the Great Pyramid of Cheops and even the sphinx can be visible from the commercial establishments and restaurants lining the complex outside where you can have your photo taken with views of the pyramids and even cheat on the light and sound shows at night as some restaurants like pizza hut along pyramid road have wonderful views of the complex.
Fondest memory: having your photo taken with the pyramids at the background in pyramid road in giza
Favorite thing: off course you could walk around the Necropolis, visiting the 3 largest pyramids and the smaller ones, the sphinx and the cemeteries around the complex but you and other hordes of tourists too (although less in number today due to the political instability) and while walking around, it is better to have bottled water in your back to quench your thirst as this area is stil a hot and arid desert after all and you don't want to buy the overpriced drinks peddled by the aggressive hawkers and touts around the area. if you are on a group tour then it is best as your big tour bus or private van will pick up and drop you off the different sites around and hence less walking time and more time to explore.
What was once a dusty town lying along the old dusty desert camel route to the Pyramids at the Giza Plateau, Giza is now a full fledged and crowded city (the third largest after nearby Cairo and Alexandria) which is built mainly on the tourism trade of the Last Surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, The Great Pyramids of Giza. It is located on the west bank of the Nile, some 20 km (12.43 mi) southwest of central Cairo and near the New City of Sixth of October. Giza has a population of almost 4 million people and there are various hotels, shops, inns, restaurants and souks in Giza within view of the Great Pyramids of Giza.Many of the Tourists going on an egyptian tour actually stay here in Giza or at the Swanky 6th of October city as the prices of the accomodations are cheaper.
Fondest memory: there are many ring roads that connect the City of Giza to Cairo and Beyond.
Yes of course it's safe, as long as you stay in groups and in crowd, and visit the well known places you'll find no problem at all doing this
and don't go out after 12 am
if you're coming in a group with a travel company then don't worry at all they know all these stuff and where to go and where not to and it's pretty easy to be safe in Egypt, most places are safe
if you're going to walk alone in the Capital (Cairo) try to avoid wearing revealing clothes as it's not the Egyptian culture of clothes, lot of people may start starring at you, but in Sharm you can wear whatever you like and do scuba diving too very safe :D
Welcme to Egypt and have fun of each moment
Most hotels will arrange this trip for you. You can look around and try to get best prices in Cairo. This will cost you a lot of time! Try to pre arrange on line!
There are a lot of tourguides in Cairo who are more than happy to arrange this trip for you. There are some of them around this site. Try to contact them by e-mail; tell them what you want to see and do and they will give you a price. Haggling is the key word in Egypt and it can also be done on the Internet. Have several guides asked for their price, and haggle: "I have had another offer for the same trip that is much cheaper......." and so on!
My favourit tourguide in Egypt in Mohamed Bahaa.
Good luck, Dora.
I have visited a papyrus factory or they call their store 'museum' in the vicinity of Giza. In some photos, salesmen demonstrate the basic ways of making papyrus.
To make papyrus paper, the inner pith of the stem is cut lengthwise into strips and soaked in water. The strips are placed with a second layer placed at right angles to the first. The two layers are beaten with a mallet to break down the fibres and bond the strips together. The sheets are dried under weights for several days afterwhich are polished with a flat stone to make them smooth and ready for use.
I took a couple of photos close to the Pyramids of Giza. I was amazed and so with my family how huge the boulder of rocks are. I am - we are wondering how people during those ancient times were able to arrange and make these wonders possible.
You will see in the photos what I am talking about. Huge, huge rocks.
Yes, the city of Giza in Egypt is not only pyramid and sphinx. Many foreign embassies are here and the government hold many of its offices in the city. The state University of Cairo can be found here too.
Giza City was the necropolis of Memphis of old Egypt. The whole Giza Plateau is situated west of the Nile, bordering the Sahara Desert. Giza becomes one of the favourite holiday destinations second to Cairo.
There are lots of high-rise apartments in Giza, most have different shapes, and crowded. Did not see much traffic though - not like in Cairo.
Fondest memory: At first, I thought visiting Egypt and Pyramids of Giza in particular is an experience once in a lifetime. I am mistaken, I know I am coming back to Egypt. This is because I want to see more.
More than the pyramid and sphinx.
Favorite thing: You can book a limo at Cairo airport itself .. there are desks for three or four different companies just as you leave the customs area. Be prepared to haggle but you will probably get charged around LE 70 or LE 80 for that trip. These operate 24 hours / day so the time of your arrival does not really make a difference. Some hotels also offer airport pick up service , either free of charge or at a cost (that may be more expensive than the airport limo) & it may help to check with them . Enjoy your trip !
