Out of the Tombs: Ancient Egypt Revealed with Robin

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Nov 5 - 17, 2021

Travel with our American & Egyptian Egyptologists

Join Egyptologists Robin and Ramy as they reveal the wonders of Egypt!

This tour will show you treasures and wonders of Ancient Egypt by two Egyptologist that together have over 35 years of exploring the mysteries of Ancient Egypt.

You will EXPLORE the Ancient Civilization and will have the most UNIQUE experiences. You will explore iconic sites and explore new can’t miss destinations and peek into places that will reveal the true MAGIC that is EGYPT.

Ramy & Robin will show you treasures and wonders of Ancient Egypt. You will EXPLORE the Ancient Civilization and will have the most UNIQUE experiences. You will explore iconic sites and explore new can’t miss destinations and peek into places that will reveal the true MAGIC that is EGYPT.

Your “once in a lifetime” experience will grant you quality service, comfort and adventure, all at a great price. Book today as “Egypt is the Gift of the Nile”

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Itinerary Highlights:

  • Explore the World’s largest archaeological museum, The GEM, with 100,000 of Egypt’s greatest treasures, including the complete treasure of King Tutankhamen
  • Cruise down the Nile in a 5 Star Cruise Ship and see for yourself why Egypt is the true Gift of the Nile
  • Climb inside a pyramid at the Giza Plateau, where the last surviving site of the Seven Wonders of the World still stands, The Great Pyramid of Giza 
  • Experience seldom-visited rural, Middle Egypt – and step into the  magical temples of  Hathor at Dendera and Seti I at Abydos 
  • Visit the “Vatican of Egypt”, the largest religious temple in the world, Karnak and Luxor Temple in Ancient Thebes that was built on for over 3000 years
Robin Snell
Robin Snell

Robin Snell received her Egyptology diploma with a focus on animal mummification and paleopathology. Completing a country-wide mobile exhibition on mummification by the Manchester Museum, her cat mummy is now a part of the Queen’s Treasury in England. For six years, Robin took students, age 12 to 21 years old, to Egypt and Europe as an important campaign of education by traveling. In her travels in Egypt, she has had a private audience with Dr. Zahi Hawass, and met with Josh Bernstein, TV star of “Digging for the Truth” travel series. She is cited in the newly published book on Nefertiti by Dr. Joyce Tyldesley. Once she stands still, she is planning on writing Egyptology books for students age 8 – 14 years old.

Currently, she has an Ancient Egypt Study Group that meets every week to discuss diverse topics of Pharaonic Egypt to modern-day Egyptian Christians.

“You should never stop learning and living your dream, no matter how outrageous it is to others. You can keep climbing life’s greatest pyramids just as well at the age of 55, 65, 75 as you could at 25. Look at me.”

Ramy Darwish
Ramy Darwish

Ramy Darwish is our certified Egyptologist tour guide. As a leader in his field, he has been the preferred guide for such prestigious tour companies as, Abercrombie and Kent, Vantage Deluxe World Travel and Scenic Tours. An Egyptology graduate from Helwan University and a consummate professional, he has led tours for 20 years through Egypt, as well as Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. Helpful, attentive and highly knowledgeable, Ramy possesses excellent people skills combined with a contagious passion for Egyptian history. We are lucky to have him as our guide!

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Nov 5 - 17, 2021

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Group Size: 8 minimum, 24 maximum

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Accommodations: hotel, Nile cruise

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$4795 PP USD based on twin share - Single supplement $895USD

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Nov 5, 2021 Welcome to Cairo

You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The tour will officially begin in early evening with a celebratory welcome reception and introductions at the hotel.

Overnight Giza, Steigenberger Pyramids

Nov 6, 2021 The GEM – Grand Egyptian Museum

This morning we head to the GEM – when it opens it will be the largest archaeological museum in the world, housing more than 100,000 of Egypt’s treasures, many of which were moved from Tahrir Square’s iconic Egyptian Museum including the Tutankhamun mask and the rest of the Tutankhamun collection.

