“Mysteries of Egypt” Trip Itinerary
February 4-18, 2017
Day 1, Sat, Feb 4th – Depart for Cairo, Egypt.
Day 2, Sun, Feb 5th – Arrive Cairo
We will travel by private bus to our luxury accommodations at Mena House Oberoi Hotel on the Giza Plateau. From the hotel garden we have our first close-up view of the Great Pyramid.
You’ll have time to settle into your room, rest and relax, and explore the hotel grounds. That evening we will meet as a group for our opening circle and enjoy a neighborhood walk to our special welcome dinner. Overnight at Mena House. (Dinner)
Day 3, Mon, Feb 6th – Giza Plateau / Sphinx / Sakkara
Today our trip formally begins, with a private initiation ceremony at dawn between the paws of the Great Sphinx. As you experience the sunrise from this most ancient altar of the world, you have the opportunity to connect with your own ancient wisdom and come present to the journey that lies before you. Our initiation ceremony will open these potentials and anchor the container for your trip.
This afternoon we travel by luxury bus to Sakkara, where you experience your first temple complex, which includes the oldest pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser, with its temple of sound and healing. Sakkara was masterminded by Imhotep, the high priest, vizier and architect to King Djoser during Dynasty III. This magnificent site includes several other Old Kingdom tombs. Deep within one of these tombs we will be privileged to experience the ancient pyramid texts, which hold the mysteries of our incarnation from the stars. We will also experience our first taste of the spectacular paintings and murals that graced the walls of the ancient temples.
We will lunch at a beautiful roadside garden café and visit a carpet factory to learn how Egyptian textiles are created. Overnight at Mena House. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4, Tues, Feb 7th – Cairo Museum / Flight to Aswan
We visit the famous Egyptian Museum with a collection of relics dating back to 4,000 BC. With the guidance of our brilliant Egyptologist, we will experience first-hand the different periods of ancient Egypt and the individual artistic and architectural styles of each period. This is valuable preparation for our visits to the temples and sacred sites.
The highlight of this museum is the visit to the priceless treasures of Tut-Ankh- Amon. You will hear the incredible story of this child-king and see first-hand the intricate workmanship of the contents of the luggage packed to accompany this king to the next world
After lunch we travel to the Cairo airport and fly to Aswan. In the evening we cross the nile on a private ferry (felucca) and check in to our deluxe private yacht, the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5, Wed, Feb 8th–Afandina/ Elephantine Island / Aswan Market
We enjoy a free morning to relax and settle into our new home on the Nile. In the afternoon we will enjoy a felucca sail to Elephantine Island where we will visit one of the most ancient temple sites available. As we arrive we enter through a botanical garden perched on the rocks overlooking the river. As we enter the temple and descend to the most ancient site, walking through the layers of time you can connect more deeply with the earth and with your own ancient lifetimes of wisdom and power.
Atop the island we gather at the temple of Khnum for an important initiation and affirmation ceremony. In the evening we have the opportunity to enjoy shopping in the Aswan Market. Overnight on the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6, Thur, Feb 9th – Philae (Temple of Isis) / Sailing to Kom Ombo
We rise before dawn and travel down the Nile by felucca to our private ceremony at the temple of Isis at Philae. In our private sunrise meditation and ritual we return to the source of all, the Great Mother, to receive her blessings and remember the truth of who we are. This isle represents a fusion of three great civilizations – Egyptian, Greek and Roman. The presence of Isis is palpable in the inner sanctum, the Holy of Holies, where we gather for our ceremony.
When we return to the boat we have a free afternoon for reflection and integration as we sail to an island near Kom Ombo. Overnight on the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7, Fri, Feb 10th – Kom Ombo (Temple of Sobek-Horus)
At Kom Ombo, we visit the only dual temple in Egypt. This dramatic temple poised between the edge of the river and the encroaching desert sand was dedicated to two gods: Sobek the crocodile god of strength, fortitude, fertility and rebirth, and Horus the hawk-headed son of Isis and Osiris. The duality of light/ dark, yin/yang, conscious/unconscious is apparent in this ancient site.
One of the most powerful places in Kom Ombo is the ‘Seat of Neutrality,’ which is placed on the exact centerline running between the two temples. Your experience here increases your ability to work with polarity and find your own dynamic balance between all the forces in your life.
We return to the Afandina and enjoy watching the life of the Nile as we sail. Along the way we stop to visit a traditional village where we experience the rural life of Egyptian families.
