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  • Address: Saqqara, Egypt
  • Hours: Daily 8am–5pm
  • Admission: E£60

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Pyramid of Djoser

First built some 4,700 years ago as a flat-roofed mastaba, the Pyramid of Djoser was one of the very first pyramids built by the Egyptians. Pharaoh Djoser had the structure built as part of his tomb complex at Saqqara, just outside of Egypt's then-capital Memphis, and by the end of his reign, the pyramid had been transformed into six stepped layers reaching 203 feet (62 meters) in height.

The complex of pyramid, tombs, courtyards, and temples covers nearly 40 acres. Upon entering, you'll find a large hypostyle hall leading onto an open court flanking the south side of the pyramid. A temple sits on the north side with a statue of Djoser set in a stone enclosure known as a serdab (Look through the hole in the serdab and you'll see straight into the pharaoh's eyes).

The pharaoh's burial chamber, vaulted in red granite, is located beneath the pyramid, surrounded by a series of tunnels and other chambers. Although the interior is closed to the public, an interesting museum sits at the entrance to the complex.

Most day trips combine a visit to the Djoser complex with the Giza Pyramids and a tour of the ruined city of Memphis, taking in the most important ancient sites in the Cairo area.

Practical Info

The Pyramid of Djoser is located on the west bank of the Nile, about 18 miles (30 km) south of Cairo and 9.3 miles (15 km) from Giza. If you're not arriving as part of an organized tour, the complex can be reached by taxi or mini-bus.

Did You Know? Despite the king's burial chamber being hidden among a maze of underground tunnels, the tomb was still plundered by grave robbers. All that remains of Djoser is his mummified left foot.

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Great Pyramids, Saqqara and Memphis Private Day Tour, Cairo, null
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Great Pyramids, Saqqara and Memphis Private Day Tour

A private day tour to visit the Giza plateau, the Step Pyramid Complex of Djoser at Saqqara and Memphis the hieroglyphic name is (Men-nefer) built by King ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.00
Private Day Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and Sakkara from Hurghada, Hurghada, Historical & Heritage ... 
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Private Day Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and Sakkara from Hurghada

This private tour is perfect for visiting, exploring the most important pyramid sites in the world; Giza and Sakkara around Cairo from Hurghada. It is a smooth ...  Read more

Location: Hurghada, Egypt
Duration: 20 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.83
Private Day-Tour to Giza Memphis and Saqqara Including Camel Ride, Cairo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day-Tour to Giza Memphis and Saqqara Including Camel Ride

In this private tour you will have the opportunity to explore the oldest capital of ancient Egypt, Memphis and its most important cemeteries, pyramid sites ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.55
Private Day Tour to Saqqara, Memphis and Giza from Cairo with Guide, Cairo, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Day Tour to Saqqara, Memphis and Giza from Cairo with Guide

The Pyramid of Djoser (Zoser) or the step pyramid, which is considered the world's oldest monumental structure, The Step Pyramid is said to have been built for ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $125.00
Day Tour to Memphis and Sakkara and Giza Pyramids, Cairo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Tour to Memphis and Sakkara and Giza Pyramids

Enjoy the ancient sights near Cairo. Take a visit to the great pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and then onto the step Pyramid at Sakkara and Memphis.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $92.00
Discover Cairo: Old Capital of Memphis and Step Pyramid of Sakkara Private Guided Tour, Cairo, Day ... 
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Discover Cairo: Old Capital of Memphis and Step Pyramid of Sakkara Private Guided Tour

Enjoy the unique opportunity to discover Cairo and explore Egypt’s oldest capital, the ruined city of Memphis. View the temple of Phata where the ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.00
Giza pyramids Sphinx Sakkara and Memphis Day Tour from Cairo, Cairo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Giza pyramids Sphinx Sakkara and Memphis Day Tour from Cairo

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Walk like an Egyptian in a Full Day tour to Giza pyramids,Sphinx, Sakkara and Memphis with a private guide, private air conditioned transportation and all main ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $100.00
Private Tour: Pyramids, Sphinx, Sakkara Dahshur and Memphis from Cairo, Cairo, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Pyramids, Sphinx, Sakkara Dahshur and Memphis from Cairo

Get lost in time with a journey to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world that takes you over 7000 years back in time. Visit The Great Pyramids of ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Full Day Tour in Giza Saqqara and Memphis Including Entrance, Cairo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full Day Tour in Giza Saqqara and Memphis Including Entrance

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This small-group tour is the best way for visiting Giza plateau, the Sphinx, Step Pyramid in Saqqara, museum of Memphis and a lot more at very cheap price and ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.55
Private Full-Day Tour Visiting Giza Pyramids, Transfers and Lunch Included, Cairo, Full-day Tours
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Private Full-Day Tour Visiting Giza Pyramids, Transfers and Lunch Included

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Private guided tour includes all pickup and drop-off transfers by private vehicle with air-conditioning as well as the main entry fees, certified tour guide, ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.50

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