Archaeological Paths - Egypt Royal Tour With dr. Zahi Hawass And a special guest mrs. Jehan Sadat.

1. Introduction & dates

Visit the Land of the Pharaohs and unveil Tutankhamun’s secrets together with the most famous archaeologist in the world – Dr. Zahi Hawass. You will have an opportunity to delve yourself in a fascinating story of the legendary Golden King, learn more about his life, and explore all the important sites linked to one of the most recognizable rulers of Egypt.

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the Ministry of Antiquities and archeology experts prepared the largest international exhibition of 150 authentic artifacts found in his tomb. For the first time ever, in cooperation with King Tut’s exhibition organizers, Archaeological Paths and Inside Egypt will take you on the most comprehensive King Tut Tour ever offered. Our companies have gained the exclusive rights to promote our in-depth tours to Egypt at King Tut’s exhibition.

On the King Tut Tour you will see the most iconic places in the Land of the Pharaohs including the Giza Plateau, Saqqara with the oldest pyramid in the world, the Luxor Temple, the Karnak Temple complex, and Abu Simbel. You will also have access to places that are usually not seen by tourists. You will explore Tuna El-Gebel which was built by King Tut’s father and Abydos that once was the holiest site in Egypt. In Dendera you will visit a spectacular temple built for goddess Hathor.

The King Tut Tour offers a private entrance to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo where Dr. Zahi Hawass will personally show and tell you more about the most important artifacts from King Tut’s collection. You will also meet our special guest in the Valley of the Kings where he will guide you through the tomb of the legendary king. During this carefully designed tour you will stay at the best Egyptian hotels, taste delicious local cuisine, and discover the captivating beauty of the Land of the Pharaohs.

Price:

5 985 USD

PER PERSON

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January 13 - 26, 2019

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March 24 - April 6, 2019

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October 27 - November 9, 2019

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2. Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrivals / Check-in in the Mena House Hotel 

 

Arrival at Cairo International Airport. Our representative will welcome our guests at the airport and transfer them to a luxurious 5-star hotel in Giza situated near the pyramids. After check-in, our guests will have time to relax and then enjoy the dinner at the hotel's restaurant. Overnight stay at the Marriott Mena House hotel.


 

Day 2 - Saqqara / Exclusive lecture by Dr. Zahi Hawass

 

During our first day of sightseeing we will go to Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid of King Djoser. The pyramid was built 4700 years ago by the legendary architect Imhotep and was the first pyramid ever built by the Egyptians. This over 200 feet-high monument is the oldest pyramid in the world! Maybe this is the most impressive place on Earth. The birthplace of architecture" – Dr. Zahi Hawass. Next, we will visit the tombs situated nearby. They are decorated with impressive reliefs and paintings. Our sightseeing for the day will end at Saqqara with a visit to the Pyramid of King Teti which boasts one of the oldest pyramid texts ever discovered.

In the afternoon, we will return to our hotel to welcome Dr. Zahi Hawass who will give a multimedia lecture. He will summarize 20 years of his work on the Egyptian antiquities, focus on his research and the mysteries of Tutankhamun. We will find out more about life of the legendary Boy King, about his family and how he died. After the lecture, our special guest will answer your questions. Next, Dr. Hawass and all our guests will take part in a special dinner held at the hotel’s restaurant.

 


 

Day 3: Giza Plateau / Cairo Museum – private sightseeing with Dr. Zahi Hawass

 

In the morning, we will visit the most iconic site of Egypt – the Giza Plateau where you will see the three Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. These monuments were built around 2500 BC by the Pharaohs of the Old Kingdom.

After lunch, we will continue our sightseeing with a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, one of the most important museums in the world. Thanks to a special permission from the Minister of Antiquities, and with no other tourists around, our guests will have an exclusive access to the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. Dr. Zahi Hawass will join us during our private visit to the museum. We will see the famous Tutankhamun exhibition including the golden mask of the Boy King.

 


 

Day 4: Departure to the Middle Egypt / Beni Hasan

 

We will continue our tour to Beni Hasan to see the rock-cut tombs of the nobles. The tombs have been carved into the high limestone cliffs. This Middle Kingdom site was built between 2040 and 1640 BC. It gives us a rare insight in an everyday life of ancient Egyptians, their customs and beliefs. The very well preserved decorations on the walls depict scenes of acrobatics, dancing, and military sports. You can also spot the scenes with women making flour, baking bread, and even a husband and wife on their wedding night. After the sightseeing, we will check in to our luxurious Grand Aton hotel situated in a picturesque place by the Nile River.

 


 

Day 5: Tuna El-Gebel / Tel El-Amarna

 

After breakfast, we will visit Tuna el-Gebel, the necropolis of Khmun. We will see the catacombs there that used to store thousands of animal mummies, a temple dating to Egypt’s Late Period, one of the Boundary Stelae of Tel el-Amarna, and the tomb of Petosiris with its exquisite paintings dating from 300 BC. During the sightseeing, you will learn more about the history of Tel el-Amarna and the life of its founder the pharaoh Akhenaten.

