The knowledge of the 7 Chakras as we know them today have a deep and complex history. Ancient text found upon the walls and sarcophagi of the Sakkara complex date back over three thousand years. The translated text contains information detailing sacred rituals for burials and ceremonies conducted to honour the dead and the Gods.
These practices utilised fragrant oils and offerings to assist the dead with their journey to the afterlife or as these ancient text reveal – their non-physical energy is transported safely through the 7 Gates..
The existence of energy and it’s flow is expressed in a myriad of ancient philosophies such as the ancient Egyptian hermetica traditions including Greece, India, China and Islam. For example, The Egyptian God ‘Heka’ literally translated as “activating the Ka”. Ka is explained as being your spirit body.
The Book of the Dead speaks of the body being a channel where the spirit meets the physical realm.
There are literally hundreds of references in ancient texts that use the number seven when speaking of human spirituality and energy.
We know that universal energetic forces that help to shift our perspective are opportunities for growth. Sometimes we may not be aware what it is that requires our attention, however, some feel a strong inner sense of knowing and begin to notice the synchronicities in their environment, meeting people who’s words gently remind them that they are on their path or that are seemingly guided to change their circumstances to improve their wellbeing spiritually and/or physically.
Of course, we understand to change something in our life it must be included in our daily practices in order to grow, so like our ancestors we also work on improving our life through various rituals and modalities that help attain spiritual growth and a greater sense of wellbeing, to help us unplug from the 3D world, achieve inner peace and enlightenment.
We do this through the practice of meditation, yoga, mindfulness, energy work involving our energetic selves which incorporate the 7 major chakra centres of our bodies.
Our journey takes us through the major the Chakra centres of Egypt starting at the Root Chakra in Abu Simbel and travelling through the energetic centres through to the Crown Chakra in Giza, Cairo. It is believed that the seven energy centres within our body correspond to a place where the life-force flows.
When the charkas are out of balance, individuals feel a sense of imbalance and may fall ill or are in poor spirits, however, through cleansing and activating corresponding chakras with meditation, essential oils and intention one can learn to create a new reality.
Egyptians believed that each chakra correlated to a vital part of the endocrine system that being seven specific glands that can be effected positively by clearing blockages and distortion amid the chakras by restoring their positive vibrations and pattern of flow through sacred rituals using essential aromatic oils and stones, gems and crystals.
Base/Root Chakra – I Am
Balanced: I am confident, I am full of energy
Imbalanced: Low self-esteem, Low energy
Ruled by – Osiris
Stone: Red Jasper. Feeling safe and secure; taking a healthy pride in family and culture; feeling grounded; feeling connected to the physical world.
Essence: Stability – Tribe – Culture – Relationship with family
Process – Renewal – Lord of the Netherworld; Kingship; divine in mortal form; cycles of creation, death and rebirth
Sacral Chakra – I Feel
Balanced: I constantly have new ideas to create the life I want
Imbalanced: I have lost my creativity, no solutions to everyday problems, despair
Ruled by – Anubis
Stone: Carnelian. Healing the wounded child; freeing creativity; mastering emotions; forming healthy relationships; opening to abundance
Essence – Creativity, Sexuality, Finances
Process – Transformation/ Transmutation – Opener of the way; guardian of the shadows; Shaman; Digestion; Instinct
Solar plexus Chakra – I Do
Balanced: I am organised, I can accomplish my dreams
Imbalanced: Angry and helpless. I can’t finish tasks
Ruled by – Sekhmet
Stone – Citrine – Having a good personal outlook; building self-esteem and healthy personal boundaries; taking responsibility for self
Essence – Self-awareness, Self-esteem, Ego
Process – Maturation/ Purification
Heart Chakra – I Love
Balanced: I am loved, I am loving
Imbalanced: I feel heart-broken and unloved. My relationships are broken
Ruled by – Hathor
Stone – Malachite. Developing forgiveness and compassion; opening and expanding the heart; balance; releasing attachment to old wounds
Essence – Emotional Balance, Emotional Power. Ability to give and receive love.
