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THE ROYAL CITY OF AMARNA

"The trip delivered more than I expected or imagined."

This 4-day extension to the 18th Dynasty heretic's capitol of Amarna begins and ends in Cairo. It may be scheduled either before or after your regular tour. The cost includes: guides, transfers, transportation, entrance fees, breakfast each day and hotels (2 nights - Aten Hotel in Minia, 1 night - Meridien Heliopolis).

Itinerary
Day 1 - Cairo/Minia
You will board your van for the drive to Minia. If time permits you may stop along the way to see the pyramids at Dashur and Meidum. Upon arrival in Minia you will check into the Aten Hotel, on the Nile River.
O/N - Minia

Day 2, - Minia/Amarna/Minia
After breakfast and a 90 minute drive, you will spend the entire day at Tel el Amarna, site of the heretic King Akenaten's city of Aketaten (Horizon of the Aten). Visit the Southern Tombs with the Tomb of the High Priest Ay (later King Ay), the main town, the central palace, the Small Aten Temple and the Great Aten Temple. After a snack lunch, on your own, you will be taken along the new road up the Royal Wadi to visit the Tomb of Akhenaten. Return to Minia for dinner and the night.
O/N - Minia

Day 3, - Minia/Beni Hassan/Cairo
In the morning you will visit the cliff-faced, Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan. Several of the best-preserved tombs are open to visitors and the view of the Nile is spectacular. If time permits you might be able to squeeze in a visit to Speos Artemidos, a rock cut chapel built by King Hatshepsut. You will then return to Cairo, where you will check into your Hotel.
O/N - Heliopolis

Day 4 - Cairo
You will either transfer to the airport for your flight home or join you tour.
O/N - Luxor

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