Port Said, Egypt
Jeep 4-Wheel-Drive ATV,All
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Approximately 10½ hours
An approximately 3½-hour motor coach ride along the desert road leads from Alexandria to Sakkara—the vast necropolis of ancient Memphis. The pyramids here include the distinctive Step Pyramid, dating back to 2686 BC, believed to be the oldest stone structure on earth and built at the decree of King Zoser. Thus began the tradition of pyramid building. A colonnaded temple lies in ruins in the same area and is thought to be part of the necropolis walls. Next, you will head by 4x4 vehicle to the Dahshour area to visit the Bent Pyramid, one of the most unusual pyramids in Egypt and also one of the best preserved, as much of its casing remains intact. The Bent Pyramid has attracted considerable attention over the centuries. You will also see the Red Pyramid—another of the three pyramids at Dahshour built by the Pharaoh Sneferu. Sneferu was the father of Cheops—for whom one of the Great Pyramids at Giza was built. The Red Pyramid takes its common name from the reddish limestone used to build most of its core. Your motor coach drive continues to the site of the magnificent pyramids of Giza. These stark and lonely sentinels in the desert are simply an awesome sight. The Great Pyramid of Cheops is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and is said to have 2.3 million stone blocks, each one weighing 2.5 tons. What makes these statistics truly astonishing is that the pyramids of Giza were built around 2500 BC. Continue to the mysterious Sphinx for a brief photo stop. With the face of a man and the body of a lion, the Sphinx has puzzled travelers for centuries with its inscrutable expression. It looks to the sun rising in the east, is carved from natural rock and measures 190 feet long by 66 feet tall. At the end of your tour, stop for some quick shopping, time permitting, before boarding your motor coach for the drive back to Port Said.
Travel time to Cairo is approximately three hours is each way. A boxed lunch, provided during the day, will be catered by a five-star venue. Minimum age is 12 years.