We will have a tour of the museum and lots of free time to roam.

Lunch is on your own and afternoon is free, you can stay and explore the whole day if you want.

Overnight Giza, Steigenberger Pyramids  B

Nov 7, 2021 Sakkara – the Step Pyramid

After breakfast we head to Sakkara for a full day. We will tour the Sakkara complex, including going inside the Step pyramid itself! We will visit Djoser’s court and the causeway. We will tour the fascinating new Kingdom tombs of Aye and Horemheb, seldom included on a mainstream tourist visit, the Serapeum, and whatever new tombs we can get into!. At publication there were many new openings, on the day of our visit we will be flexible, we will enter the latest open tombs available.

Lunch at the Sakkara Palm Club.

Overnight Giza, Steigenberger Pyramids  B, L

Nov 8, 2021 Giza Plateau full day

The last surviving of the Seven Wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid of Giza is perhaps the most famous tourist site in the world. The Giza plateau itself, with its three major pyramids plus Queen’s pyramids, ancient mastabas, Sphinx and the ubiquitous and colorful camel drivers is a much-anticipated highlight of any trip. We will climb inside the pyramid of Khafre (subject to change dependent on which pyramid is open).

While on the plateau, we will also visit the extraordinary Sphinx. Today we will take our time to explore at leisure, check out the mastabas and Queens tombs and take in the views from the Panorama.

Lunch at Abu Shakra restaurant across from the Sphinx.

Overnight Giza, Steigenberger Pyramids  B, L

Nov 9, 2021 Sohag Museum, Red Monastery, Seti I Temple Abydos

This morning we fly to either Sohag or Luxor, depending on flight schedules. On arrival we will drive to Sohag to visit the Sohag National museum. It was recently opened in 2018, to preserve some of the rich finds from: one of the earliest Egyptian settlements at Um El-Ka’ab, the temples of Abydos, and the resting place of Osiris. The museum narrates Egyptian culture by displaying marriage contracts and traditions and local habits. It also focuses on the role of Egyptian women in the Upper Egyptian cities throughout history.

After our museum visit, we will visit the newly restored Red Monastery. The church of Saints Bishai and Bigol, the “Red Monastery,” was the heart of a large monastic community. It was founded by Saint Bishoy in the beginning of the fourth century AD. It is known as the Red Monastery because of the red bricks that make up most of its masonry. We will then continue on to Abydos and check into our hotel and have lunch at the hotel.

This afternoon we will take a brief stroll to visit the cenotaph-temple of Seti I. The carvings within are probably the most symmetrically beautiful ever created in Egypt. Explore seven stunning shrines – each to a different god, including Ptah, who was said to have breathed and thought the universe into existence. Explore behind the temple to find the eerie Osirium – mythical burial grounds of the god Osiris.

Overnight House of Life, Abydos B, L, D

Nov 10, 2021 Denderah to Luxor

This morning we travel to Luxor. On our way to Luxor we will visit the Temple of Hathor at Denderah built during Ptolemaic and Roman times — the most complete of Egypt’s ancient temples and one of the best restored. This is where Cleopatra possibly honeymooned with Julius Caesar – and you can see her image at the back. The ceiling of vibrant blue and greens shows sky goddess Nut (pronounced: Noot) swallowing the sun and giving birth to the new day. This is also a very rare two-story temple where the New Years Day Festival was celebrated – with Hathor’s union with Horus as the new day sun. Venture deep into the crypt to see strange reliefs. Go up on the roof to see the site of the fascinating zodiac ceiling – the oldest in the world.

Lunch on your own. If the new café at Denderah is open, we can have lunch there or have your choice of places to eat when we arrive in Luxor.

After our visit we drive to Luxor, check into our hotel on arrival in Luxor.

