Itinerary for

The Centered Heart: A Pilgrimage to Ancient Egypt

Adventure Awaits on this Heart-Centered Journey with Lauren Rainbow and Egyptologist Emil Shakar

Egypt | November 12th – 24th 2022

Extension to Jordan/Petra | November 24th – 27th 2022

Important pre-journey dates:

  • Photocopies of your passport are due no later than September 1st, 2022
  • Payment in full for your journey is to be completed no later than September 1st, 2022
  • Signed forms are to be returned to Lauren no later than September 1st, 2022
  • Photocopies of your arrival & departing flights are due to Lauren no later than September 1st, 2022

It is helpful to remember that life is in constant motion, so things change, miracles appear and plans shift. Be open to changes in the itinerary as there will be some unexpected magical moments! Please help everyone by listening to the information provided each day of the journey and joining us at agreed-upon times.

November 12th: Arrival Day! Cairo, Egypt

It is important that you arrive in Cairo, Egypt on or before the afternoon of November 12th as we begin to move as a group on the 13th.

This will be a chance to rest and get excited for our journey through beautiful Egypt!

Sunday, November 13th: Fly to Luxor | Visit the Temple of Luxor

After breakfast, As a group, we will drive to Cairo airport for a flight to Luxor and check in on our private Dahabiya.

In the evening and under the stars we visit the Temple of Luxor, where R.A Schwaller de Lubcz developed his ‘symbolist’ interpretation of ancient Egypt and called it the “Temple of Man”

Monday, November 14th: Luxor / Abydos / Dendarah / Dahabiya Nile Lilly

We will drive through the breathtaking countryside of Upper Egypt to visit Abydos, the Temple of the Osiris, and “Flower of Life”.  Abydos is the pilgrimage place for Egypt’s visitors and no trip is complete without visiting… 

Then we visit Dendarah “Hathor temple “dedicated to the Goddess of Love, joy and music.

Tuesday, November 15th: West Bank / Valley of Kings / Dahabiya Nile Lilly

After breakfast, we will drive to spend time exploring the West Bank of ancient Thebes. 

Visit the Valley of the Kings, with its Royal Tombs, including Tutmoses lll.  We will also visit the Hatshepsut temple, on the way back you stop at the Colossi of Memnon.

Wednesday, November 16th: Luxor / Karnak Temple / Esna / Dahabiya Nile Lilly

Today we will visit the vast and overwhelming Temple of Karnak, which will include a meditation at Sekhmet Chapel. Then we will Sail to Esna & overnight.

Thursday, November 17th: Esna / Edfu / Dahabiy Nile Lilly

We will start with an early morning sail to Edfu, and visit Edfu temple known as “Horus temple” the Falcon God, the best-preserved temple of the ancient world. Then we will sail to Island near Kom Ombo

Friday, November 18th: Esna / Edfu / Kom Ombo / Dahabiy Nile Lilly

This will be a full day sailing to Kom Ombo, pack accordingly.

Saturday, November 19th: Kom Ombo / Aswan / Felucca / Dahabiya Nile Lilly

We will sail on the Nile to visit Kom Ombo, the Healing Temple of Kom Ombo, a glorious picturesque ruin along the banks of the Nile. Then, we will set sail to Aswan 

In the afternoon we will take the felucca to visit the Temple of Khnum. While here, you may also visit the Nubian colorful Market of Aswan. 

Sunday, November 20th: Aswan / Philae Temple / Dahabiya Nile Lilly

Today, privately and exclusively, we will take a short coach ride to the lakeshore and transfer to a motorboat to head for the island of Philae temple, consecrated to Isis, Egypt’s divine mother. We’ll take ample time here to experience the healing energy of Isis and her lovely island complex.

Monday, November 21st: Aswan / Cairo / Egyptian Museum / Marriott Mena House

In the morning, we will transfer over to Aswan airport for a flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo airport, we will visit the famous Egyptian museum including the masterpieces of King Tut Ankh Amon and much more.

 Then we will all check-in at Marriott Mena House hotel for a relaxing evening 

Tuesday, November 22nd: Cairo / Sakkara / Marriott Mena House

After breakfast, we will visit Sakkara to view most of the dozens of Old Kingdom pyramids rising on the west bank near ancient Memphis.  About, 2630 B.C. Imhotep, the architect to King Djoser (Dynasty III), masterminded the Step Pyramid at Sakkara. The world’s oldest freestanding stone structure, this pyramid consists of six tiers atop a mastaba, or low, oblong tomb, faced with cut stone.

