Giza

Giza, Egypt

Located on the bank of the River Nile, Giza is the home to one of the oldest mysteries of mankind, the pyramids and the sphinx, ancient monuments that remind us of a glorious past of humans and a dream to live forever. The city of Giza has always been considered to be the central point of the history of Egypt due to its proximity to Memphis, the capital of the ancient kingdom. Giza, attracts tourists, archeologists and scientists from all over the world as there are many hidden mysteries still buried under the pyramids and other monuments.

Location: 5.1 km southwest of Cairo, Egypt

Climate: Hot desert climate, hot in the day, cold in the nights, May-October are hot summer months while November-April are mild winter months. Carry light clothes in light colors and something warm for the nights. There is rain during January-August, so keep that in mind too!

Best Time to Visit: December- February are most pleasant to visit

How to reach:

By Air: The nearest airport is Cairo International Airport

By the Metro

By Taxi or Private Buses

Points of Interest

The Great Pyramid of Giza

Location: Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

Timings: All days-  8AM–5PM

How to reach:

By Bus: Bus 355/357 from Heliopolis to the Pyramids.

By Metro: The Giza station is on Pyramids Road.

By Taxi: Ask for "el-ha-ram."

The most popular and biggest site in Giza, also known by the name of KHUFU it leads the prestigious list of Seven Wonders of the World. This ancient structure is made of only stones and is a phenomenal example of ancient architecture and engineering. Covering an area of nearly 13 acres, this mostly solid mass with only few interior spaces is considered to be the final resting ground of the King Khufu. It is built from 2.5 million limestone blocks, the weight of each being 2.6 ton, a total of 6.3 million tons. It is a huge structure that has left many in awe including Napoleon, when he saw it for the first time. Do visit this marvel to be enchanted by its mammoth size and beauty.

Great Sphinx of Giza

Location: Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

Timings: All days:  8AM–5PM

How to reach:

By Bus: Bus 355/357 from Heliopolis to the Pyramids.

By Metro: The Giza station is on Pyramids Road.

By Taxi: Ask for "el-ha-ram."

The great sphinx of Giza, a statue made of Limestone is a colossal sculpture with the body of a lion and human head. Located to the south of the pyramid of Khafre, it is the symbol of Egypt and has inspired numerous poets, adventurers, scholars and tourists. Assumed to be hiding several secrets, the sphinx has a missing nose and beard. It has been said that the sphinx is here to protect the pyramids. You can feel the aura of mystery around this place. The harsh terrain and weather has damaged the sphinx structure over time but it still is a fabulous structure and a must see.

Pyramid of Khafre

Location: Al Ahram, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

Timings: All Days: 1:20AM–6PM

How to reach: By Bus: Bus 355/357 from Heliopolis to the Pyramids.

By Metro: The Giza station is on Pyramids Road.

By Taxi: Ask for "el-ha-ram."

The Pyramid of Khafre is considered to be the tomb of Pharoh Khafre, the 4th dynasty King of Egypt and the son of Khufu. Inside the pyramid, are the complex passages which lead to probably the burial site of the King. The pyramid of Khafre is slightly less tall than that of his father. It is in fact, not a great match for the Great Pyramid as it does not show the same degree of precision. Its angle is also sharper while the four corners do not meet accurately at the apex due to lack of proper alignment giving the top a slight twist.  However, being the second largest Pyramid in Egypt, Khafre’s Pyramid takes advantage of its superior location to steal the limelight on the plateau.

Gezira Island

Location: Nile River, Cairo, Egypt.

Timings: All Days

How to reach:  Taxi-Downtown or Mohandiseen

The Gezira Island is quite of a contrast to most of Cairo, which is swelling with people and overwhelming. Gezira Island also known as "Zamalek", has lovely apartments, small alleys and cafes neatly tucked under lush green trees reminding tourists of Paris. The city has all the modern facilities including an opera house, golf course, sports complexes, shopping centers and restaurants. You can see the Cairo tower which is an important landmark of Gezira. With the River Nile flowing by, there are docked cruise boats that offer fine dining experiences for those who seek uniqueness.

Grand Egyptian Museum

Location: El RemayahSq, Cairo-Alex. Road | Pyramids, Giza, Egypt

Timings: Friday - Closed

Saturday -Closed

Sunday-Thursday: 9AM–4PM

How to reach:

By Taxi: from Cairo- 24 min via ring road

25 min via al-ha-ram

The site for the Grand Egyptian Museum is located at the edge of the first desert plateau between the pyramids and Cairo. The grand Egyptian museum hosts the rarest of rare artifacts, statues of kings, library. Its grand staircase leads to the exhibition area which guides the tourists with audio and video informatics about the artifacts. The most famous part of the museum is the King Tutankhamen section displaying his belongings. Presently the museum is under construction and is scheduled to open partially in 2018.

 

 

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