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Le Meridien Pyramids: Close attractions, Metro to Cairo?

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Le Meridien Pyramids: Close attractions, Metro to Cairo?

We have some free time, mainly afternoons, on our tour during our stay at Le Meridien Pyramids at Giza.

We'd like to use this time to see more of Cairo.

Can someone tell me where Le Meridien Pyramids (on Alexandria Road ??) is located in relation to the Pyramid site and to the Giza Metro stations, please.

From Le Meridien Pyramids, is it feasible to use the Metro to access central Cairo, particularly Egyptian Museum, Coptic Cairo, Old Cairo? Our tour doesn't allow much time at the museum or visit the other sites.

How long should we allow for a taxi to the above areas, weekdays (Mon-Thurs) late morning/early afternoon, early January?

How many people can one taxi accommodate? We are a group of four.

How far is Le Meridien Pyramids from the pyramid/sphinx site? What can one see around there, without actually entering the site? We spend a morning there as part of our tour, should we plan to re-visit in some of our free time?

Are there other places of interest (other than souvenir shopping) close to Le Meridien Pyramids at Giza?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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1. Re: Le Meridien Pyramids: Close attractions, Metro to Cairo?

LeMeridien Pyramids is a short walk from the Giza Plateau. The open end of the horseshoe-shaped pool area nicely frames the 2 largest Pyramids (The Great Pyramid of Khufu & The Pyramid of his son Khafre). Many of the rooms also give you that view.

There is no Metro stop close by. A taxi will take at least 40 minutes to get downtown - possibly over an hour if traffic is particularly bad. 4 people should be able to share a cab easily.

I stayed at LeMeridien during my second trip to Egypt, about 3 years ago. I would definitely consider staying there again.

If your tour does not include visits to Saqqara &/or Dahshur, you should try to arrange that on your own.

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2. Re: Le Meridien Pyramids: Close attractions, Metro to Cairo?

Hi there,

The Giza-plateau is really the "only" site in your area. As mentioned above, you can see the two largest pyramids from your hotel (pool area or room or both). You can also walk up the road leading to the ticket booths and see the pyramids from there. The Sphinx is not viewable from there. To see the Sphinx you have to walk a rather long way (I advise taking a taxi, its just a short ride) along some awfully congested roads, turn right and walk along a dirty canal in a very congested and very local and poor area (its not dangerous though if you are just mindful of traffic). Then you turn right again, and walk about 5 minutes until you come to the parking-area in front of the Sphinx. You can see it from there without having to pay to enter the site.

It goes without saying that it is MUCH easier to walk from your hotel to the ticket-area, paying to get into the Plateau and then walk across the Plateau to see the Sphinx, it will take you 15-20 minutes as opposed to maybe an hour if you go around the Plateau.

The nearest metro is the Giza-metro, located a very long walk (again along some severely congested roads) from your hotel. About an hour's walk. Taxi is about 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic.

The metro is cheap and easy once you get there, and then you can get to Old Cairo. The station in Old Cairo is called Mar Girgis, and the station is located about 10 steps from The Hanging Church more or less in the middle of Old Cairo.

Louise

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