- Monday 6th March 2023
Fly London to Cairo with EgyptAir and on arrival we check in to the first-class Crowne Plaza West Cairo Hotel for six nights on room and breakfast basis.
- Tuesday 7th March
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. After lunch at a local restaurant we head to The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. (BL)
- Wednesday 8th March
This morning we travel to the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza for a full day at this amazing site. You will be able to have refreshments at the Museum and take plenty of time to explore the many galleries (B)
- Thursday 9th March
Today, we visit the Giza Plateau to visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Time to enter the Great Pyramid for those who wish. We have obtained a special permit from the Ministry of Antiquities to enter the Sphinx Enclosure, so that we can stand at the paws of the Sphinx, and view the Dream Stela up close. This afternoon, we will return to the Museum for a shorter visit for a final look at some or the rooms you may have missed. (B)
- Friday 10th March
Arguably one of the largest Open-Air Museums in the world, we will spend a full day at Saqqara. During the day we will view and enter the Step Pyramid, the Pyramid of Unas, Old Kingdom mastabas, New Kingdom tombs and the rock-cut galleries of the Serapeum. We have a lunch break at the Sakkara Palm Club. (BL)
- Saturday 11th March
An exciting day as we head to Ismailia on the shores of Lake Timsah. We take a look at the old town and head to Ismailia Museum built in the 1930’s to house the finds discovered during the digging of the Suez Canal and the Sweet Water Canal. We have lunch at a local Restaurant before returning to Cairo.
- Sunday 12th March
We check out of our Cairo hotel and drive to Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast. On arrival we visit the Graeco-Roman catacombs at Kom el Shuqafa. Next, the subterranean galleries at the Temple of Serapis and the famous ‘Pompey’s Pillar’. We travel with lunch boxes today. We check in to the deluxe Helnan Palestine Hotel at Montaza Park for one night on room and breakfast basis. (BL)
- Monday 13th March
Today we will visit the Royal Jewellery Museum to view a priceless collection of jewels from the Muhammad Ali Dynasty. Housed in the former Palace of a Princess this beautiful building is a delight. We also visit the National Museum with its collection of recent archaeological finds. On to Kom el Dikka with its elegant Roman Theatre and probable site of Alexandria’s ancient university. We have a break for lunch before driving back to Cairo. On arrival we check in to Le Meridien Hotel at Cairo Airport for our last night in Egypt. (B)
- Tuesday 14th March 2023
After breakfast we walk from the hotel to the airport Terminal via a pedestrian link. We fly EgyptAir on the direct flight to London Heathrow arriving mid-afternoon. (B)
Dr. Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptological collections. He studied Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow, and has undertaken fieldwork in Egypt at Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham, Saqqara and the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Campbell is currently the Chair of Trustees at the Egypt Exploration Society, a UK-based charity that supports Egyptian heritage.
B = Breakfast BL = Breakfast and Lunch BD = Breakfast and Dinner BLD = Breakfast Lunch and Dinner