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One of the largest and oldest monumental statues in the world, the 66-foot-tall (20-meter-tall) Sphinx of Giza is an iconic symbol of Ancient Egypt. This sculpture, dating back to the reign of Khafre, is still the subject of debate over its meaning, age, and original builder, but with the head of a human and the body of a lion, the Sphinx is said to symbolize strength, power, and wisdom. The mystery surrounding its long-forgotten purpose is almost as intriguing as its appearance.

Today, the Sphinx is a star attraction in the nightly Pyramid Sound and Light Show, which recounts the history of Egypt through colored lights with the Sphinx as narrator.

Seeing the Sphinx is a must-do on any trip to Cairo, and there are a number of ways to make the most of your visit. Full-day tours often combine a visit to the Pyramids of Giza with a trip to the Khan El Khalili Bazaar and the Egyptian Museum. Other options include a camel ride or a cruise on the River Nile.

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The Sphinx is located to the northeast of the site of the Pyramid of Khafre, surprisingly close to the edge of Cairo's suburbs and on the Giza Plateau. The best way to visit is by guided tour. A taxi can also be taken from the center of Cairo to the Pyramids of Giza complex. Once there, it is possible to walk or take a camel ride around the site.

Did You Know? It was only in 1905 when sand was cleared away from the statue that the full magnitude of the body of the Sphinx was revealed.
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Address: Al Haram, Giza, Egypt
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Hours: Daily 8am–5pm
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Admission: E£80
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8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar including Camel Ride and Lunch from Cairo

Experience Cairo’s very best with a private, full-day tour that takes in ancient sites, artifacts and a bustling bazaar. Ride a camel through the sand beside the soaring pyramids at Giza, then descend to the funerary complex at the Valley Temple. Go toe-to-toe with the enigmatic Sphinx, and pause for lunch before visiting the Egyptian Museum. Explore the stunning collection of artifacts, mummies and royal treasures with your guide, then continue to the Khan el Khalili bazaar to browse vibrant displays of fabrics, handicrafts and antiques.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Guided Private Tour to Pyramids of Giza Dahshur Sakkara and Memphis

Uncover the ancient mysteries of Egypt on a private full-day tour to the Pyramids of Giza, Dashur and Memphis from Cairo. Alongside an expert historian guide, travel to iconic wonders like the Great Pyramid of Giza and delve into the ancient history of Egypt’s former capital, Memphis. Marvel at the Red Pyramid in Dashur, hailed as the 'first pyramid', and behold the colossal stature of the Sphinx as you listen to illuminating commentary from your knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Tour from Cairo: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara

Experience ancient Egypt first-hand on a full-day tour from Cairo or Giza to the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx, Memphis and Saqqara. Walk alongside your guide as you visit a trio of pyramids and the Valley Temple, then visit the ancient and mysterious sphinx. See a pyramid that transformed Egyptian architecture at the Saqqara necropolis, then explore the remains of a great city that once ruled Lower Egypt. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Half Day Tour to Giza Pyramids with Camel Ride

Experience Egypt’s iconic pyramids by riding a camel across the Giza Plateau on a private, 4-hour tour from Cairo with an Egyptologist guide. Take in the most important sites, from the three pyramids to the Great Sphinx, Valley Temple and Solar Boat Museum, then pause for a classic Egyptian lunch in a nearby restaurant. Enjoy the chance to explore at your own pace, with a personal guide that tailors the itinerary to your interests.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Customizable Day tour around Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo

Customize a private tour to Saqqara, Giza or Cairo on this full-day adventure. Choose from a wide variety of possibilities, like the many fascinating pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Djoser and the Red Pyramid, to name a few. See the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Cairo Tower, the Citadel, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali and much more. All necessary entrance fees, plus lunch and a Cairo hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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6-Hour Private Layover Tour to the Pyramids and the Sphinx

Facing a long wait at Cairo Airport between flights? Make the best use of your time with a private 6-hour tour to Giza. Your private Egyptologist guide will help ease you through airport procedures before whisking you to the Giza Plateau to see the world-famous pyramids. Take in the massive ancient tombs and Great Sphinx, enjoy a camel ride, and visit the Valley Temple, the nearby ancient mummification complex. Afterward, refuel with an included Egyptian lunch before returning to the airport for your outbound flight.
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Full-Day Giza Pyramids and Cairo Tour

