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Meditation in Egypt

Outlined Itinerary

Discover the art of meditation in Egypt as we take you to ancient sites that will aid your search for inner peace. Not only will you get to experience the powers found inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Hathor, and many other sites, but you will also find peace and tranquillity on one of our engineless dahabiyas, where you will enjoy 4 nights/5 days of total silence: except for the sounds of nature.

This package includes: 5 nights in Cairo, 2 nights in Luxor, 4 nights on a dahabiya Nile cruise, 1 night in Abu Simbel, all transfers, sightseeing in our private air-conditioned vehicles, and your own experienced guides.


Day by Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive Cairo
  • Day 2: Cairo
  • Day 3: Cairo
  • Day 4: Luxor
  • Day 5: Luxor/Abydos/Dendera/Luxor
  • Day 6: Nile Cruise: Luxor/Esna Embarkation
  • Day 7: Nile Cruise: Esna/Gebel El Silsila
  • Day 8: Nile Cruise: Gebel El Silsila/Aswan
  • Day 9: Nile Cruise: Aswan
  • Day 10: Nile Cruise: Disembarkation/Abu Simbel
  • Day 11: Abu Simbel/Cairo
  • Day 12: Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo
  • Day 13: Final Departure
     

 

Photo of The Tour

  • Group Meditating

Inclusions

  • 5 nights at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Cairo based on bed and breakfast
  • 2 nights at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Luxor based on bed and breakfast
  • 4 nights on a dahabiya Nile cruise based on full board
  • 1 night at a 4* standard hotel in Abu Simbel based on bed and breakfast
  • All transfers and luggage handling within Egypt
  • All transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sightseeing with licensed guides
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  • All hotel taxes and service charges
  • Bottled water, tea and coffee on the dahabiya
  • Domestic flight tickets: Cairo to Luxor & Abu Simbel to Cairo
  • Meals: Breakfast x 12, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 4

Exclusions

  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visa upon arrival
  • Tips & personal items
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From

1755

Per person

  • Trip Duration :

    13 days/12 nights

  • Trip runs :

    Every Day

  • Pick-up Location :

    Cairo

  • Return To :

    Cairo

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Cairo

    Ahlan wasahlan bekom fi Masr: Arde El Farahnah (Welcome to Egypt: the Land of the Pharaohs). Once you have arrived at the Arrivals Hall, after your short bus trip from your aeroplane, you will be welcomed by our Oriental Tours representative, who will be standing inside the doors holding a board showing your name. He will then help you purchase your visa (if applicable), get your currency exchanged to Egyptian Pounds (known as LE, which is short for Livre Égyptienne), and then take you through Passport Control. From here he will assist you with collecting your luggage, before escorting you to our waiting, air-conditioned, vehicle outside. You will then be taken to your hotel, with our representative explaining details of your package to you, en route, as well as answering any questions you may have. Upon arrival at your hotel he will assist you with check in, continue answering any questions from you.

    The rest of the day is free time for you, allowing you to relax and freshen-up after your flight, but should you wish an optional extra, such as a trip to the Giza Pyramids Sound and Light show or a River Nile dinner cruise, please feel free to ask our representative to arrange this for you.

    Overnight in your hotel in Cairo (X)

  2. Day 2: Cairo

    Once you have had your very early breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour of Cairo. First of all you will be taken to Giza to see the world famous pyramids and sphinx. You will gaze in awe at the magnificent Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops): the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, enjoying a private visit inside, exclusively for your party to meditate from 0600 to 0800. Once back into the daylight you will continue your visit with the pyramids of Khafre (Chephren), and Menkaure (Mycerinos), and then gaze in delight at the spectacle of the supreme Sphinx.

    A quick break for lunch (optional) and you will then be taken to the Egyptian Museum (or as it is officially known: The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities!). Marvel at the thousands of artefacts from Egypt’s almost eternal history, 160,000 items spread out over 107 rooms, and then be prepared for your face to face encounter with the golden Death Mask of Tutankhamun.

