Pyramids of Giza Travel Guide

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Pyramids of Giza Highlights

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    atufft says…

     Giza is an easy trip by bus or taxi from Cairo 

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     Becoming more artificial, added steps to the pyramid, the sphinx is across from a Pizza Hut 

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     You just must see this - this is one of the oldest monuments on Earth! 

Pyramids of Giza Things to Do

  • Walk round the plateau

    The Giza Plateay gives a view of the city of Cairo that is encroaching upon it rapidly. From the air the pyramids are set in one corner of the large flat stretch of land.The obvious attractions are the three large pyramids of Khufu, Khafra and Menkhare, three generations from the 4th Dynasty. The largest , the Great Pyramid of khufu, has been...

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  • Sphinx (2)

    part two of my sphinx tip more pictures around the sphinx.a warning, the sellers and touts and hawkers in the walkway going to the sphinx is the more aggressive of them all around the Giza Complex, so be sure to be in a big group when going to the Sphinx.the sphinx is the iconic guardian of the pyramids and is where the light and sound show plays...

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  • Sphinx (1)

    this will be a teo part tip with more pictures around the sphinx.a warning, the sellers and touts and hawkers in the walkway going to the sphinx is the more aggressive of them all around the Giza Complex, so be sure to be in a big group when going to the Sphinx.the sphinx is the iconic guardian of the pyramids and is where the light and sound show...

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  • Male Dancer

    Whilst enjoying our Nile Cruise and lunch we all enjoyed the entertainment. The colourful male dancer was a big hit, however I think the Belly Dancer attracted more attention.

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  • Belly Dancer

    The food was good, but the entertainment was better.The Belly Dancer gained everyones attention. I think the women were more interested than the men.

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  • Nile River Lunch Cruise

    After visiting the Museum of Egyptian Antiquites we drove to the Nile River where we boarded a river boat for our lunch. The cruise on the river was short, however the buffet lunch was good. The highlight was the entertainment, including a glamorous Belly Dancer and a colourful Male Dancer.

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Pyramids of Giza Nightlife

  • Seeing the Pyramids at night....

    The commentary might not impress you, but the dazzling light show and awe-inspiring backdrop of the Sphinx and Pyramids was very entertaining. Plus, it was just cool to see the pyramids at night! Three times a night in three different languages, the Sphinx plays the role of storyteller, narrating the history of ancient Egypt. Shows are held in...

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  • Sound and Light Show

    With a very low price one can join the sound and lights laser show of pyramids and sphinx and get the story(in English) by watching it at an openair area. No Video taking if not paid some extra

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  • Night in Giza

    The pyramids and the Sphinx are floodlit at night. Light and Sound Show performances are given in the area to the southeast of the Sphinx.For many years, the Sound and Light Show at Giza opened with, "You have come tonight to the most fabulous and celebrated place in the world. Here on the Plateau of Giza stands forever the mightiest of human...

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Pyramids of Giza Transportation

  • Horse and Horse Carriage Rides

    If you want to feel being how a high official or even the Pharaoh rode during these ancient times, then you must to the horse carriage ride or horse rides along the pyramid complex, this ride is more authentic and is more a bang for your buck than the overpriced camel rides in the Giza Necropolis complex. There are many free lancers in the...

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  • Camel Ride around the Necropolis

    if you haven't experienced riding a camel and you are not visiting other parts of egypt (which we did and the camel rides are way cheaper!) which have camel rides too or going to other middle eastern countries who have deserts and camel rides as well, then you can do camel ride her in giza necropolis but a fair warning, the prices are padded up for...

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  • Big Tour Buses

    The Pyramids of Giza is the Number one Tourist Destination of Egypt and almost all tourists that goes to Cairo also Goes to the Giza Pyramids and Necropolis and many tourists arrive at giza via Big Tour Buses and some at Private Vans.these tour buses also come with free WIFI Internet services for the Tourists and shuttle the tourists like us along...

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Pyramids of Giza Shopping

  • Souvenir Stalls, Hawkers, Touts Sellers,...

    being the number one tourist destination of egypt, the Giza Necropolis has lots of mini stalls, hawkers, touts asking for alms and selling items and other unscrupolous elements like the pick pockets, photo scammers and the like. since having permanent shopping stalls are not allowed in the Complex, the sellers have wooden stalls of which they put...

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  • What's your best price?

    Plenty of items to be had at the observation point, may not be the cheapest but it is convenient. Always haggle, it is expected.June 1995 Any imaginable souvenir

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  • Egyptian Perfumery

    Egyptian perfumes are available in this store. They call it Essences of Flower Perfumes. They have a variety of essences and you will find the list on one of the photos I posted. The perfumes smell good and the price is a skyrocket. I bought a bottle of Lotus Flower perfume. The size of which is a little bigger than a nail polish bottle. You know...

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Pyramids of Giza Local Customs

  • Giza Pyramid Photos

    i have included this in the local customs instead of the tourist traps since the photographer taking our group photos is a personal friend of our very nice and friendly tour guides Hassan and Aymen. the photographer takes individual shots of you and your group and the Pyramids Vista Point, where is your first stop in the Giza Necropolis and will...

