Archaeological Paths - Egypt Royal Tour With dr. Zahi Hawass And a special guest mrs. Jehan Sadat.

Archaeological Paths

  • Egypt 2 Undiscovered
  • with world's leading Archaeologists
  • Dr. Zahi Hawass - Dr. Mostafa Waziri - Dr. Tarek El-Awady

1. Introduction & dates

Archaeological Paths company offers one-of-a-kind tour of undiscovered Egypt for all travelers who would like to visit the Land of the Pharaohs again. Join us on a 14-day journey to places in Egypt that even savvy tourists do not see – a trip truly off the beaten path. Beyond the well-known highlights, the pyramids and the Nile Valley, there are many undiscovered treasures the Land of the Pharaohs has yet to offer to lovers of archaeology!

Have you ever wondered about the sites the general public do not get to see in Egypt? Or dreamed about the treasures that almost no one has access to? For the first time ever and in cooperation with leading experts in the field of archaeology & Egyptology, Archaeological Paths company will take visitors to the sites that have changed our understating of the ancient Egyptian civilization. The visitors will meet three legends of Egyptology and visit active excavation sites that might surprise all of us soon with new, groundbreaking discoveries. Exploring Egypt in such a unique way has never been offered before.

Visit Egypt with the three leading Egyptologists: Dr. Zahi Hawass – world's most famous archaeologist and Egypt’s Former Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mostafa Waziri – Director General of Antiquities of Upper Egypt, and Dr. Tarek El-Awady – Director General of Egyptian Museum in Alexandria and former director of Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Our team of experts will introduce you to ancient Egypt and will give you archaeological insights that you cannot find anywhere else. They will show you the latest discoveries and new findings coming from Egypt! During meetings with our group, the special guests will answer all of your questions.

Tour dates:
Availability:

November 4-17, 2018

Open places

February 10-23, 2019

Open places

2. Special guests

Dr. Zahi Hawass

Dr. Zahi Hawass

World's most famous Egyptologist. For over 20 years he held all the keys to the Egyptian antiquities – first as a Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and later as a Minister of State for Antiquities. Dr. Hawass will join us for the sightseeing of the most important attractions highlighted in our itinerary. Moreover, he will give us a private multimedia lecture and present the newest research and excavations which have been recently made in Egypt.

Dr. Zahi Hawass: 'I am glad that Archaeological Paths is doing this incredible tour. You can visit Egypt many times and every time you see something new. In this tour, Egypt 2, even if you have been to Egypt before, you are going to see major sites that you haven’t seen before. You will have an exclusive access to wonderful pyramid sites – Abu Rawash and Abu Sir. I will accompany you to see the temple of Taposiris Magna near Alexandria where we are searching for the tombs of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. I will take you to Tuna el-Gebel, the place where I started my career as a young man at the age of 19. And also you’ll go to Amarna, the horizon of Aton, the city of Echnaton to see beautiful tombs, temples and palaces of this great king who changed the religion in Egypt.

I will bring the magic of Ancient Egypt to you. I will take you to the major, important discovery that I made at Bahariya Oasis, the Valley of the Golden Mummies. We found a big valley of 10 000 mummies covered with gold! They call it the Tutankhamun of the Greek-Roman period. Those are unique archaeological sites that you haven’t seen before, but you will be able to see them now. It’s something that happens only once in a lifetime. No one else can tour Egypt like this and this is why I invite you to join me on this great tour with Archaeological Paths'.

Dr. Mostafa Waziri

Dr. Mostafa Waziri

One of Egypt's heads of antiquities today. Dr. Waziri is responsible for all of the Upper Egypt’s antiquities including its most famous sites in Luxor like Karnak and Luxor temples, and the famed Valley of the Kings. Dr. Waziri will meet our group to tell us about the recent archaeological discoveries made in the Upper Egypt. He will also share with us the current research news and plans for the future.


