Mystical, Magical Egypt

November 13 - 26, 20222

Spiritual Traveling with CSLDallas – Creating Community within Community

Traveling opens our minds to new experiences and our hearts to new people. It offers intimate opportunities to learn and grow alongside our ministers. CSLDallas Sacred Travel is a spiritual pilgrimage, inviting us to go deeper into our spiritual practice and teachings through the lens of the people and places we visit. Combining sacred places with morning spiritual practice allows us to learn and practice together. Eating, exploring, riding, and rooming together allows us to connect to CSLDallas folks in ways beyond compare.

Priceless PRIVATE Tours

  • The Great Sphinx at Sunrise
  • Temple of Isis at Sunrise
  • The Great Pyramid
  • Sail down the Nile in private yacht

Experience the Mystical, Magical, and Metaphysical Energy of Egypt for 14 Days!

November 13 – 26, 2022

Travel to the Motherland with Rev Karen and Dr Petra, and experience where mystical spirituality began. This is a small group, CSLDallas Sacred Travel trip that’s limited to 18 people. Feel the Presence and Power of Life Itself in the ancient Egyptian temples, Great Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Nile Cruise, and the new Grand Egyptian Museum.

Throughout the two weeks, we will do spiritual practice together and dive deep into the mysterious, mystical and metaphysical Presence of Egypt.

Imagine having the priceless experience of soaking up some of the most sacred ancient places on the planet privately as a small group – no other tourists/people around! We have that opportunity while visiting: the Giza Plateau (stand between the paws of the Great Sphinx); Philae / Isis Temple at Dawn (meditation at sunrise); and the Great Pyramid (private meditation inside the King’s Chamber).

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1, Sat, Nov 13: Arrive Cairo:

Arrive at Cairo Airport where you will be met by your Quest Travel Tour Manager who will assist you through customs/immigration before transferring you to your luxury accommodations at the Mena House Hotel. Bask in the exquisite beauty of the Mena House grounds and the Great Pyramids in view!

Day 2, Mon, Nov 14: Opening Circle / Egyptian Museum / Khan El Khalili / El Moez Street / Welcome Dinner

Following breakfast, we will have an opening circle to connect and do spiritual practice together.

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Then we visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum. The Grand Egyptian Museum will feature 20,000+ relics that have never been on display before. Additionally, there will be several items belonging to King Tutankhamen that hadn’t been released since their original discovery in 1922. In total, this museum is expected to hold and display over 100,000 different artifacts dating to a variety of periods in Egypt’s history-making it the largest archaeological museum in the world. “It will be an event you’ll never ever forget for the rest of your life,” promised Mostafa Waziry, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

If by some slim chance the Grand Egyptian Museum isn’t open to the public yet, we will visit the Egyptian Museum of Cairo to view the spiritual legacy of priests, kings, queens, scribes, and healers.

Followed by a visit to Al-Muizz li-Din Allah Street is an eloquent witness for historical Cairo with the various monuments spread along both sides of the street. You can walk along with history when you walk in Al-Muizz Street, The most beautiful Islamic street in Cairo, Islamic monuments & mosques are on each side of the Street, there you can view El Hakem Mosque 1000 years ago.

In this same area, we will visit the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, one of the oldest shopping districts in the world. You will be transported back in time to an old Arab souk – it’s like going back to the time of Ali Baba and Aladdin. Merchants have been trading on this site since at least the 14th century. In 1384, an emir named Al Khalili built a great Khan here. Buyers visited the khan for the goods brought in on the merchant caravans, and the selling and bartering spread to the streets around. You’ll get to experience shop owners calling you to their stalls, the scent of spices, the hustle and bustle of trade, and the many beautiful objects that can be purchased will have you lost among alleys for hours. Put your haggling skills to the test when buying statuettes, silk pashminas, spices, souvenirs, silver jewelry, t-shirts, galtbiyyas, belly dancing costumes, or almost anything for that matter.

In the evening we will enjoy our Welcome Dinner at one of the famous Egyptian local restaurants.

