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THE ROYAL TOUR TO EGYPT

with Dr. ZAHI HAWASS and a special guest Mrs. JEHAN SADAT, Egypt's First Lady

Introducing the most exciting tour to Egypt ever offered. Visit the Land of the Pharaohs with the most famous archaeologist in the world – Dr. Zahi Hawass! Enjoy the lecture and dinner with the former First Lady of Egypt - Mrs. Jehan Sadat, the wife of president Anwar El Sadat. With Archaeological Paths company you will experience Egypt like no one else. You will stay in a 5-star hotel and on a luxury Nile Cruise ship, taste delicious local cuisine and embrace the outstanding Egyptian culture.

Thanks to the special permissions from the Minister of Antiquities, our one-of-a-kind Royal Tour includes private entrances to the Giza plateau and the Luxor temple outside opening hours, the Great Sphinx enclosure and the Tombs of Pyramid Builders in Giza, an active excavation site closed to the public.


1. Meet Dr. Zahi Hawass and Mrs. Jehan Sadat!

Dr. Zahi Hawass - There is no better person to lead you through the fascinating history of ancient Egypt than Dr. Zahi Hawass. For over 20 years he held all the keys to the Egyptian antiquities - First as a Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, later as a Minister of State for Antiquities. During our tour, Dr. Zahi Hawass will join our group for sightseeing of the most important sites in Egypt. Thanks to Dr. Hawass’ talks and expert observations (that he will share with us next to the world's greatest monuments), you will experience Egypt like no one else.

Moreover, you will take part in private multimedia lectures by Dr. Hawass who will show us the latest and most exciting discoveries coming out of Egypt! He will focus on his research, including the mysteries of Tutankhamun, the search for the grave of Queen Nefertiti, new findings in the Valley of the Kings and the search for the tombs of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Dr. Hawass will also discuss his work on the pyramid complex at Giza and will include biographical anecdotes and personal experiences from many years of his scientific activities.

Dr.Hawass: I am inviting you to join me with Archaeological Paths company to tour Egypt and to see the wonders of the pharaohs. I will meet you at the sites to tell you about the discoveries that I made for the last 20 years. For the first time you can be with me inside Luxor temple at night while the temple is lit. We will enter between the two paws of the Sphinx alone and see the smile of the Sphinx. No one can tour Egypt like this. Except for you – when you come and join me”.

Mrs. Jehan Sadat - A world figure and widow of the late Egyptian President and Nobel peace prize winner Anwar Sadat, Mrs. Sadat was first lady of Egypt from 1970 until 1981. She has devoted her life to public service and supports many initiatives to improve the life of Egyptian citizens worldwide. She has promoted literacy and founded Egypt's Wafa Wal Amal (Faith and Hope) Society for handicapped war veterans and civilians, the first and largest rehabilitation center of its kind in the Middle East.

Today, Jehan Sadat’s mission is to maintain her husband’s legacy, keeping alive his memory so that future generations will know that Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat was a “man of peace.” At the same time, she continues to deliver her own views concerning the importance of the family and civil rights. She became an outspoken advocate for peace in the Middle East and worldwide. She is a recognized hero of anti-war initiatives globally and attacks issues of primary education for Muslim youth to empower generations now and in the future with economic opportunities.



 

2. About the Royal Tour and special attractions

Our 14-day itinerary has been carefully designed by Archaeological Paths' team in cooperation with Egyptologists and Dr. Zahi Hawass himself to provide you with a comprehensive tour through Egypt's fascinating history. We begin with the oldest monuments of the ancient Memphis necropolis and the Great Pyramids of the Old Kingdom and we continue the tour chronologically on the Nile cruise to discover the monuments of the Middle and New Kingdoms.

Starting from the ancient Thebes, today known as Luxor, we will see Karnak and Luxor temples, the great mortuary temple of Hatchepsut and the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings; sailing down the Nile we will visit breathtaking Edfu and Kom Ombo temples, and reach Aswan to discover the Philae temple located beautifully on an island; finally we will see the huge temple of Abu Simbel – guarded by enormous statues of Ramses the Great at the entrance. The tour includes a visit to the modern Cairo and the sightseeing in the Great Egyptian Museum.

Archaeological Paths included all of these sites in our comprehensive Royal Tour, but also, thanks to very special arrangements with the Egyptian government, we prepared private visits to many of the most fabulous sites that are normally closed or limited to the public, including:

- the Great Sphinx enclosure (entrance inside the Sphinx area)
- the private entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu (only our group)
- the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza (one of the biggest of Dr. Hawass' discoveries)
- the private entrance to the Luxor temple (outside opening hours).

This tour is the opportunity of a lifetime. With Dr. Zahi Hawass and Mrs. Jehan Sadat as our special guests, your experience will be extraordinary!



