The Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza

A wonderful awe inspiring sight

Getting to the Giza Area

The Giza area is on the outskirts of Cairo. You may see the Pyramids when you fly into Cairo. They are in a desert area but I had no idea how close they were to the town of Cairo. It is easy to make a day trip to Giza to see the Pyramids or you can spend the night in this area to give yourself more time. The pyramids cover a large area. There are three major pyramids and then of course the sphinx. It is possible to walk around the Great Pyramid area but necessary to drive to the area with the sphinx. Camel rides are offered everywhere and do make for a great great photo opportunity.

The three major pyramids of Giza Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure Sphinx Khafre Pyramid

Khufu-The Great Pyramid

Only 300 permits a day are sold to enter the Great Pyramid. It is necessary to stand in line early in the morning to get permits and the guides cannot stand in line for you. It is very steep inside and after going in a pyramid in Sakkara we personally felt we had completed our pilgrimage inside a pyramid. This, of course, is entirely up to each visitor but it is necessary to let your guide know if you wish to do this so they can get you to the area early in the morning to stand in line. The Great Pyramid is an impressive sight; at 351 feet high it towers over the dessert floor.

The sound and light show

This was my favorite sound and light show of the ones I saw. You are seated very comfortably. The lighting and sound effects are really good. There is a small bar on your right hand side as you enter the seating area. For the price of one drink, you can sit in very comfortable chairs and have a much more pleasant experience. The drink prices were reasonable. They start with musicians and they tell the story of the pyramids. It is very effective. They have different shows at different times in different languages. You need to check to determine the time and date for an English version.

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