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 Tour to ElMoalla and Elkab Tombs

Tour to ElMoalla and Elkab Tombs

The village of Elkab is located 80 km south of Luxor and 15 km north of Edfū on the east bank of the Nile. There, at the mouth of Wadi Hilal, was the ancient city of "Nekheb" one of the oldest settlements of Upper Egypt. Its massive mud-brick walls, dating to the Late Period (747 - 332 BC) are still largely preserved. The main temple was dedicated to the Vulture Goddess Nekhbet who was the patron of Upper Egypt. The temple is heavily destroyed and not accessible but you can visit 3 smaller temples as well as rock-cut tombs of the provincial governors of Elkab. Also well worth seeing are numerous petroglyphs and inscriptions which you can find on your way between the temples on the rock faces. Egyptraveluxe Egyptologist Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in early morning to avoid the heat .

Start walking with your Egyptologist guide in Elkab  visit 4…

The seven Hathors

Representations in tombs, such as that of queen Nefertari ( Dynasy XIX) , and in the book of the Dead show seven cows whose role is to determine the destiny of a chilled at birth . Each Hathor has her own name :

1- lady of the universe
2- Sky-storm
3- You from the land of silence
4- You from khemmis
5- Red-hair
6- Bright red
7- Your name flourishes through skill.

Abu Simbel Temples "Amelia B. Edwards" Diary Book

Is there anything a good coffee can’t fix?

When author, Amelia B. Edwards, visited Abu Simbel in 1874, she was appalled to see white patches marring the face of the northernmost colossus of Ramses II.

They were lumps of plaster, left behind when, 40 years earlier, a Scotsman named Robert Hay took a cast of the face for the British Museum.

Edwards had her workers clean off the plaster. However the newly-exposed sandstone was now a different tone from the rest of the statue, and some of the pourous sandstone had also become stained by the plaster.

The solution? Coffee!
They painted the face with a strong brew of coffee, brought up from the dahabieh. The cook was appalled, however; he had never “been called upon to provide for a guest whose mouth measured three feet and a half in width.”

Today you can still see flecks of white (not caused by birds) on the statue.  Sail the Nile in a Dahabaiyah Boat like Amelia Edwards of the 19's

Cairo Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Cairo Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Take a leisurely private tour of Cairo's most famous sites: the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Khan el-Khalili bazaar. With your own private Egyptologist guide to lead the way, you'll see Cairo's most famous attractions in one day. As this is a private tour, you can determine the amount of time you'd like to spend at each site.

Your private tour begins with a fascinating introduction to each of the three Giza pyramids: Cheops, Khafre and Menakaure. You will have free time to enter one of the pyramids (additional cost), though your guide is not permitted to enter with you.

A short drive to the city side of the plateau finds you standing at the feet of the Sphinx, the enigmatic symbol of Egypt. Also in Giza you may visit the Solar Boat Museum (optional), home to the remarkably well preserved …