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Rosicrucian Initiatic Journey through Egypt and Morocco - August 5-September 8, 2021 - Egypt

August 5, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Location: Egypt and Morocco
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Egypt and Morocco

Event Description

Join Imperator Claudio Mazzucco (in Cairo) and Grand Master Julie Scott on this Initiatic Journey through Egypt and Morocco with your Rosicrucian Family!

In Egypt, we will have the opportunity to visit numerous Egyptian Temples, as outlined in the itinerary, while spending six days on one of the most magnificent rivers in the world - the Nile.

Our time in Egypt will culminate with the Initiation in the Great Pyramid with our new Imperator Claudio Mazzucco.

In Morocco, we will experience the ancient architecture of Morocco's mystical cities including Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakesh. We will travel through the grandeur of the Altlas Mountains and enjoy the hospitality of the Bedouins in the Erg Chebbi Desert and the Valley of the Roses.

For itinerary and registration information, please visit: https://rosicrucian-tours.regfox.com/rosicrucian-initiatic-journey-through-egypt-and-morocco

Looking forward to another wonderful adventure with our Rosicrucian Family!

DETAILED ITINERARY

Thursday, August 5: Arrive in Cairo, Egypt
Arrive at Cairo International Airport where our Quest Travel Tour Manager will assist you with your entry visa and through customs and immigration. You will then be transferred to the historic Mena House Hotel for your pyramid-view room. 

Friday, August 6: Giza / Sakkara / Dahshour
This morning we will drive to Sakkara to view the Old Kingdom pyramids, including the Step Pyramid, designed by Imhotep. The world’s oldest freestanding stone structure, the Step Pyramid consists of six tiers atop a mastaba, or low, oblong tomb, faced with cut stone. Next we will visit the White, Black, and Red Pyramids in the Dahshour area. We will have a late lunch at a typical Egyptian restaurant in the countryside. On our way back to the hotel we will visit a famous Papyrus Institute.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sunday, August 7: Abu Sir / Abu Ghurab / Abu Rawash
Today we will visit the unfinished Pyramid at Abu Sir (probably from the Fifth Dynasty), the solar temples at Abu Ghurab, and the Pyramid of Djedefre (son and successor of Khufu) on the hill of Abu Rawash. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Saturday, August 8: Cairo/Tel El Amarna/Cairo
Following a very early breakfast, we will drive to Menya, called the Doll of the Nile.  Upon arrival, we will visit Tel El Amarna, the city of Akhnaton. It is here that Akhnaton called for the Spiritual Unity of people under the umbrella of one God. A box lunch will be served before leaving for Cairo. Dinner will be at the hotel. (Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner)

Monday, August 9: Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simbel
This morning we will take a short flight to Aswan then drive to Abu Simbel. The Abu Simbel temples have been moved from their original location after they were threatened by submersion in the waters of the Aswan Dam. The holy mountain that was their home now lies under water. The relocation by UNESCO and the Egyptian Government in the 1960s was almost as monumental as the temples themselves. Ramesses's temple and a smaller temple built for his favorite wife Nefertari were both moved to the new site. We will stay in the nearby Seti I Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Tuesday, August 10: Abu Simbel
This morning we will visit the Abu Simbel Temples, the symbols of the international campaign for the rescue of the Nubian monuments. Overnight at Abu Simbel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)        
                                                      
