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The Secrets of Ancient Egypt and the Lost Technologies of the Pharaohs

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THE SECRETS OF ANCIENT EGYPT AND THE LOST TECHNOLOGIES OF THE PHARAOHS

Earlybird Price! $5795

(This earlybird price offer is only available until June 01, 2021)

SEPTEMBER 25 - OCTOBER 9, 2021

 

Delight in this 14-night/15-day luxury tour of Egypt visiting:
Giza, Cairo, Saqqara, Luxor, El-Fayyum Oasis, Karnak, Edfu, Abydos, Dendera, Kom Ombo, the Valley of the Kings, Aswan, Abu Simbel, the Libyan Desert, and many more outstanding destinations in the land of the pharaohs!

Special Access

Enjoy unique special access to the enigmatic Sphinx monument and Great Pyramid during private visits!

Visit The El Fayyum Oasis

Embark on an Ancient Origins Codebreakers expedition to the El Fayyum Oasis to explore Egypt’s most mysterious megalithic temple and unravel the secrets of Sobekneferu— dynastic Egypt's first female ruler.

Explore Megaliths in the Desert
Using 4 x 4 vehicles we visit the desert beyond the el-Fayyum Oasis to investigate one of Egypt’s greatest puzzles – the mysterious Qasr el Sagha megalithic temple. Built using polygonal blocks and cyclopean masonry, its origins remain obscure, with its only link being to the reign of Sobekneferu, Egypt’s first recorded female ruler.

Egyptian female king Sobekneferu

Sobekneferu in Pop Culture

Sobekneferu’s brief but eventful reign around 1800 BC has generated various fictional portrayals of her rule, making her an icon of modern pop culture.  She is the inspiration behind the mythical queen in Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Jewel of the Seven Stars (1903) and also features as the female princess Ahmanet in the 2017 blockbuster film “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise.

For more on Sobekneferu read the exclusive two-part Ancient Origins article Goddess of the Seven Stars and Sobekneferu: The Sacred Places of Egypt's First Female Ruler by Andrew Collins. (Coming Soon)

For the tour we are joined by:

History and Science Writer and Bestselling Author
Andrew Collins

Andrew is the author of many books that change the way we perceive the past including Beneath the Pyramids, Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods, Tutankhamun: The Exodus Conspiracy, and Denisovan Origins. He first visited Egypt three decades ago, and has conducted many years of work in the country, rediscovering Giza’s lost cave world in 2008, today known as Collins’ Cave. In addition to Egypt, he has guided tours in Peru, Cambodia, Turkey, and Britain.

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Ancient Origins Writer, Researcher, and Representative
Alicia McDermott

Alicia has degrees in Anthropology, International Development Studies, and Psychology, and has worked in various fields such as education, tourism, and archaeology. Her focus has been on ancient and modern Andean cultures and she has written various essays about Latin American social issues and archaeological sites. Alicia has led tours across Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Egypt, and explored the mysteries of sites off the beaten track during Ancient Origins expeditions.

Ancient-Origins.net

Celebrated Egyptian Guide
Waleed Kamouna

Waleed graduated in the year 2000 with a Masters in Egyptology. 20 years of extensive English guiding experience shortlisted him in the Wanderlust Magazine's Top 5 World Guides for the year 2011. He has traveled to every corner of Egypt with large and small groups. Waleed’s guiding experience has led him to develop a unique travel philosophy to enhance your travel experience. He is a trustworthy travel-mate full of historical and cultural knowledge. He comes from a rural farming family whose values are based on ancient civilizations.
Trip Advisor reviews of Waleed.

