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Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur

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Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur

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Overview

Enjoy the personalization and intimacy of your own, private Egyptologist on this one-of-a-kind tour of the Sphinx, Dahshur, Memphis and the Giza Pyramids. Travel back in time as you explore some of the ancient world’s most prized sites with the help of your expert, local guide.
  • Private tour to Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Dahshur; lunch option available
  • See Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Khafre and Pyramid of Menkaure
  • Enter one of the pyramids for an additional cost
  • Drive to the Sphinx and explore the Mummification Temple
  • Qualified Egyptologist guide, hotel pickup and drop-off, and air-conditioned transportation included
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Experience a Private and an expert Qualified Egyptologist guide.
Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans ; pick up from hotel and drop off.
lunch in a great restaurant.
Gratuities
Entrance to the interior of the the Great Pyramid is 300L.E currently, and liable to change without prior notice.

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9:00 AM
Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans; pick up from the hotel and drop off. There will be a supplement for transfer to/from hotels on (the 6th of October City– New Administrative Capital – The Settlement)
Make your way from your Cairo hotel to the Giza Plateau and prepare to embark on a memorable journey into ancient times. Your expert Egyptologist will show you the exteriors of three pyramids—Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure—as you learn about the history of this famed destination. Choose to enter one (additional cost) on your own to explore, since guides are not permitted inside. 

Follow your guide to the nearby plateau to capture photos of the three pyramids emerging from golden sands with the Cairo skyline in the background. Once you’ve snapped your shots, make your way to the feet of the Sphinx, where you’ll learn about the iconic lion with the head of a king from your Egyptologist.

From there, head to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Check out age-old artifacts like the fallen statue of Ramses II. Then head to Dahshur, where your guide will explain the differences between the true and step pyramids that emerged during the 3rd and 4th dynasties. 

Because this is a private tour, you’re free to determine how much time is spent at each of the destinations, making for a truly personalized experience. Travelers can opt to visit the Papyrus Institute to learn more about how this famous artwork is crafted.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Great Sphinx
Depart from your Cairo hotel and travel to the Giza Plateau, around 30 minutes from the city, home to the Great Pyramids and Sphinx. Your qualified Egyptologist guide will introduce you to each of the 3 pyramids from the outside, Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Khafre and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaure. You will have time to enter inside one of the pyramids (additional cost), however your guide is not permitted to escort you.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gizeh Plateau
Continue across the plateau for a photo opportunity of all 3 pyramids rising from the sands with the Cairo skyline in the background. A short drive to the other side of the plateau finds you standing at the feet of the Sphinx and there is time to explore the surrounds including the ruins of the Mummification Temple.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Memphis and Sakkara
Your next stop is at Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Here you will find artifacts from many of the great rulers of Egypt, including the huge fallen statue of Ramses II.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pyramids of Dahshour
Continue to Dahshur, most noteworthy for being the site that best demonstrates the change from the "step" pyramid to the 'true' pyramid that occurred during the 3rd and 4th dynasties.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dr. Ragab Papyrus Institute
This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites during the tour. In addition you will have the chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how this famous artwork is made and have the chance to purchase genuine items if you wish. If you do not want to include this visit, just inform your guide on the day.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY South Sinai Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur.
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur.

