The Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza
The Pyramids of Cheops, Chephran and Mycerinus were thought by the Greeks to be one of the seven wonders of the world. A single pyramid is comprised of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and one-half tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting, since its interior burial chambers are open to the public. A few steps from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Hewn from natural limestone and standing 65 feet high and 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a pharaoh with a lion's body.
Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids
Guests enjoy an unforgettable 45-minute show at the foot of the Pyramids of Giza, held every evening. English language shows are held Monday through Saturday. French shows are featured Sunday through Wednesday and on Friday. German shows are on Sunday, and Arabic shows are on Thursday.
The Citadel and Khan El Khalili
Situated on a spur of the Muqattam Hills, the Citadel dominates Cairo's skyline and was the heart of the city and Egypt for almost 700 years. Its construction was initiated in 1176 by Saladin and completed by Muhammed Ali. Mameluke sultans and Turkish governors later made it their residence, building palaces and mosques within the Citadel walls. Facing the citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363, and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt. The tour also includes a visit to Khan El Khalili, a famous Cairo bazaar dating back to the late 14th century.
The Cairo Museum
The Cairo Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities throughout the world. Its exhibits feature artifacts from the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt's kings and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.
Books and souvenirs are available on the hotel lobby level.
Khan El Kalili bazaar offers a variety of handmade goods, copper and brassware, glassware, carpets, gold and silver, leather and inlaid boxes.