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Egypt 2021 — The Royal Tour

Egypt: The Royal Tour

October 24 – November 6, 2021

Registration now open!

$250 off Members-Only, Early-Bird Registration through February 28, 2021.

Full Itinerary:  www.hmns.org/Egypt2021

About This Travel Program

We will begin in Aswan near the infamous cataracts of the River Nile. After visiting Elephantine Island and the Isle of Philae, we will experience Nubian history and culture and the colossal temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel. Our three-night Nile cruise will stop at the intriguing sites of Kom Ombo, Edfu and Esna on the way to Luxor.

We will spend a few days in Luxor to enjoy the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Queens and Nobles and the massive Temple of Hatshepsut. In Cairo we will enjoy the historic markets and neighborhoods of the vibrant modern city.

Outside of Cairo we will visit the Red Pyramid and Bent Pyramid in Dahshur and the Step Pyramid in Saqqara, the oldest stone-built complex in the world. Our hotel the has spectacular views of the Giza plateau where we will receive the royal treatment of special admittance to stand in front of the Sphinx and enter the Great Pyramid.

With permission from the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, our HMNS group has been granted access to visit many archeological sites not open to the general public:

  • Interior of the Great Pyramid in Giza
  • “Between the Paws” of the Great Sphinx in Giza
  • An evening in the Temple of Luxor after other visitors have left
  • Excavation of Temple of Khonsu in Luxor
  • Excavation in the Valley of the Nobles with the American Research Center in Egypt
  • Tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens
  • Tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings
  • Private lecture by Dr. Salah El Masekh, Ministry of Antiquities Director of Excavations in Luxor
  • Private lecture by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
  • and more!

Begin your adventure with an optional pre-trip tour to Siwa or Alexandria. Siwa, the most beautiful oasis in the Sahara Desert, sits on the edge of the Great Sand Sea where the largest sand dunes on the planet are located and where the Cambyses’ army of 50,000 soldiers disappeared, supposedly swallowed by quicksand and still lost to this day.

Continue your experience with an optional pre-trip tour to Alexandria, founded in 332 BC by Alexander the Great and Egypt’s most important port city and major epicenter of trade.

Extend your adventure with the optional post-trip extension to Petra, built by the Nabateans 2,000 years ago, and enjoy spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley with stops at significant biblical sites.

We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity to visit Egypt and Petra with the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Full Itinerary:  www.hmns.org/Egypt2021

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