Is this the ultimate in armchair archaeological adventure? Quite possibly. A brand new application
launched this week allows you to take a 3D virtual 'interior and exterior' tour of the pyramids of Giza, Egypt - without having to leave your seat.
The French designers, 'Dessault Systemes'
, say that "users will be able to roam throughout the necropolis, visit the carefully restored tombs, access shafts and corridors, as well as browse all the information on the occupants of each burial chamber, including the dates of discovery and objects collected".
Situated on the outskirts of Cairo, the Giza complex spreads over several square kilometres and includes the three Great Pyramids, as well as the Sphinx.
The oldest and largest of these, the Great Pyramid, was completed in around 2560 BC and is the most ancient of the famous Seven Wonders of the World and the only one to remain largely intact.
While there is no substitute for seeing the pyramids at Giza in real life, the virtual tour ould whet the appetite of those heading off to see these awe-inspiring structures for themselves on an Egyptian small group adventure
as well as help them learn more about these amazing landmarks.