الجمعة، 22 أغسطس، 2014

Off the Beaten Track Tour of Historic Cairo

Saturday, 23rd of August at 8:00 am

WhatsApp and/or call: 01006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



 Itinerary:

Abdeen Palace
Al-Madbouly Mosque
Sheikh Rihan St. (Sultan Hussein)
Abdeen Mosque
Madrasa of Sultan Mahmoud Khan
Sabil Bashir Agha
Port Said St.
Sabil Bashir Agha Daralsaada
The Khedivial School
Fadel Pasha Mosque (Sheikh Muhammed Rifaat)
Sabil Mostafa Pasha
Mosque of Zulfiqar Bek
Sayyeda Zeinab Square
Bahlul Mosque (Timraz)
Lady Saliha Sabil
The Path of the Sun Street (Darb al-Shams)
Lajin Al-Saifi
Dome of Sidi Al-Arbaeen
Alhawd Al-Marsood St.
Marasena St.
Sheikh Abdul Majid Ellabban St.
Yusuf Bek Sabil
Salar and Singer Al-Jawali
Khudairy St.
Saliba Street
Mosque and School of Prince Sarghatmish
Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun
House of Gayer Anderson
Madrasa of Prince Taghribardi
The Mosque and Khanqah of Emir Shaykhu al-'Umari al-Nasiri (1349-57)
Sabil of Prince Abdullah Katkhuda
Darb Al-Hosor (Way of Carpets)
Sabil and Kuttab of Qaitbay
Mosque and Madrasa of Qanibay
Mosque of Khush Qadam
Mosque of Sultan Hassan
Mosque of Al-Rifai
Mosque of Al-Mahmoudiyya
Mosque of Muhammed Ali Pasha
Mosque of Jawhar Al-Lala

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Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo
From Al-Azhar Park to Al-Azhar Mosque

Sunday, 24th of August at 4:00 pm



In this beautiful tour of words and deeds, history and architecture
are elegantly braided together. Travel back in time to the splendid
scents, sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between
ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. This is the story of the rise and fall
of the Islamic Empire.

In this tour, I shall prove that there exists an architectural
historian technique whereby history can be interpreted through
architecture. Behold! Seddik technique is unique.

"Travel. Set out and head for pastures new. Life tastes richer when
you've rode warm feet. No water that stagnates is fit to drink, for
only that which flows is truly sweet ...." - Ibn Battuta

"behind the gates of glory and façades of fame lie unique stories of
rise and fall that teach us to never give in, in nothing great or
small, in the march of history against the juggernaut of time. When
domes dominate a relief of belief reveals the architecture of history
in the history of architecture through abodes beyond the boundaries of death.

The minarets dot the I's and cross the T's of architecture, furnishing
a Rosetta Stone to untangle the web of history. The palaces of
startling elegance provide visual biographies highlighting the
salience of sailing in the sea of history and granting us a passport
to the past.

List of what we might or might not see during our tour:

Al Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
The Mosque of Salih Tala'i
Ahmed Maher
El-Darb El-Gadid
Bab Zeweila
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Haret Al-Zahabi
Haret Al-Roum
Haret Al-Aqqadeya
Mosque of Alfakahany
Al-Kahkiyeen
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Azhar Mosque
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Al-Hussein Mosque
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Alhamzawi Al-Saghir
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Maqases
Sekket Al-Badistan
Al Westani
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
Madrasa and Mausoleum of al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub
Al-Zahir Beibars
The Qalawun complex
Bait El Kadi (House of the Judge)
Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un Madrasa and Mausoleum
Sabil-Kuttab Mohamed Ali
Sultan al-Zahir Barquq Funerary Complex
Egyptian Textile Museum (just make a brief mention of)
Darb Kormoz
Al Khoronfesh
Al Qasabi
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Haret Bergewan
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Al Dabeeba
Darb Al Waraka
Bayn Al-Sayareg
Haret Al-Morakeshi
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Albanhawy
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Gamaliyya
Wekalat Qaitbey
Haret Alotoof
El-Jashankir Mosque
Kasr Alshok
Al Mashhad Al Husseini

*A digital version of this tour by Ahmed Seddik is available as a
'PocketGuide' with voice, downloadable from Apple Store.
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Walking Tour of the Island of Zamalek

Monday, 25th of August at 5:30 p.m.  

May your spirit live, may you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness. Words worthy of reciting in a royal garden delineated in harmonious hieroglyphs carved around the aromatic rim of the wishing cup of the boy King Tutankhamen well over 3000 years ago. To make his wish come true, the cup cuts the figure of an open lotus flower. From the dawn of Egyptian civilization, the lotus flower stood for rebirth and resurrection. President Nasser borrowed the plant for his plan upon raising the famous Cairo tower, emulating a lotus flower in the heart of Zamalek. In the wee small hours of the morning an Egyptian lily opened. Later in the day it closed. This Lillian observation of the sun led the Egyptian, who once upon a time was a keen observant of nature, to believe that lotus was a hieroglyph for rebirth and renaissance. Nasser's emulation of a lotus flower in his tower was meant to capture this Egyptian philosophy. Nasser was the new pharaoh and he was being given credit for an Egyptian renaissance. A man, a plan and a plant. That is the order of this tour. Stories of villas, palaces, and gardens from the royalty and the republic
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Walking Tour of Giza Pyramids, Temples and Tombs

Your Visa To Giza

Thursday, 28th of August at 7:00 a.m.



