DAY 1 – Sunday, November 12, 2023: Arrivals in Cairo. Welcome meeting, Dashur – Red & Bent Pyramids, Memphis.
Hotel: Giza hotel nIght #1. Meal: BB, L.
On November 12, 2023, those flying nonstop from JFK, NY (MS 986) arrive in Cairo at 4:40am. Those flying nonstop from IAD, Washington-Dulles (MS 982), arrive in Cairo at 4:30am.
On February 4, 2024, those flying nonstop from JFK, NY (MS 986) arrive in Cairo at 4:40am. Those flying nonstop from IAD, Washington-Dulles (MS 982), arrive in Cairo at 5:20am.
Welcome to Egypt! A representative will meet you at Cairo airport and bring you to our hotel.
After the early-morning arrivals have joined us and we all have had breakfast together at the hotel at the Cairo Airport, we have a short Welcome Meeting and begin our sightseeing with sites from Ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom (2,575-2,150 B.C.). We drive southward through fertile farmlands to the pyramids at Dashur, dated even older than the pyramids at Giza! It is also a chance to begin savoring the riches of Egypt without huge crowds and souvenir sellers.
We spend time inside the Red Pyramid (nearly as large as Giza’s Great Pyramid) and then have the opportunity for an unforgettable walk across the open desert to the Bent Pyramid. The desert is rich with inspiration and the vastness is exhilarating. The Bent Pyramid was a key center of worship during the Middle Kingdom and was much more important than Giza at that time. The Bent pyramid is the only pyramid to retain most of its original casing stones. The Black Pyramid (Middle Kingdom mud brick) can also be seen from here.
After lunch in the Sakkara area, we visit the ancient capital city of Memphis. This was constructed of mudbricks so not much remains, but there are some interesting artifacts on display – the Alabaster Sphinx, the huge fallen statue of Ramesses II, and a number of other statues.
Then we are off to the Giza Pyramids where we check into our hotel with its spectacular views of the pyramids and Sphinx!