Memphis
Memphis

Memphis

Cairo, 3753450

The Basics

On the site of ancient Memphis, the Mit Rahina open-air museum is an impressive, if bewildering, jumble of ancient statues. Highlights include an alabaster sphinx and beds used to mummify sacred bulls for the Serapeum temple at Saqqara.

Some tours enable travelers to check off the Giza pyramids, Saqqara, Dahshur, and Memphis in a day, but most visitors prefer to spread out the sightseeing. To move at a more leisurely pace, choose a tour of Memphis, Saqqara, and Dahshur, and save the other sites for another day. Most tours provide round-trip transport from Cairo or Giza.

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Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids
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Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids
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Amazing tour !
I had a great private tour with guide Mohammed and our driver. Mohammed is very knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time and it was a privilege to visit Saqqara and Dahshur with hardly any other tourists. Memphis was also amazing. I recommend leaving your hotel at 8am and you will have Saqqara to yourself ! Don't bother researching other tours, just book this one 👍
David_B, Apr 2024

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Memphis is a must-see for fans of ancient Egypt.

  • The attractions at the Mit Rahina open-air museum are sculptures, not architectural remains of the former city.

  • Some pieces from Mit Rahina will move to Giza's Grand Egyptian Museum, slated to open in 2020.

  • Mit Rahina is flat but sandy, possibly challenging for travelers who use wheelchairs or strollers.

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How to Get There

The Mit Rahina open-air museum sits around 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of downtown Cairo, 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Dahshur, and 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Saqqara. Public transit can be difficult if you don’t speak Arabic. Most travelers visit on a full- or half-day tour from Cairo or Giza.

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When to Get There

A compact site, the Mit Rahina museum feels crowded much more quickly than the vast expanses of Saqqara and Dahshur. It’s open every day, morning through afternoon, with reduced hours during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. To enjoy the sculptures in relative solitude, visit early in the day.

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Key Ancient Egyptian Sites Near Cairo

While you’ll find ancient sites all over modern-day Egypt, they cluster around two areas: Cairo, the capital during the Old Kingdom period, and Luxor, the capital during the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom periods. In Cairo, the three main royal burial grounds were at Giza, Saqqara, and Dahshur. The pharaohs who built the pyramids lived in Memphis.

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