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Located on the Giza Plateau, the Pyramids of Giza are one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Dating back over 4,500 years, these awe-inspiring pyramids were built as tombs for three kings of Egypt's Old Kingdom. Today, the Pyramids are one of the most popular tourist sites in the world, and see over 14 million visitors each year. Read on to find out more about the monumental Pyramids of Giza.
The best way to learn about the history of the Pyramids of Giza and ancient Egypt is to opt for a guided tour. You’ll be accompanied by an expert Egyptologist guide and get to explore highlights like the three Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. You’ll also get the chance to visit the Valley Temple and the Solar Boat Museum to learn all about the ancient religious rituals that once took place at this historic site.
If you’re looking to experience the Pyramids of Giza in a unique way, these are for you. Go on a camel safari or a horse carriage ride around the Giza Plateau and experience the pyramids from the quiet of the Sahara Desert. Or, for thrill-seekers, you can also ride around the pyramids and the desert on a quad bike, while accompanied by a professional tour guide.
There’s plenty to see in Cairo apart from the Pyramids of Giza, And with these tickets, you can go on a tour of the Egyptian Museum, home to the famous tomb artifacts of Tutankhamun, visit the Citadel of Cairo, a medieval Islamic fortification, and explore the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, one of the Middle East's oldest bazaars. You will be accompanied by an expert guide, and an optional professional photographer to capture your memories.
There are many wonderful ancient Egyptian sites to see just a few hours away from Cairo. Apart from the iconic Pyramids of Giza, you’ll also get to explore the best of ancient Egypt accompanied by an expert Egyptologist tour guide. Visit the very first pyramid built in Egypt, by King Djoser at Saqqara, and then continue on to Memphis, the old capital of ancient Egypt.
The best way to get your Pyramids of Giza tickets is to buy them online. You will be able to get amazing deals and make advanced bookings. And, it also gives you a safe and contactless experience with many additional benefits.
Convenience: You can skip the long queues and book your tickets with just a click. You’ll also get 24/7 customer service on phone, email, or chat.
Advanced Reservation: You can plan your trip in advance and avoid any disappointments like tickets selling out.
Discounts: Avail of some of the best discounts and book combo tours that allow you to visit other sites along with the Pyramids of Giza.
Cancellation: If you change your mind, you can even cancel your tickets up to 24h beforehand.
Safety: Online tickets allow for safe and contactless transactions.
For guided tours where you can also learn about Egypt’s rich history, you can either pick the “Guided Tour of the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids & the Bazaar”, the “Pyramids, Bazaar and Citadel Tour with Photographer”, or the “Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Memphis Tour from Cairo”.
If you want to sightsee a bit of Cairo beyond the Pyramids, you can choose the “Guided Tour of the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids & the Bazaar” or the “Pyramids, Bazaar, and Citadel Tour with Photographer”. These tours also include the other attractions around the Pyramids.
If you don’t have much time, and you just want to see the Pyramids, you can get the experience with the Half-Day Tour of Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, & Solar Boat Museum.
If you want a complete experience, then you can pick either the “Pyramids, Bazaar, and Citadel Tour with Photographer” or the “Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Memphis Tour from Cairo”. Both of these will allow you to explore the Pyramids of Giza and the surrounding areas. But, the “Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Memphis Tour from Cairo” is a more comprehensive experience where you also get to see ancient Egyptian sites outside Cairo.
For those who want an adventurous experience of the Pyramids of Giza, choose the “Quad Biking Tour of the Pyramids with Optional Camel Ride”. You can get a close-up view of the pyramids on a Quad Bike, and also have the option of going on a camel ride in the desert.
Situated in front of the middle pyramid, the Great Sphinx is a colossal statue of a mythical creature with the head of a man, and the body of a lion. Carved from a single giant block of sandstone, it is famous for its broken nose. Between its outstretched paws is the unfinished Sphinx temple, though no one knows what it was intended for.
Surrounding the three main Pyramids of Giza there are various smaller pyramids belonging to the pharaohs’ many queens. Each is accompanied by a temple, and they are opened up to visitors one at a time, so that you can descend to the sarcophagus inside. Some of the more famous queens buried here are Seshemnufer IV and Khentkaus I.
Each of the Pyramids of Giza, both big and small have an attached mortuary temple and a valley temple. Priests used the temples to worship the deceased kings. While some of them have all but disappeared, the best preserved is the Valley Temple of the Pyramid of Khafre
Just to the south of the Great Pyramid is the Giza Solar Boat Museum. It houses a reconstruction of the pharaoh Khufu’s solar barque. This was the ship buried with the king to use on his journey with the sun across the sky. However, in August 2021, it was relocated to the Egyptian Museum.
The Grand Egyptian Museum, also known as the Giza Museum is set to be one of the largest archaeological museums in the world. It will house tons of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including the complete Tutankhamun collection, the solar barque of Khufu, and an 82-ton statue of Ramses II.
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo, also called the Cairo Museum, is home to a vast collection of pieces of ancient Egyptian history. This includes over 120,000 items and the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. The museum also hosts special events all year long, including special exhibitions and educational webinars.
