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Memphis and Sakkara

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Address: Cairo 11655, Egypt
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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US$26.00*
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Explore Memphis and Sakkara - Private 6-Hour Tour from Cairo
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US$65.00*
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Half-Day Tour from Cairo: Dahshur Pyramids Sakkara and Memphis City
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Discover Cairo: Old Capital of Memphis and Step Pyramid of Sakkara Private...

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Incredible stonework several hundred years older than The Giza Pyramids

Another must-see ancient wonder depicting incredible temple stonework well before the Giza pyramids...

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another must-see ancient wonder depicting incredible temple stonework well before the Giza pyramids...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most visitors to Cairo will stop over at the Giza Plateau but fewer realize that just a few kilometers south lies this equally as impressive series of pyramids. The real benefit of these is that there are fewer hawkers upsetting the beauty of the place.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The stepped pyramid at Sakkara was undergoing restoration work and had some scaffolding - shame. The collapsed pyramid is by far the best pyramid to see the inside - fantastic decoration, and in colour. Other tombs here also have lots of hieroglyphs of fantastic quality. Fabulous place to visit - well worth having a guide.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first pyramid ever built - 4,700 years ago! There is lots of restoration work being done to it right now, To see how tiny the workers look compared to the structure gives great perspective. A great introduction to the history of pyramid building in Egypt.

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Huntington Beach, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best thing about the tour of Memphis is the ride into the attraction--great to see "rural" Cairo with camels, donkeys and carts as a normal way of transportation. The Sphinx of Memphis is smaller than expected; the courtyard is crowded with vendors hawking their souvenirs. The reclining Ramses statue is hard to appreciate because its in an old building.... More 

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Durham, nc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I really enjoyed visiting Memphis & Sakkara BEFORE going to the Great Pyramids. We were able to visit the inside of a tomb, walk down into a pyramid, and then walk through the Sakkara complex. It was so interesting to visit the 'older' area first. They're in the process of doing some restoration work on the Step Pyramid, and it... More 

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Anaheim, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

With tourism down, you have the whole place to yourself. Literally. Unfortunately there's those pesky vendors trying to make a buck. You have the postcard people, the souvenir people, and the guy who wants to take your photo, or have you in a photo with him. Watch out for the camel and animal dung in the sand, and bring water.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

There was only a couple people present while we were visiting both sites. Visiting Memphis is a must. You get to drive through the local town area, the damaged statue of Ramses II is inside the area. Vendors are less pushy so you can really enjoy the area. Sakkara was the same. Not many people present we enjoyed our time... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

On the way to the Great Pyramids of Giza, we stopped at the ancient religious city of Memphis. It's really a mere shadow of the once great city in ancient times. You do get to see an impressive statue of Ramses II in it's preserved state.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed this excursion much more than Giza. The close up experience to the monuments is amazing. For about $10 it is worth it to pay a guide to take you around as the literature available is not very good. Very few tourists there , it is only about 4O minutes directly south of Giza and so worth the trip.

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