EGYPT: Remembrances, Exploring the Ancient Egyptian Mysteries 3-13th, March 3-13th, 2011 Randles Trip Leader: Samvedam Randles On this spiritual journey to Egypt we’ll have the opportunity to be in the presence of sacred space designed for the purpose of spiritual alignment and for remembering and exploring the ancient mysteries of Egypt. Truly these temples serve a special function, to stir and encourage the divine to awaken within us – to illuminate the way to enlightenment. During this heart-opening journey with facilitator Samvedam Randles, we’ll dream our own spiritual transcendence just as the ancient mystery school initiates did thousands of years ago through ceremony, meditation and group process. The Egyptian Mystery School Using the mythology, stories and archetypes of the ancients we come to understand who we really are – the limitless consciousness that creates the very fabric of this reality. We’ll experience the powerful energies at these sacred sites – compelling us to transcend rather than being enslaved by the old stories and mythologies of our ego-minds. It is said that during the journey to the afterlife the god Anubis weighs your heart against a feather – and only if your heart is as light as that feather will you have eternal life. By letting go of the stories which weigh heavy on our hearts, we too can be free and embrace our eternal consciousness. Ancient Stones Our adventure in Egypt begins in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza, where stone meets sky as a testament to one of the greatest civilizations on earth. Here, on the plateau of Giza, 2,300,000 blocks of stone, some weighing as much as 9 tons, were used to build an eternal tomb for a divine king. The art, design and proportion of these structures were truly a testament to their beliefs of resurrection, transformation and divine illuminated consciousness. When these ancient stones speak to us, whispering their mysteries and wonders, we will be ready. Spiritual Wisdom & Culture We’re blessed to have a knowledgeable Egyptologist who will accompany us, sharing his enthusiasm and wisdom of this incredible culture. Reading John Anthony West’s book: The Traveler’s Key to Ancient Egypt: A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Egypt is a great way to prepare for this journey! It’s not a typical travel book, but instead focuses on the spiritual intent of these amazing structures. Itinerary for Egypt Day 1-Mar 3th: (-/-/-) Depart USA to Cairo Leave from JFK, on our direct evening flight on Egypt Air MS 986. (We leave the USA 6:30pm from JFK and arrive at noon in Cairo – 11 hours.) If you are joining us from another country you’ll meet us in Cairo at noon too! Day 2-Mar 4th: (-/s/d) Cairo We arrive in Cairo at noon, have a snack on the bus, and check into our beautiful hotel, Le Meridien Pyramids on the Giza Plateau. Tonight we’ll have a welcome dinner together, get to know each other, and set our intent for our sacred journey and spiritual alignment. Day 3-Mar 5th: (b/l/d) Saqqara and Dashur We tour Saqqara and the Pyramids of Dashur today. At Saqqara we visit the Temple of Sound and Vibration, the Step Pyramid, and the tomb of King Titi. This tomb bears reliefs of the “Egyptian Book of the Dead”. Later we tour the Kahan el Khalili Bazaar if we have time. Day 4-Mar 6th: (b/l/d) Old Cairo & the Cairo museum In the morning we visit the Cairo Museum, including exhibits of King Tutankhamen and Akhenaton. The energy in the museum is powerful, holding thousands of power objects. After lunch we visit Old Cairo; the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Maollaka Church and the Coptic Church of El Zeitun, known for Marian apparitions since 1965. Later today we fly to Luxor and check into the Sonesta St. George Hotel. Day 5-Mar 7th: (b/l/d) West Bank & Tombs/Luxor This morning we visit the West Bank tombs and temples of the great Kings and Queens, the Necropolis of Thebes, the Colossi of Memnon, including Der El Bahari and the temple of Hatshepsut. She was the only female pharaoh in Egyptian history. In the afternoon we board our cruise ship for lunch. In the evening we will visit the Luxor temple in the evening dedicated to the god Amon-Ra. It was expanded by Rameses II who added statues of himself. Dinner on board the Nile Cruise. Overnight on board for a 4 day/4 night cruise. Accommodations will be an outside Junior Suite cabin. Day 6-Mar 8th: (b/l/d)Nile Cruise/Karnak/Edfu This morning we’ll explore the magnificent Karnak Temple. We meet the lion-headed goddess Sekmet alone in her sanctuary and ask her for clarity for our paths. In the evening we sail to Edfu. Overnight on board. Day 7-Mar 9th: (b/l/d) Edfu & Kom Ombo In the morning we visit the temple of Horus in Edfu. This temple is dedicated to the falcon-headed god and is the best preserved of all Egyptian temples. In the afternoon we sail to the Kom Ombo temple of the crocodile god; Sobek. Laying in the sun and