MAGICAL AND SPIRITUAL EGYPT OCTOBER 2023

Egipto el Cairo

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240 hours

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MAGICAL AND SPIRITUAL EGYPT FEBRUARY 2023

 

ECUADOR GROUP   “All inclusive

All visits are included, and the special visit to the SERAPEUM, the most mysterious tomb in Egypt and that is not normally visited.

A luxury

The hotels and the cruise ship are luxurious.

Net prices per person in double with taxes included

 

Very important this tour has limited places February 2023

Price subject to variation depending on availability of the air class at the time of making the firm reservation.

ITINERARY: Egypt Tour departure on Friday October 11th and return on february 19th. Quito / Egypt All inclusive.

Day 1- Departure from Quito airport / Cairo February 11, 2023

Day 2- Airport Transfer / Nile Cruise: Quito/Luxor- Half Board

We depart from Quito with a stopover and arrival in Luxor where you will be transferred directly to the ship and we will enjoy a Picnic dinner in the Captain's cabin and one night on board the cruise.

 

Day 3 - Nile Cruise: Luxor/Esna/Edfu – Full Board

 

Our first stop will take us to the tomb of the famous Valley of the Kings and the Necropolis of Thebes. In this mysterious place we can explore some of the tombs of the Egyptian kings and pharaohs of the New Kingdom. In this place is the famous tomb of Tutankhamun (currently under archaeological investigations). Later we will visit the Deir EL Bahari temple in the vicinity of the valley of the kings and the valley of the queens. This unique temple of its kind, commonly called "the convent of the north", is a monument dedicated to the Pharaoh who spent the longest time on the Egyptian throne, propitiating an era of prosperity and glory. During our trip to the Karnak temple complex we will visit the Colossi of Memnon. These statues of more than 720 tons each, are the last vestige of the largest temple in Egypt that was dedicated to Pharaoh Amenhotep III. These statues tell at their base the story of the god that causes the annual floods of the Nile River "Hapy". Being in an area affected by these floods, the temple of Amenhotep III has disappeared in its entirety and the statues have suffered millennia of deterioration in which its legend has grown. One of these legends said that the statues announced the sunrise "singing" in the morning. This effect was probably produced by the evaporation of the water coming out of the fissures in the statue that were caused by the earthquakes. Subsequent attempts to restore the colossi by the Romans eliminated this effect and caused their faces to be unrecognizable today. We continue with the tour and arrive at the second most visited place by tourists in Egypt, the religious complex of Karnak and its temples are one of the places of greatest historical value in Egyptian history. This is due to the way in which these temples were built at the time. These were built starting with the central sanctuary and then the outer areas. Because the main temple (of Luxor) is dedicated to the God Amun-Ra (god of creation and the sun), many pharaohs expanded the temple with new monuments to honor the main god of the Egyptian pantheon. After the visit with breakfast, lunch and dinner included, we will return to the Cruise to Esna.

Day 4 - Nile River Cruise: Esna/Edfu/ Kom Ombo / Aswan – Full Board

 

Our first stop will be the Edfu temple dedicated to the god Horus whose construction began in 237 BC. and the year 57 B.C. was terminated. This is the second largest temple in Egypt second only to the Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak and is the best preserved temple from the Hellenistic period of the Egyptian empire. This temple is relatively intact due to the fact that it fell into disuse after an edict made by Theodosius I, which prohibited the worship of other gods in the Christian Roman Empire. Due to this the carved reliefs of the temple were razed by the Christians and the sand and mud of the Nile began to bury the temple for centuries to a depth of up to 12 meters below the surface. In 1798 the pylons of the temple were barely visible and a French expedition in 1860 began to free the temple from the sand. Currently the temple has a paved parking lot and modern lighting for night exploration. Later we will be taken to the temple of Kom Ombo sailing a little more on the river. This temple is unusual in that its construction was symmetrical about a central axis. This was done to honor both gods of the Egyptian pantheon in fair measure: Sobek, the crocodile-headed god of fertility, and Haroeris, also called “Horus”, the falcon-headed god of kingship in the sky, of fertility. war and hunting. Contemporary efforts to protect the temple from the waters of the Nile River have evidenced a strong Roman influence on the temple, including the discovery of a bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Day 5 Nile Cruise: Aswan/Abu Simbel – Full Board

 

We arrive at dawn in Aswan where we will go to the temples of Abu Simbel. This complex has inside the temple of Pharaoh Ramses II and the temple of Nefertari who was his favorite wife. The temple of Ramses II began its construction in the year 1264 BC and finished in 1244 BC. Both temples were dismantled in 1964 and rebuilt at a higher height and 200 meters further from their original buildings due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Later we can enjoy a ride on a type of Egyptian sailboat called Felucca to end the day.

