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Things to do in Giza

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What if you have only one day to spend in Giza, Egypt? The writer gives you a jam packed itinerary for spending a day there.

Going from the pyramid complex in Giza plateau to visiting the old kingdom, Giza has so many things to do! Below is an itinerary for Giza in a day.

How to spend morning in Giza?

Great Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx of Giza

I arrived in Giza yesterday and was staying in Pyramids Loft Homestay near to the pyramid. I was so tired; I went to bed instantly.

When I woke up in the morning, I went to the rooftop straight away. From there, I got a glimpse of the pyramids of Giza – one of the seven wonders of the world!

View from Pyramids Loft Homestay in Giza, Egypt.
View in the morning from my hotel, I wrote a short review about it at the end of the article

I took my breakfast quickly to head out to visit the pyramids of Giza. Although I was backpacking and planning to travel solo; I was a bit frightened. This is because the people from the airport last night were approaching me in a flock. I was pretty sure that, if I go to the pyramid on my own, I will lose my peace of mind.

So, I negotiated with the owner of the hostel and hired a guide to show me the pyramid.

The moment I stepped out, I could sense that, I was in Egypt.

A street in Giza with Camels.
Hello buddies!

Camels were roaming around in the street. The people were wearing long attires. It was noisy and dirty in some places.

It was a good decision to take a guide. People started approaching me with various kinds of offers. The lady handled everything. Before I realized anything, she took me inside of the giza pyramid complex quickly. I forgot her name exactly, but she was a fun-loving one. While walking through the ancient ruins, she was saying the history of the pyramids and how it survived 4500 years on earth. She even took me to a complex where guards were gossiping. They shared their food with me.

Then I started the photos session. As much as I told her not to do it, she didn’t listen to me. I was apparently kissing and hugging the pyramids as well as the Sphinx. I was helpless; I was following the dictation of the director. I had to jump several times before she was happy.

When I was done seeing all the three pyramids and sphinx, I took a camel ride. I was feeling like a Bedouin on top of the camel. It was my first time there.

Camel ride in front of pyramid of Giza.
I was feeling like falling down. The smile is a fake one!
Sphinx in Giza.
Are you guarding the complex properly?
Hieroglyphics in Egypt.
I became a hieroglyphics expert. Ask me anything (He he he)!

I spent 4 hours in the complex.

Attractions covered

  • The great pyramid of Giza (which is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu)
  • Sphinx of Giza
  • Camel Riding

How to spend afternoon in Giza?

I did not go inside the pyramid of Giza as it was crowded and expensive, too. Many people don’t know that there are several pyramids in Egypt. As a result, they only go to the pyramid of Giza. As I wanted to see beyond the grand pyramid, I decided to go to other pyramids from Giza.

I walked in the street for a while and hired a taxi for the rest of the day. The objective was to visit the Memphis and pyramids of Dahshur. Memphis is about an hour from Giza. Dahshur is 20 minutes from Memphis.

My driver’s name was Ahmed. He was a nice gentleman. I felt comfortable with him and chit-chatted about the condition of Egypt. He was not happy with the devaluation of Egyptian pounds in particular.

Memphis and Saqqara

Memphis is an ancient city of Egypt. It was the capital of ancient Egypt during the lower kingdom. It is a huge cemetery in the western desert. Currently, you can consider it as an open-air museum. I liked this place for a couple of reasons.

First, I met the second sphinx of the day.

Sphinx of Memphis.
Sphinx of Memphis

Second, the crowd was a lot slimmer there. I liked the way the campus was dotted with date trees. Specifically, the Ramses II was looking fantastic guarded by the date trees.

A statue in Memphis.
A statue in Memphis.

Third, in a museum, there was a giant statue of Ramses II lying on a floor. It was so huge, It blew my mind away.

Ramses II lying on a floor in Memphis.

