12+
Age
Year-round
Dates
12 Days
Duration
Alexandria, Aswan, Cairo, Egypt, Fayoum, Giza, Hurghada, Luxor, Red Sea, Sharm El Shiekh, Sinai, St. Catherine
Location
10/10
Physicality

An Egypt Tour is one of the most magical experiences you can have. Explore Egypt with a local spiritual guide and Egyptologist and tap into the magic and mystery that Egypt is famous for. Explore the Sphinx and stand between its mighty paws at Sunrise! Meditate in the chambers of the Great Pyramid of Giza after sunset!   Commune with the Goddess Isis in her Sanctuary on the Island of Philae before dawn! Discover Hatshepsut’s Funerary Temple before Dawn and so much more.

There is so much to see and experience in Egypt and this tour is designed to take you to all the iconic sites of Egypt often at times when they are closed to the public. Visit the temples along the Nile River on a luxury 4 day Nile Cruise. Meet the locals in markets and bazaars

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONCairo International Airport
DEPARTURE TIMEPlease arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
TOUR INCLUDEDS
English speaking licensed Egyptologist
All sightseeing
First class sleeper train
4 & 5 star hotels
All transfers by air-conditioned
Meals
TOUR NOT INCLUDEDS
Phone calls, laundry
Personal nature such as tips
Entry visa

 

(All activities listed below will happen, but maybe not necessarily in the order stated! Be prepared – spontaneous changes are part of the fun and surprise activities are guaranteed! There may be some optional excursions like camel riding in the desert or perhaps watching traditional Sufi Dancing that will be offered to guests when they are in Egypt that are not listed in the itinerary.)

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Day 1: Arrive Cairo/Welcome Dinner


Arrive at Cairo Airport where you will be met by your EgyptPyramidsTours Tour Managers. They will assist you through customs before transferring you to your luxury accommodations at the luxury Mena House Hotel in Giza. This beautiful hotel is right next door to the Pyramids which is a great introduction to your journey. From the moment you get off the plane you will have the feeling of beginning to relax. You are on Egypt Time now and ahead of you is 17 days of wonderment, adventure, excitement, laughter, spiritual upliftment and rejuvenation. We’ll get together this evening before enjoying our first dinner together. (Dinner)
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Day 2: Giza Plateau/Sphinx / Great Pyramid


We begin our day very early with a special private and exclusive visit to the Giza Plateau, when the area is closed to the public so it will be just our group. Listen closely as you awaken before Sunrise. As you reluctantly come alive. Feel the energy of the dawn spirits. We are off to discover some of the most awesome Wonders of the World to touch them and to feel them – the Great Sphinx, the Pyramids and the Valley Temple of Chephren on the Giza Plateau.

We study them and pay particular attention to the Sphinx. There is nothing more awe inspiring than to stand between the mighty paws of the Sphinx and gaze up at its wondrous face as the first rays of sunshine break over the horizon. We will greet the Sun with an ancient ritual just before dawn. Our guide, who is an encyclopaedia of Egyptology, will give us detailed examinations of various controversial theories surrounding these amazing structures. After an invigorating Sunrise, we are back to our hotel for breakfast at the Mena House.

This afternoon, we have a special private visit in the Great Pyramid where we will explore the chambers before a guided meditation in the Kings Chamber. We will be tapping into the energy and harmonic resonances of this mighty structure. Here, we unite our life story with the story of those who have come before us and those who will come after as we begin our journey to becoming more aware of our powerful inner selves. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Day 3: Cairo Museum and Walking Tour of Old Cairo


Today we visit the Cairo Museum in downtown Cairo. Our Egyptologist will guide us through this famous museum with a collection of over 200,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts, dating back to 4,000 BC. Visiting the museum is an opportunity to see the statues and artefacts that originally were located in the temples, this paints a fuller picture when you go the temples, like seeing the original furniture designed for a house in ancient Egypt. There you will also experience first-hand the different periods of ancient Egypt and the individual artistic and architectural styles of each period.

One of the many highlights of this museum is the visit to the treasures of Tut-Ankh-Amun. Stand before the breathtakingly beautiful gold death mask and marvel at the treasures that travelled with this boy king to the afterlife. There will be time to explore the museum on your own and to feel the sometimes eerie presence of energies from the past that still linger within the statues.

After our visit to the Museum, we will take some time out to visit the local shopping area for some retail therapy Egyptian style and we will also visit the famous Khan el Khalili Bazaar in Downtown Cairo After lunch in a beautiful restaurant downtown we will take a walking tour of old Cairo visiting the Alley of the Tent Makers as well as many other iconic Coptic and Islamic sites. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Day 4: Luxor/ Karnak Temple / Luxor Temple


This morning we check out of the Mena House and go to the Cairo airport to fly to Luxor where we check into Sonesta St George Hotel. This afternoon we tour Karnak, one of the largest temple complexes in the world. Karnak recalls us to the powerful acts of creation, of beginning anew, and of building on the divine plan. It has been home for more than 3,500 years to the living statue of the lioness goddess, Sekhmet. We will visit her temple and will use the powerful energy of Sekhmet to further awaken the spirit within.

