Ancient Enchanting Egypt – an Historical and Spiritual Journey

Ancient Enchanting Egypt – an Historical and Spiritual Journey 2017-07-26T18:56:04+00:00

Awesome ancient wonders, endless golden sands and atmospheric local souqs make Egypt the ultimate travel destination.

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From the enigmatic aura of the Sphinx to the imposing glory of the Pyramids, imagine stepping into the Land of the Pharaohs and discovering the exotic charms of evocative Egypt with our wonderful Egyptologist.

Can you see yourself relaxing on the deck of our river boat cruising the Nile, sipping mint tea after just having had a blissful massage, wondering if this is what Cleopatra felt like!

Picture yourself in the souks with the colours and smells of an ancient world shopping for cotton, alabaster and jewellery. Or visiting one of the local perfumeries and learning about the healing wonders of different herbs and flowers, whilst stocking up on beautiful oils.

Walk with us through the ancient wonders – Valley of the Kings, King Tut’s Tomb, and the Temple of Karnak. This is a world only imagined in your wildest dreams and we have created the ultimate package to Egypt that will enchant and capture your heart during your trip but also for many years to come.

Your Guides

“Whether it is the mystery of how the pyramids were built, trying to absorb the architecture of temples such as Luxor and Karnak or the romance of the Nile, it is a destination that everyone should immerse themselves in, at least once in their lives,” says Leisa McInnes from Pink Lotus Tours. From past experience, Leisa knows that her tour group will enjoy three nights cruising in five-star luxury along the mystical Nile and many other amazing experiences.

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Tammie Day  is an Australian social worker, yoga and nia teacher, world traveller and founder of Vibrant Women. Tammie is constantly sourcing the most enchanting places to run her Inspirational Journeys, places that truly capture your heart and imagination, Egypt is a definite must for anyone who loves exploring spectacular places, with like-minded people.  

In addition we have an Egyptologist who will be our guide throughout this journey, Sam, has over 10 years industry experience in guiding groups through his beloved Egypt. He will personally step us through a living history lesson from the pyramids to the ornately decorated temples and tombs and to the famous Tomb of King Tut in the Valley of the Kings. Egyptology covers a very wide and diverse range of studies. Egyptology investigates the range of ancient Egyptian culture, including the people, language, literature, history, religion, art, economics and architecture.

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The 10 Ancient Wonders of Egypt 

1. Grand Designs

The original grand design – monumental and magnificent – the Pyramids of Giza are an impressive achievement in ancient engineering. Towering above the desert sands and standing proudly for centuries, the first glimpse of these stunning structures will render visitors breathless.

2. Stony Enigma

Be captivated by the mysterious aura of the Great Sphinx of Giza. This monolithic mythical beast possesses a lion’s body and a human head – and has sat quietly in the desert sands for eons. Gaze at the Sphinx and try to work out the riddle of its existence.

3. Mighty Nile River

No trip to Egypt is complete without visiting the Nile River – the life force of Egypt that has flowed for centuries. A provider of irrigation, an essential travel route, home to hippos and crocodiles, and now a source of leisure for locals and travellers alike, the Nile is an aquatic link to Egypt’s ancient heritage.

4. Terrific Temples

Discover an enormous open-air museum like no other. The awe-inspiring Temples of Karnak are filled with stately statues, immense columns and gigantic gateways. Explore this intriguing site and be left in no doubt about the brilliance of the ancient Egyptian civilisation.

5. Holy Mountain

Embark on a trek to the top of Mt Sinai and witness an incredible golden sunrise to remember. A place of worship for many faiths, a pilgrimage to Mt Sinai reveals stunning scenery, an ancient monastery and historic chapels. An iconic highlight of Egypt for believers and non-believers alike, Mt Sinai is not to be missed.

6. Double Happiness

Located in the Nile Valley, the unique Temple of Kom Ombo is a ‘double temple’ and a rare archaeological find. Dedicated to two gods, a visit here is a true highlight of an Egyptian escapade. Marvel at the well-preserved wall reliefs, try to decipher the hieroglyphics and honour the craftsmen who created this wonder.

7. Museum Magic

Step into a dazzling world of antiquity at the Egyptian Museum. Be amazed by the glittering treasures recovered from King Tutankhamun’s tomb – with jewellery, furniture, chariots and that famous gold funerary mask, this pharaoh was certainly prepared for the afterlife.

8. Spectacular Souqs

Aswan Souk is a colorful bazaar that offers Egyptian and African goods. Locally known as Sharia as-Souq, it is the cheapest place to buy souvenirs in Aswan. Located about four blocks from the Nile and running about 7 blocks in parallel to the river, the bazaar has plenty of Egyptian and African goods. Traders sell a wide variety of goods such as perfumes, peanuts, henna powder, dried hibiscus flowers, spices, T-shirts and custom made Ancient Egyptian styled souvenirs.

9. Colossal Characters

Near the modern city of Luxor stand the imposing Colossi of Memnon. These massive stone statues of Amenhotep III, while badly damaged, still maintain an unmistakable air of authority. Stand below them and be dwarfed by the scale of these tremendous figures.

10. The Ancient Heart of Cairo

Wander the cobbled streets of Islamic Cairo and uncover the ancient heart of this chaotic city. Admire mosques, palaces and houses, and peruse the goods on offer at one of the world’s oldest bazaars. Dating back to medieval times, the Khan al-Khalili bazaar is where people have traded goods for centuries.

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Program Itinerary  

Day (1) 1/2/18 Arrive Cairo – Welcome to Egypt 

Our representative will meet and assist you upon your arrival at Cairo International Airport, then he will escort you to your hotel in Cairo by an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. Check in time is from 2pm. Welcome Dinner is at 6pm. If you require additional night accommodation please discuss with us.

