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Ultimate first-timer Egypt trip with kids

Egypt, where legend and history mingle. Located in a continent that continues to captivate the imagination and with too many interesting places to visit, here are some of the Egyptian historical sites that we visited and will suggest for any first-timer in Egypt.

Our odyssey starts with a stop in the city of Cairo. You will try tasty food and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the city after a first stop to one of the most visited sights :

The Pyramids of Giza, in Cairo. They are close to the city, and they are a must-see attraction. They are the Pyramid of Cheops, the Pyramid of Chephren, and the Pyramid of Mycerinus. The other buildings on the Giza Plateau are the Solar Boat Museum, the Sphinx, and the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The Great Pyramids of Giza was on my kiddo bucket list of places to see since she was 2 .

So she was uber happy to check off this UNESCO-listed site from her list . It is located on a plateau on the west bank of the Nile River, in Giza, the third-largest city, behind Cairo and Alexandria.

At the Giza Necropolis, there are the remains of members of the Fourth Dynasty royal family in each pyramid. The family reigned from around 2613–2494 BC, and all of the pyramids were built during their time in power.

The oldest and largest of the three pyramids at Giza, known as the Great Pyramid is 481 feet tall. It was built for Pharaoh Khufu and is the only surviving structure out of the famed 7 wonders of the ancient world. There are also 3 small pyramids built for Khufu’s queens lined up next to the Great Pyramid.

The second tallest pyramid is in the middle, and it is the Pyramid of Pharaoh Khafre, Khufu’s son. It is 448 feet tall and contains Pharaoh Khafre’s tomb. Inside the Khafre’s pyramid complex, you will see the Great Sphinx, represented as a guardian statue carved in limestone with a man's head and the body of a lion. It was the largest monolith statue in the ancient world, measuring 240 feet long and 66 feet high.

The shortest of the three pyramids at 218 feet is Khafre’s son Menkaure pyramid. It is the southernmost pyramid.

On our quest to see more Pyramids, after exploring the ancient capital of Memphis, we drove 20 minutes to Saqqara necropolis. We checked the first Egyptian pyramid ever built, also known as the first pyramid in the world. You can see it behind my daughter 🦋in the pict. It is called the Djoser pyramid. It was built at Saqqara about 4,700 years ago during the 3rd dynasty rule of pharaoh Djoser, and it is the only pyramid in the Old Kingdom that which 11 of the King's daughters are buried inside.

While it is not a pyramid with smooth sides, like those at Giza and Dahshur, this step pyramid structure predates them. It is a reference point to archeologists' understanding of the development of pyramid construction; it is also known as the first large-scale cut-stone structure in the world.

Imhotep is the legendary Egyptian architect behind the Pyramid of Djoser and vizier of Pharoah Djose; Before, the tombs used to be made of mud, but he changed the process significantly, leading to the making of the Great Pyramids. You can also explore the museum dedicated to him while in Saqqara and learn all about this great pioneer of Ancient Egypt🇪🇬.

Behind my daughter Loreva is the Pyramid of Djoser

After our enjoyable Saqqara adventure, we headed to Dashur on the west bank of the Nile; we got to see and explore the Dahshur Pyramids-the bent pyramid and the red pyramid. The bent pyramid of Dahshur was built by the first King of the 4th dynasty Sneferu, and it was the first attempt to make a smooth pyramid instead of a step one. The red pyramid was the first successful try for building a classical pyramid shape without any inclinations. It was called the red pyramid for having red ink writings of King Sneferu's name on the facing rocks. Inside, you’ll also find three funeral chambers inside… we’ve seen lots of interesting things on this trip and it was another memorable fun day

Back in Cairo during a relaxing afternoon, we spent the afternoon at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.. It was not far from St-Regis Cairo where we stayed.

It can boast of great collections, so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all the museums has to offer. but if you don't have too much time, Tutankhamun Galleries are a must-visit.

On our Cairo adventure, we explored old Cairo or Misr al-Qadima. It predates what is now modern Cairo, and it is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Coptic Cairo is the part of the city within the Old Babylon walls.While there, at Coptic Cairo, we explored the famous Hanging church ( check out our instagram to learn more ). The interesting thing about this church is its history and the fact that the services are still held in Coptic, and we were told that it will be the closest we will ever get to hearing how pharaohs spoke. Pretty cool indeed .

As you know, the Christians of Egypts are called Coptics. Egypt was a Christian nation for many centuries before the arrival of Islam. There are many old churches in Coptic Cairo, dating from the arrival of Islam when Egypt had a Christian majority and when the pharaonic religion was in decline.

We've seen and entered a few of them, like the church of Saint George near the Fortress of Babylon and the church of Saint Mercurius, situated north of the Fortress of Babylon. In Coptic Cairo, we've also seen the synagogue of Ben Ezra, the oldest Jewish temple in Cairo. It used to be a church Many moons ago. While exploring the different sites, you should look for the Church of St. Sergius and Bacchus. A legend says that it Virgin Mary, baby Jesus, and family were hiding there during King Herod's massacre.

While exploring old Islamic Cairo down El Moez Street, we saw the Al Aqmar Mosque. At the summit of Saladin Citadel, we've visited the Muhammed Ali Pasha Mosque and one of the oldest mosques ever built in Africa: the Mosque of Amr Ibn AL. Many centuries ago, it served as a university. The Mosque is named after General Amr Ibn Al-Aas of the Rashidun Islamic Caliphate, who introduced Islam to Egypt in 640 AD. We’ve also seen the Ibn Tulum Mosque, the oldest and largest Mosque built in the city of Cairo.

Sphinx in Giza