Pyramids of Giza,
Saqqara and the Sphinx

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.

Saqqara

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.

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Why should I visit Egypt’s Pyramids?

  • 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 Should I 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.

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Egypt FAQ’s

When is the best time to visit Egypt?

Egypt is best explored during the cooler months from October to April, however you can still travel during the summer season (May to September) but temperatures are at their highest – often well over 35 degrees Celsius. The Christmas/New Year period is particularly busy and this is also the most expensive time of year to travel (booked well in advance). The best time of year to visit is from mid-to-late January through to March when the days are usually sunny, warm and crowd numbers are a little down on their peak. 

Egypt Overview

Why should I visit Egypt? 
Egypt is a destination in itself; offering travellers a mouth-watering combination of ancient history, diverse cultures, awe-inspiring architectural wonders and relaxing river cruising. This exotic destination is also perfect for sun-seekers with warm, dry days for most of the year. The scenery is unique, with the mighty Nile River creating swathes of lush greenery amid vast expanses of stark desert. 

What is the climate in Egypt?
Cairo has a milder climate than the southern part of Egypt; however temperatures between May-Oct may reach 30°-36°C. The rest of the year is warm to mild, and it can get quite cold on winter nights. Although fairly hot all year round, Luxor and Aswan experience their most extreme temperatures from June-August (30°-45°C). Nights are cool in winter and hot in summer (24°-26°C). 

What can I combine Egypt with? 
Egypt is best combined with neighbouring Jordan and Israel. Both countries compliment a visit to Egypt with further historic Middle-Eastern sights such as PetraBethlehem and Jerash. A little further afield, the United Arab Emirates and Oman are other popular destinations to visit. Alternatively Egypt can be combined with a safari in Tanzania – perfect during the months of December to March.   

How to get to Egypt? 
There are regular flights between Egypt’s capital Cairo and the Middle East as well as many major European cities. The country’s chief carrier – Egypt Air – also fly to North American cities including New York and Toronto. Egypt Air also offer internal connecting flights to major hubs including LuxorAswan and Abu Simbel.      

US – There are plenty of options to choose from when travelling between North America and Egypt. Egypt Air offer direct flights to Cairo from both Washington DC and New York. Alternatively European airlines to consider with just one stopover include British Airways, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.  

Europe – Egypt is easily reached with direct flights between Cairo and almost every European airlines major carrier. Alternatively Egypt Air fly to over 20 cities across Europe.    

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