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3, Tues, Nov 15: Giza Plateau / The Sphinx / Sakkara:the-sphinx-web

In the very early morning, we start our special day with a private visit to the Giza Plateau, when nobody else is there except our group. Listen closely as you awaken and dress for Sunrise at the Valley Temple of Chephren on the Giza Plateau. As you wake up, you will hear the incredible sounds of the entire city being called to prayer. Open your door and listen – feel the energy of the spirits. We will then be off to discover some of the most awesome Wonders of the World to touch them and to feel them – The Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau. We will pay particular attention to the Sphinx. Our guide, who is an encyclopedia of Egyptology, will give us detailed examinations of various controversial theories surrounding these amazing structures.

Back to the hotel for an incredible breakfast buffet while still seeing the Pyramids in our view.

In the afternoon, we will drive by luxury bus to Sakkara, where we visit the oldest pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser, and its temple of sound and healing. Sakkara was masterminded by Imhotep, the high priest, vizier, and architect to King Djoser during Dynasty III. This magnificent site includes other Old Kingdom tombs, among them those that hold the earliest known hieroglyphs, the Pyramid Texts that were the model for the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4, Wed, Nov 16: Cairo / Aswan:

After breakfast, we take our short flight to Aswan, the pearl of the Nile, and check-in our Historical Hotel Old Cataract. This 5-star luxury hotel on the nile is the hotel where Agatha Christie wrote The Death on the Nile.

Meal Included: (Breakfast)

Day 5, Thurs, Nov 17th : Free Relaxing Day / Felucca ride / Nubian Market:

Free day to enjoy our hotel and an option to enjoy a felucca ride around Elephantine Island. In the evening, we will have time to enjoy the colorful Nubian Market in the streets of Aswan. It’s the perfect place for nice gifts and handmade tunics and shirts.

Meal Included: (Breakfast)

Day 6, Fri, Nov 18th: Philae temple / Sail to Kom Ombo / Kom Ombo Temple:

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At sunrise, we have a prive visit to the Great Mother, to receive the blessings of the Goddess Isis, at her beautiful island temple at Philae. This isle represents a fusion of three great civilizations – Egyptian, Greek, and Roman.  The presence of Isis is palpable in the inner sanctum, the Holy of Holies of her temple.

Then following breakfast, we check in your Deluxe Private Dahabeya Afandina

This is when we begin a 6-night luxurious trip down the Nile River on our private sailing yacht – only us, the crew, and master chefs. Watch Video

The Dahabeya Afandina offers the romance of the past with modern comfort and convenience that is built in colonial style and beautifully appointed. With a maximum capacity of 20 people on board, this intimate experience allows you to share this magical Nile experience! A Nile cruise on Dahabeya Afandina sailing boat is something completely different. It’s like stepping back into time when travelling was luxurious and leisurely. You can relax on the sundeck, read a book, meditate or just watch the landscape gliding by.

We sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only dual temple in Egypt. This dramatic temple poised between the edge of the river and the encroaching desert sand was dedicated to two gods – 1) Sobek the crocodile god of strength, fortitude, fertility, and rebirth, and 2) Horus the hawk-headed son of Isis and Osiris. The duality of light/ dark, yin/yang, conscious/unconscious is apparent in this ancient site. One of the most powerful places in Kom Ombo is the Seat of Neutrality, which is placed on the exact centerline between the parts of the temple that are dedicated to Horus/Sobek and Light/Dark.

We then continue sailing and overnight on an island near Kom Ombo. 

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Day 7, Sat, Nov 19th: Relaxing Sailing Day:

Spend the entire day relaxing and sailing on The Nile from Edfu to Esna passing by the villages of the farmers & fishermen. There will be opportunities to walk through these very small villages and learn about their daily life activities.

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Day 8, Sun, Nov 20th: Sailing to Edfu / Edfu Temple: 

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Then we sail the Nile all day till we get to visit Edfu and the Temple of Horus, one of the most beautifully preserved in Egypt. When you approach the temple complex, you become aware of its enormous dimensions, with a vast courtyard, a forest of towering columns, and high ceilings. The side chambers of the Temple of Horus show the complexity of ancient rites; they include a healing chamber, a perfumery, and singers’ rooms.

