Skip to main content


Showing posts from 2017

Egypt Highlights

Egyptraveluxe is one of the pioneers which have great impact on travel industry for more than 25 years of experience

Camel Market of Birqash - day tour from Cairo

Camel Market of Birqash , visit one of Egypt’s most extraordinary places , Camels are annually herded up the Darb al-Arba’in, the famous 40 Day Road. This ancient caravan route starts in Sudan and ends in Birqash. The camels are herded through Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia to southern Egypt. From there, most camels are shipped to Birqash Camel Market via several oases in the back of large trucks. They travel over 700 miles and spend, in total around three months on the road. By the time they get to Birqash, many camels are emaciated due to the poor travelling conditions and from extended periods of time spent packed in the back of trucks. The traders here are skilled negotiators and watching this animated process take place is one of the highlights of visiting the market. When to go?The market lasts from dawn until mid afternoon every Friday but is busiest between the other 6am and 8.30am. After lunch it is comparatively subdued. The market is heavily male dominated and women will feel …

The Temple of Abydos

First row: "Life given by the Horus Strong Bull.

Taken from "Ka nakht kha em Waset sankh tawy" - His Horus name, which means "The Strong bull who appeared in Thebes and sustains the Two Lands".

Second Row: Life for he of the sedge and the bee (Nswt-bity), the Son of Ra.

Head of Queen Ankhnespepy II statue discovered in Giza's Saqqara

The wooden piece, probably depicting sixth-dynasty queen Ankhnespepy II, has been unearthed near her pyramid . the head is of almost-human proportions, and is around 30cm high. The ears are decorated with wooden earrings. It was found in a disturbed layer to the east of the queen's pyramid near the area where the pyramidion was uncovered early this week.
Over the last two weeks , the mission has uncovered the upper part of a granite obelisk that may belong to the queen's funerary temple, as well as the pyramidion of what may be an undiscovered satellite pyramid.
 the head is not in good condition and will be subjected to restoration and documentation. "It is a promising area that could reveal more of its secrets soon," Waziri told Ahram Online, adding that the mission is to continue its excavations in an attempt to discover the satellite pyramid and the rest of her funerary complex and collection.
Get an unforgettable Tour near by this discovery area with Egyptravelux…

The Egyptian-Czech Archaeological Mission uncovered remains of King Ramses II Temple

The Egyptian-Czech Archaeological Mission uncovered remains of King Ramses II Temple during the excavation works carried out at Abusir South of Cairo !

 the discovery comes after the mission had found in 2012 archaeological evidences that shows the existence of a temple in this area, a fact that encourages the mission to resume its excavations in this area and the neighborhood along the last four years.

the  temple is 32 x 51 meters wide and consists of mud brick foundations of one of its pylons, a large forecourt that leads to the pillars hall which parts of its halls are painted in blue.

At the rear end of the court, the mission found a staircase or a ramp leading to a sanctuary whose back part is divided into three parallel chambers. The remains of this building were covered with by huge deposits of sand and chips of stones of which may bore fragments of polychrome reliefs.

the different titles of King Ramses II were found engraved on a relief fragments which is connected to the cult …

Egypt Announces Vatican-Approved Pilgrim Trail of the Holy Family’s Journey from Sinai to Asyut

In a two-day visit to the Vatican, which kicked off on Tuesday, Egypt's Tourism Minister Yahya Rashid announced that Pope Francis has approved Egypt's proposed path for The Flight into Egypt, which will allow tourists to, quite literally, follow in the footsteps of the holy family's journey from Sinai to Asyut in Upper Egypt, as they fled the Roman Republic's murderous King Herod The Great. The voyage has been glorified by devout believers and depicted in artistic masterpieces over the past millennia.
The announcement comes as a much awaited development, as following in the steps of the holy family's journey in Egypt has long been a dream of Christian pilgrims and history enthusiasts everywhere.
However, due to the ongoing Islamist insurgency, the Flight into Egypt's starting point in Northern Sinai will be postponed to the program's final phase. The focus is now on the project's first phase, which is the holy family's journey from Ca…

Tour to Pyramids & The Egyptian Museum

Spend the day visiting Ancient Egypt. Take in the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx before visiting the Egyptian Museum with the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you the whole way.
pick you up from your hotel, to enjoy an excursion to The Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. Then proceed to visit the Great Sphinx, which dates from the time of Chephren; the tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the pyramid of chefren. Then have your lunch at local restaurant and Move to visit the Egyptian Museum, which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art which is considered the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen collection of treasure, gold and jewelry which was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before it was discovered …

