Day trip to the pyramids
What’s great about Hurghada holidays is that you’re surrounded by golden sandy beaches, busy bars, welcoming restaurants, boutique shops and some of the best marine life in the world. But it’s also an ideal location to base yourself so you can see all the other incredible places while you’re on holiday on the beautiful Red Sea Riviera. Top of the list has to be the Egypt pyramids, the greatest ancient man-made buildings in the world.
Find out more about the history of ancient Egypt and book you and the family onto a day trip from Hurghada to Cairo. This journey packs in some of Cairo’s most famous sights all in one day, including the Pyramids of Giza, the iconic Sphinx sculpture and the Egyptian Museum.
Choose to travel either by plane or coach, and get to Egypt’s pyramids in style. If you decide to travel by air-conditioned coach, it’ll take approximately six hours and to fit in all of those sights, it leaves early. Expect to set off at around 2am in the morning, so get plenty of sleep the night before!
They’ll be an English-speaking guide on hand to answer all your questions and you’ll be dropped back at your hotel in Hurghada after a busy day of sightseeing.
Pyramids of Giza
Don’t worry about that early start, though, because one glimpse of the Egypt Pyramids at Giza will take your breath away. They’re a lot bigger than they look on the TV, too! Built as massive tombs on the orders of the pharaohs, the Egypt pyramids were constructed some 4,500 years ago and still live up to their hype today. Although it’s now quite difficult to get that iconic long-distance view of the three massive pyramids looming in the desert, once you’re up close your jaw is guaranteed to drop at the sheer scale of these incredible buildings!
It’s easy to imagine yourself in the time of the pharaohs as you visit the Great Sphinx. Set beside the Giza pyramids, this iconic statue is the largest sculpture carved from a single piece of limestone in the world, and has been the enigmatic symbol of Egypt for thousands of years. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind views of the pyramids in the background and make sure you take advantage of the photo opportunity as you stand at the feet of the Sphinx.
Your day-trip to Egypt’s pyramids will also include the Egyptian Museum, which is located in the Tahrir Square in Cairo. Browse the museum’s 107 artifact-laden halls and enjoy the huge statues, dazzling jewellery, and Egyptian antiques on display. Take a closer look at Tutankhamun’s truly stunning death mask, before embarking on an adventure through time as you pass the mummies and grave goods unearthed from the nearby Egypt pyramids and other dig sites.
Shopping in the bazaars
Before you head back to Hurghada, you’ll get to explore Cairo’s shopping bazaars. Filled with unique and exotic pieces, these busy and colourful open-air markets fill the narrow streets. One of the most famous in Cairo is Khan Al-Khalili, which dates back to the 14th century, and is the perfect place to grab some souvenirs of your visit to the Egypt pyramids.