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Splendors of Ancient Egypt

Popular interest in Ancient Egypt is often limited to pyramids and mummies. There is so much more to this wonderful land.
Exploring outstanding archaeological sites alongside our notable scholar, you will gain unmatched insight into the culture of
ancient Egypt and discover the profound influence it has had on the West.

November 3 – 19, 2017 (17 Days)
$5,995 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $885

October 19 – November 4, 2018 (17 Days)
$6,495 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $950

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • From the Pyramids of Giza to the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, discover the glorious splendors of ancient Egypt
  • Enjoy a five-day river cruise on one of the most luxurious vessels plying the Nile, and soak up the scenery as we sail serenely past

  • Visit Edfu’s beautifully-preserved Temple of Horus, and the spectacular Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri
  • Enjoy a special tour of the mummy room at the Egyptian Museum, courtesy of animal mummy specialist Dr Selima Ikram


Meals: All breakfasts, 13 lunches & 10 dinners

LED BY

Nov 2017
Prof Lanny Bell

Oct 2018
Lucia Gahlin

2017 ITINERARY

November 3 & 4:
We arrive in Cairo on Saturday.
Hotel: Mena House Hotel, Giza.

November 5: MEMPHIS
We begin our tour in Memphis, the first capital of a united Egypt, and Sakkara, the necropolis of Memphis. We visit Sakkara’s newly opened museum and tour the Step Pyramid complex of Djoser, which predates the Giza pyramids.
Hotel: Mena House Hotel, Giza.

November 6: GIZA
We examine the only surviving Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. We also view the remarkably preserved remains of the Solar Boat of Cheops.
Hotel: Mena House Hotel, Giza.

November 7: CAIRO:
We spend the morning at the Egyptian Museum, viewing the highlights including objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun. Dr. Selima Ikram, the leading expert on animal mummies will give us a special tour of the mummy room. After lunch we visit the Citadel, famed as the stronghold of Salah el-Din. The day ends with a stroll through one of the largest suqs in the Middle East.
Hotel: Mena House Hotel, Giza.

November 8: ABUSIR
We trace the rapid development of the pyramids following their creation at Sakkara. At Dahshur, Snefru completed the Bent Pyramid using the lessons learned at Meydum. In the Red Pyramid, he perfected this architectural form. We are granted special permission to visit Abusir, where most of the 5th Dynasty pharaohs built their pyramids.
Hotel: Mena House Hotel, Giza.

November 9: LUXOR
We fly to Luxor, the ancient city built on the east bank of the Nile. Here, we visit the sanctuary of Amun-Re at Karnak. This fascinating temple’s maze of monumental gateways, obelisks, pillared halls and subsidiary shrines is reached via an avenue lined with fantastic beasts. We also visit Luxor Museum.
Hotel: Sonesta St George Hotel, Luxor.

November 10: LUXOR
We cross the Nile to visit the Valleys of the Kings and Queens. Among the many tombs we see is that of Tutankhamun. We also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, at Deir el-Bahri, one of Egypt’s most spectacular monuments.
Hotel: Sonesta St George Hotel, Luxor.

November 11: LUXOR
We return to the west bank of the Nile to visit the tombs of the Nobles, spread over two square miles. We move on to the ancient village of the artisans, Deir el-Medinat. We receive a specially arranged tour of the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House this afternoon.
Hotel: Sonesta St George Hotel, Luxor.

November 12: DENDERA
We travel to Abydos,to tour the Temple of Seti I, viewing the famous List of Kings and beautiful painted reliefs surviving from Pharaonic times In Dendera, we visit the Temple of Hathor, goddess of love, music and wine.
Hotel: Sonesta St George Hotel, Luxor.

November 13: RAMESSEUM
Our last visit to the west bank will include the Ramesseum, where the fallen statue of Ramesses II inspired Shelley’s famous poem “Ozymandias.” We conclude the morning, at the rarely visited tombs of Kheruef and Ankh-Hor. We explore the Temple of Luxor in the afternoon before boarding our cruise ship.
Hotel: Sonesta St George 1, Cruiser.

November 14: ON THE NILE
Enjoy time at leisure: you explore the local suq, hire a felucca to sail the Nile or just relax at the pool.
Hotel: Sonesta St George 1, Cruiser.

