The first of two travel days in a row. We had our luggage outside the door before 7 am. After a quick breakfast, we boarded the bus to the Luxor airport at 8 am.
We caught a Viking charter flight from Luxor back to Cairo. It was much easier and quicker than the transfer from Cairo to Luxor last week.
We got to the hotel in Cairo before noon. We are staying one night that the InterContinental Hotel Citystars. The lobby of the hotel is bigger and nicer than the Sheraton that we stayed for three nights last week.
We had a group buffet lunch at the Esplanade Cafe Restaurant in the lobby. After lunch, we actually got our room key. While the lobby of the InterContinental is nicer than the Sheraton, the room at the Sheraton was better.
The excursion for the afternoon was the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. The museum presents the full range of the richness and diversity of Egyptian civilization throughout the ages from prehistoric times to the present day.
The Royal Mummies Hall was pretty amazing. The hall contains the mummies of 22 pharaohs and queens, including Ramses II, Hatshepsut, and Thutmose III. There were several mummies who whose tombs we visited in the Valley of the Kings.
Both Sharon and I enjoyed the Museum more than we expected. We had an hour and a half of free time and used all of it!
Back at the hotel, we got cleaned up for dinner. We met the Gainsleys, Larkins and Leclaires for a cocktail. Dinner was again a group buffet at the Esplanade Cafe Restaurant.
With a very early travel day on Friday, Sharon and I crashed about 9:15 am.