THE TRUTH JOURNEY See Egypt through Our Eyes and Hearts
February 8-22, 2019
15 Days /14 Nights Sail the Nile
on a Deluxe Private Dahabeya
Day 1, February 8 (Friday) Arrival in Cairo
Accommodations: Overnight at the Mena House Hotel. Welcome Dinner provided. Upon arrival to Cairo International Airport, you will be met in the airport by an Egypt Gate Travel special representative who will assist you through visa purchase, formalities, immigrations, and customs. Then transfer to the deluxe Mena House Hotel, overlooking the pyramids and enjoy your first Egyptian welcome drink ‘Karakadah’ and your Welcome Dinner hosted by our Spiritual Organizer, Nanci Drew.
Day 2, February 9 (Saturday) Cairo (Dahshur Red Pyramid) / Aswan (Elephantine Island & Nubian Village)
Accommodations: Board the Dahabeya in Aswan (1 of 7-night stay). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. After breakfast at the Mena House, we start our day by visiting Dahshur, which was closed for many, many years and just opened recently for visitors. Dahshur holds the Black, White, and Red Pyramids on its territory. The red pyramid is the largest of the three major pyramids located at the Dahshur necropolis in Cairo. It is located a short distance from Saqqara, built for the Pharaoh Snefru, Father of Khufu for whom the Great Pyramid of Giza was built. The red pyramid is the first true pyramid, and it has the second largest base of all Egyptian pyramids. What makes it yet more interesting is that it can be fully accessed. We can go in, with a chance to see the burial chamber! There is something special about exploring the cold and silent passageways inside the pyramid. Afterwards, we will transfer to Cairo Airport for a short flight to Aswan. In Aswan, we will enjoy a Felucca sail to Elephantine Island and walk through the layers of time that archaeological explorations have unveiled. We will also enjoy shopping in the Aswan Market and check into our deluxe private Dahabeya (yacht). Opportunity to visit the Nubian Village in the evening.
Day 3, February 10 (Sunday) Private Visit to Philae Temple (Aswan)
Accommodations: Aboard the Dahabeya (2 of 7-night stay). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. This morning we have a tour of the temple of The Great Mother Isis, to receive her blessings at her beautiful island temple of Philae. This isle represents a fusion of three great civilizations – Egyptian, Greek, and Roman. The presence of Isis is palpable in the inner sanctum, the Holy of Holies of her temple. (Private sunrise visit is available for an additional charge.) Later we will gather on the deck of the Dahabeya to share our experience and set sail to an island near Kom Ombo.
Day 4, February 11 (Monday) Sailing to (Kom Ombo)
Accommodations: Aboard the Dahabeya (3 of 7-night stay). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. After breakfast, we sail to Kom Ombo, the only dual temple in Egypt. The Healing Temple of Kom Ombo is a glorious picturesque ruin along the Banks of the Nile. This dramatic temple poised between the edge of the river and the encroaching desert sand was dedicated to two gods – Sobek, the crocodile god of strength, fortitude, fertility and rebirth, and Horus, the Hawk- headed son of Isis and Osiris .The duality of the Light /Dark, ying/yang, conscious/unconscious is apparent in this ancient site. One of the most powerful places in Kom Ombo is the Seat of Neutrality, which is placed on the exact centerline between the parts of the temple that are dedicated to Horus / Sobek and Light /Dark, then we resume sailing to visit Gebel el Silsila, a small isolated temple along the Nile.
Day 5, February 12 (Tuesday) Sailing to Edfu Temple
Accommodations: Aboard the Dahabeya (4 of 7-night stay). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. In the morning we will visit Edfu Temple, also known as the temple of Horus, The Falcon God. This is the best preserved temple of the Ancient World in Egypt. When you approach the temple complex, you become aware of its enormous dimensions, with a vast courtyard, a forest of towering columns and high ceilings. The side chambers of the Temple of Horus show the complexity of ancient rites; they include a Healing Chamber, a Perfumery, and singers’ rooms. One chamber, called the House of Life, stored all of the sacred texts used in seasonal and daily rituals. Horus is associated with higher vision and clarity. The Eye of Horus greatly relates to his myth and power. The left eye represents the lunar, the moon, the intuitive, and the feminine energy. The right eye is connected to the solar, the masculine, the action, and the yang energy. Both are necessary for true power to exist. Then we set sail to El Kab, another ancient temple.
