About The Great Pyramids of Giza

Welcome to the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World! These pyramids are the largest in Egypt and are located on the Giza plateau near Cairo. They took nearly twenty years to build, and all by hand. To date, the specifics of how these pyramids were constructed remain a mystery to humankind- as do the stories of excavation and inhabitants. Built by the Pharaohs, the three pyramids are essentially tombs or a necropolis - but they are as much about how the Egyptians lived as they are about how they died. Three of Giza's pyramids and their burial complexes were built from 2550 to 2490 B.C. Giza pyramid complex includes the three Great Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, several cemeteries, a workers' village, and an industrial complex. The three Great Pyramids are Khufu/Cheops, Khafre/Chephren, and Menkaure. The height is about 146.7 meters and the length is about 230.34 meters. 

 One can go on for hours without realizing how time flew for there is so much to walk around and gush over. It was constructed as a tomb for the Fourth Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu.  Visiting this magnificent place is a once in a  lifetime experience. You can take a horseback tour to ride into the desert to see them if you don't wish to walk. There is also a small museum attached to the pyramids, and it houses the Khufu's solar boat as well. Spend enough time exploring both the interiors of the pyramids as well as the exterior complex, and if you like taking pictures, the sun leads to some very interesting hide and seek patterns on the pyramids for you to capture.

Must See

 

  • Great Pyramid 
  • (Pyramid of Cheops or Pyramid of Khufu) 
  • Great Pyramid (Pyramid of Cheops or Pyramid of Khufu) ...
  • Solar Boat Museum. Solar Boat Museum. ...
  • Eastern Cemetery. ...
  • Western Cemetery. ...
  • Pyramid of Chephren (Pyramid of Khafre) ...
  • Pyramid of Mycerinus (Pyramid of Menkaure) ...
  • Sphinx. ...
  • Camel & Horse Rides at the Pyramids
     

How to reach

By Bus:

These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby  IC19, IC40

355 and 357 runs from downtown to the Giza Pyramids

By Taxi:

Alternatively, one may opt for white or yellow or black taxis 

Tips

  • Before you plan your trip to The Great Pyramids of Giza make sure you are well organized 
  • Summer is definitely the best time to visit this region, but it comes with risks
  • You’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, so make sure to pack some sunscreen to avoid getting burned
  • Wear light clothing that is breathable, carry sunglasses, scarf, hat
  • Wear comfortable shoes as the surfaces at the Pyramid complex can be uneven and a lot of walking is involved on the sand
  • Check for hotels nearby with a view of the Pyramids from your window, rooftop or private balcony as there are some good hotels around with great deals 
  • You may come across some fully inclusive tour which includes entry tickets, drinks, and a camel ride, etc
  • Try and arrive early
  • Don’t forget to go to the Panorama view, one point where one picture would capture (all 9 Pyramids) and is much quieter. Ask your guide to take you there
  • There aren't many toilets around 
  • Do not miss the evening shows with some great lights, the play of shadows  
  • Although many places accept card it is advisable you keep some cash with you 
  • The Great Gallery inside the Great Pyramid of Giza is very narrow, reconsider going inside if you suffer from claustrophobia
  • Carry tissues while going inside the King's Chamber as it humid there
  • Do not let any vendor thrust anything in your hand
  • Having a local along surely helps
  • Refrain from making negative comments about Islam, politics, or any religion in general

Visit Time

October to March
Sunday:            8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday:            8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday:           8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday:      8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday:          8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday:               8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:           8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

April and September
Sunday:              7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday:              7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday:             7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday:        7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday:            7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday:                 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday:             7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 

 

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Waiting Time

You may have to wait for 30 minutes in the queue for getting inside the pyramids

 

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Entrance Fee

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Giza Pyramids: 160 EGP

Entry to inside the Great Pyramid: 360 EGP

Entry to inside the 2nd or the 3rd Pyramid: 100 EGP

Entry to the Solar Boat Museum at Giza Pyramids: 100 EGP

Pyramids Sound and Light Show: -250 EGP

 

Note: Tickets are sold at 08:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily

 

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Time you can spend

You can actually spend an entire day watching and discovering the tomb 

 

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