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star-5
Great driver and tour guide. Very...
NATALIA A
, Nov 2017
Great driver and tour guide. Very professional. No waiting in line and went inside the Giza Pyramid. Worth doing since its not everyday you will have this experience. When going inside the Pyramid, ensure you can bend low and climb the steep ramp like stairs. I got to visit all the other sites where other Pyramids were built but were not the Egyptians perfect pyramids. The Sphinx is awesome to see up close. Amazing history throughout the country. Worth every dime for this tour.
star-5
This was a great tour. Thanks to...
Rajdeep S
, Jul 2015
This was a great tour. Thanks to Osama for all his efforts and dispensing his great wisdom. Moufassa was a great driver! We would recommend this tour to anyone travelling to Egypt. I would also like to say, it was completely safe and I felt totally at home here!
star-5
Khaled Lotfi was our guide. He was...
Bryan D
, May 2015
Khaled Lotfi was our guide. He was terrific! Incredibly informative and interesting. Definitely one of the best tour days that I ever have experienced. I look forward to my next trip to Cairo. Khaled will definitely be my first choice for a guide!
star-5
I highly recommend this tour. The...
Janis A
, Mar 2015
I highly recommend this tour. The guide was phenomenal, lunch, was exceptional, and it was very well organized. I loved every minute!!
star-5
A very long, fulfilling day. Fuad...
Christopher F
, May 2013
A very long, fulfilling day. Fuad did a good job laying out our trip and giving us ample time at each venue. Having a private tour really helped gain the most out of each place. Was very surreal to be standing at the base of the red and bent pyramids with my wife and nobody else was around. What a moment. Giza and the Sphinx of course were much more crowded but we were still able to walk, talk and learn. Fuad certainly didn't oversell the prize of the stop in Memphis - the statue of Ramses. One cannot fathom how big the statue is until you see it. Also a nice touch of the trip - a stop at a family restaurant in Sakkara where a mom and her daughter were baking bread for our lunch right in front of us. Just a very enjoyable, educational day.
star-4
A nice and friendly tour guide and...
karen c
, Nov 2010
A nice and friendly tour guide and driver. Very informative. Chose good places to visit and fulfilled my dream of riding a camel. The only downside was visiting essence shop.
star-5
The tour was great, we wanted to go...
Juan Jose G
, May 2010
The tour was great, we wanted to go inside the big pyramid but couldn't get tickets, they get sold out very quickly. Instead, we bought tickets for the smaller pyramid, the tour guide told us it was exactly the same. The tour guide was very nice, she helped us get some really nice pictures. She asked us if we wanted to go to any shops, something we weren't asked before in other tours, I think that was good because we got to spend more time in other places. We really enjoyed the tour, these are places you could go by yourself but if you don't have enough time and don't feel like bargaining this tour is a must.
star-4
Excellent tour. The tour coordinator...
Man Wah Colina Y
, May 2010
Excellent tour. The tour coordinator and the guide met us at the hotel on time. The van was clean air cond could be improved a bit. Tour guide Ans was great. I just wish you have one tour that combines Memphis, Dahshur and Sakkara, since it's all nearby.
star-4
The sites were amazing, but we felt...
Eric D
, Apr 2010
The sites were amazing, but we felt that the guide could have walked around all of the sites with us and not left us to go round some on our own, after a brief explanation. As we were the only two in the party, it would have been a bonus to have had a personal guide who would answer questions. The lunch, however, was really excellent and one of our best meals in Egypt.
star-4
This was a very nice tour. My only...
Thomas P
, Dec 2009
This was a very nice tour. My only complaint was that the tour description said "No hidden costs," and there were some costs we weren't prepared for. For example, at the Giza pyramids we were taken to a place where approved camel drivers took us on a ride to a vista point and back. We were just told to get on the camels, as though it were a regular part of the tour. We were not told ahead of time that there would be an extra charge for this. On return, the driver asked for 150! yes, 150 US dollars per person. When we complained that we weren't told of this ahead of time, it was reduced to 200 Egyptian pounds about 40. But still, if this were an optional extra part of the tour, this should have been made clear at the beginning. Other than this the tour guide and driver were very helpful, knowledgeable and accomodating. We sincerely appreciate the excellent work they did.
star-4
Thanks for a great tour, and a special...
Maryna M
, Jun 2009
Thanks for a great tour, and a special thanks and commendation to our tour guide.
star-5
Note Sign up for the "Giza, Sphinx...
Preston R
, Nov 2008
Note Sign up for the "Giza, Sphinx, Memphis and SAKKARA" tour. Our tour guide was awesome. When she picked us up, she gave us a great history on the pyramids and timeline. She also explained that Sakkara was the oldest pyramid and that we could see Dahshur pyramid from there if we wanted to change our itinerary. It was great being on a private tour with just our family, the guide and driver. I am SOOOO glad we did it this way rather than go on a traditional tour with a busload of people. You get to spend as much time as you want, where you want. Also, you get to go shopping during the tour and our guide was very flexible about lunch which was a plus since we had our 8-year old with us. One note - if you want to ride the horses or camels, have your guide negotiate a good price for you. Also, you can go into the Great Pyramid, but make sure you let the travel agency know when you set up the pick-up time for this tour. The guide needs to get your tickets early it is an extra charge. They only allow 300 people inside the pyramid per day 150 in the morning, 150 in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we didn't know this and missed it - but apparently it is just an empty area anyway.
star-2
Our guide was horrible!!! He slept over...
Michelle R
, Oct 2008
Our guide was horrible!!! He slept over half of the time in the car and would wake up and mumble something about what we where going to see and send us out of the car with a time limit to be back by. He wasn't even going to allow us to get out to see the Sphinx!! He said it was too far of a walk and we could just get pictures from the car. We stood up for what we wanted at that point and said we didn't care about walking since we had hiked Petra, Jordan, for two days and wanted to see the Sphinx. He let us out of the car to see the Sphinx and then came looking for us to rush us out. Our 6-8 hour tour was less than 6 hours, and we didn't even get to see the step pyramid as advertised! How do you make sure you don't get a dud of a guide? I don't know.
star-5
Be prepared for the obligatory shopping...
Edward H
, Sep 2008
Be prepared for the obligatory shopping stops that eat away some of your time, and the aggressive but not dangerous merchants that are present at all the sites. Great guide and driver. Skip the lunch
star-5
Tour guide was great, everything is...
Kelly H
, Aug 2008
Tour guide was great, everything is extremely professional and fantastic!!! Don't recommend going to Dashur though, should have chosen the Sakkara tour instead, but that's nothing to do with the company itself, simply an bad choice of place!
star-4
The trip was really good. We were able...
Rachel H
, Aug 2008
The trip was really good. We were able to walk into the pyramids, ride camels, and we also stopped by a papyrus institute, perfume shop, and carpet school though the guide and driver sometimes made comments that were a bit rude. Beware of the hasslers at the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx who are constantly attempting to put items in your hands or on you by telling you that it's a 'gift' and then demanding money.
star-5
This tour was very good. We didn't take...
Russell O
, Jun 2008
This tour was very good. We didn't take the lunch deal because of the cost and we were happy we did not, as a lunch at that price in Cairo would be a total ripoff!

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