December 27, 2019–January 6, 2020

 

Overview

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An immersive journey into the history and culture of ancient Egypt, from Cairo to Aswan to Luxor, visiting traditional villages, and travelling on a 5-star Nile cruise

 

  • Why was Egyptian civilization so focused on the passage between life and death?
  • What type of teachings were they trying to pass on to the next generations?
  • What were their spiritual interests and how do these connect to some of the spiritual teachings that have reached our time?
  • What is the purpose of human life on this planet?
  • Did the Egyptians have more complete knowledge about it?

This journey is about opening ourselves to all these questions. We will practice daily sittings and share observations, learning more about one of the most interesting and revealing Egyptologists, John Antony West, who left incredible materials about some of these questions.

Please join us if you are not satisfied with conventional explanations and you have also been called to serve your inner Life.

Yoga classes will also be offered when possible during free time every day.

 

Day 1, December 28:  Arrival in Cairo, Egypt

Day 2, December 29:   Cairo

Day 3, December 30:   Cairo, overnight train to Answan

Day 4, December 31:   Aswan

Day 5, January 1:   Aswan

Day 6, January 2:  Kom Ombo and Edfu (Nile cruise)

Day 7, January 3:  Luxor (Nile cruise)

Day 8, January 4:  Luxor, overnight train to Cairo

Day 9, January 5:  Cairo

Day 10, January 6:   Departure from Cairo

 

Patrizia De Libero

US$ 2,200 per person in double

Single supplement upon request

Based on a minimum of 10 participants

 

 

 

 

December 28, 2019 - Arrival in Egypt (Saturday)

On your arrival at the Cairo International Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives, who will assist you with getting your Egyptian visa, immigration, customs and luggage, and will transfer you to the 5 star Le Meridien Giza Hotel, located in the shadow of the great Giza Pyramids. This afternoon, there will be some time to rest after the long flight, enjoying the hotel's grounds and its photogenic pools with the pyramids view, before we meet for our welcome dinner in the evening.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodations: Le Meridien Hotel, Cairo

December 29, 2019 - Cairo (Sunday)

We'll begin our immersion in the ancient Egyptian culture and history. Early wake up call to go to Cheope’s Pyramid for a private meditation from 5-7 am (optional), then back to the hotel for breakfast. We will then start our journey through the world's most ancient civilization with an in-depth tour of the only remaining monuments of the Ancient World's Seven Wonders. We'll take an extensive guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and their guardian, and the majestic Sphinx. We'll enter the Pyramid of Kephren and explore its interior, as well as the interior of the tombs of Ido and Kar, and end the day with a visit to the Solar Boat Museum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Le Meridien Hotel, Cairo

December 30, 2019 - Cairo (Monday)

In the morning, we'll set out to visit Saqqara, the site of the oldest Egyptian pyramids, featuring the mysterious tombs beneath the ancient heaped mounds. Our Egyptologist guide will help us understand their significance and decipher the stories told in the beautiful hieroglyphics lining their walls. We'll also visit Titi's Pyramid and the Step Pyramid, the first freestanding stone building in history and the first pyramid ever built. In the evening transfer to the central station for our overnight train first class to Answan, dinner and breakfast served on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Overnight train to Answan

December 31, 2019 - Aswan (Tuesday)

We will celebrate the first day of the year in an amazing landscape. We will leave our train and transfer for a one-night stay in a 5-star hotel in Answan. Rest time and lunch on your own. In the afternoon we will experience a beautiful Felucca Ride visiting some of the islands of the Nile, including Kitchener Island with its amazing botanical gardens. Then, we will prepare to visit a Nubian village where we will have dinner with locals and learn about their simple life.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodations: Basma Aswan Hotel

January 1, 2020 - Aswan (Wednesday)

