Excursion to the Great Sphinx of Giza | Egyptian Sphinx day tour

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Price30£
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Pick up 08:00 AM
Duration 4 Hours
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Itinerary
Time Activity
08:00 Meet with the guide in your Cairo hotel
08:15 Transfer to Giza
09:00 Giza plateau tour
09:30 Visit to the Sphinx
12:00 Back to your hotel

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Excursion to the Great Sphinx of Giza Egyptian Sphinx day tour is a half day tour to Giza plateau to visit the Great Sphinx, the hugest monolith statue in the world and wonder in his Valley temple.

Let's visit the world's famous statue - The Sphinx, who was buried for most of its life in the sands of Egyptian desert. In the modern era, when Napoleon arrived in Egypt in 1798, the Sphinx was buried more with sand up to its neck. Between 1816 and 1817, the Genoese merchant, Caviglia tried to clear away the sand, but he only managed to dig a trench down the chest of the statue and along the length of the forepaws.

Auguste Mariette, the founder of the Egyptian Antiquities Service, also attempted to excavate the Sphinx, but gave up in frustration over the enormous amount of sand. He went on to explore the Khafre Valley Temple, but returned to the Great Sphinx to excavate in 1858. This time, he managed to clear the sand down to the rock floor of the ditch around the Sphinx, discovering in the process several sections of the protective walls around the ditch, as well as odd masonry boxes along the body of the monument which might have served as small shrines. However, he apparently still did not clear all the sand.

In 1885, Gaston Maspero, then Director of the Antiquities Service, once again tried to clear the Sphinx, but after exposing the earlier work of Caviglia and Mariette, he also was forced to abandon the project due to logistical problems.

Between 1925 and 1936, French engineer Emile Baraize excavated the Sphinx on behalf of the Antiquities Service, and apparently for the first time since antiquity, the great beast once again became exposed to the elements.

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Includes
  • Pick up and drop off from your Cairo hotel
  • Transfer by a/c van to Giza and back
  • Entrance fee to the sight
  • Visit to the sphinx
  • English speaking guide (extra 20$)
  • Entrance fee into the pyramids
  • Extras, not mentioned in the program

What to take with you
  • Documents
  • Bottle of water
  • Extra cash
  • Photo camera

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