Thursday, October 12, 2023

2023 Israel/Egypt/Jordan - Day #16 - National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Uncover the Fascinating History of Egypt

Visit the first museum of its kind in the Arab world, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

Experience a unique insight into Egyptian civilization, from prehistory to present day, during a guided tour of the museum. Located in the ancient city of Fustat, now part of Cairo, the large museum overlooks the serene Ain Al-Seera natural lake. Admire the collection of 50,000 artifacts that take you on an exciting journey through the rich heritage of Egypt, including the gold and lapis lazuli bracelets of King Rameses II. A highlight of your visit is the Royal Mummies’ Hall, specially designed to showcase the mummies of 20 ancient kings and queens. The crown jewel of the museum, the hall contains the famous mummies of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III. At the end of your tour, browse the book and souvenir shop before returning to your hotel.

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.

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