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You're Going to Love Giza

Step back in time in Giza, Egypt, with a history that dates back to the 26th century B.C. and beyond. As one of the most famous historic sites on the globe, it is located across the Nile River from Cairo. Along with its iconic pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and other historic monuments, the city offers travelers a thriving modern dining and entertainment scene.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Giza

1. The Pyramids

For thousands of years, the Giza Plateau has been home to the iconic Great Pyramid, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, along with the enigmatic Great Sphinx and other monuments.

2. Parks

The city boasts many large parks, including the large forested Orman Park and the Giza Zoo with its animal exhibits.

3. Egypt's Incredible History

Between Giza and Cairo, there are dozens of museums and historic sites to explore and discover, even apart from the Necropolis and its landmarks, including the Grand Egyptian Museum.

4. Desert Adventure

Try quad biking, a horseback, or even camel-back tour of the desert with the iconic pyramids as your backdrop.

5. The River Nile

Along with the city itself, Giza is the ideal location to take a Nile cruise for a day or overnight trip to explore deeper into the country's centuries of history, including Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and many other ancient sites.

What to do in Giza

1. Ancient History Stands Proud

The Great Pyramid is the oldest, and most impressive, of the Pyramids of Giza. Built in 2560 B.C. this is also the oldest of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. This pyramid has held up amazingly well and its size is truly remarkable. It was originally built just over 480 feet tall, but due to erosion it's now around 455. However, the volume of this pyramid is an incredible 88,000,000 cubic feet. While you can take tours of the pyramid and see tombs and rooms within it, experts still believe there are are parts still to be discovered.

2. Strength And Wisdom Preserved

When people think of Egypt, one of the first images to come to mind is a Sphinx, the mythical creature with the body of a lion but the head of a human. Sphinxes were a symbol of strength and wisdom in the ancient world. The Great Sphinx of Giza is carved straight from the limestone rock bed and the face is generally believed to be that of the Pharaoh Khafre. Being 238 feet tall, this giant memorial to the Pharaoh really gives off strong vibes. It's humbling to see such an ancient part of history so well preserved.

3. Live Like King Tut For A Day

Living museums aren't necessarily unique, but when you're talking a time in history that was so long ago, it's kind of incredible to witness what life might actually have been like, which is what makes the Pharaonic Village so special. This replica of an ancient village has more than just ancient relics and live representations of ancient Egyptian life. It also has the tomb of Tutankhamen, or King Tut as you might know him.

4. An Expanse Of Ancient History

If you've been to see the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza then you'll have been on the Giza Plateau - as it's the expanse of desert terrain on which those monuments sit. However, being so close to Cairo, it's incredible to go out to the Giza Plateau where there's no vegetation and no civilization. This stark difference is uncommon these days and is well worth seeing. In the future, there are hopes to build the Grand Egyptian Museum on the site. It's hoped that this will open in 2018.

5. Row To The Heavens

It's no secret that ancient Egypt has a fascinating history, but this solar boat is something that is almost never discussed, and seeing it is a special experience. History experts strongly believe this boat was built for King Khufu the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, and it was found in a tomb of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Experts painstakingly reconstructed this boat, which the ancient Egyptians believe was the vessel that could take you to heaven.

1. Ancient History Stands Proud

The Great Pyramid is the oldest, and most impressive, of the Pyramids of Giza. Built in 2560 B.C. this is also the oldest of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. This pyramid has held up amazingly well and its size is truly remarkable. It was originally built just over 480 feet tall, but due to erosion it's now around 455. However, the volume of this pyramid is an incredible 88,000,000 cubic feet. While you can take tours of the pyramid and see tombs and rooms within it, experts still believe there are are parts still to be discovered.

2. Strength And Wisdom Preserved

When people think of Egypt, one of the first images to come to mind is a Sphinx, the mythical creature with the body of a lion but the head of a human. Sphinxes were a symbol of strength and wisdom in the ancient world. The Great Sphinx of Giza is carved straight from the limestone rock bed and the face is generally believed to be that of the Pharaoh Khafre. Being 238 feet tall, this giant memorial to the Pharaoh really gives off strong vibes. It's humbling to see such an ancient part of history so well preserved.

3. Live Like King Tut For A Day

Living museums aren't necessarily unique, but when you're talking a time in history that was so long ago, it's kind of incredible to witness what life might actually have been like, which is what makes the Pharaonic Village so special. This replica of an ancient village has more than just ancient relics and live representations of ancient Egyptian life. It also has the tomb of Tutankhamen, or King Tut as you might know him.