Dr. Mostafa Waziri: 'I know that you are different from everybody else. I’m going to call you the lovers of Egypt. Come and visit Egypt. No country in the entire world can compete with the culture and heritage that we have in Egypt. What you can see above the ground in Egypt does not represent more than 40% of what may still lay hidden underneath the sands of Egypt.


It will be my honor to give a lecture to explain recent work and discoveries in Luxor. I’m very proud that I have joined different archaeological missions in Luxor. We have a lot to discover every year. Some of our new discoveries are already published, and some are not. So it is going to be my turn to explain what we discovered in the last couple of years, last couple of months and even last couple of days. That’s what I’m going to present during this tour. Come and visit Egypt and you will never forget this tour for the rest of your life. Come, the lovers of Egypt'.

Dr. Tarek El-Awady

Dr. Tarek El-Awady

Former Director of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, one of the leading Egyptologists, and now Director General of Egyptian Museum at Alexandria Library. He worked in excavations in Giza, Saqqara, Abu Sir, and in the Valley of the Kings. Dr. Tarek El-Awady will join us for the Abu Sir complex sightseeing where he conducted important research as the director of excavations. For many years he was the main Egyptologist Inspector of this site. Dr. Tarek will guide us through the pyramid complex of Abu Sir and explain to us the important role this site used to play in the past.


Dr. Tarek El-Awady: 'People should come and visit Egypt because this is the only country in which you will see the footprints of the pharaohs, the great civilization built by the Ancient Egyptians. You will not only enjoy the monuments but also the nice weather, the welcoming people, and the great atmosphere here in the country.


I am very happy that Archaeological Paths made it possible for people to come and visit closed sites which are not open for tourists – this is an adventure! When you visit a closed archaeological site, you feel that you are not in a tourist place, but you see it as it is and you enjoy the beauty and the magic of the site.


Visiting places like the Valley of the Golden Mummies, the tombs from the 26th Dynasty in Bahariya Oasis, and other places – this is a unique adventure. Go there and see the people, the town, the ancient sites and have this experience. After such a trip you can say that now you know something about ancient Egypt and you know about these great people who lived in this country thousands of years ago and built their wonderful civilization'.

3. About the tour

Our tour itinerary includes exploring several locations in Egypt:


MIDDLE EGYPT:
During the tour you will visit all the highlights of Middle Egypt, located between Cairo and Luxor. It’s a region which represents one of the most important periods in development of ancient Egyptian civilization. Middle Egypt has a lot to offer – one of the ancient capitals of Egypt, Tell el-Amarna – the city created by Egypt’s most controversial pharaoh Akhenaten in honor of Aten, the sun disc god. Next, you will discover beautiful Egyptian rock-cut tombs in Beni Hasan which have been carved into the high limestone cliffs. In Tuna el-Gebel, which is the necropolis of Khmun, we will visit very impressive complex of underground catacombs that used to store thousands of animal mummies. It is the very spot where Dr. Zahi Hawass began his career as an Egyptologist.


You will see the temple of Seti I in Abydos, known as one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, once the holiest site in the country and the burial place of the first kings of a unified Egypt. Later on we will travel to Dendera to visit the temple of Hathor, which will take your breath away with its monumental columns and spectacular ceilings with the most vibrant and colorful paintings dating from antiquity.


UNKNOWN PYRAMIDS: In proximity to the famous Giza plateau, we will visit the ancient sites of the Forgotten Pyramids, starting with the Pyramids of the Old Kingdom in Abu Rawash and Abu Sir, over 4500 years old, built during the reign of the 4th and 5th Dynasty of Egyptian Pharaohs. Abu Rawash and Abu Sir are closed to the visitors, however Archaeological Paths obtained a special permission from the Minister of Antiquities to enter these unique monuments. Next, we will travel south to visit Meidum with an enormous pyramid built by pharaoh Snefru and we will continue to the pyramids in Lisht and Hawara dating back to the 12th Dynasty. These unique sites will complete your full tour of Egypt’s unknown Pyramids.

 


BAHARIYA OASIS: Our journey will then take us to the most magical sites in Egypt in the Oasis of Bahariya. We will visit the beautifully decorated Egyptian tombs from 500 BC and the Temple of Alexander the Great where, it is believed, he was buried.

