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Jemima Fennell

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Duration

2 hours

Where in the world

Cairo, Egypt

An architectural wonder fit for a king is the only way to describe the new Grand Egyptian Museum. Be one of the first to enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes of this cultural complex devoted to Egyptology before its official opening.

Enjoy insider access to Cairo’s new landmark which overlooks the pyramids of Giza. When it officially opens, the world’s largest archaeology museum will exhibit the complete collection of Tutankhamun treasures for the very first time, the Solar Boat of Khufu, and more than 100,000 ancient artefacts.

We are in a unique position to arrange a GEM guide to provide a private site tour of the museum constructed following one of the biggest architectural competitions in history. A highlight is the floor-to-ceiling window offering a panoramic view of the pyramids.

Enjoy the space to view the colossal granite statue of Ramesses II. The hanging obelisk will welcome you at the entrance — look closely for the rare cartouche of the great pharaoh.

After meeting your guide in the Conservation Centre, you will join the curators from the wood conservation laboratory who will give you an insight into their work.

You will see where the 4,600-year-old Solar Boat, owned by the pharaoh Khufu, will eventually be exhibited. Other highlights include the Merneptah Pillar and statues of the great King Senusret I. Round off your visit with a cup of mint tea in one of the cafes or restaurants.

As one of our local guides said: “There is something incredibly special when you are alone in the halls on this tour. It was thrilling and I was so proud to see young Egyptian specialists working hard to restore the mummies.”

Additional notes about the tour

The tour will take two hours and needs to be arranged two weeks ahead of your travel. This can only be arranged as part of a wider itinerary with Abercrombie & Kent. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Cameras are allowed only near Ramesses II statue, the museum entrance, and the hanging obelisk.

This experience is only available to book as part of an A&K tailor-made holiday.

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