From there, a quick ride took me to the pyramid of Djoser or step pyramid. It is believed to be the oldest pyramid of the world. Constructed in 2630 BC means that it was 4630 years old. It was hard for me to realize what that meant. What I can count is 100 years at most. 

Pyramid of Djoser or Step Pyramid in Egypt.
Pyramid of Djoser or Step Pyramid

The whole compound was a kind of ruin. Different people wanted to accompany me there, however, in Egypt, if someone extends his helping hand to you, it will end up demanding tips. So, I tried to avoid them as much as possible.

Djoser complex in Egypt.

Dahshur

When I entered the pyramid complex of Dahshur, there were hardly any tourists. The pyramid here looked old (I don’t believe I am writing this, all of them are old in fact!)

This is the pyramid of Dahshur

I took some time to wander in the complex. The red pyramid was mighty impressive, I simply loved it.

Red pyramid in Egypt.
This is a wonderful piece of creation!

I always wondered, how does it feel to be inside of a pyramid. At last, I got a chance to feel it, and I filmed it for you to watch.

If you are claustrophobic, it might not be for you, however, you should try this once.

There was a museum complex, too, where ancient things were on display. Overall, it was an exciting experience.

I spent about 5 hours including the journey.

Attractions covered

  • Memphis
  • Pyramid of Saqqara / Step Pyramid
  • Red Pyramid
  • Pyramids of Dahshur

How to spend evening in Giza?

I was very hungry after a long day. I asked Ahmed to take me to a restaurant to eat Kebabs. He took me somewhere, which was for the locals. I could not identify the name of the restaurant as it was written in Arabic. The menu was also in Arabic, so; I relied on Ahmed for the order. The following foods arrived after waiting for 20 minutes.

Egyptian kebab.
At times, I thought about stopping roaming around and eating for the entire days in Egypt.

It was difficult for me to move after having those delicious foods. Being a greedy person, I could not resist buying some sweets for myself.

Egyptian Sweets.
Basbousa was my favourite sweet in Egypt.

By the time I reached the hotel in Giza, I was extremely tired. I hugged Ahmed and said goodbye. I am thankful to him for his company.

How to spend night in Giza?

A light and sound show takes place during night. I decided not to go there but to enjoy it from the rooftop. I got an overall feeling of what it was.

Light and sound show in the ancient pyramids of Giza.
Pyramid at night from my hotel’s rooftop

It was time for me to go to sleep. It was a day worth remembering.

Summary of a day in Giza

Hotel in Giza/ Where to stay

I stayed in Pyramids Loft Homestay

What I liked about this hotel

  • It was located very close to the pyramid complex, just a stone’s way, you can say
  • If you go to the rooftop, you can see the pyramids
  • During night time, you should be able to watch the light and sound show for free from the rooftop
  • It was reasonably priced, not very expensive

What I didn’t like about this hotel

  • The owner seemed cold to me, or maybe I was too tired after the long journey
  • The neighborhood is a bit dirty, but it’s the story for Giza

Places to visit

  • The great pyramid of Giza
  • Sphinx of Giza
  • Red Pyramid
  • Pyramids of Dashur

Tips

  • Take a guide to the great pyramid of Giza, it will save a lot of hassle
  • Carry water with you, you will get thirsty otherwise
  • Be very clear about the price you are offering for your services
  • Wear a reasonable amount of clothes, covering your body well

Trivia

The areas I traveled today fall under the UNESCO World Heritage Site of “Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur”

Where to go after Giza?

Cairo in a Day

Aswan in a Day

Itinerary in Luxor

Fuad Omar

Fuad loves to travel! A lot! Carrying a Bangladeshi passport means he needs a prior visa for visiting most of the countries. He got detained in many borders because of his nationality but; he didn’t give up - he set his foot to 37 countries. He believes, if he could travel the world despite all the odds, you can, too. Fuad is a Computer Engineer by profession, and author of a travelogue in Bangla. He currently lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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