Egyptian Pyramids of Giza Travel Guide

Egyptian Pyramids of Giza Travel Guide

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Egyptian Pyramids of Giza Travel Guide

What do you expect? After Covid 19, tourism in Egypt plummeted, and despite the fact that Egypt is an immensely appealing location for most people, the risks depicted in the media drive most to stay home. As a result, many Egyptian youngsters seldom, if ever, see tourists since 2 years ago. Egyptian Pyramids of Giza are here to enjoy, come and see now, no body can expect what will happen later. Here we get you the best Travel Guide and tips to Giza Pyramids, read well before you go.

The impact of the tourist slump on Egypt has been tragic, and it has been particularly tough for towns that rely significantly on tourism. On the other hand, prices in Egypt increased specielly after the Egyptian Pound’s value plummeted in 2016. This might make you feel a king as people in Egypt are welcoming tourists now in 2021.

Egyptian Pyramids of Giza tour is well worth it in order to see the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the stunning, mystical, and amazing Pyramids of Giza!

Egyptian Pyramids of Giza Ultimate Guide 

Before you go to the Pyramids, be sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Giza Pyramids Panorama5

The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

Egypt’s currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE). The exchange rate in 2021 is at 15.5 LE to $1 USD at the time of publishing this guide. Keep in mind that we’ll be talking about prices in Egyptian Pounds, so if we say item buys 100 LE, that’s roughly $6.50 USD.

The Egyptian Pound consists of 100 Piastres, and the banknotes are identical in appearance, so get to know them both.

Keep some little coins on you in case you get a “baksheesh,” or tip. While visiting the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza, you’ll be needing some extra money for photographs with camels, restroom usage, and other unexpected assistance. 

Egyptians mother tongue is Arabic, so you’ll need to pick up a few words to get about and it is also a fun experience to bring Egyptian words to your home country. “Al Salam Alaikum” (pronounced sall-em wall-a-come) is a pleasant way to greet someone. Thank you is “Shukran” (pronounced shoo kran). Goodbye is “Ma’-Elsalama” (ma sale lem-a)).

For 90% of the population, Islam is the state religion, with Sunni Muslims making up the majority. When leaving the house, women are supposed to cover their knees and shoulders, like in other traditional nations (though this is not the situation in many wealthy districts in Egypt). However, because this is a popular region, you’ll certainly encounter several foreigners visiting the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza with some revealing clothes.

Read the rest of out piece about what I wish you to known before going to Egypt.

Getting to the Egyptian Pyramids from Cairo

The Great Pyramids of Egypt are located in Giza, which is only a 30-minute drive from Cairo. While it is feasible to visit the Pyramids of Giza in a single day, here in our Pyramids of Giza Travel Guide, we strongly advise spending longer and at least a day in Giza.

The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza Entrance Fees and Ticket Prices

Only on the Giza Plateau Area: 200 LE per person

400 LE each person at the Great Pyramid

Adults entry ticket is 400 LE, while students ticket is 200 LE.

Entry to the inside of the 2nd or 3rd Pyramid costs 100 LE per person.

100 LE each person at the Boat Museum

250 LE each person for the Pyramids Sound and Light Show

Can I get Camera and tripod to Egyptian Pyramids of Giza?

Yes, it’s possible for you to carry your tripod to the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza! For an extra 20 LE, visitors are permitted to take a tripod onto the Giza plateau.

Inside the tombs, cameras are not allowed, so double-check with the security guards who will be verifying tickets at each entrance (and don’t be surprised if they ask to help you as Egyptians are very helpful nation). Well, you can take a walk around the Great Pyramid of Khufu and please notice that the Khufu Boat “Solar Ship” was moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum and the building behind the Great Pyramid is empty now.

Egyptian Pyramids of Giza Daily Working Hours

The Giza Plateau Area is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Great Pyramid’s interior is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Because the pyramids are always being renovated, it is unusual to see all three available to the public at the same time.

Is it risky to visit the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza?

Absolutely! Will Egyptian onlookers want to photograph you? Yes. Will Egyptian teenagers and kids approach you just to say “Hello” many times? Certainly. But what about genuine physical danger? It never happened.

Kissing a camel at the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

Kissing a camel at the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

Top-rated Hotels and Stay near Giza Pyramids

When touring the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza, the Marriott Mena House Hotel is a must! Not only is this opulent hotel flawless on the inside and exterior, but the views of the pyramids from the immaculately kept grounds are perhaps superior to those seen on the Giza Plateau Area! And you won’t have to deal with any of the worry or inconvenience. You’ll be fantasizing of taking off your shoes, changing into your bathrobe, and resting in your magnificent room-with-a-view after a long, hot, dusty day visiting the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza!

Brief History of the Great Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

Pharaohs in ancient Egypt thought that elaborate arrangements were required for their deceased to enter the afterlife. To lead and support them in the afterlife, they underwent lengthy and extensive mummification processes, established temples, built pyramid tombs, and filled the graves of the deceased with jewels and wealth.

The three Egyptian Pyramids of Giza were constructed as tombs to store the remains of three Pharaohs in order to assist them in their journey to the afterlife. To this day, one of Egypt’s greatest mysteries is how they were created. The three Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure are said to have erected them between 2550 and 2490 BC.

