Egyptology tour - including the rarely-visited Tel el Amarna region
September 22, 2012 to October 6, 2012.
Day 1 - Arrive Egypt:
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight The Mena House Hotel.
Day 2 Cairo Egyptian museum:
Today we will have a morning visit to the Egyptian Museum. Enjoy lunch in a local restaruant. This afternoon we will visit the Citadel, Sultan Hossan and El Raffai mosque.
This evening we will have a welcome reception and dinner at Abu El Sid in Zamalek. Overnight The Mena House Hotel.
DAY 3 Coptic Cairo, Khan El Kalili:
Today we enjoy a tour of Coptic Cairo - Virgin Mary, St. Serges and Ben Ezra. We will have in Khan El Khalili and then tour the market. Shopping in Khan El Kalili and Avenue of the Tent Makers.
Dinner and Overnight The Mena House Hotel.
Day 4 The Great Pyramids/ Sphinx:
This morning we will check out of our hotel and head for the Giza area of Cairo. We will head to the Giza plateau early to ensure we can gain admittance to the Great Pyramid of Cheops. We will visit the Tomb of Kar, Tomb of Idu, pyramid of Queen Hnutsen, solar boat museum and Sphinx. There are Camel rides from the panoramic view to the Sphinx for the adventurous.
After our visit we will check into our hotel, have lunch. This afternoon we will have a Egyptology lecture. Optional sound and light show at the Pyramids
Dinner at a local restaurant in Giza. Overnight The Mena House Hotel. .
Day 5 Saqqara and and Dashur:
We begin at the newly opened Imhotep museum - then proceed to old kingdom tombs - we will visit 2 of them - Mereruke, Mastaba of Ti and the Pyramid of Teti with its beautiful pyramid texts. Then tour the Sakkara complex, visit the Step pyramid (Egypt's first pyramid) and the causeway of Unas
Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we visit the Bent pyramid and finish the day at the wonderful Red Pyramid - which will be optional to enter for the fit and adventurous minded.
Dinner and Overnight The Mena House Hotel.
Day 6 Meydum and Fayoum:
Depart early morning by air conditioned motor coach to the Fayoum oasis- a beautiful countryside region seldom experienced by tourists. Stop at the rarely visited ancient Meydum Pyramid - yours to explore inside and out.
Dinner and Overnight Helnan Auberge du Lac
Day 7 Wadi El Rayan and valley of the whales:
This will be a wonderful day away from the ruins to enjoy a trip to a lake and waterfall at Wadi El Rayan. We enjoy a picnic lunch at the lake.
In the afternoon we will take Jeep/4X4 vehicles to visit the breathtaking valley of the whales - a beautiful area of desert where we will enjoy a 1-2 hour walk to see the fossils of whales, mammals and turtles from prehistoric times.
Dinner and Overnight Helnan Auberge du lac
Day 8 To Minya:
Continue south on your journey to middle Egypt and the Amarna region. En route we will visit the great rock-cut tombs of Beni Hasan, remarkable for their architectural beauty and their vast vaulted chambers and columns. We continue on through the rural areas of Egypt to the town of Minya. On arrival we check in and have lunch at our hotel.
This afternoon we have a tour of Minya, a clean and bustling Egypt metropolis with a beautiful corniche, parks and stylish shops.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Siva Nefertiti Hotel
Day 9 Tel Amarna:
Today we visit the site of Tel el-Amarna, a city built by Akhenaten and Nefertiti during the New Kingdom. Here also are some nobles tombs with the most beautiful and brilliant wall reliefs of any place in Egypt, the Northern Palace, one of the Boundary Stele (a marker of the city limits), the Southern Palace and the tomb built for Akhenaten.
Picnic lunch in shaded valley in Amarna, then continue with our sightseeing of the area. Dinner and Overnight Siva Nefertiti Hotel
DAY 10 Tuna El Gebel, Hermiopolis and Mir Tombs:
Visit Tuna el-Gebel with its Ptolemaic chapels and Roman tombs (Tombs of Petosiris, Isadora, Necropolis of Sacred Animals) and Hermiopolis el-Ashmunein (Arabic or Khmunu (Ancient Egyptian) or the "City of the Eight".) It was the main cult centre of Thoth (Djhueti, Tehuti), god of wisdom and writing, patron of scribes.
In the afternoon there is an option of continuing to the rarely visited and recently restored/reopened Meir tombs from the middle kingdom. These spectacular burial sites contain beautiful naturalistic scenes, retaining their fresh paint hues. Dinner and Overnight Siva Nefertiti Hotel
Day 11 Abydos and Dendera:
We depart early this morning for our drive to Luxor. On the way we visit Abydos and Dendera.
Abydos, the ancient holy city of the God Osiris. Here you will visit the cenotaph-temple of Seti I, the only royal structure built on god's territory and is still well preserved. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Visit the Temple of Hathor at Dendera, the most divine of Egypt's ancient temples and one of the best restored and most breathtaking.
Check into our hotel on arrival. Dinner and Overnight in Luxor.
Day 12 Luxor - Valley of Kings, workers and Ramasseum:
This morning we will visit, Hatshepsut's mortuary temple, Deir el-Bahri, Valley of the Queens, Medinat Habu, built by Ramses III, Colossi of Memnon and Ramesseum.
Lunch at Happy Habou or Dreams of Memnon (at Colossi)
End the day with the world famous Valley of the Kings where you can enter three tombs.
We return to the east bank for a sunset felucca sail. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight in Luxor.
DAY 13 The West Bank part 2 - and Luxor Temple:
Optional sunrise balloon tour early morning for the sunrise.
We return to west bank to see Deir el Medina (the valley of the workers), Valley of the Nobles and an alabaster factory. Return back to Luxor for a free afternoon. Lunch on your own - take time to visit the market or relax by the pool. We will visit the Luxor temple this evening.
Dinner and overnight in Luxor.
Day 14 Luxor - Karnak:
This morning we visit the Luxor Museum. The museum is small but wonderful. No guides are allowed in the museum, but this is not an issue. Every case is carefully labeled and lite well.
This afternoon we take a caleche ride to the great Karnak temple. We have all
afternoon to explore the great complex - largest in Egypt.
Farewell dinner and Archaeology sum up lecture by Egyptologist.
Day 15 Departure home or take an extension:
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home. Or extend your journey with a Nile River Cruise, Aswan extension, Red Sea or Alexandria.
Price includes some of Egypt's finest and most historic hotels:
5 nights Giza - Oberoi Mena House
2 nights Fayoum - Helnan El Fayoum, (former Auberge du Lac)
3 nights Minia - Siva Mercure Nefertiti Aton
4 nights Luxor - Old Winter Palace
Meals as per itinerary
Transportation in deluxe motorcoach with onboard toilet
Sightseeing with Egyptologist Gayle Gibson and Egyptian guides
Private tour of Tell El-Amarna led by Prof. Barry Kemp
Price does not include:
All items not mentioned above
$500 USD Non Refundable deposit due at time of Booking
Final Payment Due 90 days prior to departure.
Duration: 15 Days
Max Group Size: 20
Price: $5,395USD per person based on twin