watching views that the ancients would have also shared is simply beautiful. In the evening we’ll participate in a Galabeya party. Overnight on board sailing to Aswan. Day 8-Mar 10th: (b/l/d) Philae & Elephantine Island Morning ferry boat ride to the Temple of Isis on the Island of. We experience the beautiful feminine energy of this temple complex. We’ll also visit the unfinished obelisk. In the afternoon we’ll sail by Felucca to Elephantine Island and the temple of God Khnum. Then in the evening we’ll enjoy a Belly Dancing show. Overnight on board. Day 9-Mar 11th: (b/l/d)Abu Simbel After we disembark from our lovely ship, we’ll fly from Aswan to the sacred site of Abu Simbel to visit the Great Temples of Ramses II and take time in meditation there. Stand before the colossal statues of the Pharaoh and the smaller statues of his wife Nefertari and his daughters. At the end of this powerful day we fly back to Cairo and check into the Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel. Day 10-Mar 12th: (b/l/d) Giza Plateau – Great Pyramid Morning camel ride to explore the desert of the Giza Plateau. Then we’ll take time to visit the Temple of the Sphinx, and the Red and Bent Pyramids. After lunch we experience private time in the Great Pyramid today. As a group we explore this remaining “Wonder of the World” toning and chanting, using the energy of the chamber to shift our level of consciousness. We’ll have time to individually experience the Sarcophagus inside the King’s Chamber to align with its ancient wisdom and mysteries. Tonight we have our farewell dinner together at an Egyptian home and have an authentic meal. Day 11-Mar 13th: (b/-/-) Home Today is the day we say good-by to our new friends and spiritual family and make our way back home! (We leave Cairo on Egypt Air MS 985 at 9:10am and arrive at JFK at 3:30pm.) Important Information for Egypt Regarding international flights: We’ll be taking the Egypt Air flight on March 3rd leaving JFK airport in NYC at 6:30 pm arriving in Cairo on March 4th at noon. This is an overnight flight. If you’re coming from any country other than the USA, simply make sure your flight is timed to arrive into Cairo when the US flight arrives (most international flights come in at similar times). Then we’ll find you! We’ll also credit you the funds from our group flight towards your international flight from your home country. What’s Included: • Round trip air fare from New York City to Cairo and all air travel within Egypt • Special visit to the sacred site of Abu Simbel • Five Star Hotel accommodations throughout tour • All meals are included as per the itinerary marked in parentheses • All ground transportation • Deluxe Nile Cruise • Gratuities and tips for our drivers & bellboys • All sight-seeing tours listed in the itinerary • Ceremonies and spiritual teachings at sacred sites • Private expert Egyptologist • Special family meal at the end of the journey in an Egyptian home • Camel ride into the desert of the Giza Plateau • We’ll obtain our visas at the airport (approximately $15.00 USD). If you’re coming from a country other than the US we will check the visa requirements for you. What’s Not-Included: • Private time in the Great Pyramid is not-included – HOWEVER – depending on the size of our group we can choose to all chip in and split the cost to do so. We do know when the pyramid is less visited and normally we can go in when it is quiet – either way we will have an amazing time. • Although all meals are included – your drinks are not (soda, wine, beer). • Other non-included items would be souvenir shopping, laundry services, or personal phone calls. • Tips for room maids are not-included (we recommend you leave $1.00 USD per person per day). • Gratuities for our expert Egyptian guide are not-included (we recommend you save $100.00 USD for the guide – he’s truly worth it.) • Your roundtrip air flight to NYC from your hometown is not-included in the cost of the journey. Egypt Trip Costs The 2011 trip cost is: $4995.00 USD per person double occupancy INCLUDING international flights from JFK, internal flights to Abu Simbel, plus ALL meals. If you pay by check or money order rather than credit card you will receive a $100.00 discount. Should you choose to join us in Egypt from another country or if you want to use mileage, the trip cost would be $4175.00 USD and that will include your internal flights only. If you desire a single room that would be and additional $655.00 USD. A deposit of $500.00 is preferred by: December 1st, 2010, but we suggest placing your deposit as soon as possible so you have a spot. Final payment is due: January 1st, 2011. Want to join us? Give us a ring at 727-421-0849 (or register on the website) – we can’t wait to hear from you! This is a profound and heartfelt trip – meant to connect you with your inner divine consciousness. Our intention is for you to become the highest expression of Spirit and light that you can be!