Archeaological Paths brochure

TOUR DATES:
November 9-22, 2014
February 1-14, 2015
March 15-28, 2015
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EGYPT TOURS with special guest
DR. ZAHI HAWASS

We are presenting to you the most exciting tour to Egypt that has ever been offered. Imagine yourself traveling to the Land of Pharaohs, spending time with Dr. Zahi Hawass and taking part in private lectures given by this most famous archaeologist in the world and the former Minister of Antiquities in Egypt!



1. Meet Dr. Zahi Hawass!

There is no better person to lead you through the fascinating history of ancient Egypt than Dr. Zahi Hawass. For over 20 years he held all the keys to the Egyptian antiquities. During our tour, Dr. Zahi Hawass will join our group for sightseeing of the most important sites in Egypt. Thanks to Dr. Hawass’ talks and expert observations (that he will share with us next to the world's greatest monuments), you will experience Egypt like no one else.

Dr. Zahi Hawass: I’m inviting you to join me with Archaeological Paths company to tour Egypt and to see the wonders of the pharaohs. For the first time you can be with me inside Luxor temple at night while the temple is lit. We will enter between the two paws of the Sphinx alone and see the smile of the Sphinx. No one can do something like this. Except for you – when you come to Egypt and join me.

Moreover, you will take part in private multimedia lectures by Dr. Hawass who will show us the latest and most exciting discoveries coming out of Egypt! He will focus on his research, including the mysteries of Tutankhamun, the search for the grave of Queen Nefertiti, new findings in the Valley of the Kings and the search for the tombs of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Dr. Hawass will also discuss his work on the pyramid complex at Giza and will include biographical anecdotes and personal experiences from many years of his scientific activities.


2. Special attractions:

Our 14-day itinerary includes not only sightseeing at all the major sites in Egypt, from Giza Pyramids down to Luxor and Aswan, but also, thanks to very special arrangements with the Egyptian government, visits to many of the most fabulous sites that are normally closed or limited to the public, including:

- the Great Sphinx enclosure (entrance inside the Sphinx area)
- the private entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu (only our group!)
- the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza (one of the biggest of Dr.Hawass' discoveries!)
- the private entrance to the Luxor temple (after opening hours).

This tour is the opportunity of a lifetime. With Dr. Hawass as our special guest, your experience will be extraordinary!


3. The video about our tour to Egypt:


4. Our Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival at Cairo International Airport. A representative of the Archaeological Paths company will welcome our guests at the Cairo Airport and transport them to the luxurious 5-star Mena House hotel in Giza, situated near the pyramids. Mena House is one of the best hotels in Egypt. After the check-in process at the hotel, our guests will have time to rest. In the evening we will have dinner and an organizational meeting with the Archaeological Paths company's staff. Overnight stay at the hotel.



Day 2 - Saqqara & the first meeting with Dr. Zahi Hawass

During our first day of sightseeing we are going to Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid of Djoser. This pyramid was constructed 4,700 years ago for King Djoser by the legendary architect Imhotep and was the first pyramid ever built by the Egyptians. We will visit the tombs decorated with impressive reliefs and paintings nearby the pyramid. We will end our sightseeing 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 present to us the first of his lectures. During the conference, there will be time for questions and discussion. After the Q&A time, Dr. Hawass and all our guests will take part in a special dinner in the Mena House Hotel.


Day 3 - Luxor

On Day 3 we are flying from Cairo to Luxor. In Luxor, we will check-in on the luxury 5-star cruise ship, our floating hotel. This 8-day Nile Cruise features various stops and site visits including all the most impressive monuments from the time of the Pharaohs. After the check-in on the cruise ship, we will visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.

- The Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings was the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs and is located on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor. In the Valley of the Kings, we will have access to some well-known tombs (such as Ramesses II tomb). The Valley is undeniably one of Egypt's most important treasures.

- Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, Deir el-Bahari
The Temple of Deir el-Bahari is one of the most characteristic temples in Egypt. It was built of limestone, not sandstone like most of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period. Hatshepsut was the first queen to rule over Egypt in ancient Egyptian history (approximately from 1473 to 1458 B.C.). Despite the fact that there were many people, including royal family members, who objected the idea of having a lady ruling over Egypt, she was able - through her many achievements - to prove her abilities as one of the most important and successful rulers of Egypt throughout history.

- The Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For 3,400 years they have sat in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the city of Luxor. The original function of the Colossi was to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep's memorial temple – a massive cult centre built during the pharaoh's lifetime, where he was worshiped as a god-on-earth both before and after his departure from this world.


