Jan 24, Sat
If we have arranged your international travel you will depart from New York for Egypt at 6:30 pm on Egypt Air

Jan 25, Sun
Upon the arrival of your flight in Cairo,  you will be met by a Museum Tours representative who will assist you with your visa, baggage and customs.  Our bus will then take you to the Mena House Hotel located near the pyramids. There will be an evening reception before dinner at the hotel.
Hotel - Mena House Hotel (pyramid side)

Jan 26, Mon
This morning you will visit the Giza Plateau exploring inside the Great Pyramid (special admission), the Solar Boat Museum (special admission) and the surrounding area. Then it's down to the Valley Temple of Khafra where we will have a private tour inside the Sphinx complex (Closed to public).  After lunch near our hotel we will have a private walking our of the Giza Plateau, visiting a number of sites off the general tourist paths. 
Hotel - Mena House Hotel (pyramid side)

Jan 27,Tue
Today we will drive south to visit Saqqara, where we will be allowed on a private tour inside the Step Pyramid (Closed to public) gaining access through the south, Late Period entrance.  A short walk will take us to the tombs of Maya and Horemheb (special admission) and the Serrapeum (special admission). After lunch at the Saqqara Palm Club we will visit the Memphis outdoor museum.
Hotel - Mena House Hotel (pyramid side)
 
Jan 28, Wed
The entire day will be spent at the Egyptian Museum, where we will see the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Royal Mummy room (special admission). This evening we will fly to Aswan and transfer to the historic Cataract Hotel.
Hotel - Cataract Hotel

Jan 29, Thu 
This morning we will visit Philae Temple, perhaps the most beautiful temple in Egypt. Later we will stop for a visit to the ancient granite quarry, with its New Kingdom inscriptions and unfinished obelisk. After lunch, enjoy a felucca ride with al visit  to Elephantine Island and the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island. The afternoon is free to relax, shop or sightsee on your own.
Hotel - Cataract Hotel
 
Jan 30, Fri
This morning we board our cruise boat (Prince Abbas, Eugenie or comparable). After lunch on board we will take a short motorboat ride to visit Kalabsha Temple before we set sail. Overnight aboard our Lake Nasser cruise boat for three nights.
Boat - Lake Nasser cruise boat
 
Jan 31, Sat
Today we will visit Wadi el Sabua temple as we continue sailing on Lake Nasser toward Abu Simbel. The temple is noted for its avenue of sphinxes, and was partly carved directly into the rock.
Boat - Lake Nasser cruise boat
 
Feb 1, Sun
We will continue sailing to Aswan, visiting Amada (the oldest surviving Nubian Temple, containing some of the best preserved Nubian reliefs) and Dakka, dedicated to the god Thoth, along the way. Upon our arrival at Abu Simbel in the afternoon, we will explore the temples of Rameses II.  This evening enjoy the Sound and Light show at Abu Simbel.
Boat - Lake Nasser cruise boat
 
Feb 2, Mon
After breakfast on board, we will fly to Aswan and the drive to Luxor, stopping at the Temple at Edfu along the way.
Hotel - Winter Palace Pavillon
 
Feb 3 Tue
Today wew ill drive to the West Bank and the Valley of the Queens where we will gain access to the tomb of Nefertari (Closed to public).  Perserved through a grant from the Getty Foundation, this is perhaps the most beautiful tomb in Egypt. We will also visit the touching tombs of Khaemwaset and Amunherkhepresef, two young sons of Rameses III, before driving to see his mortuary temple at Medinet Habu.
Hotel - Winter Palace Pavillon
 
Feb 4, Wed
The morning will be spent on the West Bank, where we will visit the ancient workers village at Deir el Medina. Then we will drive to the  Valley of the Kings.  Here we will visit the tomb of Tutankhamun (special admission), KV 9, the tomb of Rameses VI (special admission), the tomb of Seti I (Closed to public), as well as three additional tombs.  The afternoon is free to explore or shop on your own. This evening we will visit Luxor Temple for an enchanting after dark tour.
Hotel - Winter Palace Pavillon
 
Feb 5, Thu
Today we will visit Deir el Bahri with Hatshepsut's Temple and the mortuary temple of Seti I. After lunch on the West Bank we will visit several Nobles tombs. Join us for our farewell dinner this evening.
Hotel - Winter Palace Pavillon

Feb 6, Fri  
All morning will be spent exploring Karnak temple, the worlds largest temple complex, where we will visit the outdoor museum (special admission) with the beautiful white chapel. This afternoon we will fly to Cairo and transfer to the Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel.
Hotel - Fairmont Heliopolis

Feb 7, Sat
This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
 
NOTE:  Though we have made preliminary arrangements for the special events listed in the itinerary as (Closed to public) and (special admission), circumstances prior to, or at the time of, our visit may require us to modify the itinerary and sites visited.  Every effort will be made to ensure that all special sites will be available to us and we will notify tour participants as soon as possible if there are any changes.  The direction of sailing on Lake Nasser may be reversed depending upon the boat schedule at the time of the tour.
 

Egypt's Hidden Treasures

This itinerary is based on our best current information, however, due to the constantly changing situation in Egypt there will probably be some changes.

Egypt's Hidden Treasures designed and presented by
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January 25 - February 7, 2015

Photo - Kmt/Forbes
About Egypt's Hidden Treasures
Itinerary
Notes
Egypt's Hidden Treasures is one of the most exciting tours we have ever had the pleasure of offering.  With special permission, we will be able  to visit a number of the most fabulous sites in Egypt which, because of their fragile nature, are normally closed to visitors. We will also visit a number of sites that require special admission fees and are consequently not included in most other tours. The cost of all (special admission) and (Closed to public) sites are included in the tour price.
 
Because of the unique nature of this trip and the cost of the special arrangements, there may be a minimum requirement for the number of participants. In order to insure an exceptional experience for everyone on the tour, there is an absolute maximum of 20 participants.

The tour includes stays in the garden section of the Mena house near the pyramids, the Winter Palace Pavillon in Luxor, the  Cataract Hotel in Aswan and the Fairmont Heliopolis in Cairo. 
 
The boat we use on the Lake Nasar cruise will depaen upon the availability and schedule at the time of the tour. It will be the Prince Abbas, Eugenie or comparable.
 
The price of the tour includes all meals and non-alcoholic beverages at meals. The customer is expected, but not required, to tip the guide and tour manager. All other tips are included, except for personal items.
 
Thutmose III