Wednesday, August 11: Abu Simbel to Aswan 
Following breakfast, we will drive back to Aswan and check into the Movenpick Aswan Hotel on Elephantine Island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Thursday, August 12: Felucca Ride/Nubia Museum/Aswan Market 
Today we will experience a felucca ride on the Nile around Elephantine Island. Then we will visit the Nubia Museum which houses finds made during excavations carried out as part of UNESCO’s International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia, threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s. Then we will explore the colorful local Aswan Market (Souk) that offers Egyptian and African goods. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Friday, August 13: Philae Temple
This morning we will take a short drive to the lakeshore and transfer by motorboat to go to the Temple of Isis at Philae for our private ceremony at sunrise at the temple consecrated to Egypt’s divine mother. We will have plenty of time here to experience the healing energy of Isis and her lovely island complex. Then we will check into our Nile Cruise Ship (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Saturday, August 14: Sailing/Edfu Temple
We will spend the day sailing on the Nile to Edfu. This evening we will have a private visit to Edfu Temple, also known as the Horus Temple, the best-preserved temple of the ancient world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sunday, August 15: Luxor Temple
Today we will enjoy our time on the Nile, experiencing its beauty and serenity. This evening we will visit the Temple of Luxor. It was within Luxor Temple that R.A Schwaller de Lubicz developed his “symbolist” interpretation of ancient Egypt calling it the Temple of Man. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Monday, August 16: Dendera and Abydos Temples
In the early morning we will drive through the countryside of Upper Egypt to visit the Temple of Abydos, a major pilgrimage site for millennium with its mysterious Osirion and Flower of Life. Then we will visit the Temple of Hathor at Dendera, which is dedicated to the goddess of love, joy, and music. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Tuesday, August 17: West Bank/Valley of the Kings
Today we will explore the West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings with its Royal Tombs, Medinet Habu, where the eight primordial deities were born, and the tomb of Ramosa, Akhnaton’s vizier. We will also visit Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. There will be free time in Luxor this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wednesday, August 18: Karnak Temple /Sailing/Esna Lock
We will visit Karnak Temple at sunrise, which will include a meditation at Sekhmet Chapel and then return to the ship for breakfast. We will then spend the day sailing on the Nile, enjoying the countryside and passing through the Esna Lock. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Thursday, August 19:  Kom Ombo Temple
This afternoon we will visit the healing temple of Kom Ombo, a beautiful temple along the banks of the Nile. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Friday, August 20: Aswan/Cairo
Following breakfast, we will take a short flight back to Cairo. Then we will visit the famous Egyptian Museum including the masterpieces of King Tut Ankh Amon and a collection of relics dating back to 4,000 BCE.  There we will experience firsthand the different periods of ancient Egypt and the individual artistic and architectural styles of each period. Then we will check into the beautiful Mena House Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Saturday, August 21: Cairo
Today we will visit Old Cairo including St. Sergi Church (where the holy family was hidden while they were in Egypt), Amr Ibn El Aass Mosque, and the oldest Synagogue in Egypt. After a visit to the local market (souk) we will explore the Coptic Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sunday, August 22: Lake Moeris, Sphinx and the Great Pyramid 
Today is the culmination of our Initiatic Journey. In the morning, we will drive to the Fayoum Oasis for our ceremony there. In the afternoon, we will have our private visit to the Sphinx and then we will enter the Great Pyramid for our Initiation in the King’s Chamber. (Please note that the Initiation is only open to members of AMORC.) Also, while we cannot guarantee that we will have admittance into the Great Pyramid, in our thirty years of bringing Initiates to Egypt, we have never had a problem.  Following our Initiation, we will have our farewell dinner with our Imperator and Grand Master. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Monday, August 23: Departure
Today we will visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum, also known as the Giza Museum, the largest archaeological museum in the world. (It is planned to open in 2021.)
 
Tuesday, August 24: Departure
Transfer to the Cairo International airport for your departure to Morocco or home. (Breakfast)

ALEXANDRIA 
 
Tuesday, August 24: Cairo, Alexandria
This morning we will drive from Cairo to our beautiful seaside hotel in Alexandria – the Hilton Hotel Corniche, where we will have time to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wednesday, August 25: Alexandria
Today we will visit the Montazah Palace Gardens, and then the highlight of our time in Alexandria – the new Library of Alexandria. The New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is much more than a library; it is a center of excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge as well as a place of dialogue, learning, and understanding between cultures and peoples. After our visit to the library, we will have lunch and visit the Citadel of Qaitbay, which was built on the site of the ancient Pharos (lighthouse) of Alexandria. You will have the evening free to enjoy our time by the sea. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Thursday, August 26: Alexandria
Today we will visit the Alexandria National Museum, whose collection elegantly describes the expansive history of Egypt and includes artifacts from underwater excavations, and the Serapeum of Alexandria, an ancient Greek temple built by Ptolemy III Euergetes (reigned 246–222 BCE) and dedicated to Serapis, who was made the protector of Alexandria. It has been referred to as the daughter of the Library of Alexandria. After a delicious lunch we will then visit the Catacombs of Alexandria, which, in addition to tombs, contain many relics from the Egyptian, Roman, and Greek cultures. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Friday, August 27: Alexandria
This morning will visit the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque, in the morning. You will have the afternoon free.  

