An insider’s guide to Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza
As the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza are extraordinary in their own right. Built some 4,500 years ago to endure an eternity, these monumental tombs and elaborate complexes are relics of Egypt’s Old Kingdom era. Even today, scientists and archaeologists can’t be sure how they were constructed, but we do know that the 100,000 noble craftsmen were highly skilled and that this became a project to display the wealth and control of the ancient pharaohs.
With the country firmly back on the map, and tourist numbers increasing, it is now more important than ever to find clever ways to explore this magnificent site. First and foremost, a knowledgeable and passionate Egyptologist will always accompany our guests. The wonderful Mohamed, my expert for the day, brought the place to life in the most engaging way.
Our Egyptologists navigate the compound with precision, leading you to the quiet eastern face, where you have an opportunity to contemplate the mysteries and theories surrounding the pyramids’ construction. Rising early, and arriving at opening time, plays dividends in avoiding the crowds that build later in the morning. I would also urge you not to rush: take your time to wander around and find a quiet spot to soak up the views.
It is possible to enter The Great Pyramid of Giza, but whether you choose to go inside is a personal decision. From my personal experience, there is nothing much to see in the King’s Chamber per se, other than the empty sarcophagus. In addition, the gallery to get there is narrow, claustrophobic and humid, so I would recommend spending longer exploring the vast monument on foot. If you walk just 15 minutes away into the dunes, you are rewarded with a private, panoramic vista of the pyramids.
And finally, we can also arrange a seriously special way to visit the pyramids: through exclusive access before the official opening hours. While this naturally comes at a cost, it allows guests to have the entire site to themselves and to see the beautifully maintained Great Sphinx from a much closer position. At sunrise or sunset, this is a magical way to get under the skin of one of the Ancient World’s most remarkable legacies. If the Pyramids of Giza aren’t on your bucket list, they should be.
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