One of the Seven Wonders of the World "The Great Pyramids Of Giza".
I am a big Sc-Fi fan and the pyramids do come into play in a few of these films or books or TV shows, but the greatest history and stories are all with the Seven wonders of the world and what people believe brought them into existence.
I always had a big fascination with going to the pyramids and seeing them for myself with my own eyes, after watching a film called Stargate and then following the TV program it was an interesting theory behind their history.
The biggest attraction (in my opinion) is the pyramids, I mean yeah you have the valley of the kings and the city of the dead amongst other hotspots to visit but when you think Egypt you automatically think pyramids right?
About a year ago I finally got my chance to go to Egypt on a cruise ship and we were spending three days there and the ship was docked very close to Alexander.
So the first day me and my friends spent in Alexander which if you have been to you know it's like taking your life into your own hands, you have lots of haggling, and even in rare occasions you will be offered many sheep or camels for you to sell one of your female friends.
But the next day we booked an excursion to the pyramids and the museum (the highlight of this trip.)
When we arrived at the pyramids they were Huge... but I guess because of my expectations of the pyramids and the watching of TV shows I was expecting them bigger.
When we were taken round to the front it was amazing, then you see first hand how over the years it has been modernised with roads and restaurants and everything, it took something away from it a bit, I guess, my heart sank at how it has been modernised.
and there are camel rides being offered all over the place, but when you say no to one guy before you know it you have said no to like 5 different people, they must think that no means no to that person and a possible yes to the next person.
Walking around the pyramids was still amazing and just visualizing how thousands of years ago these pyramids were built by Egyptian slaves is remarkable, and with all the technology we have today we still cant build them...makes you wonder huh.
There are actually over a hundred pyramids in Egypt.
Giza Holds the famous three pyramids that sit with the sphinx
The Great Pyramid of Khufu
The Pyramid of Menkaure
The Pyramid of Khafre
The Pyramid of Khufu is the largest Egyptian pyramid. It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.
In the evening there is a show they put on at the pyramids called "Sound And Light" which if you can stay for you will not be disappointed and the money is worth it.
When you see them on TV and the tombs are all dressed up and how you would expect it to look, don't expect that at the pyramids because you will be let down but it's still worth seeing.
Also take a look at the Sphinx's nose, some say it was Napoleon who fired a cannon at the Sphinx To show he was bigger than the Egyptian kings of old...but then some disagree.
maybe you will learn the truth.
Last years experience of Egypt was an excellent one. Our trip was booked through the rep at the hotel, would love to go back and explore as we wish now we know our way around a bit!
An early morning flight from Southern Sinai got us to Cairo International Airport around 7am. We then got onto a people carrier with our tour guide and driver, there was us and another couple and being in such a small group made it very good indeed.
We then made our way to Giza City, and as you will already know the roads are mental, 7 lanes of traffic merging and overtaking, it really is great fun to watch going on all around you. There was loads of white VW camper vans for some reason which as a fan was ace to see.
We were chatting amongst ourselves then all of a sudden 'oh my gosh' came from one of the fellow passengers who were with us then we looked to the left and saw the Great Pyramid of Cheops - mega! We were utterly astounded that we saw this view from the road.
Anyhoo we made our way to the main sandy plateau and parked up amoingst a heady mix of sweaty people and vehicle exhaust fumes.
Many many coaches parked up as you can imagine. It was absolutely steaming, we went in June. We made our way around and got many views from different sides of the pyramids, including one where we were so far away you could do the age old 'put your hand on top of a pyramid' photography trick, there were a few stalls selling nik naks but we did not bother with this.
We went inside a smaller pyramid. Basically - we crouched sideways and scaled down what was a small square tunnel with duckboards for what seemed like an eternoty then climbed down into the main chamber. Honestly not much to see apart from the sweat dripping down our faces, but it was a good experience.
It is an absolute must see, although you might find they are not as you imagined like we all did, it just had to be done, well worth it and a great day out around Cairo to boot. Fantastic city. A real feast for the senses. I have friends who holidayed where we did and never bothered going anywhere - please go and see them if you can it's such an experience!
My experience at the pyramids of Giza is very much a budget backpacker type and will probably not be too relevant to people arriving on coach tours, having been hanging around Cairo for a while - I decided it was finally time to go and see the oldest constructions in the world - The Pyramids.
There are a few options to get to Giza on the suburbs of Cairo, I ended up taking a bus to the bottom of the gate from a bus station opposite Ramses Train Station, there's also a bus that supposedly leaves from outside The Egyptian Museum near Midan Tahrir. On the way back, I had a stroll through Giza combining lunch before eventually hopping on the metro - both options were cheap and I can't recall paying more than £4 egyptian either way. A taxi should be no more than £20 Egyptian but it's never that straight forward!