 


 

Day 6: Abydos & Dendera temples / Departure to Luxor

 

In the morning, we will drive to Abydos to see the temple of Seti I which once was the holiest site in the country and the burial place for the first kings of unified Egypt. Its construction begun during the reign of Seti I and was finished by his son Ramesses the Great. The temple was built of fine white limestone and represents an artistic revival of the Old Kingdom.

Next, we will travel to Dendera to see a temple dedicated to goddess Hathor. It is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. It sets itself apart from other temples by its colossal columns and spectacular ceilings covered with the most vibrant and colorful paintings dating from antiquity. The whole complex extends to around 430 000 square feet. Dendera, from the beginning of ancient Egypt’s history, was a site full of chapels and shrines. After sightseeing Dendera, we will drive to Luxor to check in to our luxurious 5-star hotel.

 


 

Day 7: Karnak / Luxor temples

 

After breakfast, we will visit the famous Karnak Temple. Karnak is not a single temple but the largest complex of temples, halls, enclosures and obelisks located on the East Bank of the Nile in the neighborhood of a sacred lake. For over two thousand years, from the Middle Kingdom to the Greco-Roman times, it was continuously modified, expanded, and rebuilt.

Next, we will visit the Luxor Temple which is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples located on the East Bank of the Nile. The city known today as Luxor (ancient Thebes) was founded in 1400 BC. For centuries Thebes was the capital of ancient Egypt.

 


 

Day 8: Hatchepsut temple / Medinet Habu / Valley of the Kings with Dr. Zahi Hawass

 

Another very exciting day in Luxor will start with a visit to the temple of Queen Hatchepsut followed by sightseeing of the fascinating temple of Medinet Habu and the iconic Valley of the Kings.

Temple of Queen Hatchepsut
The temple, which is also known as the temple of Deir el-Bahari, is one of the most characteristic structures in Egypt. It was built not of sandstone, like most of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom, but of limestone. Hatshepsut was the first queen to rule over Egypt in ancient Egyptian history (ca. 1473 to 1458 BC). Although many people, including royal family members, objected the idea of having a lady ruling over Egypt, the queen through her many achievements, proved them wrong. Hatchepsut became one of the most important and successful rulers of Egypt.

Medinet Habu
The temple of Medinet Habu, built by Rameses III, is the biggest temple constructed by a single pharaoh. It is the best preserved temple in Luxor and the largest one on the West Bank of the Nile. The place is famous for the most violent scene and the biggest scenes of offering and hunting. Since the temple was designed as a fortress it could have been defended in the time of war.

Valley of the Kings
After lunch, we will start the sightseeing with a motor boat ride across the Nile to see the highlight of Luxor – the Valley of the Kings which is one of Egypt's most important treasures. The Valley of the Kings, located on the West Bank of the Nile river, is the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs. Dr. Zahi Hawass will meet us there and tell us more about this Royal Necropolis. We will access some of the most renown tombs. Our visit will also include the private admission to the King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

  


 

Day 9: Luxor museum & Library / Check-in on the Cruise Ship / Cruise to Edfu

 

In the morning, we will visit the Luxor Museum which has got some of the best Egyptian artifacts on display. Among the highlights of this collection are masterpieces of Pharaonic art including grave goods found in the Tutankhamun’s tomb as well as a reconstruction of the Wall of Akhenaten from Karnak.

Next, we will visit the Ramesseum, the memorial temple of pharaoh Rameses the Great. The temple, famous for its 57-foot-high seated statue of Rameses, is dedicated to god Amon and king Ramses II. The walls of the Ramesseum are decorated with well-preserved scenes commemorating pharaoh's military victories over Asians.

After lunch, we will explore the Luxor Heritage Center and Library which are located on the East Bank of the Nile. You will have a unique opportunity to learn more about Egypt’s rich cultural heritage. Later, we will check in to our luxury 5-star cruise ship and enjoy ourselves while sailing down the Nile to Edfu.



 

Day 10: Edfu & Kom Ombo temples

 

In the morning, we will visit Edfu’s marvelous temple. The temple of Edfu is the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt dedicated to the falcon god Horus. It was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. When we return to the ship we will start cruising towards Kom Ombo.

In the late afternoon, we will visit the Kom Ombo Temple. It was built during the reign of king Ptolemy V between 205 and 180 BC. The Ptolemies constructed it to worship two gods: Sobek – the crocodile god and Horus – the falcon god. After visiting the site we will return to the ship for dinner and then we will start sailing down towards Aswan.