Wednesday, November 23rd: Giza / King’s chamber / Sphinx / Pyramids / Farewell dinner

Early in the morning, we will have a private visit inside the Great Pyramid for our Initiation followed by a private visit to the Sphinx and opening meditation. 

Then we will continue visiting the Giza Pyramids plateau and get to know more about the mystery of these Pyramids.

Later  we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner party in the presence of our spiritual tour leaders

Thursday, November 24th: Final Departure

We will enjoy a lovely breakfast, followed by a transfer to Cairo International airport for your final departure back home. 

If you are continuing on your journey to explore the magnificent sites of Jordan, you will be departing Cairo to travel to Amman Airport. Please see below for the Jordan Extension Itinerary.

Included in the cost of your journey:

  • 4-5 Star Hotels Throughout Egypt
  • Breakfast every day and some group meals
  • Emil Shaker – The BEST Egyptologist as your guide
  • Pick up and Drop off at the airport on the scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • Air-Conditioned transport around Egypt
  • Entrance Fees to all sites
  • All domestic flights in Egypt

Not included in the cost:

  • International flights to and from Egypt
  • Some lunches and dinners around Egypt. (90% of your meals are covered in the cost of the journey)
  • Travel & Health insurance and other items of a personal nature
  • Visa to enter Egypt ($25 upon arrival)
  • Airport arrivals before November 11th and Departure after November 24th. (These can be scheduled for you by our team at an additional cost.

Tipping will come up throughout the trip, we do ask for a $200 gratuity tip for your Egyptologist Emil in cash to be collected on arrival. Emil goes above and beyond to be sure you have not only an amazing time but that you are taken care of.

Friday, November 24th: Amman Airport – Wadi Rum

Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Tropicana Tours Representative who will assist you through immigration and customs. He will then drive you to Wadi Rum, you will enjoy Dinner & a relaxing overnight

Saturday, November 25th: Wadi Rum – Petra

We will start the day with a tour in the morning to the magical desert of Wadi Rum, home of “Lawrence of Arabia”. You will then be able to enjoy a mint tea or cardamom coffee before touring this moon-like landscaped desert by 4×4 Bedouin driven jeep, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. We will then drive to Petra, enjoy dinner & spend the night.

Sunday, November 26th: Petra – Amman

This will be a full day dedicated to visiting the lost Nabatean city of Petra. We will start with a morning ride on a Bedouins-guided horse. You’ll pass through the fabled SIQ; an immense sandstone, which opens out to reveal the treasury. We will continue on to see hundreds of ancient Temples, Royal Tombs, Roman theaters, and houses. We will then drive to Amman, have a delicious dinner & enjoy each other’s company during our last night of the journey.

Monday, November 27th: Departure

Included in the cost of your journey:

  • 4-5 Star Hotels Throughout Jordan
  • Breakfast every day and some group meals
  • Pick up and Drop off at the airport on the scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • Air-Conditioned transport around Jordan
  • English escort driver with Local Guide in Petra 1-4 Pax.
  • English General Escort-Guide / 05-15 Pax.
  • Entrance Fees to all sites
  • All domestic flights in Jordan

Not included in the cost:

  • International flights to and from Egypt
  • Some lunches and dinners around Jordan. (90% of your meals are covered in the cost of the journey)
  • Travel & Health insurance and other items of a personal nature
  • Departure Tax($15 per/person upon departure)
  • Guide & Driver, Airport Representative tips
  • Any personal expense | Extras, beverages, or anything not mentioned above
  • Airport Departure after November 24th. (These can be scheduled for you by our team at an additional cost.

Tipping will come up throughout the trip, we do ask for a Tip of $80 for Jordan Representative.

Cancelation Policy: Due to this new era we are living in, we have had to make some changes to our previous cancelation policy. Please remember the deposit is non-refundable as listed on the sales info. Before 60 days to the arrival date of November 12th, cancellations may receive a partial refund not exceeding 50%.

Cancellations less than 60 days to departure date are non-refundable. Regarding booking these journeys, it is essential to know that we are making deposits and payments to our vendors prior to the trip to secure hotel, travel, and other bookings. Therefore, these cancellation policies are strictly held in place. 

Purchasing traveler’s insurance is highly recommended!! Should you need to cancel your plans for emergency purposes such as health-related issues. We are happy to help provide the appropriate paperwork in this event to help you secure your insurance payments. 

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