Depart central Cairo by air-conditioned vehicle and journey south to Saqarra, home to one of the world’s greatest antiquities — the oldest step pyramid still standing. As you travel, hear intriguing tales of Saqarra, and how this desert area was used as a burial ground for Memphis, Lower Egypt’s ancient capital.
After roughly an hour, pull up at your destination and stroll to the magnificent Step Pyramid of Zoser. Marvel at the vast structure as your guide recounts how it was constructed in the 27th century BC as the tomb of the Pharaoh Zoser.
Learn about the main features of the flat-topped, 4,600-year-old pyramid and hear how it ranks as the world’s oldest large-scale stone monument. Admire the smaller pyramids around it, and then continue to the site of Memphis. Founded in around 2,900 BC and a center of power for over 3,000 years, this aeons-old city is believed to have been purpose-built and was characterized by majestic temples and palaces.
Explore the city’s last remaining vestiges around the villages of Dahshur and Saqqara, and visit the open-air museum that houses broken statues, carvings and columns found at the site. Marvel at the prize exhibit — a huge, fallen statue of Ramses II — and enjoy the crowd-free atmosphere. The relics here attract fewer visitors than those in Cairo, so you can admire them in quiet surroundings.
Afterward, return to Cairo where your tour ends at the start point.