One chamber called the House of Life, stored all of the sacred texts used in seasonal and daily rituals. Horus is associated with higher vision and clarity. The eye of Horus greatly relates to his myth and power. The left eye represents the lunar, the moon, the intuitive, the feminine energy. The right eye is connected to the solar, the masculine, the action, and the yang energy. Both are necessary for true power to exist. In a private empowerment ceremony, we will work with balancing the lunar and the solar energies inside of us and awaken our intuitive centers to be able to experience a higher perspective. Overnight on an island near Edfu.        

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Day 9, Mon, Nov 21st: Esna Lock / Luxor Temples:

Enjoy breakfast while leisurely sailing to Esna to experience the countryside of Egypt.

Relax while you are sharing your thoughts with Rev Karen and Dr Petra on the Sun deck. 

Cross Esna lock. Sail north towards Luxor.

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In the evening, we visit Luxor Temple as it began under the reign of Amenhotep III. It was then added too by Ramses II and Nectanebo I.  It has an intact avenue of sphinxes in front of the Ramses II pylon.  The Kadesh Battle of Ramses II, against the Hittites, is detailed on the pylon walls. This is the only religious monument in the world that includes Pharaonic, Macedonian, Ptolemaic, Roman, Christian, and Islamic constructions.         

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

 

Day 10, Tues, Nov 22nd – Dendara:

This morning we head to Dendera to visit the exquisite temple dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of abundance, love, and joy. The temple is built with a zodiacal ceiling that recalls the origins of Egypt. On the rooftop where Hathor priests and priestesses gathered for their celebrations thousands of years ago, we reconnect to our destinies.          

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Day 11, Wed, Nov 23rd — West Bank: 

Early morning, we visit Deir el Bahari, the funerary temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. We also visit the Necropolis of Thebes on the West Bank of the Nile. The West Bank where the Valley of the Kings holds the tombs of the pharaohs that are inscribed with sacred transformative texts, including the books of knowing light and dark, the book of what is in the underworld, the book of caverns, and naming and taming the hours of the night. Here are the tombs of Tutankhamun, Ramses III, and VII, Seti I, Thutmosis III, and then we visit the Valley of Queens and many others.  We will also visit the Colossi of Memnon before Lunch at Africa restaurant.

Then In the evening, we have time to explore Luxor’s market.

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  

Day 12, Thurs, Nov 24th : Karnak temple / Luxor / Cairo:

In the morning we visit the magnificent Karnak Temple. Karnak is the biggest temple complex in Egypt – and a very special place. It is dedicated to the Gods Amun and Mut. As you enter, you walk between a row of ram-headed sphinxes, which originally connected Karnak with Luxor Temple two miles away. Take some time to visit the sacred lake of Karnak, ask for purification, and place your intention in your mind’s eye into the lake.

Outside the main halls is a small chapel dedicated to Sekhmet where we have a private time with her, her consort Ptah and their son Nefertum. Sekhmet is the lioness Goddess of compassion and courage. She is associated with feminine fire and healing through destruction. She is a renowned healer and known for her magic and ability to hunt down an imbalance at its origin. In a potent private initiation, we will honor the Goddess and receive the gift of courage to be our authentic selves. 

After breakfast, we take our short flight back to Cairo in the afternoon.

Upon arrival, we check back into the Mena House hotel.

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Lunch)  

Day 13, Fri, Nov 25th: Great Pyramid / King’s Chamber:

In the morning, we will have a special private visit inside the Great Pyramid with a culminating initiation in the King’s chamber. We will have sacred meditation time in pure silence in truly one of the most sacred, mystical, and ancient places on earth.

Here, we unite our life with the lives of our ancestors who have come before us and those who will come after us and embrace all of the gifts and transformation that we have experienced.

We will enjoy a farewell dinner and share some of our Egyptian experiences.                    

Meals Included: (Breakfast, Dinner) 

Day 14, Sat, Nov 26th: Final Departure

We transfer to Cairo airport for final departure.

Meal Included: (Breakfast)