Egypt 2020 — The Royal Tour

By popular demand, a second Egypt trip has been added for Nov 2020!
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Egypt: The Royal Tour

November 8 – November 21, 2020

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Registration opens September 20!

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About This Travel Program

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

We 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!

We begin the optional post-trip extension to Jordan with a tour of Jerash, one of the world’s best-preserved Greco-Roman cities, then on to our resort on the Dead Sea. As rich in history as it is in minerals, human evidence at the Dead Sea dates back approximately ten thousand years. The healing properties of the Dead Sea water have been noted throughout history with Aristotle moved to write about its remarkable waters, Cleopatra recognizing its qualities for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and Herod the Great establishing the world’s first health resort.

En route to Petra, we will enjoy spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley with stops at significant Biblical sites. Petra was built by the Nabateans 2,000 years ago. From the Siq, the dramatic crack in the orange rock, we enter the fabled Rose City. The ornate buildings carved into sandstone mountains include the Treasury, Monastery, Basilica, Theatre and Royal Tombs.

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