THE ROYAL VALLEYS

Day 1 – Monday 10th October 2016
Fly to Luxor with EgyptAir and on arrival transfer to the Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for seven nights on room and breakfast basis.

Day 2 – Temples and Feluccas
Our tour begins with a visit to the Temple of Mut, the consort of Amun, with its kidney shaped sacred lake and abundance of Sekhmet statues.  Plenty of time to explore the site including the small Ramesses III temple. Then to Karnak for a guided tour of all the main areas with free time for photography. We return to the hotel for a short break before we head off for some relaxation as we sail the River Nile on traditional feluccas. A magical time for cameras and binoculars with time to birdwatch and enjoy a quieter pace of life sailing through the lush green Nile Valley. We have arranged a deluxe, Egyptian three course lunch on board during our trip. (BL)

Day 3 – West Bank I
This morning we take our private launch across the Nile to the West Bank where our coach will be waiting to take us to the Valley of the Kings where we have three tickets for tombs open on the day. We have also included the separate ticket for the tomb of Ramesses VI where lovely depictions of the Book of the Day and the Book of the Night are to be found in the burial chamber. Then we move on to the rarely visited West Valley to enter the Tomb of Ay. We also have a special AWT private opening of WV22, the fabulous tomb of Amenhotep III. This is followed by the newly opened tombs at Qurnet Murai  including that of Amenhotep called Huy, Viceroy of Kush TT40, Amenemonet and  Amenemhab. We have a relaxing lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant before we visit the finest of the  Nobles’ Tombs. First, to Ramose, Governor of Thebes and then to the smaller tombs of Userhat and Khaemhat before continuing to The Ramesseum. Our final visit of the day will give us time to view the Colossi of Memnon. (BL)

Day 4 – West Bank II
Again we cross the river and head straight to the Valley of the Kings where we have tickets for another three tombs of your choosing. When we leave the valley we will head to the Mortuary Temple of Seti I with reliefs depicting both Seti I and his son Ramesses II. Time for lunch at Moon Valley Restaurant before we visit Medinet Habu, Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III. Finally, to Deir el Shelwit, the small Temple of Isis recently cleaned, restored and opened to the public. (BL)

Day 5 – Abydos
Today, we drive north to the wonderful Temple of Seti I at Abydos. We see some of the finest reliefs ever found, including the famous ‘King List’. We explore the Osireion believed to be the symbolic tomb of Osiris. Then we take the short walk across  the desert sands to the  remains of the temple of Ramesses II where we find scenes depicting the battle of Kadesh and some vivid colour reliefs. We have a lunch box from the hotel today. (BL)

Day 6 – West Bank III
This morning our first visit will be to the Valley of the Queens. We view the tombs of the Princes and Royal children before moving on to the village of Deir el Medina. We enter the tombs of the artisans and view the homes of the craftsmen who built the tombs of the great Pharaohs and Queens. We also view the ‘Great Pit’ and the  Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor close by. Next, we stop at Carter’s House to view his home of many years and enter the replica tomb of Tutankhamun, now open to the public. We return to the hotel early afternoon for some free time before we all meet late afternoon for a visit to Luxor Museum. (B)

Day 7 – West Bank IV
Our last visit to the West Bank and first we head to  the wonderful Tomb of Sennefer, known as the ’Tomb of the Vines’, with its beautiful painted ceiling. Then to  the richly decorated and unusual Tomb of the Vizier Rekhmire. Then we head to the small colourful but rarely visited Khoka Tombs built for Neferonpet, also known as Kenro, and Nefersekheru. Next, to the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri before we return to the Moon Valley Restaurant for our lunch break. Our final afternoon will be spent at the Asasif Tombs where we enter the Tomb of Pabasa. We have also arranged a special AWT private entry to the  Tomb of Padiamenope TT33 at Asasif. Padiamenope was Prophet and Chief Lector Priest during the 26th Dynasty. This vast tomb with multiple rooms will be an exciting end to our Royal Tour. (BL)

Day – 8  Monday 17th October 2016
After breakfast we take our private transfer to the airport for our direct flight to London arriving early afternoon. (B)

This tour is guided throughout by Medhat Saad

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

 

THE ROYAL VALLEYS

DEPARTURE DATE  Monday 10th October 2016

TOUR CODE AWRV 101016

STANDARD HOLIDAY PRICE: £2,485

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: £152

LAND ONLY DISCOUNT: £440 (If you arrange your own flights)

 

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