More than 5000 years ago in the lush and fertile Nile Valley of Egypt, a
people devised the perfect 'religion' or, more aptly, a 'magical
religion' that allowed humans to live in total harmony with Nature and
among themselves. Beauty in all its aspects was considered sacred, and
all the world was respected and regarded as a gift to be preserved and
nurtured, not to be exploited or desecrated. The law that was imposed on
society was not one made by men but rather governed by the Universe. It
was called Maat, the Cosmic Law, and which we can call the 'magical
religion' or 'true religion' of the World. My colleagues and I have
specially designed a tour of the whole Egyptian Nile Valley, From
Alexandria in the North to Abu Simbel in the South, for our quest to
join us in the quest for Maat, to experience its benevolent influences
in its parental and original locations, to learn its ways, and hopefully
to help you to help the world to heal itself and be reborn into a new
age of spiritual enlightenment.
It is hard to convey how moving a journey through Egypt can be, I truly feel that a tour to Egypt can be life changing. A combination of the incredible sites and time with a group of like minded people can shift our perception on what really matters. While we travel together in Egypt we are given a time out from our busy daily lives, this gives us a chance to reflect on life and our place in the grand scheme of things. Time and time again I have seen Egypt provoke my guests to ponder the mysteries of our existence. We invite your participation, there will be the opportunity to learn from each other and offer your own ideas on a variety of subjects during our lively discussions. I will discuss my thoughts on the benefits of re-connecting with nature. We will share many experiences as we travel together and make time to enjoy sunrises and sunsets. I am well known for my love of astronomy, we will observe the stars as we cruise down the Nile at night, away from light pollution we can really get a sense of our place in the Universe. We will also share in on site discussions and experiences and arrange time for those inclined to meditate at the sites.
I have priced this tour on a minimum cost-only so as to make it available for the widest possible audience.
This tour will run twice a year: Spring and Autumn, our next tour being in March 2014. Please contact Gary from Infinite Connections for more details on future tours firstname.lastname@example.org
10 nights Tour of Egypt:
from 16th - 26th March
* Visit Cairo's magnificant Pyramids at Giza, Sakkara, Dashur and museums.
* An awe inspiring sunrise visit to the Great Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel.
* See the beautiful Temple of Isis, Philae Island, and the ancient quarry with the 1,200 tons unfinished obelisk.
* A special sacred Nile experience by Felluca or small boat to a Nubian Village.
* Take a relaxing, luxury Nile cruise between Aswan and Luxor.
* See the magnificent Temples at Kom Ombo and Edfu.
* Experience a dawn visit at Karnak at the Temple of Amun-Ra.
* Explore on excursion: The Valley of Kings; Colossi of Memnon; Hatchepsut Temple; Medinat Habu Temple of Ramses III.
* An amazing evening stroll through the floodlit Temple of Luxor!
...... and much more!
Optional extension tour: from 25th - 29th March
* A 3 night stay at a 5-star luxury beach resort at Sharm el Sheikh (a total stay of 13 nights including the basic tour of Egypt).
For those interested we can also arrange a 1 day journey to visit Alexandria, this can be organised for the end of the main tour or after the tour extension. The cost including an extra night at our luxury hotel will be $150.
Main tour details|
DAY 1: (Sunday 16 March)
On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted by air-conditioned coach to the 5 star international standard Cataract Pyramids Hotel.There will be a short orientation meeting with Robert Bauval in the evening, followed by a buffet dinner. Vegetarian dishes as well as meat, poultry fish and salads are available. The hotel offers spectacular swimming pools overlooking the Pyramids and you can enjoy a fantastic breakfast buffet to prepare you for your day excursions to the amazing ancient sites. Half board, dinner and over night stay.
DAY 2: (Monday 17 March)
After breakfast we take a tour to the Saqqara complex. We will first visit the Imhotep Museum before walking through a collonade to the Jubilee Court to admire the notable Step Pyramid of Djoser. Nearby are the southern tombs with cobra reliefs. We also visit the Pyramid of King Teti where the Pyramid Texts are located. We move on to Dahshur and will enter Sneferu's Red Pyramid. Sneferu's Bent Pyramid is nearby; we walk around this curiously angled structure. Dinner and over night stay.
DAY 3: (Tuesday 18 March)
An early morning visit to the Giza Plain to see all three main Pyramids and the majestic Great Sphinx. We enter the Great Pyramid and into the Grand Gallery and the Kings Chamber. In the afternoon, you will be taken by bus or coach to Cairo Museum. Dinner and over night stay.
DAY 4: (Wednesday 19 March)
After breakfast we transfer to the airport and fly to Aswan. We visit the lovely temple of the goddess Isis on the Island of Philae and visit the Unfinished Obelisk. We continue our journey across the mysterious desert - where mirages are often seen - by bus to Abu Simbel and arrive at either a 4 Star landbased or floating hotel situated on the edge of Lake Nasser. Dinner and over night stay.
DAY 5: (Thursday 20 March)
We start the day at dawn to witness sunrise at the Great Temple of Ramses II, and the Temple of Hathor and Nefertari at Abu Simbel. After our hotel breakfast we return by coach to Aswan where we board the 5 star Amarco II (Antares) luxury Nile Cruiser,
The Amarco II (Antares) Cruiser provides all your needs for relaxation and pleasure. It has a superb restaurant, a fully equiped bar and cafeteria, a discotheque, and a huge sundeck with swimming pool. Your stay on this boat is full board (3 meals a day) whilst we cruise to Luxor.