Process – Abundance. Love; beauty; joy; harmony; music; dance; nourishment; maternity
Throat Chakra – I Speak
Balanced: I express myself freely
Imbalanced: I cannot express or explain myself
Ruled by – Djehuti (THOTH)
Stone – Turquoise. Speaking your truth; making healthy choices and acceptin the consequences; trusting in the greater good
Essence – Expression, Will, Choice,
Process – Resonance. Of Lord of Time; Scribe of the Gods; learning; magic; speech; writing; measurement.
Third-Eye Chakra – I See
Balanced: I am, I can solve my problems
Imbalanced: Indecisiveness, confusion, nightmares, poor insight
Ruled by – Isis
Stone – Lapis Lazuli. Balancing intellect and intuition; opening the mind; turstin intuitive insights; developing a creative imagination; ability to visualise.
Essence – Wisdom. Intuition and higher intellect
Process – Revelation. Perception; vision; devotion; fidelity; high magic; sacred love; mysticism; drawing aside the veil.
Crown Chakra – I Understand
Balanced: I am at peace
Imbalanced: Loneliness, depression, anxiety, confusion, apathy
Ruled by Horus
Stone – Gold/ Amber. Finding sacred meaning in life; living in the present moment; surrendering to the divine; feeling unity with all beings
Essence – Ascension – Spiritual warrior; self-realisation; mastery of consciousness; overcoming duality
Process – Self-Realisation/ Spirituality. Relationship with the Divine.
You could experience a subtle change in a particular thought pattern or a sense of overall wellbeing to a noticeable physical change of course our transformation depends on our intention to heal, transform and leave our old selves behind. We may look upon this transformation as a needed change or perhaps a lesson meant to strengthen and feed the soul.
The Egyptians worshiped Anubis as the god of physical death itself, but if you shift your focus from literal to metaphorical you will find Anubis standing between the shadow and the light. Transformation lies at the heart of what Anubis represents.
Anubis is well known for being a guide for the souls of the departed, leading them on the long road through the underworld, through the 7 Hall of Truths, and to the Field of Reeds (or sometimes known as the Field of Offerings). Worshippers of the ancient traditions of Egypt would pray to him for guidance and protection throughout their lives and as they transition into the afterlife.
Looking at this symbolically, he stands between the darkness and the light, death and life. With his inner light, Anubis leads the way out of the darkness and into the light. Tying into the aforementioned death and transformation, Anubis is a guide through the deaths we all experience throughout our lives. This means that, if you ask for his assistance, it’s possible that Anubis will be there to guide you through these transformational periods of your life to support you and help you realize you are strong enough to get through this.
Synchronicities are the most common messages from Anubis. Synchronicities are those little moments where something happens that you can’t explain. They can be in the form of physical, tangible things that you encounter that feel special and relevant to you, your life, and/or your situation at hand. Anything relevant to your life or question at hand, but seems significant or out of the ordinary, stands out more than being just being ordinary. Some of the go-to signs that people associate with Anubis are the ankh and canines (jackal, wolf, dog, coyote, fox).
The darkness, or ‘shadow’ self, can include all of the old hurts, wounds and scars, the fears, the worries, doubts, anxieties, and the parts of us we try to hide from the world…these are all a natural
Come along on this trip of healing the shadow and the light through the seven chakras to find the real you. To embark on this journey you will need to be armed with courage to face the shadow aspects of Egypt that her priest/priestesses are capable of bringing to the surface; the rewards will be beyond your expectations.
- The Massive cut temples of Abu Simbel
- Temple of Philae and Elephantine Island
- Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo Temple
- Sunrise tour of Karnak Temple
- Luxor – Valley of the Kings and Queens, Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Queen Hatshepsu
- Luxor Temple by Night
- Habu Temple – Ramses II
- Deir El Medinah
- Dendra Temple “Temple of Goddess Hathor”
- Abydos Temple
- Hermopolis “The land of Thoth and Tuna El Gab
- Temple of Aketaton in the city of Akhenaten
- The Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza
- Visit inside the Kings Chamber
- The Step Pyramids of Sakkara and King Zoster
- Egyptian Museum in Cairo
- Khan el Khalili Bazaar
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Economy class flight Cairo – Abu Simbel – Aswan – Cairo
- All accomodation except pre or post arrangements
- All Transfers
- Qualified Egyptologist guide at all sites of antiquity
- Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
- Portable wifi included outside of hotels
- Unlimited bottled water throughout the trip
- Private air-conditioned transportation and all relevant transfers
- Workshops and training manual
- International flights and visa $25 USD upon arrival
- Travel & Health Insruance
- Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
- Tipping kitty of $250 USD
- Tutankhamuns tomb (egp 200) paid at the site
Seven Chakra Energy Transformation
Day 1 — Arrival to Cairo
Arrive at Cairo Airport according to your flight time, where we will be met by Soul of Egypt Travel Tour Manager. who will assist us through customs and immigration before transferring to our luxury accommodations at the Le Meridien Hotel.