November 15: EDFU
We begin at the Temple of Edfu, a preserved Ptolemaic temple of the falcon god Horus. This afternoon we visit Kom Ombo, often called the Acropolis of Egypt, dedicated equally to two gods: Horus the Elder and Sobek.
Hotel: Sonesta St George 1, Cruiser.

November 16: ASWAN
We sail to Aswan to tour the Quarry, where an unfinished obelisk remains embedded in stone. We also view Philae, a Ptolemaic temple dedicated to Isis.
Hotel: Sonesta St George 1, Cruiser.

November 17: KALABSHA
We begin at the Kalabsha Temple today, built on the site of an earlier sanctuary founded by Amenhotep II. The temple was dedicated to the Nubian god Mandulis. In the same antiquities park we will visit the shrine of Ramesses II, from Beit el-Wal. End the day at the Nubian Museum, before our farewell dinner.
Hotel: Aswan Mövenpick Hotel.

November 18: ABU SIMBEL
We fly to Abu Simbel, where the rock-cut temples of Ramesses II and his favorite queen, Nefertari, have been saved from the rising waters of the Nile. The temples were built to honor the deified royal pair and to awe the Nubians.
Hotel: Holiday Inn, Heliopolis Hotel.

November 19: CAIRO
We transfer to the airport for our flights home.

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2018 Tour Details

The towering pyramids are the most well-known of Egypt’s ancient attractions, but this country, with its rich and complex history, has so much more to give. From temples to tombs, museums to monuments, we take in all that Egypt has to offer.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Abusir’s necropolis of the Old Kingdom
  • Wander through Karnak where the vast sprawling complex is largely dedicated to Amun
  • Head to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Cruise along the Nile, stopping to visit sites including the unusual double temple at Kom Ombo
  • Explore the mummy rooms of the Egyptian Museum alongside an expert Egyptologist

2018 Itinerary

October 19 & 20: MEMPHIS

Arrive in Cairo and transfer to the Mena House Hotel. On Sunday morning we enjoy an opening lecture before beginning our tour in Memphis, the first capital of a united Egypt. We will tour Sakkara’s museum and visit the Step Pyramid complex of Djoser.

October 21: GIZA

Today we visit the monumental Pyramids of Giza and phenomenal monolith, the Sphinx. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to have remained largely intact, the awe-inspiring Pyramids are truly a sight to behold. Our tour of Giza ends with a viewing of the incredible remains of the Solar Boat of Cheops, which endured an extensive period of reassembly that lasted over ten years.

October 22: CAIRO

View objects recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian museum before Dr. Selima Ikram, the leading expert on animal mummies, gives us a special tour of the fascinating mummy room. After enjoying lunch, visit the Citadel – famed as the stronghold of Salah ad-Din – and explore the Khan el-Kalili bazaars along with the unmissable architecture of the surrounding area, which is often a huge draw for tourists in itself.

October 23: DAHSHUR & ABUSIR

Located at the royal necropolis of Dahshur, the Red Pyramid is the last of Snefru’s buildings and the third largest pyramid in Egypt. It also sits near to Snefru’s Bent Pyramid. Marvel at the development of the pyramids following their creation at Sakkara as we observe the incredible form of this particular structure. Next, we are granted exclusive permission to Abusir, where most of the 5th Dynasty pharaohs built their pyramids.

October 24: LUXOR

Begin the day with a morning flight to Luxor. After lunch at our hotel – the Hilton Hotel Luxor – we visit the Karnak temple complex. Dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu, Karnak boasts monumental pillared halls, a sacred lake, incredible chapels and pylons. We also stop Luxor Museum, which contains various antiquities and archaeological delights, and look forward to an early evening lecture back at our hotel.

October 25: LUXOR

We cross the Nile to explore the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, which is home to the tomb of Tutankhamun. After spending some time here, we go to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut – who was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt – at Deir el-Bahri. Located on the west bank of the Nile, this complex of mortuary temples and tombs in the necropolis of Thebes is a truly spectacular monument steeped in captivating history.

October 26: LUXOR

Returning to the west bank of the Nile we explore the tombs of the Nobles, many of which are dedicated to the likes of governors and administrators. Next, we visit the village of the artisans, Deir el-Medina. Enjoy a late afternoon visit to the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House along with an engaging talk by Dr. Ray Johnson.

October 27: DENDERA

We travel to one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt, Abydos. Once there, tour the stunning Temple of Seti I and view the famous List of Kings inscription. Following lunch – and a little further away in Dendera – we make a stop at the visually impressive Temple of Hathor. Decorative ceilings, hieroglyphs and incredible carvings celebrate this goddess of wine, music and love. Tonight we enjoy dinner at the Hilton Hotel Luxor to mark our final night as guests.

