"Saqqara and the Step Pyramid" Saqqara Pyramid of Djoser & Necropolis Tip by chizz

  Me beside Step Pyramid, Saqqara
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  • Me beside Step Pyramid, Saqqara - Cairo
      Me beside Step Pyramid, Saqqara
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  • Outside Imhotep Museum, Saqqara - Cairo
      Outside Imhotep Museum, Saqqara
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  • Mummy at Imhotep Museum, Saqqara - Cairo
      Mummy at Imhotep Museum, Saqqara
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  • Me beside Step Pyramid, Saqqara - Cairo
      Me beside Step Pyramid, Saqqara
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  • Saqqara entrance ticket - Cairo
      Saqqara entrance ticket
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We hired a taxi driver for the day who took us to Saqqara, Memphis and Dashur for 170LE. Our first stop was Saqqara which is around 12 miles from Cairo and takes around 30 minutes to get there by cab/car (traffic permitting). Saqqara is the necropolis of Memphis with the Step Pyramid of King Zoser being the oldest pyramid in the world. The mastabas or burial chambers contain murals of the ancient empire and are worth a quick look.
Entry costs 60LE per adult (as of Nov. 2008) (students and children pay around half price I believe) and includes entry to the Imhotep Museum located by the ticket office. The Museum holds many artifacts and explains the history of Saqqara and you may take photos at no extra cost.
From here, your driver will take you up the hill to the Step Pyramid site where you can take photos and visit the burial chambers (mastabas) and ruins too. You can also see the Dashur Bent Pyramid in the distance from the hill.

Address: Saqqara - 12 miles from Cairo by taxi
Directions: Known by all

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 5, 2009
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