Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx: Private Half-Day Tour
- Transportation included
- Duration: 4 hours
Received email confirmation and pick up time the evening before. The agent was waiting in reception at allotted time with our flight boarding passes (outward and return) and then we had transfer in private car to airport. Here security was very strict and extremely slow...2 complete security checks before boarding gate. Allow at least 1-1.5 hours extra time for this. There are no facilities other than toilets. Very short flight with drinks and biscuits. Met at other end in Cairo by tour guide who was easily identifiable. Group consisted of 7 adults. Had our own air con mini bus all day so could leave stuff in bus. Our guide Tharwat spoke good English and was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. We agreed to go to Egyptian Museum instead of Sakkara and were glad we did. Tharwat included this in our original price. The included lunch was in a lovely restaurant overlooking the pyramids. As well as Giza plateau Tharwat took us to visit 2 Businesses (papyrus and oils) and a mall
Visiting the great pyramid and going inside was a dream come true and unforgettable. As a solo female traveler I debated whether I should go with a guide or explore on my own. Going on the advice of other female solo travelers to Egypt I decided to book a guide. It was one of the smartest things I could have done. My guide Apo El Khir was a godsend. He is so knowledgeable, not only about the history of Egypt, but about practical matters. He knew the best time to visit the pyramids to avoid the fog, he knew how to make your way through the many vendors, how to get tickets inside the great pyramid, he knew all the best photo spots and did not mind being my photographer for the day. He actually really knows how to use a camera and the pictures I have from this experience I will treasure for a lifetime. If you book this tour you have to ask for him by name. He is funny, street and book smart, and completely professional. He really cares about his client and I’ve made a friend for life!
Ahmed is a really great tour guide. He is funny, engaging, and interesting-easily held our attention for the whole time of the tour. He picked us up promptly at our hotel and drove us to Giza. We had a chance to go into the Pyramid of Cheops with Ahmed taking our pictures when we came out. He is super knowledgeable and personable. Next we went to the plateau where he showed us the amazing views of all three pyramids. It is hot so definitely bring water. Then we went to the Sphinx and Ahmed had us pose for some really funny pictures. Then we grabbed a bite and finished by touring a papyrus art workshop/store. We were back at our hotel by 3pm. Definitely a great intro to Egypt!
We were collected on time from our hotel and taken for breakfast on our last minute request. Abo was very welcoming and friendly from the beginning and this did not change. Once at the Pyramids in Giza we were given an in depth history lesson and wonderful tour. Abo is an excellent photographer and we now have dozens of great (and some whacky) pictures which are very special. Abo is passionate about sharing the marvels of Egypt with visitors and will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Bring water and a sun hat. Thanks Abo!
We met Hammi and our driver who picked us up from the hotel, and drove to Giza. Hammi was very informative, explained us a lot of interesting things that we didn't know. He gave us as much time as we needed to explore for ourselves and all the trip was in a very good atmosphere. I would really recommend this tour for whoever wants to know more than what's written in Wikipedia and wants to explore the great pyramids and the Sphinx