Saturday, August 28: Alexandria/Cairo
Today we will enjoy our lovely drive back to Cairo and check in to our airport hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Sunday, August 29: Flight Home or to Morocco

MOROCCO 

Sunday, August 29: Casablanca
This morning we will fly from Cairo to Casablanca. Upon arrival our tour representative will meet us at the airport for transfer to the beautiful Le Doge and will then introduce us to the local area. (Dinner) 

Monday, August 30: Casablanca 
After breakfast, we will enjoy a guided city tour of Casablanca. A modern city and the trade capital of Morocco, Casablanca is a magnificent mix of modernism and tradition. We will visit the interior of Hassan II Mosque which is located by the sea and features a 600-foot minaret that dominates the city's landscape. Then we will drive to visit the Jewish Historical Museum of Morocco in the Oasis area, and Temple Beth-El, the Jewish Synagogue in Casablanca. Beth-El is considered the centerpiece of a once vibrant Jewish community. After lunch we will see the Mohammed V Palace and some of the new public buildings including the Grand Theater of Casablanca. Finally, we will visit the Habous Quartier, in the beachside suburb of Ain Diab. We will drive back to Le Doge for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Tuesday, August 31: Casablanca/Rabat/Salé/ Volubilis/ Moulay Idriss/Meknes/Fez
After breakfast, we will drive to Morocco's nearby capital, Rabat. Strategically located on the Atlantic coastline, Rabat began as a settlement in the third century BCE. We will enjoy a tour of the Old City including the Hassan Tower Mosque, as well as the Kasbah of the Oudayas, including its lush Andalusian gardens. We will then continue to Salé, one of Morocco’s many hidden gems. Spending time in this laid-back ancient city, we will have a chance to see a side of everyday Moroccan life that most visitors miss. We will also have time to visit some of the town’s ancient religious monuments and to learn about the ancient crafts of Moroccan tile making and wood carving. We will then drive to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dating back to 40 CE, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. Leaving Volubilis behind we will visit the nearby town of Moulay Idriss for a short tour, where we will have lunch at the lovely Dar Zerhoun restaurant. Finally, we continue to the Berber town of Meknes, formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail. Our day ends with the short drive to Fez where we spend two nights. Dinner and overnight at the Fez Sahrai Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wednesday, September 1: Fez
This morning we will explore the spiritual capital of Morocco – Fez, which for centuries was an important philosophical and intellectual center with magnificent libraries. In the Rosicrucian manifesto, the Fama Fraternitatis, it was in Fez that Brother CR (Christian Rosenkreutz) was introduced to the “elementary inhabitants” (gnomes, fairies, nymphs, etc.) who revealed many of their secrets to him and where he exchanged knowledge with the scholars there. We will see the entrance to the largest royal palace in Morocco and will stop in the ancient Medina quarter (Fez el Bali), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This medieval center of Fez has not changed for centuries. We will see the Medersa Bou Inania (a Koranic school) and Jamaa Al-Karaouine, the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, founded in 859. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will return to the hotel to relax before dinner and overnight at the Fez Sahrai Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Thursday, September 2: Fez/Merzouga 
We will start to discover some of Morocco's beautiful mountainous landscapes today as we leave Fez and follow ancient caravan routes up into the hills. Along the way we will stop at Ifran, known as the “Switzerland of Morocco” and a huge contrast to some of the other cities we will see in other parts of the country. The French government built Ifran in the 1930s with the intention of recreating an alpine style resort, and you'll see beautiful parks with lakes, flowerbeds, and red roofed houses throughout what was named the second cleanest city in the world in 2013. Next we will head through the hills to the town of Midelt where we will have lunch. We will continue through the scenic Ziz as we descend to Erfoud on the edge of the Sahara Desert. We will make the short trip to Rissani and the birthplace of the Alaouite Dynasty – Morocco's current royal family. We will continue to Merzouga and drive in 4WD vehicles through the desert to the famous Erg Chebbi sand desert and take a sunset camel ride through the sand dunes to a traditional Berber camp nestled right on the edge of the dunes. We will enjoy spectacular views over the sand dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon before enjoying a hearty Bedouin meal and a desert campfire. We will spend the night sleeping in comfortable Berber camel-hair tents at Merzouga Luxury Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Friday, September 3: Merzouga/Tinghir/Dades
