Sunday, 18 November 2012

South Asasif Conservation Project Study Tour to Upper Egypt

If you liked the conference in October you will love this and I know at least one person who is extending her stay in Luxor and my flats are available to all.

Hidden Treasures – Inspiration, Renaissance and Innovation in the Late Period
This tour accompanied throughout by Dr Elena Pischikova will explore key Theban inspiration for the Late
Period in New Kingdom Thebes, and trace the emergence of the Kushites in the twenty-fifth dynasty and
their reuse and extension of past models that underlies the so-called Saite renaissance of the Late Period.
Detailed Itinerary –Easter 2013
MONDAY 25th March to MONDAY 1st April 2013
Day 1 : Direct Flight London -> Luxor (Egyptair) and transfer to the 5* Sonesta St George Hotel
(Side Nile View Rooms) for 4 nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
Day 2 : Today we start our exploration of New Kingdom inspirations re-experiencing the familiar
sites of the Valley of the Kings (with Special Permission to enter Seti I). In the afternoon we
have an outside view of the South Asasif necropolis before visiting the chapels of the Divine
Adorotresses of Thebes situated at Medinet Habu, the site of the Mortuary temple of Ramesses III
and the 18th Dynasty chapels of Amun. Evening Lecture
Day 3 : In the morning we visit the temple of Karnak which provides a palimpsest of building from
the Middle Kingdom to the Late Period, we focus on inspirations and Late Period building such as
the rarely visited chapels of Osiris Wennefer Neb Djefau and Osiris Heka-Djet, the Ptah Temple,
the Treasury of Shabaka and the Taharqa Edifice. In the afternoon we examine the Late Period
collection in the Luxor Museum and visit Luxor temple highlighting the Third Intermediate Period
and Late Period developments at the site.
Day 4 : We have a full and extraordinary day at Deir el-Bahri and at the North Asasif. In addition
to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut we enjoy an unusual visit to the outside of the tomb of
Nespakashuty D (TT312) excavated by Dr. Pischikova and a very privileged visit to the tomb of
Senenmut (Special Permission to enter). Later we visit the tombs of Ankh-Hor (TT414),
Pabesa (TT279), Montuemhat (TT34 - from outside), Ibi (TT36 -Special Permission to enter)
and Basa (TT389 – from the outside). Evening Lecture.
Day 5 : Drive from Luxor to Aswan visiting the temple of Edfu and the site of el-Kab en-route.
Transfer to the 5* Movenpick, Aswan for 3 nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
Day 6 : Morning visit to Philae followed by an afternoon excursion to Kom Ombo
Day 7 : We start the day by exploring the fascinating multi-period site of Elephantine before our
final visit of the tour to the island of New Kalabsha which houses relocated temples from the
Ramesside and Roman periods.
Day 8 : Morning visit to the Nubian Museum before our Scheduled Flights with Egyptair from
Aswan to London via Cairo
Costs:
 Core itinerary price per person on twin share basis - £1695 (including scheduled flights)
 Single Supplement - £130
 Price without flights - deduct £475.
The price includes the following:
 Scheduled Economy Class air travel using Egyptair. Flights are subject to change but the
provisional schedule is:
o 25MAR13 MS762 LHR-LXR dep :1435 arr : 2215
o 25MAR13 MS396 ASW-CAI dep : 1340 arr : 1505
o 01APR13 MS779 CAI-LHR dep : 1710 arr : 2115
 Private airport transfers in Egypt and tour transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
 Private representative services in all airports
 Accommodation and breakfast as described in the detailed itinerary.
 All entrance fees and special permissions for sites in the detailed itinerary
 Services of Dr Elena Pischikova, John Billman and local licensed guide(s)
 Tips for drivers and porterage
 Donation to the South Asasif Conservation Trust
The Price DOES NOT include:
 Visa for Egypt
 Excess baggage charges.
 Tips for local guide(s)
 All items of a personal nature such as laundry, medical expenses, room service, and
beverages.
 Meals not detailed in the itinerary
 Travel insurance
 Airport transfer in the UK
Tailored extensions and flight upgrades may be available.

Please email  trishamason@sky.com if you want more details

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