Pyramid of Khufu
Pyramid of Khafre
Pyramid of Menkaure
Pyramids of the Queens
Khufu's Boat
Tomb of Idu, Overseer of the Construction of the Great Pyramid
Tomb of Qar (G 7101)
The Sphinx


The Valley Temple of King Khafre
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Tour of the Egyptian Museum

Thursday, 28th of August at 1:00 p.m.

WhatsApp and/or call: 01006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com


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Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo 

Thursday, 28th of August at 7:00 pm

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Tour of the Camel Market at Birqash (Souq Al-Gimaal)

Friday, 29th of August at 7:00 a.m.

WhatsApp and/or call: 01006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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Walking Photographic Tour of the City of Alexandria

The Bride of the Mediterranean
In the Footsteps of the Pharaohs of Pharos

Saturday, 30th of August at 7:00 a.m.

WhatsApp and/or call: 01006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



The Ancient Daughter Library at the so-called Pompey’s Pillar
The Fort of the Mamluk Sultan Al Ashraf Seif El Deen Qaitbey
The Ruinous Arab Walls of the Medieval City
The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
The Royal Palace of Al-Montazah
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The Odeon at Kom el-Dikka
Al Qa’ed Ibrahim Mosque
Al Morsy Abuelabbas Mosque
Alabaseery Mosque
The Eastern Harbor
Ras el–Tin Palace
Ramleh Square
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Tour of the Suez-Canal-City of Port Said

Sunday, 31st of August at 8:00 a.m.

WhatsApp and/or call: 01006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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Testimonials:

On ABC News:
http://abcnews.go.com/International/video/back-beginning-christiane-amanpour-moses-pharaoh-pharaoh-exodus-18086799

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In the lobby of the Egyptian Museum, Ahmed handed me his business card. Melek kelem, it read, in mirror-like Arabic script. This was no empty palindromic boast, I saw as soon as he started the ten-minute "preview' tour we'd arranged. Ahmed was indeed a Master of Speech, a Word Lord, even -- to stretch the effect into English -- an Emir of Rhyme. He had a dense and mesmerizing way of speaking, full of shifting rhythms and ridiculous puns. Ambling through the museum next to him felt more like jogging, trying to keep up with his ancient-Egyptian etymologies, mnemonics for hieroglyphics, and archaeology gossip.

Zora O'Neill, Travel Author.
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Witty and enthusiastic.
Arguto e pieno d'entusiasmo.

Lonely Planet
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In Ahmed we found not only an amazing producer, but a great resource for all things Egypt. His offhand knowledge of Egyptian history, of
pharaohs and antiquities, of hieroglyphics and pyramids is astounding. He can quote ancient Egyptian texts from memory. In many ways he was our tour guide and history professor on top of everything else.

Erin Lyall George

Producer

The CBS Evening News
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He is also particularly good at turning dry facts into fascinating anecdotes and was often able to entertain and educate us with
interesting stories about Egypt’s history. He is obviously passionate about the country, its history and culture.

Helena Merriman

Broadcast Journalist
BBC World Service
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His language skills, especially his knowledge of English, are absolutely first class and he has an ability to express himself in a manner that many native English speakers would find difficult to improve upon.
Michael Buchanan, Correspondent, BBC News

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“You are a student of the finer point of the English language.”

Hugh Sykes, BBC, the World at One
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My aim was to take a break with a cultural and historic character. And having Egyptologist and tour guide Ahmed Seddik as my companion made my adventure unforgettable.

Amira El-Naqeeb, Travel Writer
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The Digger Who Can Figure:
http://fnewsmagazine.com/2011/08/the-digger-who-can-figure/
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"His name is Ahmed Seddik and he is the most delightful, smart and funny person you can imagine. He loves languages and speaks incredible English. He talked continuously without notes of any kind during our tours of the temples at Saqqara, the Pyramids and tombs in Giza, Islamic Cairo, and the City of the Dead--not just providing fascinating and encyclopedic information, both historic and modern,
but peppering his monologue with puns and alliteration."

Caroline Moore
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“Ahmed Seddik is the brightest Egyptian I have met since I came to Egypt. I have found his Egyptological knowledge prodigious.”

Professor Jerry Leach

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Ahmed Seddik worked with me as a discussant on the translation of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s monumental mid-nineteenth-century work al-Saq ‘ala l-saq (Leg over Leg) during 2012 and 2013, a work widely considered among the most linguistically challenging of Arabic texts in view of its use of little-known words, word-play and puns, and complex grammar. I reviewed and discussed in depth with Ahmed most of the cruxes of the text and benefited enormously from his in-put. His knowledge of Arabic grammar, verse, and the Quran is encyclopedic and his ability to untangle the contortions imposed from time to time on the language of the book by the constraints of verse and rhymed prose proved to be prodigious. Ahmed’s love of language in general and the Arabic language in particular made him the ideal partner in an enterprise of such a daunting nature. I can recommend him unreservedly to anyone involved in scholarly work involving the Arabic language arts.


Dr. Humphrey Davies

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