EGYPT LUXURY TOUR

THE SECRETS OF ANCIENT EGYPT AND
THE LOST TECHNOLOGIES OF THE PHARAOHS

14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS

Day 1 – Saturday, September 25, 2021
Arrive in Cairo
Arrive in Egypt, Land of the Pharaohs. Private pick up at Cairo International Airport and transfer to Giza hotel. Orientation in evening.
Meals: No Meals are included
Overnight in Giza hotel
Day 2 – Sunday, September 26, 2021
El Fayyum
In the morning travel by bus to the El-Fayyum Oasis. See the Pyramid of Hawara, built for Amenemhet III, the father of Sobekneferu, and visit the site of the fabled Egyptian Labyrinth. One of the most mysterious constructions of the ancient world, it was begun by King Amenemhet III and completed by his daughter Sobekneferu. Lunchtime at hotel. Free afternoon with lecture on and preparation for the next day’s visit to the Qasr el-Sagha temple in the El Fayyum desert.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight in el-Fayyum
Day 3 – Monday, September 27, 2021
El Fayyum
Journey by 4 x 4 vehicles north in the El Fayyum desert, lying beyond the Birket Quran. This is the Lake Moeris of classical writings associated in the Old Testament with the prophet Joseph, who may well have helped design the canal that bears his name linking Birket Quran with the Nile River. Arrive at the Qasr el Sagha temple. Built using cyclopean masonry, this mysterious megalithic structure remains an enigma. Devoid of any inscriptions and constructed using polygonal blocks more familiar to pre-Incan Peru than Egypt, it has suspected links with the cult of the crocodile god Sobek, as well as the Middle Kingdom king Amenemhet IV and his sister, Sobekneferu. We spend the day looking for clues as to who built it, when, and why. Experience the evening at the temple site before returning to Giza.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight in Giza
Day 4 – Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Saqqara
In the morning travel to Saqqara. Visit the enigmatic Serapeum, a labyrinth of underground catacombs housing gigantic sarcophagi once containing mummified bulls. Inspect evidence of advanced technologies behind the construction of these massive granite sarcophagi. Visit the Pyramid of Teti to see the Pyramid Texts recording the journey of the pharaoh into an afterlife among the stars, and enter the newly opened Step Pyramid, built for the pharaoh Djoser around 2675 BC and designed by the architect Imhotep. Also visit the Imhotep Museum. Return to Giza.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight at Giza
Day 5 – Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Giza Pyramid and Sphinx
Private visit to the Sphinx enclosure for sunrise. The Sphinx is one of the most iconic monuments in the world. With the head of a pharaoh and the body of a lion, it is thought to represent Khafre, the builder of the Second Pyramid, although its true history remains unclear. Most likely it was revered for thousands of years before the age of the pharaohs as a natural rock formation with the head of a lion. Afterwards see the exterior of the Great Pyramid, a panorama of the Giza Plateau, and the Valley Temple of Khafre. Also join us on a special private visit of the Great Pyramid to examine its enigmatic interior chambers.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight at Giza
Day 6 – Thursday, September 30, 2021
Egyptian Museum
Visit the Egyptian Museum, with thousands of exhibits and treasures from dynastic times through to the Roman era. Depart to Cairo Airport for flight to Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight in Aswan Hotel
Day 7 – Friday, October 01, 2021
Philae Temple & Unfinished Obelisk
Visit the temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis. Later, visit the gigantic unfinished granite monolith still attached to the bedrock in its quarry at Aswan. Examine the methods used to extract obelisks and statues from the living rock, including the inexplicable scoop marks suggestive of a lost technology. Visit a Nubian village if time permits.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight in Aswan
Day 8 – Saturday, October 02, 2021
Abu Simbel
Drive in a bus to Abu Simbel. On the journey through the Libyan Desert stop to inspect an isolated rock formation known as an inselberg. Examine its unique geology and take in the ambience of the desert environment. In the afternoon visit the iconic rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel, built during the reign of Rameses II and moved to its current position during the building of the Nasser Dam in the 1960s. Also see the rock-cut temple of his wife Nefertari.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight on Nile Cruise
Day 9 – Sunday, October 03, 2021
Kom Ombo Temple
Sale north to Luxor. Disembark to visit the temple of Sobek at Kom Ombo, built under the rule of the Ptolemaic kings circa 180–150 BC.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight on Nile Cruise
Day 10 – Monday, October 04, 2021
Edfu Temple
Continue on Nile Cruise. Disembark to visit the magnificent temple of Horus at Edfu, built during the Ptolemaic period, circa 175 BC. On its walls are Building Texts containing the most complete accounts of the creation of the world and the coming of the gods during the age of zep tepi, the First Time. See the temple’s holy of holies, including a wooden boat on which the god Horus arrived from the sky.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight on Nile cruise
Day 11 – Tuesday, October 05, 2021
West Bank & Luxor Temple
Arrive in Luxor, ancient Thebes, the capital of Egypt in the south. Cross the Nile by boat and enter the Theban West Bank. Visit the Valley of the Kings and see the Tomb of Tutankhamun, along with other tombs decorated with age-old reliefs showing the books of the afterlife. Also explore the Ramesseum, with its astronomical ceiling and colossal statues of Rameses II, as well as the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Stop off for photos at the Colossi of Memnon, gigantic statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III dating to circa 1375 BC.
In the evening visit the temple of Luxor, illuminated by lights. Built during the New Kingdom period, 1575-1050 BC, it marks the beginning of the newly reopened Sphinx Avenue, which has 1600 sphinxes - 800 on either side - lining the ceremonial road to Karnak temple.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight at Luxor hotel
Day 12 – Wednesday, October 06, 2021
Abydos Temple & Dendera Temple
Journey north by luxury bus to the temple of Abydos, built for King Seti I around 1290-1279 BC. Also see the extraordinary ancient structure known as the Osireion, a sub-surface cyclopean temple thought to be a symbolic representation of the Tomb of Osiris, lord of the dead. After lunch continue on to the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. Visit its underground crypts where strange reliefs have suggested to some the existence of advanced technologies in ancient Egypt. Return to Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight at Luxor hotel
Day 13 – Thursday, October 07, 2021
Karnak Temple
Visit the ruins of Karnak temple complex, built in stages throughout the New Kingdom, circa 1575-1050 BC. Depart for Luxor airport to catch flight to Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight in Cairo hotel
Day 14 – Friday, October 08, 2021
Coptic Cairo & Khan el Khalili
Visit Coptic Cairo. See the Coptic Museum, the Church of Abu Serga, where the Holy Family - Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus - sheltered in an ancient cave during their legendary flight through Egypt. Shop at the world famous Khan el-Khalili souk and market in the Old City.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight at Cairo hotel
Day 15 – Saturday, October 09, 2021
Cairo Departure
Final goodbyes and transfer to Cairo airport.
Photos © Andrew Collins

