Egyptian Mysteries: Pilgrimage 2020

with Roger Teel & Howard Caesar

February 6-19, 2020

Travel back in time to the ancient heart of the world, back to the Land of the Pharaohs, back to the spiritual seat of Mother Earth. Get to know the Ancient Gods: Osiris, Horus, Set, Sobek… and the Ancient Goddesses: Isis, Hathor, Sekhmet, Bastet. Stand between the Paws of the Sphinx, and meditate Privately in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid. Take a delightful and relaxing Nile Cruise. Experience two powerful ministers, sharing space and wisdom in a place like no other - a perfect joining of the modern and the timeless.


Itinerary

February 6, Day 0 - Fly from your home to Egypt (usually an overnight flight) Transformational Tours & Retreats can assist you in booking your international business class or coach travel, or you can opt to do it on your own. (Note that the international flight is a separate cost, but your flights in Egypt are included as part of the tour package.)

February 7, Day 1

Arrive in Cairo / Welcome Dinner
Arrive at Cairo airport, where you will be met by our Tour Manager, who will assist you through customs and immigration before transferring you to our luxury accommodations at the spectacular Mena House Hotel. Built as a royal hunting lodge in the mid-19th century, this historic hotel’s past guest list includes everyone from Winston Churchill to Empress Eugenie, from Frank Sinatra to Princess Diana. Your room features a stunning view of the Pyramids, and the hotel boasts a heated swimming pool, a full gym, and an excellent spa. (Please note that all hotel accommodations are based on double occupancy. Single supplements are available).
Welcome dinner at the Mena House.

February 8, Day 2

Giza Plateau & Sphinx/Orientation/Egyptian Museum
We begin our day with an inspirational private and exclusive sunrise visit to the Giza Plateau. Here we will witness the sun rising directly between the magnificent paws of the Sphinx, who sees all of our incarnations on this planet and who keeps safe the Hall of Records where our stories are kept. Here we will open the chakra of our third eye, or second sight, in a special ceremony that prepares the way for our pilgrimage. This is where your journey truly begins…
On the way back, we will stop at the panorama of the plateau. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the city.
Return to our hotel for a relaxing breakfast, then we will have our first gathering to be introduced to Egypt. Orientation will be followed by a talk by Roger and Howard as we set our intentions for this pilgrimage, then a lecture by renowned Egyptologist Mark Lehner, who heads the Giza Plateau Mapping Project.
Your afternoon is free to relax at the pool or get a massage, or just bask the view of the Pyramids from our hotel.
Late this afternoon, we visit the Egyptian Museum to see it as few ever have, privately and exclusively for our group. After a guided tour, learning about some of the most ancient Egyptian antiquities, and of course seeing the magnificent artifacts of that most famous of Kings, Tut-ankh-Amon, you will have time to wander the museum in quiet solitude to ponder the legacy left to us by the pharaohs, and to contemplate the mysteries surrounding the great dynasties.
On the way to and from the Egyptian Museum you will have your first opportunity to view the modern city of Cairo. Dinner on your own when we return to the hotel.

February 9, Day 3

Cairo City
Breakfast at your leisure and then enjoy a morning to yourself - perhaps enjoy the spa or swim in the Mena House pool, or just sleep in.
In the afternoon, we will visit a local historic mosque, the Ar Rafai. Here we will experience a little of the history and power of Islam, and you will be moved by its beauty and its joy. We will also see the tombs of the Shah of Iran and several kings who are buried in state here.
Then we visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. One of the oldest shopping districts in the world, the Khan El Khalili is 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, a three-story hostelry intended to accommodate traveling merchants and their wares. Buyers visited the Khan for the goods brought in on the merchant caravans, and the selling and bartering spread to the neighboring streets. The earliest surviving parts of the bazaar today are several great stone gateways that date back to the 1500’s. We will also have lunch at a local restaurant.
Return to the Mena House for our final night. Dinner is on your own.