Overnight Luxor, Steigenberger Nile Palace B

Nov 11, 2021 The magnificence of Karnak & Luxor Temples Board on Nile Cruise

This morning you have an optional (approx. 225USD) early morning balloon trip. Rise before the sun and soar like Horus in a beautiful balloon, gliding high above the great monuments, mountains and green agricultural fields. After the ride back to the hotel for breakfast.

Today we explore the two highlights on the east bank – Karnak and Luxor Temples. Travel to north Luxor to see the great temple of Karnak. The largest religious structure in the world, Karnak temple was built over a period of 3000 years by almost every Pharaoh of Egypt from the Middle Kingdom onwards. Marvel at the great Avenue of the Sphinxes, Hatshepsut’s obelisk – and the great Hypostyle Hall of Ramses the Great and his father Seti I. We’ll also visit the sacred lake and zoological gardens (engraved in stone) of Thuthmosis III.

Today we will board our Nile cruise ship, The Livingstone Nile Cruise, which will be our home on the river during our 5-day journey to Aswan. Lunch onboard.

We will visit the Kent Weeks Library on the west bank of Luxor. We may visit today or tomorrow; timing will be confirmed when we are in Luxor.

This evening we will explore Luxor Temple. A site of extraordinary harmony and beautiful proportion situated right in the center of town, Luxor Temple is a highlight of any Luxor visit. It was largely constructed by the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Amenhotep III in the 14th century BCE, with a stunning double colonnaded court added by Ramses II in the 19th dynasty. Luxor temple was once joined by a massive Avenue of Sphinxes (under current restoration) leading all the way to the great temple of Karnak in the north of the city.

Overnight  Amwaj Livingstone Nile Cruise B, L, D

Nov 12, 2021 The Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut Temple

After breakfast, we will visit the famous West bank – land of the dead – including the great rock cut tombs of the Valley of the Kings, with their vibrant colors and wonderful stories. Here you will have entrance into three of the tombs. If open, we will visit the Valley of Monkeys and the tomb of Ay.

We will also visit the world-famous Queen Hatshepsut temple – nestled into the pink mountains – This was the great temple of the woman who would be king – one of Egypt’s greatest builders in the New Kingdom. Afterwards we will visit Dier el Medina – the Valley of the Workers, home to a complete ancient village and stunning tombs of the craftsmen who built the King’s final resting place. Our last stop today will be Medinet Habu – it was both a temple and a complex of temples dating from the New Kingdom.

Overnight  Amwaj Livingstone Nile Cruise B, L, D

Nov 13, 2021 Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

This morning we will disembark our ship and visit Edfu Temple by the local transport – Caleche ride. Edfu Temple, the best preserved of all Ptolemaic temples, dedicated to the falcon- headed Horus and his family. After our morning visit we sail down the Nile enjoying the scenery.

Later this afternoon we visit Kom Ombo, 45 Kms north of Aswan, we will visit the unusual double temple of Kom Ombo dating from Ptolemaic times, around 100 BCE. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu. Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder. We will also visit the crocodile mummy museum.

Overnight  Amwaj Livingstone Nile Cruise B, L, D

Nov 14, 2021 Temples of Kalabsha and Philae Camel ride to Nubian Village

We have a full day exploring around Aswan today.

Kalabsha Temple was built over an earlier New Kingdom site during the Roman Period for Caesar Augustus. It was dedicated to Isis, Osiris and Horus-Mandulis. This is perhaps the finest example of a freestanding temple in Nubia and is constructed from sandstone blocks. The temple was built in the traditional Egyptian style The Holy of Holies was in the farthest room, which was later used as a Christian church. Kalabsha Temple complex is among the most important of the salvaged monuments on Lake Nasser.

The great temple of Isis on Philae island, the last operational temple in Egypt in which Egyptians worshipped for centuries until the Roman Emperor Justinian closed its doors in the 6th Century CE. The entire temple – with its beautiful statuary and reliefs was moved onto this island in the 1970s to preserve it from submersion after the creation of the new Aswan dam.

