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Egypt is the home of the Pharaohs and this time we will visit the lesser known - but not less interesting - archaeological sites. After Theben, this is the site with the most pharaonic traces. Let us discover the largest cemetery of Greco-Roman Egypt. Temples, houses and tombs, animal worship and a human necropolis – Tuna el-Gebel is a fascinating site about 270 km south of Cairo, as the crow flies. For more than 100 years archaeologists have attempted to discover the secrets in the sand of the desert. Most of the buildings here belong to the Ptolemaic and Roman period between 300 BC and 300 AD. El-Ashmonein is a significant archaeological site with different buildings from various eras. Between the villages of El-Idara and El-Ashmonein are there mains of Hermopolis, one of the ancient Egyptian metropolis capitals of the fifteenth century of Upper Egypt, called the hare. Trip details:
- Group Size: 3 – 12 people
- Dates: 26.4. – 30.4.22
- Early Birds: $410
- Price: $425
- 8:00 meeting point Maadi, street 9, Cafe Greco
- Around 3 hours’ drive to our private farmhouse – check in – lunch
- In the afternoon we will explore the nearby sites like Sheikh Abada with the temple of Ramsis, which is one of the lesser known sites.
- After breakfast we are visiting Tuna El Gebel and Ashmonein. We will also try to visit the recently re-opened Mellawi Museum. Lunch served on the road. Tuna El Gebel - This Necropolis, covered by drifts of sand, with streets of tombs and ruins, is mostly still to be excavated. It contains highlights such as the Tomb of Petosiris, High priest of Thoth dating from the fourth Century BC, and is designed like a small temple and decorated in Greco-Egyptian style with much of the remaining painting intact.
- Dinner at the farm
- The whole day is dedicated to Tell al Amarna, the new capital of Echnaton.
- Visit of Minja, also called Arousset al Sayid (the bride of Upper Egypt). Minya is dubbed by the locals "Bride of Upper Egypt", in reference to its strategic location in Middle Egypt as a vital link between the north and the south of Egypt. Minya has one of the highest concentration of Coptic Christians in Egypt (approximately 50% of total population). It is the home city of the Minya University, Suzanne Mubarak Center for Arts, the new Minya Museum, and the regional North of Upper Egypt Radio and Television.
- Leisure time to explore the area individually, visiting the nearby mountain caves.
- After lunch we have to say goodbye to our hosts, who have also become new friends.
- On our way back to Cairo we will have a stopover at the ancient Egyptian cemetery of Beni Hassan. Due to their more elaborate layout and more complex decorations, the tombs of Beni Hassan mark a transition stage in the style of the tombs from the Old Kingdom to the New Kingdom.
To bring: Good shoes, sun protection
- Transportation, Full-board, Guide, Double-rooms with WC/DC
- Tips, Transportation to the meeting point
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