Overnight – Cairo

We also have a bridging trip for the dates 28 – 31 January 2018 to join the Morocco and the Egypt trips, or you can just come early and join us in Morocco first for 4 nights. This trip visits Oualidia, Casablanca and Fez. You can view all the details here 

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Day (2) 2/2/18 Pyramids of Giza Sphinx & Sakkara

Have a leisurely breakfast overlooking the pyramids before heading to the Giza Plateau to visit the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus – Famous Sphinx and  Valley Temple facing the great statue. We then proceed to Sakkara area to visit Sakkara Complex and first pyramid ever built (Djoser Pyramid). Later in the day we will head to the airport and make our way to Amazing Aswan.

Overnight in Aswan

Meals: Breakfast

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Day (3) 3/2/18 Aswan – Nile Cruise Tours

After a restful nights sleep in Aswan we will transfer to our Nile Cruise ship! Yay!! We will have lunch on the boat, settle in and relax. 

Enjoy visiting the world famous High Dam, the beautiful Temple of Philae dedicated to the Goddess Isis, the Granite Quarries.

In the evening we sharpen our bargaining skills at Aswan Markets.

Dinner on board and overnight in Aswan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day (4) 4/2/18 Aswan – Nile Cruise Tours

Early morning drive to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder

Return to our 5 star Nile Cruise, enjoying some sun on deck with a cool drink and taking in the magic of the Nile, arrange a massage in the on-board day spa.

Overnight onboard

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day (5) 5/2/18 Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples

Breakfast on board and visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek & Haeroris in Kom Ombo.

Sail to Edfu, lunch on board after that visit the well preserved Horus Temple in Edfu.

Enjoy afternoon tea during sailing to Esna.     

Overnight Onboard               

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day (6) 6/2/18 Valley of the Kings

Have your breakfast on board before disembarkation, then visit the West Bank and the Valley of the Kings, The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir El-Bahari & the Colossi of Memnon. Then transfer to hotel in Luxor.

Tonight we visit Luxor Temple beautiful by day but spectacular by night. It was built by Amunhotep III in 18th Dynasty in the New Kingdom and it was completed by Ramesses II during the 19th Dynasty. Enjoy visiting Obelisk of Ramses II in front of the 1st Pylon.

Overnight Luxor

Meals: Breakfast

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Day (7) 7/2/18 Temple of Karnak (optional Hot Air Balloon)

Early morning, an optional tour to the West Bank to enjoy air balloon riding. Transfer to marina to take the motor boat to the west bank , then you will be transferred to the take off area where you are going to start your balloon ride in the sky of the biggest open-air museum( Luxor ). The balloon ride takes 45 minutes, before your land again, to catch your pick-up and return to your hotel to relax. Afternoon, time to relax then we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak, with its stone-columned Hypostyle Hall.

Overnight Luxor

Meals: Breakfast

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Day (8) 8/2/18 Train to Cairo – Cairo Museum

After breakfast on board the train, Our representative will meet you at Cairo train station and then you will be transferred by a private A/C vehicle to your hotel check-in. Later, we visit the famous Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his famous solid gold funerary mask.  

Overnight – Cairo    

Meals: Breakfast

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Day (9) 9/2/18 Departure Cairo

Check out after breakfast at your hotel in Cairo and Transfer to Cairo Airport for final departure.

Meals: Breakfast

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Dates

1 – 9 February 2018

(8 night package)

Tours starts and finishes in Cairo

Trip Highlights

  • Cairo – Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum

  • Nile cruising

  • Edfu – Temple of Horus

  • Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

  • Aswan – High Dam, Philae Temple, River Nile

  • Kom Ombo – Temple of Kom Ombo

  • Luxor – Temple of Karnak

  • Abu Simbel Temple

  • Luxor Temple

 Inclusions:

  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airport

  • All transfers to/from airport & hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle.

  • Accommodation for 2 night in Cairo including breakfast.

  • Accommodation for 1 nights Aswan

  • Accommodation for 3 nights on a 5 star superior Nile cruise on full board.

  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Luxor including breakfast.

  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan as mentioned in the itinerary

  • All sightseeing tours on the cruise are private guided tours.

  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary, including Abu Simbel

  • English-speaking tour guide during your tours.

  • Breakfast at hotel, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on Nile Cruise 

  • Tips for all services as per the itinerary except the tour guide

Exclusions: 

  • International Airfare.

  • Entry visa to Egypt obtained for most countries on arrival. For Australia it is approx £20. Check this link for more details.

  • Personal spending.

  • Air Balloon riding Approx. $150USD

  • Sound and Light Show

  • Tip for our tour guide. Industry standard is between USD $5-10 per day however I have always felt it is based on ‘reward for service’ and relative to how much you enjoyed the tour.

Investment

8 Night Package

Twinshare – $2250USD

Single – $2750USD

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Payment Options

A $500USD non refundable deposit will secure your place on this retreat. This deposit of $500USD is non refundable which is why travel insurance is compulsory. The remainder is to be paid two months prior to the start of the retreat. Alternatively you can arrange a payment plan. Please see your options below.

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Cancellation Policy

Up until 30 days before the start of the retreat A $500USD non refundable deposit will be retrained for 30 days or less $1000USD will will be forfeited as we would have already had to pay for internal flights and to secure accommodation etc, this money will not be returned to us, this is why travel insurance is compulsory.

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During February it is winter in Egypt however it is generally warm by day, with an average daytime maximum temperature of 22°C, while on average the temperature falls to 14°C at night. Temperatures rarely fluctuate by more than a few degrees either side of the long-term average, and the daily weather is reliably dry and sunny.