February 10, Day 4

Sakkara / Aswan / Old Cataract:
We will check out of the hotel in the early afternoon to fly to Aswan, the mythical origin of the Nile River and the home of Nubian kings and queens during the later dynasties of Egypt. Aswan feels completely different from Cairo, with a slow-moving energy that matches the lazy pace of the Nile.
Early this evening, you’ll relax completely as we check into the historic Old Cataract Hotel, formerly King Farouk’s Palace and home to Agatha Christie as she was writing her famous mystery, Death On the Nile.
This evening, enjoy a special dinner with Howard & Roger as we celebrate being in the heart of the Nile Delta and Ancient Egypt!

February 11, Day 5

Teaching Session/Aswan City/Felucca ride:
Breakfast and a relaxing morning before we have our second session with Roger & Howard at The Old Cataract, featuring Howard offering us a teaching about Oneness As a Way of Life.
Aswan is a wonderful Egyptian city. Beautiful and peaceful, it is called the “Pearl of Egypt.” Late this afternoon, we will enjoy a sunset ride around Elephantine Island as we relax aboard a felucca, a typical Egyptian sailboat. Dinner on your own at the hotel or in Aswan.

February 12, Day 6

Philae Temple of Isis / Kom Ombo temple:
Before dawn, we will take a water journey to the beautiful island temple at Philae. Welcome sunrise on our private visit as we return to the source of all, the Great Mother, to receive the blessings of Isis. 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, where we will have a special ceremony to open our root chakras and begin our journey of rebirth inside the Unity of the Mother Goddess Isis.
Back to breakfast at our historic hotel. Then we check into our beautiful Nile cruise!
 Concerto II Nile Cruise Concerto II Nile Cruise Pool Concerto II Nile Cruise Buffet  Concerto II Nile Cruise Lobby Concerto II Nile Cruise Deck  Concerto II Nile Cruise Stateroom
After lunch, we will visit the colorful and bustling Nubian Market. This is a great place to indulge in marvelous local handicrafts, or just watch the locals who shop or smoke shisha.

February 13, Day 7

Kom Ombo/Teaching Session
Breakfast aboard our cruise ship while we sail to Edfu through the tranquil countryside of Egypt, including crossing through the Esna lock.
This morning after breakfast, join Roger in the lounge as he gives a talk on bringing more joy into your life.
At sunset we visit the only dual temple in Egypt, and our ceremony here opens the sacral chakra, moving us from unity into duality. This dramatic temple poised between the edge of the river and the encroaching desert sand was dedicated to two gods - Sobek, the crocodile god of strength, fortitude, fertility and rebirth, and Horus, the hawk-headed son of Isis and Osiris. The duality of light/ dark, yin/yang, conscious/ unconscious is apparent in this ancient site.

February 14, Day 8

Edfu temple / Sail to Luxor /Luxor temple
Early this morning, we visit the Temple of Horus. It is one of the most beautifully preserved in Egypt. 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 ceremony to open the solar plexus chakra, 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.
This afternoon, after our final sail, we land in Luxor.
Early this evening, we will visit the unique Luxor Temple, which features the avenue of sphinxes in front of the pylon dedicated to Ramses II. Luxor is the only religious monument in the world that includes Pharaonic, Macedonian, Ptolemaic, Roman, Christian, and Islamic constructions, and you can see the marks each dynasty left on this magnificent place. This temple is not to be missed!
Then we all celebrate Valentine's Day with a magnificent dinner and party aboard our amazing cruise ship.

February 15, Day 09

West Bank, Karnak
Early this morning, we visit Deir el Bahari, the funerary temple of the only female pharaoh, Hatshepsut. We also visit the Necropolis of Thebes on the West Bank of the Nile, where the Valley of Kings holds the tombs of the pharaohs inscribed with sacred transformative texts, including the books of knowing light and dark, what is in the underworld, and the naming and taming the hours of the night. We will have visits to the most amazing tombs, seeing the precious gem colors that used to grace every Egyptian temple.
We will also visit the Colossi of Memnon, formerly just two statues alone in the desert, discovered only recently to be the entrance markers at the largest temple complex in all the world, now under excavation.
Late this afternoon, we also get to 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 that connect Karnak with Luxor Temple a mile 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, the lioness Goddess of compassion and courage. She is associated with feminine fire and healing through destruction. A renowned healer, she is 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. This is the heart chakra opening, and one of our most powerful ceremonies.
Late this afternoon, upon our return, we will check into the delightful and opulent Sonesta St. George, the most wonderful hotel in Luxor. Relax and enjoy the city in the country, as Luxor combines the best of both worlds.

