Travel to Egypt: Resurgence Conference and Retreat
Transforming women’s economic leadership
13 days / 12 nights · From November 17th to 29th, 2023
The woman in Ancient Egypt played a role identical to that of men. If this society was different from other civilizations of the ancient world in any way, it was the fact that women precisely had the same rights as men. The woman had her own identity, which allowed her to buy possessions, inherit, disinherit, and divorce, among other rights, and perform jobs that were prohibited for women until just a century ago, such as medicine.
Besides, They could occupy high levels in the administration. However, even though these rights existed legally, many women never came to exercise them due to the strict social hierarchy.
The vast majority of people were included in the lowest stratum of society, that of farmers and ranchers. On this trip, we are going to see first-hand that surprising reality that makes Ancient Egypt the most advanced culture in the ancient world, much more than Greece or Rome, thousands of years later.
Text: Nacho Ares
From 3.760 €
Day 1 – Friday, November 17 – City of origin / Cairo Departure from the city of origin to Cairo
Arrival at the Cairo airport where you will be met by a representative of Viajes Aladino who will help us with the visa procedures. Transfer to the chosen hotel and accommodations.
Day 2 – Saturday, November 18th- Conference / Coptic Quarter (El Cairo)
Breakfast. We begin our event in the conference room of the Fairmount Hotel. At mid-morning, we will have a break, accompanied by a coffee break. At lunchtime, we will go to a traditional local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Coptic (Orthodox Christian) Quarter, where the famous hanging church is located.
We will end the day visiting the medieval quarter of Khan Al Khalil where the famous Egyptian oriental market is located. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and accommodation.
Day 3 – Sunday, November 19th – Visit to the Pyramids (Cairo)
Very early in the morning, we will go to Giza to enjoy a private visit to the Great Pyramid of Cheops, where we will continue to visit the wonderful and enigmatic Sphinx in private.
Breakfast will be at the Mena House Hotel. When they open to the public, we will be able to see the entire site, including the Cheops and Menkaure Pyramids.
On the eastern side of the Great Pyramid, we can see the tombs of Idu and Kar, built next to that of Queen Hetepheres, mother of Pharaoh Cheops, whose furniture we will visit in the Museum of Civilization. On that same side, we can see the tomb of Merisankh III, wife of Pharaoh Kefren and one of the most beautiful in the entire necropolis. On this eastern side are the satellite pyramids of Cheops, traditionally linked to his wives.
Day 4 – Monday, November 20 – Cairo / Luxor Full board
At the indicated time, we will transfer to Cairo airport to fly to Luxor. We will transfer to the Sonesta Luxor 5* luxury hotel upon arrival. Today, we will visit the Luxor Museum, where we will find valuable pieces found in the excavations. We will continue visiting the mummification museum. Food will be in a typical restaurant. We can also take a walk through the Luxor bazaar. After that, we will Transfer to the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Day 5 – Tuesday, November 21st
Luxor complete room and board. Early in the morning, whoever wishes can enjoy a scenic balloon ride (optional visit, approximate price €100). We will start the day visiting the Theban necropolis Valle de los Nobles, where we will find the tomb of Huy, Tutankhamun’s vizier in Nubia. He was named Fan Bearer at the Kings Right, a title that implied a very close personal and official relationship with the pharaoh. The wall paintings represent Huy welcomed by priests of the high clergy and among his family.
We will also visit tombs like Nakht or Menna. Inside, we will see the role of women in the field of funeral processions or funeral banquets, presenting more prominence than men.
We will continue our journey to the Valley of the Kings where we will see several tombs that includes that of Tutankhamun with his mummy. In addition, we will be able to enjoy that of Ramses VI and Seti. In the valley, there is also the tomb of Tausert, the last pharaoh queen of the 19th dynasty. His tomb shared with that of Pharaoh Setnakht, Tausert’s successor and first ruler of the 20th dynasty, is one of the largest and most beautiful in the valley.
To end the morning, we will visit the house of Howard Carter, who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb. We will also be able to see a replica of said tomb. Food will be in a traditional restaurant. Followed by a transfer to the hotel, dinner, and accommodation.
