This virtual tour of Egypt is spread over five consecutive days and can be attended via video live stream.
Virtual tour of Egypt
During this five-day virtual tour, you will discover the monumental highlights of the Pharaonic civilization every day between 9:30 and 11:30 AM, GMT. At the beginning of the trip we will visit the famous pyramids of Giza and some mastabas in Saqqara. We get a sneak preview in the Grand Egyptian Museum. We will then travel to Middle Egypt where we will visit famous and lesser known places as well. We visit the tombs of the nomarchs at Beni Hassan and we stroll through Tell el-Amarna, the old Akhetaten. In this city founded by Akhenaten and Nefertiti we visit, among other monuments, the royal tomb. Via Abydos and Dendera we arrive in Luxor, the ancient Thebes. There we admire the many beautiful monuments from the New Kingdom such as the temple of Karnak and the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The various tombs of high officials from the New Kingdom will be visited. In the Valley of the Kings we visit the tomb of Tutankhamun. In the Valley of the Queens we visit the wonderfully painted walls in the tomb of Queen Nefertari. During the fifth and last day we will cover great distances. We start in Edfu to visit the temple of the falcon god Horus. We then travel south, where we visit the temple of the goddess Isis on the island of Philae near Aswan. Our journey ends at the imposing temples of Abu Simbel where Ramesses II and his Great Royal wife Nefertari have assigned themselves divine status.
View the full itinerary with photos in a pdf: Virtual tour of Egypt.
Day 1 – Thursday April 8, 2021: We fly directly from Amsterdam to Cairo at 9.35 AM. We drive by luxury coach to the Giza plateau. Here we visit the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the mastaba of Meresankh and the museum with the solar boat of Khufu. We stroll through the desert sand along the pyramid of Khafra and Menkaura. After this we walk in the direction of the valley temple of Khafra. It offers a beautiful view of the famous sphinx of Giza. We can enter the nearby Grand Egyptian Museum for a sneak preview. We are especially curious about the new housing for the collection from Tutankhamun’s tomb. We then proceed to Saqqara where we have a look at the step pyramid of Djoser on the inside. We end the day with a view of some fantastic relief depictions in the mastabas of Ptahhotep, Ti, Mereruka, Kagemni and Ankhmahor. We spend the night in the Desert Moon Hotel in Giza.
Day 2 – Friday April 9, 2021: Today we drive to Middle Egypt and we will visit the tombs of the nomarchs at Beni Hassan. In Tell el-Amarna we first visit the small Aten temple in the central part of the former Akhetaten. We also look at the House of the King. Via the Royal Road we arrive at the studio of sculptor Thutmose. Here the famous portrait head of Nefertiti was found. We will enter the tomb of the God’s Father Ay with the famous Hymn to the Aten. In the Eastern Wadi we arrive at the Royal Tomb. We spend the night in the Horus Hotel in El-Minya.
Day 3 – Saturday April 10, 2021: We move further south and in Abydos we visit the imposing temple of Pharaoh Seti I. A corridor leads us to the Osireion behind the temple. We make an excursion to the temple of the cow goddess Hathor in Dendera. We spend the night in the House of Life in Abydos.
Day 4 – Sunday April 11, 2021: We drive to Luxor where we visit the temple of Karnak and the Luxor temple on the East Bank of the Nile. On the other side of the Nile we first make our way to the workers’ village of Deir el-Medina. Subsequently we visit the temple complex of Medinet Habu of Ramses III, the terraced temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri and the tombs of the officials Ramose, Sennefer, Rekhmira and Menna. In the Valley of the Kings we visit the tomb of Tutankhamun. At the end of this long day, we will admire the amazing paintings in the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens. We spend the night at the Nile Valley Hotel.
Day 5 – Monday April 12, 2021: This day again promises to be an exciting day. We drive to the temple of the falcon god Horus in Edfu. We drive to Aswan where we admire the temple of the goddess Isis on the island of Philae. The highlight of the day is a visit to the majestic temples of Abu Simbel. We spend the night at the Nefertari Hotel in Abu Simbel. At the airport of this place we have been checked in by our local agent for our virtual flight back via Cairo to Amsterdam. All your acquired knowledge will be passed on.
At the five accommodations listed below, a few minutes will be set aside at the end of each meeting to check in virtually.
One night at the Desert Moon Hotel in Giza, on an offline basis.
One night at the Horus Resort in El-Minya, on an offline basis.
One night at the House of Life in Abydos, on an offline basis.
One night at the Nile Valley Hotel in Luxor, on an offline basis.
One night at the Nefertari Hotel in Abu Simbel, on an offline basis.
Small changes are reserved to this travel program. If you are interested in participating in this virtual trip, you can take a non-binding option. Applications are always noted in order of receipt.