Day 4 - Karnak

After breakfast we will visit the famous Karnak temple. It is the largest temple in the world. Located on the East Bank of the Nile, Karnak complex was not a single temple, but a series of temples, halls, enclosures and obelisks. It boasts a sacred lake that was built, modified, added to, rebuilt, and so on, continuously for some two thousand years, from Middle Kingdom times (circa 2040-1780 B.C.) to Greco-Roman times (circa 332 B.C. to A.D. 400). After our sightseeing of Karnak temple, our cruise ship will sail to Edfu.


Day 5 - Edfu

In the morning, our cruise ship will bring us to Edfu with its splendid Edfu temple. It is the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt dedicated to the falcon god Horus. The temple was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. In the afternoon we will start the cruise towards Aswan.


Day 6 - Aswan

After breakfast, we will start sightseeing of Aswan. The day will begin with driving to the 342-foot high Aswan High Dam, a great rockfill construction designed to control irrigation and increase Egypt’s agricultural land. After seeing the beautiful view from the Dam, we will go to the port where the motor boat will take us to the Temple of Isis, located beautifully on an island. The Temple of Isis was originally built on the Island of Philae during Ptolemaic and Roman times, but when the first Aswan Dam was built in the early 1900s, the Temple was flooded and the sightseers could only sail around the upper portions of the columns that stood above the waterline. Then when the Aswan High Dam was to be built in the 1960s, it became clear that the entire Temple would be buried under the waters of Lake Nasser. Through international efforts and funds, the temple was dismantled and reconstructed on the higher ground of the Island of Agilika.

In the afternoon we will make a stop by the Unfinished Obelisk. It is the largest known ancient obelisk and it is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan. Archaeologists claim that the pharaoh known as Hatshepsut sanctioned its construction. It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If it were finished, it would have measured around 140 feet and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons.


Day 7 - Abu Simbel

The next day in Aswan will start with a journey to the majestic Abu Simbel temple. The temple in Abu Simbel is one of the most imposing, impressive and iconic symbols of Ancient Egypt, rivaling the Great Pyramid and the Great Sphinx. Abu Simbel temple was originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari.

After our return from Abu Simbel and having lunch, we will have time to relax during the Nile cruise to the Nubian village. Small boats will take us through narrow passages on the Nile. We will have time to admire the beauty of Egyptian nature and stunning views on the Nile, before we arrive to meet the local Nubians, visit their houses and experience their way of living.


Day 8 - Kom Ombo

Early in the morning our cruise ship will leave Aswan and head for Kom Ombo, where we will visit the Ptolemaic Kom Ombo Temple. It was built during the period from 205 till 180 BC in the ruling period of King Ptolemy V. The Ptolemies constructed the Temple of Kom Ombo for the worship of two gods, Sobek - the crocodile god and Horus - the falcon god.

In the afternoon we will meet Dr. Zahi Hawass, who will join us during our Nile cruise.


Day 9 - Luxor temple (with Dr. Zahi Hawass)

We will have the extraordinary privilege to visit Luxor temple privately with Dr. Zahi Hawass. The temple will be beautifully lit – against the background of the dark night sky – just for our group! Dr. Hawass will tell us more about his archeological research and his discoveries in Luxor.
Luxor temple is one of the most beautiful Ancient Egyptian temples located on the east bank of the Nile River. The city known today as Luxor (ancient Thebes) was founded in 1400 BC. For centuries Thebes was the capital of Ancient Egypt.

After returning from the Luxor temple, you can enjoy a cup of Egyptian coffee and share your impressions with Dr. Hawass on our cruise ship.


Day 10 - Flight to Cairo. Pyramid Builders Tombs (with Dr. Zahi Hawass)

We will take a flight back to Cairo. After the transfer to the Mena House Hotel, there is another great attraction waiting for us.  Together, with Dr. Zahi Hawass, we will visit the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza. (2500 B.C.) It is one of the most outstanding discoveries made by Dr. Hawass over the course of his career. Pyramid Builders Tombs are closed to tourists because of ongoing archeological excavations, but our company received special permission to enter this area with Dr. Zahi Hawass.

"It was my dream to discover the tombs of the workmen who built the pyramids at Giza. The discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun was important, but it was mainly gold, but the discovery of the tombs of the Pyramid Builders reconstructed the history. It is an extremely important discovery." - said Dr. Hawass.


Day 11 – Giza plateau (with Dr. Zahi Hawass)

At 6 am, before the opening hours of the site for tourists, and thanks to special permission from the Ministry of Antiquities, we will enter to the Giza plateau to see the three Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. These monuments were built by the Fourth Dynasty of the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom (around 2500 BC).