 

Day 11: Aswan sightseeing – Philae temple & Unfinished obelisk

 

After breakfast, we will start exploring Aswan. Our day will begin with a short drive to an ancient stone quarry to see the Unfinished Obelisk which is the largest known ancient obelisk. It is nearly one third larger than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If it were finished, it would have measured around 140 feet and weighed nearly 1200 tons.
 
Next, we will take a motor boat ride to the temple of Philae beautifully located on an island and dedicated to Isis, goddess of health, marriage, and wisdom. Philae was considered as one of the burial places of god Osiris, so the island was a sacred place for Ancient Egyptians. The temple consists of monuments from various times spreading from the Pharaohs to the Caesars.


 

Day 12: Abu Simbel Temple / Nubian village / Check-in to a 5-star hotel in Aswan

 

The second day in Aswan will start with a journey to the majestic Abu Simbel Temples. They are one of the most imposing, impressive, and iconic symbols of Ancient Egypt along with the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. The Abu Simbel Temples were originally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC during the reign of pharaoh Ramesses II. They served as a lasting monument to the Pharaoh himself and his wife, queen Nefertari.

After returning to the ship and having lunch we will relax while cruising the Nile in motor boats to a Nubian village. Small boats will take us through the narrow and picturesque passages of the Nile. Before we arrive to meet the local Nubians, visit their houses, and experience their way of living, we will admire the beauty of Egyptian nature and stunning views along the Nile. Overnight stay at the 5-star hotel in Aswan.


 

Day 13: Flight to Cairo. Cairo Citadel & Old and Islamic Cairo

 

In the morning, we will fly from Aswan to Cairo and then check in to our 5-star Marriott Hotel in the heart of Cairo.

In the afternoon, we will drive to the Saladin Citadel and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. The citadel, which dates back to the 12th century, is an Islamic fortress built to unite the city and to protect it from Christian crusaders. The mosque was built on the summit of the citadel and dates back to the first half of the 19th century.

Next, we will go to the Old Cairo district to see one of the first Christian churches and the Islamic part of Cairo with the Medieval Gate which leads to the Sharia Muizz Street. It is the oldest street in Cairo with the highest concentration of medieval architecture in the Islamic world. Later, we will visit the legendary Khan el-Khalili bazaar – one of the most amazing bazaars in the Middle East. The bazaar is famous for its unusual, oriental souvenirs, and handmade crafts. The atmosphere of this traditional market and the labyrinth layout of the streets gives the visitors a lot of pleasure and chance to get a glimpse into how the medieval markets used to look like.
  


 

Day 14: Departure from Cairo or *1-day add-on to Alexandria

 

It is the last day of our tour and time to say goodbye to Egypt. After breakfast we will transfer you to the Cairo International Airport. You will leave Egypt with new experiences, memories and beautiful photographs. We will do everything to ensure that its guests will have the time of their lives during this once-in-a-lifetime tour.


*For the clients who would like to prolong their stay in Egypt, we organize a special 1-day add-on to Alexandria. Its price includes one additional night in our hotel in Giza (day 14/15). The add-on tour to Alexandria is a one-day tour. It will start early in the morning after breakfast with a 3-hour drive in an air-conditioned bus from Cairo to Alexandria. There, we will visit all the major sites including the Library of Alexandria, the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, the harbor of Alexandria, and the place where the famous Pharos Lighthouse was once standing. The lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the evening we will return to our hotel in Cairo for overnight stay.
 



JORDAN 5-day add-on (Day 15-19, after the main Egypt tour)

If you would like to see more than just one beautiful country during your journey abroad, after the Egypt tour you can fly with us to Jordan for a 5-day post-tour. The tour includes the legendary city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and beautiful Wadi Rum Desert with mysterious prehistoric petroglyphs and ever-changing landscape of otherworldly rock formations. You will take a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea and visit Mount Nebo from which Moses saw the Promised Land. To see our Travel Brochure for Jordan add-on CLICK HERE.

 

3. Travel Map

4. Pricing

Price per person:
5985 USD for double room
(deposit is only 800 USD during booking!). If you are traveling alone, you can share a room with another tour member. If you would like to have a single room, the single supplement costs an extra $1270 USD.

 

Payment Schedule:
- 800 USD deposit - during booking.
- Full payment is due two months before the tour

 

Included:
Dr. Zahi Hawass as our special guest; 4/5-star accommodation, 5-star deluxe Nile cruise ship; domestic flight during the tour (Aswan – Cairo); 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; all sightseeing tours; bottled water during the sightseeing; English speaking guide; English speaking tour leader; transfers in air-conditioned buses; reception at Cairo International Airport; airport arrival & departure transfers; Government taxes; Private entrance to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo;  Private entrance to the King Tutankhamun’s tomb; Health & Travel Insurance.

 

Not Included:
International flights to/from Cairo (we can help with booking your flights to Egypt); Egyptian visa (visa costs only 25 USD and is issued on arrival at the Cairo airport).

5. Registration

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