Explore the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum, then visit Tahrir Sqaure and Khan Khalili Bazaar on a full-day tour that takes in Cairo’s remarkable antiquities and modern life. See Egypt’s most iconic monuments on the Giza Plateau and visit the Valley Temple; pause for lunch at a local restaurant then get a glimpse of more recent history at the square that saw the ‘Arab Spring. ’ Discover the pharaohs’ gleaming treasures at the country’s leading museum and browse for souvenirs and spices at Cairo’s most vibrant souk. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Cairo Layover Tour from Cairo Airport

Make the most of limited time and explore ancient Egypt on a convenient layover tour. After airport pickup, travel by air-conditioned minivan with an Egyptologist guide to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Valley Temple. Shop for leather and other fine products at Khan El Khalili Bazaar, check out the King Tut exhibit at the Egyptian Museum, take a camel ride, and enjoy a delicious lunch.
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Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Sakkara

View the ancient pyramids and relics of Giza, Sakkara and Memphis in one day on this privately guided trip from Cairo. With your own Egyptologist guide to bring the age-old monuments to life, start at the Giza Plateau to see the UNESCO-listed pyramids and mysterious Sphinx. Hear tales of their construction from your guide before continuing to Sakkara to admire Djoser’s step pyramid and visit some Old Kingdom tombs. Later, explore the open-air museum at Memphis, home to statues, sphinxes and other remnants of what was Egypt’s oldest capital.
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Private Tour: Giza Pyramids and Sphinx

Traveling to Cairo without seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza and infamous Sphinx is like traveling to Paris without making a stop at the Eiffel Tower. Experience the best of this incredible and ancient city on a private tour of Cairo. Follow your own Egyptologist through all the highlights and enjoy personalized attention as your tour the city’s most iconic destinations. The flexibility of a private tour means you can decide how much time to spend at each of the sites, insuring a truly memorable experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sound and Light Show at Giza Pyramids including Private Transfer from Cairo

The sound and light show at Giza brings Egypt’s ancient history to life, and the family-friendly experience is one of Cairo’s most beloved attractions. See the show hassle-free by pre-booking tickets, with private transport to the Giza Plateau from your Cairo or Giza hotel in an air-conditioned van equipped with onboard Wi-Fi.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour of Saqqara, Memphis, and Giza with Three Meals

Explore Saqqara, Memphis, and the Giza Plateau on a full-day, private tour that features a traditional Egyptian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. See Egypt’s oldest and largest pyramids as you learn about ancient pharaohs and culture, with pickup and drop-off at your Cairo hotel, and all entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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8-Hour Private Tour to the Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara including Lunch from Cairo

Discover the ancient secrets of Egypt on a private full-day tour to Giza and Saqqara from Cairo. From your Cairo hotel, you’ll travel to Giza to behold the Great Pyramid of Giza and the mighty Sphinx alongside your guide. Then, you’ll descend to the subterranean tombs of Saqqara before enjoying a traditional Egyptian lunch. Round-trip transportation from your Cairo hotel is included.
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Private Full Day Tour of Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum from Cairo

Enhance your experience of Cairo and Giza’s historical highlights on a private full-day trip to Giza and the Egyptian Museum from Cairo. In addition to the magnificent Great Pyramid of Giza, you’ll visit the Valley Temple and the Sphinx with your guide. See, too, the golden mask of Tutankhamen and mummified animals in the Egyptian Museum. Round-trip transportation from your Cairo hotel and a light lunch are included.
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Full-Day Private Tour to the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Citadel and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

See one of the seven wonders of the ancient world on this guided, private, full-day tour. Marvel at the Great Sphinx, a large half-human, half-lion statue, and the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. Also, visit the medieval Islamic fortification known as the Saladin Citadel of Cairo. Of course, no visit to Cairo is complete with seeing the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, an Arab souk, or marketplace. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Cairo Airport Layover Tour to Giza Pyramids with Private Guide including Lunch