    From here you will be taken to the Citadel of Saladin, built on Cairo’s highest point: Mokattam Hill. Saladin erected the Citadel to protect Cairo, from the crusaders, between 1176 and 1183 CE and nowadays it houses 3 mosques (the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, the Al-Nasir Muhammad Qala'un Mosque, and the Mosque of Suleyman Pasha), 4 museums (Al-Gawhara Palace Museum, the Carriage Museum, the Egyptian Military Museum, and the Egyptian Police Museum), fortifications, walkways and a cafeteria.

    Finally you will be taken to the Khan El Khalili, the famous street bazaar where you can buy almost any type of souvenir you want, as well as being able to sit and drink tea, coffee, soft drinks or Turkish coffee, and even smoke a shisha (if you wish). You will also find restaurants that serve superb meals here. 

    At the end of this interesting day you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel. (B)

    Optional extras:
    During the tour:
    Entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu
    Entrance to the Pyramid of Khafre or Menkaure (only one is open at any given time)
    The Solar Boat Museum
    The Royal Mummies Room in the Egyptian Museum

    In the evening:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  3. Day 3: Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour. First of all you will be taken, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to Sakkara, site of the world’s first ever pyramid: Djoser’s Step Pyramid, designed by the famous Imhotep: a genius of a man who was also one of the first ever medical practitioners and NOT the evil Mummy as Hollywood likes to portray.

    From here you will be taken to the town of Mit Rahina, once known as Memphis and the capital of ancient Egypt. The museum here houses many large artefacts, all situated in a wonderful garden, as well as the Colossi of Ramses II inside the museum building.

    You will then be driven to Dashur, with an optional stop for lunch en route. First of all you will get to visit the Red Pyramid, also known as the Northern Pyramid, believed to have been built by the Pharaoh Snefru. It was the world’s first “true” pyramid, meaning it was designed as a smooth sided structure, not converted from a step pyramid. Access into this pyramid is free, though it does mean negotiating a very steep interior slope: well worth it for the views inside! From here you will be taken the short distance to see Snefru’s famous “Bent Pyramid”, so named due to the change in angle that was forced upon the builders due to the pyramid being built on soft sand, which caused it to start subsiding.

    After this exiting day of pyramids you will be driven back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to do whatever you wish: relax, or take one of our optional extras. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  4. Day 4: Luxor

    Once you have had your breakfast our representative will meet you and assist you in your transfer to Cairo International Airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival our representative there will assist you with your luggage and transfer you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to your hotel, helping with check-in procedures upon arrival. Once this is completed your guide will meet you and take you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, on a tour of Luxor’s West Bank; the ancient Theban necropolis. Here you will get to visit the Valley of the Kings, where you can explore 3 tombs (the Tomb of Tutankhamen is an extra cost); the magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahri; the workers village at Deir El Medina; and finally, the remains of the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III: the Colossi of Memnon.

    After this you will be driven back to your hotel, where you have the option to either relax for the rest of the day, or take one of our optional extras. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show
    Luxor Museum
    Mummification Museum
    Felucca trip including visit to Banana Island
    Second West Bank tour. This includes the chance for you to see any 3 sites from this list: Medinet Habu; Deir El Medina; Ramesseum; Tombs of the Nobles; Mortuary Temple of Seti I; Valley of the Queens.
    Hot Air balloon trip (Early morning only)

  5. Day 5: Luxor/Abydos/Dendera/Luxor

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and then escort you on your drive, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to Abydos, a journey of approximately 170 kilometres. Here you will get to visit the Temple of Seti I, feeling the power of this great Pharaoh. From here you will be taken to Dendera, home of the Temple of Hathor; where you will get the opportunity to feel the love generated by this goddess.

