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Bedouin Castle: Hotel, Safari, Nile Tours © 2013

BELLY DANCING TOURS

Tours include:

*Professional belly dancing instructor (by Khairiya Mazan – 35 years experience) accompanied by live Arabic music.
*Instruction in all of the musical instruments (dumbek (drums), Uut (sitar), Razma (Flute), and Doft (drum),
*Private Dahabiyas (Nile cruise boats) where indicated.
*Dancing workshops (most days in the morning) are from 1 to 3 hours. Workshops include: warming exercises (yoga), and dance instruction in: Cabaret, Saidi stick dancing,   

 and Nubian dancing (more may be included).
*University accredited archaeology guide who has worked at most of the sites.
*Visits to important ancient Egyptian tombs and temples.
*Food is included as noted: BB = bed and breakfast; HB = breakfast and dinner; FB = breakfast, lunch and dinner. Note: many times lunch consists of a lunch box as we travel

 from place to place.
*Tea or coffee included with breakfast.  I large bottle of water for each person every day.  Beer, wine and alcohol not included (except where noted). Guide and tour facilitator  

  tips not included.

PROGRAM 1: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan
DAY 1            Arrive in Cairo.  Transfers to Hotel. ON: Giza. BB.
DAY 2            Egyptian museum. Perfume and Belly Dance shops. ON: Giza. HB.
DAY 3            Saqqarra, Giza plateau.  ON: Giza.  HB.
DAY 4            Fly to Luxor.  Karnak and Mut precincts.  Transfer to hotel (West Bank).  Dinner party: live music, Sufi & Belly Dancers. ON: Luxor. HB.
DAY 5            Morning belly dancing workshop. Afternoon: Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple. ON: Luxor hotel. HB.
DAY 6            Valley of the Queens, Esna Khnum temple.  Board Dahabiya in Esna.  Afternoon belly dancing workshop on the sun deck of our Dahabiya (live music) as we sail

                      down the Nile. ON: Dahabiya docked at Fawza Island. FB.
DAY 7            Dancing workshop in the morning on the sun deck, as we cruise down the Nile.  In the afternoon we see the Edfu temple, and go into Horemheb’s (Dynasty 18)

                      rock quarries at Silsila, where recent interesting discoveries have been made.  ON: Dahabiya docked at el-Hagaz island. FB.
DAY 8            Dancing workshop in the morning.  Afternoon visit to Kom Ombu temple.  Dahabiya docks at Faris Island. FB.

DAY 9            Dance workshop in the morning.  Arrive in Aswan in the afternoon. Visit Philae temple complex and Nubian village.  OPTION: Visit Kelebsha temple complex. ON:

                      Aswan hotel. FB.
DAY 10          Last dancing workshop at our Aswan hotel. Free Afternoon.  Evening felucca ride/party: all drinks (including alcohol) included. ON: Aswan hotel.  HB.        

DAY 11          Airport transfers to Aswan airport.

                      OPTION:
DAY 11          Drive to the el-Kab tombs in Edfu, and continue to Marsa Alam (Red Sea) via the Kanais rock cut tombs.  Overnight: Red Sea resort hotel. FB.           
DAY 12          Day boat trip to Dolphin Reef.  Snorkel and swim in this beautiful reef, with the dolphins (if they show up).  Overnight: Marsa Alam resort hotel. FB.                
DAY 13          Free day to relax.  Options available: spa services, snorkeling, ATV 4-wheel bike rentals for desert riding, or day safari to Wadi Gamal National Park and

                      Cleopatra’s Emerald mines.  Overnight: Marsa Alam.
DAY 14          Fly home from Marsa Alam.

 
PROGRAM 2: The Red and Black Lands 
DAY 1              Arrive in Cairo.  Transfers to hotel. Overnight: Barcelo hotel, Giza. BB.
DAY 2              Egyptian museum. Perfume and Belly Dance shops. Overnight: Barcelo hotel, Giza. HB.
DAY 3              Dance Workshop (Cabaret) in the morning, and a visit to the GizaPlateau in the afternoon. Overnight: Barcelo hotel, Giza. HB.
DAY 4              Belly Dance Workshop (Sword) in the morning.  Travel to the Bahariya Oasis in the afternoon.  Overnight: Bedouin Castle. FB.

DAY 5              Antiquities and Local tours of the Bahariya Oasis. Evening party and Belly Dance workshop (Oasis). Overnight: Bedouin Castle. FB.
DAY 6              White Desert Safari includes: Black Desert, Crystal Mountain, Aqabat, Flower Desert, and the Old and New White Deserts.  All off-road from Crystal

                        Mountain.  Bedouin Camping and dance party under the stars, and around the campfire with live musicians. FB.
DAY 7              Travel to the Dakhla Oasis.  Visit the San el-Hagar temple (Amun, Mut, Khonsu, and Seth) and the 1000 yr old Bedouin town, Qasr. Overnight: Dakhla hotel. 

