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…

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Day 1: Welcome to Egypt!

Arrive at Cairo International Airport by 5pm where you will be greeted by a driver who will take to you to join the Wild Women group at Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel; a central upscale hotel with fantastic views of the Pyramids of Giza. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group and meet your Egyptian guide – a female Egyptologist.

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Day 2: Meet the Goddesses of Egypt

You’ll start your day with an orientation to the tour, which highlights the ancient and modern lives of women in Egypt. Our tour will put women in the spotlight as 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 venture to Sakkara, and take in the infamous, step-like Pyramid of Djoser, which is the world’s 1st large-scale cut-stone structure. Afterwards 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. In the evening we’ll either go out on the town for a dazzling performance of Sufi dancing.

 

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Day 3: Valley of the Whales

This morning, an Egyptologist will lead us on a breathtaking tour of the magnificent pyramids of Giza, as well as the awe-inspiring Sphinx and the Boat Museum. We’ll then drive to Fayoum where we’ll head to the UN World Heritage Site of the ‘Valley of the Whales’, which is known as one the most important sites worldwide for learning about the history of whale skeletal development. Hundreds of fossilized whale skeletons as well as mangrove roots and crab tunnels have been found in the sand. Many of these are now displayed on the sand surface and we can take a walk of a few kilometres through the desert to view them.

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Day 4: Wadi El Rayan National Park

Spend the morning visiting the Oasis of Fayoum and Tunis Village to learn more about the local culture and pottery products. You will then continue to Wadi El Rayan National Park where the golden sands of the desert meet the blue waters of Rayan lakes.

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Day 5: 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!

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Day 6-9: 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. 

Then 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.

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.

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Day 10: Nubian Countryside

Arrive in Aswan, a beautiful jewel of a town along the Nile, where you’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.

In the afternoon you’ll take a bus ride into the Nubian countryside to visit one of the grandest temples of ancient Egypt, Abu Simbel, dedicated to Ramesses II. You’ll spend the night in a charming eco-lodge and learn about Nubian culture.

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Day 11: Walking through Cairo

Return to Aswan and take an afternoon flight back to Cairo. To cap off your adventure you’ll set out on a fascinating Islamic Cairo walking tour, and visit the bustling Khan El Khalili market for some final shopping and a celebratory dinner.

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Day 12: Up and Away

Departures are anytime today with airport transfers available all day.

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