CONGRATULATIONS! You have been selected to go on a vacation! A time travel vacation to Ancient Egypt during the Golden Ages! The Golden Ages are the years 1572-1070 BCE. Unfortunately will have to dress as a man, because women did not have authority. We will be providing you with a fake beard to place around your face, and then an Ancient Egyptian wordroble. The ancient Egyptians wore very light linens due to the hot climate; the linens were made from flax, a seed that was produced around the Nile.Your tour will take you on a magnificent 36 hour adventure of Egypt. You will learn all about the ancient civilization, see beautiful landmarks, art, and so much more!
PI Ramessess-4 hours
Stop by Pharaoh Ramesses II’s (Birth:1303 BC;Death: 1213 BC) reign (1279 BCE-1213 BCE) during the Golden Age, New Kingdom (1570-1070 BCE). Say hi to his palace in PI Ramessess (his capital city).
Also, take a look at Ramesses’s awesome statue. Wow, he has a lot of animals. Check out those tigers! Roar! I, also saw the gigantic statue Ramessess. That must have been really hard to move into place.
Valley of kings-4 hours
Speaking of Ramesses, let’s go to the Valley of the Kings and see where he was buried. Make sure to check out his tomb in the Valley because it is really elaborate. Also, lets stop by his wife Nefertari's tomb too. Wow, it is so beautiful down here, he must have really loved his wife as you can see by just checking out elaborate hieroglyphs . The queen is buried in a red sarcophagi and it is breathtaking.
Now, let’s go see where the great man himself is buried. Wow, I am speechless. Kent Weeks would be so jealous. KV5 (his tomb number) is pretty big. I am really getting lost down here, there must be like 200 passageways. And I cannot even begin to tell you how much gold is in here. From golden chariots, to golden thrones...wait is that a bed made from gold, too? Do you think anyone notice if I pinched one of Ramesses golden amulets for souvenir? I mean, he is dead, so it is not like he needs it anymore. Right? Wrong!
Egyptians prepared a lot of stuff for the journey into the after-life. From furniture, food, amulets for protection, instruction manual called the Book of the Dead. The Book of the Dead is the deceased’s guidebook to a happy afterlife. The book was intended to assist the deceased into the Underworld. They were given clues and taught passwords which helped them avoid hazards, which will help them answer questions. And, who can forget a corpse wrapped up in what looks like toilet paper. Ideas for a Halloween costume! Also, corpses were wrapped in embalming, which looks like toilet paper.
Nile river-8 hours
Whooo! You have seen so much today!my feet are killing you me. These sandals are not giving me proper arch support. It's time for to take a break, rest my feet and dip them in the cool, refreshing water of the Nile. It is super hot out here and I cannot wear my sunnies as they do not go with linen skirt. As I look down the Nile River I notice that there are lots of farmers and ships. It is believed that the Nile River is what shaped Ancient Egypt; the environment in which the Nile has created as supported Ancient Egypt's economic system.
These ancient Egyptians were very blessed in their economic system. They have established trade of many goods, skills, and foods. They are very fortunate to live close to the Nile River, this makes trade with other civilizations significantly easier, and even possible. The Nile was also very significant to the ancient Egyptians because the yearly flooding of the Nile made the soil rich and fertile; this maybe why the ancient Egyptians say it as a blessing from the Gods. Because the soil was so rich and fertile farmers were able to harvest and gain great wealth from the land. Farmers could also use this harvest, or food, for trade of goods that could not be grown themselves. Common foods were fish, bread and even beer! If someone was not a farmer, but a craftsmen in this time they traded their skills for other products such as food, and luxury items. Scribes also used their skills and abilities for trade; scribes would use their reading and writing skills for trade of other products.
Are your feet pruned yet? One of the fishing boats is headed your way! You should get on and go fishing! Now that you're on board the fishing boat you can learn more about Ancient Egyptian. The Nile River produces fertile soil and has frequent floods, this promotes successful agriculture. The farms maybe harvesting vegetables like flax, dates, and pyrus (which is used to make paper). The Nile is also used for trade, travel and transpor. It is an extremely important vessel for transportations of goods, and even transportation of people.
Memphis during the New Kingdom’s Golden Age is a center of education and a happening place for the royals. A port city with strategic location for trade and a gateway to the kingdom in the south. Memphis sure is the place to be seen. There is also of monuments to visit as well.
While you are in Memphis stop at King Tuts palace. King Tut is the current pharaoh of ancient Egypt. In ancient Egypt the pharaoh was the most powerful individual; he was not only the civilizations political leader, but he was also their religious leader. The pharaoh held the title of “Lord of the Two Lands” and as a “High Priest of Every Temple.” The name “Lord of the Two Lands” represents him ruling over the Upper and Lower states of Egypt (Egypt is divided into two different states, Upper and Lower). If you are curious as to whom King Tut really is here is some information: King Tut is a young king, he is such a young king that military and priesthood guides him in controlling the Kingdom. King Tut himself does not have full reign over the Kingdom due to the fact he is only a minor. Many people think that the priesthood and military are using him as a “puppet” in order to get Egypt back to its traditional ways, but it is all controversy these days. You can see their influence if you look around the city, you may notice a lot of construction. This is because the priesthood persuaded King Tut order the restoration of the old gods temples. As you can see, clearly the priesthood and military have a significant influence and power in the structure of the government.
King Tut may not be at the palace while you are there however because he is a very busy man. King tuts job consists of, fighting the battle currently going on with the Nubians and Asiatics over trade routes and control of trade, is currently working on new laws to restore the old traditions of the kingdom, and is currently planning more restoration of the old gods temples.
temple of luxor-4 hours
Now, on the the Temple of Luxor built around 1400 BCE. from sandstone. Really more of a temple complex, there is a total of 6 temples. There is a lot of symbolism used here. Like the temple built to resemble the god, Anubis was really just the god Anubis to the local folks here. Anubis was the god of embalming and burial places.
Now I am going to move to the next travel destination, but wait!!! I see a scribe! He is working on some hieroglyphics inside the temple. Like our way of writing we have today, hieroglyphics is the written communication that Ancient Egyptians use. I am going to say hello to him! What is that he is saying, he wants to teach me how to read and write some hieroglyphics! That will be so much fun! I am going to spend a few hours with him and then i will be an expert at ancient hieroglyphics!