Day 6 – Wednesday, November 22 – Luxor / Abydos / Dendera / Luxor
Complete room and board. Departing by bus in a southerly direction, we will travel about 300 kilometers to visit the temple of Abydos, built by Pharaoh Seti I and his son Ramses II, one of the most beautiful in the Nile Valley. Lunch will be in a typical restaurant. In Abydos, we must highlight the figure of Omm Seti, an English woman who, until her death in 1981, was the first woman to work in Egypt as an archaeologist for the government, dedicating her entire life to saving and protecting the temple of Seti I. The story of what is behind this woman will surprise us.
Lunch will be in a typical restaurant. We will continue to visit the temple of the goddess Hathor in Dendera. The cow-headed goddess is one of the divinities most important of the Egyptian pantheon. The reliefs of Queen Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt, will also surprise us. At the end of the visit, we will continue the trip until we reach Luxor. Transfer to hotel, dinner, and accommodation.
Day 7 – Thursday, November 23 – Luxor
Complete room and board. Today, we will move to Deir el-Medina, where the builders of the tombs of the Valley of the Kings are buried. There, we can enjoy the tombs of Inkherkau and his wife.
Wabet and that of Sennedyem and his wife Iyneferty, who were buried accompanied by their family, are represented in the paintings of the tombs with beautiful colors.
We will continue to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the most powerful woman in ancient Egypt, unique for its large stepped terraces. We will stop at the Colossi of Memnon of King Amenophis III.
Transfer to the motor ship Anwaj 5* (Superior luxury or similar). In the afternoon, we will visit the Luxor temple, the only monument in the world where monuments from the Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Islamic times appear. In it, we will see the statue of Tutankhamun accompanied by his wife, Queen Ankhesenamón, and the reliefs of the Opet festival.
Night on board.
Day 8 – Friday, Thursday, November 24 – Luxor (navigation)
Luxor complete room and board. We will start the day visiting the Temple of Karnak, dedicated to the religious triad of Thebes, the god Amun, the goddess Mut, and their son Khonsu. We will visit totally unknown places in the temple. We will be able to see the chapel of the goddess Sekhmet (on a private visit), a feminine and androgynous divinity represented by the body of a woman and the head of a lion. She was the goddess of medicine and war, and her myths are closely related to the salvation of humanity. Return to the motor ship and start of navigation,
Night on board.
Day 9 – Saturday, November 25 – Esna/Edfu / Kom Ombo
Complete room and board. We will arrive at Edfu, where we will visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon-headed god, the best preserved in Egypt and the second largest in the country. In Edfu, we will learn about the legend of the goddess Isis, mother of Horus, one of the most important divinities in the Egyptian pantheon.
We will continue until we reach Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Haroeris, a god with the head of a falcon, and the god Sobek, with the head of a crocodile, having a double entrance, doors and an altar. You can also see the nilometer, used by the ancient Egyptians to measure the level of the river’s waters, and the Sobek crocodile mummy museum. Boarding and continuation to Aswan.
Night on board.
Day 10 – Sunday, November 26 – Aswan
Complete room and board. In the early morning, by bus, we will visit Abu Simbel. We will visit the large Temple of Ramses II and the small temple of Nefertary, the Great Royal Wife of Ramses II, who received the honor of having a sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Hathor in this place. Returning to Aswan, we will go to the pier to take a motorboat that will take us to the island of Philae where the last temple built to the goddess Isis is located. This divinity has many elements inherited in our Western tradition from the Virgin Mary. Transfer back to the boat. Night on board.
Day 11 – Monday, November 27 Aswan / Cairo
We will start with breakfast. Then, followed by an early transfer to Aswan airport to fly to Cairo. The first thing we will do is visit the Museum of Egyptian Art, the only one in the world where many of the treasures of Pharaoh Tutankhamun are preserved. There, we can also discover the treasures of queens and sculptures of great women in the history of Egypt, such as Nofret, wife of Rahotep, Tuya, mother of Queen Tiyi, Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III, etc.
We will go to the recently inaugurated Museum of Egyptian Civilization, where the royal mummies are found, including those of queens such as Ahmose Nefertari, Tiyi, or Hatshepsut.
Lunch will be in a typical restaurant. Transfer to the Fairmont 5* Superior Luxury Hotel, dinner, and accommodation.