Day 6, February 13 (Wednesday) Sail to Esna
Accommodations: Aboard the Dahabeya (5 of 7-night stay). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. This morning we enjoy sailing to El Kab and exploring the ancient temple. We will watch the farmers and countryside of Egypt as we cross Esna Lock.
Day 7, February 14 (Thursday) Sailing from Esna to Luxor (Karnak Temple)
Accommodations: Aboard the Dahabeya (6 of 7-night stay). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. As we sail from Esna to Luxor, we begin our day with an early afternoon visit to the magnificent Karnak Temple. Karnak is the biggest temple complex in Egypt – and a very special place. It is dedicated to the Gods Amun and Mut. As you enter, you walk between rows of rams-headed sphinxes, which originally connected Karnak with Luxor Temple two miles away. Take some time to visit the sacred Lake of Karnak, ask for purification and place your intention in your mind's eye into the Lake. Outside the main halls is a small chapel dedicated to Sekhmet, her consort Ptah and their son Nefertum. Sekhmet is the lioness Goddess of Compassion and Courage. She is associated with feminine fire and healing through destruction. She is a renowned healer and known for magic and ability to hunt down an imbalance at its origin. In a potent private initiation, we will honor the Goddess and receive the gift of courage to be our authentic selves.
Day 8, February 15 (Friday) West Bank (Valley of Kings) & Luxor Temple
Accommodations: Aboard the Dahabeya (Last of 7-night stay). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. This morning is devoted to the West Bank of the Nile to visit Hatshepsut Temple, the funerary temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut and Deir el Bahari. We also visit The Valley of the Kings, where the great and mysterious funerary texts (“The Books of the Dead”) are exquisitely painted or carved onto the walls. The Tomb of Ramses IV is a very shallow tomb with a reasonably airy short passage that descend into the tomb. The tomb was closed several years ago to allow for renovations by ARCE (American Research Center in Egypt), an American based organization that administers all USAID money given to help preserve and protect the monuments of Egypt. The tomb has sophisticated decorations-- walls contain an encyclopedia of texts, and images detailing the nightly journey of the sun-god Ra through the underworld, and her victorious emergence each morning. The ceiling depicts the goddess Nut stretching along the ceiling and swallowing the sun, which travels through her elongated form to be reborn. You have the opportunity to visit The Tomb of Tutankhamun, a small and for the most part undecorated, tomb located near the mouth of the entrance to the Valley. All that remains in the tomb is the large granite sarcophagus and most importantly, the body of the boy king. There are no other tombs in the Valley in which the pharaoh's body rests in the tomb. Recently, a decision was made to display the mummy and you will now find the body resting in a sealed glass case for all to see. The case is designed to protect the mummy from humidity, and other outside forces that might cause it additional harm - this was the reason it was decided to put it on display rather than keeping it in the tomb. We will stop by and visit the Colossi of Memnon and have a typical Egyptian food lunch. In the evening under the stars, we will visit the Temple of Luxor... the large Ancient Egyptian Temple complex located in the East Bank of the Nile River. Here we are able to see that this temple is built like a human body – the outer layers represent the feet and as we move deeper into the temple, we move towards the head, where the holy of holies, the inner sanctuary is located. This is a wonderful place to focus on physical healing. As you walk through the body of this temple, notice how your body feels and re-member radiant health. Awaken the parts of you that are sleeping, activate divinity codes and turn on your inner light.
Day 9, February 16 (Saturday) Dendera & Abydos Temple
Accommodations: House of Life Abydos. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. This morning, we say goodbye and check out from the boat and head to Dendera to visit the exquisite temple dedicated to Hathor, the Goddess of Abundance, Love, and Joy. The temple is built with a zodiacal ceiling that recalls the origins of Egypt. On the rooftop where Hathor and other priests and priestesses gathered for their celebrations thousands of years ago, we reconnect to our destinies. We then continue north to the temple at Abydos, dedicated to Osiris, which houses the Nine Great Beings (Ennead). This temple rests next to and above the most ancient Osirion, one of the premier power places on the planet, which has a relief of the sacred Flower of Life on the wall. It includes a more recent temple built by Seti I, which contains the most beautiful bas relief of any temple in Egypt. Afterwards, we check into our hotel in Abydos.
