Date of tour: 15 - 28 February 2014
EGYPT TOUR with lectures and private time with Dr. Zahi Hawass
February 15-28, 2014
Join a unique tour to the ancient Land of the Pharaohs with the most famous archaeologist in the world, Dr. Zahi Hawass (as our special guest).
We are presenting to you the most exciting tour to ancient Egypt that has ever been offered. Imagine yourself traveling to the Land of the Pharaohs, talking with and taking part in private lectures given by world-renowned archaeologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass, the legendary Egyptologist and the former Minister of Antiquities in Egypt!
Our 14-day itinerary includes not only sightseeing all the major sites in Egypt, from Giza Pyramids down to Luxor and Aswan, but also, thanks to very special arrangements with the Egyptian government, visits to many of the most fabulous sites that are normally closed or limited to the public, including:
The Video about our tour to Egypt:
1. Meet Dr. Zahi Hawass
Dr. Zahi Hawass - world-renowned archeologist and the former Minister of Antiquities in Egypt, the director of ongoing excavations at Giza, Saqqara, and the Valley of the Kings. Dr. Hawass has made a number of major discoveries over the course of his career, including the tombs of the pyramid builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya oasis. Dr. Zahi Hawass will join our group during the sightseeing of all the most important places in Egypt (Giza plateau, Sakkara and the Valley of the Kings).
What is more, You will be given a chance to take part in private multimedia lectures given by Dr. Hawass. Dr. Zahi Hawass, during his multimedia lectures, will show us the latest discoveries from Egypt. He will focus on his researches, 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. Biographical anecdotes and personal experiences from many years of his scientific activities will also be included.
2. Safety in Egypt
Dr. Zahi Hawass's message about the safety in Egypt: I want to tell you a message that Egypt had a revolution. The third of June is a revolution. But for the last three years, since January 25th and until today there was not one tourist hurt, at all. All the archaeological sites are completely secured. And the Hotels. And this is why, Zahi Hawass, myself, I am telling you – Egypt is safe and come to visit Egypt. I will be happy to give all of you lectures through the Archaeological Paths’s tours. And I will meet you in the sites and welcome all of you in Egypt.
Video with Dr. Zahi Hawass about safety in Egypt:
3. Tour Itinerary
Day 1 (15 February 2014)
Arrival at Cairo International Airport. A representative of “Archaeological Paths” company will welcome our guests at the Cairo Airport and transport them to the luxury, 5-star hotel in Giza that is situated near the pyramids. After the check-in process at the hotel, our guests will have time to rest. In the evening we will have dinner and an organizing meeting with the "Archaeological Paths" company's staff. Overnight stay at the hotel in Giza.
Day 2 (16 February 2014)
Sakkara (Step Pyramid); Dashur (Red and Bent Pyramids).
During our first day of sightseeing we are going to Saqqara and Dashur. In Saqqara we will visit The Step Pyramid of Djoser that is closed for public, but thanks to very special permission (from the Egyptian governemt) we will be given the chance to enter inside the pyramid. This pyramid was constructed at Saqqara about 4,700 years ago for King Djoser by the legendary architect Imhotep and was the first that the Egyptians built. Under this monument there is a labyrinth of tunneled chambers and galleries that total length is nearly 6 km. "It is the most impressive place on the Earth" - said Dr. Zahi Hawass;
Videos about the STEP PYRAMID:
Next, we are going to Dashur 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. This represents a glorious period in the evolution of the pyramid, comparable to the time when Djsoer's architect, Imhotep, built the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. 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 building Egyptians changed its angle.
Days 3 to 10
17th through to 24th February 2013 - Nile Cruise
On Day 3 (17th February 2014) we are flying from Cairo to Luxor. Check-in on the luxury cruise ship. The beginning of 8-days long Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan and then back to Luxor. During the Nile Cruise we will make various stops and site visits, including:
- Karnak temple
The Temple of Karnak 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, obelisks, and 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), with many of the most prominent portions dating to the New Kingdom (circa 1550-1070 B.C.).
- Luxor temple
Luxor temple is one of the most beautiful Ancient Egyptian temple complexes located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes) and was founded in 1400 BCE. For centuries Thebes was the capital of Ancient Egypt.
- Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, Deir el-Bahari
The Temple of Deir El-Bahri is one of the most characteristic temples in Egypt, due to its design and decorations. 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 the ancient Egyptian history approximately from 1473 to 1458 B.C. Despite the fact that there were many people and royal members who objected 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 Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings was the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, and is located on the west bank at Luxor. In the Valley of the Kings we will enter to some of the well known tombs (such as Ramesses II tomb), but also thanks to very special arrangements with Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities we arranged a visit to The Seti I tomb.
The Seti I tomb is the biggest and most beautiful tomb in Egypt. Seti I was son of Ramesses I and father of Ramesses II and one of the Egypt's greaters kings during its golden age. For many years his tomb has been closed for public, but we will have a privilege to get inside. From 2007 to 2010, Dr Zahi Hawass led an Egyptian team that was excavating and restoring the mysterious tunnel leading from the burial chamber of King Seti I deep into the Theban cliffs. What other mysteries are hidden inside this tomb of one of the greatest pharaohs?
