Egypt Rediscovered with Dr Chris Naunton

EGYPT REDISCOVERED

DEPARTING 16th February 2022

Regardless of how many times we have been to Egypt things are changing rapidly.

Over the course of the last few years many new discoveries have been made and some great new museums have opened. Many sites have also undergone restoration and conservation and have even more to offer first time and returning visitors.

Chris Naunton accompanies this new tour throughout and will give illustrated talks along the way.

Kubbet el Hawa

Special permit for East Bank Quarry Gebel Silsila

Special permit for Hierakonpolis

Hierakonpolis

Egyptologist, Chris Naunton has appeared in numerous television documentaries, most notably as the presenter of ‘ Flinders Petrie: The Man who Discovered Egypt’ (BBC4) and ‘Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy’ (Ch 4) and Egypt’s Lost Pyramid (Ch 4). He was CEO of the EES from 2012 -16 and President of the International Association of Egyptologists from 2015-19. He is now Director of the Robert Anderson Trust. His books; ‘Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt’, and ‘Egyptologists’ Notebooks’ are now on sale.

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Day 1 - Wednesday 16th February 2022

We take our direct flight from London Heathrow to Cairo and on arrival take our private transfer to the 5-star Steigenberger Giza Hotel. We check in for three nights on room and breakfast basis.

Day 2 - Thursday 17th February - The Grand Egyptian Museum

Our first discovery will be just a short ride from the hotel as we head straight to the Grand Egyptian Museum. This long awaited spectacular Museum is new to us all and we will spend the day viewing the galleries at leisure. Time to see the newly conserved treasure from the tomb of Tutankhamun and many objects relocated from storage areas around the country. You can spend all day at the museum but in the afternoon for those who wish we will organise a tour of the Giza Plateau to view the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. (B)

Day 3 - Friday 18th February - Saqqara

We have a full day to explore Saqqara where so much work in the last three years has unearthed many new tombs. We visit the Imhotep Museum, the Step Pyramid Enclosure with entry to the Step Pyramid of Djoser which is now open, the Unas Pyramid, the tomb of Tutankhamun’s wet nurse Maya, and much more. We also visit the Serapeum. We have lunch break at the Sakkara Palm Club. (BL)

Day 4 - Saturday 19th February - Old Cairo

Our day begins with a visit to The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization at the ancient city of Fustat, Old Cairo. This new museum displays a vast collection of artifacts ranging from Prehistoric times to the current day. A new gallery is now residence to the Royal Mummies recently moved from the Museum in Tahrir. We then head to Khan el Khalili where we can walk through some of Old Cairo’s historic streets and take lunch in the atmospheric Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant. Later we take an internal flight from Cairo to Aswan. On arrival we transfer to the Movenpick Hotel on Elephantine Island for five nights on room and breakfast basis. (BL)

Day 5 - Sunday 20th February - Obelisks and Temples

This morning we visit the quarry of the Unfinished Obelisk in the Open-Air Museum. Next we take a motor boat to the Island of Philae and the Temple of Isis. Plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful setting of this picturesque temple. Refreshments are available on the island but we will travel with a lunch box from our hotel today as our next destination is the rarely visited site of New Kalabsha.  Saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser in the 1970s we can enter the Temples of Kalabsha and Beit al Wali. Time also to view the Kiosk of Qertassi and admire the stunning views over Lake Nasser. We return to our hotel late afternoon. (BL)

Day 6 - Monday 21st February - Abu Simbel

We drive to Abu Simbel to view the Temple of Ramesses II and the smaller Temple of Queen Nefertari close by. Saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser in the 1960’s this is a chance to view one of the grandest building schemes undertaken by Ramesses II. As this is a long day we travel with lunch boxes.  We return to our hotel late afternoon. (BL)

