23066
Egypt
The Best of Egypt: Cairo, Luxor and Aswan
Experience the best of Egypt, as you learn about the country’s history and explore its massive pyramids, ancient tombs, stunning temples, and beautiful culture.
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Program No. 23066RJ
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12 days
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12 days
11 nights
29 meals
10 B 9 L 10 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight

Afternoon: Depart on overnight flight to Cairo.

DAY
2
Arrival in Cairo & Orientation
Cairo
D
Cairo-Pyramids Hotel

Afternoon: Arrive in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. After check in, we will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Enjoy meeting and socializing with your fellow participants at the welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, & the Solar Boat
Cairo
B,L,D
Cairo-Pyramids Hotel

Activity note: Today's activities include travel by coach and walking around historic sites such as the Pyramids, the Solar Boat Museum, and the Sphinx. The terrain is uneven and rough and it could take up to 30 minutes standing at each site in hot conditions and under the sun with no shade. There will also be a short walk to the lunch restaurant. The total amount of walking today could be up to one mile round trip from the bus car park. At the Solar Boat Museum there are between 80 and 100 steps.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by your Egyptologist, explore the most renowned sites of Egypt: the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Solar Boat Museum. The pyramids of Giza are perhaps the only true rival to the Great Sphinx when one thinks of ancient Egypt and its architecture. The Valley of Giza-- with its wonderful monuments-- is truly a marvel of architectural prowess. The three largest pyramids located in the valley consist of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Kafhre and the Pyramid of Menkaura. Each pyramid is a tomb dedicated to a different king of Egypt. We will continue on to the Solar Boat Museum. The significance of the buried boat is still debated. The Pyramid Texts clearly state that at the end of the pharaoh's life on Earth, his soul ascends to the heavens in the solar barque to join his father Re. The arguments are about whether this boat was purely symbolic - part of the burial goods - or whether it was actually used in the funeral procession to transport the body of the king by river to his pyramid complex. While some scholars claim that there is evidence that the boat has been in water, Zahi Hawass points out that shavings of cedar and acacia found in the pit during excavation, indicate that it was probably built close to where it was buried. While the boat is of the right dimensions to be suitable as a river craft, no mast was found with the components. End the morning with a wonderful opportunity to see the sites from a great panoramic view point.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time at the hotel to freshen up and relax before joining your fellow scholars for a lecture widening your understanding of Egypt.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Discovering Dahshur & Saqqara, Pyramids of Zoser & Teti
Cairo
B,L,D
Cairo-Pyramids Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by your Egyptologist, head out to explore Dahshur and Saqqara pyramids. Saqqara is said to be the world’s oldest monumental masonry structure, an archaeological remain in the Saqqara necropolis, Egypt, northwest of the city of Memphis. Dahshur is a necropolis of the Old Kingdom with some of the oldest pyramids. The Bent and Red pyramids were built by and for the 4th dynasty pharaoh, Sneferu, around 2600 BC. Afterward, led by your Egyptologist, continue to the Imhotep Museum. The museum opened in 2006 and displays finds from the site, in commemoration of the ancient Egyptian architect Imhotep. Next, explore the pyramids of Zoser & Teti.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a lecture presentation led by a scholar from Cairo focusing on Egypt and the Nile.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Fly to Luxor & Karnak & Luxor Temples
Luxor
B,L,D
Sofitel Pavillon Winter Luxor

Activity note: Today's activities will involve walking around historic sites and climbing steps. The terrain is uneven and rough and it could take up to 50 minutes standing at each site in hot conditions and under the sun with no shade.

Breakfast: Boxed breakfast from the hotel.

Morning: We will depart the hotel early for the flight from Cairo to Luxor. Upon arrival, transfer by coach wIth your Egyptologist to explore Karnak and Luxor temples. Karnak is the largest religious complex in the whole world and was the center of the ancient Egyptian civilization for centuries. Luxor is an ancient Egyptian temple dedicated to the God Amun-Ra and contains Christian, Roman, Greek and Muslim influences. After the visit, depart by coach to check in at the hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: We will depart the hotel by coach for Luxor Library where a professor working on a local project will give a presentation on the ancient "Opet Festival." Afterward, we will return to the hotel by coach.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Exploring the Valley of the Kings & Howard Carter House
Luxor
B,L,D
Sofitel Pavillon Winter Luxor

Activity note: The drive from the East to the West Bank of the Nile will take at least 30 minutes by air conditioned motor coach. This day involves walking two miles around historic sites such as the Valley of the Kings and the various tombs including Tut Ankh Amun Tomb. The terrain is hilly and there are up to 25 steps at the tombs to take in one direction and back. It could take up to 30 minutes standing at each site in hot conditions and under the sun with no shade.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by your Egyptologist, discover the West Bank Valley of the Kings including King Tut Tomb, Hatshepsut, and Memnon. The West Bank Valley of the Kings was used as the royal burial grounds for about 400 years. Enjoy the tombs of the famous kings of ancient Egypt with their marvelous carvings and magnificent colors.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will transfer by coach to the Howard Carter house. A professor from the Luxor Library will deliver a presentation on the ancient Opet Festival.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Valley of the Queens & Hatshepsut Temple
Luxor
B,L,D
Sofitel Pavillon Winter Luxor

Activity note: Small boat ride across the Nile followed by a bus ride. This day involves walking two miles around historic sites such as the Valley of the Queens and the various tombs The terrain is hilly and there are up to 25 steps at the tombs to take in one direction and back, and it could take up to 30 minutes standing at each site in hot conditions and under the sun with no shade. Walking around the museum and some steps with handrails .