Accessible Tour to Luxor from Safaga

Our wheelchair accessible day tour in Luxor are specially designed for travelers with wheelchairs, slow walkers, their families and their friends. We have hand-picked our wheelchair accessible sites the most barrier free day tour experience possible.
Sightseeing during your wheelchair accessible tour is with our experienced, locally trained guides who work effortless as your ambassador of access at all of the amazing sights and shrines you will visit in incredible Luxor.

Representative will pick you up from Safaga Port by the cruise exit door. After that you will be transferred by a modern air-conditioned vehicle to Luxor, approximately 3 hours far from Safaga. Then proceed to the famous Karnak Temples; the largest place of worship ever built and the greatest example of worship in history. It was constructed from the beginning of the Middle Kingdom to the Greco Roman Kingdom. Within the complex, the great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars. Lunch at local restauran…

Tour Luxor From Safaga Port - Egypt Shore Excursions

Tour #Luxor from #Safaga Port 
For guests wanting a general orientation, history, time for shopping and exploring on their own, or even an optional visit to the Tutankhamun Tomb , this is the perfect exclusive Luxor tour for you or your group, offering more time in the city than cruise line tours.
The coach journey may take about 3½ hours, but is well worth it for the extraordinary sights awaiting you. On the east bank of the Nile., see the amazing Temples of Karnak with its avenue of the Sphinxes. Cross the Nile to the Valley of the Kings, an insulated canyon which has several royal tombs, included the famed tomb of Tutankhamun. Continue a short distance to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a spectacular mortuary temple carved out of solid rock at the base of a high limestone cliff. Finish your tour by calling at the breathtaking Clossi of Memnon, two huge stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Head back to your cruise ship knowing you have just witnessed some of the most remarkable antiquiti…

Abydos Mysterious hieroglyphs

In 1848, an archaeological expedition working in Egypt discovered strange hieroglyphs on a ceiling beam at an ancient temple in Abydos, several hundred miles south of Cairo. The hieroglyphs were carefully copied and brought back to Europe. The mysterious images gave rise to heated debate amongst Egyptologists. Eventually, however, they were dismissed as bizarre objects that nobody could adequately explain and were forgotten.

In the mid 1990's photographs and videos, taken primarily by tourists who had visited Abydos, began to appear on the internet. They depicted the 'strange machine hieroglyphs' originally discovered in the nineteenth century. The temple in which they were found was built by Pharaoh Seti I around three thousand years ago. To the modern viewer it is clear that the strange machines, so mysterious to the Victorians, are in fact various types of flying craft and a tank. One of the aircraft is a helicopter. There is no mistaking it. It has a rotor blade, cockpi…

Tour Garbage City and Saint Samaan Cave church

Egypt is a world famous destination.  Impressive Egyptian History – check; colossal monuments – check; impressive landscapes – check; extreme poverty – check that one too.  But, most travelers who visit Egypt seem to skip that one last check.  Nothing wrong with skipping it, but it is important to know that Egypt is not just the grandeur of its imperial past.Garbage City is a slum settlement at the base of Mokattam Hill on the outskirts of Cairo, and inhabited by the Coptic Christians.  This was the first place I got to experience out of all of garbage collectors who make their living collecting and recycling 17, 000 tons of garbage produced by Cairo's 20 million beautiful cave churches unexpectedly rise against the backdrop of Mokattam hills. Located in southeast Cairo, these Coptic Christian churches were created by the garbage collectors. To reach the monastery, visitors must traverse winding pathways past heaps of collected trash within the Garb…

the pyramid of teti

The Sixth Dynasty rolled in like the thunderhead that portents a rising storm.  There had been tension between the royal line from which Teti descended and the one which had just vacated the throne.  Court officials had grown accustomed to wealth.  Provincial nobles were flexing their will to independence.  Famine.  Waves of refugees.  Ongoing religious reform.  Teti’s agenda could be summarized in two words–damage control.