After an onboard lunch we will have a fun afternoon sailing with local small boats to Elephantine Island, visit a Nubian Village, and stop on a sandy bank of the Nile for a swim. Dinner and over night stay on the cruise boat.
DAY 6: (Friday 21 March)
After breakfast we visit the magnificent and extremely well-preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Lunch & dinner and Egyptian party evening! We sail over night to Luxor.
DAY 7 (Saturday 22 March)
After an early breakfast we travel north for a full day visiting the beautifully decorated and painted temples of Dendera and Abydos. We will also see the enigmatic Osierion which hints at a much older date for the foundation of Dynastic Egypt.
DAY 8: (Sunday 23 March)
After breakfast we have a full day visiting the many temples of the West Bank (Colossi of Memnon; Ramses III at Medinet Habu; Hatchepsut temple at Deir el Bahari and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings).
In the evening we pay an amazing visit to the floodlit Luxor Temple. Lunch, dinner and over night stay on the cruise boat.
DAY 9: (Monday 24 March)
After breakfast we have a dawn visit at the Great Temple of the Sun God Amun-Ra at Karnak! We then transfer to the magnificent Sheraton Hotel in Luxor. Afternoon fun boat visit to Banana Island. Dinner and over night stay:
In the evening we relax at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel in Luxor. Dinner and over night stay:
DAY 10: (Tuesday 25 March)
For those on the main tour we take a flight back to Cairo for dinner and overnight stay at the Cataract Pyramids Hotel. Those who have booked the Optional Extension Tour will be flown from Luxor to a 5-star beach resort hotel in Sharm el Sheikh. See below for further details
DAY 11: (Wednesday 26 March)
The 10 night tour of Egypt ends and after breakfast participants will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for departure back home.
DAY 10: (Tuesday 25 March)
The start of the Sharm el Sheik optional extension holiday begins.
Relaxation and leisure, full board and meals. There are opportunities to go snorkeling in the tropical clear waters of the Red Sea or swimming in the beautiful hotel pool. For the adventurous windsurfing, kitesurfing, para-sailing, boating, and canoeing activities are available (Note: these latter activities are at your own costs). Bedouin campfire dinner! Full board and meals.
DAY 11: (Wednesday 25 March)
Relaxation and leisure, full board and meals.
DAY 12: (Thursday 27 March)
Relaxation and leisure, full board and meals.
DAY 13: (Friday 28 March)
After breakfast you will depart by plane to Cairo to stay at the Cataract Pyramids Hotel. Farewell dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 14: (Saturday 29 March)
After breakfast you will be escorted back to the International Airport for your flight back home.
10 night tour costs
(US) $2500 per person, based on two sharing a double hotel room.
(single supplement: $450 extra, this being the extra cost for having your own room.)
Optional tour costs (in addition to 10 night tour cost):
$790.00, based on two sharing a double hotel room.
(single supplement: $690 extra, this being the extra cost for having your own room.)
Not included: International Flights, Travel Visas, *Holiday Insurance. (See note below)
Entry Visa for Egypt can be obtained on arrival at Cairo Airport, usually $20.
Please check your individual country for visa requirements as some countries may require a Visa before travelling.
To enter Egypt, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of issue of the visa is required.
To guarantee a place on the tour a (US) $500 non-refundable deposit or equivalent is required at the time of booking.
Full payment and passport details must be received 45 days prior to the tour.
If you book a place on the tour 45 days or less before the tour commences, full payment will be required at the time of booking.
If you cancel 45 days before the tour this will result in a $250 cancellation charge
If you cancel after 45 days and before 7 days, this will result in a $500 cancellation charge + any non-refundable payments to hotels, airlines and land transport.
If you cancel less than 7 days before the tour commences no refunds will be issued.
For those who are travelling alone and want to share a room, we will do our best to match you with a suitable roommate, if we are unable to match you with someone you will have to pay the single supplement. Early registration will facilitate this process.
(Note: Itinerary may be subject to change if circumstances arise beyond reasonable control.)
For more information and bookings contact: email@example.com
Hints and tips whilst on holiday:
Very Important: We request that all participants obtain Travel Insurance. This will protect you against, trip cancellation and interruption, and pays for loss due to unforeseen circumstances, death, injury, or illness to you or a member of your family. It covers missed connections due to bad weather, pays for lost deposits due to the financial default of the airline and the tour operator. It also covers you against lost baggage and delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance. Please note that we are not responsible for your travel insurance, and we are assuming that you have taken out a valid travel insurance for your trip and stay in Egypt.
* It gets hot. Temperatures will be around 75 Fahrenheit (24 Deg C) in Cairo and around 80 Fahrenheit (27 Deg C) in Aswan.
* Sun hats, suncream and sunglasses are essential as we will be outdoors for long periods.
* Training shoes or sandals are best for site visits.
* Always have plenty of bottled water handy to drink, available from many small outlet sources.
* Bring sweaters for the occasional cool evening and rare overcast day.
* Bring a bathing suit. You will need it for the cruise ship pool and when we go swimming in the Nile at Aswan.
* If you get ill with a stomach upset or diarrhea, remedies can usually be obtained at small Egyptian pharmacies but it is better if you are well prepared beforehand and bring any suitable pills before you arrive. The locally available tablets are best placed to help with the local symptoms, and generally resolve any issues within 3- 6 hours. Robert Bauval should have a few available in case of an emergency!
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