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Sacred Tours

14-25 May, 2012
Extension to Bahariyah Oasis & Alexandria, 25-31 May

Creating a New Vision in an Ancient Land – Egypt
Day by day Itinerary

This Sacred Pilgrimage includes ceremony, guided meditations, and many amazing experiences.

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Kings ChamberCeremony with Little Grandmother inside the King's Chamber, October 2011

Day 1. Sunday, May 13. Leave JFK airport in New York, on Egypt Air MS 986 departing from JFK at 18:30 ET (6:30 pm ET). Overnight on plane.

Please note: if you are not traveling from the U.S. or if you are booking your international flights, you need to arrive to Cairo on May 14.

Day 2. Monday, May 14. Arrive at Cairo. Guardian Travel's staff will greet you as soon as you walk into the airport and escort you through customs and baggage claim. You will then be transferred by bus to your hotel. Relax, acclimate and meet your fellow travelers. Dinner in the evening. Overnight Mena House Hotel (D)

Day 3. Tuesday, May 15. Buffet breakfast. Guided tour to Saqqara and Dahsure. Visit the amazing temple complex at Sakkara, home of the oldest pyramid, the step Pyramid of Djoser (Zoser), built for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser by his vizier Imhotep, a talented architect and physician, during the 27th century BC. We will also visit an Old Kingdom tomb that will give some good visual images of how the ancients lived nearly 5000 years ago. The area of northern Egypt between Giza and Dahsure includes a number of fascinating funerary monuments, including tombs, mastabas, temples and pyramids. Together these "pyramid fields" have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Free evening. Enjoy an authentic home hosted Egyptian dinner. Overnight Mena House Hotel (BLD)

Day 4. Wednesday, May 16. Buffet breakfast. Visit the famed Cairo Museum. The museum exhibited collection now exceeds 120,000 objects ranging from the pre-history era to the Greco-Roman period. Lunch. After lunch we continue to Old Cairo, the oldest part of Cairo. It is truly a multi-faith area where Jewish, Coptic and Islamic monuments all stand next to one other. The area dates back to 640 A.D. with churches and cathedrals having been built in the 7th century. Fly to Luxor in the evening and check into the hotel.
Overnight Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel (BLD)

Day 5. Thursday, May 17. Buffet breakfast. Morning exploration of the magnificent Karnak Temple with its huge hall of pillars. In ancient times this temple was already considered to be one of the world’s miracles. Our guide Mohammed will tell us the story of the secret lake where the Sun boats traveled. In an adjoining temple we encounter the Goddess Sekhmet in the sanctuary where her "living" statue has stood unmolested for 3500 years and open to her strong healing power. Lunch. Free afternoon and evening to your leisure.
Overnight Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel (BLD)

Day 6. Friday, May 18. Morning visit to Abydos, temple of Osiris, to delve deeply into the art of remembering. See the ‘flower of life’ and the most beautiful reliefs in all of Egypt. Lunch en route as we travel through the timeless countryside along the Nile to Dendera, where we will visit the exquisite temple dedicated to Hathor to experience her mysteries of love, laughter and joy. Return to Luxor.
Overnight Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel (BLD)

Day 7. Saturday, May 19. After breakfast we will check out of the Luxor Hotel. Guided tour to the Valley of the Kings and Queens and Hatshipsut temple. Visit the Necropolis of Thebes on the West Bank of the Nile and explore the tombs of pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. Check in the Nile Cruise. Lunch. This evening we visit the beautiful Luxor Temple.
Overnight on Nile Cruise.(BLD)

Day 8. Sunday, May 20. Buffet breakfast. Free day to your leasure on board the Nile cruise. Boat will be sailing. Lunch and dinner onboard.
Overnight on Nile Cruise. (BLD)

Day 9. Monday, May 21. Buffet breakfast. Buffet breakfast. In the morning we visit the Edfu temple. Guarding the entrance of the temple are two statues of the god Horus. Horus was originally seen as a god of the sky, whose eyes are the Sun and the Moon. His importance was such that he was equalled with the king. The pharaoh was seen as a human manifestation of the god Horus. Lunch. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour to Kom Ombo temple where we will visit the temple dedicated to both Horus, the hawk and Sobek, the crocodile god.
Overnight on Nile Cruise. (BLD)

Day 10. Tuesday, May 22. Buffet breakfast. During our visit to Isis’s beautiful and serene island temple at Philae, we will engage in ceremony to open our hearts. We will visit the Unfinished Obelisk, thought to be attributed to Queen Hatshepsut. In the afternoon we sail to Elephantine Island by Felucca boats. At Elephantine the god Khnum was worshiped as the Creator and he was seen as the guardian of the source of the Nile.
Overnight on Nile Cruise.(BLD)

Day 11. Wednesday, May 23. Buffet breakfast. Check out of Nile cruise. Fly to Abu Simbel. Visit The Temple of Ramesses II and The Temple of Nefertari dedicated to Hathor. Lunch. Fly to Cairo in the afternoon. Free evening. Dinner in the hotel.
Overnight Mena House Hotel. (BLD)

Day 12. Thursday, May 24. Buffet breakfast. Camel ride. Explore the Great Pyramid, Sphinx and Giza Plateau. Private time in the Great Pyramid and Sphinx enclosure for our final ceremony. Lunch. Celebration dinner in Le Meridien Pyramids hotel.
Overnight Mena House Hotel. (BLD)

Day 13. Friday, May 25. Fly back home from Cairo. Depart for New York on Egypt Air MS 985 departing from Cairo at 09:10 am and arrive in JFK at 15:30 ET (3:30 pm). (B)

Bahariyah Oasis and Alexandria Extension

Friday, May 25. Check out of Cairo hotel and drive to the Bahariyah Oasis. Check in hotel upon arrival and enjoy a free afternoon/evening. (BLD)

Saturday, May 26. In the morning, departure by 4X4 Jeep to the White Desert. Visit the Black desert and the dune area. Lunch in El Heiz Oasis. On route to Farafra, visit the Crystal Mountain, the area of the wonders with the desert roses. We visit El Akabat and then we head to the White Desert. We start exploring the formations and wind carved sculptor and finally the New Desert. Return back to Bahariyah for overnight. (BLD)

Sunday, May 27. Today enjoy a local city tour of Bahariyah by 4X4 jeeps. Visit of the Temple of Ain el-Muftella, the tomb of Bannantiu, Alexander the Great’s temple, Bahariyah Museum where you will find the Golden Mummies, and the English houses 'Gebel al-Ingleez.' Swim in one of the hot springs. (BLD)

Monday, May 28. Check out of hotel in the morning and drive back to Cairo. Enjoy a free afternoon/evening in Cairo. (BLD)

Tuesday, May 29. Check out of Cairo hotel and drive to Alexandria. Visit the Alexandria National Museum and the Roman Amphitheatre. Enjoy a sea food lunch and rest by the Mediterranean Sea and Qait Bay Citadel. Check in to the Sheraton Alexandria and enjoy a free night. (BLD)

AlexandriaWednesday, May 30. Free morning and afternoon to enjoy the beaches in Alexandria. Drive to Cairo and en route visit the Library of Alexandria. Enjoy a free evening in Cairo. (BLD)

Thursday, May 31. Check out of hotel in the morning and transfer to airport for final departure. Depart for New York on Egypt Air MS 985 departing from Cairo at 09:10 am and arrive in JFK at 15:30 ET (3:30 pm). (B)


Included meals in the tour: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner.

Please note that due to the magical and spontaneous nature of these trips the itinerary is subject to change, although all sites listed will be visited.

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