3.

The video about our tour to Egypt



 

4. Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival at Cairo International Airport. A representative of the Archaeological Paths company will welcome our guests at the Cairo Airport and transport them to the luxurious 5-star hotel in Giza, situated near the pyramids. After the check-in process at the hotel, our guests will have time to rest and enjoy their dinner in the hotel's Restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 2 - Saqqara & multimedia lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass

After breakfast we will have an organizational meeting with the Archaeological Paths company's staff. During our first day of sightseeing we are going to Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid of Djoser. This pyramid was constructed 4,700 years ago for King Djoser by the legendary architect Imhotep and was the first pyramid ever built by the Egyptians. We will visit the tombs decorated with impressive reliefs and paintings nearby the pyramid. We will end our sightseeing at Saqqara with a visit to the Pyramid of King Teti which boasts one of the oldest Pyramid Texts ever discovered.

In the afternoon we will return to our hotel to welcome Dr. Zahi Hawass, who will present to us the first of his multimedia lectures. Dr. Hawass will show us the latest and most exciting discoveries coming out of Egypt! His lecture will summarize 20 years of his work on the Egyptian antiquities. During the conference, there will be time for questions and discussion. After the Q&A time, Dr. Hawass and all our guests will take part in a special dinner in the hotel.


Day 3 - Dashour, Memphis & Pyramid Builders Tombs with Dr. Zahi Hawass

After breakfast we are going to Dashour where Bent and Red Pyramids are located. The pyramids were built for Pharaoh Snefru. The Bent Pyramid was probably the first planned from the outset to be a true pyramid, with smooth sides. As one of the most unusual pyramids in Egypt, as well as one of the best preserved, it has attracted considerable attention over the centuries. It is the most unique pyramid because of the fact that during its construction Egyptians changed its angle.

We will continue to the ruins of Memphis, once the capital of Egypt. In Memphis, we will make a stop at the museum to admire a giant statue of Ramses II (about 35 feet in length) carved of monumental limestone.

After lunch there is another great attraction waiting for us, that you can visit only as our company's guest. Together, with Dr. Zahi Hawass, we will visit the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza. (2500 B.C.) It is one of the most outstanding discoveries made by Dr. Hawass over the course of his career. Pyramid Builders Tombs are closed to tourists because of ongoing archeological excavations, but our company received special permission to enter this area with Dr. Zahi Hawass.

"It was my dream to discover the tombs of the workmen who built the pyramids at Giza. The discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun was important, but it was mainly gold, but the discovery of the tombs of the Pyramid Builders reconstructed the history. It is an extremely important discovery." - said Dr. Hawass.


Day 4 - Giza plateau (with Dr. Zahi Hawass); special lecture with Madam Jehan Sadat.

At 6 am, before the opening hours of the site for regular tourists, and thanks to special permission from the Ministry of Antiquities, we will enter to the Giza plateau to see the three Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. These monuments were built by the Fourth Dynasty of the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom (around 2500 BC).

Dr. Zahi Hawass will be waiting for us between the huge paws of the Great Sphinx. Tourists can normally see the Sphinx from the special observation terrace in the distance, but our special permission will let us enter inside the Sphinx enclosure (between its paws). Dr. Hawass will tell us about his research on the Great Sphinx and the mystery of the Pyramids. We will also learn about his newest research plans to be carried out inside the Khufu Pyramid! Dr. Hawass: You will hear about the secret doors in the pyramid. You will hear about tunnels under the Sphinx. You will know, for the first time, how the pyramids were built!

After visiting the Sphinx enclosure, we will enter inside the Great Pyramid. The pyramid of Khufu is the only one of the world's seven wonders that is still standing today. We will have private access inside. What's more, the guards will open for us two additional chambers that are normally closed to the public – the Queen's chamber and the Subterranean chamber.

In the evening we will take part in a lecture by Mrs. Jehan Sadat, Egypt's former First lady. Madam Sadat will tell us about her life as the first lady and about her lifelong goal and hope for world peace. We will learn more about the current situation in the world in the eyes of the wife of the president Anwar El Sadat, who effortlessly advocates for his ideals of peace.

We will talk to this inspiring civil rights activist about her public service and humanitarian efforts for women and children. This unique lecture will allow you to understand better Egypt's modern history and get to know personally Madam Jehan Sadat, the most distinguished "Woman of Egypt".

After the lecture, there will be time for questions and discussion. After the Q&A time, all our guests will take part in a special dinner with Madam Sadat.


Day 5 - Flight to Luxor - Karnak temple

On Day 5 we are flying from Cairo to Luxor. In Luxor, we will check-in on the luxury 5-star cruise ship, our floating hotel. This 8-day Nile Cruise features various stops and site visits including all the most impressive monuments from the time of the Pharaohs.