Use a layover at Cairo International Airport to see the Giza Pyramids with this private 5-hour tour, including round-trip airport transfers. When your flight lands, meet your Egyptologist guide and travel to the Giza Plateau. Admire the spectacular UNESCO-listed tombs, hear about the pharaohs and burial rituals that saw them built, and see the Great Sphinx and Valley Temple mummification complex. Snap panoramic photos and opt to explore inside (own expense) one of the tombs. Finish with an included lunch at a local restaurant before your return to the airport.
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Half-Day Tour of the Giza Pyramids and Solar Boat Museum with Lunch and Camel Ride

Enter the world of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs for a morning on a private 4-hour visit to the Giza pyramids and Solar Boat Museum from Cairo. After admiring the pyramids, Sphinx and Valley Temple and hearing their secrets from your Egyptologist guide, head inside the modern Solar Boat Museum. Gaze in awe at the prize exhibit: a reassembled wooden boat found buried near the Great Pyramid and probably used as a funerary barge. Round off your tour with a leisurely camel ride on the Saharan sands and a tasty Egyptian lunch.
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Private Full-Day Tour Visiting Giza Pyramids, Transfers and Lunch Included

Discover Egypt’s most iconic antiquities on a private, full-day tour to the Giza pyramids, an ancient city and an eerie necropolis with transfers and lunch included. Leave from your hotel in Cairo or Giza and explore the Giza Plateau with your Egyptologist guide; get up-close to the mysterious sphinx, and take in a row of three famous pyramids. Visit Chephren's valley temple then travel to the ancient city of Memphis, a one-time capital of lower Egypt. See depictions of millennia-old gods and priests, an alabaster sphinx and the sprawling complex built to house the dead.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Giza Pyramids and Sphinx Day Tour including Lunch from Cairo

Negotiating with Cairo taxi drivers is unpleasant in the extreme. Make the city easy on yourself by joining this convenient door-to-door tour of the Giza Pyramids. Learn about the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure from your guide as you view their pyramids, ride a camel, see the Great Sphinx, and explore the Valley Temple. Once you’re done, enjoy an Egyptian lunch.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Private Guided Tour: Giza Pyramids and Sphinx including Camel Ride

Capture the archaic spirit of Ancient Egypt on a private half-day tour of the Giza Pyramids that includes a camel ride. While gazing at the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, you’ll listen to illuminating commentary from an Egyptologist guide. See, too, the Sphinx and Valley Temple before enjoying a 30-minute camel ride on the scorching sands of the desert. Receive undivided attention from your private guide throughout the tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Layover Day Tour of Giza Pyramids, Cairo, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo Airport

Make the most of your time in Cairo with a fully-customizable layover tour of the city’s historic sites. Simply meet your guide at Cairo International Airport, and visit the iconic pyramids at Giza and the nearby Sphinx and Valley Temple. See the mummies and relics at the Egyptian Museum, and take in the gleaming funerary mask of King Tutankhamun. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then walk the medieval walls of the Cairo Citadel and shop for souvenirs at Khan el-Khalili bazaar before returning to the airport.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Half-Day Private Tour of Giza Pyramids and Sphinx

Step into an ancient Egyptian landscape with a half-day, private tour of the pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx from Cairo. Enjoy the flexibility of a personal tour guide and private car as you explore the iconic sites, and hear stories about the kings, priests and workers who built the pyramids.
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Giza Pyramids and Sphinx Half Day Tour From Cairo

Witness the Giza Pyramids and Great Sphinx on this 4-hour private tour from Cairo or Giza. Travel to the Giza Plateau by air-conditioned minivan, and stroll around the three pyramids, the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World. Gaze at the massive Great Pyramid of Cheops and the smaller structures of Chephren and Mycerinus as you hear about their construction and the pharaohs behind them. Then, see the valley temple and Great Sphinx, the human-headed statue next to the pyramids, as your guide recounts the mysteries that still surround it.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Tour: Giza Pyramids and Sphinx by Camel or Horse

Visit the Giza pyramids and Sphinx by camel or horse on a private, half-day tour from Cairo, and experience the serene desert setting of Egypt’s most iconic monuments. Go face-to-face with the enigmatic sphinx, circle the towering Great Pyramid, and take in sweeping views to Abusir and the Sakkara necropolis. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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