Khufu Pyramid

Pharaoh Khufu was the first to build a pyramid in Giza, and his is the biggest of the three, standing at 146 M (480 feet) tall. It required an estimated 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing between 2.5 and 15 tonnes. The renowned “Great Pyramid of Egypt” is the biggest and highest of the three.

Khafre Pyramid

Pharaoh Khafre, Khufu’s son, erected the second Egyptian Pyramid in Giza in his father’s honour, although it was only 143 M (447 feet) tall, as was customary at the period. The Pyramid of Khafre is easily to identify by the original limestone cap that remains at its summit.

The Great Sphinx

The Sphinx, which depicts Ra-Harakhte, the sun deity, was also found in Khafre’s necropolis. The Spinx, who keeps watch over the Egyptian pyramids, is 20 M (66 feet) tall and bears the head of a pharaoh (perhaps Khafre himself) and the body of a lion. Despite many renovations throughout the years, the Sphinx has deteriorated and tragically lost his nose to gunshot in 1798.

Menkaure Pyramid

Pharaoh Menkaure, son of Khafre, erected the third Egyptian pyramid in Giza, which stands just 71 M (228 feet) tall and is significantly smaller than the first two. It was created using more expensive materials such as dazzling white limestone and red granite all the way from Aswan, despite its little size.

Despite the common assumption, the hundreds of thousands of workers were not slaves. They were Egyptian laborers who were supplied with a nearby temporary city and were skilled, well-cared-for, and well-organized. They were most likely farmers who worked on the Egyptian Pyramids during the three months of the year when farming was difficult due to the yearly Nile floods.

Giza Pyramids Complex Gate from the inside

The Great Pyramids: What to Expect

One entry gate is near the Sphinx, while the other is near the Great Pyramid.

If you’re resting at the Mena House Hotel, you’ll entrance through the Great Pyramid, which is only a 5-minute walk away. Be wary of the individuals directing you to a left-hand door; reject them and keep heading until you reach the ticket office sign.

By getting our advice in this Pyramids of Giza Travel Guide, you will get at the Pyramids around 8:00 a.m., you should be able to find some peace and alone for the first 2 hours or so. If you’ve bought the extra ticket, this is an excellent time to see the Great Pyramid’s tomb. It’s also an excellent time to visit Panorama Point to escape the heat of the day.

Around 10:00 a.m., busloads of residents and tourists will arrive, putting an end to the pleasure of the early morning. Youre adventure to meet locals will start. The crowds concentrate mostly around the Great Pyramid, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Sphinx, thus the further you walk away from those locations, the more chance you are to encounter quiet (and fewer touts).

Even if you’re not to visit the pyramids on Friday or Saturday (Egypt week-end) you’ll almost certainly be asked to take selfie photos from Egyptian children visiting the site. They’re absolutely safe, but if you say yes to one, you’ll respond positively to the others.

Seeing the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza is quite amazing. It’s absolutely amazing how much planning and care went into their creation.

Plan on spending around 2-3 hours at the Pyramids, which should give you enough time to see the attractions and then relax in your hotel pool.

Things to do at the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

Visit the interior of The Great Pyramid of Giza’s Tomb

You’ll have to stoop to fit up a flight of incredibly steep steps, half of which are in a tunnel with a low ceiling, forcing you to squat. The ascent culminates in the chamber that once housed Pharaoh Khufu’s tomb. It’s merely a plain stone tomb in an empty stone chamber. Still, going about within an ancient Egyptian pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is an extraordinary experience that you must have!

Visit the interior of Khafre Pyramid’s Tomb

Sometime visitors are unable to enter the inside of the Khafre Pyramid since government close it alternately with the third pyramid.

Visit the interior of Menkaure’s Pyramid Tomb

Unlike the Great Pyramid, you’ll be descending a steep stairway that leads to Pharaoh Menkaure’s subterranean tomb. The actual tomb, on the other hand, is comparable to the Great Pyramid in that it is simple and unadorned. If you’ve previously visited the Great Pyramid, it’s almost pointless to go back.

Visit the 6 Pyramids of the Queens

beside the Great Pyramid of Khufu you will see 3 tiny pyramids, it’s the Queens Pyramids (King’s wife and 2 daoughter. Also, beside the third Pyramid of Menkaure you will find another 3 Queens Pyramids. On the other hand King Khafre didn’t construct puramids for his queens! So in totall, Giza Plateau has nine pyramids.

The Egyptian Pyramids Panorama

This location, on a hill above the plateau, provides views of all three pyramids from a single vantage point. 

Horse or Camel Ride at The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

The Panorama is the best place to enjoy a camel or horse ride with the view of the 9 pyramids in the back of your photo.

Transportation at The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

Whereas the pyramids are very nearby together and traveling to all of the sites is possible, keep in mind that you will be trudging on deep sand in direct sunlight for the majority of the day. And if you really want to explore all of the area’s highlights, you’ll probably have to walk at least 7 kilometres. Don’t worry if so much walking isn’t your cup of tea. You won’t be able to travel more than 20 feet without being approached by a persistent salesman offering you a ride on a camel back.

