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How to Spend 3 Days in Giza

How to Spend 3 Days in Giza

Three days in Giza gives you scope to experience the must-see pyramids and Great Sphinx, cast your gaze over Cairo’s top sights, and see other Egypt attractions and cities—all with time left over for fun or relaxation. Here are a few ways to fill 72 hours in Giza.

Day 1: Top Giza and Cairo Sights

Dedicate today to Giza and Cairo highlights. Take in the three main tombs—Cheops, Khafre, and Menkaure—and the Great Sphinx as a guide charts how they were constructed 4,500 years ago. Many tours include time to enter a pyramid, ride a camel, and see the millennia-old barge at the nearby Solar Boat Museum. In the afternoon, tour Cairo’s Egyptian Museum—a treasure chest of pharaonic exhibits including Tutankhamun’s gold mask—before exploring the Khan El-Khalili bazaar or Old Cairo’s Citadel and churches. Alternatively, leave Giza for the older pyramid fields at Saqqara and Dahshur and the relics of Memphis. You’ll be back in time to enjoy Cairo’s illuminated sights and dinner aboard a River Nile cruise.

Day 2: Luxor, Alexandria, or the Red Sea

Several top Egypt attractions are accessible on day trips by road or air from Giza. History fans can visit Luxor, an ancient capital of the pharaohs, to see the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, and the Temple of Hatshepsut in a hassle-free day. Closer by is the coastal Mediterranean city of Alexandria, founded in the 4th century BC by Alexander the Great. Typically, tours here cover its catacombs, Roman theater, and sun-shaped library—a modern take on its classical original. For some beach time, meanwhile, head for Al Ein Sokhna—the closest Red Sea resort to Cairo—to swim and snorkel in the clear waters.

Day 3: Extra Sights and Fun

Use today to fill any gaps in your Cairo explorations, visiting Saqqara’s Step Pyramid, Dahshur’s pyramid fields, the Memphis Open-Air Museum, or any other sights you may have missed. If you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, book an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), horse, or camel ride across the Giza Plateau desert, or relax on a felucca sailboat ride along the Nile. Families, meanwhile, might want to visit the Pharaonic Museum—an open-air complex offering re-enactments of rural life, canal boat trips, costume photo ops, and more. This evening, take a last look at the pyramids at Giza’s sound-and-light show. See the tombs light up in a rainbow of colors as the narrator—cast as the Great Sphinx—chronicles the stories of their long-deceased pharaohs. 

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Day-Tour to the Red Sea from Cairo

Day-Tour to the Red Sea from Cairo

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Escape from the hustle of Cairo and relax along the beach in El Ein Sohkna on the Red Sea on this full-day, private tour. Swim, enjoy the sun, or sit in the sand or a beach chair under the shade of an umbrella. Enjoy day use of the 4-star, beachfront Dome Marina Hotel. Snacks throughout the day, lunch, and a Cairo hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Cairo Private Day Tour: Egyptian Museum, Citadel, and Khan al-Khalil Bazaar

Cairo Private Day Tour: Egyptian Museum, Citadel, and Khan al-Khalil Bazaar

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Visit the Egyptian Museum, Cairo Citadel, and Khan Al-Khalili bazaar on a full-day private tour in Cairo, including lunch. With an Egyptologist guide beside you, step back through the millennia at the atmospheric Egyptian Museum. Marvel at Tutankhamun’s gold treasures, gaze at ancient mummified animals, and peer into the faces of long-ago pharaohs at the Royal Mummy Halls. After lunch on a leafy River Nile island, visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque at the Citadel of Saladin, and barter for souvenirs at the chaotic Khan El Khalili.
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  • 8 hours
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$44.27
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Day-Trip to Alexandria from Cairo by Private Car

Day-Trip to Alexandria from Cairo by Private Car

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Full-day tour to Alexandria from Cairo includes all transfers by A/C vehicle. Located on Egypt's Mediterranean coast, Alexandria was once an ancient center of culture and learning. Today it is a bustling port city, but relics of its history still remain., visit landmarks such as the Roman Theater, Catacomb of Kom El-Shoqafa, Alexandria Library, and Fort Qaitbey.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$45.00
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Full-Day Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum and Bazaar

Full-Day Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum and Bazaar

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Explore the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum, then visit Tahrir Square and Khan Khalili Bazaar on a full-day tour that takes in Cairo’s remarkable antiquities and modern life. See Egypt’s most iconic monuments on the Giza Plateau and visit the Valley Temple; pause for lunch at a local restaurant then get a glimpse of more recent history at the square that saw the ‘Arab Spring. ’ Discover the pharaohs’ gleaming treasures at the country’s leading museum and browse for souvenirs and spices at Cairo’s most vibrant souk. 
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$25.00
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$25.00
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Private Day Tour to Giza Sakkara Dahshur with Dinner Cruise

Private Day Tour to Giza Sakkara Dahshur with Dinner Cruise

Combine a guided tour of Egypt’s most renowned pyramid complexes with a scenic Nile dinner cruise on this two-for-one private tour. Join an Egyptologist guide for an in-depth run-down of key sites in Giza, Dahshur, and Sakkara, followed by a camel ride through the desert. Then, hop a riverboat for an evening under the stars, with a savory buffet and dance-filled Tannoura show.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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$85.80
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Sound and Light Show at the Giza Pyramids

Sound and Light Show at the Giza Pyramids

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See the Pyramids of Giza at their most atmospheric, as you watch the mesmerizing Giza Sound and Light Show. Travel to the pyramids at night, then watch as the ancient wonders are brought to life with spectacular light effects, lasers, and dramatic music, with narration by the Sphinx.
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  • 1 hour
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$22.00
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