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During Egypt’s Old Kingdom period, Memphis, located near Cairo, was home to the pharaohs who built the pyramids. But domestic architecture didn’t last like the pyramids did, so most all that remains of Memphis today is the Mit Rahina open-air sculpture museum.

The Basics

On the site of ancient Memphis, the Mit Rahina open-air museum is an impressive, if bewildering, jumble of ancient statues. Highlights include an alabaster sphinx and beds used to mummify sacred bulls for the Serapeum temple at Saqqara.

Some tours enable travelers to check off the Giza pyramids, Saqqara, Dahshur, and Memphis in a day, but most visitors prefer to spread out the sightseeing. To move at a more leisurely pace, choose a tour of Memphis, Saqqara, and Dahshur, and save the other sites for another day. Most tours provide round-trip transport from Cairo or Giza.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Memphis is a must-see for fans of ancient Egypt.
  • The attractions at the Mit Rahina open-air museum are sculptures, not architectural remains of the former city.
  • Some pieces from Mit Rahina will move to Giza's Grand Egyptian Museum, slated to open in 2020.
  • Mit Rahina is flat but sandy, possibly challenging for travelers who use wheelchairs or strollers.

How to Get There

The Mit Rahina open-air museum sits around 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of downtown Cairo, 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Dahshur, and 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Saqqara. Public transit can be difficult if you don’t speak Arabic. Most travelers visit on a full- or half-day tour from Cairo or Giza.

When to Get There
A compact site, the Mit Rahina museum feels crowded much more quickly than the vast expanses of Saqqara and Dahshur. It’s open every day, morning through afternoon, with reduced hours during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. To enjoy the sculptures in relative solitude, visit early in the day.

Key Ancient Egyptian Sites Near Cairo
While you’ll find ancient sites all over modern-day Egypt, they cluster around two areas: Cairo, the capital during the Old Kingdom period, and Luxor, the capital during the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom periods. In Cairo, the three main royal burial grounds were at Giza, Saqqara, and Dahshur. The pharaohs who built the pyramids lived in Memphis.
Address: Mit Rahina Village, Al Badrashin, Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Admission: Varies
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Full-Day Tour from Cairo: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara

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Full-Day Tour from Cairo: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara

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Experience ancient Egypt first-hand on a private tour from Cairo or Giza to the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx, 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. 
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Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara

Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara

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Rewind to ancient Egypt with this full-day private tour to Giza, Sakkara and Memphis. With your own Egyptologist guide, admire the magnificent pyramids at Giza. After learning about these age-old tombs and the Sphinx, leave Cairo to see the Sakkara pyramid, an extraordinary stepped tomb known as Egypt’s oldest pyramid. Lastly, continue to Memphis to discover the UNESCO-listed ruins of ancient Egypt’s capital, including a giant statue of Ramses II. Enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private tour, and upgrade to include lunch and entry to Giza’s Solar Boat Museum.
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Half-Day Tour from Cairo: Dahshur Pyramids Sakkara and Memphis City

Half-Day Tour from Cairo: Dahshur Pyramids Sakkara and Memphis City

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Go beyond the most visited sites and see the Dahshur pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara. In the company of an Egyptologist guide, explore an ancient city and two of its necropolises. See Djoser’s distinctive step pyramid and the ‘Bent’ and ‘Red’ Pyramids at Dahshur; stand beneath the millennia-old colossus of Ramses II, and follow the footsteps of pharaohs as you explore an open-air museum of statues and ruined palaces.
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Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids

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Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids

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Many visitors to Egypt only see the Pyramids of Giza, but you can explore some of the less-visited pyramids on this tour to Saqqara, Dahshur, and Memphis. Avoid the hassle of haggling for transport and benefit from an Egyptologist’s expertise as you tour the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid at Dahshur, and Memphis, once the capital of ancient Egypt.
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Private Tour: Memphis and Sakkara

Private Tour: Memphis and Sakkara

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Discover Memphis and Saqqara on a 3–4-hour private tour from Cairo with an Egyptologist guide, and explore some of the country’s most iconic pyramids and royal tombs. Walk the perimeter of Saqqara’s distinctive step pyramid, which is just one part of the vast necropolis at Memphis.  Learn the stories behind the ancient city, and customize this tour to your own interests; after strolling through tombs and pyramids, you may opt for a trip to the Papyrus Institute to learn the ancient Egyptian art of scroll making.  
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Half-Day Private Guided Tour to Saqqara and Memphis from Cairo

