DAVID ROBERTS IN EGYPT – Through an artist’s eye. With Clive Barham Carter

David Roberts travelled in Egypt in 1838, the most romantically ruined time, before the great clearances of Mariette and Maspero and the tourist boom. His pictures were so extraordinarily attractive that they are still in print. He was phenomenally accurate, but he also used artistic license to make things look even better than they were. As we stand where he stood, we can seek out and appreciate both. We concentrate on Luxor and Aswan on this one week tour.

A new twist to all the old favourites - which for the AWT clientele can never be visited too often.
Day 1 - Monday 19th November 2018
We take our direct flight from Heathrow to Luxor and on arrival take our private transfer to the luxury Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing. We check in for seven nights on room and breakfast basis.
Day 2 - West Bank
We take our private launch to the West Bank to join our vehicle for the day and head straight to the Colossi of Memnon, site of Roberts’ most famous picture and of many sensational discoveries since his time. We continue to the Valley of the Kings where we have three tickets for tombs of your choice open on the day. If open perhaps buy the extra ticket to see the only tomb which Roberts admired: Seti I. On to Medinet Habu which Roberts saw strewn with the ruins of the Coptic church. We take a break for lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant. Next, Deir el Medina to view the tombs and homes in the workers' village before looking at the Ptolemaic Temple, another of Roberts’ famous artworks, and here we can stand on the exact spot where Roberts sat, and detect the artistic license. Finally today a tour of the Temple of Seti I.  (BL)
Day 3 - Dendera
An early start for Dendera and the Greco-Roman Temple of Hathor where we hope to locate the viewing points for several of Roberts’ works and make comparison to the site that we see today. Dendera, which Roberts thought the most beautiful of all the temples he saw, “in variety and exquisite finish its sculptures take precedence of all others” says his Journal. Almost wholly covered in sand, the temple moved even the cheerful Roberts to “melancholy reflections on the mutability of all human greatness”. The  newly cleaned and restored ceilings, columns and walls give us a glimpse of the original colours used by the ancient artists. We take a lunch box with us and we hope to be back at the hotel mid-afternoon. Later today we make a visit to Luxor Museum. (BL)
Day 4 - To Aswan
We take the road south for Aswan and break our journey at the vast Temple of Horus at Edfu. Roberts made several visits in November 1838 and he also called this site “the most beautiful in Egypt” and we will find much has changed, especially in the last few years. We have a guided tour learning about the temple and take time to compare to the prints we have with us. We have a lunch box from the Winter Palace while travelling and arrive at The Movenpick Hotel, Aswan, late afternoon. We check in for two nights on room and breakfast basis. This evening we visit the Nubia Museum to look at some lovely artifacts from this area of Egypt. (BL)
Day 5 - Magical Philae
“A paradise in the midst of desolation” Roberts was entranced! Our day begins with our launch ride out to the Island of Philae to explore the Temple of Isis. Relocated to Aglika Island in the 1970’s after the building of the High Dam, Roberts would have visited the original site. A magical setting, it is still easy to understand his romantic depictions of the site. The Temple, Kiosk of Trajan and the colonnades all await. We also visit the Unfinished Obelisk in its Open Air Museum at the quarries before we return to our hotel for a lunch break. Later we visit the Nobles' tombs. (B)
Day 6 - Return to Luxor
On our journey back to Luxor we stop at the lovely temple of Haroeris and Sobek, at Kom Ombo, overlooking the banks of the Nile. “Magnificent.....glorious ruin......a most imposing effect”: he could not decide which of two views was the more picturesque – so drew both. Next we visit the small town of Esna and enter the Temple of Khnum yet another site that has recently undergone extensive cleaning. We have a lunch box with us today and we arrive at the Old Winter Palace late afternoon. We check in to the Garden Pavilion Wing for a further two nights. (BL)
Day 7 - The Great Temple of Amun
This morning we head to Karnak to look at the views recorded by Roberts 180 years ago. We have a guided tour and also spend time in the Open Air Museum. We return to our hotel for a lunch break and later this afternoon we will walk to Luxor Temple for our final visit on this special tour. (B)
Day 8 - Monday 26th November
We take our private transfer to Luxor Airport for our direct flight to London arriving early afternoon. (B)
This tour is accompanied throughout by Clive Barham Carter. Clive studied both History and Egyptology at Cambridge [as the only student] under professor Plumley and Harry Smith. He  earned an EES scholarship to Emery's excavations at Saqqara in 1964/5, being the first to enter the ibis tunnels. Teaching History in secondary school for 30 years, Clive has gone back to lecturing on Egypt, partly as expiation for not having become an Egyptologist. On our journey Clive will reveal the life of Roberts and the making of one of the  most acclaimed landscape artists of his time.
(B) = Breakfast (BL) = Breakfast and Lunch (BLD) = Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

DAVID ROBERTS IN EGYPT - Through an artist's eye


DEPARTURE DATE: Monday 19th November 2018





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