The Khan el-Khalili market is perhaps the most famous bazaar in Cairo. Home to many Egyptian artisans and workshops some dating all the way back to the 14th century. It's a great place for buying spices, souvenirs, antiques, and jewelry, or just to enjoy the bustling atmosphere. There are also a variety of local restaurants, street food vendors, and traditional coffee shops.
The Cairo Citadel is a grand castle built by Salah Al-Din in the 12th century. Located in Cairos’s historic Islamic center, it is famous for its stunning city views. Inside there are three mosques and a museum, and sometimes there are also musical performances in the evenings.
Wheelchair Users: The Pyramids of Giza are not fully accessible by wheelchair. It is possible to get fairly close to the Pyramids of Khufu and Khafre via the sidewalks. You can also drive around the Giza complex to look for picture-taking opportunities.
Audio Guides: There are no official audio guides available, though you can download them from the internet if needed.
Toilets: There are several public toilets at the Pyramids of Giza, available for a small fee. One is located to the right of the tick booth before you enter the Pyramid Complex, and there is another located near the gift shop in the Solar Barque Museum.
Guided Tours: While it is possible to find guides at the entrance to the pyramids, it is better to plan in advance and opt for a guided tour, or engage a registered guide.
9 Pyramids Lounge: Located nearby on the Giza plateau, this restaurant offers stunning views and Egyptian food
Felfela: A 5-minute walk from the Pyramids, this restaurant serves plenty of vegetarian and vegan Middle Eastern food.
Khan Al Khalili: Located in the Marriott Mena House hotel, this restaurant has both local and international fare available.
Moghul Room: Also located in the Marriott Mena House hotel, this is one of Cairo’s most famous Indian restaurants.
Other popular restaurants near the Pyramids of Giza include Koshary Hekaya and Restaurant El Dar Darak. Just opposite the main ticket gates, there are also some kid-friendly fast food options such as a Pizza Hut and a KFC.
Budget Hotels: Great Pyramid Inn, Pyramids View Inn, Royal Pyramids Inn, Pyramids Tower Inn
Mid-Range Hotels: Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel, Pyramids Valley Boutique Hotel, Mamlouk Pyramids Hotel & Spa
Luxury Hotels: Marriott Mena House Hotel, Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo
Visit other famous attractions near the Pyramids of Giza:
Egyptian Museum: Home to the world’s most important collection of pieces of ancient Egyptian artifacts.
Khan el Khalili: Cairo’s vast bazaar is the best place to buy any kind of souvenir.
Coptic Museum: An art museum that houses Coptic art from the earliest days of Christianity.
Cairo Citadel: Walk through the castle that was home to Egypt’s rulers for 700 years, and visit its mosques and museums.
Al-Azhar Mosque: One of Cairo's oldest mosques, it was founded in 970. Take a relaxing walk in the Al-Azhar Park nearby.
A. There are many types of Pyramids of Giza tours available, including guided tours, combo tours with other sites in Cairo, and more.
A. You can get a full refund on canceling the tickets up to 24 hours before the schedule.
A. The following tours also include visits to other attraction is Cairo and beyond. “Guided Tour of the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids & the Bazaar”; “Pyramids, Bazaar and Citadel Tour with Photographer” and “Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Memphis Tour from Cairo”.
A. Yes, guided tours are available for the Pyramids of Giza along with several other features and combos.
A. Buying tickets online to the Pyramids of Giza is the smartest way to plan your trip. This way, you can book your slot in advance, opt for interesting combo tickets, and get amazing discounts without waiting in any long queues.
A. It is mandatory to wear face masks at the Pyramids of Giza. You might also have to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 to access the site. Additionally, maintain social distancing from people that aren’t traveling with you.
A. The Pyramids of Giza are one of the most recognizable and enduring monuments of ancient Egypt, and one of the oldest and grandest man-made structures in the world. They were built over 4500 years ago, and are still standing tall after all these years.
A. The Pyramids of Giza are located at the Giza Necropolis, Al Haram Street, Giza Governorate, Egypt.
A. It takes at least 4 hours to explore the Pyramids of Giza in their entirety.
A. The best time to visit the Pyramids of Giza is during the winter when the weather is relatively mild. Try to visit between 10 AM and noon for fewer crowds.
A. The pyramids are open seven days a week from 8 AM - 5 PM in the summer and 8 AM - 4 PM in the winter.
A. The pyramids of Giza were built by the three ancient Egyptian kings of the fourth dynasty - Khufu, Menkaure, and Khafre.
A. Out of the three Pyramids of Giza, the oldest pyramid is the Great Pyramid. It was built in 2600 BC, which makes it about 4,500 years old.
A. The Great Pyramid of Giza is 451.4 feet tall; the Pyramid of Khafre is 448 feet high, and the height of the pyramid of Menkaure is 203 feet.
A. Pyramids are tombs for the Pharaohs that are large complexes with many chambers and rooms. Inside the Pyramids of Giza, you will find burial tombs, temples, King’s chambers, and more to explore.
A. Yes, visitors can enter all the three Pyramids of Giza, as well as a number of the Queen’s Pyramids. However, you might need to purchase additional tickets to gain entry.