Our first stop will be the famous Karnak temple. It is the largest temple in the world. Located on the East Bank of the Nile, Karnak complex was not a single temple, but a series of temples, halls, enclosures and obelisks with a sacred lake that was built, modified, added to, rebuilt, and so on, continuously for some two thousand years, from Middle Kingdom times (circa 2040-1780 B.C.) to Greco-Roman times (circa 332 B.C. to A.D. 400).


Day 6 - Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatchepsut, Colossi of Memnon

After breakfast we will start the sightseeing of the West Bank of Luxor. Our sightseeing tour will start with a motor boat ride across the Nile to see the highlights of Luxor:

- The Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings was the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs and is located on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor. In the Valley of the Kings, we will have access to some well-known tombs. The Valley is undeniably one of Egypt's most important treasures.

- Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, Deir el-Bahari
The Temple of Deir el-Bahari is one of the most characteristic temples in Egypt. It was built of limestone, not sandstone like most of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period. Hatshepsut was the first queen to rule over Egypt in ancient Egyptian history (approximately from 1473 to 1458 B.C.). Despite the fact that there were many people, including royal family members, who objected to the idea of having a lady ruling over Egypt, she was able - through her many achievements - to prove her abilities as one of the most important and successful rulers of Egypt throughout history.

- The Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For 3,400 years they have sat in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the city of Luxor. The original function of the Colossi was to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep's memorial temple – a massive cult centre built during the pharaoh's lifetime, where he was worshiped as a god-on-earth both before and after his departure from this world.


Day 7 - Luxor temple (with Dr. Zahi Hawass)

We will have the extraordinary privilege to visit Luxor temple privately with Dr. Zahi Hawass. Thanks to the special permission from the Minister of Antiquities we will enter the temple outside the opening hours. The temple will be beautifully lit – against the background of the dark sky – just for our group! Dr. Hawass will tell us more about his archeological research and his discoveries in Luxor.


Luxor temple is one of the most beautiful Ancient Egyptian temples located on the east bank of the Nile River. The city known today as Luxor (ancient Thebes) was founded in 1400 BC. For centuries Thebes was the capital of Ancient Egypt.

After returning from the Luxor temple, you can enjoy a cup of Egyptian coffee and share your impressions with Dr. Hawass on our cruise ship. The ship will start sailing to Edfu after lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for leisure, so our guests can enjoy the sundeck on the ship and the stunning views of the Nile landscape while sailing to Edfu.


Day 8 - Edfu and Kom Ombo temples

In the morning, our cruise ship will bring us to Edfu with its splendid Edfu temple. It is the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt dedicated to the falcon god Horus. The temple was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. In the afternoon we will start the cruise towards Kom Ombo.

In the late afternoon we will reach Kom Ombo, where we will visit the Ptolemaic Kom Ombo Temple. It was built during the period from 205 till 180 BC in the ruling period of King Ptolemy V. The Ptolemies constructed the Temple of Kom Ombo for the worship of two gods, Sobek - the crocodile god and Horus - the falcon god. After visiting the site we will return to the ship for the dinner and our ship will start sailing south towards Aswan.


Day 9 - Aswan

After breakfast, we will start the sightseeing of Aswan. The day will begin with driving to the Unfinished Obelisk. It is the largest known ancient obelisk and it is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan. Archaeologists claim that the pharaoh known as Hatshepsut sanctioned its construction. It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If it were finished, it would have measured around 140 feet and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons.

Next we will drive to the port where the motor boat will take us to the Temple of Isis, located beautifully on an island. The Temple of Isis was originally built on the Island of Philae during Ptolemaic and Roman times, but when the first Aswan Dam was built in the early 1900s, the Temple was flooded and the sightseers could only sail around the upper portions of the columns that stood above the waterline. Then when the Aswan High Dam was to be built in the 1960s, it became clear that the entire Temple would be buried under the waters of Lake Nasser. Through international efforts and funds, the temple was dismantled and reconstructed on the higher ground of the Island of Agilika.

After our return to the ship and having lunch, we will have time to relax during the Nile cruise by a motor boat to the Nubian village. Small boats will take us through the narrow passages on the Nile. We will have time to admire the beauty of Egyptian nature and stunning views on the Nile, before we arrive to meet the local Nubians, visit their houses and experience their way of living.


Day 10 - Abu Simbel

The next day in Aswan will start with a journey to the majestic Abu Simbel temple. The temple in Abu Simbel is one of the most imposing, impressive and iconic symbols of Ancient Egypt, rivaling the Great Pyramid and the Great Sphinx. Abu Simbel temple was originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari.


Day 11 -Sailing back to Luxor.