Day 10, February 17 (Sunday) Abydos / Luxor / Dahab
Accommodations: Le Méridien Dahab Resort. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. This morning we will have breakfast, check out, and transfer back to Luxor, with an opportunity to explore Luxor's Market. Transfer to Luxor Airport for a short flight to Sharm el Sheikh via Cairo. Transfer from Sharm Airport to Dahab (100 Km) and check in hotel.
Day 11, February 18 (Monday) Dahab / St. Catherine’s Cathedral
Accommodations: Plaza Catherine Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. Today just enjoy your breakfast and then take advantage of swimming, snorkeling, or dive into the beautiful crystal water at the Blue Hole of the Red Sea. From the fun-filled town of Dahab you can see Saudi Arabia across the ocean. Dahab reminds tourists of Hawaii. Transfer to St. Catherine (130 Km). Check in at Hotel.
Day 12, February 19 (Tuesday) St. Catherine’s Cathedral / Cairo
Accommodations: Four Seasons Giza Hotel (Cairo). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. Early morning optional climb up Moses Mountain. Take a sunrise picture at the top of the mountain. After a visit to the Monastery of St. Catherine’s to see the Burning Bush and where Moses received the Ten Commandments, we will have breakfast and transfer to Sharm Airport for a short flight to Cairo. Check into Four Seasons Hotel.
Day 13, February 20 (Wednesday) Old Cairo & Egyptian Museum
Accommodations: Four Seasons Giza Hotel (Cairo). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. After breakfast we’ll enjoy Old Cairo, including St. Sergio church where the holy family was hidden while they were in Egypt, the Ben Ezra Synagogue where legend says Moses was found and the hanging Church. In the afternoon, we will visit the brand new Egyptian Museum, the Largest Museum in the World, including the collection of relics dating back to 4,000 BC. We will see the different periods of ancient Egypt and the individual artistic and architectural styles of each period. The highlight of this museum is the visit to the priceless treasures of Tut-Ankh-Amon, approximately 4,500 pieces!!! You will hear the incredible story of this child-king from the first curator of this magnificent collection. You will see firsthand the intricate workmanship and the tiniest details of the contents of the luggage packed for this King to accompany him to the next world. The new museum will contain about 80 giant statues from the ancient world.
Day 14, February 21 (Thursday) Visit to the Great Pyramid, Sphinx, Meet Aura and Aromatherapy Master, Khan Bazaar, and Farewell Dinner
Accommodations: Four Seasons Giza Hotel (Cairo). Breakfast, lunch, and Farewell Dinner provided. Early morning we will have an option to have a special Private Visit inside the Great Pyramid with a culminating initiation in the King's Chamber. Here we unite our life story with the story of those who have come before us and those who will come after, as we embrace the transformation that we have experienced on this journey. Pay particular attention to the Sphinx and the Giza Plateau. Listen closely as you hear the incredible sounds of the entire city being called to prayer. Feel the energy of the spirits… we are off to discover some of the most awesome Wonders of the World. Our guide, who is an encyclopedia of Egyptology, will give us detailed examinations of various controversial theories surrounding these amazing structures. There is an opportunity to have free time for riding camels, and then we go back to have breakfast at Hotel. We will visit a famous perfumery and meet Aura and Aromatherapy master - Gamal Abdul, who developed his spiritual abilities since childhood and lived several years in the Sinai where he learned from the Bedouins and becomes a “Healer from the Heart.” Experience “The Seven Sacred Chakra Oils of Pharaohs” - traditional Egyptian Essential Oils. We will have opportunity to go shopping at the Khan Khalili Bazaar and enjoy the atmosphere of this traditional market, together with the labyrinth layout of the streets that gives you a glimpse into what medieval markets were like. In the evening, we will have a beautiful Farewell Dinner to Egypt and say good-bye to our friends who are not continuing on with us to Jordan.