After lunch on board we will head out for a camel ride to a Nubian Village. Enjoy the ride as the sun sets and visit the colorfull Nubian Village. After our visit we will return to ship for dinner.

Overnight  Amwaj Livingstone Nile Cruise B, L, D

Nov 15, 2021 Free time in Aswan Optional Abu Simbel Tour

Today is a day to explore or relax, up to you, all visits are optional and at your own expense.  Visit the wonderful marketplace with the exotic smells and trinkets to buy.  Visit the Nubian Museum, go for a felucca ride. Or take a trip to visit Abu Simbel.

Optional Abu Simbel trip – you will drive to the site visit and either drive back or fly back and meet up with the rest of the group for our flight back to Cairo this evening. Once we have flight details we will confirm if you will drive or fly back.

We drive for 3 hours to reach Abu Simbel (280 KM south of Aswan). Its temples, which are among the most magnificent monuments in the world, were built by the great pharaoh Ramses the second. They are perhaps the grandest & the most complete example of ancient Egyptian architecture, more than 3 thousand years have elapsed since they were erected, But the temples have stood the ravages of time & remained nearly intact. The great temple is dedicated to the sun god (Ra) while the second smaller temple is dedicated to the goddess Hathor, this second temple was built for Nefertari, the pharaoh’s wife.

Late afternoon or early evening we will fly back to Cairo. On arrival we will be transferred to the Ramses Hilton.

Overnight  Ramses Hilton, Cairo B

Nov 16, 2021 Old Egyptian Museum, Royal Mummies at NMEC

After breakfast, we will set off to visit the Egyptian Museum, home to many of the greatest treasures of ancient history. We will see the current exhbit in the museum and see how they have restored and cleaned up this treasure.

After our visit lunch at Al Azhar Park for yummy lunch and wonderful views.

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization NMEC in al-Fustat – this new museum will house the royal mummies once they are moved from the current Egyptian Museum. The museum presents a comprehensive view of Egyptian civilization from prehistory to the present day.

This evening we will have our farewell dinner.

Overnight  Ramses Hilton, Cairo B, L, D

Nov 17, 2021 Farewell Egypt!

Breakfast at our hotel. You are free today until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Check out time at the hotel is 12N.  B

SPECIAL – BOOK BEFORE DEC 31,20 –  RATE $4,595USD $200USD deposit. 

Jan 1 2021 deposit $500USD Tour cost $4,795USD. Single supplement $895USD

Final due by Sep 5, 2021

Package includes:

  • 04 nights accommodation in Cairo at Steigenberger Pyramids or similar on BB Basis
  • 01 night accommodation in Luxor at Steigenberger Luxor hotel or similar BB Basis.
  • 04 nights accommodation on board of M/S Amwaj Nile cruise or similar on FB Basis.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Cairo at Ramses Hilton or similar BB Basis.
  • All transfers throughout with air conditioned private bus
  • All tours as per the above program
  • Meet and Assist at the airport. Baggage handling and portage
  • Entrance fees with entry fees as mentioned
  • Ramy Darwish English speaking Egyptian Egyptologist guide throughout
  • Robin Snell your American Egyptologist speaker
  • Anna MacKay Tour leader – with minimum 12 people
  • 11 breakfast, 8 lunches, 2 dinners – 1 bottle of mineral water everyday
  • Service charge and taxes
  • Domestic flight tickets

Packages excludes:

  • International flights, Entry visa, Tips (Driver, Guide, Boat crew), Insurance – medical or cancellation – both recommended, Meals not mentioned, any additional entrance fees or optional tours

Cancellation conditions:

  • 60 days or more deposit is non refundable
  • 59 – 31 days prior to departure 50% is non-refundable
  • 30 days or less prior to departure 100% non-refundable

“Margaret and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We were commenting that we would have never have done all those things on a normal package tour. I would love to go to Egypt again after the Cairo museum is completed.”

Filomenia
Ancient Egypt Revealed with Robin Tour Jan 2019