Day 2 — Early Morning Flight to Abu Simbel
Following Breakfast we fly to Abu Simbel to visit “The massive cut Temples of Abu Simbel” complex, originally cut into a solid rock cliff, in southern Egypt and located at the second cataract of the Nile River. The two temples which comprise the site (The Great Temple and The Small Temple) were created during the reign of Ramesses II (c. 1279 – c. 1213 BCE) either between 1264 – 1244 BCE or 1244-1224 BCE. The discrepancy in the dates is due to differing interpretations of the life of Ramesses II by modern day scholars. Overnight in Abu Simbel (Breakfast & dinner)
Day 3 – Travel from Abu Simbel to Aswan
Today we travel through the desert to Aswan. Deep soul journey work –spiritual practices as they are guided for the day. We stay on Isis Island overnight(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 4 – The Day in Aswan
Today we visit the Nubian museum, spend time on the banks of the Nile, visiting a nubien village and a special Intention-setting ceremony on the Nile.
In the evening we visit the Old Cataract Hotel for High Tea, where the ‘Death on the Nile’ author stayed to write her book.(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 5 – Philae Temple and Elephantine Island Aswan
Philae Temple – Temple of Isis and rebirth, “Philae Temple” is one of the most important tourist spots in Aswan, known also as Temple of Isis, the sacred Temple was considered a pilgrimage centre during ancient Egyptian époque
Elephantine Island – Enjoy a felucca sail to visit Elephantine Island and walk through the layers of time that archaeological explorations have unveiled. Atop the island we gather at the temple of Khnum for an important initiation and affirmation… Felucca ride on the Nile.(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 6 – Drive to Luxor sightseeing on route
Early morning start with a long drive to Luxor visiting The Temple of Horus at Edfu – the best-preserved temple in Egypt and scenes of the sacred drama (ritual) of Osiris and Set. Kom Ombo Temple famous for being constructed during the Greco Roman era, the area had been inhabited since the pre-dynastic period of Egyptian history and many ancient burial sites were discovered in and around Kom Ombo.(Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 7/10 - Luxor both the West and East Bank
Over the next four days we will visit these temples as selected for the day.
Karnak Temple, gigantic temple complex & the largest ancient religious site in the world. A large religious center Consisting of temples, chapels, obelisks, sanctuaries, the sacred lake and the impressive Hypostyle Hall of 134 enormous columns, Karnak Temple well known to be the second most visited historical spot in Egypt, after Giza Great Pyramids.
Luxor Temple at night— The Temple of Man – walk down the avenue of sphinxes into the Glory that is Luxor Temple. Discussion on Schwallier’s complex work on this temple including “Pythagorean” geometry.
Hatshepsut Temple – temple of the female pharaoh.
Valley of the Kings – tombs of the nobles. Tomb of Ramses IV – beautiful, tomb decorated with scenes from the “Book of the Caverns”.
Memnon Colossi, standing still in a glorious view, facing the Mighty Nile River & the rising sun, with both hands rested on their legs, they were there to guard the mortuary temple of Amenhotep.
Habu Temple, one of the largest memorial temples in Egypt. It measures 320 m in length (east to west) and about 200 m in width (north to south). After Ramses III died, the temple was built to commemorate him, by orders of the current king himself. A huge mud brick enclosure wall surrounds the temple.
