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Half-Day Saqqara Pyramids and Memphis Tour from Cairo

  • 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
Half-Day Saqqara Pyramids and Memphis Tour from Cairo
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Half-Day Saqqara Pyramids and Memphis Tour from Cairo
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.
What to Expect
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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Reviewed 6 July 2018
Fantastic Trip!

I was so glad I went to visit these sites on my final day in Cairo. I really enjoyed seeing the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, as well as the small but very interesting Imhotep museum nearby. Our guide Shrouk was very friendly and knowledgeable, and...More

Thank hjs765
Reviewed 25 June 2018
Great day with Hend at Saqqara and Memphis and added Dahshur!

I had booked the Saqqara and Memphis tour, and it was very easy to add Dahshur to it as well by emailing them. I highly recommend adding Dahshur because it is very close to Saqqara anyways and you get to see the Bent and Red...More

Thank Christopher D
Reviewed 10 June 2018
Interesting places in Cairo.

Both tours with Intrepid Urban Adventures were great. Our guides Waleed and Dalia were able to explain what we were seeing and do so in an enjoyable manner. We were picked up on time, and not rushed through the tours. Bring hat, scarf, umbrella or...More

Thank Pamela T
Reviewed 13 May 2018
Guide, Hend, is AMAZING!

I would highly recommend this tour with Urban Adventures! It was a great way to see the sites of Cairo, and I cannot say it enough- our guide, Hend, was AMAZING!!! I absolutely loved her to death, and I would go on another tour with...More

Thank Teigan G
Reviewed 9 May 2018
Great introduction to ancient Egypt

I had a day in Cairo before the beginning of my Peregrine trip. This half-day tour was a fantastic introduction to the sights I would see in the following days. Not only was it incredibly interesting in itself, but also I had the most amazing...More

Thank claire819
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