Camel and Horse Ride fees

All rides (camel, horse, and carriage) charge 100 LE per animal (not per passenger) for a 30-minute ride and 200 LE per animal for a 60-minute trip, according to government regulations. Don’t allow anybody persuade you to spend more money, and if someone attempts to give you lower prices, it’s probably a fraud. 

Some of them might ask you for a tip, which is something traditionl her in Egypt. It is entirely up to you whether or not you want to comply with their demands.

The Great Pyramids’ restrooms

Because there are just a few restrooms inside the gate, so plan beforehand. Restorooms are at the gate and the Panorama Sphinx Restaurant is located outside of the Pyramids of Giza. Each restroom will have a bathroom attendant who will demand a tip for keeping the toilets somewhat clean. The current fee per person is 2 LE.

Stay a way from Scams When Visiting the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

Within the Giza Pyramids region, there are a number of frequent frauds. They’re quite straightforward to identify and avoid once you’ve become aware of them. 

“Government workers” with an identification (but not in a police outfit) approaching you and demanding to see your ticket. They’ll congregate at the entrances to attractions such as The Sphinx. If you refuse to show them, they will shout at you and appear enraged. They’ll claim, “I work for the government,” and display you their badge (which just reads “Pyramids” – there’s nothing official about it). They’re merely attempting to get you to come to a halt and talk to them then they can offer to be your tour guide throughout the day. Ignore them or take out your phone and start filming them; they’ll disappear in no time.

A price that has been agreed upon but is not what you are supposed to pay. Everywhere you look, prices are plainly displayed. Make sure you agree on a charge in Egyptian Pounds to get on (and off) the camel (or to do anything around Giza). They may argue that they meant UK Pounds. Don’t commit to anything until you’ve figured out what’s going on. If you’re worried, hold your ground and record them agreeing to a price.

Gifts that are “free.” Or, to put it another way, forced keepsakes. Nothing is free in the Giza Pyramids region. Not a single thing. It doesn’t even include the bathroom.

If they remove a scarf from the package and place it on your head, they’ll tell you that you have to buy it because they opened it. You don’t have to. Don’t be feel so happy if they try to put a bead in your hand as a “free present”. Nothing is for free.

The front gate that isn’t really the front gate. When you arrive, you’ll be able to identify the entrance gate. There is a decent ticket desk and a parking area full of tour buses. There will also be touts shouting at you to turn left to enter the building. Ignore them because they’re lying.

People seeking to assist you in taking photographs. “Hey! Do you want to give the Sphinx a kiss? Give me your phone and I’ll take your photo if you look that way and fake a kiss. But all they want is tips . Unless you’re travelling alone, these photographs are very simple to capture on your own and for free.

Options for Food and Drink at The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza

The Panorama Sphinx Restaurant and 9 Pyramids Restaurant are the only restaurants in Giza Pyramid Area. They’re expensive, but they’ll be your only option if you’re hungry. They provide a 300 LE lunch buffet, as well as hot and cold beverages.

The Pyramids Restaurant is located near the Sphinx, just outside the entrance. You’re likely to build up an appetite after a few hours of roaming about in the desert. Their Mixed Grill dish is filling and perfectly seasoned.

The 9 Pyramids Restaurant is near the Panorama hill, it’s a new restaurant and it service all types of Egyptian food.

Our Tips for Visiting Giza’s Great Pyramids

1- To avoid the tour buses and throngs, arrive at the gate by 8:00 a.m. precisely. You’ll also be able to skip the lengthy lineups at the ticket counter.

2- Take a humorous approach and have some fun with the touts, or act as though you don’t know English and simply ignore them. Getting angry is not good, you are here to have fun.

3- If you do decide to ride a camel or a horse, be upfront about your pricing and expectations and stick to them. You might want to record them agreeing to your conditions so that you can replay it if they disagree.

3- If all of the frauds and pictures listed above seem like your biggest nightmare, contact us to make reservations for a tour guide escort you around. They’ll also serve as a personal bodyguard for you and help you deal with the locals..

4- Regrettably, the Giza Plateau is not open for dawn and dusk, but the sights from Mena House Hotel are still amazing! Also, make sure to have a look at our list of things to do and see in enchanting Cairo while reading this travel guide about the Pyramids of Giza.

5- Charge your camera.

6- Make your camera always ready for great shots.

Finally, after speaking so frankly in this Pyramids of Giza Travel Guide; Telling you all things you need to know and avoid; We herply request you to book your visit to the Pyramids of Giza with a travel expert to assist you around. This will make your tour to the most famous highlight of Egypt more enjoyable. We don’t ask you here to book with our travel agent, but we ask you to enjoy. Most importantly, before your visit the Pyramids is to be will prepared for a new culture and take lots of photos. Once you go back home, don’t just upload these photos to Facebook; But print them, fram them and hang them over your bedroom. It will be always a great memorable trip for all your life time.

Enjoy your trip to The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza.

Hope this Pyramids of Giza Travel Guide meets up with your expectation.

Egypt United Tours Team

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