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Egypt Revisited

Tour Dates: February 12-27, 2022 (16 days)

Tour Leader(s): Stephen Harvey ,

You are invited to return to Egypt to experience this custom-designed itinerary. Travel and learn in the company of Egyptologist Stephen Harvey. On this 16-day tour, you are also joined by a local Egyptology guide and a professional tour manager. Optional pre-tour extension to Sudan.

Highlights are many and varied:

  • Gain inside access to the Red Pyramid at Dahshur, enter the burial chamber of the collapsed pyramid at Meidum, and visit two mud-brick pyramids (Illahun and Hawara) at the Fayoum Oasis.
  • Go behind-the-scenes at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara to see some of the new and remarkable excavations that are not open to the public, including (pending final confirmation) special access to the newly-discovered, 5th-dynasty Tomb of Wah Ti.
  • Explore the necropoli of Beni Hasan, known for its 39 rock-cut tombs with well-preserved paintings of dancing, acrobatics, juggling, fishing, hunting, and weaving; and Tuna el-Gebel, with huge catacombs for thousands of mummified ibises and baboons, and much more.
  • Visit Tell el-Amarna, which replaced Thebes (modern Luxor) as capital of Egypt under the heretic, 18th-dynasty pharaoh Akhenaton and was significant for its monotheism and distinctive artistic style.
  • Enjoy two in-depth visits to Abydos, where Stephen Harvey has worked for over 25 years, including visits to the spectacular Temple of Seti I, with its invaluable “Abydos King List” and chapels with exquisite reliefs; and special access to the subterranean Osireion (symbolic tomb of Osiris), centered around a burial chamber that was once surrounded by water. 
  • Discover two interesting and lesser-visited sites near Luxor: the Temple of Montu (the falcon-headed god of war) at El-Tod, and the tomb of Ankhtifi, a provincial governor and warlord, at El-Mo’alla.
  • On your last day in Cairo see the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, a 4th-century A.D. Coptic Church, and the 9th-century Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the city’s oldest mosque in its original form and its largest mosque in terms of area.
  • Enjoy luxurious and best available accommodations throughout, with two or three nights at each property.
  • Enhance your adventure with a pre-tour option in Sudan, land of the Nubian pharaohs, replete with ancient pyramids and temples.

This is a small group limited to just 16 spaces! Reserve your space today by calling 800-748-6262 or emailing aia@studytours.org.

Pricing Per Person

Main Tour Pricing (14 nights)
Double Occupancy 13-16 participants $10,695
Double Occupancy 10-12 participants $10,995
Double Occupancy 8-9 participants $11,495
Single Supplement $3,145

Sudan Extension Prices (8 nights)
per person double occupancy
14-16 participants $5,545
11-13 participants $5,945
9-10 participants $6,345
6-8 participants $6,845
Single Supplement $1,875

With fewer than 6 participants, a small group surcharge may be added. Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability).

To reserve your space using the online form, click here.

For reservations or questions, please email us at aia@studytours.org (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884).

Ramesses II in Luxor Temple ©Mohammed Moussa

Boundary stela A, located on the approach to Tuna el-Gebel © Roland Unger

Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III © Rhikal

Temple at El-Tod © Marc Ryckaert

Ramesseum, Luxor © Marc Ryckaert

Seti I Temple at Abydos © Olaf Tausch

Black Pyramid of Amenemhat_III © Tekisch

Red Pyramid © Olaf Tausch

Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region (Sudan - Optional Extended Tour)

Naqa, the "Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroë", Sudan (Optional Extended Tour)