Half-Day Private Guided Tour to Saqqara and Memphis from Cairo

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Extending your sightseeing from Cairo to see the ancient sites outside it is difficult independently, with cabs providing the only realistic option but leaving you guide-less once there. This private half-day tour fills the gap: taking you to Saqqara’s Step Pyramid and relics, and Egypt’s ancient capital of Memphis in one convenient trip. Plus, you get your own qualified Egyptologist guide for detail on the treasures, plus a snack lunch.
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Private Day Tour to Memphis Sakkara and Dahshur from Cairo

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Private Day Tour to Memphis Sakkara and Dahshur from Cairo

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See some of Egypt’s lesser-known pyramids on a private day trip from Cairo. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle, hear about the ancient pharaohs and their burial grounds from your guide as you journey south to the necropolis of Dahshur. View the Red Pyramid and extraordinary Bent Pyramid here, and then explore the ruins of Memphis, once Egypt’s capital. Inspect the broken relics, columns and giant fallen statue of Ramses II, before continuing to Saqqara. Here, see the famous Step Pyramid of Zoser, Egypt’s oldest stone structure, before returning to Cairo.
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9 Hrs Experience Pyramids of Giza Dahshur Sakkara and Memphis incl Camel

9 Hrs Experience Pyramids of Giza Dahshur Sakkara and Memphis incl Camel

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Avoid crowds and enjoy a more personalized experience with this private tour to the Pyramids of Giza, Dashur, and Memphis. In the company of an Egyptologist guide, learn about the history and mysteries of these world-famous sites and enjoy a camel ride around the pyramids.
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Private Full-Day Tour Visiting Giza Pyramids,Memphis Sakkara with Lunch Included

Private Full-Day Tour Visiting Giza Pyramids,Memphis Sakkara with Lunch Included

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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, one-time capital of lower Egypt, and Saqqara. See depictions of millennia-old gods and priests, an alabaster sphinx, and the sprawling complex built to house the dead.
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Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur

Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur

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Enjoy the personalization and intimacy of your own, private Egyptologist on this one-of-a-kind tour of the Sphinx, Dahshur, Memphis and the Giza Pyramids. Travel back in time as you explore some of the ancient world’s most prized sites with the help of your expert, local guide.
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Full-Day Tour of Dahshur, Memphis, and Saqqara from Cairo and giza hotels

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See ancient architecture that predates the Giza Pyramids on a full-day, small-group tour of Dahshur, Memphis, and Saqqara. You'll explore remarkable pyramids that show how Egyptian building styles evolved, visit the sphinxes and statues in the Memphis Museum, then tour the sprawling Saqqara complex of tombs and pyramids. With pickup and drop-off at hotels in Cairo and Giza, this tour is limited to 10 travelers to ensure personal service from the guide, and it's a great way to experience ancient Egypt without the Giza crowds and hassle.
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4-hours Sakkara step pyramids and Memphis old city

4-hours Sakkara step pyramids and Memphis old city

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This half-day tour to Memphis and Saqqara from Cairo is an easy way to knock out some of your essential Cairo sightseeing in one day. Your guide takes you from your Cairo hotel to two popular day trip destinations: Egypt’s old capital city of Memphis and the famous archaeological site and pyramid at Saqqara, sharing historical insight along the way.
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 Half Day Tour to Memphis,Saqqara & Dahshour Pyramids

Half Day Tour to Memphis,Saqqara & Dahshour Pyramids

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1. A personal tour guide accompanies you all along the way. 2. Private air-conditioned car as your transportation. 3. Visit Memphis, Saqqara Step Pyramid, Dahshour Pyramids in one day. 4. High-efficiency and professional service ONLY for you without other travelers
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Full day tour to GIZA PYRAMIDS MEMPHIS CITY AND SAKKARA PYRAMID

Full day tour to GIZA PYRAMIDS MEMPHIS CITY AND SAKKARA PYRAMID

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This full-day tour takes you to the Giza pyramid complex, which includes the three Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and other important structures. After lunch at a local restaurant (included), travel to Sakkara, an ancient Egyptian burial ground, then on to Memphis, which once served as the capital of ancient Egypt.
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