Last Day in Cairo
An early arrival in Cairo, and after some breakfast you will be driven to Egypt’s most famous landmark, the Giza Plateau and the Pyramids. As we approach Giza, we should catch our first glimpse of the pyramids between the buildings of southern Cairo. Having secured our entrance tickets, we will make our way up onto the plateau. Nothing can prepare you for your first close up view of the pyramids, it is a scene that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Expect hawkers selling all sorts of nonsense, but a firm “Laa Shukran” should deter all but the most determined. It is almost inconceivable to be outside the Great Pyramid and not go inside, but be warned, it is a bit of a climb inside, a little claustrophobic and surprisingly warm – highly recommended. From the pyramids we will make our way down towards the Valley Temple and the Sphinx Temple. Entry to the Sphinx is down through the Valley Temple. This is a good chance to see close up the incredible precision of the stone cutting, before going through to the walkway that runs along one side of the Sphinx enclosure. From here you can see the Dream Stele of Tuthmose IV and get a good view of the enigmatic face of the Sphinx. Leaving Giza, you will be driven to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities which used to hold some 120,000 artefacts, some of which have never been on display to the public before. Here you will find the golden jewelry of Tutankhamun including his famous Golden Mask, the Amarna room with its strange statues of the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten and of course you will have access to the Royal Mummy rooms where you will find the owners of the tombs and temples you were in only a few days before.