Itinerary


Saturday, February 12, 2022: Fly to Cairo, Egypt
Sunday, February 13: Arrive in Cairo | Welcome dinner
Monday, February 14: Cairo: Egyptian Museum | PM at leisure
Tuesday, February 15: Bent & Red Pyramids | Saqqara excavations
Wednesday, February 16: Meidum | Fayoum (Faiyum) Oasis: Illahun & Hawara
Thursday, February 17: Fayoum Oasis: Kom Aushim, Tunis pottery village
Friday, February 18: Al Minya | Beni Hasan
Saturday, February 19: Tuna el-Gebel | Al Minya: Malawi Museum
Sunday, February 20: Tell el-Amarna | Abydos
Monday, February 21: Abydos: Shunet es-Zebib, Kom-el-Sultan, Temple of Seti I, Osireion
Tuesday, February 22: Abydos| Dendara| Luxor
Wednesday, February 23: Ramesseum | Medinet Habu
Thursday, February 24: El-Tod | El-Mo’alla
Friday, February 25: Luxor: At leisure |Fly to Cairo
Saturday, February 26: Cairo: Mosque of Ibn Tulun | Al-Azhar Park | Khan el-Khalili bazaar | Farewell dinner
Sunday, February 27: Fly Home


Optional Pre-Tour extension to Sudan

February 4-13, 2022 (10 days) with Egyptologist Stephen Harvey

ITINERARY

Friday, February 4, 2022: Depart Home
Saturday, February 5: Arrive Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan (Northern Sudan)
Sunday, February 6: Nile Cruise | Naqa | Musawwarat es-Sufra | Shendi | Tented Camp
Monday, February 7: Meroë Pyramids & The Royal Town of Meroë | Tented Camp
Tuesday, February 8: Bayuda Desert | al-Ghazali Monastery | Nuri Pyramids | Karima
Wednesday, February 9: El-Kurru | Gebel Barkal
Thursday, February 10: Old Dongola | Khartoum
Friday, February 11: Khartoum: National Museum of Sudan | Nile Cruise | Khartoum: Mahdi Tomb, Khalifa House Museum,Omdurman Souk, Dervish Dance | Special dinner
Saturday, February 12: At leisure | Fly to Cairo, EGYPT | Giza
Sunday, February 13: Giza: At leisure | Welcome dinner

View Detailed Itinerary

(B)= Breakfast, (L)= Lunch, (R)= Reception, (D)= Dinner

Saturday, February 12, 2022: Fly to Cairo, Egypt

Sunday, February 13: Arrive in Cairo | Private transfer to hotel in Giza | Welcome dinner
You will be met upon arrival at Cairo International Airport (CAI) and transferred to the historic Mena House, a palatial hotel set amid 40 acres of gardens, with magnificent views of the adjacent Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). This evening we gather (including travelers from the optional, pre-tour extension) for a welcome reception and dinner with your three expert tour leaders: AIA lecturer/host, Egyptology guide, and tour manager. Overnight at the 5-star Marriott Mena House (Pyramid View rooms) for three nights. (R,D)

Monday, February 14: Cairo: Egyptian Museum or Grand Egyptian Museum* | PM at leisure
This morning we visit the historic Egyptian Museum to see treasures that most visitors missed during their previous visits or, *if it is open, visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure to relax at the splendid Mena House. Before dinner this evening, we will gather for Stephen Harvey’s first lecture. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, February 15: Dahshur: Bent & Red Pyramids | Saqqara excavations
Drive to Dahshur, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur,” where we will learn firsthand about the transition from step-sided to smooth-sided pyramids. See 4th-dynasty Pharaoh Snefru’s Bent Pyramid, whose appearance is due to miscalculations on the structural weight and slope of the blocks. Learning from these mistakes, Snefru went on to build the shorter North (Red) Pyramid, which was the first completed true pyramid. We will have inside access to the Red Pyramid. At Dahshur, we can see from a distance both the remains of Amenemhet III’s pyramid, known as the ‘Black Pyramid’ due to the exposed dark color of its mudbrick core, as well as the remains of the pyramid of Senwosret III of the 12th dynasty, where the Metropolitan Museum of Art currently conducts excavation and restoration.

