to the Nile River.
Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria was the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt for almost 1000 years.
Abu Simbel by Air
Situated 280 kilometres south of Aswan, the majestic Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel is the most impressive monument in Egypt.
Legends of the Nile
Unlock the mysteries of ancient Egypt on this fascinating tour that combines the cultural treasures of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan with a romantic cruise down the Nile.
Slowly Down The Nile
Explore the Nile in luxury on an unhurried cruise aboard the exclusive Oberoi Zahra. This is the ultimate Egyptian tour, allowing you to discover 5,000 years of Egyptian culture at a leisurely pace
Antiquities & Wildlife
Explore the antiquities of Africa on this 16 day tour to Tanzania and Egypt. Explore the Pyramids of Giza and Marvel at the mighty Shypnx
Egypt & Jordan
Discover the mysteries of myth and religion on this fascinating tour that combines the ancient lands of Egypt and Jordan.
Nile Dahabiya Cruise
Return to the gracious era of turn of the century travel and cruise the Nile in style on board a traditional sailing boat called a dahabiya.