Day 15, February 22 (Friday) Depart Egypt
Accommodations: Breakfast at the Four Seasons Giza Hotel (Cairo). Breakfast at Hotel, Check out and Transfer to Cairo Airport for Final Departure back home or to Jordan for the extension experience.
· Feb. 8, Mena House Hotel, Cairo
· Feb. 9-15, Aboard the Dahabeya (Board in Aswan)
· Feb. 16, House of Life, Abydos
· Feb. 17, Le Méridien Resort, Dahab
· Feb. 18, Plaza Catherine Hotel, Sharm el Sheikh
· Feb. 19-21, Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo
· Feb. 22, Depart Cairo Airport
· $5,800 Per Person (double occupancy)
· $1,900 (single supplement)
· 1 Night at Mena House hotel on bed & breakfast.
· 7 Nights at Private Dahabeya on Full board
· 1 Night at House of Life hotel Abydos on H.B. Basis.
· 1 Night at Le Méridien Dahab on All Inclusive Basis
· 1 Night at Plaza Catherine Hotel on H.B. Basis
· 3 Nights at the Four Seasons Giza on bed & breakfast
· Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the itinerary
· Welcome dinner
· All transfers / transportation by private air-conditioned Coach
· Domestic air ticket Cairo / Aswan, Luxor / Cairo, Cairo / Sharm &
· Private English-speaking Egyptologist throughout the trip Package
· Entry visa of Egypt ($25 USD cash purchased at Cairo airport)
· International air ticket
· Tipping to Tour Manager, Egyptologist, drivers, Dahabeya staff, luggage
handling, etc. (recommended $500 per person)
· Private visit to Sphinx ($2,500 if requested)
· Private visit to King’s chamber inside the Great Pyramid ($2,500 if
· Private visit to Philae Temple ($2,500 if requested)
· Departure tax, if any
· Additional nights at the hotels before or after tour
· Any personal items such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
Jordan Tour Extension Day 1: Cairo / Amman (Madaba, Mount Nebo and Kerak) Egypt / Jordan (4 Days / 3 Nights) Accommodations: Hotel TBD. Breakfast and dinner provided. Enjoy Breakfast at Mena House Hotel. Check out, transfer to Cairo Airport to Amman by Egypt Air. Upon arrival in Amman, transfer to visit Madaba, the City of Mosaics, which has the oldest known mosaic Map of the Holy Land. Then you will view the Jordan Valley from the Famous Mount Nebo, have lunch at local restaurant and then we will visit Kerak and see its magnificent castle.
Finally, we will arrive in Petra and check into our hotel in Petra. Day 2: Petra/ Amman Accommodations: Hotel TBD. Breakfast and dinner provided. After breakfast at our hotel, we check out and set off to visit Jordan's Jewel – Petra, a city that was fully carved out of the mountainsides. Upon arrival, you will take a horseback ride through the SIQ, the only access to this city. After this fantastic visit, we will have lunch at a local restaurant and check in to our hotel, by the Dead Sea.
Day 3: Amman Accommodations: Hotel TBD. Breakfast and dinner provided. Breakfast at hotel. Free leisure time at the hotel to play in the Dead Sea. Cover yourself in the special detoxifying mud and float. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 Amman/ Cairo (Final Departure) Accommodations: Hotel TBD. Breakfast provided. Breakfast at hotel. Check out and transfer to Amman Airport, Flight to Cairo connection to your final departure back home.
Jordan Tour Extension Pricing
· $2,500 per person (double occupancy)
· $400 (single supplement)
· 1 Night at hotel on H.B. Basis
· 2 Nights at Dead Sea Hotel on H.B Basis
· Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the itinerary
· All transfers / transportation by private air-conditioned Mini Van
· Private English-speaking Egyptologist throughout the whole trip
· International Flight ticket Cairo/ Amman/ Cairo
· Entry Visa Fees for Jordan
Anyone arriving or departing on different dates than the rest of the tour group will be charged the following, each way:
· 1 pax $35
· 2 pax $20 per person
· 3 pax $15 per person
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