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The wonders of Egypt

Perhaps you dream of seeing Egypt’s iconic sights – the Great Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, the Sphinx at Giza and the Temple of Abu Simbel. Maybe you want some guaranteed winter sun, relaxing in a luxurious beach resort on the Red Sea riviera. Or perhaps you like the idea of a combination of the two.
Our specialist knowledge, top notch local contacts and great value prices mean that we can find exactly what you are looking for.
When it comes to Nile cruising, it pays to choose a boat with the right combination of comfort, good food, great guides and entertainment to suit you. Our selection ranges from the more intimate Alexander the Great, to the splendid Viking Princess and Royal Viking. Our own Egyptologists are on board and most excursions are included in the price.
The most popular two-centre holiday is our 10-night Classic Egypt holiday which combines a Nile cruise and stay in Cairo where hotel choices range from the resort-style Le Meridien Pyramids and swish Fo…

Admiral Ahmose, son of Ebana, War Hero in ancient Egypt

served in the Egyptian military under the pharaohs Tao II Seqenenre, Ahmose I, Amenhotep I, and Thutmose I. His autobiography has survived and is intact on the wall of his tomb and has proven a valuable source of information on the late 17th Dynasty and the early 18th Dynasty of Egypt.
Ahmose was born in the city of Nekheb. During the war to expel the Hyksos from Egypt, Ahmose decided to follow in his father Ebana's footsteps, and he enlisted in the navy during the reign of Tao II Seqenenre. After the deaths of Tao II and his son Kamose, Ahmose continued to serve under Pharaoh Ahmose I. He participated in the battle of Avaris (the Hyksos capital in the Delta), where he killed two Hyksos and was awarded the "gold of valor" twice. Ahmose was awarded slaves and other spoils by the pharaoh after Avaris was sacked. Ahmose…

Hesi-re, the first Dentist, in ancient Egypt and in the world

Hesire was a high official who lived during the reign of Netjerikhet (Dosjer) 2686 BC to 2613 BC . His tutelary informs us of the many offices he had held during his life. Thus he was the 'overseer of the royal scribes', at the head of the royal administration of Djoser. His most spectacular title, however, was that of the 'greatest (or chief ?)of physicians and dentists'. It is not entirely clear whether this title infers that Hesire himself was honored as the greatest of physicians and dentists, or rather that he was merely responsible for the administration of physicians and dentists. But whatever the case, the distinction between 'physicians' and 'dentists' in his tutelary does show a high degree of medical specialization at this early stage of the history of Ancient Egypt..

Kagemni -Tomb in Sakkara

Kagemni was, according to his confused with the 6th dynasty vizier of the same name, who served under Teti I and whose mastaba at Saqqara is famous for its reliefs.Instructions, vizier of the 4th dynasty pharaoh Senofru (2613-2589), father of Khufu. His writings are contained in the Papyrus Prisse. He should not be

Kagemni was buried in the largest mastaba in the Teti cemetery in Saqqara. The tomb is a large 32 m. x 32 m. square.
The mastaba was constructed of large blocks of limestone. Part of the mastaba consists of a chapel with six rooms, a pillared hall, five magazines, two chambers containing boats, a serdab and a staircase which gives access to the roof. The chapel walls are decorated and so are the walls of the burial chamber, which was located at the bottom of a shaft. The burial chamber contained an inscribed stone sarcophagus with a wooden coffin inside it.
The tomb consists of a hall right after the entrance, followed by a pillared hall and then a suite of rooms to…