Private Great Sphinx of Giza Tour

Travel to the Sphinx of Egypt

The famous Great Sphinx in Giza is alongside the Roman Colosseum in Rome, Italy, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France as one of the most popular and fascinating monuments in the world. The Great Sphinx in Giza was discovered in 1817 by an international group of archaeologists. The Great Sphinx of Giza age is over 4,500 years old. The statue was originally over 73 meters long and 20 meters high, but due to the wind blowing on the limestone from which the Sphinx is made, its dimensions are gradually changing.

If you book a tour with Inside Egypt you’ll be able to visit the real monument, which is part of our all-inclusive Egypt vacation packages

All of our luxury Egypt tours include the Great Sphinx of Giza tour. 

The standard Great Sphinx of Giza tour that most tourists take allows you to admire the statue froma distant viewing platform. The specially designated space around the Great Sphinx in Giza makes it impossible to get close to the monument and touch it, but you can still get close enough to have a good look at the Egyptian Sphinx nose, and take an effective photo. 

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Some tourists planning a Great Sphinx of Giza tour wonder if can you go inside the Sphinx enclosure. It is possible, but only during our private tour of the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx. Thanks to our many years of cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, our clients have the opportunity to tour Egypt's Sphinx inside, and touch the Great Sphinx of Giza by entering the enclosure, which is normally closed to the public. For almost an hour, our clients can walk around the Great Sphinx in Giza, standing between its big paws, see the famous stone stele up close, and listen to the stories told by our special guest Mr. Ashraf Mohie El-Din - Director General of the Giza Pyramids Plateau, while taking amazing photos.

This option of the Great Sphinx Egypt tour is exclusive to our 14 days in Egypt tour and 10 day tour of Egypt as well as 8 day Egypt tour.

You decide which Great Sphinx of Giza tour suits you best and how you will visit the Sphinx of Egypt.

No matter which tour of Egypt and the Great Sphinx in Giza tour you choose, with Inside Egypt - a reputable travel agency in Egypt, you will not be disappointed. With our team of knowledgeable Egypt travel specialists your Great Sphinx of Giza tour will be unique and unforgettable.

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What’s the history behind this ancient monument?

Huge, magnificent, one of a kind perfectly describes the Sphinx at Giza! A mysterious creature arouses interest throughout the world. His beard is displayed at the British Museum in London and a few nasal fragments can be seen at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. 

“Father of Terror" Sphinx is a Greek name derived from the Egyptian word she-sep-acnh which means "living statue". In Egyptian art, he was pictured as a lion with a human or animal head, symbolizing royal power. According to Greek mythology, the Sphinx was a monster with the head of a woman and the body of a winged lion, which kept passers-by and killed those who could not give the correct answer. The Arabs christened him Abu Al-Hol, meaning "father of terror.”

For centuries, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, this monumental sculpture delighted and at the same time made many travelers reflect. After returning to Europe, to which archaeological excavations were still alien, their incredible stories stimulated the imagination. One hypothesis was that the ancient statue was the work of an ancient civilization that fell several millennia before the pyramids were built, but even today you will find some archaeologists claiming that these geometrically shaped structures are the work of aliens.

The symbol of Egypt, the Sphinx is 57 m long and 20 m high and has been carved in a huge rock forest. He wears a nemes decorated with royal urea on his head. Probably the statue that stands at the beginning of the ramp leading to the pyramid of Chephren personifies this ruler, although some suggest that it is Cheops or the god Horus. A visit to the country of the Nile will surely be remembered for a long time by every tourist, including the Sphinx, which you can truly say is a symbol of Egypt.

Fighting the sands of the desert, a stele is placed between the front paws of a stone lion, from which we learn that Thotmes IV, after ascending the throne, ordered the extraction of the Sphinx from under a thick layer of sand. It is said that the future Pharaoh had a dream in which the Sphinx predicted him to take power in Egypt and ordered the squeaking that was covering him to be removed. Later, the figure was slightly damaged. During the reign of the Mamluk family, the Sphinx was covered with sand up to the neck. As a result of test cannon shots, the statue had its famous nose knocked off..

Thotmes IV was the first to unveil the figure, but it was once again covered with desert sands. This is explained by the fact that before Pliny Secundus (1st century), no classical artist wrote about the Sphinx. There is no mention of him in the texts of Herodotus, Strabo or Diodorus of Sicily. The statue was dug up again by Marcus Aurelius and Septimus Severus, but again it was covered with sand. In 1817, Giovanni Cavigila unveiled him and found his beard. In 1853 Auguste Mariette and in 1858 Gaston Maspero the removal of sand again. In 1925, Emile Baraize brought to light the remains of the temple of Khafre next to the Sphinx, and Selim Hassan fully unveiled the statue in 1936.