Now, a lot of people want to ride a camel around The Pyramids and it's not a bad idea, the guys at the top try to charge extortionate prices but if you are on your own, there's actually a stables at the bottom gates with an official price of 30 Egyptian Pounds per hour and that includes a guy to hold it (who is usually about 5!), whilst they'll try it on for more - once you start walking away, you'll soon get it for that official price!
I actually ended up doing things a bit differently and took a hustler up on his offer of "free ride, my friend" who later wanted 300 Egyptian pounds! I was not likely to fall for any sentimental stories, these guys make big bucks from the tourists and the more people give in to rip offs, the more they try it on. A nice little 30 minute free ride, thank you Mohammed - he might not be offering free rides anymore lol!
The Pyramids themselves are on an impressive platform and as much as the KFC at the bottom of the hill has tried to destroy the setting, they still don't quite manage too. The hoards of tourists were bound to be there. It's actually pretty cheap to enter though - £20 Egyptian for entrance to the complex and then £20 Egyptian to enter the individual pyramids.
It has to be said that whilst the small pyramid Menkaure is in fairly bad condition and looks a bit worse for wear, Khafre and the main one - Khufu are in excellent condition. The chances are you'll only go here once and I have to say I embraced having some photos taken there, it's just kind of irresistible even though you know millions of people will have similar ones!
I didn't bother paying for any private guides but the guy who lead us down into the pyramids, wasn't exactly Mr. Information, the fact is they have so many people to get through that it's a bit of a rat race. Certainly not ideal for claustrophobes. The staircases down are squashed and they pack the pyramids to the brim with people, it's pretty special being inside them but a lot of the aura is lost due to the speed you are raced through them and the amount of sweaty people heading into them.
The queue getting back out of the stairs is equally as bad, as you squat beneath the person above's bottom with your neck in a seemingly impossible position with sweat running down you - you wonder if it's worth the entrance fee (which is pretty small!), I was unfortunate enough to be the victim of a farter in front of me, not for the squeamish!
Saying that, it's a hell of a day out and wandering around the complex admiring these amazing pieces of work is truly magnificent. Be warned though that you can only visit 2 pyramids on one day and they have a rotating system to allow people to continue work on them - it's benefitial to know which ones will be open.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the world's seven wonders. They should be too. I am a real 'geek' when it comes to Ancient Egypt, I love it since the young age of about 6 when we started learning about it at school.
Of course, one can not visit Egypt without seeing the Great Pyramid. So that is what I did, on a holiday to Sharm El Sheikh last year my boyfriend and I were a mission to pack in as much Egyptian stuff as possible. We didn't see nearly enough.
But we did see the Pyramids. We flew to Cairo from Sharm el Sheikh about a 40 minute flight on a little 30 seater, with Egypt Air (not at all scary).
From Cairo airport we were picked up by our tour guide and loaded in to a coach (about 20 years old) with air con (big plus in that heat) and made our way through the City of Cairo and out towards Giza.
It was very bizarre because I'd always pictured the Pyramids to be out in the middle of nowhere, well the desert actually, and they always look like it on the television but in fact they are sandwiched between Giza and Cairo and driving through Cairo coming towards the cities each we saw a glimpse of the most enormous pyramid.
It was the strangest thing, being on a coach and driving on a large main road through a city and suddenly over a few buildings seeing a large pyramid. Now don't get me wrong I know the world has changed a lot since the days in which the pyramids were built but I just wasn't expecting civilisation so close. It perhaps ruined it for me slightly.
The Pyramids, 9 of them in total all on the site of the Great Pyramid. The Great Pyramid is the largest of them, and on your arrival you think there are possibly only 3, maybe 5 or 6, but no way 9.
The entrance fee in to the site is: £5 approx (40 Egyptian pounds).
The tour guide did warn us about getting hassled by people in the grounds and to say no. We did get a bit annoyed by the constant bother, we were thinking, hello we're on holiday, leave us alone. But of course they see money in Westerners. We were also very careful with our money and didn't have the camera on display. They offer to take your picture with your camera, then either run off with it, or only give it back for a fee having taken your picture.
We cleverly befriended an English couple in our group and we took it in turns to takes pictures for each other. Great idea.
The fact there were people running all over the Pyramids was a bit weird, it took away the greatness of it all. It wasn't well managed. Although you are no longer allowed in the large pyramids. We wandered the site and saw 6 pyramids, then got the coach to the behind of the pyramids (up on the hill near the Giza side) and took pictures from up there.
