الخميس، 10 يناير 2013

Tours of Cairo and Egypt in 2013

"Making El Fayoum Bloom"

A Guided Tour of El Fayoum, the Garden of Egypt

by Ahmed Seddik


Saturday, 12 January, 2013 at 7:00 am

The sites that we are planning to explore:

The Graeco-Roman City of Karanis (Kom Oshim)
Quick visit of Fayoum Museum (most likely closed)
The Village of Tunis, the St Ives of Egypt
Medinet El-Fayoum, the Venice of Egypt
Lake Qarun (the Birka)
The Water Wheels (Al-Sawaqi)

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com


Walking Tour of Saqqara Pyramids and Tombs

“Let Stone Set the Tone”

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Sunday, January 13, at 8:00 am


For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

"Journey back in time to find the mind behind the fine Pyramid of Zoser!"

“The glorious ground around the mound abounds with countless reliefs
revealing the site’s majestic nature through a hieroglyphic
signature.” - Ahmed Seddik

Monuments we are likely to see and/or explore:

Tomb of Horemheb, Generalissimo of the Egyptian Army
Tomb of the Manicurists and Pedicurists of the King
Tomb of the Prime Minister of Egypt Mereruka
The Valley Temple of King Unas
The Step Pyramid Complex
The Oldest Museum Label
Ancient Egyptian Graffiti
The Philosophers’ Circle
The Museum of Imhotep
The Pyramid of Userkaf
Tomb of Princess Idut
Tomb of Maya & Merit
Tomb of Kagemni
Pyramid of Unas
The Serapeum
Pyramid of Teti
Tomb of Ti


Shine from the Shrine: Tour of the City of the Dead (Al-Qarafa)

Monday, January 14, at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

The scintillating City of the Dead, anecdotally known as Al-Qarafa, is
so full of life and amenities that if you sum, you realize it is more
town than slum. We will be able to label the fabled vast necropolis
and feast our eyes on monuments glorious from the City Victorious.
True to the vision of some of its founders, the City of the Dead has
the power to entertain the mind and retain the body. Around 100,000
Cairenes live here amongst the dead. At the pinnacle of Islamic art,
the monuments are architected to articulate the vision of the stellar
dweller. Picnic among the graves in the City Beyond the Walls!

We attempt to see:

Mausoleum of Ibrahim Pahsa Halim
Tomb of Al-Torjoman
Mamelukes St.
Sultan Ahmed St.
Mausoleum of Sir Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, Author of the Lost Oases
Tomb of Narriman Sadek, Cinderella of the Nile, the Last Queen of Egypt
War Martyrs Tombs
Amir Kabir Qurqumas Complex
Mausoleum of Princess Shwikar
Mausoleum of Muhammed Talaat Harb, Egypt's Leading Economist
Tomb of Omar Makram, Revolutionist
Tomb of Noubar, First Prime Minister of Egypt
Mosque and Mausoleum of Sultan Faraj ibn Barquq
Mausoleum of Al-Ashraf Barsbay
Tomb of René Jean Marie Joseph Guénon, French Author and Intellectual
Mausoleum of Khedive Muhammed Tewfik Pasha
Tomb of Professor Ali Moustafa Mosharafa Pasha, Egyptian Theoretical Physicist
Compound of Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay
Tomb of Emir Tashtimur
Chinese Tomb

Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame*

Tuesday, January 15, at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

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
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)
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
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.
Tour of Coptic Cairo, the Babylon of Egypt

Wednesday, January 16, 10:00 a.m.

The Hanging Church (Al-Muallaka)
The Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus
The Ben Ezra Synagogue
The Coptic Cemetery
The Fortress of Babylon
The Mosque of Amr Ibn El-As

Your Visa to Giza

Walking Tour of Giza Pyramids, Temples and Tombs

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Thursday, 17 January 2013 at 10:00 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
The Oldest Museum Labels

Qur'anic Tour of Islamic Cairo

By Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 18 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

This tour explores the Qur'anic foundations of Muslim cities; the
concept of conquest, Jihad, the propagation of faith, mosque, madrasa,
sabil, kuttab, khutba, Imam, waqf, Qibla, Sunna, Sharia law, garden,
house, palace, recitation, Azaan, gates, fatwa, dome, minaret, road,
road etiquette, cleanliness, theology, shahada, salat, zakat, siyam,
Hajj, fiqh, governance...

Tour of the City of Mansoura

Sunday, January 20, 8:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Lying on the east bank of the eastern branch of the Nile, the City of Mansoura is a truly glorious city. Its very name Mansoura, Arabic for victorious, testifies to its rich heritage. At the Battle of Mansoura in 1250, the Egyptians defeated the Seventh Crusade and captured King Louis IX. of France and held him captive in the house of Ibrahim ben Lokman, that we can still visit today.

Before They Go Graffiti Tour of Cairo
Walk and Let the Walls Talk!

Monday 21 January, 2013 at 7 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Mubarak's code of laws had shackled creativity and his Draconian regime had stifled free expression, yet failed to kill them. Now, post-Revolution Cairo is rife with graffiti gracing its walls to extol and reflect on the potent political events that are shaping Egypt and the region. What do these murals mean? What stories do they tell? Explore, interpret and photograph the graceful, gargantuan graffiti in Cairo as you walk along walls full of political street art!

Thomas A. Edison: Father of Invention

Story by Ahmed Seddik [for children]

Monday 21 January, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki

Behind the Sun: Revolutionary Tour of Cairo

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 25 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

The Revolutionary Tour of Cairo presents an eyewitness epic account of
the rise and fall of a regime, the revolution and the revelations--
the decisive moments that led to the ultimate triumph of the power of
the people and the demise of a tyrant. Through the architectural,
sculptural and literary itinerary I shed a flood of light on the
revolutionary figures in art, politics, economics, poetry and singing.
They are the seminal influential figures who made Egypt revolutionable
and the Egyptians susceptible to revolt. We start from Zamalek and end
in Tahrir. Egypt is a gift of the Nile and the Egyptian freedom is a
gift of Tahrir. Every time I give the Tahriri Tour -- from evolution
to revolution -- I reload it as we, Egyptians, continue the struggle
to eliminate the micro-Mubaraks from the sclerotic institutions in the
Egyptian Trees

Ahmed Seddik

Tuesday 29th, January at 7:00 p.m.

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki


Botanical Tour of Cairo

By Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 1 February 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

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