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Outline of a Pictish burial found near Muir of Ord, Black Isle, Scotland.           Source: Tarradale Through Time

1,400-year-old Pictish Remains Finally Unearthed in Scotland

Human remains found at what is thought to be a Pictish-era cemetery near Muir of Ord on the Black Isle in the north east of Scotland, have led archaeologists to believe they belong to an ancient...

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How the Viking mausoleum would have looked according to archaeologists. Source: Raymond Sauvage, NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet

An Abnormal Viking Mausoleum Shows Ship Burials Weren’t for Everyone!

Archaeologists have found a Viking burial house in central Norway. It was located in an area which is revealing many archaeological treasures, including a Roman-era bronze cauldron. The mausoleum is...

Join Ancient Origins exploring some of the greatest mysteries of planet earth

Ancient Origins is partnering with award-winning tour operator Travel the Unknown to provide its readers with comprehensive escorted travel tours to some of the most ancient and most mysterious monuments and sacred places around the globe.

Day 1 - February 4th
Cairo - Giza
Arrive in Cairo. Meet and greet upon arrival at the airport. Assistance with immigration, passport control, baggage claim, and customs. Transfer to hotel. Lecture and orientation hosted by Andrew Collins and Ancient Origins. We advise arriving Day 1 by 2pm to be able to comfortably participate in the evening talk.
Meals: D
Overnight in Le Meridian Pyramids, Giza
Day 2 - February 5th
Giza Plateau - Great Pyramid – Sphinx
Visit the monuments of Egypt's famous Giza Plateau, built by the pharaohs of the Fourth Dynasty, and enjoy a panoramic view of this iconic scenery. Visit the Solar Boat Museum housing a 4,500-year-old wooden ship of the dead. See the extraordinary workmanship of the Valley Temple of Khafre and experience the beauty of the age-old Sphinx monument during a private visit of its rock-cut enclosure. In the evening enjoy a private visit to the Great Pyramid, the last remaining wonder of the ancient world.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in Le Meridian Pyramids, Giza
Day 3 - February 6th
Meidum — Hawara: Labyrinth
Visit the enigmatic pyramid of Meidum, built by the Fourth Dynasty pharaoh Snoferu around 4,600 years ago, and at Hawara see the enigmatic ruins of Egypt’s fabled Labyrinth, built nearly 4,000 years ago by King Amenemhet III and his mysterious daughter, the female king, Sobek-nofru. See the nearby pyramid of Hawara, which dates to the same age as the Labyrinth.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in Le Meridian Pyramids, Giza
Day 4 - February 7th
Saqqara – Dahshur – Abu Ghorub sun temple
Visit the Old Kingdom necropolis and Hebsed court at Saqqara. View the step pyramid of Djoser, and also the pyramids of Dahshur, built by King Snoferu around 4,600 years ago. Later, experience a private visit to the sun temple of King Niuserre at Abu Ghurab, considered one of the most powerful energy spots in Egypt.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in Le Meridian Pyramids, Giza
Day 5 - February 8th
Cairo - Egyptian Museum day tour – Luxor
Checkout of hotel and visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, Cairo, which includes thousands of breathtaking exhibits, including the treasures of Tutankhamun. Fly to Luxor and overnight in hotel.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in the Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor
Day 6 - February 9th
Abydos – Denderah
Visit Abydos and see the temple of King Seti, as well as the enigmatic megalithic structure known as the Osireion. Journey on to the celebrated temple of Hathor at Denderah, built in Ptolemaic times. Experience its tranquility and examine its famous wall reliefs in the crypts, which show themes favored by theorists of ancient lost technologies.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in the Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor
Day 7 - February 10th
Valley of the Kings – Ramesseum – Memnon Colossi - Luxor
Check out of the hotel, then visit Valley of the Kings. Explore royal tombs of various New Kingdom pharaohs. See also the Ramesseum temple, which includes a gigantic statue of King Rameses II and a well-preserved astronomical ceiling. Visit the Colossi of Memnon, two enormous seated statues of King Amenhotep III, once said to sing at dawn before being fractured by an earthquake. Check in to Nile Cruise and enjoy lunch. In the evening enjoy the atmospheric Luxor temple, lit up for visitors for a truly unique experience.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight on Steigenberger Legacy Nile cruise
Day 8 - February 11th
Karnak – Edfu
Visit the temple of Karnak, with its towering obelisks and sacred lake, and sail to the town of Edfu, seat of the god Horus.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight on Steigenberger Legacy Nile cruise
Day 9 – February 12th
Nile Cruise - Edfu – Kom Ombo
Visit the magnificent Edfu temple, dedicated to the god Horus. See its star boat of heaven in the holy of holies, as well as its unique building texts revealing how mythical beings created the first temples of Egypt even before the coming of the neteru-gods. Later visit Kom Ombo temple, home of the crocodile god Sobek.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight on Steigenberger Legacy Nile cruise
Day 10 - February 13th
Nile Cruise – Philae – Aswan – Elephantine Island
Visit the island of Philae with its beautiful temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, and walk around Aswan’s Nubian Museum with its reconstruction of the Nabta Playa calendar circle. In the afternoon visit Elephantine Island, the source of Egypt's famous red granite and home of the Nile god Hapi. Later enjoy a felucca ride.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight on Steigenberger Legacy Nile cruise
Day 11 - February 14th
Nile Cruise - Nubian Desert – Nabta Playa – Abu Simbel
Checkout of Nile Cruise and drive to Abu Simbel. En-route, visit the Nubian Desert and see the original 7,000-year-old Neolithic calendar circle of Nabta Playa. Check in to the Lake Nasser cruise and have Lunch. In the afternoon visit the monumental Abu Simbel temples.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight on Steigenberger Omar El Khayam Nile Cruise
Day 12 - February 15th
Nile Cruise – Kasr Ibrim – Amada – Wadi el-Seboua
Sail to Kasr Ibrim, once an ancient city perched above the Nile, now an island of scenic ruins. Take photos from the Sundeck. Sail to Amada and visit Amada, Derr, and tombs of Pennut. Sail to Wadi el-Seboua, the Valley of the Lions, named because of the sphinx-lined approach to its temple of Amun.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight on Steigenberger Omar El Khayam Nile Cruise
Day 13 - February 16th
Nile cruise Wadi el-Seboua - Aswan
Visit the Wadi el-Seboua temple and sail to Aswan.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight on Steigenberger Omar El Khayam Nile Cruise
Day 14 - February 17th
Nile Cruise - Kalabsha - Aswan – Cairo
Visit Kalabsha temple, dedicated to Mandulis (Merul), a Lower Nubian sun god, and checkout of Nile Cruise. Fly to Cairo in the afternoon. Overnight in a hotel near the airport.
Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in Le Meridian Heliopolis
Day 15 - February 18th
Final meeting and departure to Cairo Airport.
Photos © Andrew Collins
Ancient humans competed with fierce animals for the Denisova cave. Source: anibal / Adobe Stock.