We then proceeded to go on Camel ride, 4 couples from the group all coupled on to a Camel each with the guarantee of seeing 9 pyramids, if not full refund given. This cost $20 which they take on return (and of course they all expect a tip on top of that). This is good value, we were on the camel for about an hour, we went for a walk and were all in a long line, the guide told us the best bits to take pictures from and then they took our pictures too. We were then allowed to ride on our own and it was great fun, we ended up racing back to the start point out in the desert with the wind in our hair. Great fun going on a camel when it runs, it's quite hysterical.
We then proceeded to visit the 3 smallest Pyramids and were allowed in one, we went down and were told not to take photo's although if the guy on the door was tipped you could pretty much do what you want. We descended down, I was expecting decoration on the walls but all the pyramids have no pictures, writing, nothing on the walls. It was quite depressing. We saw where the body was laid in its coffin, but there was just an empty space. Although it was quite eerie, I expected so much more.
Personally I think to make the pyramids work better as a tourist attraction they should set up one of the smaller pyramid tombs as an actual tomb. A fake coffin and fake jewels so people get a real feel for it. We are always seeing how spectacular it all was on the television but now it is not. I know it would of been unreal but it would of set the stage and I am all for using my imagination I just felt a bit cheated.
The Sphinx is also on site, after we saw the Pyramids we had to ask the guide where it was, cause we hadn't seen it and thought it must be somewhere else. It is on the front side of the Pyramids, again the Cairo side and sits high and mighty in front of them, further down a slope towards the city.
After a packed week on a Nile cruise and suffering a little temple fatigue we arrived in Cairo at our super-posh hotel and sank into luxury. But however knackered we were, we only had a few days in Cairo and were determined to make the most of it. This, naturally, involves at least one visit to the pyramids at Giza.
Although 18km out of the centre of Cairo, the edges of this huge city are now encroaching on Giza. Neverthe less the pyramids cut an impressive figure. There are actually nine of them: Cheops 'Great Pyramid' 149m tall, Chephren's pyramid (almost as big), and a third pyramid (the baby of the three ). There are also several other smaller pyramids for wives and mothers of pharaohs.
The sheer scale of the great pyramid is amazing. It can be dizzying to look at from immediately below - rising high into the sky at a sharp angle. We went inside Cheops's pyramid, an unforgettable, atmospheric steep climb up a ramp to the burial chamber part-way up in the centre of the pyramid. Do not attempt if you suffer from claustrophobia or a heart condition!
We returned for a sound and light show in the evening a couple of days later. Definitely worth doing just for the visuals. The sound recording is an experience, though it's pretty much nonsense and dated too - but for Bond fans, it is exactly the same recording as appears near the beginning of The Spy Who Loved Me (so no wonder it's dated!).
The main downsides to the experience are:
1) getting there - Cairo is huge, chaotic and traffic-filled, so it takes an age from downtown
2) the hassle to buy photos/ride a camel etc - that you get at all sites in Egypt
That said, wouldn't have missed it for the world.
I travelled to Egypt in 2007 and like most tourists, I simply had to go and see the pyramids. Ancient Egyptians mummified the dead and their Kings' bodies were preserved and placed in these pyramids, which functioned as tombs.
I am not going to make out that I am an expert on the subject of Ancient Egypt. Rather than focusing on the history, which can be found all over the internet, I will tell you what I thought of my experience at Giza.
I don't know what I expected whilst sitting on a tour bus, heading towards one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world. I'd seen a few pictures before but I didn't have much idea of what to expect. The closest I had been to the pyramids was staring at a photo in a school textbook. I didn't even know how many pyramids there were so I wasn't clued up atall.
Stepping off the bus I could see the pyramids in the distance. It was the hottest time of the year in Egypt and to be honest I wasn't really in the mood for site seeing. However I had travelled all the way to Egypt to see them so I certainly wasn't going to miss out on the oppurtunity.
I was shocked at how big the pyramids were but I can't say I was blown away. Although they are amazing structures, the architecture wasn't sufficient to make the trip feel worthwhile. I felt a bit disappointed and it wasn't sinking in that I was stood before one of the ancient wonders of the world.
I'm not saying that they aren't impressive; I just don't think they live up to the hype. Perhaps I knew too little of Ancient Egypt although the tour guide had plenty to say as far as the history was concerned. I think we chose the wrong time of year to go there as it was far too hot to be standing around. Also I dislike going to tourist-orientated sites and I hate having to follow a guide. I'd heard of some nasty incidents at the pyramids, one involving a mass shooting, so I thought it best to use a tour company to go there. I would strongly advise people to go in the cooler season though as it is still very hot just not so unbearable as when I went.
