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Mit Rahina Village, Al Badrashin, Cairo

The Basics

On the site of ancient Memphis, the Mit Rahina open-air museum is an impressive, if bewildering, jumble of ancient statues. Highlights include an alabaster sphinx and beds used to mummify sacred bulls for the Serapeum temple at Saqqara.

Some tours enable travelers to check off the Giza pyramids, Saqqara, Dahshur, and Memphis in a day, but most visitors prefer to spread out the sightseeing. To move at a more leisurely pace, choose a tour of Memphis, Saqqara, and Dahshur, and save the other sites for another day. Most tours provide round-trip transport from Cairo or Giza.

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Full-Day Tour Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara
Full-Day Tour Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara
$75.00 per adult
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Amazing
Amazing trip with Mahmoud al Wakeel as a fantastic guide. Five stars is not enough. A dream came true
Jakob_L, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

star-5
Incredible day and guide!
Ana_C, Oct 2021
Full-Day Tour Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara
Incredible day at the Pyramids, Memphis and Saqqara. The guide Abdoul (Spanish and Portuguese speaker) was really nice with us and we learned a lot with him. Driver Ahmed was also great. A must-see in Cairo with a lot to learn.
star-5
The only way to go!
Adam_S, Oct 2021
Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Sakkara and City of Memphis Private Full Day Tour
What a great day with an incredible tour guide! We wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone other than Nasser! If you book this tour, you won’t be disappointed are all!
star-5
Excellent trip.
TeckGuan_C, Oct 2021
Full-Day Tour Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara
My vacation would not have been half as exciting if I did not have a tour guide Sayed Mahmoud and driver Muhamad Heba as experienced and friendly, you in this trip to Egypt will be etched out in our memories forever. Thank you Sayed and Muhamad I hope see you again som day! From Teck Guan Chan.
star-5
Great tour for those with limited time to explore
Sean_C, Oct 2021
Full day tour to Giza Pyramids& Sphinx, Sakkara and Memphis
Our tour guide was Hossam, and he did a great job explaining the history of each site visited. Communication before and during the tour was excellent. This is the perfect tour for those with limited time in Cairo who want to see as much as possible in a single day.
star-5
It was a trip of a lifetime!
Albert_O, Oct 2021
Private Day Tour To Giza Pyramids, Memphis and Sakkara
Ahmed was so attentive and we have made a lifelong friend in Cairo. He was very informative, funny and courteous. He went out of his way to make us feel at home and, thanks to him, I don;t think it could have gone any better. This is a great tour to learn and see about Egypt. This is the tour you need to take. Hopefully, you will get Ahmed.
star-5
Excellent Tour
josteele, Aug 2021
Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids
I had a great time on this tour! My guide, Noha, was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and adjusted the itinerary based on my interests. The tour operates exactly as described online, from the hotel pickup to the sightseeing. Dahshur, Saqqara and Memphis add a lot to get a more complete picture of ancient Egypt. Thank you again Noha!
star-5
Great sites, even better guide!
Kwok_N, Oct 2021
Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids
Great trip to see some of the lesser known sites in Egypt. Our guide Mohammed was knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating; we didn't feel rushed at any of the sites, even going an hour over our time without any complaints or pressure. A wonderful end to a dream trip for us!
star-5
Memphis, Sakkara, Dashur Pyramids with Ahmed
Arianna_A, Oct 2021
Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids
Ahmed was a great, knowledgeable and patient guide. We also had a fabulous tasting BBQ Lunch. He also acted as my photographer and took many pictures of me with each pyramid. The driver was nice and safe as well.
star-5
Wonderful!!
Robbin_H, Sep 2021
Half-Day Tour from Cairo: Dahshur Pyramids Sakkara and Memphis City
Incredible!!!! Great driver, so safe!! Fabulous tour guide!!! He answered all of our questions. A wonderful day!!
star-5
Great tour!
Christina_D, Sep 2021
Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Saqqara Trip
Medo was a fantastic guide, and our day was flawless. We can't recommend him and this tour enough! He was informative and flexible to suit the tour to our needs, and gave us a lot of great information about ancient and modern Egypt!
star-5
Amazing tour
EdJ, Sep 2021
Private Full-Day Tour to Giza Pyramids,Sphinx,Memphis, and Saqqara
It was an excellent experience and it was a wonderful service provided by our guide and driver. We really loved the private experience as we were given time to take photos and do the tour at our pace. We highly recommend it.
star-5
Great tour.
Daniel_M, Sep 2021
Half-Day Tour from Cairo: Dahshur Pyramids Sakkara and Memphis City
Great tour. Very informative. The tour guide was friendly and resourceful. They brought us to all the places without rushing us.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Memphis is a must-see for fans of ancient Egypt.

  • The attractions at the Mit Rahina open-air museum are sculptures, not architectural remains of the former city.

  • Some pieces from Mit Rahina will move to Giza's Grand Egyptian Museum, slated to open in 2020.

  • Mit Rahina is flat but sandy, possibly challenging for travelers who use wheelchairs or strollers.

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How to Get There

The Mit Rahina open-air museum sits around 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of downtown Cairo, 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Dahshur, and 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Saqqara. Public transit can be difficult if you don’t speak Arabic. Most travelers visit on a full- or half-day tour from Cairo or Giza.

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When to Get There

A compact site, the Mit Rahina museum feels crowded much more quickly than the vast expanses of Saqqara and Dahshur. It’s open every day, morning through afternoon, with reduced hours during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. To enjoy the sculptures in relative solitude, visit early in the day.

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Key Ancient Egyptian Sites Near Cairo

While you’ll find ancient sites all over modern-day Egypt, they cluster around two areas: Cairo, the capital during the Old Kingdom period, and Luxor, the capital during the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom periods. In Cairo, the three main royal burial grounds were at Giza, Saqqara, and Dahshur. The pharaohs who built the pyramids lived in Memphis.

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