Magical Egypt Tour Itinerary

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Magical Egypt Tour Itinerary

Egypt is now well on the way to recovering their floundering tourism industry since the unrest so it is time to start planning your Egypt Tour. They now have a new stable government with a popular president and the Egyptian people are back to normal. We have put together an itinerary for your Magical Egypt tour to create wonderful and uplifting memories that will last you a lifetime. Many of the sites that we visit during your Egypt tour are closed to the public while we are there at the site, so you have an experience of Egypt that is extra special.

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All activities listed below will happen on the Magical Egypt tour, 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 Quest Travel 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 12 days of wonderment, adventure, excitement, laughter, spiritual upliftment and rejuvenation. We’ll get together this evening before enjoying our first dinner together. (Dinner)

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, you will hear the incredible sounds of the entire city being called to prayer. Listen to the cacophony of sound– 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.

Sphinx Just After Dawn

 

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)

Day 3 – Sakkara and Dashur

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.  Enjoy lunch at a typical Egyptian restaurant in the countryside.

Sakkara Pyramid and Temple Complex

 

On the way back to Cairo we visit one of the carpet schools where Egyptian children make handmade carpets out of their own imagination.

After lunch we travel to Dashur to see some of the earlier pyramids of the Giza Plateau area.  At Dashur you will see the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid.  This is a site that is not often on the itineraries for Egypt tours but is well worth visiting.

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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)

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)

Day 6, – Hatshepsut Temple / Valley of the Kings /West Bank

This morning on your Magical Egypt tour, 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)

Greeting the Dawn at Hatshepsut Temple on our spiritual tour of Egypt

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. 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)

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. 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.

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After Breakfast we drive to Abu Simbel and check into the Seti I Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

Magical Egypt Tour Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel

 

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.  A visit to Abu Simbel is a highlight of the Magical Egypt tour.

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)

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)

Magical Egypt Tour Sufi Dancing Cairo

Day 11 – Cairo Museum and Khan Il Khalili Bazaar

Today on your Magical Egypt tour 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)

Day 12 – Explore Cairo and Visit Manial Palace and Gardens

This morning after breakfast, we will be venture back downtown to explore the newly renovated Manial Palace. The Manial Palace was built by Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik (1875—1955), the uncle of King Farouk, between 1899 and 1929. He had it designed in a style integrating European Art Nouveau and Rococo with many traditional Islamic architecture styles including Ottoman, Moorish, Persian, creating inspired combinations in spatial design, architectural and interior decorations, and sumptuous materials. It housed his extensive art, furniture, clothing, silver, objects d’art collections, and medieval manuscripts dating back to the Middle Ages.

Magical Egypt Tour Manial Palace Cairo

 

The Palace, furnishings, and Prince’s collections were given to the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities in 1955. The Manial Palace and estate are a public art and history museum, with historical gardens, and forested nature park. The Palace has been undergoing restoration for the last 10 years at a cost of approx 61 Million Egyptian Pounds. The most spectacular building within the palace complex is the gold throne room.

As well as the Palace, the gardens and fountains have also been restored. This gives an insight into how the ruling classes lived during the Ottoman Empire occupation of Egypt.

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We will have lunch downtown in the Bazaar before taking a walking tour of old Cairo visiting the oldest Jewish Synagogue, Christian Church and Muslim Mosque dating back a thousand years.  We will also walk down the oldest street in Cairo.

Day 13 –  Alexandria

We are up very early this morning to drive to Alexandria which is about 2.5 hours North of Cairo.  In Alexandria you will visit the Greco Roman ruins including the catacombs of Kom El Shuqafa and Pompey’s Pillar.

Magical Egypt Tour Catacombs in Alexandria

 

We will visit the Royal Jewellery Museum and the Montazah Palace and Gardens.  We will have lunch at a great seafood restaurant overlooking the harbour.   (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 – Alexandria to Cairo

After breakfast we will check out of our hotel and continue exploring Alexandria. If time permits we may be able to visit the Library of Alexandria before returning to Cairo and checking into the Mena House Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 15 – Cairo

Today is a free day to catch up on any last minute shopping and to enjoy the last of the pyramids and the hotel.  Tonight we will get together for our farewell dinner (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 16 –  Cairo / Departure Home

Following breakfast check out of your hotel before being transferred to the Cairo International Airport for your journey home. Your Egypt tour has come to an end but you are carrying many wonderful memories home with you to share with family and friends. (Breakfast)

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