Goddesses, Queens and Heroines Tour

About the Experience

This place leaves you wide-eyed, with your senses so keyed that your stomach flutters with butterflies. You are in the ancient land where Isis and Cleopatra reined, where Hatshepsut and Hathor were the Divine feminine powers. This place vibrates with herstory. You can feel a woman’s power here in a way you’ve never quite experienced before.

As you climb aboard your Dahabiya yacht and glide down the crystalline waters of the Nile, you pass the ghostly ruins of ancient temples. The sultry air hangs heavy, and you watch the sails ripple in the wind– realizing this is the exact same way 19th-century travellers made their way through these winding waters.

Everywhere, something is stirring. A man dips a camel’s mouth to drink – the skirt of a Sufi spins wildly in a shock of colour – a belly dancer’s hips snake in the shadows. And yet, Cairo somehow still bursts with all that is expected of modern life. The Pyramids of Giza are a mystical landmark looming over the landscape, and the ancient Avenue of the Sphinxes awaits you with its watchful eyes.

This is your chance to learn about this land – to hear the stories firsthand of what life is really like for a contemporary, Egyptian woman and to feel the strength of those long-ago goddesses swirling by your side…

 

 

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Goddesses, Queens and Heroines Tour

About the Experience

This place leaves you wide-eyed, with your senses so keyed that your stomach flutters with butterflies. You are in the ancient land where Isis and Cleopatra reined, where Hatshepsut and Hathor were the Divine feminine powers. This place vibrates with herstory. You can feel a woman’s power here in a way you’ve never quite experienced before.

As you climb aboard your Dahabiya yacht and glide down the crystalline waters of the Nile, you pass the ghostly ruins of ancient temples. The sultry air hangs heavy, and you watch the sails ripple in the wind– realizing this is the exact same way 19th-century travellers made their way through these winding waters.

Everywhere, something is stirring. A man dips a camel’s mouth to drink – the skirt of a Sufi spins wildly in a shock of colour – a belly dancer’s hips snake in the shadows. And yet, Cairo somehow still bursts with all that is expected of modern life. The Pyramids of Giza are a mystical landmark looming over the landscape, and the ancient Avenue of the Sphinxes awaits you with its watchful eyes.

This is your chance to learn about this land – to hear the stories firsthand of what life is really like for a contemporary, Egyptian woman and to feel the strength of those long-ago goddesses swirling by your side…

 

 

DAY ONE: WELCOME

Arrive at Cairo International Airport by 5 pm where you will be greeted by a driver who will take to you to join the Wild Women group! Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group and meet your Egyptian guide – a female Egyptologist.

 

DAY TWO: GODDESSES OF EGYPT

We’ll start our day early with an Egyptologist-led talk highlighting the ancient and modern lives of women in Egypt. Putting women in the spotlight, we learn the stories of ancient Goddesses, such as Isis (goddess of health and wisdom) and Hathor (goddess of joy, motherhood, and foreign lands). We’ll also discuss legendary queens, like the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut, as well as the modern-day heroines who are playing a dynamic role in their communities.

We’ll then tour the magnificent pyramids of Giza, and have lunch at the Andrea New Giza. We’ll drive to Alexandria and check into the paradise inn Windsor Palace Hotel, where we will have dinner.

 

DAY THREE: ALEXANDRIA

Today is a full day of sightseeing! Visits include the Library of Alexandria, the National Museum, catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, and the Roman Amphitheatre. We’ll have lunch at the Fish Market restaurant which serves delicious fresh seafood.

After lunch, we drive to the Giza train station to board the sleeper train to Luxor. Dinner is on the train!

 

DAY FOUR: TOUR OF TEMPLES

Upon arrival to Luxor by sleeper train you’ll explore the famous Temple of Luxor and its towering obelisks, followed by the Temples of Karnak, Egypt’s greatest compound of temples.

You’ll round out the day with a free afternoon, with the option of a guided tour of the museum, a visit to the local market, or the option to simply relax.

 

DAY FIVE TO EIGHT: SAILING THE NILE

This morning you’ll tour the West Bank of Luxor including visits to the tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and the tombs of the Princes & Queens in the Valley of the Queens. Visit the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut – a reminder of the power women held in the Ancient Kingdom – and tour the massive, unbelievable Colossi of Memnon. 

We’ll then drive 1.5 hours to Esna, where you’ll board your floating home, a traditional ‘Dahabiya’ sailboat and dock overnight by Nile Island. You’ll spend 4 days sailing the river as they did in the 19th century, and along the way, you’ll indulge in Egyptian cooking lessons and learn about the unique food culture.

We’ll sail to Silsila and visit the enormous sandstone quarries. Your voyage will continue to the enthralling sandstone temple of Kom Ombo. Visit local villages, tour markets, and meet women who live in the countryside along the way. We’ll arrive in Aswan, a beautiful jewel of a town along the Nile, where we’ll visit the vibrant, rainbow-hued Aswan spice market – a sensory delight. Adorn your hands with intricate henna designs, and meet local female artisans to buy some treasures to take home.

 

DAY NINE: NUBIAN COUNTRYSIDE

The morning’s tour is to High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Philae Temple. High Dam, an engineering miracle built in 1960, protected Egypt from annual floods on the Nile. Then, you will head to the Unfinished Obelisk, which shows the techniques used by the ancient Egyptians to cut obelisks. This obelisk is believed to belong to Queen Hatshepsut, one of the rulers of the 18th dynasty and the royal wife of king Tuthmosis II, who owns Al Deir El-Bahari temple in the eastern bank of Luxor. However, others believe that it belongs to Queen Nefertiti. Your final stop is the majestic Philae Temple, which was built on the honour of goddess Isis the chief deity of the island. 

In the afternoon we’ll take a bus ride to Nubia, where we’ll check into our accommodation. This evening we’ll be transported to the time of the pharaohs at the Sound and Light Show, an enchanting experience that brings the ancient world to life.

 

DAY TEN: ABU SIMBEL

This morning, we visit one of the grandest temples of ancient Egypt,​ Abu Simbel, dedicated to Ramesses II.  We’ll then drive to Aswan and board our domestic flight to Cairo.

 

DAY ELEVEN: WALKING THROUGH CAIRO

Today we’ll visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, with over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the many treasures from the wondrous tomb of Tutankhamun. We’ll then venture to the Hanging Church (the first in North Africa dating back to the 3rd century!), visit Ben Ezra Synagogue, and the Saladin Citadel. Finally, we’ll see Islamic Cairo, which is characterized by hundreds of mosques, tombs, madrasas, mansions, caravanserais, and fortifications dating from the Islamic era. As we stroll, we’ll grab lunch at a local restaurant and resume our sight-seeing in the afternoon. 

 In the evening we’ll go out on the town for a local performance, depending on the public performance schedule. Our farewell dinner will be at the hotel.

 

DAY TWELVE: UP AND AWAY

Departures are anytime today with airport transfers available all day.

 

 

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