                        FB. Option: return to Cairo, fly to Luxor (saves one day)
DAY 8              Travel to the Kharga Oasis.  Visit Bagawat (3rd c AD Christian necropolis with scenes from the Exodus, Rebecca-at-the-well, etc). Travel to Luxor.  Overnight: 

                        Gezira Gardens hotel. FB.
DAY 9              Belly Dance Workshop (Saidi) AM.  In the afternoon, visit the Valley of the Kings and the colossi of Memnon. Overnight: Gezira Gardens.  HB.
DAY 10            Belly Dance Workshop (Stick dancing) AM. In the afternoon, visit the  Karnak and Mut Precincts.  Overnight: Gezira Gardens.  HB.
DAY 11            Today, visit Hatshepsut’s temple and the tombs of Deir el-Medina. Farewell party with Sufi and Belly Dancers and live musicians. HB.
DAY 12            Airport transfers to your international destinations.
                        OPTION:
DAY 9              Belly Dance Workshop (Saidi) AM.  Afternoon: Karnak Precinct and Luxor temple.  Overnight: Gezira Gardens. HB.
DAY 10            Valley of the Kings.  Travel to Esna and board your private Dahabiya.  Afternoon Belly Dance workshop on the boat’s sun deck as you sail down the Nile. 

                        Overnight: Dahabiya docked at Fawza Island. FB.
DAY 11            Dancing workshop in the morning on the sun deck, as we cruise down the Nile.  In the afternoon we visit Horus’ temple at Edfu.  Later our Dahabiya stops at

                        Silsila and pharaoh Horemheb’s rock quarries, where recent interesting discoveries have been made.  Overnight: Dahabiya docked at el-Hagaz island. FB.
DAY 12            Dancing workshop in the morning.  Afternoon visit to Kom Ombu temple of Horus/Haoeris and Sobek.  Dahabiya docks at Faris Island. FB.
DAY 13            Dance workshop in the morning and we arrive in Aswan in the afternoon. Visit Philae temple complex and Nubian village.  Overnight: Aswan hotel. FB.
DAY 14            Last dancing workshop at our Aswan hotel. Visit to Kelebsha temple complex on Lake Nasser.  Evening felucca ride/party: all drinks (including alcohol) included.

                        Overnight: Aswan hotel.  HB.
DAY 15            Fly home.

PROGRAM 3: Surf and Turf 
DAY 1            Arrive in Cairo.  Transfers to Hotel. Overnight, Barcelo hotel, Giza. BB.
DAY 2            Egyptian museum. Belly Dance Workshop (Cabaret). Perfume and Belly Dance shops. Overnight, Barcelo hotel, Giza. FB.
DAY 3            Dance Workshop (Sword): AM. In the afternoon we visit the Giza Plateau. Overnight: Barcelo hotel, Giza. HB.
DAY 4            Belly Dance Workshop (Cabaret): AM. In the afternoon we fly to Marsa Alam (Mainland Red Sea).  Overnight: Marsa Alam resort hotel.  HB.
DAY 5            Half Day snorkeling or diving from our yacht.  Afternoon and evening free.  ATV’s available for desert safaris. ON: Marsa Alam resort.  FB.
DAY 6            Visit the tombs of el-Kab on our way to Aswan. Check in to our private Dahabiya and overnight.  FB.
DAY 7            Dance Workshop (Nubian) on our Dahabiya.  Afternoon visit to Isis’ complex on Philae Island as well as the Nubian Village.  Overnight: Dahabiya.  FB.
DAY 8            Dance Workshop AM on the sun deck of our Dahabiya as we sail down the Nile.  Afternoon visit at Kom Ombu temple.  Overnight: Dahabiya docked at Faris

                      Island. FB.
DAY 9            Dance Workshop (Saidi) AM.  Afternoon visits to Silsila (Horembeh’s rock quarries).  Overnight: Dahabiya docked at el-Hagaz Island.  FB.
DAY 10          Visit the Edfu temple (Horus). Dance workshop (Stick) on the sundeck in the afternoon as we sail north.  Overnight: Dahabiya docked at Fawza Island. FB.
DAY 11          Dance Workshop on the sundeck (AM).  Arrive at Esna and disembark.  Visit the Esna temple to Khnumn. Drive to Luxor West Bank.  ON: Gezira Gardens.  FB.
DAY 12          Visit the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s temple, the Valley of the Queens, and the colossi of Memnon.  Overnight: Gezira Gardens.  HB.
DAY 13          Visit the Karnak, Mut and Luxor temple complexes as well as the Luxor bazaar.  Farewell Dance party at our hotel.  Overnight: Gezira Gardens.  HB.
DAY 14          Fly home.  Airport transfers.