Tonight we visit the Luxor Temple. This temple really comes to life under lights at night. Feel the powerful energy within you as you wander through the ancient hallways touching the stones as you go. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Day 5: Abydos and Dendera Join Nile Cruise


This morning very early, we travel by road to the exquisite Dendera Temple dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of abundance, love and joy. The temple is built with a zodiacal ceiling that recalls the origins of Egypt. There is so much to see and experience at this temple.
This afternoon we continue north to the temple at Abydos, dedicated to Osiris, and housing the nine great beings (the Ennead). This temple rests next to and above the most ancient Osirion, one of the premier power places on the planet where you will find the original flower of life carvings. It includes a more recent temple built by Seti I, which contains the most beautiful Bas reliefs of any temple in Egypt.

Check into your Nile River Cruise Boat. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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Day 6: Hatshepsut Temple / Valley of the Kings /West Bank


This morning we make a sunrise pilgrimage to Deir el Bahari, the funerary temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. We also visit the Necropolis of Thebes (The Valley of the Kings) on the West Bank of the Nile. The West Bank holds the tombs of the pharaohs that are inscribed with sacred transformative texts, including the books of knowing light and dark, the book of what is in the underworld, the book of caverns, and naming and taming the hours of the night. We will also see the mortuary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon.
At Noon sail to Edfu passing through Esna Locke. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
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Day 7: Edfu Temple of Horus / Kom Ombo / Aswan


We take a carriage ride to the Temple of Horus, one of the most beautifully preserved in Egypt which is built on the foundations of an older temple dedicated to Set. Here, we follow the pattern of the hero’s quest as we learn how Horus and his followers (the Shemsu Hor) conquered chaos, and we see the sacred marriage of the king and queen as the embodiment of Horus and the goddess Hathor. Look forward to a very powerful meditation in this temple. The side chambers of the temple show the complexity of the rites that include a healing chamber, a perfumery, and singer’s rooms. One chamber, called the House of Life, stored all of the sacred texts used in seasonal and daily rituals. On one wall of the temple Thoth tells the story of Orisis and Isis.

Relax on deck as we sail to Kom Ombo. There, we visit the only dual temple in Egypt. This dramatic temple poised between the edge of the river and the encroaching desert sand was dedicated to two gods – Sobek the crocodile god of strength, fortitude, fertility and rebirth, and Horus the hawk-headed son of Isis and Osiris. Sail to Aswan City which is considered to be everyone’s favourite Egyptian city. Beautiful and peaceful, it is called the “Pearl of Egypt”. We will visit the Nubian markets. (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner)

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Day 8: Aswan / Philae Temple / Isis / Abu Simbel


We rise very early this morning and take a short coach ride to the lakeshore and transfer to a motorboat. We travel on the Nile River to the island of Philae where we will visit the Philae Temple privately. This island represents a fusion of three great civilizations – Egyptian, Greek and Roman. The presence of Isis is felt very strongly in the inner sanctum, the Holy of Holies of her temple. We’ll take ample time here to experience the healing energy of Isis and her lovely island complex.
After Breakfast we drive to Abu Simbel and check into the Seti I Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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Day 9: Abu Simbel/Aswan


We are up before the Sun this morning to explore the temples at Abu Simbel. These magnificent temples are both an ancient and a modern engineering marvel. The Abu Simbel temples are the symbols of an international salvage campaign in the 1960s to save these monuments from the rising waters of the mighty Aswan Dam. These temples are truly magnificent and a very special moment is quietly watching the Sun rise on the lake and seeing the sunlight on the Temples. See the Temple for Ramses II and the beautiful temple for his beloved wife Nefertari. Our Egyptologist guide will assist us to see the full beauty of these temples through translating the images on the walls and giving us the history of the temples.

After breakfast we return to Aswan. Aswan city is considered to be everyone’s favourite Egyptian city because it is beautiful and peaceful. It is called the “Pearl of Egypt”. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Day 10: Aswan to Cairo


After breakfast we check out of our hotel and fly back to Cairo checking into the Mena House Hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
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Day 11: Sakkara


We are up early again this morning to travel to Sakkara to view the Old Kingdom pyramids on the west bank near ancient Memphis. About, 2630 B.C. Imhotep, architect to King Djoser (Dynasty III), masterminded the Step Pyramid at Sakkara. The world’s oldest freestanding stone structure, this pyramid consists of six tiers atop a mastaba, or low, oblong tomb, faced with cut stone. We will explore the Sakkara complex including a visit to the awesome newly opened Serapeum that houses the massive granite sarcophagus of the Appis Bulls. Enjoy lunch at a typical Egyptian restaurant in the countryside.

On the way back to Cairo we visit one of the carpet schools where Egyptian children make handmade carpets out of their own imagination.
Tonight we will meet for our farewell dinner to share our experiences in Egypt. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

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Day 12: Cairo / Departure Home


Following breakfast check out of your hotel before being transferred to the Cairo International Airport for your journey home. (Breakfast)
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