THE GREAT PYRAMIDS with Colin Reader
 
 
Day 1 – Saturday 1st April 2017
We take our direct flight from Heathrow to Cairo, where we check in to the luxury Mena House Hotel located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids at Giza. We are based at this lovely hotel for seven nights on room and breakfast basis and Pyramid View rooms are available at a supplement.

Day 2 – The Grand Egyptian Museum
Our tour begins with a unique visit to preview ongoing work at the Grand Egyptian Museum. We are delighted that AWT has been invited to a private tour of this wonderful new project. The Museum Director has invited us to a guided tour of some of the new galleries and workspace within the building. As the Museum will not be officially open for some time, we are honoured to receive this invitation. (B)

Day 3 – Giza Plateau
This morning we make the short journey to the pyramids and explore the site including the causeways, mastaba tombs, the Sphinx and the Valley Temple. Colin will give us his theories on the site while we investigate some of the little explored areas of this ancient site. We return to the hotel at lunchtime with plenty of time to relax before our special event later this afternoon.As the pyramid site closes for the day and the sun goes down we will return. We have an AWT private permit to thoroughly explore the Great Pyramid with entry to all three chambers. A rare chance to descend to the subterranean ‘unfinished’ burial chamber cut in to the bedrock and then take the ascending corridors to the Queen’s Chamber and the King’s Chamber. We return to our hotel after our expedition. (B)

Day 4 – The Red Sea
Today we board our four wheel drive vehicles and head to the Red Sea Coast. We aim to go off road and drive along the Wadi Garawi to look for evidence of the oldest masonry embankment dam of its size in the world. Our drivers will prepare a picnic lunch and on arrival in Ain Sukhna we view galleries for storage of ancient boats and supplies dating back to the 4th Dynasty. It was here in 2013 that Pierre Tallet and his team discovered papyri written by men involved with the building and supplies needed for the Great Pyramid of Khufu. We return to Cairo early evening. (BL)

Day 5 – Saqqara
We have planned a whole day at Saqqara where we start at the small Imhotep Museum before heading to the recently opened Pyramid of Unas. We see the Step Pyramid of Djoser, beautiful Old Kingdom mastaba tombs and the pyramid of Teti with its Pyramid Texts. Colin will also point out lesser known features of this vast site, such as the dry moat, early dynastic tombs that have never been fully explored and the northern court of the Step Pyramid, an area that has never been completely cleared. We have tickets for entry to the Serapeum, the vast galleries of tombs of the Apis Bulls. Colin will guide us through some of the more confusing aspects of this well-known site that still has many questions which still need answering. During the day we will have lunch at the Sakkara Palm Club. (BL)

Day 6 – Meidum and Dahshur
This morning we head to Meidum and hear Colin’s theories on the building of this remarkable pyramid. Time for the adventurous to enter the pyramid itself and  the tomb known as  ‘Mastaba 17’ as numbered by Petrie in 1910. The sarcophagus with robbers wooden mallet is still in situ and well worth the effort to view. We have lunch at the Sakkara Palm Club before heading to the more remote site of Dahshur and two of the earliest ‘true’ pyramids dating from the 4th Dynasty. Time to enter the Red Pyramid for those who wish. (BL)

Day 7 – The Workers’ Village
Today we make the short journey back to the Giza Plateau to learn more about the site. However, the highlight will be a visit to the Workers’ Village. We have a special permit to view this stunning area that tells us so much about the lives of the pyramid builders. We see ‘The Wall of the Crow’ and the remnants of the homes of the people who lived in the village. We see the street, food preparation areas, barracks and cemetery areas. We also have time for some more investigations on the Plateau itself while Colin tells us more about his theories on this ancient site. We return to the hotel at lunchtime and the afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 8 – Saturday 8th April 2017
After breakfast we take our private transfer to Cairo Airport for our direct flight to London Heathrow, arriving early afternoon. (B)


B=Breakfast – L=Lunch – D=Dinner

 

THE GREAT PYRAMIDS with Colin Reader

 

DEPARTURE DATE  Saturday 1st April 2017

TOUR CODE AWGP 010417

 

STANDARD HOLIDAY PRICE: £2,850

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: £188

LAND ONLY DISCOUNT: £420 (If you arrange your own flights)

 

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