Day 7 - Tuesday 22nd February - Aswan Delights

We begin our day exploring the Tombs of the Nobles at Kubbet el Hawa dating from the Old and Middle Kingdoms. Then we head to Sehel Island by motor launch. The rocks on the island are covered with inscriptions, the most famous being the ‘famine Stela’, and the views over the First Cataract from the hilltop are stunning. We return to the hotel for a lunch break and then in the afternoon we  have a guided tour of the vast ruins of ancient Yebu on Elephantine Island itself. Ongoing work is still underway at the site and we have plenty of time to visit all the major features including the temples of Satet and Heqaib, the ancient town houses and the Nilometer. Later we visit the Nubia Museum to look at local finds and the general history of the region. (B)

Day 8 - Wednesday 23rd February - Silsila

Today a journey North  to the Gebel Silsila Quarries. On both sides of the Nile these massive quarries provided the sandstone for some of the great monuments in Karnak and Luxor temples. On the West bank we visit some of the shrines, including that of Horemheb, and view many rock-cut stelae. However the highlight of the day will be our special permit to visit the East bank. Here we find spectacular quarries used during the New Kingdom and where Ramesses II took stone to construct the Ramesseum. We see many inscriptions including that of Amenhotep III and Seti I making this a visit not to be missed. We continue our journey with a stop at the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom Ombo before returning to our hotel. We travel with lunch boxes from the hotel today. (BL)

Day 9 - Thursday 24th February - Hierakonpolis

We check out of our hotel and head to Luxor and on our way we make an exciting stop at Hierakonpolis, Ancient Nekhen. We have a special permit to view this amazing and rarely visited site. Renee Friedman, Director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition has agreed to meet us on site and show us the latest conservation work on the vast Mudbrick Enclosure of King Khasekhemwy also known as the Fort. We travel with a lunch box and will picnic at the site dig house. Late afternoon we arrive in Luxor and check in to the Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion wing, for four nights on room and breakfast basis. (BL)

Day 10 - Friday 25th February - Mut at Karnak

Our morning begins at the Temple of Mut where we find many images of Mut in the form of Sekhmet. We can also see the unusual kidney shaped Sacred Lake and a small temple of Ramesses III. We also view the recently conserved Avenue of Sphinx leading from the Tenth Pylon of Karnak. On the Karnak Temple itself where we look at all the latest conservation work on our guided tour. Our coach will leave for the hotel at lunchtime for an afternoon at leisure but you are welcome to stay on at Karnak for the rest of the day. (B)

Day 11 - Saturday 26th February- The Temple of Khnum

An exciting visit today as we head to Esna Temple where conservation work has been underway for some years. The ceilings have been cleaned  and the inner wall paintings now reveal features that had been lost for some time. The unusual varied column capitals are being restored to their former glory.  Next, to Mo’alla, tomb of military leader and Governor Ankhtifi with its unusual style and inscriptions. Finally the temple of el Tod dedicated to the war god Montu. We travel with lunch boxes and return to the hotel late afternoon. (BL)

Day 12 - Sunday 27th April - Ancient Thebes

We begin our day at the Valley of the Kings where we have tickets for three tombs of those open on the day. Then we head to the Nobles Tombs for the tombs of Ramose and Sennofer. After lunch at a local restaurant we visit Deir el Medina, the Workers Village, to see the tombs and homes of the artisans who created the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Finally  the Ramesseum, mortuary temple of Ramesses the Great. (BL)

Day 13 - Monday 28th February 2022

We take our private transfer to Luxor Airport for our direct flight to London Heathrow. (B)

Egyptologist, Chris Naunton has appeared in numerous television documentaries, most notably as the presenter of ‘ Flinders Petrie: The Man who Discovered Egypt’ (BBC4) and ‘Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy’ (Ch 4) and Egypt’s Lost Pyramid (Ch 4). He was CEO of the EES from 2012 -16 and President of the International Association of Egyptologists from 2015-19. He is now Director of the Robert Anderson Trust. His books; ‘Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt’, and ‘Egyptologists’ Notebooks’ are now on sale.

B = Breakfast BL = Breakfast and Lunch BD = Breakfast and Dinner BLD = Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

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Egypt Rediscovered

  • Tour Code: AWER160222
  • Departing: 16th February 2022
  • Returning: 28th February 2022
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