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Day 1 – Monday 2nd October 2017
Fly London Heathrow to Luxor with EgyptAir and on arrival we check in to the First Class Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for seven nights on room and breakfast basis.

Day 2 – West Bank
The tour begins with our private launch ride across the Nile to the West Bank where our coach will be waiting to take us to the village of Deir el Medina. We enter the tombs of the artisans and view the homes of the craftsmen who built the tombs of the great Pharaohs and Queens. We also view the ‘Great Pit’ and the  Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor close by. This is followed by the newly opened tombs at Qurnet Murai  including that of Amenhotep called Huy, Viceroy of Kush TT40, Amenemonet and  Amenemhab. We have a relaxing lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant before we visit the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri. (BL)

Day 3 – KV35 in the Valley
Again we cross the Nile to the West Bank and this time we head straight to the Valley of the Kings where we have tickets for three tombs of your choosing. We also have a special private AWT permit to enter KV35 the tomb of Amenhotep II, one of the deepest tombs in the valley.  Also known as the tomb of the mummies when it served as a cache for some important royal mummies including Tuthmosis IV and Queen Tiy. Then we move on to the rarely visited West Valley to enter the Tomb of Ay. We have lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant and this afternoon we visit the Mortuary Temple of Seti I with reliefs depicting both Seti I and his son Ramesses II. On to the Ramesseum, Mortuary Temple of Ramesses the Great where we  view the toppled colossi that inspired Shelley’s sonnet Ozymandius. To end our excursion today we stop to view the magnificent Colossi of Memnon. (BL)

Day 4 – Hatshepsut in the Valley
Once more we cross to the West Bank and enter the Valley of the Kings. A chance to view three more tombs of your choice. We have included tickets for the wonderful tomb of Seti I now open to the public. However today we have a very rare chance to enter a closed tomb, that of Hatshepsut, KV20. We have arranged a special AWT private permit to open this intriguing tomb eventually cleared by Howard Carter in 1903.  After  lunch we will visit Medinet Habu, Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III. Finally, to Deir el Shelwit, the small Temple of Isis recently cleaned, restored and opened to the public. (BL)

Day 5 – Lunch on the Nile
A relaxing start to our Friday as we board our traditional felucca and enjoy lunch while sailing along the Nile. A magical time for cameras and binoculars with time to birdwatch and enjoy a quieter pace of life sailing through the lush green Nile Valley. After a break at the hotel we visit Luxor Temple and  Luxor Museum. (BL)

Day 6 – Mo’alla
This morning we take the road south and visit Mo’Alla to visit the tomb of the Governor Ankhtify of the First Intermediate Period where we can see the account of his life carved on the columns and walls.  We also stop at the often overlooked historic Temple of Montu at el Tod. The origins of this lovely site date back to the V Dynasty although most of what we now see dates from the New Kingdom. We return to the hotel for a lunch break and then we make the short journey to Karnak. We have a guided tour of all the main areas including the Open Air Museum with free time for photography. (B)

Day 7 – Nefertari
This morning our first visit will be to the Valley of the Queens. We view the very moving tombs of the Princes and Royal Children and we have included tickets to the fabulous Tomb of Nefertari. This spectacular tomb is now open to the public for the first time in many years. Next we visit Howard Carter House and the replica tomb of Tutankhamun set in the grounds of the house. We return to the hotel at lunchtime and the afternoon is at leisure. Time perhaps to revisit Luxor Temple, walk along the Corniche or just relax by the pool. (B)

Day 8 – Monday 9th October 2017
After breakfast we take our private transfer to the airport for our direct EgyptAir flight to London HR arriving early afternoon. (B)

This tour is guided throughout by Medhat Saad

(B) = Breakfast (BL) = Breakfast and Lunch (BLD) = Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

 

THEBAN TRAVELLER

 

DEPARTURE DATE  Monday 2nd October 2017

TOUR CODE AWTT 021017

 

STANDARD HOLIDAY PRICE: £2,765

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

LAND ONLY DISCOUNT: £420 (If you arrange your own flights)