Pyramids, Sakkara & MemphisDepart Adabiyaito Africa’s largest city, the teeming metropolis of Cairo. Reaching the outskirts of the city your drive continues southwards to Egypt’s first capital, Memphis. Here you will visit the ruins of the temple of Ptah, the fallen colossal statue of King Ramses the 2nd and the Alabaster Sphinx of King Amenhopis the 2nd. A short drive from Memphis lies the oldest, ancient cemetery of Sakkara. The world’s first monumental stone building, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, built by the engineer Imhotep almost 5,000 ago, still stands. After visiting the complex you continue to one of the Mastabas(funerary chambers) built nearby, such as those of Ptah-Hotep, Mereruca, Idut or Ti for an inside visit. Your tour continues to the Giza Plateau where the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza are found. A unique view of the three Pyramids from the Western Plateau affords great opportunities for photographs. Having enjoyed the view from this vantage point, your motorcoach will bring you close to the Pyramid of Chephren where it will park and time will be allocated to enjoy the Pyramids at leisurely pace. Continue down the valley to visit the guardian of this mortuary complex, the mysterious Sphinx, watching the passage of time and man in eons of silence. Afterwards, a short stop at a Papyrus Institute will introduce you to the process of paper making from reeds, an art discovered by the Ancient Egyptians. A short time will be allocated for souvenir shopping before you commence the return drive to Adabiya.

Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 1/2 miles (roughly 3 1/2 hrs) over uneven, gravel, cobblestone and sandy surfaces with paved walkways and approximately 30 flat wide stairs. Comfortable walking shoes, hat and sunscreen are recommended. Conservative attire (no tank tops or shorts) is suggested for this tour. Flash camera photos are not permitted inside the Mastabas. No camera or video fees at all sites. Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for guests with walkers or wheelchairs. Time permitting. The drive to/from Cairo is approximately 1.5 hours each way, dependent upon traffic and local conditions. Coaches are required to travel in a police-escorted convoy and sometimes will be subjected to certain security requirements and possible delays. Tour order may vary between groups but all mentioned sites will be covered.

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