Light and Sound Show, Cairo
Want a truly unforgettable evening of entertainment in Cairo? Then don't miss the world-famous Pyramids Sound and Light Show in Giza!
The Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramids takes place on the Giza plateau. The one-hour show begins with the illumination of the Sphinx, who narrates the history of the pyramids and their builders.
I really had the time of my life, my friend and I really enjoyed the show and most of all the view.
we booked the tickets online via there website which turned out to be a bad idea! the guy who was responsible for the online reservation was absent that day and they others didn't know what to do so they kept us waiting outside the gate in a very awkward situation, while letting everyone in! until they made a few phone calls and then let us in and show us to our seats.
Don't forget to bring a jacket 'cause it gets cold there
This is really amazing. Your in egypt and need to spend some quality time with the pyramids besides being ripped off by camel herders. So, why not absorb egyptian ancient history through sate of the art projection laser beam on the face of the pyramids themselves! Very novel idea, and the fact they pull it off warrants a visit.
It was entertaining for sure. It is a very well run event, organised, and efficient, which is saying a mouthful considering you are in Cairo, the land of the abyss.
The Sound and Light show takes place at the Pyramids every night. There are a number of different shows each night - i.e. a number of shows in different languages. Chose the one that suits you, and don't assume it's just as good whether you understand the language or not because the show is very informative and interesting.
It costs about €11 to enter and I would advise you to arrive early to get the seat you want. If you get there about 45 mins before you will have your choice of seating.
As you enter, you will be encouraged to take a seat in one of the bars which are elevated above the arena and where you will be served alcohol or soft drinks at highly inflated prices. For example, it costs €20 for two gins and tonic. These seats are indeed good, especially if you get there early and have a front seat as we did.
However, the arena seats are perhaps even better and they are right in front of the laser show itself. I was more than amused to see spectators arrive with their little bags of KFC (there's a KFC beside the entrance) and even pizzas. Obviously these spectators don't sit in the expensive alcohol area but I bet they enjoy the show!
The show starts with a very strange display of Pharoahs playing the (tartan) bagpipes. being an irishwoman I was particularly amused when they played "It's a Long Way to Tipperary." Then it proceeds to a very informative and spectacular laser show.
The whole lot lasts about 50 mins.
Get your driver to drop you right at the gates, as if he doesn't you will find yourself swamped with touts!
Dress Code: Wear what you like - it's casual. Cover up if you want to avoid mosquito bites.
The pyramids are lovely when lit up in an array of colours (photos coming soon), but whoever decided to reenact the entire history of Egypt over the laser show deserves to be spanked. We are, of course, talking about a very long show. And there are only so many different colours you can shine onto the pyramids, so the novelty is lost after a while.
Worth the price, but not a must see.
HINT: if you can strike a deal with the nearby stables, go on a ride with their camel/horse and come back by sunset and enjoy the show for free-- most stable owners have a house looking out to the pyramids. Rooftop viewing platform is the secret. :)
In Cairo, most popular nightlife for tourist especially for those 1st timer, should make a point to visit sound and ligh show at Giza Pyramids.
I wouldnt say spectacular but it is one of the great moments to enjoy the great egyptian monuments. Its such an experience that i can feel great pharaohs in power those days.
It was so quiet, dark, and cold seating right in front of the theater to witness the greatest monuments show of this century.
Dress Code: Casual wear but make sure you bring along sweaters and jackets.
It is likely that while in Egypt you will be told about a light and sound show at the Giza Pyramids. This is actually a norm at many popular Egyptian archaeological sites. It is basically a show of lights shining on the historical monuments with information given on the historic significance of the site. Audiences usually sit on outdoor benches in the night air. If you like light shows, go ahead. But if you don't, then do not blow your precious cash on something that may not be worth it for you.
When buying excursions to go out in Cairo, theres no need to pay for the Sound & Light show at the pyramids. You can watch it for free if you go to the Albadawia Cafe/Restaurant which is across the road right in front of the Sphinx....
You can sit on the rooftop of the restaurant have a nice meal & a bottle of wine or beer & see it all for free from there.... plus you get a great view & the meal is very cheap. Also for any Shisha fans like myself, you can smoke it all night there for only 10 Egyptian Pounds.
Dress Code: No dress code, mainly casual clothing is worn here.
when you go to cairo there is the district giza sound familar it's the place with the pyramids wright across the street from the sphinx is the pizza hut during the night the pyramids do light and sound shows so if you'd like to see them free go to the pizza hut and ask to get on the roof the sound is so loud that you can hear it very clearly after then show is done ther is an internet cafe very near by that has fast internet it takes a while to get the pay down to a reasonable price but it's worth it
Dress Code: no dress code
Cairo comes alive at night.
It is the best time to shop, eat delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, or simply watch the world go by from a pavement cafe'. You can dine in a floating restaurant on the Nile, sample a shisha at a coffee-shop or see oriental dancers and cabarets at a luxury hotel.
Don't forget the most essential after dark experience, the Sound and Light show at the Pyramids, a dramatic fusion of light and music recounting the story of antiquity in different foreign languages