October 28: RAMASSEUM

Begin the tenth day with a visit to the Ramesseum, which was described as the “tomb of Ozymandia” and later inspired a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley. View the lesser-visited tombs of Kheruef and Ankh-Hor as our luggage is moved to the MS Farah Nile cruise ship during the morning’s activities. Indulge in lunch on the ship before a lecture and a late afternoon excursion to the Temple of Luxor, and then it’s back to the ship for dinner in the evening.

October 29: ON THE NILE

Spend the morning at your leisure and enjoy lunch aboard the MS Farah as we sail to Edfu, which is a city located on the west bank of the Nile. Known for its Ptolemaic temple and ancient settlement, there will be time to explore the enigmatic city of Edfu tomorrow. Expect a lecture during the day and then our evening meal, again, will be served on board the luxurious ship.


October 30: EDFU

Our day begins at the Temple of Edfu, an incredibly well-preserved Ptolemaic temple of the falcon god, Horus. After lunch on board the MS Farah, we visit Kom Ombo. This agricultural town, often called the Acropolis of Egypt, is equally dedicated to two gods – Horus and Sobek.

October 31: ASWAN

Today we sail to Aswan, a city in the south of Egypt, to tour the quarry where an unfinished obelisk remains suspended in stone. We will also view the High Dam, which is an embankment dam built across the Nile. We end the day’s tours with a viewing of Philae – a Ptolemaic temple dedicated to Egyptian goddess Isis.

November 1: KALABSHA

We leave the MS Farah and transfer to Aswan’s stunning 5-star Mövenpick hotel. The Kalabsha Temple is our first stop today and it was built on the site of a sanctuary that was founded by Amenhotep II, the seventh Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Egypt. In the afternoon we visit the fantastic Museum of Nubian Civilization where we will gain a greater insight into the culture, history and archaeology of the area. End the day with a special farewell dinner.

November 2: ABU SIMEL

After an early flight to Abu Simbel, we visit the unique rock temples dedicated to Ramesses II and his favourite queen, Nefertari. This iconic temple was built to honor the royal pair. We fly back to Cairo and stay overnight at the Heliopolis Hotel.

November 3: CAIRO

We transfer to the airport for our flights home.

Accommodation

Mena House Hotel, Giza

Surrounded by 40 acres of lush green gardens, in the shadows of the Pyramids in Cairo, you’ll be treated like royalty in the Mena House Hotel. Some of its previous guests include Heads of State & Kings. The luxury hotel boasts hand carved furniture, original works of art and rooms to watch the sun rise and set over the great Pyramids.

 

 

Sonesta St George Hotel, Luxor

Relax on the banks of the Nile in this contemporary hotel. Wake up to a panoramic view of the Nile, in a room with soft lavish fabrics & marble in the bathroom. All rooms are equipped with AC, room service, and a minibar – once you’ve retired from ‘The Nobel’s’ bar on the terrace. As well, the beautiful hotel has a great lobby and elevators which are designed to look like Pharaohs’ tombs.

 

 

Sonesta St George 1, Nile Cruiser

Similar to the Hotel, the Sonesta St. George I Cruiser provides luxurious comfort. Breakfast is served on the lower deck & you’re able to relax in the evening on the sundeck where cocktails are served in the breath-taking views of the Nile. In between the daily excursions, you’ll enjoy nightly entertainment & a pool with jacuzzi & sauna.

 

 

Mövenpick ResortMovenpick

Back on dry land, you won’t miss the water, as the Mövenpick Resort has spectacular views of the Red Sea & tranquil lagoons surrounded by lush gardens. Spacious rooms with private terraces are the essence of comfort, with AC, room service, and a minibar. When you’re not enjoying the surrounding views, why not enjoy the hotel’s spa or relax on its exclusive beach front?

 

 

Le Meridien

The hotel is less than a kilometer from the Sphinx and with views of the pyramids,  Le Meridien Hotel & Spa is in the perfect location to end your adventure in Egypt. The spacious & comfortable rooms have AC and are all newly refurbished in a clean and modern style. With a drink from the hotel bar, you can recline in the hotel garden in the shadow of the great pyramids…And with so many breakfast options the next morning, you will be truly spoilt.