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.


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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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. 

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