A day in Cairo followed as we visited the Museum of Geology, the Nileometre on Roda Island and the Mosques of Sultan Hassan and the Khedive Ismael.
At Meidum, Colin talked about his theories on the building of the pyramid before we all made our way inside to the vaulted chamber.
Some passengers braved the entry into Mastaba 17. A chance to view the sarcophagus and the crushed 'Robbers' Mallet.
We also had permission from the local Inspector to visit the outlying mastaba’s of Nefermaat and Rahotep and his wife Nofret, to view the niche façade walls.
After a fortifying lunch, we headed to Dahshur, for yet another AWT special permit entry to the rarely opened Bent Pyramid. Due to lack of a generator at the site, the visit was done by torch light, but this did not deter our hardy passengers. After a steep descent in to the pyramid it was a challenging climb to continue. The corbelled ceiling and original timbers were wonderful to see. Excitement was high and after crawling along dusty corridors and climbing ladders and passageways, we found the Main Chamber.
Back outside on the desert floor, our Inspector took us on a walk to the Valley Temple excavated by Ahmed Fakhry in the 1950’s, where we had wonderful views of the Black Pyramid.