Open Hours: Winter: Daily 9a-5p; Summer: Daily 9a-9p
Accessible only by boat, this private tourist project on an island in the Nile, south of the Giza Bridge, attempts to ... More
Dr. Ragab's Pharaonic Village
Accessible only by boat, this private tourist project on an island in the Nile, south of the Giza Bridge, attempts to simulate life and work in ancient Egypt. Some find the living museum campy, but most will enjoy the two-hour boat tour past costumed performers acting out ancient Egyptian agriculture, crafts and industries. There is also a mock temple and several museums. The acres of papyrus swamps are a botanist's delight, and the two cafes and children's playground make the island an ideal family daytrip. All tours are multilingual.
It was great experience. The guide was super efficient, as he answered all our questions. I went there with my 2 kids worried that they won't like to be directly lectured about ancient history, in fact, I hate that too, but we found more than 50 actors and actresses depicting life in ancient Egypt from agriculture to papyrus making and sculpting. It was a new distinctive way of learning about their lifestyle through living actors, my kids liked it a lot. That's why I recommend this village to any family with children seeking an entertaining and educational trip.
I think that the idea of the village is good however the execution is weak. It is a purely commercial project where you feel exploited with the guides trying to push you to spend money on food or icecream through the unnecessary breaks. Everything there is a duplicate nothing original. It is highly overpriced and overrated. Simply, not worth it.
Started off good, but way overpriced. The starting boat tour with the actors was excellent, but as I got on land, things got much worse! The tour guides spend all your time trying to make you buy something, from ice cream to a glass vase, on every turn, at every attraction. This dominated our visit, with repetive 5 minute (although ending up 15 min) breaks at thier shops. Decided to leave early. Not worth the money.
I thoroughly enjoyed this boat tour through a papyrus swamp. The reenactment of Pharonic times was spot on with its good actors. My kids loved it and wanted to go back during our two week visit of Egypt but we didn't have enough time.
The concept for this attraction is good, but execution is very poor.
For a start, the entrance fee is very expensive, and the "attractions" are all very jaded, with attempts to squeeze more money out of you at every turn. Attempts to recreate Karnak were pathetic. The whole place needs a massive revamp.
About the only things worth seeing were the recreations of houses, and Tutankhamen's tomb. The rest was pretty much a waste of time.
Save your money for something else.
We went to the Pharaonic village with 5 children aged 3-9 yrs. The village was interesting and the children enjoyed it. It cost us LE450 (about £45) for the chepest tour (which was for 2 adults and one child as the smaller ones were free). I thought was VERY overpriced for what you get - especially by egyptian standard as everything else is so cheap. A nice place to visit but not worth the money.
this place has really gone down hill. i've been several times in the past...as recently as 2005...but when i went with my teenage kids in summer 2007, it was TERRIBLE. hot, miserable, boring, unenthusiastic staff, ridiculously high entrance fee (around LE600 for four people)...and the shameless money grab all through out the the tour.
this place used to be a great idea, but the management should get on the ball. looks a lot like they dont pay their staff nearly enough, or that they mistreat them b/c every single person was clearly miserable and constantly looking for tips.
big thumbs down, which is sad since it used to be much better
Having toured many sites in Cairo this was our last stop and I wish we went here first. The script was well-written and made far more sense than a number of our guides at other sites. It is superb for both children and adults. Staff and actors / actresses were wonderful, polite and knowledgeable. There was absolutely nothing to fault. Even the shop was priced so you have a break from bartering!
I loved this place it was awesome with so much to learn about Egypt. i really enjoyed it and would go back anyday and the most fun part was the boat tour! Me and my husband really thought it was an interesting place and they had good workers.
I suppose if you only have a few days in Egypt, and don't plan on seeing ANYTHING in Egypt, you can take this elementary history tour. It's an interesting concept -- kind of like Williamsburg here in the US. They set up different scenes of Egypt while you ride this boat around, and they talk about life in Egypt at a VERY BASIC LEVEL. Good if you have younger children I guess. It was VERY pricey -- even in Egyptian terms -- I think we spent more there than ANYWHERE ELSE in all of Egypt. The staff was rude and not interested AT ALL in their jobs or what they were doing. Kind of ruined the experience. And again, I did it at the end of my stay in Egypt, so perhaps I'm a bit jaded. You could probably save yourself the time and money by checking out a children's history book before you left home, and just skip it!
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