Includes: food, internal travel, regional airfare and train tickets, transportation, accommodation, guides and entrance tickets.
Does not include: international airfare, visa fees, insurance, and personal spending.
DAY 1 :: SATURDAY, OCT 6, 2018 :: ARRIVE CAIRO
The group will meet in Cairo today and we will formally begin the trip with a briefing and adventurers dinner in Cairo this evening. We will pick everyone up from the airport who arrives today. Overnight in Cairo.
DAY 2 :: SUNDAY, OCT 7, 2018 :: CAIRO
Today we will properly begin our exploration of Cairo, new and old. In the morning, we will take in the Egyptian capital’s most iconic sites: the Great Pyramids at Giza, the Sphinx, and the Step Pyramid of Djoser. In the afternoon and evening we will be exploring the city with our Egyptian team made up of filmmakers and creatives. Overnight in Cairo.
DAY 3 :: MONDAY, OCT 8, 2018 :: CAIRO
In the morning we will have a lesson on Egyptology from a local expert in preparation for our visit to the Egyptian Antiquities Museum. This museum houses many of the country’s most important ancient artifacts. The "mummy room" at the museum contains visible mummies of some of Egypt’s most powerful and well-known pharaohs. We will have a real Egyptian lunch in downtown Cairo and spend the afternoon exploring Cairo with our local team. We will start from Tahir Square, where the Arab Spring protests began, and continue to explore Bab el-Fotouh, the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, and the Hassan Mosque. We will have dinner in downtown Cairo with some Egyptian filmmaker and actor friends. Overnight in Cairo.
DAY 4 :: TUESDAY, OCT 9, 2018 :: CAIRO / FARAFRA OASIS / DAKHLA OASIS
Brace yourselves, today we will head out deep into the Western Desert. Rarely visited by tourists, Egypt's Western Desert contains very few inhabitants. This being said, five oases exist in the desert and have deep historical roots, from ancient Egypt to the Greek and Roman occupations, and into modern Arab and Ottoman periods. Today's drive is long, and the landscape is harsh and barren, but absolutely fascinating. We will stop to check out sand dunes, unusually shaped desert rock formations, and explore the Farafra Oasis on our way to Dakhla. Overnight in Mut.
DAY 5 :: WEDNESDAY, OCT 10, 2018 :: DAKHLA OASIS
Today we will explore the ancient yet living towns that make up Egypt's remote Dakhla Oasis. We are literally in the middle of the desert, yet surrounded by trees, and then further surrounded by sand dunes. Dakhla is spectacular. During the Neolithic era, Dakhla was the home of a large desert lake, and rock paintings and carvings from this period documenting wildlife still exist. When the ancient Egyptians settled in the region, they used the strangely fertile land to grow fruits and produce wine, next came the Christian Greeks and Romans, and finally the Beduin and Arabs. This land has been continuously inhabited for thousands of years, and evidence from each period has survived and is ripe for exploration. We'll meet local families, meander through mud brick hamlets and see thousands of years of human legacy. Overnight in Mut.
DAY 6 :: THURSDAY, OCT 11, 2018 :: DAKHLA OASIS / LUXOR
In the morning we will leave the desert, bound for the city of Luxor along the Nile River in Upper Egypt. We'll stop for lunch in the Coptic Christian city of Asyut on our way and meet with Coptic religious leaders at their church. Once in Luxor, we will spend the late afternoon wandering through the modern city and soaking up this Nile-front town. Overnight in Luxor.
DAY 7 :: FRIDAY, OCT 12, 2018 :: LUXOR
Today we will first visit the massive Karnak Temple complex, with its gigantic hand carved obelisks, as well as the Temple of Luxor, the work of Great Pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramesses II, two of Egypt's longest serving ancient pharaohs. We'll spend the afternoon exploring some off the beaten path locations in the Luxor area. In the evening, we will rent feluccas, Egyptian-style sailboats, to cruise around the Nile for a sunset dinner.
DAY 8 :: SATURDAY, OCT 13, 2018 :: LUXOR / CAIRO
We’ll begin our day visiting the Hatshepsut Temple, made for Egypt’s most powerful Queen. We will then head out to explore the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings, where we will descent into the highly decorated ancient burial chambers of some of the great Egyptian pharaohs including, Tuthmosis III, Seti II, Ramesses IV, Queen Nefertari, and the small, yet highly preserved burial chamber of the young King Tutankhamun among many more. The tombs are all painted with hieroglyphics detailing the journey to the Egyptian afterlife for the pharaohs. We will return to Luxor in the late afternoon to board our overnight train back to Cairo. Overnight on the train (first class sleeper).
DAY 9 :: SUNDAY, OCT 14, 2018 :: DEPARTURES FROM CAIRO (OR CONTINUE ON TO JORDAN)
The core week program ends this morning in Cairo and we can help arrange for transportation back to Cairo Airport. For those continuing on to the peripheral week, we will leave for Amman, Jordan in the early afternoon from Cairo Airport.