In the morning our cruise ship will leave Aswan and head back to Luxor. You will have a leisure day to spend time on the beautiful sundeck during the sailing. You will admire and enjoy the views on the Nile, greenery, desert in the distance, farmers and picturesque villages. Our guide will be available on the sundeck for you to anwer all the additional questions you may have about the monuments you visited.

Our 5-star Deluxe Nile cruise ships offer modern sun deck, pool, spacious lounges, bar, gym, spa, outside dining and fine dining restaurants, so there is plenty to do while cruising. The cruise on the Nile on such a luxurious ship is always one of the best memories of our tour participants and at the same time it offers the most convenient and comfortable way to travel from one place to the other.



Day 12 - Flight to Cairo, multimedia lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass

We will take a flight back to Cairo. After lunch and some free time to rest we will take part in the second multimedia lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass. Dr. Hawass will take us on a fascinating journey of research and excavations he conducted in the last 20 years of his work in Egypt. He will also discuss in more detail his plans for the new great discoveries. We will learn about new, mostly undiscovered sites in Egypt which are subjects of ongoing archaeological research.


Day 13 - Tour of Cairo

After breakfast we will begin our day of sightseeing in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. We will visit the Grand Egyptian Museum that is one of the most important museums in the world. This museum contains the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. After lunch we will drive to the Saladin Citadel and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. The Saladin Citadel is an Islamic fortress dating to the twelfth century which was built to unite the city and protect it from Christian crusaders. The Mosque of Muhammad Ali was built on the summit of the citadel during the first half of the nineteenth century.

In the evening, during our farewell dinner, we will celebrate the two weeks of our exciting adventure.


Day 14 - Departure from Cairo or *1-day Add-on to Alexandria

It is the last day of our tour and time to say goodbye to Egypt. After breakfast we will transfer you to the Cairo International Airport. We will leave Egypt with new experiences, memories and beautiful photographs. Archaeological Paths company will do everything to ensure that our guests will have the time of their lives during our in-depth tour.

*For the clients who would like to prolong their stay in Egypt, we prepared a special 1-day add-on to Alexandria, its price including one additional night in our hotel in Giza (day 14-15). The add-on tour to Alexandria is a full one day tour. It will start early in the morning after breakfast with a 3-4 hour ride in an air-conditioned coach from Cairo to Alexandria. We will visit all the major sites there, including Alexandria Library, the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, the harbor of Alexandria and the place where the famous Pharos Lighthouse was standing. The lighthouse was one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the evening we will return to our hotel in Cairo for overnight stay.


DAYS 15-19 - Optional Jordan Add-on

For the clients who would like to prolong their holidays, we offer an add-on tour to Jordan to see all the major sites, including Petra, beautiful Wadi Rum Desert and the Dead Sea. If you are interested in visiting Jordan after your Egypt tour, please contact us.



 

5. Safety in Egypt:

1. Our statement about safety in Egypt: CLICK HERE "Safety in Egypt".pdf

2. Please watch our Interview with Egyptian Government Officials - CLICK HERE.

3. Watch our latest video - testimonials from our October 2015 Egypt Tour with Dr.Hawass:



 

6.

Terms & Conditions

Price per person: 5985 USD for double room (deposit is only 800 USD during booking!). If you are traveling alone, you can share a room with another tour member. If you would like to have a single room, the single supplement costs an extra $1270 USD.

Payment Schedule:
- $800 deposit during booking.
- Full payment is due two months before the tour.

Price Includes:
Dr. Zahi Hawass as our special guest; special guest Mrs. Jehan Sadat, Five Star Accommodation; 6 nights in Five Star hotel in Giza (near the Great Pyramids); 7 nights onboard a Five Star Deluxe Nile Cruise Ship; Domestic flights during the tour (Cairo - Luxor; Luxor - Cairo); 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; All sightseeing tours; bottled water during the sightseeing; English speaking guide; English speaking tour leader; Transfers in air-conditioned buses; Reception at Cairo International airport; Airport Arrival & Departure transfers; Government taxes; Private entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu; Private entrance to Luxor temple; Special entrance to the Sphinx Enclosure; Special entrance to the Pyramids Builders Tombs at Giza.

Not Included:
International flights to/from Cairo in Egypt (we can help you with booking); Visa cost (visa is only $25 and issued on arrival at Cairo airport).



7. Registration & Contact

In order to book your place on our tour, please download the registration form HERE pdf. Please: 1. Print the form, 2. Fill it in and sign, 3. Scan it and send it to our e-mail address. You can also use our online form below (BOOK NOW) – click on the booking button and follow the instructions.

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The next step is to make the deposit payment to book your place on the tour. We encourage you to book this tour as soon as possible, because the number of places is limited. Please contact us if you should have any questions.

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