    You will then be driven back to your Luxor hotel, where the rest of the day will be free for you to relax, sunbathe, or indulge yourself on one of our optional extras. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show
    Luxor Museum
    Mummification Museum
    Felucca trip including visit to Banana Island
    Second West Bank tour. This includes the chance for you to see any 3 sites from this list: Medinet Habu; Deir El Medina; Ramesseum; Tombs of the Nobles; Mortuary Temple of Seti I; Valley of the Queens.

  6. Day 6: Nile Cruise: Luxor/Esna Embarkation

    Once you have had your very early breakfast your guide will meet you and then escort you on your drive, in our air-conditioned vehicle, on a tour of Luxor’s famous two temples: Karnak (the world’s largest religious site) and Luxor. Your private visit to Karnak Temple will allow you 2 hours, from 0600 to 0800, to meditate before continuing the visit, where you will marvel at the immense columns in Karnak Temple’s Hypostyle Hall, as well as getting to see various obelisks, statues, more columns, and various artefacts that were primarily dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Next you will visit the smaller, in size but not in spectacle, Luxor Temple. Mainly added to by Ramses II it is now missing one of its obelisks, which can be seen in the Place de la Concorde in Paris: swapped for a clock (in the Mohammed Ali Mosque at Saladin’s Citadel) which has never worked. This temple also boasts many columns, statues and various artefacts.

    After these phenomenal visits you will be driven to Esna, where you will embark one of our dahabiyas, your floating hotel for the next 4 nights. Overnight onboard in Esna. (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7: Nile Cruise: Esna/Gebel El Silsila

    During breakfast you will start to sail to Edfu, where you will visit the Temple of Horus, which is one of the best preserved temples in the whole country.  Dedicated to the god Horus, it was built between 237BCE and 57BCE, during the Greek (Ptolemaic) Period; it actually sits on the remains of previous temples that had been built here.

    The reliefs on the walls tell the story of Horus taking out his revenge on Seth, for the murder of his father; Osiris, and give a fantastic insight into ancient Egyptian religion. An enormous 10 foot tall  statue of Horus, the falcon god, stands at the entrance of the main temple building, and there are also a granite shrine to Nektanebo (360-342BCE) , the remains of a mamissi (birth-house), and the base of a pylon that once belonged to a Rameses II temple.

    The Temple of Horus is also the second largest temple in Egypt: Karnak being the largest!

    You will then visit the small bazaar in Edfu before heading back to the dahabiya before it sails for Gebel El Silsila. Once believed, by the ancient Egyptians, to be where the Nile started, Gebel El Silsila is situated where the Nile narrows, as well as where the bedrock changes from limestone to sandstone.  It was a very popular quarry, during the New Kingdom and Greco-Roman Periods, with stone being removed for the building of: Dendera, Edfu, Esna, Karnak, Kom Ombo, Western Thebes, and many more historic sites.  Nowadays you can see a small Amenhotep III chapel as well as an unfinished sandstone sphinx.

    The Speos of Horemheb is directly across the river from Gebel El Silsila and is a rock-cut chapel with four pillars forming five openings. It was built by the Pharaoh Horemheb and the sanctuary commemorates him with the god Atum. Ramses II completed the Speos and later pharaohs, such as Ramses III, Ramses IV, and Shoshenq I are commemorated on a stele offering to the gods of Thebes, Heliopolis and Memphis, which can be found to the south of the Speos. It is at this fantastic location that you will have your dinner tonight, enjoying the marvellous atmosphere. Overnight onboard in Gebel El Silsila. (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8: Nile Cruise: Gebel El Silsila/Aswan

    During breakfast you will start sailing towards Kom Ombo, where you will visit the temple. The Temple of Kom Ombo is very unusual as it is dedicated to two gods: Sobek and Haroeris (the Greek name for the Egyptian god 'Herwer', which translates into 'Great Horus' or 'Horus the Elder'). It is built symmetrically, with two entrances, two sanctuaries, and a clear division that separates the temple into one half Sobek and one half Haroeris. It is a Ptolemaic temple, built between the reigns of Ptolemy VI (Philometor) and Ptolemy XII (Neos Dionysos) with sandstone from the nearby Gebel El Silsila quarries. The forecourt and outer corridor were added during the Roman Period.