- Edfu temple
It is the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt. The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus (son of Osiris and Isis), was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BCE.
- Kom Ombo temple
The temple of Kom Ombo was built during the period from 205 till 180 BC in the ruling period of King Ptolemy V. The construction process of the temple went on for many years afterwards in the period from 180 till 169 BC with each king having his addition to the complex of the Temple of Kom Ombo. The Ptolemies have constructed the Temple of Kom Ombo for the worship of two gods, Sobek - the Crocodile god, and Horus - the falcon god.
- Temple of Isis (Philae)
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 sightseers could 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.
- Abu Simbel
The temple at Abu Simbel is one of the most imposing, impressive and iconic symbols of Ancient Egypt, rivaling the Great Pyramid and Great Sphinx. Abu Simbel temple was originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BCE as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari. The temple is situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan.
- 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 worshipped as a god-on-earth both before and after his departure from this world.
- Unfinished obelisk
The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan. Archaeologists claim the pharaoh known as Hatshepsut sanctioned its construction. It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If it was finished, it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons.
On Day 10 We will fly from Luxor to Cairo. Check in at the hotel.
Day 11 (25 February 2014)
Giza plateau - Special entrance to the Great Sphinx enclosure;
- Private entrance to the Great Pyramid (before the Pyramid opens to the public).
On the Western Bank of the Nile in Lower Egypt, the Giza Plateau is the site of the Pyramids attributed to Khufu (Cheops), Khafre (Chephren), and Menkaura (Mycerinus) of the Old Kingdom Fourth Dynasty (circa 2575-2465 B.C.), as well as the Great Sphinx and many smaller satellite Pyramids, temples, and tombs.
- The Great Pyramid at Giza - The pyramid of Khufu is the only one of the world's seven wonders that is still standing today. We will have a private acces to get inside. What is more, the guards will open for us two additional chambers that are normally closed for public - the Queen chamber and the Subterranean chamber.
- The Great Sphinx - Thanks to a special permission we will be able to enter inside the Sphinx enclosure (beetwen his paws). It is the the largest and the oldest statue of the ancient world. The Great Sphinx combines the head of a Pharaoh with the body of a lion, making it a powerful symbol of the divine kingship.
The Video about the Great Pyramid:
Day 12 (26 February 2014)
Tour of Cairo: Cairo Museum, The Saladin Citadel of Cairo, Mosque of Muhammad Ali
- The Egyptian Museum in Cairo - Thanks to a very special permission, we will enter inside the Cairo Musem after it will be closed to the public (in the evening). Just imagine how only our group will be able to get inside the legendary and one of the most important museums in the world that contains the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities.
- Saladin Citadel and Mosque of Muhammad Ali:
The Saladin Citadel of Cairo is an Islamic fortress dating to the twelfth century, built to unite the city and protect it from Christian crusaders. The Mosque of Muhammad Ali, also known as the Alabaster Mosque, was built on the summit of the citadel during the first half of the nineteenth century.
Day 13 (27 February 2014)
After breakfast we are going for a one-day tour to Alexandria. Being the second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern and is famous for its Roman remains. Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., and was the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt. It is also the place where probably the bodies of great Queen of Egypt Cleopatra, Mark Antony and Alexander the Great are hidden. Their mummies haven't been found since today.
We will visit all the major sites there, including Alexandria Library, the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, the Roman amphitheater (the best preserved Roman site in Egypt), the harbor of Alexandria and the place where the famous Pharos Lighthouse was standing. It was one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Returning to the hotel in the evening, we will celebrate the culmination of our journey.
Day 14 (28 February 2014)
It is time to say goodbye to Egypt. After breakfast we will transfer to the Cairo International Airport and depart for our homes.
4. Terms & Conditions
- Price per person: $4975 USD (or equivalent in GBP/EUR) for double room.
If you are traveling alone, you can share a room with another tour member.
- If you would like to have a single room you have to pay extra $1270 USD.
- lectures by Dr. Zahi Hawass during the tour
- Five Star Accommodation,
- 6 nights in Five Star hotel in Giza (near the Great Pyramid),
- 8 Days / 7 Nights of Deluxe Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan and then back to Luxor.
- English speaking guide,
- Transfers in air-conditioned bus,
- Entrance tickets,
- Full board – breakfast, lunch and dinner each day,
- Special entrance to the Sphinx enclosure,
- Private Access to the Great Pyramid,
- Private Access to the Cairo Museum after opening hours,
- Special entrance to the Seti I tomb,
- Special entrance to the Step Pyramid at Sakkara,
- Pick up at the airport (Cairo).
- International flight to/from Cairo in Egypt;
- Visa cost (visa are $15 and issued on arrival at Cairo airport) and Travel Insurance
- Drinks during lunches and dinners
- Domestic airfare: USD $365 per person (payable by cash in Egypt)
5. Payment Schedule:
- $800 deposit during booking.
- Full payment should be received by 15th December 2013.
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