Dr. Zahi Hawass will be waiting for us between the huge paws of the Great Sphinx. Tourists can normally see the Sphinx from the special observation terrace in the distance, but our special permission will let us enter inside the Sphinx enclosure (between its paws). Dr. Hawass will tell us about his research on the Great Sphinx and the mystery of the Pyramids. We will also learn about his newest research plans to be carried out inside the Khufu Pyramid!

After visiting the Sphinx enclosure, we will enter inside the Great Pyramid. The pyramid of Khufu is the only one of the world's seven wonders that is still standing today. We will have private access inside. What's more, the guards will open for us two additional chambers that are normally closed to the public – the Queen chamber and the Subterranean chamber.



Day 12 - Dashour and Memphis & lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass

After breakfast we are going to Dashour where Bent and Red Pyramids are located. The pyramids were built for Pharaoh Snefru. The Bent Pyramid was probably the first planned from the outset to be a true pyramid, with smooth sides. As one of the most unusual pyramids in Egypt, as well as one of the best preserved, it has attracted considerable attention over the centuries. It is the most unique pyramid because of the fact that during its construction Egyptians changed its angle.

On our way back to the hotel, we will visit the ruins of Memphis, once the capital of Egypt. In Memphis, we will make a stop at the museum to admire a giant statue of Ramses II (about 35 feet in length) carved of monumental limestone.

In the evening in our hotel we will take part in the next lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass with a time for questions and discussion. After the lecture, Dr. Zahi Hawass will join us for dinner.


Day 13 - Tour of Cairo

After our breakfast, we will begin our day sightseeing in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. We will visit The Grand Egyptian Museum that is one of the most important museums in the world. This museum contains the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. After lunch we will drive to the Saladin Citadel and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. The Saladin Citadel is an Islamic fortress dating to the twelfth century which was built to unite the city and protect it from Christian crusaders. The Mosque of Muhammad Ali was built on the summit of the citadel during the first half of the nineteenth century.

In the evening, during our farewell dinner, we will celebrate the two weeks of our exciting adventure.


Day 14 - Departure from Cairo

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. We will leave Egypt with new experiences, memories and beautiful photographs. Archaeological Paths company will do everything to ensure that our guests will have the time of their lives during our exciting adventure.



 

5. Accommodation

During our tours we book the best of carefully selected accommodations available in Egypt.

The Mena House Hotel in Giza - 6 nights
The luxurious 5-star Mena House Hotel in Giza is situated near the pyramids. Mena House is one of the best hotels in Egypt with a long history of its own. It dates back to 1869 when it was the residence of the king of Egypt. Located on forty acres of jasmine scented gardens, Mena House has played host to kings and emperors, Heads of State and celebrities. Its royal history is reflected in luxurious interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture and rich textiles. The hotel has several restaurants, pool complexes and spa facilities.


Luxury 5-star Nile Cruise Ship - 7 nights
Out of the several hundred ships cruising the Nile, we select the best 5-star deluxe cruise ships. The rooms on the cruise ship are no different from normal hotel rooms in good hotels – every room has a TV, table with chairs, private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub. During the cruise all meals will be served in the cruise ship’s restaurant. In your free time you can go to the cruise ship’s bar, to the gym or enjoy the beautiful sundeck. On the sundeck you will find tables and chairs, a drink bar, deckchairs to suntan and a swimming pool. Cruising the Nile on such a luxurious ship is always one of the best memories of our tour participants and offers the most convenient and most comfortable way to travel from one place to the other.


6. Safety in Egypt:

Our statement about safety in Egypt: CLICK HERE "Safety in Egypt".pdf



7. Terms & Conditions

Price per person:4985 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 deposit during booking.
- Full payment is due two months before the tour.

Price Includes:
Dr. Zahi Hawass as our special guest; Five Star Accommodation; 6 nights in Five Star hotel in Giza (near the Great Pyramids); 7 nights onboard a Five Star Deluxe Nile Cruise Ship; 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; All sightseeing tours; 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 Great Pyramid of Khufu; Private entrance to Luxor temple; Special entrance to the Sphinx Enclosure; Special entrance to the Pyramids Builders Tombs at Giza.

Not Included:
International flights to/from Cairo in Egypt; Visa cost (visa is $25 and issued on arrival at Cairo airport); Drinks during lunches and dinners; Domestic flights: 365 USD per person (payable by cash in Egypt).



8. Registration & Contact

In order to book your place on our tour, you should download the registration form herepdf. Please: 1. Print, 2. Fill in and sign, 3. Scan and send to our e-mail address.

The next step is to make the deposit payment to book your place on the tour. Please contact us if you should have any questions.

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