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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

February 2 – 18, 2018
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

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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LED BY

Nov 2017
Dr Lanny Bell teaches at Brown and Columbia University. An expert on the Luxor area, he contributed a ground-breaking chapter on the Luxor Temple in “Temples of Ancient Egypt”, published by Cornell University Press.

Feb 2018
Lucia Gahlin

Oct 2018
Expert Scholar TBC

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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

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Pyramids
It is impossible to picture ancient Egypt without imagining towering pyramids dotting the landscape. Explore the beauty of these constructions and be awed by their imposing scale. Discover the Red Pyramid at Dahshur, the first to be built in the classic shape by Pharaoh Sneferu. Travel to the Great Pyramid of Giza, erected in the style of the Red Pyramid and the only extant Wonder of the Ancient World. The Giza pyramids are prime examples of technical excellence and size unmatched by any other complex in Egypt. We visit the necropolis at Abusir, where we find pyramids, tombs and Sun Temples to explore.

Explore Luxor
Luxor lies on the remains of ancient Thebes and surrounds two enormous surviving temples: Karnak and Luxor. Across the Nile rests the ancient necropolis, the Valley of the Kings, and the Valley of the Queens. Discover Karnak Temple, a complex of constructions dedicated to the Theban triad and the greater glory of the pharaoh. Here we find a veritable treasure trove of archaeological features: sanctuaries, obelisks, pylons and kiosks. Cross over to the west bank and spend a morning exploring the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, the impressive ancient burial sites of long-dead rulers.

Nile Cruise
Spend four nights aboard a luxury Nile cruise ship, as we sail along the smooth waters of the river from Luxor to Aswan, disembarking to discover ancient wonders at every turn. Have your cameras ready as we enjoy panoramic views of the Nile from your spacious cabin. We intersperse lounging by the pool or enjoying the ambience of the library with excursions to archaeological marvels, such as visits to Edfu, Kom Ombo, Philae Temple and more. Designed with providing the best cruise experience in mind, this is undoubtedly a highlight of our journey across Egypt. A very civilized archaeological sojourn.