For several decades, archaeologists have been trying to save the Sphinx, which is slowly deteriorating.

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Where is it located?

The Egypt Sphinx location is found in the pyramid complex at Giza Plateau near the city of Cairo. The Great Sphinx in Giza faces east, towards the Nile River. In 10583 B.C.E. the constellation Leo was rising from the east, where the Sphinx looked down. It was then that the Lion's precession era began and, as you can see, its builders knew about this and wanted to refer to it by building the Great Sphinx. Astronomy was very important in the lives of the ancient Egyptians.

Behind the Great Sphinx in Giza you'll find the pyramids, and the buildings of Giza in front of it. The Great Sphinx in Giza is often called the guardian of Giza's pyramids or necropolises due to the Egypt sphinx location.

The Great Sphinx of Giza tour runs together with the Giza Pyramids tour. The Great Sphinx in Giza is easily accessible. Our guests will travel by comfortable coach or minibus (for small groups) to the Egypt Sphinx location from the nearby Marriott Mena House Hotel, which takes a few minutes, or the Four Seasons at First Residence, which takes approx. 25-30 minutes.

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Is this visit to the Sphinx of Egypt guided?

When you visit the Sphinx of Egypt with us, you do not need to buy Egypt Sphinx tickets yourself. We will do this for you as part of our Great Sphinx of Giza tour. Joining you on the Great Sphinx of Giza tour will be a knowledgeable guide who speaks perfect English. Our guides are Egyptian people with extensive knowledge and an undying passion for their homeland. They also have rich professional experience in the tourism industry. Thanks to them, you will learn the history of the Great Sphinx in Giza, the research and excavations related to it, as well as pseudoscientific speculations. Our Egyptian guide will let our travelers know everything about this monument, in an interesting way, making sure that you are never bored.

Our guides will tell you wonderful anecdotes about the Egyptian Sphinx nose, which you will not find in the guidebooks. There are no secrets that our Egyptian guides don't know! They know the topography of the Giza Plateau and its monuments. During the Great Sphinx Egypt tour they provide help, knowledge, and shared their vast experience throughout the entire trip. In addition, they are happy to help implement your extra wishes and additional attractions you would like to visit. They will also provide reliable advice, for example, where and how best to photograph with the Great Sphinx in Giza. Our professional guides will take care of each participant and their needs during the Great Sphinx of Giza tour, and your Egypt tour.

During our Great Sphinx of Giza tour, you will definitely get to know the Great Sphinx in Giza in depth. You will be a hit at the dinner table sharing your knowledge and memories!

Which tours include the Great Sphinx?

The Great Sphinx in Egypt is such a famous and iconic monument that you must visit this magnificent structure while on your Egypt vacation. All of our luxury Egypt tours allow you to visit the Sphinx of Egypt on our Great Sphinx Egypt tour.

If you want more than the standard tour of the Great Sphinx in Giza and want to get up close to the magnificent monument, we have an amazing private Great Sphinx Egypt tour for you. This is combined with a private tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza. This Great Sphinx of Giza tour includes special access to the enclosure of the Great Sphinx in Giza. This means that you will get to visit the Sphinx of Egypt up close. Only our group will be allowed the enclosure, which is normally closed to the public. It will be possible to touch the great Sphinx in Giza, but unfortunately not the Sphinx Egypt nose. Between the paws of the Great Sphinx in Giza, you will see a stone stele up close. This was an act of thanksgiving for the power that the pharaoh of Tuthmosis IV was to gain thanks to the Sphinx. Participants of the Great Sphinx of Giza tour will spend almost an hour with the Great Sphinx in Giza. You can walk around the Great Sphinx in Giza and take some wonderful photos. Our professional Egyptian guide will tell you everything you need to know about this monument, including the Great Sphinx of Giza age. These will be memorable stories that will stay with you because our guide is a passionate storyteller shares the interesting facts about the Great Sphinx. This amazing Sphinx of Giza tour awaits you on our 14 Days in Egypt tour and 10 day tour of Egypt as well as 8 day Egypt tour.

Around Egypt in 14 days (a 14 Days in Egypt tour)
This is our most popular tour of Egypt, taking you from the north to the south of the land of the pharaohs. In addition to the private tour of the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, the tour includes a seven-day cruise along the Nile river on a luxury ship. You will take the Luxor - Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan - Luxor route, and also enjoy seeing the sights of Mediterranean Alexandria, the pyramids of Saqqara and Dakshur and Old Cairo with its famous museums. By spending two weeks in Egypt, you will get to know this country's most important ancient and modern attractions of this country. Don't miss this fantastic Egypt tour!