This morning we will reluctantly leave the desert enroute to the oasis town of Tinghir – a 24-mile oasis with one of the largest palm groves in the country. We will then enjoy a beautiful walk through the valley of the 900-foot Todra Gorge, carved deep into the High Atlas Mountains. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will drive through the Dades Canyon, enjoying stunning views of the steep cliffs and the river below which rushes dramatically through the gorge. Dinner and overnight at the Xaluca Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Saturday, September 4: Dades/ Valley of the Rose/Skoura
After breakfast we will head to Skoura. On the way we will see a spectacular view of a vast valley dotted with small oases and hundreds of ancient fortifications. We will visit Kalaat M’gouna, “the rose city,” to purchase rosewater. We will stop for lunch and will arrive in Skoura by late evening. A quiet little village speckled with palm tree groves, this is where we will find Kasbah Amridil, a magnificent kasbah that stands out from the rest. Originally built in the seventeenth century, it is one of Morocco’s most iconic living museums that has withstood the test of time, making it the ideal setting for insights into the ancient traditions of kasbah life. We will have time for a short hike to a spot overlooking the valley and the old salt mines or to explore the Skoura Oasis. Dinner and overnight will be at the Ksar Kebbaba and the Lma Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Sunday, September 5: Ouarzazate/ Ait Benhaddou/Atlas Mountains/Marrakech
We start this morning with the short drive to Ouarzazate where, for centuries, people from the Atlas, Draa, and Dades Valleys have converged to conduct business at Ouarzazate’s sprawling Taourirt Kasbah. A massive citadel, it sits against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains and contains almost 300 rooms within its walls. We will follow the maze of corridors to a prayer room on the top floor, which provides stunning views over Lake El Mansour Edhabbi. We will also visit Taourir and Ti-foultout Kasbahs, which are among the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco. We will also visit the Atlas film studios where many famous movies have been filmed, including Lawrence of ArabiaThe Last Temptation of ChristThe MummyGladiatorKundun, as well as part of the TV series Game of Thrones. Today's main highlight is a tour of Morocco's most well-known Kasbah at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou. You can spend several hours in its maze of winding streets until reaching a fortified granary at the top which provides an amazing view of the valley. We will then head up into and across the Atlas Mountains for a beautifully scenic drive to Marrakech, crossing the Tizi N'tichka Pass, which at 7,415 feet is the highest pass in Northern Africa. We will check in to the Jardins de la Koutoubia where we will be for three nights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Monday, September 6: - Marrakech 
This morning we will be met at our hotel for a half-day guided city tour, starting in the Medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. Continue to the Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the nineteenth century. Our next stop is at the Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin), which houses an impressive collection of North African arts and crafts. The museum, which was founded by a Dutch anthropologist, is organized into geographically themed exhibits, with each room focusing on artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. Then we will visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake charmers, and street musicians. We will enjoy lunch by the square. We may also explore some of the city’s souks. In the afternoon we will visit the Jardin Majorelle, including the Berber Museum, and the Islamic Museum of Art. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Tuesday, September 7: Marrakech/Essaouira 
After breakfast, we will drive to Essaouira where we will enjoy most of the day at leisure. This relatively small, easily navigable beach city is ideal for spending time exploring and reflecting on our magnificent journey together. Essaouira has a distinct multicultural feel, resulting from the large Portuguese, French, and Jewish populations that once called it home. Its mild climate and expansive stretches of ocean sand also place it among Morocco’s top beach towns. In 2001, Essaouira’s walled Medina was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Its well-preserved, late-eighteenth-century fortified layout is a prime example of European military architecture in North Africa. The mellow atmosphere, narrow winding streets lined with colorful shops, whitewashed houses, and heavy old wooden doors make it a wonderful place to stroll. We will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant next to the port. In the evening, we will drive back to Marrakech. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wednesday, September 8: Marrakech 
Today we will have free time in Marrakech until we are transferred to the airport for our departures back home.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change and any changes made will be to enhance your experience!