Deir El Medinah; it was the home of the artists, craftsmen, and workers who created, built, and ornamented the royal and private tombs of the Kings and Queens of Egypt which dazzled the whole world when they were discovered.(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 11 - Drive From Luxor to Abydos
Early morning visit of the beautiful Hathor Temple in Dandara. The Temple is the home of the Seven Hathors, who were High Priestesses embodying a certain aspect of Hathor. We will connect to those aspects at different places of this powerful Temple, calling their life-changing powers into our lives. “DendraTemple”or “Temple of Goddess Hathor”, this Temple complex contains the Temple of Hathor, is one of the best-preserved temples, if not the best-preserved one, in all of Upper Egypt.
In the afternoon we Drive to Abydos Temple built by Seti I. It is also called the burial place of Osiris. It is a very ancient place, and you can see and feel it in the megalithic temple of the Osirion. The Temple of Unity, and the Temple of the Djed Pillar called the spine of Osiris; it is also the Tree of Life connecting the centre of the Earth with the centre of the Milky Way. The Djed Pillar is emanating the Violet Light, which transforms everything not being in harmony with the Source. Here we will activate the Djed Pillar in our own bodies, allowing the Unity of our Being with the Source. “Abydos Temple”,dedicated to SetiI, Osiris and Isis along with Ptah, Ptah-Sokar, Nefertem, Re-Horakhty, Amun, and Horus, is one of the major archaeological sites in that region.(Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 12 - Travel from Abydos to Minya
Today we drive to Minya and book into our hotel and the rest of the day we go within and integrate the work we have done, group sessions and discussions.
On the way we visit: Hermopolis, the land of Thoth and Tuna el Gab, an underground system of passages dedicated to Thoth the God that was worshipped all over Egypt. “The One that created Himself “ (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 13 - Minya and the Temple of Thoth
Sunrise in the Aton Temple of AketAton (temple of Thoth), in the city of Akhenaten. The name AketAton means the Horizon of Aton. Akhenaten has chosen this place as his capital, because the shape of the mountains creates the gylph of Horizon. Six days in every year the sun is rising in the Horizon sign created by the mountains. We will be there on one of those six days, so the rising sun will open for us the door to the mysteries of Akhenaten. We will connect to the golden vibration anchored in the physical reality by King Akhenaten in the temple and the so-called tombs, which in my experience are not tombs, but portals for Souls to leave and to return to the physical reality.(Breakfast, Lunch & dinner)
Day 14 - Minya to Cairo and the Monastery of Dair Al Adhra
Travelling by coach to Cairo on the way we visit the old monastery Dair Al Adhra, built by St. Helen, one of the sites visited by the Holly Family. Jesus was holding the same energy as Akhenaten, he was a Master of Light teaching us about our true nature. His journey as a baby with Mother Mary and Joseph was a journey of remembering, as all the places they stopped were strong energetic centers of Ancient Kemet.
Special visit to sheikh Abdull and the 7 chakra perfumes.(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 15 - The Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza
Considered to be the only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramid complex stands on the Giza plateau and rises from the desert as a bonfire of strength, inspiration, history & loads of mystery. The Sphinx stands there guarding the Plateau with a body of a lion and head of a human being that comes from a great wisdom that the protectors of the Land should enjoy the wisdom of men and physical power of the lion king!
Private time and ritual journey at the Great Pyramids. There are many theories about the pyramids. The official theory calls them tombs, I – and many others working with energy – experience them differently. I see and feel the pyramids as places of initiation, each one of them built with a different purpose and holds a different vibration, through the connection to those specific vibrations we can expand our consciousness and can start living and manifesting the Light from which we were created. The three chambers – only one of them can be visited in normal opening hours – of the Great Pyramid offer the possibility to cleanse and release all memories connected to the abuse of magic (which is our ability to create consciously).
I feel the Sphinx as the Guardian of the Heart of Egypt, she holds strong power to measure our hearts on the scale of Maat, and cleanse our hearts from all anger, resentment, and negative feelings. Only with a light heart we can use our creative power well.(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 16 - Magnificent Necropolis of Sakkara
Early morning visit to see inside the crypt that has just been opened to the public and “The Step Pyramids at Sakkara” including “The Step Pyramid of King Djoser” – site of the ritualistic Heb Sed festival and the Step Pyramid, visit Old Kingdom tombs with their exquisite reliefs and carvings.
