Day 02: INTO THE LAND OF THE PHARAOHS Upon your arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 03: MEMPHIS/SAKKARA/GIZA Morning tour to Hi Ku Ptah (Memphis) and Sakkara. Located twenty miles southwest of Cairo, Memphis was one of the most imiportsnt cities through the history of ancient KMT and was once the ancient capital of KMT. Sakkara'a step pyramids are 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. Proceed to Giza. Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Kufu, Kafre, and Men-ka-ra Pyramids, and Hor-em _aket (commonly called the Sphinx). See the 140 foot long ship of Pharaoh Kufu, the oldest surviving ship in the world. Return to your hotel. Evening lecture.
Day 04: THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM/OLD CAIRO Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum with its renown collection of well-preserved Pharaonic antiquities. The museum contains the world's most impertant collection of Egyptian antiquities, dating from the earliest times to about 6th century AD. THe collection also includes some of the artistic masterpiesces of the world, including the treasures of Tut-Ankh-Amom. THis afternoon, tour Old Cairo: coptic museums, churches, and synagogues. Continue to the Mosques of Sultan Hassan built in the 14th century, the Citadel of Salah El-Din, and the Alabaster Mosque. Evening lecture.
Day 05: CAIRO/WASET (LUXOE OR THEBES)/IPET ISUT (KARNAK) & SOUTHERN IPET (LUXOR) TEMPLES Transfer to the airport for your flight to Waset (Luxor). Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a brief rest stop. Continue to 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. Evening lecture.
Day 06: WASET (LUXOR OR THEBES) (THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS< QUEENS AND NOBLES: HATSHEPSUT TEMPLE, AND THE COLOSSI OF MEMNON) This morning cross the Hapi (Nile) to the West Bank by motor launch to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Necropolis of Waset (Thebes); drive to the Valley of the Kings; visit the tombs of Tut-Ankh-Amon, Seti I, and Rameses II. 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 Novle Tombs, and return to the hotel via the "Colossi of Memnon." You may wish to visit the Luxor museum on your own. Sound and Light show.
Day 07: TANTERA (DENDERA) (THE TEMPLE OF HT HR)/ABDU (ABYDOS) Leave Waset early in the morning by bus to visit the Temple of Ht Hr (Hathor), drive to the ancient city of Abhu, and visit the Temple of Seti, the site of the grave of the head of Asar (Osiris). Return to Waset in the late afternoon. Evening lecture.
Day 08: WASET/EDFU (THE TEMPLE OF HERU [HORUS])/ Abdu (ABYDOS) Leave Waset and journey 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. Resume your journey to Kom Ombo,103 miles. On the hill, which you see long before you arrive in Kom Ombo, is the Temple, with a double dedication to the Crocodile-headed Sobek and the Sparrow-headed Haroeris. In the middle of the temple ares, 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. Continue your journey to Aswan arriving at late afternoon.
THE NUBIAN DREAM CRUISE: Transfer to your luxurious ship, lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Kalabsha wih its Pharaonic aspect, remodelled into the Franco-Roman style and dedicated to the God Mandoulis. Visit the hemi-speos of Beith El Wali, created by Ramses II in the beginning of his Reigh. Also visit the kiosk of Kertassi, erected to honour the Goddess Isis. Evening lecture.
Day 09: THE NUBIAN DREAM CRUISE Sailing to Wadi El Seboua. Lunch, dinner, and overnight on board. Evening lecture.
Day 10: WADI EL SBOUA/DAKKA/AMADA/KASA IBRAHIM Morning visit to Wadi E. Seboua Temple, dedicated by Ramses II to the two Gods Amon Ra and Ra Hurmakis. The Temple of Dakka, dedicated to the God Thoth of divine wisdom, lord of times and science, master of literature. Visit the Greeco-Roman temple of Meharakka. Sail to Amada. VIsit the temple of Amada from the XVIIIth dynasty, built during the reign of Thotmosis III. Amenophis III and Thotmosis IV. Also visit the hemi-speos of Derr, dedicated by Rames II to the rising sun. Finally the tomb of Penoul, viceroy of Nubia. Ssail to Kasr Ibrim. Dinner and overnight on board. Evening lecture.
Day 11: ABU SIMBEL (THE TEMPLE OF RAMSES II) Morning visit to the citadel of Kasr Ibrim, sole verstige of the distant past of Nubia in its original location. Explanation is done from the sun deck of the ship as entrance to the site is not permitted. Sailing to Abu-Simble and after lunch visit the temple of 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 Haifa. 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 Horkthi, and Ramses II. The figures are 65½ feet high and wear the double crown. Nearby, to the north, is a second temple, also built by Ramses II, and dedicated to Nefartari, 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. Farewell dinner.
Day 12: THE HIGH DAM / PILAK (PHILAE) TEMPLE / UNFINISHED TEDENU (OBLISK) OF HATSHEPSUT / ROCK TOMBS OF THE NOBLES Morning visit to the High Dam. Some 4½ miles south of the earlier Dam, the High Dam rises up on a colossal scale. The Pyramid of Kufu could be lost 17 times over in this modern marvel. The inland lake created by the Dam is more than 375 miles long, penetrating some 155 miles into the Sudan. Proceed to Pilak (Philae). When the Aswan Dam was opened from July to November, the resulting drop in water level was such that the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae rose up out of the waters. During the remaining months of the year, only pylons and the upper sections of the building could be seen. 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. Return to the hotel via 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. It was abandoned when a flaw was discovered in the stone. Return to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Rock Tombs of the Nobles which date from the Middle Kingdom. Evening lecture.
Day 13: YEBU (ELEPHANTINE ISLAND) / NUBIAN DAY Board a felucca and sail past Yebu (Elephantine Island) for a visit to a Nubian Village and School. Some tour members may want to swim in the Hapi. Return to your hotel balance of the day at leisure. THis evening enjoy a special Dinner Dance with Nubian entertainment.
Day 14: SUMMATION in the morning. Balance of the day at leisure. After dinner transfer to the airport in time for your flight home via Cairo.
Day 15: CAIRO/LOS ANGELES Depart Cairo on your return flight to New York and Los Angeles. Arrival in the morning local time.
In order to get the most out of this tour, we suggest that members read the following references, especially the starred ones:
We expect between 1 to 6 units of continuing education credit will again be available through College Credit University. Cost per unit would be $50.00, up to 6 units for $300.00.
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