LUXOR EXPLORER WITH KENT WEEKS

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Day 1 – Monday 17th February 2014
Fly London to Luxor with EgyptAir and on arrival take our private transfer to the First-Class Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for seven nights on room and breakfast basis.

Day 2 – New Luxor
Our tour begins with a chance to look at all the work undertaken in recent years to restore the grand Sphinx Avenue running from Karnak to Luxor Temple. We will also enter the Mosque of Abu Haggag to see the cleaned column capitals, now on view, and look down in to the temple itself from the court of the mosque. Then we enter the temple itself for a guided tour. This afternoon we make the short journey to Luxor Museum to see some of the most stunning statues ever found, including that of Thuthmosis III. Later Kent will present a talk on his recent work giving us an update on the progress of the excavations in KV5 in the Valley of the Kings. (B)

Day 3 – Royal Tombs and Temples
We take our private motor launch across the Nile to the West Bank and on arrival head straight to the Kings’ Valley. First we will take the quiet road in to the Western Valley to enter the Tomb of Ay, before entering the main valley to view three tombs that are open on the day. However, the highlight of the morning will be the special permit we have obtained for a private AWT visit to KV5, ‘The Lost Tomb,’ that Kent has been excavating for many years. Work continues in this tomb and Kent will give us all the very latest news. We will then ascend the ancient path for the walk over the mountain of Meretsegar, ‘She who loves silence,’ for the spectacular views of the West Bank. After a relaxing lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant we visit Medinet Habu, the well preserved funerary temple of Ramesses III. Here we can see much of the original colour on the walls and ceilings. Finally, we stop at the Colossi of Memnon, guardians of the huge site currently being excavated and known as Kom el Hetan, the funerary temple of Amenhotep III. (BL)

Day 4 – At Leisure
Today is the time for enjoying the lovely amenities of The Old Winter Palace. A chance to sit in the peaceful landscaped gardens and perhaps take lunch by the pool. Or you may prefer to visit the souk for some shopping. Your guide will be on hand to advise. Later today we will meet for a further talk presented by Kent. (B)

Day 5 – The Temple of Amun
A full morning at Karnak, the Precinct of Amun. We will explore all the major features of the temple including the spectacular Seti war reliefs, the Sacred Lake, the Festival Hall, the vast Hypostyle Hall and the Khonsu Temple. We have an in-depth tour with plenty of free time for photography. We also have tickets to the lovely Open-Air Museum, where we find many special pieces, including the newly reconstructed chapels of Hatshepsut. We return to the hotel at lunch time but those who prefer can stay on for extra time at the temple and make their own way back later. Some free time this afternoon to revisit old favourites, enjoy a stroll along the Corniche, or maybe sail in a felucca. (B)

Day 6 – Private Tombs
Again we cross the Nile to the West Bank and today we head to Deir el Medina. We look at the private homes and the beautifully decorated tombs of the artisans and craftsmen who built the tombs of the great pharaohs. We have arranged a special permit to view some of the newly cleaned and restored artisan’s tombs and we will learn about the newest discoveries at the site. The tombs of Khabekhnet, Ipuy and Nakht Amon, servants and sculptors in the ‘Place of Truth’ during the reign of Ramesses II, all await. We take a relaxing lunch at The Moon Valley Restaurant and then continue to the rarely visited and strikingly colourful tombs of Roy and Shuroy at Dra Abul el-Naga. Next, we visit the Tombs of the Nobles with entry to the tomb of the Vizier Ramose with its wonderful reliefs of both classical and Amarna style. Then we enter the smaller but delightful tombs of Userhat and Khaemhat. Our final visit of the day will be to the Ramesseum, Mortuary Temple of Ramesses the great, and the inspiration for Shelley’s poem ‘Ozymandias’. (BL)

Day 7 – el Tod
This morning we make the short journey to Tod. This rarely visited temple is an Egyptological jewel. Founded as a temple to the war god Montu, the origins of this temple date back to the fifth Dynasty, although most of the site we see now dates from the New Kingdom to Roman times. We see the remains of a quay with an avenue of sphinx, evidence of a small sacred lake and the columned hall of Ptolemy VII. We also make another unusual stop, this time at the provincial cemetery of Mo’alla. Here we enter the tomb of the Governor Ankhtify of the First Intermediate Period, where we can see an account of daily life carved on the walls. We return to the hotel by lunch time allowing the afternoon for relaxation or shopping. (B)

Day 8 – Monday 24th February 2014
After breakfast we take our private transfer to the airport for our flight to London arriving early afternoon. (B)

 

Expert: Kent Weeks is one of the most celebrated archaeologists in the world for his work on the Theban Mapping Project and his re-discovery of KV5, the largest tomb ever found in the Kings' Valley. Kent’s enthusiasm for his subject and ability to communicate with depth and humour makes him a star expert.

 

(B) = Breakfast (BL) = Breakfast and Lunch (BLD) = Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

 

LUXOR EXPLORER WITH KENT WEEKS

DEPARTURE DATE  Monday 17th February 2014 

TOUR CODE AWLE 170214

 

BASIC HOLIDAY PRICE: £1,990

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: £127

LAND ONLY DISCOUNT: £450  (If you arrange your own flights)

 

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