2016 Istanbul and Egypt
This was the trip of our life! Our friend Norm Orloff and
his wife Diana knowing we have traveled quite a bit in Europe
asked if we'd like to go on this Egypt tour from Archaeological
Paths. It appeared to be rather expensive but looked really
good. It was advertised as Dr. Hawass' last tour. He is the
famous director of antiquities in Egypt. You've seen him on TV.
It seemed we'd see every famous thing in Egypt and take a 7 day
boat trip on the Nile River. We bit.
The company is Archaeological
Norm and Diana had been to Istanbul a couple times and knew
their way around plus they have a friend there to help us.
Great! We planned on flying to Istanbul, staying for four days
then flying to Egypt for the tour. Part of the plan was to start
getting used to the 10 hour time change.
Deb has done a major report using Shutterfly to create a picture
book. You don't have to join Shutterfly to see the book.
I'd advise using full screen when viewing it.
This report is ridiculously long. I'll try to create a synopsis
and let you choose what you want to look at and see.
When you click on my Wikipedia links you can often go down and
find pictures. Clicking on one will allow you to page through
and you also can get more details.
"Extras" contain thumbnails. Click on a picture to see the
A bit of Egyptian history - under construction.
My comments and observations.
October 10 - We took our usual taxi
guy to SFO and did the grueling 13 hour flight to Istanbul.
October 11 - Checked into our hotel.
October 12 - Tour
of The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Lunch, Topkapi Palace, Rugs,
October 13 - Met Erkan Tfekci, His
shop, Interesting lunch, More shopping, Dinner at Cozy
October 14 - Ferry ride, Spice
Market, Nice lunch, Turkish bath, Cozy Pizza dinner.
October 15 - Fly to Cairo,
Drive to Giza, Check into the Mena 5 star hotel
October 16 - Memphis.
Sightseeing at Dashour - Bent and Red pyramids.
October 17 - Saqqar
Sightseeing, Pyramid builders tombs by Dr Hawass
October 18 - Giza Plateau
sightseeing. The Great Sphinx with Dr. Hawass. Recovered boat.
October 19 - Cairo sight
seeing. The Cairo Egyptian museum, Saladin Citadel with the
mosque of Muhammad Ali.
October 20 - Flight to Luxor.
Karnak temple. On the boat.
October 21 - Valley of the Kings.
Sailing to Edfu.
October 22 - Edfu temple. Sail
to Kom Ombo
October 23 - Aswan city. Aswan
dam. Unfinished Obelisk. Temple of Isis at Philae. Nubian
October 24 - Desert drive. Abu
Simbel. Desert drive back.
October 25 - Sail back to
Luxor. Private visit with Dr. Hawass at the Luxor Temple.
October 26 - Visit to Deir El Median
and Hatchepsut temple. Optional trip.
October 27 - Flight to Cairo. Lecture
by Dr. Hawass
October 28 - Drive to Alexandra and
October 29 - Flight to Istanbul and