The most spectacular highlight in Bahariya is the Valley of the Golden Mummies which is the biggest discovery made by Dr. Zahi Hawass over the course of his distinguished career. Dr. Hawass found on the area of 2.3 square miles a big valley that consists of 10 000 mummies, many of them completely covered with gold. It has been one of the most sensational discoveries in Egypt since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The site of The Valley of the Golden Mummies is normally closed to the visitors, but the guests of Archaeological Paths will have the privilege to be the only group to visit it together with its discoverer – Dr. Zahi Hawass!

TAPOSIRIS MAGNA (Alexandria): We will continue our tour of Egyptian mysteries to the temple of Taposiris Magna near Alexandria, where archaeologists are excavating in search for the tomb of the last Queen of Egypt – Cleopatra.

Taposiris Magna used to be one of the most important temples built in the New Kingdom in honor of the goddess Isis. Researchers believe that it may be hiding the tomb of Cleopatra which was one of the most famous female rulers of Ancient Egypt. The site is closed to all other tourist groups due to ongoing excavations, however our group has received a special permission to visit the temple and to see the archaeologists at work.


OLD CAIRO: Our tour will show you the real culture and customs of Egypt by taking you to the streets, churches and mosques of Coptic and Islamic Cairo, and also to enjoy the local cafes and restaurants. You will visit Al Muizz Street which not only is the oldest street in Cairo but also is the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures of the Islamic world! You will visit newly-renovated Synagogue of Moses, the Textile Museum, and the Coptic Museum with a collection of Egyptian Christian Artifacts.

There is always something new and exciting to discover in Egypt. In 2018 & 2019 Archaeological Paths will take their tours of Egypt to a whole new level, opening a world of new possibilities to lovers of archaeology and Egypt’s heritage. In order to create this unmatched and rich offer, Archaeological Paths team worked closely with our experts and received special permissions from the Minister of Antiquities and the Egyptian government to open up, just for you, a number of unique sites closed to the general public. Sites such as the Valley of the Golden Mummies in Bahariya Oasis; Taposiris Magna located next to Alexandria which is still an active excavation site, and pyramids of the Old Kingdom in Abu Rawash and Abu Sir – all those sites are closed to all the other tourist groups and included only in the itinerary of this special tour: Egypt 2 – Undiscovered. Archaeological Paths prepared this in-depth itinerary for travelers who have already seen the most popular highlights of Egypt and wish to complete their experience of this country by exploring the wonders that they have not seen before.


For guests looking for their first tour to the Land of the Pharaohs, we highly recommend our Royal Egypt Tour with Dr. Zahi Hawass and Mrs. Jehan Sadat, Egypt’s Former First Lady (click here to see it). Both our tours to Egypt offer unique experiences, hand-picked luxurious hotels, and meals in the best local restaurants. Thanks to their rich and unrivaled itineraries, it is certain that with Archaeological Paths you will experience Egypt like no one else.

4. Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrivals


Arrival at Cairo International Airport. A representative of Archaeological Paths company will welcome our guests at the Cairo Airport and transport them to the luxurious 5-star hotel in Giza, situated in the shadow of the Great 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 - Old and Islamic Cairo


After breakfast there will be an organizational meeting with the Archaeological Paths  staff. During our first day of sightseeing we are going to see the Islamic and Coptic monuments. We will start our tour from the oldest street in Cairo – Al Muizz Street where you will see the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. We will visit the 10th century Synagogue of Moses which is one of the most important Jewish temples in Cairo. In June 2009 the Egyptian government began a year-long restoration project of this Synagogue. In August 2010, when the works were completed, it was unveiled by the head of antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass.


We will continue our sightseeing with a visit to Textile Museum with a unique collection of ancient Egyptian, Roman, Coptic and Islamic textiles. We will also visit the Coptic Museum which contains the world’s largest collection of Coptic artifacts and rare manuscripts.
We will have lunch in one of the finest restaurants of Old Cairo located next to Khan El-Khalili market which is the most famous bazaar in Cairo. You will taste the delicious local cuisine and have some time to shop on the traditional Egyptian markets.