    After this amazing visit you will head back to the dahabiya as it sails to Aswan. Overnight onboard in Aswan. (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9: Nile Cruise: Aswan

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will escort you to our air-conditioned vehicle for your day-long tour of Aswan. You will get to visit the Aswan High Dam, which created the world’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Nasser, once it was completed. You will then be taken on a short motorboat trip to Agilkia Island, home of the Temples of Philae since their previous location was flooded due to the creation of Lake Nasser. The motorboat trip, back from the island, signifies the end of this exciting day and you will then be driven back to the dahabiya for your dinner and a Galabeya costume party. Overnight onboard in Aswan. (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10: Nile Cruise: Disembarkation/Abu Simbel

    After your breakfast it will be time to say farewell to the crew of the dahabiya and disembark your cruise. You will then be driven, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to the site of Abu Simbel. Situated approximately 285 kilometres south of Aswan, including crossing the Tropic of Cancer, these two world famous temples are absolutely amazing. Built by Ramses II in honour of himself (the ultimate egotist?) and his favourite wife, Nefertari, these rock cut temples were moved, in 1968, to escape the encroaching waters of the newly formed Lake Nasser. After your visit here you will be driven to your hotel in Abu Simbel, a small hotel which represents the traditional Nubian lifestyle; attempting to preserve its cultural history, custom, music, and nature. The remainder of the day will be free to do as you wish: relax, or take our optional extra. (B)

    Optional extra:
    Abu Simbel Sound and Light Show

  11. Day 11: Abu Simbel/Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast our representative will meet you and transfer you to Abu Simbel Airport, in our air-conditioned vehicle, for your flight back to Cairo (via Aswan). Upon arrival in Cairo our representative will meet you, assist you with your luggage to our air-conditioned vehicle, and then transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you wish, though you may want to take one of our optional extras. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  12. Day 12: Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and escort you to your air-conditioned vehicle for your day long trip to Alexandria. Upon arrival you will have the opportunity to visit any four of the following sites:

    The Alexandria National Museum
    The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
    Citadel of Qaitbay
    Montazah Gardens
    Pompey’s Pillar and Serapeum
    The Roman Amphitheatre
    The Royal Jewellery Museum
    The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa
    The Greco-Roman Museum (when it reopens in 2015)

    Please note that your guide will advise you of the best order in which to make these visits as well as if you may have to change one due to time constraints and/or travelling distances within Alexandria

    You will stop for lunch (optional) when the opportunity arises, but sometime around 1200/1300. Once the tour is over you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel. (B)

  13. Day 13: Final Departure

    After breakfast our representative will arrive at your hotel to transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your departure flight, or to take you to any pre-arranged optional extra visits to fill in your time before transferring you to the airport, including that last-minute visit to the Khan El Khalili to buy those forgotten souvenirs and/or presents, and spend the last of your Egyptian Pounds. Bon voyage, and thank you for travelling with Oriental Tours Egypt. (B)

Price per person

Plan A (5* hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year (23 Dec - 07 Jan) Easter (28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Double € 1835 € 2040 € 2040
Single € 2335 € 2540 € 2540

Plan B (4* hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year (23 Dec - 07 Jan) Easter (28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Double € 1755 € 1935 € 1935
Single € 2210 € 2390 € 2390

Plan C (Budget Hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year (23 Dec - 07 Jan) Easter (28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Double € ـــ € ـــ € ـــ
Single € ـــ € ـــ € ـــ

PLEASE NOTE: Prices are based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room or cabin

Xmas and New Year Gala Dinners are compulsory and will be charged at the hotel and/or the cruise company’s set rate. Prices available on application.

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