Day 6 domestic flight: Aswan / Cairo - Full board

 

After breakfast and disembarkation that concludes our cruise trip, we will visit the Philae temple, this temple was on the islet of the same name that was submerged under the waters of the Aswan dam. However, UNESCO sponsored the transfer of the temple dedicated to the goddess Isis to the nearby islet of Agilkia. This temple venerated one of the most important goddesses of the Egyptian pantheon, however, the Roman Emperor Justinian converted the group of temples into a Christian church dedicated to the invocation of Saint Stephen. This historical stop has the most modern vestige of hieroglyphic inscription dating from the year 394 and narrates the invocation of the Kushita god Mandulis. In addition, the walls of the temple bear the last written text in Demotic Egyptian dating from the year 452. After this unmissable visit we will be transferred to the Aswan airport to make the flight back to Cairo and we will go to the hotel where we will enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 7 Cairo: Pyramids of Giza/Memphis and Sakara/ Cairo by Night – Full Board

 

We will start the day with breakfast and a planned visit to the site of the Pyramids of Cheops, Khafre and Micerinos. The Pyramid of Cheops, or the Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest building on earth for 3,800 years and is the main tourist attraction in the country. The mysteries of its creation, its historical and religious importance and its durability through the ages make this pyramid the main modern esoteric attraction. After the visit to the pyramids we will approach the famous Sphinx created by Pharaoh Khafre. In ancient times it was painted in bright red colors, although the passage of time has stripped it of its nose and beard. This was already half buried up to the neck at the time of Napoleon and even then its lack of a nose was evident. The beard however is in the British Museum in London. After 3 hours of visiting the funerary complex of Giza, we will stop to enjoy the typical gastronomy of the place consisting of grilled chicken, Arabic bread, hummus, dessert with cakes and fruit salads. At the end of the meal, we will go to the Saqqara Necropolis in the city of Memphis, about 30 km from Cairo. There we will see the works of the world's first known architect (Imhotep) who designed the first stepped pyramid and many mastabas dedicated to the elite of the ancient empire. In this complex there are tombs from the 1st and 2nd dynasties and some from the 4th, 5th and 6th dynasties. However, the royal necropolis of the empire was moved to Giza during the 4th dynasty. In this complex there are also burial places for bulls and other sacred animals also mummified in which some 8 million animals are estimated. The visit includes a walk through the pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser (the stepped pyramid) Our last stop will be the ancient capital of the empire: Memphis. This was founded in the year 3050 BC. by Pharaoh Menes (the first pharaoh) about 19 km south of present-day Cairo. Then, in 2040 B.C. Thebes became the capital of the empire during the XI dynasty. However, it is estimated that it was positioned as the most populous city on earth at its moment of greatest influence for the year 2050 BC. The influence of this city began to decline after looting that took place in 661 BC and its hegemony came to an end with the foundation of Alexandria in 331 BC. The city was abandoned in its entirety by 641 AD. and its ruins together with part of the materials used in the pyramids were the materials with which Cairo was built. This ruined city is home to the colossus of Ramses II and the mysterious alabaster Sphinx that was carved in 1700 BC. to 1400 BC but it has not been possible to determine to which pharaoh it is dedicated. At the end of the daytime tour, our guide will direct us to the historic center of the city of Cairo during the night, such as AL-Muizz Street, which shows medieval architectural treasures and the largest market in Africa: The Khan el-Jalili. We will pass through "the cafe of mirrors" also called El Fishawi which is more than 200 years old. Finally we will taste once again the Egyptian cuisine in a traditional restaurant until midnight where we will be taken back to the hotel. SPECIAL VISIT TO THE SERAPEUM. The most mysterious tomb in Egypt.

Day 8 Cairo: Full day in the City – Full board

 

After breakfast we will explore Cairo in all its daytime splendor starting with the Citadel of Saladin. This was one of the most powerful Islamic rulers in the world, as he was Sultan of Egypt and Syria and his domains included Palestine, Yemen, Hijaz, Libya and Mesopotamia. The Citadel was the seat of government in Egypt during the 700 years after its construction (13th to 19th centuries) and is a fortress strategically located on some hills in the center of Cairo, perfect for controlling the vision of the horizon. Currently its interior is a museum and is home to mosques such as the famous Mohamed-Ali Mosque or the Alabaster Mosque. Once outside the citadel we will have the opportunity to further explore the Khan el-Khalili market for souvenirs and souvenirs. Next, a break for a main course of rice and vegetables along with a dessert of fruit salad to spend the next 3 hours exploring the Egyptian museum. The Egyptian Antiquities Museum is home to 136,000 objects from the history of the empire and is visited annually by more than 2.5 million people. Among the most interesting objects we have the great treasure of Tutankhamun, sarcophagi, jewels and different sculptures and busts from all the dynasties and the predynastic period. Later we will visit the Coptic quarter, home to the Hanging Church (AL-Muallqa). This one receives its name since it was built on one of the doors of an ancient fortress of the Egyptian Babylon. This Christian church has records of its existence from the 3rd century. Very close to the church is the Ben Ezra Synagogue, legends say that this was the place where the inhabitants believe that the baby Moses of the Bible was found. Other legends say that the prophet Jeremiah founded a synagogue in that place that was destroyed by the Romans in 30 BC. This synagogue has been destroyed multiple times during the past millennium. However, the current synagogue dates from the years 1039 and 1041 and its archive contained more than a thousand fragments of documents written in Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Yiddish, including a fragment of the book of siracida of the old testament. Finally, we will visit the church of San Sergio and San Pablo where it is said that the holy family took refuge for 3 weeks on their way through Egypt. During the year 1967 the pillar of the entrance began to bleed and Pope Cyril VI rested his finger on the pillar which stopped bleeding immediately. After dinner at a local restaurant we will return to the hotel to prepare to return to Quito.

