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Travelers can begin their tour in Cairo, Egypt or New York, USA or London,
Day 0, Fri.:
For those beginning their tour in New York, USA, our plane
leaves NY City, at 11:00 PM, Friday, March 12. Ruth Shilling meets the group at JFK airport
in New York City and accompanies the group on the flight to Egypt. We fly
direct non-stop from New York city, USA to Cairo, Egypt.Those arriving
from places other than New York should plan to arrive in Cairo sometime
Saturday, March 13. We will arrange to have someone greet you at the
airport. We welcome travelers from all countries to join us on these
Day 1, Sat, March 13t.: Afternoon
arrival in Cairo (7 hours ahead of New York time, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich). Our 5-star hotel is right near the pyramids.
Welcome to Egypt!
Optional opportunity: Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids.
2, Sun.: Our Egypt
experience begins with two full days at the Giza Plateau. We visit the Great
Pyramid (of course!) and the newly re-opened "3rd Pyramid"
where we have long, full
visits to fully absorb the gifts that await us there. The 2nd Pyramid is
presently closed for renovations, but if possible, we will visit this
also. We see the
Solar Boat (almost 5,000 years old!), the Sphinx and Valley
Temple. There are legends of the Sphinx speaking. Does the Sphinx have a
message for you?
Camel rides for the
Day 3, Mon.:
A morning to relax by the pool as you gaze up at the pyramids, go back to the
Giza Plateau, take an early morning horseback ride at the pyramids, shop or just
sleep in. Afternoon trip into Cairo to visit Old Cairo. We also
explore the colorful Kahn al-Khalili
Day 4, Tues.: We begin
our day with the Niuserre Sun Temple and a visit to Sahure's
temple and the pyramids at Abu Sir.
This is a rare opportunity, as these sites are rarely visited by tourists.
Afterwards, we spend the afternoon at the Sakkara complex where we see
the Step Pyramid, the early versions of the Book of the Dead
and some interesting Old Kingdom tombs. Evening flight to Luxor.
Wed.: Our New Kingdom
(1550-1070 BC) experiences begin with the Luxor Temple. Both gently
beautiful and full of awesome grandness, this temple was the "Bride of
Karnak" during the annual Apet festival.
Late afternoon visit to the Luxor Museum with its special exhibit room
of a cache of statues found in near-perfect condition. They were
buried under the courtyard at the Luxor Temple and found only recently
6, Thurs.: For
those who would like, we have an early morning meditation at the Luxor Temple
followed by a visit to Hatshepsut’s Temple, Deir El Bahari, called "The Most
Splendid of All" by the ancient Egyptians. The splendors of Karnak
fill the rest of our day. Each Pharaoh wanted to leave something impressive at
Karnak. Obelisks and temples abound.
Optional opportunity: Sound & Light Show at Karnak in the
Day 7, Fri.: A full
days trip by bus to the Temple of the Goddess Hathor at Dendera and the Temple
of Seti I and the renowned Osireion at Abydos.
Abydos was the place of pilgrimage during ancient Egyptian times and still
holds much of the mystery of the past. The Temple of Hathor was built
during the Ptolemaic (Greek) era on a much older site that had been a place
of Hathor worship in earlier times. The famous circular zodiac was
found in the ceiling of a chapel on the roof of the temple. The
ceilings and walls of the main hypostyle hall are full of astrological
8, Sat.: Our
morning meditation is with the fiery lioness, Sekhmet, in her chapel at Karnak.
After boarding our deluxe Nile cruise boat we spend the rest of the day on
the West Bank of Luxor. We visit the tombs in the Valley
of the Kings (where King Tut’s tomb was found), the Valley of the
Workmen, the temple of Medinet Habu and the Ramesseum (time
Sun.: We return to the West Bank this morning and see any sites they
we did not have time for on Saturday. Back on our Nile cruise boat we set
sail before lunch and have the rest of the day to relax
and enjoy the timelessness of the Nile.
Maybe write those postcards?
Day 10, Mon.:
Horse-drawn carriages bring us to Edfu’s Temple of Horus, the best
preserved temple in Egypt. In the late afternoon we visit the Ptolemaic temple
for Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo, sometimes called the "Temple of
Duality." Our boat continues on to Aswan where we overnight.
Tues.: We begin with a visit to the Unfinished Obelisk at the
ancient granite quarry and also see the High Dam. Next we have
a long, full visit at the Temple of Isis at the island of Philae.
Late afternoon/evening felucca (the traditional sailboats of the
Nubians) ride to the archeological site at Elephantine Island where
they are excavating Temples of the goddess Satet and the God Khnum.
This is also where the Ark of the Covenant is said to have rested for
Optional opportunity: Sound & Light Show at the Philae Isis Temple.
Overnight in Aswan.
return to the Isis Temple a second time in the early morning for meditation.
Afterwards some travelers may choose to take the short flight to Abu Simbel
to see the temples for Ramesses II and his queen, Nefertari. We spend
the afternoon adventuring at the ancient market place in Aswan.
Try your hand at bargaining or just enjoy the sights and smells, like
stepping into a storybook of the past.
Overnight in Aswan.
13, Thurs.: Morning flight back to Cairo. We spend the day at the Cairo
Egyptian Museum – mummies, hundreds of statues and the King Tut
collection. Having experienced the different temples and pyramids, the Old
Kingdom, New Kingdom and Ptolemaic (Greek) eras are now part of our common
knowledge and the artifacts at the museum have more meaning for us. We
also have a spectacular view of the city of Cairo from the Citadel.
Here we visit what is often called the "Alabaster Mosque."
Overnight in Giza-Cairo.
14, Friday: We begin our day with one last long look at
the pyramids, Sphinx and Giza plateau. Then we drive
south to Dashur where
we spend the day in the expansive quiet of the Egyptian desert. At the Red
Pyramid (nearly as large as Giza's Great Pyramid) we climb inside to see
the chambers and try out their intriguing acoustics. We also have the
opportunity for an unforgettable walk across the open desert to the Bent
Pyramid. The desert is rich with inspiration and the vastness is
The Bent pyramid was a key center of worship during the
Middle Kingdom. We enjoy the deep peace in this place before it is time to
face airports and all the hustle and bustle of modern life on our journeys home.
Farewell dinner at King Zoser's Lodge where we get to sample Ancient Egyptian
those returning to the USA we
leave for the airport about 10 PM. Others may choose to extend their stay
in beauty and marvels of Egypt.
Day 15, Saturday, March
flight to NYC, USA departs Cairo at 1:30 AM. Arrival in New York City in
the morning, 7:30 AM New York time.
us about a possible extension tour of Tel-Amarna after this tour
There may be
changes to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.