 

 


 
Day 3 - Abu Rawash and Abu Sir pyramids with Dr. Tarek El-Awady

 

Another day full of attractions. We will not only see the sites closed to the general public but also will have the unique opportunity to meet our special guest - Dr. Tarek El-Awady. First, from Giza we will drive south to the Sun Temple and the pyramids at Abu Sir. You  will see the pyramids built by the Kings of Egypt of the 5th Dynasty (2400 BC). Due to the fact that they were the first to build the Sun Temples, they are also called the Kings of the Sun. Next to the pyramids you will see the tomb of a high official called Ptahshepses. It is the biggest non-royal tomb of the Old Kingdom. The name Abu Sir derives from the ancient word ‘Der Osir’ and means ‘the House of Osiris’. Osiris was a god of the underworld and was one of the most important gods in the ancient Egypt. The name of Abu Sir allows us to understand how important this site was to the Ancient Egyptians.


There is no better person to present this site to our guests than Dr. Tarek El-Awady who worked as Chief Archaeologist Inspector of Abu Sir conducting excavations at this site. Dr. El-Awady: I am Dr. Tarek El-Awady. I worked in Abu Sir as the Field Director of the excavation. We had many wonderful discoveries there. For the first time ever Archaeological Paths made it possible for you to come and visit Abu Sir, known as the site of the Forgotten Pyramids. I take this chance to invite all of you to come with me and feel the magic of the pyramids around you. Undoubtedly, Abu Sir is one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in Egypt. It is closed for tourists but thanks to Archaeological Paths it is open with a special permission for you to visit and enjoy the magic of the pyramids. Actually I am very happy that I will accompany you when you visit Abu Sir. I will tell you the story of my excavation in the site and also we will talk about the story of the pyramids in Abu Sir and the Sun Temples.


After lunch we will drive 5 miles north of Giza to Abu Rawash which is the site of Egypt's most northerly pyramid, also known as the Lost Pyramid. Originally, it was thought that this pyramid had never been completed. However, the current archaeological consensus is that not only was it completed but also that it was built about the same size as the Pyramid of Menkaure – the third largest of the Giza Great Pyramids. When Djedefre, a son of the Khufu, who built the Great Pyramid, ascended the throne he moved 8 km north of the Giza Plateau for building a very different pyramid complex on an even higher plateau that looks down upon Giza. Did he rebel from the family line? Within a decade or two, Khafre brought the court back to Giza to build the Second Pyramid and, probably, the Great Sphinx. In 2018 & 2019 Archaeological Paths will make it possible for you to explore the mysterious Abu Rawash pyramid and see what 13 years of recent excavations by Swiss and French Institute teams discovered.

 


 

Day 4 - Meidum, Lisht and Hawara


After breakfast we will start our journey along the Nile, heading south towards the Middle Egypt. On the way, we will visit the major pyramid sites. In Meidum we will explore an enormous pyramid built by Snefru, father of Khufu who later built the Great Pyramid in Giza. In many ways, Meidum is the most mysterious of all the Great Pyramids. Since a sarcophagus has not been found inside the burial chamber, there is no evidence that Snefru was ever buried in this pyramid. Located nearby is a mastaba of an unknown noble, where you will see the first example of a red granite sarcophagus known in antiquity.

Next, we will see the Pyramid of Amenemhet I built in Lisht by the founder of Egypt's 12th Dynasty. Amenemhet I was most likely the first ruler of the Middle Kingdom. He led Egypt into the new era called the Golden Age.

We will continue to the Hawara pyramid of Amenemhet III, the sixth pharaoh of the 12th Dynasty who lived around 1850 BC. Hawara is the largest Middle Kingdom funerary complex. The Greek traveler Herodotus claimed to have counted three thousand rooms in the pyramid’s complex. Herodotus visited the pyramid during the 5th century BC and described it as follows: 12 main courts and the visitor was guided from courtyards into rooms into galleries into more rooms and from there into more courtyards.

