Verdi's Acclaimed Opera

Performed live at the Temple of Hatshepsut on October 28th

Aida

Aida

Cairo, Luxor, Valley of the Queens, Wadi Natron October 25 - November 1

Tomb of Nefertari, Grand Egyptian Museum, The Bent Pyramid, Dashur, Karnak, Luxor Temple,
Nile Ritz-Carlton, Sonesta St. George

5 Star Accommodations

Diamond VIP Tickets to Aida

A Unique Itinerary

ANCIENT EGYPT COME TO LIFE!

The instant I heard about the production of Aida, performed on the magnificent grounds of the Temple of Hatshepsut, I knew it was going to be a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

We immediately got to work building a trip that would be as unique as the performance itself. There are many amazing places in Egypt that I've longed to share with people, but that most travelers never get to see. So we crafted an experience worthy of such a singular event.

Our Special Offering

Designed to be Exceptional

• 7 Nights: Cairo & Luxor. 5 Star everything!
• Performance of Aida inside the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut.
• Private visit to the stunning tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, called the "Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt."
• Karnak and Luxor Temples with Egyptologist Emil Shaker (including a visit to the Sehkmet chapel).
• Visit Wadi Natron, the "Coptic Vatican," site of the world's earliest Christian Monasteries.
• Visit inside the newly opened Bent Pyramid in Dashur, opened for the first time since 1965!

• 7 Nights: Cairo & Luxor. 5 Star everything!
• Performance of Aida inside the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut.
• Private visit to the stunning tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, called the "Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt."
• Karnak and Luxor Temples with Egyptologist Emil Shaker (including a visit to the Sehkmet chapel).
• Visit Wadi Natron, the "Coptic Vatican," site of the world's earliest Christian Monasteries.
• Visit inside the newly opened Bent Pyramid in Dashur, opened for the first time since 1965!

About the Opera

Verdi's Masterpiece 

Verdi's Aida

A Classic Tale of Love Ripped Apart by War

Giuseppe Verdi was one of the history's greatest operatic composers, leaving the world with some of opera's most powerful and beloved works.

Aida tells the story of forbidden love between the Egyptian leader Radames and the beautiful Nubian princess Aida. The plot is based on a true story found in Papyrus and re-written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette

Starring

AIDA
Sae-Kyung Rim

RADAMÈS
Mickael Spadaccini

AMNERIS
Eliska Weissova

Directed by Michael Sturm

Featuring 80 Singers and 100 Musicians

October 25 - November 1 2019

Price $3995 Single Supplement $950

Cairo: Nile Ritz-Carlton
Luxor: Sonesta St. George
Includes:
Diamond VIP Tickets to Aida,
A Private Visit to the Tomb of Nefertari,
Private Visit to the New Grand Egyptian Museum,
visits to Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Wadi Natron, and the Newly Opened "Bent Pyramid" in Dashur,
Daily Breakfast, most meals, all entrance fees and airport/hotel transfers.

Full Itinerary

Friday, Oct. 25th: Day 01: Arrival to CAIRO / EGYPT / Le Meridien Cairo airport hotel

Arrive to Cairo International Airport where your Tour Manager who’ll assist you with the formalities through customs and immigration. Transfer and check-in at your Le Meridien Cairo airport hotel.  

Rest, refresh and prepare for the adventure ahead!

Saturday, Oct. 26th: Day 02: Cairo / Luxor / Luxor Temple / Sonesta St. George Luxor hotel

After breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for short flight to Luxor, Arrival Luxor airport and transfer Sonesta St. George Luxor hotel.

In the evening we visit the Temple of Luxor, it was Luxor Temple that R.A Schwaller de Lubcz developed his ‘symbolist’ interpretation of ancient Egypt, and called it the “Temple of Man”. (Breakfast, //, //)

Sunday, Oct. 27th: Day 03: Luxor / West bank / Valley ok Queens / Nefertari Tomb / Asasif Tombs / Tomb of Ay / Sonesta St. George Luxor hotel

This morning and after breakfast we drive to the West Bank of ancient Thebes and visit the Valley of the Queens, with it’s beautiful tomb “Nefertari tomb”.

The stunning tomb of Queen Nefertari, Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II, dating from about 1300 BC, was painstakingly restored over the course of 6 years. The paintings are remarkable for their electrifying colors -- including oranges, blues and greens -- and their intricate detail, such as steam rising from a bowl of soup. Widely considered to be the absolute pinnacle of Egyptian art, this tomb was closed in 1934, just 30 years after its opening, and access is strictly controlled to protect the jewel-like walls. Many consider the Tomb of Nefertari to be the "Sistine Chapel" of Egypt.

We also visit the Asasif tombs, located between Deir al-Bahri and the Tombs of the Nobles, excavations are ongoing as there are many more tombs to discover. The most recently discovered tombs include that of Kheru-Ef, Montuemhet, Anch-Hor and Pabasa, dating from the 18th Dynasty.