Today, we'll tour Aswan, a city known for centuries for its cataracts and as being the gateway to the South, along a trading route from the heart of Africa to Egypt. Aswan enjoys a pleasant climate, and the Nile here flows through granite rocks, with the golden desert sands with palm trees lining the banks. Our first stop will be the Temple of Philae, considered the most beautiful temple in the Nile Valley and dedicated to the goddess Isis and the god Osiris. After the Aswan dam was built, the temple was flooded by the Nile, and it was moved to its new location on Agilika Island. We'll also visit the Unfinished Obelisk in its original location, in a granite quarry. At the end we embark on our 5 star-deluxe cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: MS Sarah Nile Cruise

January 2, 2020 - Kom Ombo and Edfu (Thursday)

Today we start sailing to Kom Ombo. We will stop and visit the Temple dedicated to two gods, the god Horus and the god Sobek. Originally built for god Horus, after the increasing number of crocodiles on the island, it was rededicated to god Sobek, a crocodile shaped god. An imaginary line divides the temple into two parts, each with its own entrance, hypostyle halls and chapels. We continue towards Edfu, where we will visit the temple dedicated to the falcon god Horus whose divine marriage to Hathor is depicted on the temple's walls.

Dinner and overnight on our cruise.

January 3, 2020 - Luxor (Friday)

We sail to Luxor. We'll start the day very early by crossing the Nile River to the west bank's Valley of the Kings to visit the vividly painted tombs, carved out of rocky cliffs. We'll tour Queen Hatshepsut's Temple, built by her to honor her father, the god Amun, the fascinating Memnon Colossi, the famous King Tut's tomb and the colorful Ramses VI's tomb. Ack for lunch. In the evening, we'll visit the Luxor Temple, one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt, with beautifully decorated columns, a large open court, a massive entrance façade and two seated statues of Ramses II.

Accommodations: MS Sarah Nile Cruise

January 4, 2020 - Luxor (Saturday)

Disembarkation from Cruise. After breakfast, we will visit the Karnak Temple, a vast, open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. The Karnak Temple is made up of a group of temples surrounded by a wall, and dedicated to the god Amon-Ra. Free time.

Transfer to Luxor Station to take sleeping train back to Cairo.

January 5, 2020 (Sunday) - Cairo

Arrive in Cairo, then visit the Egyptian Museum which houses the world's largest collection of relics from Pharaonic times, the sarcophagi, statues, jewelry, and the golden treasures of King Tut. Later, we'll explore the Old Cairo, a multi-cultural area full of Jewish, Coptic Christian and Islamic monuments. We'll visit the Hanging Church, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, Abo Serga Church and the Amr Ibn el Aas Mosque, as we stroll through the city enveloped in the mysterious scents and sounds of the East. In the afternoon visit the very famous market Khan El-Khalili.

Final dinner together.

Overnight Cairo

January 6, 2020 (Monday)

Transfer to Cairo airport for final departure.

 

The order of events and visits may be subject to change .

 

 US$ 2,200 per person in double

Based on a minimum of 10 participants

Single supplement pricing upon request.

  • Service of Representatives
  • Tour leader guide escorting group at all time
  • Arrival transfer
  • Departure transfer
  • All accommodations as listed in itinerary
  • 3 Nights at Le Meridien Pyramids hotel or similar
  • 3 Nights on board of 5* Deluxe Nile Cruise
  • 1 Night at Basma Aswan Hotel or similar
  • Day use in Luxor Hotel on Day 7 as train will be late night
  • 2 Nights on board First-class sleeping train (Cairo/ Aswan – Luxor/ Cairo)
  • Transportation in private bus as per itinerary
  • All transfers as mentioned in the above itinerary
  • All entrance fees as per mentioned itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Nubian dinner in Aswan
  • Felucca Ride in Aswan

 

  • International airfare, airport departure and taxes
  • Visa entry to Egypt
  • Extra meals more than listed as part of the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any item not specified in the “Inclusions”
  • Any transfers not mentioned in the attached detailed itinerary
  • Any sightseeing not mentioned in the attached detailed itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Telephone calls
  • Personal items

 

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