After completing our tour of the pyramids, we will continue on through the rural areas of Egypt to the town of Minya where we will stay in a hotel with a view on the Nile.

 


 

Day 5 - Tuna El-Gebel with Dr. Zahi Hawass, Beni Hasan


After breakfast we will visit Tuna el-Gebel, the necropolis of Khmun. There we will see the catacombs that used to store thousands of animal mummies, a Late Period temple, one of the boundary stelae of Tel el-Amarna, and the tomb of Petosiris with its exquisite paintings from 300 BC.

During the sightseeing we will be joined by Dr. Zahi Hawass who will tell us about his work in Tuna el-Gebel. Dr. Hawass has begun his lifelong career in Egyptology on this site. He will tell us more about the history of Tel el-Amarna and the life of its founder, the pharaoh Akhenaten.

We will continue our tour to rock-cut tombs of the nobles in Beni Hasan, carved into the high limestone cliffs, a Middle Kingdom site (2040 - 1640 BC). It gives us a rare insight into the daily life of Ancient Egyptians, their customs, and beliefs. These very well preserved scenes depict acrobatics, dancing and military sports. You can also spot the scenes of making flour, baking bread, and even a husband and wife on their wedding night. 

 


 

Day 6 - Tel El-Amarna


In the morning we will visit Tel el-Amarna, one of the ancient capitals of Egypt, the city created by Egypt’s most controversial pharaoh Akhenaten. It was the place where Akhenaten pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god – Aten – the power of the sun. We will visit the nobles’ tombs with wall reliefs unequalled anywhere else in Egypt.  The painted scenes appear as if they were alive and as if they were moving. We will also visit the Royal Palaces and the tomb built for pharaoh Akhenaten.

Tel El-Amarna should not be missed by anyone interested in Egyptology who wants to understand this great ruler, husband of Nefertiti and predecessor of Tutankhamun.

 


 

Day 7 - Akhmim and Abydos

After breakfast we will drive along the Nile to the city of Akhmim. We will see a recently discovered colossal statue of Meryetamun (Beloved of the God Amun), the tallest statue of an ancient queen ever found – 36 feet tall. She was one of the consorts of Rameses II after the death of Nefertari.


Next we will drive to Abydos to see the temple of Seti I, once the holiest site in the country and the burial place for the first kings of unified Egypt. Its construction begun in the reign of Seti I and was finished by his son Ramesses the Great. The temple was built of fine white limestone and represents an artistic revival of the Old Kingdom.

 


 

Day 8 - Dendera and Luxor


After breakfast we will travel to Dendera to see the temple dedicated to the goddess Hathor, with its colossal columns and spectacular ceilings with the most vibrant and colorful paintings dating from antiquity. It is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. The whole complex extends to around 430 000 square feet. Dendera itself was a site for chapels and shrines from the beginning of ancient Egypt’s history. After the sightseeing in Dendera we will drive to Luxor to check in at our luxurious 5-star hotel.


 

Day 9 - Luxor - Ramesseum, Luxor Museum, Valley of the Kings, Lecture with Dr. Mostafa Waziri


After breakfast we will visit the Ramesseum, the memorial temple of pharaoh Ramesses the Great, located in Luxor. The temple, famous for its 57-foot seated statue of Ramesses, was dedicated to the god Amon and the deceased king. The walls of the Ramesseum are decorated with reliefs that include well-preserved paintings of battle scenes and the triumphs of wars with Asians.

We will also visit the most iconic site of Luxor – The Valley of the Kings. It was the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs. In the Valley we will have access to some of the well-known tombs. It is undeniably one of Egypt's most important treasures.

We will continue with a visit to the Luxor Museum where Dr. Zahi Hawass has recently opened newly built wings. The highlights of the collection include masterpieces of pharaonic art as well as examples of everyday objects.