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  • Sheikh Al' Mario Mohamed Portugal

    Sheikh Al' Mario Mohamed Portugal is showing himself off :)These photo shots were taken in Giza in September 2011.

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  • THE CAMEL - PART 1

    Camels are know as the ‘Ships of the Desert’ and rightfully so. They can easily survive where other animals cannot. They are amazing strong, versatile, useful, but inherently vile and evil beasts. Just remember that they are foul tempered and will happily bite you and/or spit in your face. Just keep to the sides or rear and you will be fine. There...

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Pyramids of Giza Warnings and Dangers

  • Agressive Touts, Sellers, Pickpockets

    since the current political situation in egypt which is less than stable since the 2011 ousting of Hosni Mubarak and the present Mohammed Morsi, the touts, assorted hawkers, sellers and the notorious pickpockets around the giza necropolis have gotten more aggressive as there are less tourists going to egypt because of the continuing political...

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  • Touts

    The Pyramids attract millions of tourists each year, unfortunately this means they also attract the dishonest which does lead to harassment by the camel drivers and touts, fortunately there are usually a number of the black-uniformed Tourist Police around.June 1995

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  • Drink Plenty

    This may be stating the obvious, but take on plenty of liquid or better still have bottled water with you and sip from it often. It really does get very hot here, averaging 35 deg. C in the high season. A hat and sunscreen are also essential.June 1995

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Pyramids of Giza Tourist Traps

  • Don't Pose in Front of Camels for a...

    don't ever pose in front of camels around the giza necropolis area as eventhough you are not riding them and you are just in front of them and taking pictures, the camel herders wil pester you, rather aggressively to pay them for the picture! they will ask 40 LE (about 5 US Dollars) as payment, even though they are not the ones who took the shot...

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  • Don't believe the friendlinesss

    During our stay in Cairo, we were often stopped in the street by helpful people offering advice. About 20% of these are genuine. The remaining 80% will have a warm conversation with you, invite you for tea at their workplace or home, which inevitably turns out to be a shop. Either their own or that of a close relative. After some polite...

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  • Don't fall for any story

    Before you even set foot inside the pyramids area, you are set upon a myriad vultures. All friendly, asking where you are from etc and saying don't worry they work for the pyramids co. THEY ARE ALL 'GUIDES' and they all want money and they do not add value. The stickiest bull dusters you've ever encountered. This is a filthy, disgusting place. If...

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Pyramids of Giza What to Pack

  • Bring Light Colored Shirts and Walking...

    When visting the Giza Pyramids and Necropolis, you must bring light colored shirts so as to deflect the rays of the sun as it can get really hot since this area is an arid desert (the sahara) after all. you can use your walking shorts instead of jeans and slacks . Don't wear leather shoes as it will be hard to walki in desert sand in this kind of...

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  • Bring Hats and Sunglasses

    Everyone Knows that The Pyramids of Giza is along the Harsh Sahara Desert (the largest desert in the world) and that You can get sun burned easily even if you have brought sun tans along if you don't cover your head with a hat of a cap as 20% of liquid loss by the body is via the head. plus to avoid heat stroke as the suns rays penetrate your...

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  • Bring A Sunblock Lotion

    late may to october, this is the hottest months in Giza and Cairo where the temperature rises up to 52 degrees celsius (125 fahrenheit), it is best to bring sun screen lotions (preferably the higher SPF's of 50 to 120) to put into your face, neck, upper back and arms as to prevent any sunburn on these areas and off course the important hat and...

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Pyramids of Giza Off The Beaten Path

  • Mastabas and temples.

    All around the pyramid site are the remains of the tombs of nobles who wished to be buried as close to their pharaoh as possible. Many of these were 'mastabas', the heaped stones which were the precursors of the pyramids.I had never realised they existed; I'd always thought of the pyramids at Giza standing alone, not set within a complex of other...

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  • Old Kingdom Tombs

    In behind the Great Pyramid of Khufu are tombs that likely belonged to the Pharoh's advisors. They are interesting as they do contain hieroglyphs. The guard is willing to "guide" you so be prepared to pay backsheesh.

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  • The Sphynx Temple

    The Sphynx Temple is located right in front of the Sphynx, to it's left, if you're facing it. The Sphynx Temple is considered the be first solar oriented temple associated with a pyramid complex. There's very little inside, however, and some people suggest it's even unfinished. The layout is peculiar, and it appears that it was possibly used for...

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Pyramids of Giza Sports & Outdoors

  • Horseriding

    The desert around pyramids is also a good spot for horseriding. If you are there in the evening be prepared with light warm clothes as it get a little cold and windy. Early morning is another prefered time to try horseriding.

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  • Camel-ride

    Well, if you wanna try camel -ride, perhaps this is the best place. All you need to know is to agree on time and money. The usual rate goes at 50 EGP per hour as on February, 2005 but that might be the most optimistic rate considering you are a hard-begainer and that its not that touristy at that time.

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  • Vista Points around Pyramid Road

    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...

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  • Walking Around the Necropolis

    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...

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  • Giza City

    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...

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