February 16, Day 10

Final Teaching Session/ Dendera Temple (OPTIONAL)
In the morning we will have an optional journey to the exquisite Temple of Dendera, dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of abundance, love and joy. The temple is built with a zodiac ceiling that recalls the origins of Egypt. On the rooftop where Hathor priests and priestesses gathered for their celebrations thousands of years ago, Howard & Roger will continue to help us reconnect to our heart centers in a brief chakra ceremony.
Or, if you prefer just to stay in and relax and enjoy the pool, that works, too!
Late afternoon, we will have our final session with Roger & Howard, recapitulating the most important experiences and learnings from our pilgrimage, and bringing together all the wisdom teachings.
Either way, this evening, you are free to explore Luxor once again… (Breakfast, Box Lunch if you are coming to Dendara)

February 17, Day 11

Day 11 - Luxor / Cairo:
After an early breakfast, we check out of our hotel and are transferred to Luxor airport for our short flight back to Cairo.
On arrival, we will drive to Sakkara to view many of the Old Kingdom pyramids, which rise on the west bank near ancient Memphis. About 2630 B.C. Imhotep, architect to King Djoser (Dynasty III), masterminded the Step Pyramid at Sakkara. Considered the world’s oldest freestanding stone structure (by traditional historians - otherwise, you’d consider the Great Pyramid far older!) this pyramid consists of six tiers atop a mastaba, or low, oblong tomb. Here if you whisper across the sands and it will be heard 40 feet away — and we will open our throat chakras in a powerful initiation.
After Sakkhara, we will stop for an Egyptian barbecue lunch at the Sakkhara Country Club.
Late this afternoon, you’ll be checking into the gorgeous Four Seasons Giza First Residence hotel.
Dine on your own this evening and relax and continue to integrate the Egypt energies.
You’ll want to get to bed early this evening, because tomorrow is our final initiation. (Breakfast, Lunch)

February 18, Day 12

Day 12 - Great Pyramid / King's Chamber / Farewell Dinner:
In the very early morning, our coach will take us to an exclusive and very powerful ceremony inside the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid. Be open to the experience that has changed many people’s lives, as your final initiation awakens you further, magnifying the crown chakra.
Breakfast at our hotel, then your day is free to recapitulate all you have experienced, or visit Cairo city or Giza on your own.
Tonight we'll have our Farewell dinner in a special place, and share our Egyptian memories of this once in-a-lifetime trip! (Breakfast, Dinner)

February 19, Day 13

Day 13 - Final Departure
Breakfast followed by private transfers to Cairo airport for final departure
 

Meet Your Tour Leaders

Dr. Roger Teel

Dr. Roger Teel is a life transforming speaker, a gifted community builder, and a global spiritual leader. Through practical spirituality, storytelling and humor, Dr. Teel’s powerful messages, help empower people and lead them to their limitless potential to live dynamically. He is Senior Minister and Spiritual Director at Mile Hi Church, to over 30,000 members and friends. As a global leader and visionary, Dr. Teel has served as Chairman of the International Board of Trustees for Centers for Spiritual Living, and is Co-founder of the Association for Global New Thought.

Reverend Howard Caesar

Reverend Howard Caesar is recognized as one of the foremost leaders and speakers of New Thought, traveling the world to meet with spiritual leaders such as His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, He has taken thousands of people on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Egypt, Bali, India, Brazil, Greece, etc. Reverend Caesar is a founding member of the Leadership Council of the Association for Global New Thought. Reverend Caesar has taken courses in India's Oneness University nine times. He is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller, “One + One is One.”