Exploring Egypt in Paris
09 – 14 May 2017, 6-day tour
Seated Scribe - The Louvre
Obelisk at Place de a Concorde
Come and join us on this very special visit to the wonderful city of Paris. In keeping with our raison d’etre, the tour will have an Egyptian theme. We will have the services of Cathie Bryan, an Egyptologist who spent many years in Paris and specialises in ancient Egyptian influences on architecture. We will have two walking tours with Cathie and a guided tour of the Egyptian Collection at The Louvre. Lee Young will accompany the tour as tour manager to ensure everything runs smoothly.
There is a welcome meal included on the first night, but for those who want to stay as a group and eat together on the other nights, we will organise restaurants. Those who have been with us before will know Carl Young has an instinct for seeking out a good restaurant!
Day 1: May 9
Meet at St Pancras Station in London and travel to Gare du Nord Station in Paris. There we will be picked up by a coach to transport us to our hotel, which is very close. After you have settled in at the hotel, we will all meet and have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant where you can get to know your fellow travellers in a relaxed environment.
Day 2: May 10
Everyone will be issued with a Metro pass for the duration of our time in Paris for easy travel.
Today we will have our first tour with Cathie, taking in select Egyptian influences in Paris. Even the most seasoned Parisian may not be aware of how much ancient Egypt features in the Paris landscape, or that it was initiated as part of Napoleon’s official publicity campaign. The Egyptian Campaign (1798 - 1801) was a military failure. After the fact, the failure was mitigated by accounts of Egypt published by Napoleon’s savants. Surprisingly, Egypt of the pharaohs became an important part of the mythology of Napoleon, and monuments with an Egyptian flavour started to appear all over Paris. During the walk we will be introduced to many of these curiosities: the sphinx, the obelisk, the pyramid, the Egyptian temple, and representations of historical and mythological Egyptians. Discover why the Louvre pyramid extension was THE natural choice, beyond the appeal of the geometry and lighting the transparent pyramid provides.
The tour will be in the morning, and should take approximately 2 hours; after that you are free to wander.
Day 3: May 11
Today we have the second of our tours with Cathie, visiting the cemetery of Père Lachaise. Many specialist circuits are possible in the earliest, largest and most beautiful Parisian City of the Dead (1804). Among the most fascinating and evocative is that of the Egyptian Revival, which has a strong tie in with Napoleon. Learn about Egyptian architecture and motifs while you see how they were interpreted in 19th century France. The walk includes the funerary monuments of a number of important historical figures: Napoleon’s savants, several Napoleonic generals, Champollion and de Lesseps. Consider the reasons why the Egyptian style was selected for funerary monuments by people who had no connection with Napoleon or Egypt.
NB: A good level of fitness and sure-footedness is required for this tour. The ground we cover may be uneven, and we will ascend to the plateau by stone steps, and descend back to street level by narrow stone steps.
Once again the tour will take place in the morning to allow the afternoon to enjoy Paris.
Day 4: May 12
Today the jewel in the crown of Paris for us Egyptophiles - The Louvre. We will have a guided tour of the Egyptian Collection, but as you know there is so much more there. After the tour you can remain in the museum; there are many cafés and food outlets within the museum, with the Tuileries Gardens nearby also offering places of refreshment. Place de la Concorde is also nearby with the Luxor obelisk in the middle. This is a 23 metre high obelisk that originally stood at the entrance to the Luxor Temple.
Day 5: 13 May
Today you are free to visit the many other sights of Paris, You have your Metro pass so can travel at will. Perhaps the Musée D’Orsay or Notre Dame, maybe The Eiffel Tower - there are so many options.
Day 6: 14 May
Homeward bound today at the end of, we hope, a wonderful time in Paris. Our coach will pick us up at the hotel and deposit us at the station for our journey back to London.
Total price each £950.00 – no single supplement
The price of this tour includes:
- Eurostar travel – London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord
- All transfers (are du Nord Station to the Hotel)
- 4*hotel accommodation with breakfast
- All guided tours & entrance fees
- A Paris Metro Pass for the duration
- A Welcome Dinner on the first night.
The price of this tour DOES NOT include:
- Travel insurance (essential)
- other meals, drinks and transport (other than those already mentioned).
A deposit of £300 per person will be payable, with the balance due 07 March 2017.
Egypt Archaeological Tours
Phone us on: 07956 353847 in the UK or +20 (0) 1205793360 in Egypt
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