Day 12 – Tuesday, November 28 Cairo Day
Full board regime. We will start the day in Sakkara, the oldest necropolis in Egypt, where we can find the step pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser. We will visit the magical Serapeum with the burials of the sacred Apis bulls. We will also see the Mastaba complex, among others, that of Mereruka and his wife, Sesheshet. On the plain, in the Bubasteion, we will see the tombs of Maia (Tutankhamun’s nurse), one of the most influential women in the childhood of the Child Pharaoh and that of Nemtimes and a high-ranking official at the end of the 18th dynasty. In the southern necropolis, we will see the tomb of two contemporaries of Tutankhamun, his Mayan treasurer, and Horemheb, his army officer who would become pharaoh. Food in a typical restaurant.
We will then transfer to the hotel, dinner, and accommodation. Food will be in a traditional restaurant. Transfer to hotel, dinner, and accommodation.
Day 13 – Wednesday, November 29 – Cairo / City of origin
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to Cairo International Airport to fly to Madrid or your city of origin.
That concludes our services.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM: 3.760€
PRICE PER PERSON IN SINGLE ROOM: 5.150€
THE PRICE INCLUDES
- Plane + Internal flight taxes with the company Egyptair.
- Hotel Sonesta in Luxor 5* Superior Luxury (Premium Room) (MP) Hotel Fairmont 5* Superior
- Luxury 5* Similar Superior Luxury (MP).
- Motonave Amwaj 5* Higher luxury or similar(PC).
- Private visit to Cheops
- Private visit to the Sphinx
- Private visit to Shekmet
- Full board during the entire trip.
- All transfers included in the program.
- Travel insurance with cancellation Covid-19.
- All visits included in the program.
- Spanish/ English speaking guides included
- Tips for porters and boats.
- One small bottle of water per day per person.
- Visa (25 dollars)
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Tips for tour guides and representatives.
- Optional visits: Balloon ride, Nubian village, sound and light show in pyramids or any other visit
not mentioned in the program.
- Any expense of a personal nature (laundry, shopping…)
- It is not necessary to get vaccinated to enter Egypt Limited places.
- The development of the visits can be modified, not altering the realization of the same, unless the client decides not to carry out any or that we cannot carry out for reasons of significant causes. In the event of a hotel change, the category of the hotel will be the same or higher.
- Departures will be made early to take advantage of the sunny hours.
- Currency exchange can be done at banks and at the hotel reception (without commission).
- It is important to notify the agency of food preferences, allergy problems or other relevant information. Once en route, the menus cannot be modified.
- Unless otherwise indicated in writing, the traveler accepts the general conditions of the agency.
Sonesta Saint George Hotel. 5* Luxury room. Royal de Luxe (Luxor)
Hotel located on the banks of the Nile River, its rooms offer impressive views of the city or the river. Contemporary-style accommodation with free Wi-Fi in public areas, a gym, a spa and high-quality restaurants. It has a large swimming pool with a terrace on the Nile. It is very close to the Valley of the Kings, the Luxor temple, the Luxor museum and the Karnak temple. This hotel is the ideal place to start exploring the area. The Royal de Luxe rooms have individual temperature control, amenities, hairdryer, safe, mini bar, bathroom decorated in marble with Jacuzzi tub, shower with massage, water temperature control, and smart toilet.
Motor ship Amwaj 5* Superior Luxury (Nile Cruise) or similar
One of the best and most luxurious Nile cruises, consisting of 62 luxury cabins divided into 2. Royal Suites of 50 square meters on the third floor, 2 Presidential Suites of 40 square meters on the third floor, 12 Junior Suites of 30 square meters on the third floor and 46 standard cabins of 20 square meters distributed among the three floors. All cabins have panoramic windows, telephone, mini bar, safe, individual air conditioning, full bathroom with hairdryer, LCD or plasma TV, etc.
Amenities and services: Terrace with hammocks, umbrellas, bar, swimming pool with outdoor jacuzzi. Massage room and steam sauna. Service of rooms and 24 hour concierge. Its panoramic windows offer an unobstructed view of the beautiful landscapes of the Nile, which it runs in 4 nights departing from Luxor on Thursdays (before October 2015 they were on Saturdays, then on Mondays and currently on Thursdays) and in 3 nights returning from Aswan
Hotel Fairmont Nile City 5* Superior luxury or similar (Cairo)
Hotel located in the Nile City Towers, next to the Nile River and in the center of the city. Its rooms are soundproofed and decorated with elegant art deco furniture. They have a desk, interactive TV, bathrooms with rain showers, hair dryer, amenities and sliding doors. On its roof it has a swimming pool with spectacular views of the city. It has a fitness center, business center and several restaurants.