Visiting the Moon Pyramids of Dahshour; the Black, the Bended, and the Red which hold the energy of the Crone, Maiden and Mother. Between the pyramids there used to be the Sacred Grove of Isis, and the Sacred Lake. Here the Divine was honored in the beauty of Nature, and the Priestesses working in harmony with the Male Guardians taught the sacredness of all Life. Here we will attune to those times and call it back to our times.
After Dahshour we will visit the healing temple of the Saqqara Pyramid to connect to the archetype of the Healer to allow our healing abilities to strengthen and create a healing space for all the members of our group. We finish our visit in Saqqara by visiting the mind-blowing “Serapeum” dedicated to the sacred Apis bull. An extraordinary underground site housing two dozen enormous 90-ton granite sarcophagus of exquisite precision. Anybody with a little bit of open senses will feel the powerful energetic field of the portals, this is where we will connect with our Star Lineage and commit to act in harmony with the Divine Will. Lunch. Overnight Cairo hotel.
Dinner cruise tonight on the Andreas or similar.(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 17 - Visit to the Cairo Museum
Visiting the Egyptian Museum, connecting to the heritage of King Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. Akhenaten was considered the heretic pharaoh by the Amun Priesthood and by those following him. Some admire him for introducing the religion of the ONE God, others curse him for prohibiting the worshipping of other Egyptian deities. I believe that our Egyptian ancestors always knew that the Divine is ONE. The different Neterus were not Gods and Goddesses but faces of the Divine, each of them holding a specific vibration, so through them we can understand the ONE at a more complex level. However, the power-hungry Amun Priesthood manipulated the consciousness of the children of Kemet, the pure Kemetian wisdom was shadowed and slowly forgotten. I see Akhenaten as one of the Golden Kings of Atlantis, with the pure lineage of Sirius Star Beings. He reincarnated in Egypt with the mission to recreate the wisdom and purity from which Kemet was founded in the Ancient Times. He taught people to look beyond form and matter and find the Real, the Divine Light, the Energy of Love, which is the Source of all creation. In the museum we will connect to the family line of Akhenaten and to the consciousness held by them and held by the objects left behind by them.
We head to to Khan Al Khalili market and have traditional Koshery dinner.(Breakfast & dinner)
Day 18 - Home Time for those leaving us
After our last breakfast in Egypt and your packing is complete, we will arrange transfers to Cairo Airport for your flight home unless you have decided to stay on.
What to know
Egypt is a one stop shop with beaches, monuments, rivers, cosmopolitan cities and vast deserts offering varied activities and delicious Cuisine with influences from numerous European cultures.
Cairo is a great place to find hidden treasures and to explore designers who are just now being recognised for the work they do. You can still pick up a bargain in the amazing bustling shopping precinct or admire the Exotic Art and culture of Egypt as you wonder through the hidden alleyways of Cairo and the Khan El-Khalili market.
Historically the only destination in the world with Numerous Civilizations including but not limited to The Pharaohs, Nubians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Copts, Arabs, and the Ottomans” you will experience the historical and architectural wonders of Ancient Egypt.
The Best time to travel
Thanks to the hot dry desert climate Egypt benefits from year round sunshine and has two seasons, a mild winter and a sunny summer. November to March is pleasantly warm during the day with the nights cool and enjoyable, April and May are generally mild.
From June to September the weather is very hot, dry in the desert areas and humid in the Nile Valley and on the White Med coast. The Red Sea Riviera has great weather all year round. Peak travel runs from October to May, for most traveler’s hence this being the high season.
My personal pick for time to travel is September – October and April – May.
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Duty free allowance for Egypt
The following items may be imported into Egypt by travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:
- 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco
- 1L of alcoholic beverages or 4L on arrival into Egypt
What to pack
- Sunblock, sun hat and sunglasses.
- Camera equipment etc
- Good walking shoes (tennis shoes or hiking sandles)
- Swimming costume
- Formal attire for your stay at prestigious city hotels or on one of the luxury Nile Cruises.
- Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, diarrhea tablets antiseptic cream and antihistamine cream, etc.)
- Antinausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
- Travel washing kit
- Visas, tickets, passports, money, credit cards, insurance details, etc
- Duty free if required
- Warm clothing for winter visits
Health & safety
It is sensible to take basic precautions whilst travelling anywhere in the world. There are no vaccinations required before visiting Egypt however we do advise you check with your health department/travel clinic prior to departure, in the event there have been changes in the world health regulations of the country you are visiting. As a guide Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Rabies are usually recommended but it is an individual choice based on your personal circumstances.
Drinking Tap Water
Tap water in Egypt is safe to drink but as it is heavily chlorinated it is not recommend that you do as it causes stomach upsets. Bottled mineral water is readily available in hotels, shops and restaurants and is inexpensive. Brushing your teeth and showering with tap water in Egypt poses no problem except for those who have digestive issues.
Eating while travelling in Egypt
Egyptian cuisine has something to appeal to most eaters though in order to avoid stomach troubles while on holiday, it’s worth taking a few precautions. As tap water is highly chlorinated it’s best to avoid salads unless dining in upmarket restaurants, hotels and cruise boats. Ensure food that is eaten is piping hot to ensure it’s been cooked properly – avoid food that looks like it’s been sitting around for awhile. Taking probiotic’s a few weeks before and during your holiday can increase your natural defenses.
Passport & Visa
All foreign travelers require an entry visa to visit Egypt. Most tourists and visitors can obtain theirs at any of the country’s airports and ports. The Visa is valid for one month, starting from your arrival date; however some nationalities need to obtain the visa prior arrival so it’s best to check with the Egyptian embassy in your country of origin. Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveler. Also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from Egypt
Banks & Foreign exchange
Branches of major banks are available in abundance in all major cities and typically operate from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, with some branches extended till 5.00 p.m. Some hotel branches operate 24 hours and ATMs are also widespread throughout including supermarkets, petrol stations and shopping malls.
The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (LE), which is divided into 100 piastres. Banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.
Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in the government-run stores, most hotels and Red Sea resorts.
Arabic is the official language spoken by all Egyptians, although English is widespread.
Mobile Telephones & Internet
Mobiles – Roaming agreements exist with most international phone companies however this can be expensive, it is best to check with your local carrier before leaving home. Internet – Wireless internet is available in a large number of restaurants, coffee shops and hotels throughout the country. Some may provide the service for free while others charge. To keep in touch with home for free you can use the internet to connect to facebook messenger or whatsapp.
The Standard electrical current is 220 volts AC, single phase, and 50 hertz. Plugs may be round or square, two pin European type. We recommend that you pack a universal travel adaptor. In order to use US appliances you will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor.
Tipping is customary in Egypt and will be expected from housekeeping, porters, helpful site guards, the tour guide & the representatives, Tipping for a service is dependent on the service provided, and how well it is performed.
To take the hassle out of tipping while on tour a nominal amount will be collected from all tour participants on the morning of day 2. This tipping kitty is then divided among bellhops, luggage handlers, local guides and other support staff that assist throughout the tour.
Exploring the markets of Egypt is a must-do for travellers. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells! Look beyond the shops selling cheap, mass-produced tourist trinkets, and delve deeper to discover quality wares.
Most importantly, have fun and don’t forget to haggle for a good price. It’s a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country as Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.
Things to buy in Egypt
- Chunky silver jewellery
- Hand made leather bags, boots and belts
- Cotton scarves in a kaleidoscope of colours
- Authentic papyrus (watch out for fakes made from banana leaves)
- Boho-style embroidered bedding & cushion covers
How to bargain in Egypt
Bargaining and haggling over prices is a fundamental part of shopping in the markets and bazaars of Egypt. Vendors will often inflate their prices considerably so that after a back-and-forth exchange of numbers, a final price will be agreed on that suits both parties. The key is to go in low and work your way up It’s a good idea to suss out prices in the fixed price souvenir stores that often accompany many of the popular tourist sites so that you know what you should be paying for goods.
Culture and Customs
The culture of Egypt has thousands of years of recorded history and maintains a unique blend of the past and a modern society. Egyptians are very proud of their ancient heritage, and with such iconic monuments, impressive art and unique architecture, it’s no wonder Egyptians are as mesmerized as foreigners are.
