Temple of Karnak:
It is said that part of the technology of some of these temples, is their direct alignment with the rising and setting sun piercing through the central core of the structures. It is also said that there is a certain quality and energy alive and active the moment the sun rays touch the sky at dawn.
For those that are drawn to this, we will begin our morning for sunrise at Ipet-isut, known as the Karnak Temple, perhaps one of the most perfect of palaces by the ancient Egyptians. This site is the largest ancient religious site in the world extending out 61 acres.
Apart from its magnificence in size, Karnak represents a vastness of historical time. The main temple is dedicated to Amun which saw construction over a span of 1300 years. Over these years, by the time this temple was completed, it has enclosed a number of sanctuaries including ones dedicated to Sekhmet, Ptah, and Khonsu. It is even possible we will get to gaze upon a secret ancient statue of Sekhmet in the outer edge of the temple.
You will witness 325 ton granite obelisks of Hatshepsut, a double avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, pylons, shrines, texts by a few of histories great pharaohs, and so much more impossible to translate here.The Great Hypostyle Hall alone contains 134 columns.
The chief deity of this temple is Amen or Amun of which the completion prayer word Amen comes from.
This is an extremely rare and early private opportunity of this sacred landscape. Highly, highly recommended as to miss this would be to miss perhaps one of the most important sites in Egyptian history.
Our journey continues to the Luxor Temple for an afternoon excursion.
In ancient Egyptian this temple is referred to as Ipet-Resyt, meaning “the southern sanctuary”. Luxor is most known to be the Temple of Man. Situated on what was called the “southern Harem” of ancient Thebes, this was the capital of the Egyptian empire.
Built of Nubian sandstone, this temple began under the reign of Amonhotep III, dedicated to the divine triad of Amun, a solar deity, Mut, the vulture mother, and their son Khonsu, the moon god. It is believed that this temple was built by Amenophis III on the site of an even more ancient sanctuary.
A key and magnificent feature is the intact avenue of 2000 Sphinxes spanning 3 kilometers. This double row, currently under restoration, starts from Luxor and continues all the way to Karnak creating a direct alignment.
Sail to Esna:
After a full morning and afternoon of exploration, we will return to our boat and set sail to Esna, a 3 hour relaxing ride of integration, discussions and definitely mingling while on the boat.. Here we will dock for the evening and gather for feasting, performance, and a full dance session in the boat.