Itinerary for

The Awakening Heart: A Pilgrimage to Ancient Egypt

Adventure Awaits on this Heart-Centered Journey with Lauren Rainbow and Egyptologist Emil Shakar

Egypt | Jan 20 – February 2, 2022

January 20th: Day 1 – Arrival in Cairo, Egypt

Please plan to arrive in Cairo no later than January 20th. Our tour staff will meet you at the airport and help you get through Visa & Passport Control and collect your luggage. From there, we will take you to the Marriot Mena House Hotel, where the group will be staying while in the Cairo area. After checking-in and hopefully taking some time to rest, we will have our first group dinner.

PLEASE NOTE: You must plan your flight to arrive in Egypt no later than January 20th (Egypt Time). Some people could mean you are leaving your area TWO days before January 20th to accommodate the time change.

It is helpful to remember that life is in constant motion, so things change, miracles appear and plans shift. Be open to changes in the itinerary as there will be some unexpected magical moments! Please help everyone by listening to information provided each day of the journey and joining us at agreed-upon times.

January 21st: Day 2 – Giza Plateau, Sphinx, Sakkara


Our journey of transformational healing will begin at the paws of the Great Sphinx with a morning meditation. One of the oldest structures in Egyptian history, the Sphinx is often seen as the Giza Plateau’s great guardian. Together we will set our intentions for this journey at the paws of this great guardian. We will spend time exploring the Giza Plateau and the Great Pyramids.

Next, we will visit Sakkara to tour the Old Kingdom pyramids on the west bank near ancient Memphis. About, 2630 B.C. Imhotep, the architect to King Djoser (Dynasty III), masterminded the Step Pyramid at Sakkara. The world’s oldest freestanding stone structure, this pyramid consists of six tiers atop a mastaba, or low, oblong tomb, faced with cut stone.

January 22nd: Day 3 – Cairo Museum/Old Cairo & Transport to Aswan


Depending on the departure time of our flight to Aswan, we will visit the following sites and then head to the airport:

  • The Cairo Museum to see unique artifacts, statues, and treasures from Egypt’s many dynasties. There is a chance we will be visiting the new location of the Cairo Museum near the Giza Plateau!
  • Old Cairo and the St. Sergi Church where the Holy Family was hidden, among other historical religious sites in this area.

PLEASE NOTE: Our flight time to Aswan will dictate when we will see these sites in Cairo, they may be moved to the end of the journey when we return to the city.

Upon arrival in Aswan, we will check-in on our private Dahabiya! The Hadeel is a beautiful riverboat that houses a crew, waitstaff, and passengers’ small group. This beautiful boat will become your home for several days as we journey down the Nile. In between stops on this journey, we will visit many temples, listed below.

We will also be able to enjoy breakfast on the deck as we sail gently down the Nile. Emil, our fearless leader, and Egyptologist describe this journey down the Nile as a floating meditation. And indeed, he is not wrong. We will journey from Aswan to Luxor, with stops along the way to explore temples and villages created along this ancient river.

We will also enjoy group meditations, teachings, and celebrations during our time here on the boat and enjoy floating down through this rich magical history.

January 23rd: Day 4 – Elephantine Island


Today we will begin to work with the many deities that make up the Egyptian Pantheon’s alchemy. Your soul has called you on this journey to awaken and access the infinite energies of the Universe available to you. Here at Elephantine Island, you will explore Seheil Island, an ancient site with Oracle energies, to get our journey started.

We will end the day with a visit to the colorful Nubian Marketplace of Aswan.

January 24th: Day 5 – Philae Temple (Isis) / Kom Ombo (Sobek/Horus)


Isis is the great Divine Mother Goddess of the Egyptian Pantheon and calls many into the embrace of her wings. She is the Goddess of death and rebirth, as she was known for resurrecting her beloved Husband, Osiris, twice. We meet and work with Isis on this glorious morning visit to her temple.

We will then sail down the Nile to the Temple of Kom Ombo, known as a sacred healing temple. Here you will connect with Master Sobek, the alligator God of the Egyptian Pantheon. Here at Kom Ombo. Sobek is known for strength as we step into the energies of forgiveness and receive the loving and wise support of Horus.

January 25th: Day 6 – Full Day Sail to Edfu


Today is a day of rest to enjoy the beautiful Nile. We will spend some group time on the Dahabiya to process and meditate through what we have experienced thus far and enjoy some quiet downtown in this fluid meditation.

January 26th: Day 7 – Edfu/Esna (Horus)


Edfu is the best-preserved temple of the ancient world and home to Horus, the Falcon God. Horus is the son of Isis and Osiris, and as you will learn on this journey, he is probably the first Divine Child. Here you will connect with that Divine Child within you.

January 27th: Final sail to Luxor Egypt


January 28th – 30th – Explore Luxor and the Many Temples in the Surrounding Area
Karnak (Sekhmet)

Karnak is the largest Temple in Egypt and the second-largest in the world. Here we will meet the Living Statue of Sekhmet, the Goddess of Fierce Compassion, for an empowerment meditation. You will then have time to explore this vast and powerful temple.

Abydos (Osiris), Dendarah (Hathor)
Today is a big day as we’ll drive through Upper Egypt’s countryside to visit Abydos, the Temple of the Osiris, and Flower of Life. Abydos is a pilgrimage place for Egypt’s visitors, and no trip is complete without visiting Abydos. Then we see Dendarah, Hathor’s temple dedicated to the Goddess of Love, joy, and music.

West Bank, Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Kings
Today is a day to explore the West Bank of ancient Thebes. Visit the Valley of the Kings, with its Royal Tombs, included Tutmoses III, the Temple of Hatshepsut, one of the most powerful and revered women in the history of Egyptian Pharaohs. The day will conclude with a stop at the Colossi of Memnon.

Temple of Man, Luxor
Today we visit the Temple of Luxor. R.A Schwaller de Lubcz developed his symbolist interpretation of ancient Egypt and called it the Temple of Man.

January 31st: Day 12 – Return to Cairo

February 1st: Day 13 – Return to the Giza Plateau


Today we complete our Awakening Heart journey by returning to the Giza Plateau to visit the Great Pyramid for an extraordinary closing meditation and healing.

The evening will end with a group dinner and celebration of our journey and time together.

February 2nd: Day 14 – Depart from Cairo


Depart for home. At the end of this heart-filled journey, this is often a moment of joy and tears as we share hugs with now a soul family forever connected!