Not only for Giza but every places i have been in Egypt, it is so easy to get friends with the people there. If i would like to have someone with me there i would take him/her just into where more Egyptian people are to talk and experience society there.
Fondest memory: Ready to smile People with their Cultural / Ancient monument's background views.
When I arrived at Giza to visit its famous Pyramids in November 2007, I expected to find a grand visitors centre and a lavish ticket office. I thought there would be a souvenir shop, a café and a row of cashiers to take money from the thousands of visitors. This is what I have come to expect from international tourist sites.
So, I was surprised when my taxi pulled up in the car park and pointed me in the direction of a small stone-built cubicle, with a couple of small openings (tiny windows, covered by bars), behind which two people were issuing tickets. The only sign on the building was a simple Arabic sign hanging haphazardly above the windows. This was a rather unlikely looking ticket office for such a popular tourist attraction!
To be honest, my initial thought was that this must be a scam. I had visions of handing over my cash and receiving a meaningless piece of paper that would cause the guards at the entrance to turn me away with a sympathetic smile and point me in the direction of the *real* ticket office.
The driver of my taxi told me not to pay any more than 50 EGP (5 GBP) for my ticket, irrespective of what anybody outside the ticket office told me. I made my way to one of the windows, handed over my 50 EGP and was issued with a simple paper ticket. I walked to the nearby entrance, showed my ticket to the guard with a sense of trepidation, underwent a security check and was admitted into the site. Relief!: The ticket office was genuine!
Look out for touts and would-be guides around the ticket office and entrance. As soon as I passed through the entrance, I was pounced upon by a man asking to see my ticket. He told me that he was a guide and that all visitors were legally required to have a guide with them when visiting the site. I told him that I didn’t believe him and attempted to shake him off. He called over a policeman/guard and to my surprise (or rather my lack of surprise given the reputation of the Egyptian police force and my general cynicism!), the policeman confirmed his story and told me that I needed a guide. I knew this wasn’t true, so I told them that I didn’t want one and walked off in the direction of the Pyramids. The guide followed me for a few steps, but soon gave up.
There are many friendly and kind natives around the pyramids, they will chat with you and offer you to wear a head-scarf, give you scarab and smile! Not all of them are annoying some are very nice and friendly and decent!
This man was thrilled to hear I was from Yugoslavia (Serbia all right...), and he kept repeating Tito-Nassr, Tito-Nassr!!! :)))
As the most people I believed that the Great Pyramids of Giza lie out in the desert. I was rather surprised when I looked out of the window of my Hotel which was situated in the center of Giza I saw the Pyramids right in front of the city area among the distant buildings. In fact they sit on the city limits of Greater Cairo because Giza is its suburb.
And on the contrary, when you are walking around the Plateau of Giza among the Pyramids you may see Cairo and Giza on a distance. As I read in Michael’s page in 1970-80th it was possible to climb up the Pyramid and admire the Cairo scenery… Now you can’t do it unfortunately. I knew it before visiting the Plateau but was sorry having no opportunity to climb up even 20-30 meters…
You may watch my VIDEO-Clip from my personal YouTube channel: 5 min 43 sec Egypt Giza Traveling around Plateau by bus 2007
Fondest memory: You may watch my Giza Plateau high resolution photos on Google Earth in Giza according to the following coordinates 29º 58' 21.07" N 31º 7' 14.31" E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Giza Plateau, Giza Plateau 2.
Al-Ahram Station. 12 kilometers from the Cairo center.
Open: May – September 8.30 – 17.00
October – April 8.30 – 16.00
Entrance fee (April 2007): 50LE ($10) - Queen’s Pyramids included.
The Pyramid of Cheops 100LE ($20).
The Pyramid of Chephren 100LE ($20).
The Pyramid of Mycerinus 75LE ($15).
Photo and video allowed outside and forbidden inside.
You may see David Roberts drawings of Giza (1839) at the 2nd-5th pics.
Useful links: Tour Egypt
Wikipedia Pyramids of Giza
Discovery Google Earth Video
Giza or Gizah also sometimes rendered in English as Gizeh, is a city on the West bank of the Nile river, some 20 km southwest of central Cairo and now part of the greater Cairo metropolis. Its name is famous as the location of the Giza Plateau where the most impressive ancient monuments in the world, including the Great Sphinx, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and a number of other pyramids and temples are located.
Giza was part of the ancient city of Memphis, which was inhabited as early as the Second Dynasty. Now its is a suburb of the giant city of Cairo with 5-millions of inhabitants.
The modern city of Giza doesn’t look very pleasant: infinite high stores blocs of flats and dirty canals… But you are ready to forget it when you see the Pyramids!