Just as in ancient times, religion plays a large part in daily life with most Egyptians being either Sunni Muslim or Coptic Christian. Much of life revolves around daily prayer and religious holidays with 90% of the population being muslims and the others Christians or other faiths.
The influence of modern Western culture is particularly evident in large cities likes Cairo and Alexandria, with television, radio and internet all bridging the gap between Ancient history and pop culture, fashion and literature. Despite this, Egypt clings strongly to loyalty to one’s family, respect for elders and honoring ancestors.
Festivals and Events in Egypt
Ramadan and Eid
During the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is observed by most in Egypt and is thought to be a time of spiritual rejuvenation. This is a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset – refraining from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Eid marks the end of fasting with three days of feasting and celebration.
The precise date of Ramadan varies from year to year as it relies on the Islamic lunar Calendar and the lunar cycle.
Abu Simbel Festival
The Sun Festival of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel’s Temples happens only twice a year. The sun’s rays reach the innermost chambers of the temple when the four stone gods that reside within the temple receive sunlight! Then the festival begins; food, music and dance follow, yet it’s the moment of witnessing the early morning illumination of the temple that’s the true highlight.
Food and Drink
To get the true picture of Egyptian culture and customs, be sure to sample local delicacies while listening to traditional music played in cafes and restaurants.
Egyptian cuisine is similar to the cuisine of Turkey, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.
- fuul medames (fava beans often served with vegetables and boiled egg)
- ta’amiyya (chickpea patties)
- Houmous and other yoghurt-based dips, coupled with fresh pitta
- Schwarma (similar to a Turkish doner kebab) with either Chicken or Beef
- Kofta (a skewered spiced meat dish)
- fiteer (a kind of pizza)
- Kosheri,- a curious mix of noodles, rice, lentils, fried onion and spicy sauce. It’s very tasty and exceedingly cheap.
Bread is a staple of Egyptian cuisine and you’ll find a version served with every meal. Thre is plenty of variety for vegetarians with stuffed peppers, grilled aubergine and baked squash are popular meat-free dishes in Egypt.
Food to try
Take the opportunity to tuck into fresh seafood, especially when in coastal regions and cities such as the Red Sea and Alexandria, the calamari and fish is devine.
Exotic fruits are cheap and plentiful throughout Egypt , with many to choose from with guava, mango and melon being some of the best, either eaten whole or as feshly squeezed to juices; my favourite is the lemon and mint. There are also other seasonal varieties widely available to enjoy.
3. Ful Medames
A classic dish that can be traced back to pharaonic times; consisting of slow-cooked fava beans, served with olive oil, parsley, garlic and lemon juice. Usually served on all breakfast buffets at hotels do, yourself a favour and give it a try.
A favourite with vegetarians and meat eaters alike falafel (fried chickpea balls) are available at markets and street vendors, and are generally served as a snack.
5. Tea (also known as shai)
An important part of daily life in Egypt, tea is sipped throughout the day and with meals to help with digestion of the foods being consumed.
For those who like a heavy coffee Turkish or Arabic can be found in any café, you can drink your coffee short, black and sweet like the locals do or ask for an American coffee to relax and enjoy.
Delicious, sweet pastries are found in restaurants, markets and cafes in Egypt
Egypt is a predominantly Islamic country so Alcohol is not readily available although the major hotel chains usually have well-stocked bars and remember to take your duty free with you.
Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Bold Soul Adventures would be happy to make recommendations and assist regarding your pre and post travel opportunities. We can guide you with our own personal and professional experience.
Jordan – As you are so close there may be a number of clients who would like to extend their travel through to Jordan. We have a package organised that will see you visiting Petra and spending a night under the starts in Wadi Rum after a jeep ride across the Desert.
Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling in a party of 6 adults. The single supplement price will be added to the twin/double price if single room/cabins are required either by choice or if we cannot partner you with another solo traveler.
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Please note that discounts will apply if there 6 or more people travelling, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.
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Dates: 20/10/20 – 08/11/20
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Angela has been an avid and courageous traveller since her early 20’s, where her interest for exploring and travelling the unknown was fully realized. With an early calling to Egypt and Africa thwarted, Angela donned a back pack and travelled around Europe and the UK for an extended period of time - meeting people from all over the world.