In the Footsteps of Howard Carter
04 April – 17 April 2017, 14-day tour
Oryx scene by Howard Carter from Beni Hassan
Howard Carter was 17 years old when he found himself transported from rural Norfolk to the land of Egypt, where he would work for the Egypt Exploration Fund as a copyist. He would spend the rest of his life there working as an artist, for the Egyptian Government and finally Lord Carnarvon as an archaeologist.
On this tour we will spend 2 weeks visiting the sites associated with him; including Beni Hassan – where he first started work in Egypt, Deir el Bersha where he famously copied the Alabaster Colossus scene, Amarna where he first learnt the rudiments of archaeology with Flinders Petrie, Deir el Bahri where he was in charge of the epigraphic survey of the temple of Hatshepsut. We will stay at the Winter Palace Hotel Garden Pavilion when in Luxor; the hotel where Carter could be found in his later years, a lonely figure willing to talk to anyone about his famous discovery. Of course we cannot forget his house and the replica tomb of Tutankhamun and much, much more.
The tour will be accompanied by Lee Young who specialises in the archaeological artists; Lee will tell the story of Carter as we travel to give you a further insight into the man – this is a very special tour and is bound to be very popular as interest in this man has never been greater.
Please note: Included Meals: B = Breakfast. L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Tuesday 4th April
Fly Heathrow to Cairo, transfer to Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel at Giza.
Day 2: Wednesday 5th April
Visit Saqqara Plateau, including Djoser’s Complex, Unas Pyramid Complex, the newly opened New Kingdom Tombs and the Serapeum. Lunch at the Saqqara Palm Club. Visit to Memphis in the afternoon, where there are new items on display and it has been made more visitor friendly. (B/L)
Day 3: Thursday 6th April
Giza Pyramids Plateau, Pyramids, Solar Boat and the Sphinx. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon a visit to the Egyptian Museum where photography is now allowed for a 50 LE ticket. (B/L)
Day 4: Friday 7th April
Drive to Minya. (6 hours with breaks). Check into Aton Hotel. Lecture in the evening. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Saturday 8th April
Beni Hassan and Hatchepsut’s Temple to Pakhet, the ‘Speos Artemidos’. A 'special permission' visit to Deir el Bersha including the tomb of Djehutihotep. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Sunday 9th April
Amarna, including a visit to the Royal Tomb & Northern Tombs, plus other features of Akhenaten’s City. (B/L/D)
Day 7: Monday 10th April
Drive to Abydos. Check into the House of Life Hotel. Lecture in the evening. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Tuesday 11th April
Abydos, the Temples of Seti I and Rameses II. Continue to Luxor, check into the Winter Palace Garden Pavilion. (B/L)
Day 9: Wednesday 12th April
Visit to the Nobles Tombs on the West Bank including Ramose, Userhat, Khaemhat, Sennefer, Rekhmire, Roy, Shuroy and Neferenpet. Lunch on the West Bank, Visit to Luxor Temple in the evening. (B/L)
Day 10: Thursday 13th April
West Bank of Luxor. Visit to Deir el Bahri in the morning, the Valley of the Kings – with special permission to visit the beautiful Tomb of Seti I, plus newly opened tombs in the Valley. A special visit to the Tomb of King Amenhotep III in the Western Valley. Lunch on the West Bank. (B/L)
Day 11: Friday 14th April
Visits to the Ramesseum and Deir el Medina including the Tomb of Pashedu. Lunch on the West Bank. Visit to Howard Carter’s House including the Tutankhamun replica tomb. (B/L)
Day 12: Saturday 15th April
Visit to Edfu Temple and El KAb Complex. Packed Lunch. (B/L)
Day 13: Sunday 16th April
Free Day. Farewell Dinner. (B/D)
Day 14: Monday 17th April
Fly from Luxor to Heathrow direct.
Total price each £3250.00 (single supplement £300.00).
The price of this tour includes:
International flights with EgyptAir in economy class – London (Heathrow) to Cairo and Luxor to London (Heathrow)
All coach/minibus travel in Egypt
4* and 5* hotel accommodation with breakfasts – included lunches and dinners where indicated in the itinerary (see above)
All guided tours
Entrance to all sites
Services of an Egyptian tour guide
Tipping (except guide and drivers).
The price of this tour DOES NOT include:
- Travel insurance (essential)
- Egyptian visa (obtainable on arrival in Egypt for £15)
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips for local Egyptian guide and coach driver.
A deposit of £400 per person will be payable, with the balance due 06 Feb 2017.
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