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"Time & Space in the Temples & Pyramids"

Egypt Tours
Photography,  Sketching,  Meditation,



More than 270
photos of Abydos!

Niuserre Sun Temple
Dashur Pyramids
Hatshepsut's Temple
Tel el-Amarna


Nefertiti and Akhenaten naked as he presents the necklace of honor. Amarna, Egypt. Photo: Ruth Shilling

Pyramid at Meidum, Egypt. Photo: Ruth Shilling

Beni Hasan tomb, Egypt. Photo: Ruth Shilling

Amarna, Beni Hasan, Meidum & Alexandria (or Cairo)
Can also be added after the
"Egypt Enthusiasts' Tour"
or before the "Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Tour"

October 2015
When combining with Enthusiasts tour: October 2015

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Combine with "Giza, Cairo, Luxor & Aswan"   --
  Combine with Egypt Enthusiasts' Tour



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If you would like to spend a few days recovering from your flights with a relaxing cruise on the Nile, you can arrive in Cairo on Thursday, Feb 14. After spending the night near the airport in Cairo, you fly to Aswan where the cruise begins on Friday. The cruise is 3 nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), Aswan/Luxor, finishing in Luxor on Monday (check out 8am). So you will be in Luxor to meet the tour group Monday morning, Feb 18. Monday's sightseeing with the cruise in Luxor will be refunded to you.


Arrivals in Cairo
to  EGYPT!

All One World SIGN carried by airport repsArrivals in Cairo
You can arrive at Cairo airport (CAI) at any time today. 
We will arrange to have someone greet you at the airport and bring you to our hotel near the pyramids. Look for our rep with the yellow All One World sign at the airport!

Overnight: 5-star hotel in Giza. Pyramids Park Resort or Le Meridien Hotel. No meals on this day.



Choose one

Cairo Museum
Coptic Cairo




Abu Simbel

Cairo Day Tour

Church in Old Coptic Cairo, Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Ruth ShillingCairo Museum
Old Coptic Cairo
Old Bazaar

Day trip into Cairo to see the Coptic churches in the area known as "Old Cairo." 

See the Church of St. Mary, called El Moallaqah  (the "Hanging Church"), which was built in the 4th C. AD on two towers of the Roman fortress of Babylon, and also the Church of St. Stergius.  The newly opened Coptic Museum also has a number of interesting items.

Afterwards do some shopping at an Old Bazaar in Cairo -- either the Khan El Khalili or the Avenue of the Tent Makers.

If you prefer, you can spend the whole day at the Cairo Egyptian Museum while the others go to Coptic Cairo. Afterwards join us for the Old Bazaar or head on back to the hotel.

Overnight: 5-star hotel in Giza. Pyramids Park Resort or Le Meridien Hotel. BB, D.

Alexandria Day Tour

Take a day-long trip to Alexandria.  With the feel of a European city, Alexandria is quite different than the rest of Egypt. 

Your trip includes visits to the Catacombs of Kom el Shugafa, "Pompey's Pillar," the Roman Amphitheater and the Greco-Roman Museum (if it has reopened). 

Or you may prefer to spend the whole day at the newly opened Alexandria Library. 

Return to Cairo by evening. 

Overnight: 5-star hotel in Giza. Pyramids Park Resort or Le Meridien Hotel. BB, D.

Abu Simbel*
Day Tour

Abu Simbel temples in the early morning light

Egypt Air provides an
Abu Simbel package

which includes:

● Roundtrip flight Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simbel and Abu Simbel/Aswan/Cairo.
● Transportation to the temples in Abu Simbel
● Entrance fee
● A guide is also provided, but travelers have not been impressed with these guides and have said that it is better just to visit the temples on your own.

We will also arrange to have your transportation to/from the Giza hotel and airport with the assistance of an English-speaking representative.

*NOTE: There is a addition fee for this option.

Overnight: 5-star hotel in Giza. Pyramids Park Resort or Le Meridien Hotel. BB, D.


View of the Nile Valley from the Beni Hassan Tombs
Beni Hasan 

Tomb at Beni Hasan, Middle Kingdom. Egypt. Photo: Ruth Shilling
Beni Hasan Tombs

We leave early this morning and travel south via our own private A/C coach to Middle Egypt.  At this time only about 15 people a week visit the sites in Middle Egypt (not like the thousands that visit Giza each day), so this is quite an opportunity. 

We drive through the rural areas of Egypt to the town of Minya where we find the best hotel in Middle Egypt, located directly on the Nile.  We are now far from the big city of Cairo. 

