The Abydos Experience with Dr Chris Naunton


DEPARTING 14th October 2024

This popular tour is based on an extended visit to one of the oldest and most sacred cities of Ancient Egypt.

Accompanied throughout by expert, Dr Chris Naunton.

Ramesses II Temple

We have a special private permit allowing access to the Osireion via the northern entrance tunnel

We also have special permits to enter the tomb of Senusret III and to visit Beit Khallaf

Join us on this exciting in-depth tour of one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt where we meet the local inspectors and hear about their ongoing work, including up to date info on the Abydos Archive Project.

No single supplement!


Day 1 - Monday 14th October 2024

We fly London Heathrow to Luxor and on arrival take our private transfer and check in to the Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for two nights on room and breakfast basis.

Day 2 - Tuesday 15th October - West Bank

We take our private launch across the Nile to meet our bus and head to the Valley of the Kings. We have tickets for three tombs of your choice from those open on the day and there is time to buy extra tickets for any other tombs open on the day. Next, we visit the calm and peaceful temple of Seti I where we see depictions of Ramesses II kneeling before his father, Seti. We have a relaxing local lunch and after our break we visit the Ramesseum, mortuary temple of Ramesses II,  where we view the toppled colossi and stunning reliefs of the Battle of Kadesh. Later in the week we will see the temples of these two Pharaohs in Abydos. Later we visit Luxor Museum. (BL)

Day 3 - Wednesday 16th October - To Abydos

Today we leave Luxor and take the road north for Abydos. We travel with a lunch box from the Winter Palace today. On arrival in Abydos, we make our first visit to the Temple of Seti I. We take time to view some of the most stunning reliefs to be found in all of Egypt. We also look at the Osireion nearby.  We check in to The House of Life, a comfortable local hotel, close to the sacred temples. We are on full board whilst in Abydos. (BLD)

Day 4 - Thursday 17th October - Anubis Mountain

Today we have a special permit to enter the Tomb of Senusret III cut in to the natural ‘pyramid’ shape hill known as Anubis Mountain. The eight-hundred-foot-long structure cut into the hill is still being studied by a team from Penn Museum. Next, we head off to Kom el Sultan with its massive mudbrick walls and we have time to walk to the huge mudbrick enclosure of Shunet El Zebib dating to the 2nd Dynasty and built by Khasakhemwy. We return to the hotel for lunch. This afternoon we visit the temple of Ramesses II and a look at recent excavation work in the area. (BLD)

Day 5 - Friday 18th October - Rock-cut tombs and a Vast Stone Temple.

We drive North this morning to visit the newly opened site at el Hawawish. Here, we have the chance to enter some of the rock-cut tombs dating back to the Old Kingdom. Later we continue to the fascinating site of Athribis where we find the remains of the last big stone temple built in Egypt. Dedicated to the god Min-Re, his wife the goddess Repyt and their son, restoration work is still underway. We travel with a lunch box today. Before returning to Abydos, we visit the White Monastery, founded in the 4th Century AD. (BLD)

Day 6 - Saturday 19th October - The Osireion

Our day begins with the journey to the huge mud-brick mastaba known as K1 at Beit Khallaf. This site rarely visited was excavated by John Garstang in the early 1900’s. We have a special permit to walk the site with our local inspectors. After lunch at our hotel, we have arranged a special private permit allowing access to the Osireion via the northern entrance tunnel. This is followed by our return to the hotel via the floodlit temple of Seti I. A spectacular way to say goodbye to mystical Abydos. (BLD)

Day 7 - Sunday 20th October - Return to Luxor

On our journey back to Luxor we stop at the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. Here in the fabulous Hypostyle Hall, we can see the astronomical ceiling restored and cleaned to its original colour. We view the crypt, rooftop sanctuaries and allow plenty of time to walk the outer walls. On arrival in Luxor, we check in to the Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion wing, for our final night. (B)

Day 8 - Monday 21st October 2024 - Home

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

Why not combine this tour with Temples and Tombs departing 7th October 2024. You will receive a £500 discount on the TWO TOUR price. (The discount does not apply to Land Only bookings). Call or email for details.


Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist and author of Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt (Thames and Hudson 2018) and Egyptologists Notebooks (2020). He has appeared in numerous television documentaries, regularly lectures on a wide variety of subjects around the UK and online, and is a frequent visitor to Egypt. He was Director of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2012 to 2016, President of the International Association of Egyptologists from 2015 to 2019, and is now Director of the Robert Anderson Trust.

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

No single supplement!

The Abydos Experience

  • Tour Code: AWAE141024
  • Departing: 14th October 2024
  • Returning: 21st October 2024
  • Cost Per Person: £3680
  • Single Supplement: £0

AWT's 'Single Supplement Guarantee' means that we only charge you what we are charged ourselves - we do not 'mark up'!

  • Land Only Discount: £400

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