Special Pyramids Trip to Saqqara and Dahschur
We will pick you up directly from the entrance door of your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh; you will recognize our driver by a sign with your name in his hand. During our way northwards you can already gain some impressions about the Egyptian landscape; of course we will make stops whenever you need.
Fisrt of all you will visit the old capital Memphis with its ruins, the fallen colossal statue of Pharaoh Ramesses II and the Alabaster Sphinx, before we will show you Saqqara, the ancient graveyard of Memphis, with its monumental tombs – numerous mastabas (flat-roofed, rectangular tombs) and pyramids – among them Pharaoh Djoser’s famous Step Pyramid – more than 4,600 years old it’s still an impressive monument. You will not only visit tombs, but also the Imhotep Museum which, named after the Djoser’s great architect, features a lot of ancient items found here and teaches the visitors about the ancient Egyptian architecture.
Then we will move to Dahschur, a royal necropolis, containing numerous pyramids and graves. The most impressive ones are those built by the Pharaoh Snofru who wanted to leave the concept of the step pyramids behind and instead construct what we understand today as true pyramid. As the first trial, nowadays known as the Bent Pyramid due to its shape (the upper part is built at a shallower angle), did not turn out to be as he imagined, he started a second project, this time successfully: the Red Pyramid, so called because of its color, is a masterpiece of architecture and had the smooth-sided form he was wishing for. It is not only beautiful and well preserved until today, but also still carries a lot of secrets as the grave of its owner has until now not be found. Ant it is extremely large – only Cheops and Chephren (by the way Pharaoh Snofru’s son and grand-son!) managed to build larger ones: their famous pyramids in Giza.
Another pyramid to be seen is the Black Pyramid, unfortunately highly damaged according to insufficient building materials, a low location that allowed water to seep into the walls and the myriads of corridors, dug without installing enough stress relievers to hold up the ceilings. These structural problems led to instability and the building cracked. Anyway it is an impressive (and a bit creepy) sight that is worth a look.
In the evening you will travel back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.
We offer this trip daily.
- Transfers from/to your hotel and between the sights in high-class vehicles with A/C
- Guided tours in your language
- Entrance fees for the above mentioned sights
- Lunch in a local restaurant
- Mineral water and soft drinks
- Gratuity (tips) for drivers and tour guides
- Personal items, meals, drinks or services not mentioned
- International and domestic flights