In the afternoon we will have a meeting with today’s chief of all antiquities in the Upper Egypt, including those in Luxor – Dr. Mostafa Waziri. He will introduce us to the most important recent archaeological discoveries in Luxor. Dr. Waziri will also talk about the ongoing excavations and the plans for the future.

 


 

Day 10 - Flight to Cairo, multimedia lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass

We will take a flight from Luxor to Cairo. We will arrive to our 5-star hotel to rest and in the afternoon we will take part in a multimedia lecture given by Dr. Zahi Hawass who will share with us the news about archaeological research in Egypt.

 


 

Day 11 - Bahariya, The Valley of the Golden Mummies with Dr. Zahi Hawass


After breakfast we will head to Bahariya Oasis, once the richest region in Egypt, thanks to the production of very expensive wine. We will check-in at our hotel in the Oasis and have lunch during which we will taste the local specialties. Together with Dr. Zahi Hawass we will start the sightseeing with the greatest site in the Oasis – the Valley of the Golden Mummies.


Dr. Hawass will guide us at the site that he has discovered – the Valley of the Golden Mummies – which he calls the most important discovery of his entire career! When the discovery was made near the oasis of Bahariya, it quickly became apparent that it was an even more important discovery than that of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. The cemetery of the Golden Mummies, which is thought to cover an area of approximately 2.3 square miles, has been estimated to contain more than 10 000 mummies, many of them completely covered with gold. Already during the first season of excavations a total of 108 mummies were found. ‘When the first tomb was opened, the brilliance of gold shone in the sunlight among the piles of sand’, said Dr. Hawass.


This discovery provides archaeologists with information on the life of the Egyptians in the Greco-Roman era and an insight that not only the godlike pharaohs held power. The Valley of the Golden Mummies teaches us just how influential the rich merchants and nobles of Bahariya were at that time. The Valley with its amazing finds has never been open to visitors and it will be specially opened next spring for the very first time to an exclusive group of Archaeological Paths’ guests led by Dr. Hawass.


Dr. Zahi Hawass: When people ask me which of my discoveries has meant the most to me personally, I often think first of the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya Oasis. Introducing this amazing site to the world propelled me into an international spotlight. I feel privileged to have been a part of this story, which is my own personal history as well as the history of Egyptian archaeology.


After the sightseeing in the Valley, we will go to the museum in Bahariya to see the most beautiful golden mummies.


 

Day 12 - Bahariya, drive to Alexandria


After breakfast we will drive to the temple of Ain el-Muftella, which consist of four chapels decorated with painted reliefs. The next stop in our itinerary are the Egyptian tombs from the 26th Dynasty, the last native dynasty to rule Egypt before the Persian conquest which took place in 525 BC. We will visit two tombs made for wealthy merchants. The tombs contain amazing colored scenes that have been perfectly preserved.


The next stop in our program is the Temple of Alexander the Great. It is the only temple in Egypt built by and for Alexander. Dr. Zahi Hawass: This is a unique temple, it came out of the sand of Bahariya Oasis to complete the Valley of the Golden Mummies.  Actually people could be buried in the Valley of the Golden Mummies near the temple because they wanted to be near Alexander the Great. This temple is important because you can learn a lot about archaeology from visiting and studying it. This is a unique site where people can come and witness the beauty and the magic of archaeology.

 

After lunch we will leave Bahariya Oasis and return Alexandria where we will check-in at our 5-star hotel.

 


 
Day 13: Taposiris Magna with Dr. Zahi Hawass, Alexandria

After breakfast our group will have the opportunity to visit, together with Dr. Zahi Hawass, the temple of Taposiris Magna. It is an active research site located west of Alexandria. In the last 11 years, Dr. Hawass and Dr. Kathleen Martínez have been excavating the temple in search for the tombs of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Dr. Hawass will tell us more about the story behind the excavations. We will also meet the archaeologists working at the site. They will tell us about the progress of their work. It is another attraction open only to the guests of Archaeological Paths company and closed to the general public.


