June 20: Depart from the US
We tentatively plan to leave Seattle at 5:35 pm on Emirates #230 and arrive in Dubai at 6:55 pm (Monday, June 21). Flight time is 14 hrs 20 minutes on a Boeing 777-300ER. We will have a 3 hour layover in Dubai. Final flight details will not be determined until September 2021.
June 21: Arrival in Cairo, Egypt
After arriving in Dubai at 6:55 pm, we have a 3 hr layover in the airport. Our evening flight to Cairo, Egypt departs at 9:55 pm and arrives at 11:45 pm. Flight time is 3 hr 50 min on Emirates Flight #925. We will be flying on an Boeing 777-300ER. Final flight details to be confirmed in September 2021.
Transfer to the Hilton Heliopolis hotel l (or similar) for a much-needed night's rest.
June 22: The Early Pyramids
Today we will visit some of the earliest pyramids: the Bent Pyramid, the Red pyramid--and even climb deep down inside of them, if you have the courage (and the thigh muscles).
After lunch, we will visit the pyramid of Zoser, and the pyramid of Titi. We will also visit the Mastaba of Kagemni, the Sed temple, and see the Statue of Ramses II at Memphis.
June 23: Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx
Following breakfast, we depart for an amazing adventure at the Giza Pyramids. According to scholars, these ancient structures date back to about the year 2,500 BC--basically to the time of Abraham. In addition to marveling at the pyramids from the outside, you'll also have the chance to go inside and climb the narrow passage way leading into the King's Chamber! We will also visit the Solar Barque Museum, where we will see the reassembled Khufu ship--an ancient ship that disassembled around the funeral rites into 1224 small pieces before being buried near the pyramids in the boat pit and the Great Sphinx.
After lunch we will visit to the new Egyptian Museum. The museum contains 120,000 ancient Egyptian antiquities, There is nothing quite like it in the world!
June 24: The Eastern Bank of Luxor
After an early breakfast, we head to the Cairo airport to catch our flight to Luxor for an amazing morning visit to the ancient monuments on the eastern bank of Luxor--ancient Thebes. On the east bank, the main monuments are the Karnak and Luxor Temples. The Karnak Temple comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. The complex is a vast open-air museum, and the second largest ancient religious site in the world. It is the second most visited historical site in Egypt, only the Giza Pyramids near Cairo receive more visits. Building at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom.
After lunch, we will head to the hotel for some much needed rest. After supper, we will head out for an evening tour of the Luxor Temple. The temple complex was built around 1400 BCE--perhaps around the time of the Exodus. Unlike the other temples in Thebes, the Luxor temple is not dedicated to a god or a deified version of the king in death. Instead it is dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship; it may have been where many of the kings of Egypt were crowned in reality or at least conceptually
Overnight at the Sonesta St. George Hotel