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by your Egyptologist, discover the Valley of the Queens on the West Bank at Luxor (ancient Thebes). There are between 75 and 80 tombs in the Valley of the Queens, or Biban al-Harim. The tombs belong to Queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. You will also spend the morning learning about Hatshepsut who was born a princess, became a queen upon marrying, and was named regent to the heir apparent after her husband’s untimely death. Not satisfied with this position, she ultimately had herself crowned as Pharaoh, a rare feat in ancient Egypt for a woman, and governed with great authority. Tuthmosis III, the son of Hatshepsut’s husband by another, lesser queen, lived for many years in the shadow of his stepmother. His ascension to the throne, Hatshepsut’s disappearance from the historical record, and the campaign he initiated later in his reign to erase her name and image from Egyptian monuments, have resulted in a plethora of conspiracy theories and romantic scenarios. While the reality of the transfer of power, and Tuthmosis III’s relationship to his stepmother is unknown, what are known are his accomplishments during his life. Tuthmosis III’s military victories helped to greatly expand the boundaries of Egypt’s empire, thereby increasing its wealth, and helping to usher in a new era of prosperity.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will explore the Luxor Museum of Archaeology led by your Egyptologist. Following the visits, we will return to the hotel by coach.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Train to Aswan, Nubian Museum, & Philae Temple
Aswan
B,L,D
Movenpick Resort Aswan

Activity note: Today's activities include a three hour train ride. Climbing approximately 40 steps on uneven and hilly terrain. It could take up to one hour standing at each site in hot conditions and under the sun with no shade. The total amount of walking today could be up to half a mile round trip from the bus car park.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will transfer to the Luxor train station for a journey along the Nile. Narrated by your Egyptologist, observe life along the Nile as the train makes its way from Luxor to Aswan.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The Nubian Museum harbors the history of the "Land of Gold" as the word Nubia in the Hieroglyphic language of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning and sounds. Hence, this land, over time, was abounding in monumental treasures. The museum hosts 3,000 monumental pieces and all of them exhibited in the museum reflect the character of the Nubia over history and display how it merged with the Islamic civilization on one hand and the mother civilization of Egypt on the other. After the visit, we will check in at the hotel and depart for a Sound and Light Show at the Philae Temple.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Temple of Abu Simbel
Aswan
B,L,D
Movenpick Resort Aswan

Activity note: Today's activities will involve a 45 minute flight, some steps and the terrain is uneven and rough. It could take up to one and a half hours standing in hot conditions and under the sun with no shade. The total amount of walking today could be up to one and a half miles round trip from the bus car park. There are up to 20 steps at the dock and on the Felucca ride.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will transfer to the airport to fly to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival, explore the Temple of Abu Simbel which many believe it ought to be the 8th wonder of the ancient world. Carved out of bed rock by King Ramses II, it still maintains its wonderful colors and carvings.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will return to Aswan by coach. Later, enjoy a unique Eygptian sailing experience on the Nile aboard a Felucca, the name of the Egyptian sailing boat that has been used on the Nile River for decades. Take in the peaceful sailing and great Aswan scenery.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
St. Simeon Monastery, Tomb of the Nobles, & Flight to Cairo
Cairo
B,L,D
Fairmont Nile City

Activity note: Today's activities include travel by coach, walking over uneven and rough terrain and standing up to 30 minutes at each site.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach to explore the sights of Aswan. Led by your Egyptologist, discover St. Simeon Monastery and the Tombs of the Nobles. We will later transfer to the Aswan Airport for the flight to Cairo.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at the Aswan Airport.

Afternoon: We will transfer to the hotel to check in. Later, enjoy a lecture at the hotel focusing on Islam.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Discover Historic Cairo
Cairo
B,L,D
Fairmont Nile City

Activity note: The drive from the hotel will be through traffic by air conditioned motor coach. This day will involve walking and climbing steps around historic sites and standing for up to one hour at each site. The total amount of walking today could be up to one and a half miles round trip from the bus car park.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by your Egyptologist, discover El Moez Street and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. A great example for the mosques of the 9th century with its unique minaret. Covering an area of about six acres and located in the heart of Islamic Cairo District. El Moez street is one of the richest streets with Islamic architecture still existing. Khan El Khalili Bazaar is the most famous tourist market in Cairo.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Discover the Hanging church, St Serguis church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. These all illustrate the intricate relation between the main religions in Egypt (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Afterward, return to the hotel for a lecture on Egyptian social life.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: This day includes a flight and a very early start. The drive from the hotel to the airport will take at least one hour by air conditioned motor coach through traffic in Cairo.

Breakfast: Boxed breakfast from the hotel.

Morning: Early morning transfer to the Cairo International Airport for flights home. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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