GIFT OF THE NILE TOUR X
Under the Leadership of Dr. Charles Finch, III
Depart JFK International Airport via Egypt Air jet service to KMT (Egypt). Meals will be served on board before your arrival in Cairo the next day.
Upon your arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Harambee Gathering.
Morning tour to Giza, visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Khufu, Khafre, and Men-ka-ra Pyramids, and Hor-em-Aket (commonly called the Sphinx). See the 140 foot long ship of Pharaoh Khufu, the oldest surviving ship in the world. Drive to Hi-Ku-Ptah (Memphis) was one of the most important cities through the history of ancient KMT and was once the ancient capital of KMT. Continue to Sakkara to vist the step pyramids, the oldest in existence and are the world’s first stone tombs. Visit the Tomb of Ptahotep, author of the oldest surviving book in the world, circa 2350 BC. Return to your hotel. Evening lecture.
Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum with its renowned collection of well-preserved Pharaonic antiquities. The museum contains the world’s most important collection of Egyptian antiquities, dating from the earliest times to about 6th century AD. The collection also includes some of the artistic masterpieces of the world, including the treasures of Tut-Ankh-Amon. . Return to your hotel. Evening lecture
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. WASET (LUXOR OR THEBES)/IPET ISUT (KARNAK) & SOUTHERN IPET (LUXOR) TEMPLES Visit the Avenue of the Sphinxes at Ipet Isut (Karnak). View the gorgeous Hypostyle Hall, the Tekenu (obelisks) of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Sacred Lake. Continue to the Southern Ipet (Temple of Luxor). Visit the White Chapel, Temple of Khonsu and Mout and the Temple of Amon. Return to your hotel. Evening lecture.
Drive to the West Bank of the Nile for a visit the ASA Restoration project and visit the excavation of the tomb of Karakhamun. WASET the afternoon at leisure you may wish to visit the Luxor Museum on your own or shop. Return to your hotel. Evening lecture.
This morning drive to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Necropolis of Waset (T’hebes); drive to the Valley of the Kings ; visit the three tombs of your choice, Seti I, Ramses II etc. Continue to the Valley of the Queens to visit the tomb of Thutmosis III, and proceed to visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the two Noble Tombs, and return to the hotel via the “Colossi of Memnon.” Return to your hotel. Evening lecture.
Leave Waset Aswan and journey towards towards Edfu on the Left Bank. Visit the Temple of Heru (Horus) which was excavated by Mariette and is one of the best preserved in KMT. Continue to Komombo.. On the hill, which you see long before you arrive in Komombo, is the Temple, with a double dedication to the Crocodile-head Sobek and the Sparrow-headed Haroeris. In the middle of the temple area, a sanctuary was built for each of these divinities. Double entrances lead through the pylons to the court, vestibule, pillared hall and the three antechambers to the Sanctuaries of the Gods. Resume your journey to Aswan to your hotel. Arriving in the afternoon. Evening lecture.
Morning visit Pilak (Philae). After the completion of the lower Aswan Dam, the Temple of Aset on the Island of Philae was covered by the waters of the Nile for most of the year. When the flood gates of the dam were opened from July to November, the resulting drop in water level was such that the temple rose up out of the waters. In the recent past, all monuments on the Island of Philae were transferred to the small island of Agilkia nearby and rebuilt there. Visit the Temple, the oldest parts of which date from the 4th century BC. Ptolemies and Romans added to the Temple over the years until the 2nd century AD. Other buildings are Het Heru (Hathor Temple), Hadrian’s Pylon, Horendotes Temple, the remains of the Temple of Augustus, and the lovely and famous Kiosk of Trajan. Continue to the High Dam which rises up on a colossal scale. The Pyramid of Kufu could be lost 17 times over in this modern marvel. Visit the Red Granite Quarries where the ancients obtained their fine reddish granite. See the unfinished tekenu (obelisk) of Queen Hatshepsut, had it been completed, it would have been the largest ever hewn. Return to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Rock Tombs of the Nobles which date from the Middle Kingdom. Return to your hotel. Evening lecture.
Morning flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel which is situated on the West bank of the Hapi, 180 miles south of Aswan and some 27 miles north of Wadi Halfa. There lies the Great Temple, hewn in the rock, with the four colossal seated statues of the King in front of the entrance. It was dedicated to Amun-Ra, the Horkhti, and Ramses II. The figures are 65 ½ feet high and wear the double crown. Nearby, to the north, is a second temple, also built by Ramses II, and dedicated to Nefertari, the King’s wife. The temples, which were threatened by the waters on the completion of the Aswan High Dam have been preserved by international action organized by UNESCO. The most important parts of the temples (statues, inscribed slabs, etc) have been rebuilt on a plateau above the former site. Return to Aswan to your hotel. FAREWELL DINNER AND SUMMATION.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo, upon arrival in Cairo you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your flight departure Cairo to New York. Your return flight will arrive in the afternoon local time.