ANCIENT ORIGINS TOUR OF EGYPT – SEPTEMBER 25/OCTOBER 09, 2021

IN ASSOCIATION WITH AWARD-WINNING TOUR COMPANY
TRAVEL THE UNKNOWN

14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS

Earlybird Price! $5795

(This earlybird price offer is only available until June 01, 2021)

PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $5795

Single person supplement: $900

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy (a person sharing a room with another tour group member of the same sex).

BASIC TOUR DEPOSIT $900

Ancient Origins Tours in association with Travel the Unknown are ATOL and ABTA protected

     

HOTELS & MEALS

Night

City

Hotel

Room

1

Giza

Steigenberger Pyramids - or similar

Pyramids View

2

Fayyum

Helnan Auberge - or similar

Standard

3

Giza

Steigenberger Pyramids - or similar

Pyramids View

4

Giza

Steigenberger Pyramids - or similar

Pyramids View

5

Giza

Steigenberger Pyramids - or similar

Pyramids View

6

Aswan

Movenpick Island Aswan - or similar

Nile View

7

Aswan

Movenpick Island Aswan - or similar

Nile View

8

Cruise

Esmeralda - or similar

Standard

9

Cruise

Esmeralda - or similar

Standard

10

Cruise

Esmeralda - or similar

Standard

11

Luxor

Steigenberger Luxor - or similar

Standard

12

Luxor

Steigenberger Luxor - or similar

Standard

13

Cairo

Cairo Sheraton - or similar

Standard

14

Cairo

Cairo Sheraton - or similar

Standard


Day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

1

not included

not included

not included

2

Hotel

Hotel

not included

3

Hotel

Restaurant

not included

4

Hotel

Restaurant

not included

5

Hotel

Restaurant

not included

6

Hotel

Restaurant

not included

7

Hotel

Restaurant

not included

8

Hotel

Cruise

Cruise

9

Cruise

Cruise

Cruise

10

Cruise

Cruise

Cruise

11

Cruise

Restaurant

not included

12

Hotel

Restaurant

not included

13

Hotel

Restaurant

not included

14

Hotel

Restaurant

not included

15

Hotel

not included

not included


Inclusions

  • Service of Meet & assist upon arrival & departure by A/C vehicle on private basis.
  • Four nights in 5* hotel Giza
  • One night in 5* hotel El-Fayyum
  • Two nights in 5* hotel Aswan
  • Three nights full board on 5* Nile Cruise
  • Two nights in 5* hotel Luxor
  • Two nights in 5* hotel Cairo
  • All transfers as per the above-mentioned itinerary by private A/C vehicle.
  • All entrance fees for the above-mentioned sightseeing.
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Unlimited mineral water supply during the tour
  • Sundry tips
  • Tip for local company representative
  • All sightseeing tours
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation, including 4 x 4 vehicles for El-Fayyum Oasis expedition
  • Transfers, meet and assist at arrival and departure at all Egyptian airports.
  • King Tut’s Tomb in West bank Luxor
  • Domestic flights
  • Egyptian visa

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, etc
  • Any optional trips or unmentioned items
  • Evening meals
  • Drinks at meals
  • Tips for the tour guide
  • Tips for house cleaning

Register your details to hold your place on this exclusive tour!

To secure your place, a deposit payment of US$900 per person is required within 48 hours of completing the form. Payment details are noted at the end of the form.

TOUR DEPOSIT $900 PER PERSON

A deposit of $900 per person is required to secure immediate booking. The remainder of the payment will be required 10 weeks before the start date of the tour.

Final choice of accommodation is subject to change. We will choose hotels of a similar standard where hotel shown is not used.

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