 

Day 9 - check-out and transfer to Cairo airport: Cairo / Quito / in the afternoon of the 19th arrival in Quito on the 20th end of the trip.

Visits included

 Cairo: Panoramic Tour of the Pyramids including entrance to the Pyramid of Khafre or Micerinos / Memphis / Saqqara / Cairo Museum Coptic Quarter / Alabaster Mosque / Khalili Market, Cairo Night Tour

Luxor :Valley of the Kings including entrance to 3 tombs, Temple of Hashepsut, Temples of Luxor and Karnak, Colossi of Memnon

Aswan : Edfu Temples, Kom Ombo, Abu Simbel Temples by Road, Philae Temple)

Nile Cruise: Full Board without drinks

 

Cairo: Full board without drinks (3 breakfasts at the hotel + 3 meals at local restaurants + 3 dinners at local restaurants)

5 star hotels / RAMSES HILTON / GRAND NILE TOWER in Cairo

Nile Cruise / TUYA / ROYAL ESADORA / PRINCESS SARAH

Cost per person all included / PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE OR TRIPLE. In dollars

 

October 2022. (With Quito / Cairo flights) All included. 5 star service.

 

Important: To Cancel the Reservation only 50% and 90 days before 100% of the Tour + a photocopy of the passport in full color of the first page / an Email and a telephone number.

 

Included/Excluded

Air flight Quito / Cairo. Round trip...
4 nights Nile Cruise on a full board basis without drinks.
3 nights in Cairo on a bed and breakfast basis.
Arrival and departure transfers with Spanish-speaking assistance at all airports.
Special excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel by road.
2 days of excursions in Cairo with lunch included without drinks.
Cairo night tour with dinner at a local restaurant without drinks
3Dinners in Cairo at local restaurants without drinks.
Special direct flight to Luxor Saturday or Monday with the right to a 20k suitcase.
Telephones at destination 24 hours available to the client.
Transfers by Bus/Minibus with air conditioning.
Spanish-speaking guide during all visits.
Visits, tickets and transfers according to itinerary.
Taxes and basic travel insurance €280.
Entrance to the Pyramid of Khafre or Micerinos
Cancellation insurance and medical assistance.
Beverages, personal expenses or any item not mentioned as included
Mandatory payment service fee at destination and forms a binding part of the cost of the trip: Includes general tips, visa, airport assistance, official hotel and motorboat taxes €95 per person, voluntary guide tip not included.

Travel Styles

Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Marine
Independent
Activities
Festival & Events
Special Interest

Facilities

Wifi
Gymnasium
Mountain Bike
Satellite Office
Staff Lounge
Golf Cages
Aerobics Room

FAQs

What is the most important thing about Egypt?
The Egyptian civilization reached a great development in the sciences, art, religion and commerce. It stood out for the majesty of its monuments covered in hieroglyphs carved into its walls (which are the main sources of information for archaeologists).
Why is Egypt that trip that should not be missing from a traveling resume?
If there is an ancient civilization that brings together more congregation of sites and traces brought to light that is the Egyptian that, in addition, impresses by the majesty of its pyramids or temples and the richness of the cultural legacy left, including its many mysteries and enigmas still unknown. solve by scientists and archaeologists. There are many exciting trips around the world, but among all of them, Egypt should never be missing once in a lifetime.
What is Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt?
The division of Egypt into these two concepts has its origin in the predynastic period and refers to the Delta area (Lower Egypt) and the southern area from Memphis to the first cataract in modern Aswan (Upper Egypt). The government of Lower Egypt was represented by the lotus flower and a Red Crown (“Desheret”), with the goddess Wadjet, the cobra, being important, along with Bastet, Ptah and Horus. Upper Egypt was symbolized with the papyrus plant and the White Crown ("hedjet"), being important the goddess Nekhbet, the vulture goddess, and Seth, brother of Horus.
How is money handled in Egypt?
Cash. In Egypt, the Egyptian pound (EGP) is used. €1 is currently (May 4, 2021) equivalent to 18.84 Egyptian pounds. It's a good idea to check the current exchange rate before you leave.
How much money can I take in cash to Egypt?
How much money can I take to Egypt? The money limit to enter or leave Egypt is 5,000 Egyptian pounds. In addition, foreign or local travelers will not be able to enter or leave the country an amount greater than 10,000 dollars or its equivalent in other currencies or assets.
Where to exchange money upon arrival in Egypt?
Currency can be officially exchanged at Amex and Travel Choice Egypt (formerly Thomas Cook) offices, as well as at commercial banks, foreign exchange offices (Forex) and some hotels. Rates no longer vary, although some sites charge commission.

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Egipto el Cairo

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