After lunch we enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to the vast, ancient burial ground of Saqqara to see the some of the new excavations (not open to the public) dating to the Old and New Kingdoms. Pending final confirmation, we will also gain special access to the newly-discovered, 5th-dynasty Tomb of Wah Ti. The condition of this tomb is exceptional, especially for its age, and the two-story structure contains dozens of sculptures as well as scenes of daily life. Return to our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, February 16: Meidum | Fayoum (Faiyum) Oasis: Illahun & Hawara
This morning we drive south to visit 4th-dynasty Pharaoh Snefru’s collapsed pyramid at Meidum, which represents the transition between step pyramids and true pyramids. Its construction began as a stepped pyramid, but nearer completion the steps were filled in and it was cased with limestone. At some point in (probably) the New Kingdom, it began to collapse and today stands only its three-stepped core amid a pile of rubble from its exterior. We will enter its burial chamber through a corridor that descends 177 feet. Continue driving to the southern edge of the Fayoum Oasis, a region that was popular with Middle Kingdom pharaohs and high officials for hunting and fishing. Here we will visit the mud-brick Illahun pyramid built for 12th-dynasty Pharaoh Senwosret II, and the mud-brick Hawara pyramid built for 12th-dynasty Pharaoh Amenemhet III. Check-in to our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. Overnight at the 5-star Helnan Auberge Fayoum for two nights. (B,L,D)

Thursday, February 17: Fayoum Oasis: Kom Aushim, Tunis pottery village
This morning we drive to Kom Aushim (ancient Karanis), the site of a Greco-Roman town with two well-preserved temples, one of which (from the 1st century B.C.) was dedicated to two crocodile gods. Explore its recently-opened site museum and an open-air display of columns and statuary from Kiman Faris (Middle Kingdom Crocodilopolis). After lunch in the charming town of Tunis, on the edge of Lake Qaroun, we visit Tunis’s pottery-making village which comprises a number of workshops that create and display their handmade ceramics. Return to our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Friday, February 18: Al Minya | Beni Hasan
This morning we drive to Al Minya, about 150 miles south of Cairo, which offers a glimpse into the unhurried, traditional life along the Nile that has persisted for millennia. Arrive at our hotel, have lunch, and then drive to the east bank to visit the necropolis of Beni Hasan, known for its 39 rock-cut tombs of 11th– and 12th-dynasty officials. We will undertake an invigorating climb up broad, deep steps to explore some of the tombs in the limestone cliff face. Some of the tombs feature well-preserved paintings of dancing, acrobatics, juggling, fishing, hunting, and weaving. Return to our hotel in Al Minya, and gather for dinner this evening. Overnight at the 4-star Grand Aton Hotel for two nights. (B,L,D)

Saturday, February 19: Tuna el-Gebel | Al Minya: Malawi Museum
Drive south this morning to Tuna el-Gebel, a necropolis with tombs that date from the Late Period to the Ptolemaic era, as well as huge catacombs for thousands of mummified ibises and baboons, both of which were considered incarnations of Thoth, the god of writing and wisdom. One of its more fascinating tombs is that of Petosiris, which features lively scenes of daily life and ritual that combine Egyptian, Greek, and Persian artistic styles. The site also includes the ruins of a Christian basilica, and Roman waterworks with a 100-foot-deep well and a water wheel. Recent excavations by a joint Egyptian-German team have uncovered a series of tombs and a mud-brick structure from the Ptolemaic era with more than 50 rooms. Back in Al Minya we visit the Malawi Museum, whose exhibits of regional artifacts include some from the sites of Tuna el-Gebel and Tell el-Amarna (we visit the latter tomorrow). Return to our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Sunday, February 20: Tell el-Amarna | Abydos
Set out today for Abydos, stopping along the way to visit Tell el-Amarna, once called Akhetaton (“horizon of the sun”). The controversial pharaoh Akhenaton (Amenhotep IV) built the city on the Nile’s east bank in the late 18th dynasty, to replace Thebes (modern Luxor) as capital. He established Amarna as the first monotheistic community in ancient Egypt, worshipping the god Aton (the sun). The site today comprises temples, palaces, houses, and more than 25 tombs at the base of a cliff. We will visit some of the richly-decorated rock-cut tombs of the nobles which feature scenes of life in the ancient city, represented in the lively style of the Amarna period. Continue driving south to Abydos and check-in to our simple but conveniently-located hotel. Overnight at the House of Life Abydos hotel for two nights. (B,L,D)

