Again, great tour guide mixed with some must see sights. The first pyramid (step pyramid by Imhotep) built almost 5000 years ago to be so well preserved, also got to go into the pyramid of Tite in Saqarra. Then memphis, with the statue of Ramses (worth the price alone) With your own Egyptoligist. (was alone and it became a private tour) Heaven for a man or woman that loves history!!
Doing what: Private Tour: Memphis and Sakkara
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.
Driving in Cairo is an adventure! Our Viator representative met us in the hotel and provided a clean and comfortable private car and driver. We had to take some backroads because of the bumper to bumper traffic, but our Viator representative, car and driver knew the quickest way to the international airport. We were very impressed with the quality of service! Thank you Bedr who looked just like Ramses, the Pharoh! Anne Brandon Tuscaloosa, AL
Doing what: Cairo Airport Private Departure Transfer
Very crowded but worth visiting. Not allowed to take pictures inside, which was only regret. However, advantage of going in a small group is you can hear your guide explain about the individual pieces. I recommend spending the extra money and visiting the mummies. We were able to see Ramses II.
Doing what: Private Tour: Egyptian Museum
This could have been a really good trip, but was let down by poor planning, and a disinterested guide. We were advised that a 9am pick up time would be good, and allow us enough time to see everything. The pick up was 30 minutes late, due to traffic. Having been to Cairo several times before, I was not surprised at the volume of traffic, so I would have thought the a firm based in the city wouldn't be caught by surprise. Our guide, a young lady called, was very pleasant, but far more interested in my tattoo and ID bracelet, than telling us about the various sites. The visit to the ancient capital of Memphis went like this - "Here's a large sandstone statue of Ramses II. This site is built on an ancient temple, you've got 30 minutes to look around and I'll meet you outside." No mention of when it was the capital city, who founded it, and when and why the capital moved. Our trip to Saqqara was equally uninformative, and can be summed up by the guide not recognising the hieroglyphs for the god Osiris, and suggesting instead it showed the tomb owner sitting down - I guess he was dead tired. At the pyramids, in order to fit in time to see the Sphinx, we had to miss out the Solar Boat Museum, and once again, much of the visit was given over to free time to wander around, whilst guide sat in the shade. At the Sphinx, no explanation was given about the Mortuary Temple of Chephren, it was simply a case of, get out of the van, look at the Sphinx, take some photos, and meet the guide, yes you guessed it, back in the shade.
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