Humans Competed with Fierce Animals for the Denisova Cave

Fossil animal droppings, charcoal from ancient fires and bone fragments litter the ground of one of the world's most important human evolution sites, new research reveals. The latest evidence from...
Infant drinking from a replica feeding vessel similar to the type investigated in the new study. Source: Helena Seidl da Fonseca, University of Vienna

Proof Infants Sipped Animal Milk From Prehistoric Baby Bottles

A study of some mysterious pottery vessels found in children’s graves from the Bronze and Iron Age period has made some remarkable findings. An international team of scientists now believe that these...
Drones are becoming useful new tools for archaeologists. Source: Monopoly919 / Adobe Stock

From Turning Stones to Launching Drones: Archaeological Surveys Take Flight

Drones are becoming ever more present tools for archaeologists looking to add to their survey and excavation toolkits. They’ve been used to get some great aerial views of archaeological sites and...
The Baptism of Emperor Constantine

Was the Emperor Constantine a True Christian or Was He a Secret Pagan?

Constantine the Great is known in history as the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity . However, legends and archaeological evidence suggest a different story– it seems that Constantine had...
Medieval Masterpiece ‘Christ Mocked’ by Cimabue   Source: Eric Turquin Experts en Tableaux

Medieval Masterpiece Worth Millions Found in Old Lady’s Kitchen

In France, a long-lost medieval masterpiece by one of the fathers of Renaissance painting has been discovered. The work was found in an old lady’s home during a clear-out and it was nearly thrown out...
New research claims use of beasts of burden opened the doors to social inequality. Source: Aleksandar Todorovic / Adobe Stock

How Oxen Plowed the Way for Social Inequality

Inequality became rooted in ancient societies with the rise of ox-drawn plows. Ancient societies across Eurasia as far back as 7000 years ago experienced the rise of an upper class. And according to...
The Meditation on the Passion by Vittore Carpaccio (1510) (Public Domain)

Contemplating the Navel: The Origins of Ancient Mindfulness

The words of the 16th-century Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales, are truer today than ever before: “ Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour...
Research indicates Nile crocodiles were hunted specifically for crocodile mummification rituals.  Source: quasarphotos / Adobe Stock

Did Ancient Egyptians Actively Hunt Crocodiles for Mummification?

Scans of a 2,000-year-old crocodile suggest the reptile was hunted for mummification rites. Mummified animals have been recovered from many, if not most, ancient Egyptian tombs and while today we...
Augusta Raurica. Source: dariya/ Adobe Stock

Augusta Raurica and an Immense Silver Hoard

The Romans conquered vast regions, ranging from the west of Europe, across to what is now Armenia . They ruled the thousands of miles of north Africa, the lands all along the Mediterranean Sea , and...
The goddess Hathor

Hathor: Goddess of Joy and Motherhood Near the Nile

The shadow of Hathor is still present in many places related to the monumental history of ancient Egypt. She was one of the most important goddesses near the Nile and remains one of the best-known...
View of the ancient Inca City, Machu Picchu, Peru. Source: alekosa /Adobe Stock

Researchers Claim X Marks the Spot for Machu Picchu

The ancient Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu is considered one of humanity's greatest architectural achievements. Built in a remote Andean setting atop a narrow ridge high above a precipitous river...

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