Our first visit is to the tombs at Beni Hasan, a Middle Kingdom (2040 - 1640 BC) site.  The nobles' tombs portray scenes from the daily life, and are well preserved, full of color and quite fascinating.  Acrobatics, dancing, and military sports are emphasized.  But there are also scenes of making flour, baking bread, weaving cloth, and even a husband and wife on their wedding night!  There are many animals portrayed - both those that were domesticated and those that were hunted.  There are also a few "mystic" beasts to speculate about, a unicorn... or what do you think?

Overnight: Minya. Horus Hotel (best in Minya)  BB, D.  Night #1


Marty Schwenszer, one of our travelers, painted this portrait of Akhenaten.

Noble's Tomb, Tel el-Amarna, Egypt. Photo: Ruth ShillingToday we spend the whole day at Tel el-Amarna, a city built by Akhenaten and Nefertiti during the New Kingdom.  We visit the nobles tombs with wall reliefs unequalled anywhere else in Egypt.  The pictures appear alive and even as though they are moving.  

We also visit the Northern Palace, one of the Boundary Stele (a marker of the city limits), the Southern Palace and the tomb built for Akhenaten.  Photos of Amarna

Minya. Horus Hotel (best in Minya)  BB, D.  Night #2


Pyramid at Meidum
Today we drive from Middle Egypt to Cairo with sightseeing at the Pyramid at Meidum. As we get our first look at it from a distance, this pyramid is strangely beautiful, even though it is not in good condition. 

Inside, we can touch some of the wooden timbers used in its construction more than 4,000 years ago!  This is also the area where the famous statues (on display in the Cairo museum) of Rahotep and his wife were found, as well as the famous "Geese of Meidum".

Return to our hotel in Giza (you can leave some of your things there while we go to Middle Egypt).

5-star hotel in Giza. Pyramids Park Resort or Le Meridien Pyramids,  BB.  Night #7 

Tour is finished

- OR -

Join the

"Giza, Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Tour"

Khafre Pyramid (middle pyramid), Giza
Giza Pyramids
& Sphinx
Camel Rides
Sound & Light Show
at the Pyramids

Departures from Egypt, add extra days in Cairo, or continue with the "Giza, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan" one-week tour. For those continuing with that tour, your sightseeing in Giza begins today (see below).

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There may be changes to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.


"Giza, Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Tour"
Monday, March 3 - Sunday, March 9, 2013

We begin our tour with the most famous sights in Egypt, the pyramids and Sphinx on the Giza Plateau.  Go inside whichever pyramids are open (extra ticket of 100 LE for the Great Pyramid).  

Camel rides, if you would like, or just have your picture taken.  

Visit the Solar Boat museum to see a boat that is more than 4,000 years old!  See the legendary Great Sphinx and hear the stories about it throughout the ages.

Optional shopping in the afternoon: papyrus institute.  See how the papyrus is made, and have one made with your own name or someone you love.

Optional opportunity:  Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids.

Hotel: Pyramids Park Resort, Giza-Cairo, 5* Meals: BB, L.

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What is Included in the
"Amarna, Beni Hasan, Meidum & Alexandria (or Cairo) Tour"

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3 Nights at a 5 star hotel in Giza near the pyramids - Pyramids Park Resort, Le Meridien or similar
      (2 nights when combined with the "Egypt Enthusiasts'" Tour or the "Giza, Cairo, Luxor & Aswan" Tour)
2 Nights in Minya at the Horus Hotel
2 Meals a day. Buffet Breakfast at the hotels and Dinners.  See Day-by-Day description.
Sightseeing with an English-speaking Egyptian Egyptologist guide and American tour leader/guide
All entrances fees and transportation for sightseeing as per itinerary above.
Transportation is by private A/C bus
Transfers to/from the Giza hotel and to/from the airports with an English-speaking rep and private vehicle
All Tips when you are with the tour leader, except the tip for the Egyptologist guide
Bottled water, no limit per day
For a more detailed list of what is included in our tours see our PRICES page.

Not included:
Items of a personal nature - laundry, telephone calls, etc. 
Beverages, other than bottled water
Anything which is not listed above as being included in your tour package.

$995 USD pp in double when combined with "Egypt Enthusiasts" tour or "Giza, Cairo, Luxor & Aswan" tour
$1,295 USD pp in double when taking this tour only

Abu Simbel Excursion - Option on Day 2
There is an extra fee for the Abu Simbel Excursion. This excursion is also contingent upon flight availability. Please Contact Us regarding availability and current pricing. 

Purchasing Abu Simbel Excursion Directly Online: Please note that although the Abu Simbel Excursion is a package provided by Egypt Air, but you cannot purchase it online. Our Cairo office can do this booking for you.

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All Photos on this page are by Ruth Shilling,
except the group on cruise deck - taken by one of our travelers, Marie F.







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