COST AND LOGISTICS

Initiatic Journey through Egypt without Alexandria included (August 13 to September 1):
$5,750 per person double occupancy

Single Supplement - $1,750

Initiatic Journey through Egypt with Alexandria included (August 9 to September 1):
$6,500 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement - $2,000

Tour through Morocco (September 1 to September 11)
$4,750 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement $1,500

$1,000 per person non-refundable deposit confirms registration.

Last day to register is April 1, 2019

Final payment is due on June 15, 2019 

The Initiatic Journey through Egypt is limited to 40 participants and the tour through Morocco is limited to 20 participants so please register early!

INCLUDED IN EGYPT:
  • Greeting and assistance at airports 
  • Transfers to and from the hotel and airport
  • All airfare within Egypt
  • Eight nights at the Mena House Hotel with Pyramid Views
  • Two nights at the Abu Simbel Seti I Hotel
  • Two nights at the Movenpick Aswan Hotel
  • Seven nights on the Farah Nile Cruise Ship
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the above itinerary
  • All touring and transfers in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Licensed English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • All hotels taxes, service charges, and government sales tax
  • Luggage handling at all airports
INCLUDED IN MOROCCO:
  • Flight from Cairo to Casablanca.
  • Transfers to and from the hotel and airport
  • Two nights at Le Doge Hotel
  • Two nights at the Fez Sahrai Hotel
  • One night at the Merzouga Luxury Camp
  • One night at the Xaluca Hotel
  • One night at the Jardins de Skoura Hotel
  • Three nights at the Art Place Marrakech
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the above itinerary
  • All touring and transfers in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Licensed English speaking guide throughout the trip
  • All hotels taxes, service charges, and government sales tax
NOT INCLUDED:
  • International airfares to or from Egypt or Morocco with the exception of Cairo to Casablanca on September 1
  • All items of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Travel insurance, which is required.
  • Passports which must be valid for at least six months past the end date of our journey: valid through March 11, 2021.
  • Visas will be provided at the Cairo International Airport for citizens of the United States and Canada. For other countries, please check with your local State Department.

CANCELLATION POLICY

The $1,000 deposit is non-refundable.

RECOMMENDED READING AND VIEWING LIST 

Non-Fiction

  • Rosicrucian Digest Egypt Issue www.rosicrucian.org/publications/digest/digest1_2007/table_of_contents.html
  • The Initiatory Process in Ancient Egypt by Max Guilmot
  • Symbolic Prophecy of the Great Pyramid by H. Spencer Lewis
  • Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts: The Mystical Tradition of Ancient Egypt by Jeremy Naydler
  • The Temple of Man by R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz
  • Akhenaten and the Religion of Light by Erik Hornung
  • The Sungod's Journey through the Netherworld: Reading the Ancient Egyptian Amduat by Andreas Schweizer
  • The Way of Hermes: New Translations of The Corpus Hermeticum and The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius translation by Clement Salman

Fiction

  • Her-Bak: The Living Face of Ancient Egypt by Isha Schwaller de Lubicz
  • Her-Bak: Egyptian Initiate by Isha Schwaller de Lubicz
  • Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth by Naguib Mahfouz

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