What I enjoyed most was observing how the locals live nearby the pyramids and at the time I was saddened to see the poor, miserable children trying to sell small gifts to make a living. Our tour guide told everyone on the bus to ignore them and we did without questioning why. Later the bus stopped off at a gift shop selling the same items at higher prices and we realised the cruel intentions of the guide. If you find yourself in a similar position, don't be afraid to buy from the poor children. Yes, you may get surrounded by lots once you get your money out but they soon move on to other tourists.
I went inside of one pyramid but there really is little to see. The tunnel that leads down into the tomb is not big enough to stand up in and getting down can be awkward with all the other people pushing their way out. Yet again this was terribly unpleasant, made worse by it being so hot. It was the middle of the day in August when we went, not the most ideal time. The tomb is pretty small and there was nothing really to see as it had been excavated and the items moved to the main museum in Cairo.
I really enjoy travelling around the world, simply to observe how people behave and to see the way they live. It was interesting to see religious followers completely swathed in fabric just leaving their eyes to be seen, in the heat of the day. There were camels all over the place and it was interesting to observe the culture.
If you do go when the weather is cool, I would recommend a trip to the museum in Cairo where you can even see the mummies of the Kings taken from the tombs. This was very interesting although I actually fainted when I went because it was boiling hot, stuffy and had next to no ventilation.
I have something of an obsession with ancient Egypt so when I went on holiday to Sharm el Sheikh a few months ago I had to take a trip to Cairo (to the Egyptian museum) and to the Giza necropolis.
We arranged our trip through our travel rep. at our hotel, slightly more expensive than arranging it yourself but alot less hassle! We flew from Sharm El Sheikh airport to Cairo at around 5am and then flew back the same night. It was a very tiring day and I was absolutely shattered by the end of it but it was well worth it!
The Great Pyramid is all that remains of the seven wonders of the world! So it is a must see. The necropolis (just 25km outside of Cairo city centre) houses the Great Pyramid (also known as the Pyramid of Cheops), the smaller Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure a few hundred meters further south-west, along with a number of smaller satellite edifices, known as the queens pyramids.
When we arrived at Giza we looked at each pyramid in turn and then went up to a vantage point for some great photo ops! This area was full of Bedouin men wanting to pose with you in photographs etc and trying to sell souvenirs! If you just give them a polite "La Shukran" (no thankyou in arabic) they don't give you too much bother!
We actually ventured inside one of the pyramids, you have to pay 50 Egyptian pounds (5GBP) to gain acess and kids go free. And before you enter you will have to leave your camera with your tour guide as photography is prohibited once inside the pyramid.
It was a struggle getting in! I am quite petite so it wasn't too bad for me but it would be really difficult for taller people. You have to crouch down to fit into the little passageways which seem to go on for ever! It is extremely hot and humid as you can imagine inside (and I was only there in January!) so you would need to be brave to go in during the peak summer times!
Once you are inside you will be led into the main chamber and you can see markings on the walls and where the sarcophageus lay. A Bedouin man will offer to tell u the story of the pyramids for a tip of course!
The pyramids are a spectacular sight and if you are ever in that part of the world you really can't afford to miss them! The only thing I should warn people of is that, like any touristy area, alot of pick-pocketing goes on and you need to be vigilent. Even the little kids are at it, they will try to sell you souvenirs but if they see more money around you they will take it!
WOW, must be the first words i write, as this has to be one of the most breathtaking places on the planet. You would have seen the pyramids on tv, but actually going there and seeing it in the flesh, is absolutely mind blowing.
i might have a biased view as i am so interested in egyptian history, but even the people who i went with who dont have that same passion were taken aback. the Giza pyramids is the only one of the originional 7 wonders of the world which still exists!!! crazy thought that i was actually there, AND went inside one of the pyramids.
yes, you can literally climb inside and get into a real life pyramid. it was an experience, and one that cannot be achieved anywhere else.
i definitely recommend seeing these things up close, you will be flabbergasted by looking at the sheer size, and wonder how it was built with so much skill and expertise.
it is easy to get to and you cant really miss it. the admission charge is ok, but you need to pay extra if you want to climb inside.
the downside was not being able to climb the outside of the pyramid to the top (for obvious safety reeasons they dont let you!!). also, dont take the camel ride, which is a rip off and not very good. a horse ride is recommended.
another thing is the hassle you get from local people trying to sell you things. be careful not to get ripped off.
overall, if you ever go to egypt, you MUST MUST go to the Giza pyramids. you will not be disappointed.