Colossus of Ramses II

The massive limestone statue of Pharaoh Ramses II is 33 feet (10 m) long and that's without having any legs! Ramses II was the longest serving pharaoh in Ancient Egypt, reigning from 1279 BC to 1213 BC. The statue was found in 1820 by an Italian ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Nothing can compare to personally stand right next to the Great Pyramids of Giza and witness the glory of ancient Egypt in it's majestic splendor. It's just magnificent! A once in a lifetime experience to see the statue of the Great Sphinx, the step pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, the ancient historic city of Memphis with the nearly intact granite statue of Ramses II. Our assigned private guide Ahmed was so knowledgeable, extremely personable, very engaging, funny and fluent in English made this excursion so memorable. But the Great Pyramids of Giza was the star. If there is anything in this world to see in person, the Great Pyramids of Giza is it. And then there is the iconic statue of the Great Sphinx - just incredible! A must see for sure!

Doing what: Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara

Faryal K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Excellent tour guide Mohammad with vast amount of knowledge.Him and his driver Hassan were on time. Enjoyed our 25 minutes camel ride, which has to be done. Visited the Giza pyramids, the sphinx and Ramses the 2nd grand statue. Covered all the ares mentioned.A truly memorable and enjoyable experience.

Doing what: Day Tour to the Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara, Dahshur, and Memphis from Cairo

Kathryn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

A fascinating look at the early pyramids and some of the finest art from ancient Egypt and the reign of King Ramses. Highly recommended. Request Mahmoud as your guide he's very personable, knowledgable, and takes wonderful photographs if you're in a group!

Doing what: Private Tour: Memphis and Sakkara

Alexis B

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

The missing star has nothing to do with the tour company (South Sinai Tours), which was fantastic, and more to do with the fact that Memphis can probably be skipped (other than a few statues of Ramses II, there's really nothing there but souvenir stands and an alabaster sphinx surrounded by scaffolding). Saqqara is wonderful, and the tour guide taught me all about the history, and pointed out his favorite frescoes. (I also added Dahshur, which I would highly recommend - the pyramids are amazing, and the lack of crowds are even better!)

Doing what: Private Tour: Memphis and Sakkara

Jeanette S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Amazing Tour. We had the same tour guide Fouad Salah and driver Husam with us everywhere. They were very friendly and helpful very knowledgeable. Loved the first pyramid in Sakkara and the Mamphis with statue of Ramses owsome.

Doing what: Private Tour: Memphis and Sakkara

Frank H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

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

Christopher F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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.

Doing what: Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur

Anne B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2010

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

Michael B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

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

Joyce R United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 2008

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.

Doing what: Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara

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