Monday, February 21: Abydos: Shunet es-Zebib, Kom-el-Sultan, Temple of Seti I, Osireion
Abydos is one of the oldest and most important ancient cities in Egypt, and AIA lecturer Stephen Harvey has worked here for over 25 years.  We will take an in-depth look at this vast site today and tomorrow morning. Begin today with a visit to Shunet es-Zebib, one of the oldest standing massive brick structures in the world, the architecture of which points to some features of later structures, like the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara. Next explore Kom el-Sultan, another large, Early Dynastic Period mud-brick structure, which includes an early Temple of Osiris where excavations have revealed hundreds of stelae yielding information about the cult of Osiris. The only known statue of Khufu was found here, and recently a portal temple to Ramesses II was excavated. After lunch we will visit the spectacular Temple of Seti I, where was discovered the “Abydos King List”—the long, invaluable list of pharaohs of the principal dynasties (as recognized by Seti) that was inscribed on a wall. The temple also has seven chapels with exquisite reliefs. We will also be granted private access to the intriguing, subterranean Osireion (symbolic tomb of Osiris), accessible via a 420-foot-long passageway and centered around a burial chamber that was once surrounded by water. Return to our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, February 22: Abydos | Dendara | Luxor
Return to Abydos this morning to visit the Temple of Ramesses II, with the impressive reliefs of the Battle of Kadesh on its exterior walls and delicately preserved paint colors. After lunch we drive to Luxor, stopping en route at the Temple of Hathor at Dendara, which has recently been extensively restored, revealing its startlingly well-preserved painted astronomical ceiling and reliefs. Continue driving to Luxor, where we settle in at our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. Overnight at the 5-star Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor Hotel (Old Wing) for three nights. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, February 23: Ramesseum | Medinet Habu
This morning we drive across the Nile to the west bank to visit the Ramesseum, the funerary temple of Ramesses II (“The Great”). It is known for its 57-foot-tall seated statue of Ramesses II (of which huge fragments remain), the subject of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias.” It is also renowned for its reliefs, including those depicting the Battle of Kadesh, the Syrian wars, and the Festival of Min. Continue to the best-preserved temple of ancient Thebes: Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III. It dates from the early 18th dynasty and, besides its impressive size and architectural features, it includes famous reliefs depicting the defeat of the Sea Peoples during Ramesses III’s reign. A Coptic church was later established in the second courtyard of the mortuary temple. Return to Luxor and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Thursday, February 24: El-Tod | El-Mo’alla
A short drive along the east bank of the Nile brings us to a lesser-visited site, the Temple of Montu (the falcon-headed god of war) at El-Tod. Its surviving monuments date back to the New Kingdom and Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The main temple was begun by Ptolemy VIII and consists of a columned court and hall with various chambers, several with excellent reliefs, as well as a hidden treasury room above the chapel. The Tod Treasure, discovered in 1936 and today in the Louvre Museum in Paris, features a series of silver vessels, many in Aegean style, which demonstrate connections to the Bronze Age Minoan culture, as well as exotic items made of lapis lazuli. Another short drive south takes us to a desolate, windswept desert cliff along the Nile’s east bank with many ancient tombs. Here, at El-Mo’alla, the small, decorated tomb of Ankhtifi, a 9th-dynasty provincial governor and warlord, features an important autobiographical inscription as well as interesting scenes painted in a charming provincial style that reflect the collapse of central government. Return to Luxor and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Friday, February 25: Luxor: At leisure | Fly to Cairo
After a morning lecture, and aside from lunch, the afternoon is at leisure for independent pursuits. You might enjoy the property and amenities of our historic hotel (there are lovely gardens and a swimming pool); visit Luxor Temple, adjacent to our hotel; or explore the nearby Luxor bazaar. Late this afternoon we transfer to Luxor’s airport in time for our short flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, we check-in to our luxurious and convenient airport hotel. Overnight at the 5-star Le Méridien Cairo Airport Hotel for two nights. (B,L,D)

