Package - Ancient Egypt (3 Nights & 4 Days)

Package - Ancient Egypt (3 Nights & 4 Days)

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Overview

Egypt or Misr in local language, is a mystical land, probably one of the few which has history and mythology like India. Their ancient culture is very interesting with Pharaos, Mummies and Pyramids – all different from our culture. A planned holiday to Egypt is unlike most holiday experiences around the world, difficult to forget and a must do! Arabs in Egypt can be of different skin colours depending on their origin. So don't be shocked to see fair ladies with golden hair speaking fluent Arabic and smoking Sheeshahs (hookas) in lobbies of fancy hotels. Their food is familiar to the non vegetarian Indian palate and there is no alcohol available outside 5 star hotel bars. In many ways the culture is Islamic and in many ways it is western. Cairo like New Delhi has a modern part and an old part (like the Walled city of Old Delhi). In the old part one can see tongas (horse drawn carriages) carrying trading wares from one place to another. The weather in many parts is hot and dry like that in semi deserts. There are many hotels and restaurants along the Nile. However, the main attractions are the museum and the Pyramids of Giza, guarded by the Lion headed Sphinx. Over 4,000 years ago, the mummified bodies of Kings Cheops, Kefren and Mykerinos were ferried down the Nile to be buried and prepared for the journey to the afterlife within these massive monuments. They are amazing in terms of size and one must go inside to see the funerary. A sound and light show here is also recommended. For the first time traveler, a short cruise on the Nile by night is relaxing. The cruise normally offers dinner, runs for about 2 hours and has a belly dancer on board. Those of us who have done short boat cruises in other destinations may not find this value for money. However, the recommended way to see Egypt beyond Cairo and the Giza is by a Nile Cruise up the Nile all the way to Aswan. From the sun deck, one can enjoy spectacular views over green fields and palm groves, slow-moving feluccas, picturesque villages and busy cities – the kaleidoscope of Egypt sparkles wherever you look. From Aswan to Luxor, every stopover brings you into close contact with mythological wonders, world-famous temples, the hustle of everyday life and the bustle of the souks (markets). Many Nile cruises are available depending on how much time and money one wants to spend.
 
Inclusions
Return Economy Class Airfare on Turkish Airlines
Meet, Assist & Round Trip transfers.
3 nights at cairo on bed and breakfast basis.
Sightseeing & entrance fees as per below Itinerary
Meal as mentioned in the below itinerary
Local English speaking guide
All transportation in A/C coach
 
Itinerary :
Day 1 : Arrive Cairo 
Arrive Cairo International airport meet assist by our representative transfer to your hotel for check in. Overnight at the hotel 
Meals: NA
Optional: Sound and light show at the Pyramids 
 
Day 2 : Cairo
After breakfast, visit the pyramids of Giza and sphinx, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Continue to the papyrus institute and bazaars where you will have some time for shopping. Overnight at the hotel 
Meals: Breakfast
 
Day 3 : Cairo
After breakfast, Visit the Egyptian museum where you will have the chance to see the treasures of King Tut Ankh Amun. Overnight at the hotel 
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: Dinner cruise with Belly dancers and oriental shows with open buffet 
 
Day 4 : Cairo
After breakfast, check out and Transfer to Cairo International Airport to board bid Farwell to Egypt and the new friends you have made. Your fascinating journey however you must be sure to visit this splendid country at least once again. 
Meals: Breakfast
In modern Egypt, a cruise on the Nile or a bus ride through the countryside along this great river of live can be very enlightening. One will see urban sprawl, some modern factories, lots of traffic, but in the countryside, one will also see people living much as they did many thousands of years ago. There will be small mudbick buildings, Oxen pulling archaic plows, donkeys and donkey carts laden with all manner of produce and other agricultural products and various other trappings of a bygone era removed from most of he modern world by millenniums. Visually, the countryside often leaves one with an impression of antiquity, but socially and culturally, much of Egypt's rural population are also remains steeped in ancient tradition, and in fact this attribute carries over into a considerable part of the country's urban population. Many of their traditions look back to ancient times, though warped by a series of cultural intrusions and the influences of our modern era. To some extent, particularly in rural areas, modern Egyptians represent a laboratory from which we can pick out many ancient Egyptian customs and observing them, even from the comfort of a cruise ship swimming pool, gives one some idea of ancient Egyptian life.
 
Egyptology has to be considered the oldest discipline to study ancient man. We find references to several people who are sometimes considered to be founders of this science, such as W. F. Petrie and Champollion, but in reality, the study of ancient Egyptians is much, much older. It can, in some respects be said that Herodotus and Strabo were Egyptologists, if not actually archaeologists, as was Manetho before them, but even many of the ancient Egyptians themselves studied, and were proud of their own history. Prince Khaemwese, a son of Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great) was interested in Egyptian history, and during many periods, particularly when times were troubling, the ancient Egyptians looked back upon their predecessors and took up at least some of their more ancient traditions. Perhaps unfortunately, from ancient times into our present day, this science has mostly focused on the grander side of life, exploring great kings and their fabulous temples and tombs. The life of common Egyptians has often been ignored, and even when it was investigated, the evidence is frequently skewed in a funerary context.
 
 
Nevertheless, there have always been a few scholars that have focused on the life of ancient Egyptians and over the years we have come to learn a great deal about their customs and culture, even outside of the funerary context. Ancient workers villages on the West Bank at Thebes (Deir el-Medina), at Giza, Kahun, and and even cities such as Akhetaten, if only their foundations, have risen to see the light of day once more, and from these and other sources, such as the wealth of private tomb paintings, we find a rich source of knowledge.
 
                           
 
What immerges from this evidence is a people who, fundamentally, are not unlike people today. Men and women fell in love, united, created families that became the center of their lives, worried about their children, worked, struggled, sought security and had moral concerns from which some deviated to became criminals. It is true that they sometimes fought savage wars, but our modern society seems not yet to have outgrown that very ancient tradition. The young played with toys, while older children and adults played games and competed in sports, partied, danced, sang, rejoiced on special occasions and were sad when death took a loved one. They sued each other, divorced, paid taxes, fought with their neighbors and their wives, but also believed in the concept of our modern Bible's golden rule, to love thy neighbor. Some common Egyptians excelled in life, rising to become great officials, while others failed miserably, but in general they survived and lead ordinary lives for their time. They adapted to their landscape, and appear to have been patriots of their country.
 
 
With technology, our modern era has indeed ushered in cultural changes. It would seem that our elders are no longer as respected as they were a hundred years ago, or four thousand years ago in ancient Egypt. Marriages fall apart, children move to far corners of the world, alienating family units, we communicate at lightning speeds and with people throughout the world while national and international news arrives at our doorsteps with ease. But all of these changes have occurred very, very recently relative to the history of mankind.
 
So finally, when we study the ancient Egyptians' way of life, we examine their clothing, which differs from our own, but was nevertheless clothing, we investigate how they worshiped their gods, which are different than our god, but they were nevertheless worshiped, we want to see how they married and raised their kids, though we know they did unite in love, have sex and struggled with the resulting children. We want to know about their health care, their education and what they considered humorous, but we know that they had doctors, educators and a since of humor. Only the details vary from our modern way of life, and sometimes even the details are the same. Women wore perfume which is still used today, wore makeup not so very different than makeup of today, and had their hair done in fashions that sometimes look completely modern.
 
 

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