Sunrise Meditation at the Valley Temple of Chephren
As you slowly awaken and dress, listen to the stirring song calling Cairo to prayer. Let the energy of countless years carry you along with us to the Giza Plateau to witness some of the greatest wonders of the world.
Today, we start our tour with an exclusive visit to the Valley Temple of Chephren. This funerary temple was buried beneath the sand until its rediscovery in the 19th century. Believed to have been created to purify the mummy of King Chephren before his burial, this temple of fine Tura limestone and red granite is the oldest, most well preserved in Egypt. You will be transported back in time during our private tour and meditation in this sacred complex, setting the perfect tone for the transformative journey ahead.
The Great Sphinx
Egyptologist Miroslav Verner famously states, “The Great Sphinx…is the very embodiment of antiquity and mystery itself.”
No one is quite sure when this 240 feet long, 66 feet high monument was sculpted or who brought it into existence. Theories range across centuries. Its striking allure is unquestionably mystical and timeless.
And now, you can experience this magic yourself.
Feel the majesty of the ancient Sphinx flow through you as we hold a sacred ceremony between its mighty paws. Our guide Emile Shaker, a veritable encyclopedia of Egyptology, will join us to examine various controversial theories surrounding this and other legendary structures on the Giza Plateau.
The Solar Boat
Included in our morning tour is a visit to the Khufu Solar Boat, which was sealed in a pit at the base of the pyramids in 2,500 BC and excavated in 1954. Archaeologists worked for ten years to reassemble 1,224 pieces of wood so today’s seekers could see it in its full glory. Experts still debate whether this sophisticated vessel truly sailed the Nile or was merely a symbolic funerary boat to take the sovereign along the journey of the solar disc.
After our invigorating Sunrise expedition, we will return to the Mena House Hotel for a bountiful buffet breakfast.
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
After breakfast and a short rest, we will visit the Egyptian Museum, which houses 120,000 of the world’s most valuable relics dating back to 4,000 BC. If you were to spend only one minute on each exhibit, it would take over 2,000 hours to see it all. Drink in as much as you can of the different periods of ancient Egypt with each era’s individual artistic and architectural styles.
You will behold the priceless treasures of Tut-Ankh-Amon and hear about the history of the child-king from the collection’s first curator. You will see first hand the intricate workmanship and care used to prepare luggage to accompany the King to the next world.
Some must-see relics at the museum include:
- The Gold Mask of Tut-Ankh-Amon, composed of 11KG of solid gold
- The grave mask of King Amenemope of the 21st dynasty.
- The Rosetta Stone.
- The massive stone statues of Rameses II and Amenhotep III
- • The Pallette of Narmer, considered the world’s first historical document
The Giza Pyramids at Sunset
Later on in the evening, we will go for a horse or camel ride into the Eastern desert for a stunning sunset view of the Giza Pyramids before heading back to the hotel for a group dinner.