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Rewind to the Egypt of nearly 5,000 years ago on this 4-hour tour to Saqqara and Memphis from Cairo. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle with a knowledgeable guide, head to Saqqara to view the Step Pyramid of Zoser, the world’s oldest large-scale stone monument. Learn why it was built, and then view the relics of Memphis, the ancient capital of Lower Egypt. Learn about its heyday in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC and visit the outdoor museum to see some of its treasures, including a colossal statue of Ramses II.
  • 4-hour tour of ancient Saqqara and Memphis from Cairo
  • Visit the famous Step Pyramid of Zoser at Saqqara, the world’s oldest complete stone structure
  • See the other pyramids of Saqqara, once the burial ground of Memphis, Egypt’s ancient capital
  • Explore the open-air museum of Memphis relics, dotted with sphinxes and statuary
  • Marvel at the huge, fallen statue of Ramses II that once stood in the city
  • Get fascinating insights into ancient Egypt from your knowledgeable guide
  • Immerse yourself in ancient Egypt at these fascinating yet crowd-free sites
Depart central Cairo by air-conditioned vehicle and journey south to Saqarra, home to one of the world’s greatest antiquities — the oldest step pyramid still standing. As you travel, hear intriguing tales of Saqarra, and how this desert area was used as a burial ground for Memphis, Lower Egypt’s ancient capital.

After roughly an hour, pull up at your destination and stroll to the magnificent Step Pyramid of Zoser. Marvel at the vast structure as your guide recounts how it was constructed in the 27th century BC as the tomb of the Pharaoh Zoser. 
Learn about the main features of the flat-topped, 4,600-year-old pyramid and hear how it ranks as the world’s oldest large-scale stone monument. Admire the smaller pyramids around it, and then continue to the site of Memphis. Founded in around 2,900 BC and a center of power for over 3,000 years, this aeons-old city is believed to have been purpose-built and was characterized by majestic temples and palaces.

Explore the city’s last remaining vestiges around the villages of Dahshur and Saqqara, and visit the open-air museum that houses broken statues, carvings and columns found at the site. Marvel at the prize exhibit — a huge, fallen statue of Ramses II — and enjoy the crowd-free atmosphere. The relics here attract fewer visitors than those in Cairo, so you can admire them in quiet surroundings.

Afterward, return to Cairo where your tour ends at the start point.


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, Jun 2016
I did this tour today and I am glad I did. My tour guide Ahmed was very polite and professional. He gave me good insight about the ancient Egypt. He spoke fairly good English. The driver named Ahmed also was very polite and professional. Even as a lone woman traveler I felt safe everywhere as there are police armed with guns at every tourist place and they keep checking on you to ensure your safety and security. I highly recommend this tour to everyone who is fascinated by ancient Egypt.
, Jan 2015

My tour guide Ahmed Abdelaziz is a very knowledgable and friendly person who made my visit to Saqqarra and Memphis very unforgettable. Apart from sharing me information about those sites, Ahmed also share with me information about Egypt like brief history, culture, customs and even some politics point of view, which is very interesting for me as a first time visit foreigner to get to know this brilliant country. Highly recommend mainly because of my great great guide.

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