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“Wonder of the Ancient World!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Gizeh Plateau

Gizeh Plateau
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Private Giza Plateau and Pyramids Day Tour
Ranked #3 of 310 things to do in Cairo
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West Coast
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“Wonder of the Ancient World!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

It's the Great Pyramids!... And the Sphinx! It seems absurd to "Review" it.

But if you are into history and/or ever wanted to see them. Go for it! The Egyptians are very friendly, love Americans and, no surprise, simply want political and social freedom. So don't let cable news or your uninformed friends deter you.

Visited December 2012
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“important visit once in alife time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

took my child (10 years old ) there, very hot and bright sun..maximum we could stay 2 hours. loved to go inside the pyramid, nice and cool. big walk for little ones, you have to hire a chariot, available there but have to do some negotiatin of rental fee.

Visited September 2012
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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“Giza, is safe in 2012”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

Giza, is safe in 2012, alot of people ask about if they can go to visit Giza in 2012, or 2013, may be this is the best tiome to visit Egypt, why? less tourists, while Egyptian are so happy to see tourists, saying hello everywhere,i think its best time to visit Egyptian pyramids when its less crowded, i did it in the 2 times and im sure when it is less crowded will be better, best way to visit pyramids is with a tour guide, not to loose the time without seeing the most important things, go inside Cheops but take care it needs extra ticket and the Egyptian government give permission only to 300 persons per day to go in, you can buy its ticket or at 8:00am or at 1:00 pm, if you loose going inside Cheops, so go inside Chefren or Menkaurah, one of them is always opened and with extra ticket.
go to see the solar boat of Cheops in its museum, visit the valley temple, the sphinx, by the way riding a camel is an adventure, you go to panorama of 9 pyramids on one line, but dont do it alone, the will charge you too much, do it with your tour guide or ask the agency to organize it. by night you can attend sound and light show there

Visited December 2012
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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“A must-see!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

HIRE A GUIDE IN ADVANCE. UNLESS YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, DO NOT GO ALONE. My parents and I went with a very guide, and we had a really nice experience because of it. The pyramids are truly amazing, and being able to be so close to them and touch them was just so cool. After we had been taken to all three pyramids, ending with the Great Pyramid, our guide took us to the tombs of the chief architect and engineer, and that was absolutely fascinating. The reliefs are mostly still in very good condition, and some of the statues still have the faintest hints of the original dyes used to color them. They are somewhat removed, but find them if you can. Also, you need to have your ticket in order to be allowed into the enclosed area where the sphinx is. We forgot ours in the car, but the men knew our guide and so they let us through without them. I can't decide whether I was more impressed by the sphinx or the pyramids!
Be warned, however, that there are throngs of vendors and men with horses, camels, and donkeys who will constantly approach you to sell their goods. We personally aren't into any of that, and having a guide really helped us from being swamped by them. Most of them are polite, but some can be quite nasty (especially if you are American or British). Just be prepared for it, and try not to take it to heart. In the end, they are just poor men trying to earn a living. Having said that, don't be a pushover because they have no problem with taking advantage of you, and they know an easy target when they see one. Because we had a guide, however, we weren't concerned with guarding our pockets and were able to focus on enjoying the pyramids and the stunning desert landscape.
Overall, I had a great time and would definitely recommend it. I wouldn't mind going again!

Visited December 2012
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“this is why we came here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

Seeing the Gizeh Plateau in books/videos is one thing, but this must be seen to be believed...simply amazing! We quite easily walked the entire area from the Great Sphinx, who greeted us, all the way around the pyramids up to the so-called 'mountain'...a higher lookout area. The view of the desert and the pyramids is a must see, absolutely stunning. From here, you can 'touch' the tip of the pyramids. While so many people, write-ups etc, tell you not to ride the camels, that it's just a money grab for tourists...I can tell you to take a picture at least, on a camel...it will cost you maybe 50 cents or a dollar, but you won't regret it when you see the pictures! They will really try to 'take' you for a ride, but if you don't want to go, just insist. Picture only. Certainly the highlight of our trip, coming to the Gizeh Plateau!

Visited June 2012
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