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Cairo Day Trip to Dahshur, Memphis, and Saqqara | Best Cairo Tours
Explore the first three Pyramids built in Egypt in a full-day tour from Cairo hotels on your Cairo day trip. Discover the first stone structure in the world, the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara with King Sneferu Pyramids in Dahshour. Memphis, the oldest capital of united Egypt is included in your Cairo day tours.
Book a full-day trip to see the wonders of Egypt. Your Egyptologist guide will reveal the outlines of Egyptian History and Ancient Egyptian civilization for you. With this in mind, listen to your guide on how ancient Egyptians built the Pyramids.
Start your tour from Dahshour, where you can see the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramids of King Sneferu. Dahshour Pyramids are amongst the best things to do in Cairo after Pyramids of Giza and The Great Sphinx. You will explore the archeology, history, art, and hieroglyphics surrounding the famous Egyptian Pyramids. Surprisingly, the Red Pyramid of Sneferu still keeps the most beautiful casing while the Red Pyramid is the first true Pyramid in history.
Your next stop includes the village of Mit Rahina where you will visit the open-air Museum of Memphis, the alabaster Sphinx, and the enormous statue of Ramesses II.
Finally, you will end your day in Saqqara, home to Djoser Pyramid, the first in history. Your Cairo day tours cover the Unas Pyramid, The Step Pyramid of Djoser, The tombs of Nobels at Saqqara with their lovely daily scenes from ancient Egypt, and the Imhotep Museum.
If you are curious about Egyptian history and Egyptian civilization, you can add the Serapeum of Saqqara to your trip with the tomb of Mereroka. Above all, you can check our Cairo tours for the Giza Pyramids, Saqqara full-day tour, and Abu sir Pyramids.
Cairo attractions day tour starts right after breakfast at the Lobby of your hotel in Cairo or Giza. Your archaeologist guide will explain to you the way about Egyptian history and the old Kingdom. Your first stop will be Dahshur, 40 kilometers to the southwest of Cairo on the West bank of the River Nile.
Listen, discover, and explore Dahshur Pyramids. Dahshur has The second and the third Pyramids in Egypt and the first true Pyramid or the Red Pyramid. King Sneferu, the founder of the fourth dynasty and the father of king Khufu built two Pyramids in Dahshur. The first one is known as the Bent Pyramid or the southern one. Its height about 101 meters and it has a subsidiary Pyramid that was discovered in 1947. The second Pyramid is known as the Red Pyramid and it is considered the first, perfect Pyramid in history and the third-largest in Egypt. You have to climb 125 steps to reach the entrance of the Red Pyramid which is 105 meters high and it took almost 11 years to build it.
Memphis was the capital of the first Nome of Lower Egypt and its name is derived from a word called Men Nefr means the white fortress or white walls. Memphis was the first capital of united Egypt and it was founded by king Menes or Narmer. The city was King’s residence and the political-administrative center AROUND 3200 BC.
Memphis one day had the temple of Ptah, his wife Sekhmet, and their son Nefertem. Unfortunately, almost everything from the oldest capital disappeared but you can still admire the enormous statue of Ramesses II in the open Museum, there are also the biggest movable statue-like Sphinx made out of marble and some sarcophaguses and steles.
Enjoy a delicious freshly cooked lunch in a typical Egyptian restaurant before you will head to your last stop.
From Memphis, you will be transferred to Saqqara, the cemetery of Memphis. You will visit with your guide the pyramid of Djoser. It is known also as the Saqqara pyramid or step Pyramid. The site is one of the most important archaeological sites and it is the first Pyramid in Egypt and the first stone structure in history. Listen to your guide on how Djoser's vizier, Imhotep developed the tombs from Mastaba to Pyramid. You will visit the House of the South Court and House of the North Court, the Serdab, the Heb-Sed court, and the southern tomb.
Now for the first time after 14 years of restoration, the step pyramid was reopened on the 5th of March 2020 and you can visit the Pyramid from the inside (against charge).
Mastaba of Mereruka (Against charge)
One of the best noble tombs in Saqqara for the minister and the vizier of the last king of the 6th dynasty. The tomb is one of the biggest tombs in Egypt with 31 rooms for Mereruka, his wife, and his son. A perfect example for the daily life scenes tombs with beautiful colors still very well preserved. Enjoy the harvest scenes, Hunting, collecting taxes, parties, and music with amazing fishing scenes.
At the end of your full-day Cairo attractions, you will head back to your hotel in Cairo or Giza.