Nile Valley Antiquities Tours
The Bedouin Castle offers ancient Egyptian archaeology tours to every area in Egypt. Below are some of our standard tours; all can be customized with the options below our Classic Egypt tour. Customization included: adding or detracting sites, lowering or extending days, and visits to areas not listed in the program below. Prices vary with all of these tours depending on number of guests in your group, number of days, and what type of guide you wish: Egyptian national with a Bachelors degree in Egyptian history, or the owner of the Bedouin Castle who has post graduate degrees in ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman archaeology, and who has either excavated or surveyed most of the classic sites in Egypt, from Tanis in the northeastern Delta, to Aswan in the south.
Additional stops can be made, at no extra charge, to purchase personalized cartouches, perfumes made from Egyptian flowers, ancient Egyptian papyrus replicas, or alabaster bowls, lamps and statues, carved in the fashion of ancient Egypt. Please note that "BB" = bed and breakfast; "HB" = breakfast and dinner; "FB" = breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Nile Cruise, Aswan
DAY 1 A greeter will meet you at the Cairo airport and take you to your Giza hotel. BB
DAY 2 After breakfast we go to the Saqqara necropolis and visiting the complex of Djoserand his step pyramid, the pyramid of Teti, and go inside some vivid Old Kingdom nobles' tombs. Next, we ride 45 minutes on horse or camel thru the desert, enjoying a magnificent view of the Giza pyramids. Our coach collects us at Abu Ghurob and we return to our hotel HB
DAY 3 Today we travel to Dashur where king Khufu's father, Snefru, built the first true pyramid
in Egypt after experiencing with his earlier and his Bent pyramid, also located at Dashur.
Afterwards we head north to the Giza plateau, going inside Khufu's (the Great) pyramid, the
Great Sphinx, and either Menkaure's or Khafra's pyramid. A visit to the boat museum is optional.
Overnight at our Giza hotel. FB.
DAY 4 In the morning, we fly to Luxor and check into our hotel. Late afternoon we shop in the
exotic Luxor outdoor bazaar before visiting the Luxor temple complex at sunset. Return to our
DAY 5 Leave the hotel at 8am and drive to the well-preserved temple of Hathor at Dendera, where the ancient Egyptian zodiac was found Then we return via Luxor's West Bank and visit several tombs in the Valley of the Kings as well as the temple of the great female pharaoh, Hatshepsut (photo at top of page). We make a final photo opportunity stop at the Colossi of Memnon, before returning to our hotel. FB.
DAY 6 After breakfast, we leave our hotel and check into our Nile Cruise boat.
After lunch we tour the largest ancient religious complex in the world– Karnak,
where we walk thru the huge 'forest' of columns, as well as the Amun, Ptah, and
Khonsu temples. Afterwards we go to the Mut precinct (Amun's consort), where
there is a sacred lake, three temples, and a large array of Sekhmet statues.
Dinner on board our cruise boat, which sets sail for Edfu later this evening. FB
DAY 7 In the morning we wake up at Edfu where we visit the best preserved
temple in Egypt dedicated to Horus. We continue sailing south, enjoying the scenery
or swimming in the pool on the sun deck. At sunset, we visit the Haoeris and Sobek
temple at Kom Ombu, right on the edge of the Nile. Sobek is the crocodile god, so
many mummified crocodiles were found at this site and are well preserved in the
museum next to the temple. We continue sailing south to Aswan. FB
DAY 8 Today we take a coach, then transfer to a smaller boat, and go to the island of Philae
where the Isis temple, is located. Afterwards, we take our boat further south to the very fun,
Nubian Village, which is filled with Nubian domed structures. We return by boat to our coach and
then proceed to the Nubian museum, which is filled with ancient Egyptian/Nubian artifacts. Later,
we enjoy live music and a Galabiya party on our cruise boat. FB
DAY 9 In the morning after checking out of our hotel, we leave for the Aswan airport, making a
stop on lake Nasser to take small boats out to the island where the Kelebsha temples are located.
On the island are four ancient Egyptian temples with Nubian artistic influence; one of the temples is rock-cut into the mountain, the another a beautiful kiosk with Lake Nasser in the background. Afterwards, we fly to Cairo and check into our hotel. HB
DAY 10 On our final touring day in Egypt, we first visit the world-renown Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square. Afterwards we make a stop at the most famous bazaar in the Middle East, the Khan el-Khalili, where we walk thru the narrow curving streets and enjoy the old Islamic monuments. We return to the hotel for our last dinner together. HB
DAY 11 Airport transfers will take you to the airport for your international flight home. Bon Voyage!
OPTIONS & EXTENSIONS
RED SEA DIVING & SNORKELING
WHITE DESERT SAFARI
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
CRUISES AND TEMPLE PRIVATE TIME
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