Saturday, February 26: Cairo: National Museum, Church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus, Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Khan el-Khalili bazaar | Farewell dinner
This morning visit the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) comprised of materials from many museums, including the Gallery of Royal Mummies. See the nearby, 4th-century A.D. Coptic Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus. After lunch overlooking the Nile, visit the 9th-century Mosque of Ibn Tulun, which is both Cairo’s largest mosque in terms of land area and its oldest mosque in its original form. End the day at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar for some last-minute shopping. This evening we gather with our AIA lecturer, Egyptology guide, and tour manager for a cocktail reception and farewell dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Sunday, February 27: Fly home
Check out this morning and enter the airport (our hotel has direct access to Terminal 3 via footbridge) to catch flights homeward. (B)


Sudan: Land of the Nubian Pharaohs

February 4-13, 2022 (10 days) with Egyptologist Stephen Harvey

ITINERARY

(B)= Breakfast, (L)= Lunch, (D)= Dinner

 

Friday, February 4, 2022: Depart Home

Saturday, February 5: Arrive Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan (Northern Sudan)
Upon arrival at Khartoum International Airport (KRT), you are assisted with customs clearance and luggage, and then transferred to our hotel for the balance of the day at leisure. Overnight at the 5-star Corinthia Khartoum Hotel.

Sunday, February 6: Nile Cruise | Naqa | Musawwarat es-Sufra | Shendi | Tented Camp
This morning we drive north and embark a motorboat to see the Nile’s Sixth Cataract (waterfall). There are only six cataracts on the main river and this one is the smallest and the southernmost. At Naqa we will see nomads watering their animal flocks at the old water well. Then visit a 1st-century A.D. temple dedicated to the god Abedmak, with bas-reliefs of a lion’s head and large reliefs depicting King Natakamani and Queen Amanitore. Nearby is the well-preserved, 1st-century A.D. Temple of Amun with a row of ram statues and a hypostyle hall. Naqa is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site called “Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroë,” which was the center of the ancient kingdom of Kush (8th century B.C. to 4th century A.D.), between the Nile and Atbara Rivers. Kush occupied ancient Egypt for almost 100 years.

Across the Awatib Valley we visit Musawwarat es-Sufra, also part of the aforementioned UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Sudan’s most significant archaeological sites. The site dates to the Meroitic era (300 B.C. to 350 A.D.) and includes a vast complex known as the “Great Enclosure,” comprising religious temples, buildings, corridors, ramps, and courtyards; plus the nearby Lion Temple. In the nearby town of Shendi we will visit (time permitting) a local home to observe the weaving of traditional cotton textiles. Then we check-in to our comfortable and tastefully-furnished tented camp. Each of its 22 twin-bedded tents has its own private bathroom with shower and toilet, plus a veranda with chairs and a view of the pyramids of Meroë. Overnight at the Meroë Tented Camp for two nights. (B,L,D)