Dr. Martinez: I’m Dr. Kathleen Martínez and I’m inviting you to come to Taposiris Magna, the most exciting temple in Alexandria. Visit us with Archaeological Paths. We will take you around to see all our discoveries. There is so much we have to show you there. Once you enter the temple, you can breathe – there is mystery all over this site.


I studied Cleopatra as a historical character for fifteen years and I think I deciphered one of the greatest mysteries: where is the lost tomb of Cleopatra? I placed the tomb at Taposiris Magna. I will tell you why. Cleopatra was the human representation of the goddess Isis. Taposiris Magna was the most important temple dedicated to Isis during the Ptolemy period and we were able to prove that. If it’s so, there is no other place in Egypt that could be the final resting place of Cleopatra than Taposiris Magna.


I came to Egypt in 2005 trying to visit the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, to explain my theory and ask him for the permission to visit Taposiris Magna. He understood the importance of searching for Cleopatra. At the beginning he said to me: “If there is one percent of probability that the last queen of Egypt could be buried in Taposiris Magna, she deserves to be found.”


In the moment I entered this temple, immediately I knew I was in the right place. Now we have archaeological evidence that I was right. We found many artifacts that belong to Cleopatra’s time. Every time we discover something, we feel we are closer to finding her. My theory has been proved in 80%, we are now on the path to discover her tomb. Dr. Hawass has been working with us since the beginning up till today. He has been a great partner and the experience that he had helped us achieve all that we have done at Taposiris Magna.


After the sightseeing with Dr. Hawass in Taposiris Magna and after lunch with a view on the Mediterranean Sea, we will visit the highlights of 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 BC and was the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt. 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. It was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the evening we will return to our 5-star hotel in Cairo.

 

 


 

Day 14: Departures
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 exciting adventure.

 


 

OPTIONAL Add-ons
If you would like to see more highlights of Egypt, you can join our 2-day add-on to see Egypt’s must-see-sites. We would also like to inform you about the possibility to visit Israel on our 5-day pre-tour or you can prolong your stay and visit a few other sites in Jordan! Please contact us for more details.

- Egypt’s Must-See-Sites add-on
You have not been to Egypt before and you want to undiscover the Land of the Pharaohs with us? Join our pre-tour add-on and explore the main highlights of the country, like the Giza pyramid complex, Saqqara or Cairo Museum. See all the must-see-sites in Egypt, before getting off the beaten track on the Egypt 2: Undiscovered tour.
Day 1: Arrivals;
Day 2: Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis;
Day 3 (standard arrival day): Giza pyramids and Cairo Museum.


Price: $970 per person. The single supplement costs extra $195.
CLICK HERE to see more information about Egypt's Must-See-Sites add-on.


- ISRAEL 5-day add-on (pre-tour, before the main Egypt Tour): Explore the City of David and the ancient desert fortress of Masada; discover Jerusalem through the eyes of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. See the birthplace of Jesus Christ and delve into the story of the land sacred to all the religions. CLICK HERE to see our Travel Brochure for Israel add-on.

- JORDAN 5-day add-on (day 14-18, after the main Egypt Tour): Tour includes the legendary city of Petra, UNESCO World Heritage Site; beautiful Wadi Rum Desert with mysterious prehistoric petroglyphs and ever-changing landscape of otherworldly rock formations. You will take a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea and visit Mount Nebo from which Moses saw the Promised Land. CLICK HERE to see our Travel Brochure for Jordan add-on.

5. Travel Map

6. Pricing

Price per person: 6985 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:
Participation of our experts; accommodation; domestic flight during the tour (Luxor-Cairo); 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; all sightseeing tours; entrance tickets; bottled water during the sightseeing; English speaking guide; English speaking tour leader; transfers; Reception at Cairo International airport; Airport Arrival & Departure transfers; Government taxes; Health Insurance (to download the Terms and Conditions of travel insurance click here).


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

In order to book your place on our Egypt 2: Undiscovered tour, you should download the registration form HERE. Please: 1. Print, 2. Fill in and sign, 3. Scan and send 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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