We are off to Egypt: to Lower Egypt. Confusingly, Lower Egypt is actually above Upper Egypt on modern maps. We'll be based in Giza at a hotel with a pyramid view. (Probably one of those terrible blots on the landscape but at least we will be in it looking out). Our last day includes an optional day trip to Alexandria. Sadly there are very few physical remains of what was arguably the most beautiful city in the Roman world. But my next book is set there and that's why we're going. Here's our itinerary:
Tuesday: The Giza Plateau - Pyramids and Sphinx
Wednesday: Sakkara/Dashur - lots more pyramids, including a newly opened complex at Abu Sir
Thursday: Heliopolis/Cairo Museum - morning in Heliopolis, afternoon in the Cairo Museum
Friday: Fayum - The Ptolomaic-Roman City of Karanis and the labyrinth at Heracleopolis (!) and the famous mastaba tombs. (This is where many of those stunning Romano-Egyptian encaustic coffin portraits come from.)
Saturday: The Delta - visit to the ancient cult city of Bubastis (lots of cat mummies!), then to some excavations at Tanis
Sunday: Alexandria - the new museum, Kom el Dikka and some catacombs are on the itinerary
Monday: home... inshallah!