Overnight on the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8, Sat, Feb 11th — Edfu (Temple of Horus) / Nile Sail to Luxor
Today we visit Edfu, the Temple of Horus and one of the most beautifully preserved sites in Egypt. As you approach the temple complex, you become aware of its enormous dimensions, with a vast courtyard, a forest of towering columns, enormous walls, and high ceilings.
The side chambers of the Temple of Horus show the complexity of ancient rites; they include a healing chamber, a perfumery, and singers’ rooms. One chamber, called the House of Life, stored all of the sacred texts used in seasonal and daily rituals. Horus is associated with higher vision and clarity. The eye of Horus greatly relates to his myth and power. The left eye represents the receptive: feminine, lunar, intuitive, and yin energy. The right eye is connected to the active, solar, masculine, yang energy. Both are necessary for true power to exist.
In a private empowerment we will work with balancing the lunar and the solar energies inside of us, awakening our intuitive centers to be able to experience a higher perspective and embrace wholeness in all things.
Overnight on the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9, Sun, Feb 12th – Sailing to Luxor / Karnak (Temples of Amun, Mut, Ptah, and Sekmet)
Today we visit the magnificent Karnak Temple. Karnak is the largest temple complex in Egypt and a very special place. It is dedicated to the Gods Amun and Mut. As you enter, you walk between a row of ram-headed sphinxes, which originally stretched all the way from Karnak to Luxor Temple two miles away. Take some time to visit the sacred lake of Karnak, asking for purification and place your intention in your mind’s eye into the lake.
Outside the main halls is a small chapel dedicated to Sekhmet, her consort Ptah and their son Nefertum. Sekhmet is the lioness Goddess of compassion and courage. She is associated with feminine fire and healing through destruction. She is a renowned healer and known for her magic and ability to hunt down an imbalance at its origin. In a potent private initiation we will honor the Goddess and receive the gift of courage to be our authentic selves. Overnight on the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10, Mon, Feb 13th – West Bank / Vally of the Kings
The West Bank holds the tombs of the pharaohs that are inscribed with sacred transformative texts, including the books of knowing light and dark, the book of what is in the underworld, the book of caverns, and naming and taming the hours of the night. Here are the tombs of Tutankhamun, Ramses III and VII, Seti I, Thutmosis III, and many others. We will also see the mortuary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. Overnight on the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11, Tues, Feb 14th – Abydos (The Osirion and Temple of Seti I)/ Dendera (Temple of Hathor)
This morning we head north by luxury bus to the temple at Abydos, dedicated to Osiris and housing the nine great beings (the Ennead). This temple rests next to and above the most ancient Osirion, one of the premier power places on the planet. It includes a more recent temple built by Seti I, which contains the most beautiful bas relief of any temple in Egypt.
We then travel to Dendera to visit the exquisite temple dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of abundance, love and joy. We visit the temple chamber of Nut and also experience the zodiacal ceiling that recalls the origins of Egypt. On the rooftop we gather in the same place where Hathor priests and priestesses gathered for their celebrations thousands of years ago. In this sacred space we reconnect to our destinies. Overnight on the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12, Wed, Feb 15th – Luxor Temple
This evening we pay a night visit to the Temple of Luxor where we work with the brilliance of the human body. At this ancient site, buried in mud for many centuries and only recently unearthed, we are able to experience that this temple is built in celebration of the human body. The outer layers represent the feet and as we move deeper into the temple, we move towards the head, where the holy of holies, the inner sanctuary is located.
This is a wonderful place to focus on physical healing. As you walk through the body of this temple, notice how your body feels and connect to (re-member) your birthright of radiant health. Awaken the parts of you that are sleeping, activate divinity codes, and turn on your inner light. Overnight on the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13, Thurs, Feb 16th – Luxor / Flight to Cairo / Great Pyramid
We check into our rooms at the Mena House Hotel and prepare for our evening ceremony.
In the evening we have our special private visit inside the Great Pyramid, culminating with an initiation in the King’s chamber. Here we unite our life story with the story of those who have come before us and those who will come after. We embrace our new life and the transformation that we have experienced. Mena House Hotel (Breakfast)
Day 14, Fri, Feb 17th – Khan El Khalili Bazaar / Farewell Dinner
Today is a free day in Cairo for shopping at the world-renowned Khan Khalili Bazaar. The atmosphere of this extensive traditional market, together with the labyrinth layout of the streets and walkways, gives you a clear glimpse into what medieval markets were like.
In the evening we gather for our farewell dinner to share our Egyptian experience. Mena House Hotel (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 15, Sat, Feb 18th – Farewell to Egypt / Final Departure