Exploring Egypt (a 10 day tour of Egypt)
This is a trip to Egypt, during which, in addition to the Great Sphinx in Giza and the pyramids, we visit monuments in Cairo, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan. As well as this, we join a four-day Nile cruise by luxury ship on the Luxor - Aswan route. This is a VIP experience and exciting Egypt tour that shouldn't be missed! Go ahead, and join us!

Golden Highlights of Egypt (a 8 day Egypt tour)
This is a shorter version of our iconic Around Egypt in 14 days tour, designed for people who cannot take a long vacation in Egypt. It includes a private tour of the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx and a three-day Nile cruise on the Aswan-Luxor route. This Egypt itinerary includes visits to the Saqqara necropolis, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and Old Cairo with the famous Khan el Khalili bazaar. You will see and experience everything that is characteristic of Egypt's ancient and modern culture. A luxurious and amazing journey is waiting for you!

We have luxury small-group Egypt tours available, with a unique itinerary where our clients are under the care of professional Egyptian guides and tour leaders. Our groups are limited to a maximum of 20 participants, which gives you a more intimate group to share this experience with. We provide our guests with comfortable transport and 5-star accommodation. Each of our Egyptian tours includes a Nile cruise and exclusive VIP experiences. However, if you prefer customizable private tours of Egypt where you want to visit the Sphinx of Egypt, then we can arrange this for you too. Contact us via the contact form on our Luxury Egypt Private Tours website. Our team of knowledgeable Egypt travel specialists will be happy to prepare a quote for your customized private tour of Egypt for you. We are waiting for you!

Are the Egypt Sphinx tickets included?

You may be asking yourself how much do Egypt Sphinx tickets cost and what do they include? We are happy to answer that question for you. The Giza Plateau admission ticket includes the Giza Pyramids outdoor tour and the Great Sphinx of Giza tour. On this Great Sphinx Egypt tour, the Great Sphinx in Giza is viewed from a platform located some distance from the monument. The Giza Pyramids tickets together with Egypt Sphinx tickets cost 240 LE per person and can be purchased at the ticket office before entering the Giza Plateau. This is the same place where you can buy tickets to enter the interior of the pyramids.

However, when you're booking a tour with Inside Egypt, travelers don't need to worry about purchasing tickets. We will buy the Egypt Sphinx tickets and other admission tickets to monuments in advance, so as not to waste time standing in queues. Thanks to this, you can make the most of your time for sightseeing. The admission price for the Great Sphinx of Giza tour is covered in the full tour price.

Which other monuments should I visit nearby?

The famous pyramids of Khufu (Cheops) known as the Great Pyramid, and the pyramids of Khafre (Chephren) and Menkaure (Mykerinosa) are located on the Giza Plateau, a short distance from the Egypt Sphinx location. Around these iconic pyramids and close to the Great Sphinx in Giza you will also find mortuary temples, mastabas, and a series of smaller pyramids for the tombs of queens and state dignitaries. The Great Sphinx of Giza purpose was to guard the Khafre pyramid, with his portrait used as the face of this magnificent monument.

Due to the very close proximity of these monuments, a trip to the Great Sphinx in Egypt is always combined with a trip to the Egypt pyramids. Allow half a day to visit the Sphinx of Egypt and the Giza pyramids to get the most out of your experience. The best time of day to go on the Great Sphinx Egypt tour is in the morning due to the lower temperature, better photography light, and fewer tourists.

Southeast of the Sphinx location you can find the tombs of the pyramid builders, these were discovered in the late 20th century by the Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass. It is an archaeological site less visited by tourists, but is still very interesting.

Get as close to the Great Sphinx in Giza as possible and stand between its giant paws during our private visit inside the closed Sphinx enclosure in Giza. We are waiting for you!

Which is the best time to visit the Sphinx?

The best time of the year to visit the Sphinx of Egypt and Egypt, generally is late autumn (from mid-October), during winter and the springtime (until the end of April). The weather conditions are the best for all Egypt tours at this time, including the Great Sphinx Egypt tour. During this time it is warm and sunny, but not too hot. Traveling and sightseeing is fun and enjoyable at this time of year. However, you should be aware that mornings and evenings during the winter and early spring can be cold in Egypt, so in addition to summer clothes for the daytime, and a hat and sunglasses, you should take a jacket, sweatshirt or a warmer sweater on a trip to Egypt for the evenings, and early morning.

The dates of our luxury Egypt group tours including the Great Sphinx of Giza tour, where you will visit the Sphinx of Egypt are popular at this optimal time of the year, i.e. from October to April inclusive.

However, if you prefer to do the Great Sphinx Egypt tour at a different time of the year, that's no problem. We will be happy to organize a private tour for you with the Great Sphinx of Giza tour whenever you want.

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