Monday, February 7: Meroë Pyramids & The Royal Town of Meroë | Tented Camp
Early risers may choose to join our guide for sunrise at the Meroë Pyramids. Either way, after breakfast we will take a walking tour of the Meroë Pyramids: two clusters of approximately 100 “black pyramids” that rise dramatically out of reddish sand. The Kushite Kingdom moved its center here around 270 B.C., and this site is the third component of the “Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroë” UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pending permission, we visit the burial chamber of pyramid N9. Continue driving a short distance westward, toward the Nile, to visit (pending permission) the metropolis of Meroë (the royal town) whose ruins of temples and palaces have Egyptian, Hellenistic, and Sudanese influences. Scattered throughout are shards of glazed black iron and iron ore; ancient Meroë is reputed to be the earliest African center to mine and refine iron ore. Later we stroll through a local market and enjoy a coffee or tea. Return to our tented camp for a break and then return to the Meroë pyramids this evening to enjoy sunset among the pyramids. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, February 8: Bayuda Desert | al-Ghazali Monastery | Nuri Pyramids | Karima
Depart our tented camp early this morning and embark on a beautiful drive across the Bayuda Desert, in the eastern Sahara. Stop for lunch in the Marwa Valley, where many nomads gather to water their camels and other animals. Continue driving to the 7th– or 8th-century Christian monastery of al-Ghazali, which may have been founded by King Mercurios who was key in the development of Nubian Christianity. Next we explore the cemetery and necropolis at Nuri, which was the royal burial ground for dozens of pharaohs and Nubian kings including 25th Dynasty Pharaoh Taharqa, whose pyramid is the largest in ancient Nubia. We then drive across the Nile to Karima, a market town flanked by desert, and check-in to our hotel. Overnight at the Nubian Rest House for two nights. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, February 9: El-Kurru | Gebel Barkal
Embark a motorboat to travel a short distance up the Nile to visit El-Kurru, one of ancient Kush’s most important sites and today part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of “Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region.” El-Kurru was a royal pyramid burial ground for many 9th– to 7th-century B.C. Napata Dynasty kings and queens, some of whom ruled in 25th Dynasty Egypt. We descend stairs to visit two burial chambers and view their well-preserved wall paintings. A short drive takes us to a valley filled with petrified trees before we return to Karima.

After lunch we visit nearby Gebel Barkal, a massive, isolated sandstone mountain that was a source of sacred myths among Egyptians and Nubians. During the New Kingdom and through the 25th Dynasty, when Nubians ruled Egypt, the town of Gebel Barkal was known as Napata. In 1870, Giuseppe Verdi was inspired to compose the opera Aida by excavations that revealed Nubians had ruled Egypt from Napata. We visit the huge Temple of Amun, the temple of the goddess Mut, and the pyramids west of the mountains. Time- and interest-permitting, we return to Gebel Barkal to climb up the mountain and enjoy the sunset overlooking the temples, pyramids, and Nile. Return to our hotel for dinner. (B,L,D)

Thursday, February 10: Old Dongola | Khartoum
We depart Karima this morning and drive along the Nile to the village of Old Dongola, capital of the Christian kingdom of Makuria (A.D. 580–1450), on the Nile’s east bank. The site is a complex of beautifully-decorated and -painted churches, offices, and a palace. We explore the column church and see the exterior of the old monastery, and then cross the Nile River twice on our return to Khartoum. Overnight at the 5-star Corinthia Khartoum Hotel for two nights. (B,L,D)

Friday, February 11: Khartoum: National Museum of Sudan | Nile Cruise | Khartoum: Mahdi Tomb, Khalifa House Museum, Omdurman Souk, Dervish Dance | Special dinner
Today is dedicated to highlights of Khartoum, including the garden area of the National Museum of Sudan to see the rescued and reconstructed temples brought from Old Halfa by UNESCO. Enjoy a 40-minute Nile cruise, during which we see the meeting of the White and the Blue Niles. Then we return to Khartoum and visit the tomb of the Muslim religious leader and self-proclaimed Mahdi, Muhammad Ahmad, whose troops besieged Khartoum and killed British General Charles George Gordon in 1885. Visit the Khalifa House Museum and explore the Omdurman Souk, Sudan’s biggest market, with craft and souvenir shops. Before sunset, we witness the Dervish dance in Hamed el-Nil cemetery. Return to our hotel, freshen up, and gather for our final dinner in Sudan, with live music, at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Saturday, February 12: At leisure | Fly to Cairo, EGYPT | Giza
Today is at leisure to relax at our hotel before we transfer to Khartoum International Airport (KRT) for our evening flight to Cairo, Egypt. Upon arrival, we check-in to our luxurious hotel at the foot of the Giza Pyramids. Overnight at the 5-star Marriott Mena House (Pyramid View rooms). (B, in-flight dinner)

Sunday, February 13: Giza: At leisure | Welcome dinner
Relax and enjoy the hotel’s amenities or explore on your own, until we gather for a welcome dinner (see main tour itinerary), meeting the guests who have arrived to begin the main tour. (B,R,D)


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