4. An Expanse Of Ancient History

If you've been to see the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza then you'll have been on the Giza Plateau - as it's the expanse of desert terrain on which those monuments sit. However, being so close to Cairo, it's incredible to go out to the Giza Plateau where there's no vegetation and no civilization. This stark difference is uncommon these days and is well worth seeing. In the future, there are hopes to build the Grand Egyptian Museum on the site. It's hoped that this will open in 2018.

5. Row To The Heavens

It's no secret that ancient Egypt has a fascinating history, but this solar boat is something that is almost never discussed, and seeing it is a special experience. History experts strongly believe this boat was built for King Khufu the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, and it was found in a tomb of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Experts painstakingly reconstructed this boat, which the ancient Egyptians believe was the vessel that could take you to heaven.

Where to Eat in Giza

Choose from a menu of Lebanese, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean specialties at Aura, in the palatial Four Seasons Hotel, where mains start at E£135. For Middle Eastern fast food, try Kazaz, where menu items start at only E£17.

When to visit Giza

Giza in February
Estimated hotel price
$57
1 night at 3-star hotel
Giza in February
Estimated hotel price
$57
1 night at 3-star hotel

With its dry, hot desert climate, Giza is a year-round tourist destination, with an uptick in tourist visits during the summer months of July and August, when temperatures hover between 75 and 90.

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How to Get to Giza

Plane

The closest international airport is Cairo International Airport (CAI) at a distance of about 16 miles. A taxi to Giza costs about E£120 - but be sure to negotiate the price before you set out.

Train

There are frequent connections from Giza by train to Cairo and many other locations along the Nile, including Luxor.

Car

There are good highway connections via Cairo and highway 75 along the Nile as far as Luxor and beyond.

Bus

There are many intercity connections from Giza to Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, and beyond, through several companies, including Super Jet Bus company and Go Bus.

Airports near Giza

Airlines serving Giza

Lufthansa
Good (1,378 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,466 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,904 reviews)
KLM
Good (292 reviews)
Air France
Good (298 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,074 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,656 reviews)
British Airways
Good (939 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (357 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (932 reviews)
Iberia
Good (667 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (641 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (663 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (196 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (370 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (74 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (203 reviews)
Vueling
Good (263 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Good (155 reviews)
LOT
Good (257 reviews)
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Where to stay in Giza

Enjoy modern comforts, including a pool and resort-style amenities, at the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx. You'll love the garden setting and chic contemporary decor within sight of the pyramids at the Mena House Hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Giza

Giza Downtown - this area along the Nile River is where you will find the Giza Zoo and other parks, along with easy access to Cairo for day trips.

El Haram - you'll find a wealth of options for dining, entertainment, and accommodation along El Haram street, along with the Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2018, and other attractions in this neighborhood.

Village of Nazlet el-Samman - this small village on the western outskirts of the city proper is the location of the Giza Necropolis, home to the Great Pyramid and other ancient monuments.

Most popular hotel in Giza by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Giza

Most booked hotels in Giza

Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$285+
Marriott Mena House, Cairo
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$352+
Safir Hotel Cairo
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$149+
Fairmont Nile City
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$325+
Pyramisa Suites Hotel Cairo
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
$162+
Sonesta Hotel Tower & Casino Cairo
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
$157+

How to Get Around Giza

Public Transportation

Bus service is available through Giza and Cairo, including direct routes to the Necropolis, with fares starting at E£2. There is also a subway route from Cairo to Giza.

Taxi

Taxis are plentiful throughout the city, particularly near the Necropolis. A typical fare across town runs about E£40.

Car

A car rental isn't necessarily within the city, but may be useful for exploring beyond Giza's limits, with rentals that start at E£435.

The Cost of Living in Giza

Shopping Streets

You'll find modern shopping malls in the central part of the city, including along the Sixth of October Road. For some of the country's largest and oldest souks, or open air markets, look across the river to Cairo.

Groceries and Other

Dina Farms and Metro are two of the supermarket chains you'll find throughout the city. A quart of milk will cost about E£11.50 and a dozen eggs will run about E£14.

Cheap meal
$4.32
A pair of jeans
$25.83
Single public transport ticket
$0.22
Cappuccino
$1.30
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