In November 2010 and September 2015 Chiro’s to Cairo seminar tour took place helping many Chiropractors and their partners cross off a bucket list dream.
The 2 week adventure begins in the busy city of Cairo.
The first night we all get together and enjoy a get to now you dinner on the Nile River aboard a floating restaurant, very quickly laughter and excitement is spread across the group as each individual shares what they are most excited about over the next few weeks.
The tour begins the following morning with a journey through Cairo to the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world that is still standing – The Great Pyramids of Giza.
The sheer size and audacity of the pyramids left many in the group speechless and it seemed no amount of photos were enough. Walking across the sands that surround the three pyramids of Giza one can’t help but marvel about the major figures in history who have traveled to Egypt just to see the pyramids. Over the centuries, countless kings, presidents, diplomats and celebrities have walked the sands of Giza just to gaze on the impressive sight. Alexander the Great is counted amongst them, having gone there when he conquered the region in 332 BC. Julius Caesar would follow suit nearly 400 years later. Others who spent time in the shadow of these amazing monuments include Napoleon Bonaparte, Mark Twain, and Florence Nightengale. The pyramids have seen history come and go, and yet they continue to be a part of it to this day.
The second half of the day is spent visiting the Museum of Cairo it houses over 120,000 artefacts, the museum has an unbelievable exhibit depicting ancient Egypt’s glorious reign. Mummies, sarcophagi, pottery, jewellery and of course King Tutankhamen’s treasures, it’s all there. The boy-king’s death-mask – discovered in its tomb – is made of solid gold weighing 112kg and it has been described as the most beautiful object ever made capturing the imagination of all who encounter it.
The following day in Cairo we visited the open air museum of Memphis and the Pyramids of Saqqara – also known as step pyramids.
The next few days were spent cruising along the River Nile on the magnificent Alexander the Great Boat – which was used to film the Love Boat on the Nile. The service, food, and tour was exquisite to say the very least. During the day we discovered and walked amogst one of the oldest civilizations of the world and by night we cruised along the Nile having fun aboard with themed nights and delicious food!
Beginning in Luxor it breathes a mixture of the ancient relics left behind by the Pharaohs around 5000 years ago and the hustle and bustle of modern Egyptian life.
Between sessions of the seminar and sunbaking on the top deck of the boat, Pharonic civilization such as the valley of the Queens, Karnak temple and Abu Simbel were visited and the as well as the preserved tomb of King Tutankhamun at the Valley of the Kings.
The entire group took a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the enormous temple dedicated to the only Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut giving us a bird’s eye view of Valley of the Kings and the enormous River Nile. Needless to say the photos are amazing.
The Temple of Hatshepsut is our personal favourite because it was carved out of the side of a mountain. It features an impressive number of pillars and chambers. It was dedicated as a monument to the god Amun-Ra, and even though it has been destroyed three times over the centuries, it remains an impressive site none the less.
The Temple was built to honor Egypt’s only female pharaoh. Hatshepsut rose to power after her brother died at a premature age, and she was able to hold on to the throne for more than 20 years by disguising herself as a man. During that period, she established trade routes across Africa, explored the continent far and wide, and managed to expand the Egyptian empire. But she was overthrown by her nephew who returned to claim the throne.
There was ample opportunity to indulge in modern day Egyptian shopping Bazaars and experience culture and cuisine. The spice market of Aswan, cotton markets, gold markets, oil perfurmaries, Nubian jewellery, alabaster and papyrus. Our favorite is the Felucca (traditional sail boat) ride which sails past the site where Agatha Christie stayed while she wrote her famous novel “Death on the Nile”.
From the return to Luxor the group made their way to the coast of Egypt by the Red Sea staying at a beach side resort where scuba diving, snorkeling and Egyptian day spa experiences were enjoyed.
Lazing around by the pools and red sea were a common occurrence throughout the stay in Sharm El Sheikh, other activities that were also enjoyed were submarine boat rides and the beautiful coral and marine life that the red sea holds as well as parasailing, windsurfing and jet skiing for the more adventurous.
We know so many people that have this dream of visiting Egypt and we both feel very blessed to have been able to share the amazing wonders of Egypt with our chiropractic colleagues, many of whom have told us that they believe it to be a life-changing experience.
We look forward to the opportunity of doing this again in September 2018 in a fun, safe and relaxing manner!
Yours in Adventurous Chiropractic,
Drs Shady Botros and Sally Mikhael