Egypt Rediscovered with Dr Chris Naunton

EGYPT REDISCOVERED

DEPARTING 30th March 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 the Temple of Seti I at Kanais

Kanais

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.

Day 1 - Wednesday 30th March 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 31st March - 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 1st April - 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 Maia, the mastaba of Mehu, and much more. We also visit the Serapeum. We have lunch break at the Sakkara Palm Club. (BL)

Day 4 - Saturday 2nd April - 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 3rd April - The Temple of Isis

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 4th April - 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 5th April - 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 6th April - Silsila

Today a journey North to the Gebel Silsila Quarry. 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 will visit some of the shrines, including that of Horemheb, and view many rock-cut stelae. 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 7th April - Kanais

We check out of our hotel and head to Luxor and on our way we make an exciting stop in Wadi Abad in the Eastern Desert at Kanais. We have a special permit allowing entry to the small rock-cut temple of Seti I and we have time to explore the Roman guard post. We can also walk a little further along the cliff face to admire some ancient rock art. Back on the main road north we make a small detour to enter the Ptolemaic-Roman Temple of Esna 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. We travel with a lunch box and will picnic while travelling. 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 8th April - 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 to 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 9th April - The Valley of the Queens

Today we cross the Nile on our private launch and head straight to The Valley of the Queens. We have included entry to the fabulous Tomb of Nefertari, Great Wife of Ramesses II. We also take time to look at some of the other tombs in the Valley. Next, to Medinet Habu, the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III with superb reliefs of his triumph over the Sea Peoples. We have arranged for a local lunch today in a nearby restaurant. Finally this afternoon we visit the Ramesseum, Mortuary Temple of Ramesses the Great and inspiration for Shelley’s Ozymandias. (BL)

Day 12 - Sunday 10th 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. There will be a chance to purchase extra tickets for those who wish. Then we visit the tomb of Amenhotep called Huy, Viceroy of Nubia, during the reign of Tutankhamun at Qurnet Murai. After a refreshing local lunch 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. (BL)

Day 13 - Monday 11th April 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

Egypt Rediscovered

  • Tour Code: AWER300322
  • Departing: 30th March 2022
  • Returning: 11th April 2022
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