Step back in time in Giza, Egypt, with a history that dates back to the 26th century B.C. and beyond. As one of the most famous historic sites on the globe, it is located across the Nile River from Cairo. Along with its iconic pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and other historic monuments, the city offers travelers a thriving modern dining and entertainment scene.
For thousands of years, the Giza Plateau has been home to the iconic Great Pyramid, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, along with the enigmatic Great Sphinx and other monuments.
The city boasts many large parks, including the large forested Orman Park and the Giza Zoo with its animal exhibits.
Between Giza and Cairo, there are dozens of museums and historic sites to explore and discover, even apart from the Necropolis and its landmarks, including the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Try quad biking, a horseback, or even camel-back tour of the desert with the iconic pyramids as your backdrop.
Along with the city itself, Giza is the ideal location to take a Nile cruise for a day or overnight trip to explore deeper into the country's centuries of history, including Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and many other ancient sites.
With its dry, hot desert climate, Giza is a year-round tourist destination, with an uptick in tourist visits during the summer months of July and August, when temperatures hover between 75 and 90.
The closest international airport is Cairo International Airport (CAI) at a distance of about 16 miles. A taxi to Giza costs about E£120 - but be sure to negotiate the price before you set out.
There are frequent connections from Giza by train to Cairo and many other locations along the Nile, including Luxor.
There are good highway connections via Cairo and highway 75 along the Nile as far as Luxor and beyond.
There are many intercity connections from Giza to Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, and beyond, through several companies, including Super Jet Bus company and Go Bus.
Enjoy modern comforts, including a pool and resort-style amenities, at the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx. You'll love the garden setting and chic contemporary decor within sight of the pyramids at the Mena House Hotel.
Giza Downtown - this area along the Nile River is where you will find the Giza Zoo and other parks, along with easy access to Cairo for day trips.
El Haram - you'll find a wealth of options for dining, entertainment, and accommodation along El Haram street, along with the Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2018, and other attractions in this neighborhood.
Village of Nazlet el-Samman - this small village on the western outskirts of the city proper is the location of the Giza Necropolis, home to the Great Pyramid and other ancient monuments.
Bus service is available through Giza and Cairo, including direct routes to the Necropolis, with fares starting at E£2. There is also a subway route from Cairo to Giza.
Taxis are plentiful throughout the city, particularly near the Necropolis. A typical fare across town runs about E£40.
A car rental isn't necessarily within the city, but may be useful for exploring beyond Giza's limits, with rentals that start at E£435.
You'll find modern shopping malls in the central part of the city, including along the Sixth of October Road. For some of the country's largest and oldest souks, or open air markets, look across the river to Cairo.
Dina Farms and Metro are two of the supermarket chains you'll find throughout the city. A quart of milk will cost about E£11.50 and a dozen eggs will run about E£14.
Choose from a menu of Lebanese, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean specialties at Aura, in the palatial Four Seasons Hotel, where mains start at E£135. For Middle Eastern fast food, try Kazaz, where menu items start at only E£17.