Pharaoh Teti
Pharaoh Teti, also called Othoes, was the first king of the Sixth Dynasty, and ruled for about 11 – 20 years, between around 2347 – 2327 BC.  His mother was Queen Sesheshet, but his true claim to the throne probably stemmed from his marriage to Queen Iput I, the eldest daughter of Pharaoh Unas.  He had at least one other wife, named Khuit.  Evidence found within the queens’ pyramids suggest that Khuit may have actually been Teti’s primary wife.
Teti’s heir, Pepi I, was preceded on the throne by Userkare, whose short reign may indicate a c…

the pyramid of unas

the tomb of kagemni

a total of twenty porters arranged in two rows and which have the characteristic of being divided symmetrically into two sub-groups, by a visible middle line. Those of each half heading toward the nearest Kagemni figure, either on the north or south wall. In the upper part of the wall, can be found stacks of vases, chests, etc. These are also separated into north and south groups by the central dividing line. Yet again the upper registers only contain the blue-gray coloured background.

The sarcophagus bears the name and the titles of Kagemni. The plunderers displaced its lid. The limestone box section actually contained a wooden coffin with various remnants and bones belonging to the great nomarch, whose mummy had been smashed to steal the amulets and other precious objects which it contained. The excavators have found very little of the funeral furniture, primarily crockery. Canopic vases were also present, although broken

the tomb of kagemni

porters, are each surmounted by a broad band of sculpted hieroglyphs.
The porters of the bottom register carry in their hands a long unidentifiable object, and which has been speculated to be a roll of material . If this is the case, would it be so amazingly rigid? The men of the register above carry either large vases , or they carry something round which could be a necklace. Some of the men are designated priests of the Ka. Kagemni stands magnificently at the eastern end of
a great number and variety of vases; again with minimal colour other than that of the background.

he wall to receive the many gifts (

The Tomb of Kagemni

the procession of the porters
Six teams of men, distributed on the two lower registers, pull sledges laden with enormous vases of oil

They continue to the scenes on the north wall, heading for its eastern extremity where Kagemni awaits them. Each of these two registers is again surmounted by a broad band of hieroglyphs.
The upper registers are incomplete in places and all have very little colour. The two immediately above the porters, are of boxes containing even more vases, the one above these has a vast array of vases of various designs.

The tomb of Kagemni

It is raised above the level of the floor, and approached by a flight of steps. Its upper part is missing, but on the whole it remains very well preserved.
• Its right and left uprights are formed of three engraved panels, each being inset deeper toward the middle, achieving a stepped aspect. They each carry vertical columns of hieroglyphs, pointing out the deceased's titles, and his two names (Kagemni and Memi).
• The central, very narrow opening is painted in orange and is surmounted by a thin roller bearing the name of Kagemni. As in a terrestrial dwelling, this roller is the equivalent of the blind protecting an opening without door.
Through this opening, situated directly above of the underground funeral chambers, the Ka of Kagemni could leave and re-enter the sarcophagus, and come to satiate himself from the food offerings which were presented for him in front of the stela door.
If by misfortune his funerary cult should fall into oblivion, the Ka always had at …

The tomb of Kagemni

These have a symmetry of themes, even though variations of details exist. Both include

multiple porters with offerings, men or women, priests of the Ka, etc. All move towards the rear, where a seated Kagemni awaits them, with his back towards his false door

Among the multiple details which show the interest that the Egyptians often especially showed for the animal kingdom the period of the Old Kingdom -

 what should be noted is the precision of the representations. As for example: this hedgehog in cage, these small calves at play  but which doesn't stop them showing a dead calf being transported in a basket , etc. What does remain dubious, in front, is the representation of two ibexes in a basket: it is quite possible that it represents an ornamental accessory

The Tomb of Kagemni

a procession of porters with offerings, laden with fruits, with birds, with vases containing flowers, trays and baskets filled with breads, meats and vegetables intended the "ka of Memi". These continue on the following walls, in either a clockwise  or an anti-clockwise direction.

 Kagemni, who is illustrated receiving the products of the fields which are provided for his funerary worship. Thus he sees the procession of servants laden with the various goods approaching in front of him

 a new procession starts here, they actually continue towards the rear of the figure of Kagemni
  there are three sub-registers. The bottom row shows chests containing vases and on the left is a strange assembly including a fan and a flail resting on what can only be a bed. Above, the first row of men is constituted of scribes carrying different scolls. Note that in front of the first one of them has been added his name
Take note of the first three men in the top register and th…