Next stop The tomb of Ay is located in the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank at Luxor (ancient Thebes). This area is known as the West Valley, but is sometimes also called Wadi el-Gurud (Valley of the Baboons), because of a scene in this tomb depicting the twelve Baboon, very similar to a scene in the Tomb of Tutankhamun. In fact, this tomb may have originally been intended for Tutankhamun, but he died unexpectedly early so another, private tomb was quickly enlarged for his burial.It is very possible that both the tomb of Tutankhamun and this one were decorated by the same artists.

The Tomb of Nefertari

Nefertari, the favorite queen of Rameses II, was buried about 3,200 years ago in the most exquisitely decorated tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Queens. Discovered in 1904 by Italian explorer Ernesto Schiaparelli, the tomb had deteriorated to a disastrous extent when emergency consolidation began in 1986. The six-year conservation project of the GCI and the Egyptian Antiquities Organization was completed in 1992.

The Tomb of Ay

The history WV23 is uncertain. The most commonly accepted idea is it was built for Tutankhamun but since it was unfinished at the time of his sudden death, he was placed in a non royal tomb in the main branch of the valley of the kings, leaving Ay in KV23. This one was the last tomb used in the Western Valley. The tomb was re-discovered in 1816 by Belzoni. The first excavation was achieved by Howard Carter in 1908.

The Asasif tombs

Next to the Temple of Hatshepsut on the West Bank of Luxor, lies the The Asasif Tombs. Not typically visited, the tombs were built for dignitaries during the 25th and 26th Dynasties when Nubian Kings were ruling. There still remains some fine reliefs and paintings. The tomb of Kheruef is one of the most important, both religiously and historically, in the Theban necropolis. In addition to being one of the largest.

Monday, Oct. 28th: Day 04: Luxor / Karnak Temple / Sonesta St. George Luxor hotel

Early morning we visit to the vast and overwhelming Temple of Karnak (Temple of Ra), this will include a visit at Sekhmat Chapel.

In the evening we will attend the Opera Aida Performance at Hatchepsut Temple (Breakfast, //, //)

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

The focal point of the Deir el-Bahari complex is the Djeser-Djeseru meaning "the Holy of Holies", the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut.

It was designed and implemented by Senenmut, royal steward and architect of Hatshepsut (and believed by some to be her lover), to serve for her posthumous worship and to honor the glory of Amun. Djeser-Djeseru sits atop a series of colonnaded terraces, reached by long ramps that once were graced with gardens. It is built into a cliff face that rises sharply above it, and is widely considered to be one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt".

This stunning architectural achievement will be an elegant and dramatic setting for the powerful drama of Aida.

The Mortuary Temple of Hapshetsut

The focal point of the Deir el-Bahari complex is the Djeser-Djeseru meaning "the Holy of Holies", the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut.

It was designed and implemented by Senenmut, royal steward and architect of Hatshepsut (and believed by some to be her lover), to serve for her posthumous worship and to honor the glory of Amun. Djeser-Djeseru sits atop a series of colonnaded terraces, reached by long ramps that once were graced with gardens. It is built into a cliff face that rises sharply above it, and is widely considered to be one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt".

This stunning architectural achievement will be an elegant and dramatic setting for the powerful drama of Aida.

Tuesday, Oct. 29th: Day 05: Luxor / Cairo / Egyptian Museum / Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel

Transfer to Luxor airport for flight to Cairo. Upon arrival we will be visiting the famous Egyptian museum, One of the world’s most important collections of ancient artifacts, the Egyptian Museum takes pride of place in Downtown Cairo, Inside the great domed, oddly pinkish building, the glittering treasures of Tutankhamun and other great pharaohs lie alongside the grave goods, mummies, jewelry, eating bowls and toys of Egyptians whose names are lost to history.

Check-in at the Nile Ritz-Carlton & overnight.

Wednesday, Oct. 30th: Day 06: Cairo / Wadi El Natrun / Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel

After breakfast we drive about an hour north of Cairo to Wadi El Natron, the valley of the salts, the "Coptic Vatican" and the actual birthplace for Christian monasticism.

Wadi Natron was important to the ancient Egyptians as the source for the minerals and salts used in mummification.

Christianity reached the area with St. Mark who sought refuge there in C.330.

Then the area became a sanctuary for Christians fleeing the systematic Roman persecution in the 4th century and there they started to develop a monastic order.

There used to be about 50 monasteries; only 4 have survived into modern times.

We begin with visit to Deir al Baramus which is the oldest of the surviving 4 monasteies. Then proceed to Deir Anba Bishoi, whose body is still interred in the monastery. We then continue to Anba Makaryus Monastery, which is the richest monastery now in Wadi el Natron. As it has more than 100 monks and 600 workers in the extensive farm which encircles it. We end our trip with Deir el Suryani which is the smallest and most compact of the 4 monastries.

