Gizeh Pyramids, Cairo
Favorite thing: Giza is a suburb of Cario to the south west of the city. It is the home of the famous pyramids and the Sphinx. Nearly 5000 years ago this area became a royal burial ground. The Egyptian people built three pyramids to serve as tombs for their dead kings around 2686 - 2181 BC. The three pyramids are "Menkaure" (the smallest of the three), "Khafre' (the centre pyramid) and "The Great Pyramid" (the oldest and largest of the three).
Favorite thing: Cheops Pyramid: Not much is known about Khufu (or Cheops, as the Greeks called him). The tomb had been robbed long before it was discovered by archeologists. He is thought to have been the ruler of a highly structured society and he must have been very wealthy. At Giza the pyramids reached its climax and the standard features of the Old Kingdom pyramid complex. Yet after five and a half centuries this flourishing civilization collapsed, plunging Egypt into disorder.
Bring a visit to the pyramids and if you have the possibility go when it is the 'Sound and Light Show'!!!
A dramatic fusion of light and music recounting the story of antiquity in different foreign languages.
Favorite thing: No one would go to Cairo without visiting the Pyramids, so click on this photo and have a good look at the Pyramids as seen from the air! I was a little slow, here, because I had no idea that we would fly over the Pyramids, and was not really prepared for taking photos! They don't look that big from this height do they?!!
This is a MUST to any Cairo's visitor. You can find them on a desert plateau approximately 15 kms out of Cairo. Entrance fee for tourists is LE 20 for the grounds of the three pyrmaids. Entry into the pyramids is LE 10-40 per pyramid. Entry to a platform by the Sphinx is LE 10 for tourists.
There are three ways of getting to the pyramids. The first is by the new air-conditioned bus No. 355. Pick it up from Midan Tahrir at the Egyptian Museum and take the 20 minutes bus ride for LE2. You can also take a microbus, easier to pick up from the pyramids (at the corner of Desert Highway and Pyramids Road) than to find downtown (ask for the bus to 'Haram' - try the Ramses Hilton). It costs 25pt and you will be dropped off short of the pyramids, so look for the Oberoi Mena House Hotel. The third option is a taxi that will cost you about LE15 one-way.
Do not pass up on the opportunity to enter the pyramids (at this time it is possible to enter Cheops and Mikerinos). Although not as decorative as the tombs at Thebes, there is something magical about standing within the pyramids. One thing I must add from my own experience and those of visitors to the pyramids: it is easy to be distracted by the intense harrassment of the highly aggressive merchants, camel and horse owners, and impromtu 'official' ticket checkers, all out to part you from your money. Do not hand your ticket over to anyone except the uniformed agent beside the ticket box at the entrance to the site and at the
entrance of each pyramid or else you may have to pay to have your ticket returned. Do not hesitate to be aggressive back and seek out the tourist police if you are not eventually
left in peace.
The Solar Boat Museum is located behind Cheops Pyramid (LE 20 for tourists) and houses the boat that may have carried the body of Pharaoh Cheops down the Nile from Memphis. Discovered in 1954, the boat is over 4,500 years old and show signs of use.
See the pyramids, see the fake that every travel agency make about those pyramids. Its easy to imagine these monuments to be out in the desserts, but they aren´t, couse cairo grows so fast as a city that the pyramids soon will be in the middle of the city..
Fondest memory: A funny story our guide told us, as we enered the bus she started to count so everyone was present, she had to do so couse there was a coupple once that was on one of this guided tours, and when the tour was over the guide asked in the buss if someone was missing someone, there where no answer so the bus took off. After a while the guide suddenly rememberd a man that was missing, so she asked the lady sitting alone:
- wasnt there a man sitting next to you?
- yes there was, answered the lady
- But i asked if someone was missing someone, why didnt you say he was missing?
- Well maybe you miss him but i dont, said the lady!
The coupple had have an fight earlier the day, so the man had to take a taxi for 500 km.
Efter that the guide always counted the passanger...
and this is a true story..
Check out the pyramids at the Giza plateau. Down to the right of this photo you can see the city of Cairo. Soon the city will surround the pyramids completely...
Fondest memory: Here: The Chefren Pyramid. On it's top you can still see some marble. Once upon a time the whole pyramids was covered by marble.
We went the back way. This is a trick that saves the entrance fee to the pyramids. You don't get the traditional view with the sphinx up close, but you do get the Lawrence of Arabia atmosphere after you've squeezed through the fence and gone past the rubbish dump. At a number of points it's just you, the desert, and a few pointy, triangle thingies. Just act like you don't see the guide passing a few pounds to the camel-mounted-police-force to keep them happy - it's included in the price.
You will also be offered a drink from a figure in the desert with his donkey. Before you say yes the bottle will be opened and the drink given. Best to tell the guide before you get there that you're diabetic, and you'll save yourself a pound. My daughter got to ride the donkey for free, though.
It's a shaky first ten minutes on a camel, but once you let yourself jellify in the saddle you find yourself showing off all the one-handed stunts and acting like you go to work this way at home. I caught myself humming 'The Magnificent Seven' a number of times.
You come up to the pyramids on the left hand side, so the row of the three major ones are there in a slightly different lay-out to all the traditional pics. You can't get into the compound this way, but we two were the only tourists there at 4pm on a saturday. We loved it.
A guard will invite you for a visit into the mini caves beside Cheops. Some of them have pits going down for ever that you have to jump over. You can still smell the incense in the sand - although I have a feeling the locals add their own, modern versions to keep the history alive. The guide was a bit greedy - but when I stuck to my offer of 10LE the marriage proposals stopped. So that was a 20 well saved.
When we first headed the wrong way from the stables and tiptoed through the rubbish dump I thought I'd done something stupid. But it turned out I hadn't. We really did fall on my feet.
Fondest memory: The first view of the pyramids rising about the houses in Giza is a sight you'll remember forever. OK, the first setting isn't the most beautiful, but I kind of liked the old and the new. A kind of Demi-Ashton thing.
Whne visiting the most exciting thing was going inside the great pyramid of Giza. GOing inside was a great experience and very intersting with all the tunnels and paths you can take and of course seeing the actual tomb. Then right across for mthe seeing the sphinx himself.
Fondest memory: The fondest memories are of course the pyramids of giza and the sphinx. Also seeing the world famous museum of Cairo.
Just driving down the road and there are the pyrimids .......I was expecting to go out to the desert.....no just at the end of the road..........I suffer with my backso was advisd not to enter into them..but my husband did .......wow.......
Fondest memory: Museme is just out of this wold the finest collection in the world.....bring camera without flash if you want to use.
go with camel to pyramides, and walk like an Aigyptian.
this area is not the right place for buys.
very big... very old !
Favorite thing: Be prepared to defend yourself from aggressive hawkers. They will try to give you something and say it is free (a gift for you), not take it back and then want money.
Favorite thing: Our visits to Giza were fantastic. Go during the day and then back again for sunset and the light show at night.
Favorite thing: While in Giza,take a ride on the camel.A bit folklor one may say, however it worths trying because of the fun!!!
Favorite thing: Get to Giza and wander among the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Take a look at my travelogue on my Giza page.