The architecture of the value is quite unusual - beautiful and a bit otherworldly. It combines with the peaceful ambience to create a memorable visit to a powerful spiritual center. (Breakfast / Lunch )

Wednesday, Oct. 30th: Day 06: Cairo / Wadi El Natrun / Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel

After breakfast we drive about an hour north of Cairo to Wadi El Natron, the valley of the salts, the "Coptic Vatican" and the actual birthplace for Christian monasticism.

Wadi Natron was important to the ancient Egyptians as the source for the minerals and salts used in mummification.

Christianity reached the area with St. Mark who sought refuge there in C.330.

Then the area became a sanctuary for Christians fleeing the systematic Roman persecution in the 4th century and there they started to develop a monastic order.

There used to be about 50 monasteries; only 4 have survived into modern times.

We begin with visit to Deir al Baramus which is the oldest of the surviving 4 monasteies. Then proceed to Deir Anba Bishoi, whose body is still interred in the monastery. We then continue to Anba Makaryus Monastery, which is the richest monastery now in Wadi el Natron. As it has more than 100 monks and 600 workers in the extensive farm which encircles it. We end our trip with Deir el Suryani which is the smallest and most compact of the 4 monastries.

The architecture of the value is quite unusual - beautiful and a bit otherworldly. It combines with the peaceful ambience to create a memorable visit to a powerful spiritual center. (Breakfast / Lunch )

Thursday, Oct. 31st: Day 07: Cairo / Grand Egyptian Museum / Dahshur / Farewell Dinner / Nile Ritz-Carlton

We begin the day with a private visit to the “GEM” the Grand Egyptian Museum where we'll get an exclusive behind the scenes visit to the museums's state-of-the-art restoration labs.

Next we visit the ancient royal necropolis at Dahshur, home to the Red and Bent Pyramids, located approximately 40 kilometers south of Cairo. These pyramids were built from 2613 – 2589 BC. The Bent Pyramid is the most famous of the pyramids in the area. This remarkable structure has been closed since 1965! It only opened to the public again last month, so we'll be the first Spirit Quest group to visit! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

October 25 - November 1 2019

Price $3995 Single Supplement $950

Cairo: Nile Ritz-Carlton
Luxor: Sonesta St. George
Includes:
Diamond VIP Tickets to Aida,
A Private Visit to the Tomb of Nefertari,
Private Visit to the New Grand Egyptian Museum,
visits to Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Wadi Natron, and the Newly Opened "Bent Pyramid" in Dashur,
Daily Breakfast, most meals, all entrance fees and airport/hotel transfers.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
All activities detailed in the itinerary
Diamond VIP tickets to Aida on October 28
Greeting and assistance at airports in all cities in Egypt
All touring and transfers in air-conditioned bus
Transfers from and to the airport / hotels in all cities
Entrance fees to all visits mentioned in the itinerary
Private visit to GEM
Nefertari Tomb
01 nights at Le Meridien Cairo airport hotel
03 nights at Sonesta St. George Luxor hotel – Club Floor
03 nights at Nile Ritz-Carlton
Daily buffet breakfast at hotel
Domestic ticket Cairo / Luxor / Cairo

WHAT’S EXCLUDED:
Meals and drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc, not specified in the itinerary
Visa upon arrival (Current price is $ 25 per person)
Tipping to hotels staff, guides, etc
Travel & health Insurance and other items of a personal nature

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Egypt: Aida at the Temple of Hatshepsut

Regular price $500.00
Price $3995
Single Supplement $950

Cairo: Nile Ritz-Carlton
Luxor: Sonesta St. George
Includes: Diamond VIP Tickets to Aida, A Private Visit to the Tomb of Nefertari, Private Visit to the New Grand Egyptian Museum, visits to Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Wadi Natron, and the Newly Opened "Bent Pyramid" in Dashur, Daily Breakfast, most meals, all entrance fees and airport/hotel transfers.

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES 

Hotel Accommodation - room accommodations are provided at the hotels indicated or same quality. Accommodations are per person, based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room or double bed with private bath. 

Transfers and Sightseeing - by motorcoach, as specified in itinerary; all admissions and entrance fees to places visited as per the itinerary. 

Meals - all breakfasts,  Welcome and/or Farewell dinners and other dinner and lunches as indicated in the itinerary.

Tips and Taxes - all local taxes and tips on room accommodations, porterage and meals are included in the cost of the tour, except airport taxes and gratuities to local guides. 

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE 

Documentation costs and visas (if applicable), travel insurance, excess baggage charges, beverages (with some exceptions), optional tours and activities specified herein or not specifically included in the itinerary, laundry, or any other item of a personal nature not specifically mentioned herein. 

CANCELLATION 

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