El Minya Two Day Trip Cairo


Al Minya is the perfect destination to discover the mysteries of an ancient kingdom lost to time. Situated in the heart of Egypt and along the Nile, this city was once the capital of the great land until around 1470 B.C.

Here, Akhenaten and Nefertiti established their new capital at Tel Amarna, which included a grand temple dedicated to Atun. The ruins of their kingdom still stand tall today, just waiting to be explored. And the best part?

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not embark on a Private 2 Day Trip to Al Minya From Cairo? This guided trip will take you to three grand historical sights – Tuna El-Gabel, Tell Al Amarna, and Beni Hassan Tombs.

Furthermore, El Minya is home to almost six million Egyptians and holds religious and historical importance. You can visit the tombs of noble people in Tuna El Gebal and Beni Hassan, and even the holy family stopped in El Minya during their journey to Egypt!

This package includes transportation in a private air-conditioned car, a knowledgeable English-speaking licensed tour guide, admission to all the mentioned sights, two delicious lunch meals at local restaurants, bottled water for your journey, and Nile view hotel accommodation, including bed and breakfast. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience all the wonder and excitement that El Minya offers!

SKU: T14CAI Category: Tags: , ,


El Minya Individual Two-day Trip Cairo is an individual sightseeing tour to El-Minya from Cairo for two days! We recommend the trip because it allows tourists to see many ancient Egyptian attractions. Also, it lets you know a lot about the history of ancient Egypt!

Highlights on El Minya Individual Two-Day Trip from Cairo

  • Tuna El-Gebel.
  • Tell Al Amarna.
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • And Beni Hassan Tombs.

Trip program in El-Minya from Cairo

  • Landious Travel representative will pick you up from the hotel in Cairo around 04:00 A.m.
  • After picking you up, the bus (limousine or minibus) leaves for El-Minya. It passes the cities of Giza and Beni Suef. These cities are south of Cairo, on the Nile Valley. The way from the centre of Cairo to El-Minya takes about 4 hours.
  • After that, you drive to Tell El Amarna. In this place, King Ikhnaton and his wife Queen Nefertiti founded this city to cult the new god Aton.
  • After that, the next stop of this tour comes. The next visit will be to the restaurant. There, you can enjoy a delicious lunch.
  • Then, you continue the individual trip in the Tuna El Gabel area. You can see the tomb of Petosiris, Ibis catacombs, and Isadora’s burial; this tomb goes back to the 2nd century AD and belongs to Isadora, renowned for her beauty in the city of Hermopolis. It was the cultural centre where pilgrims gave homage to God Thoth.
  • Overnight in El Minya
  • We will show Beni Hassan’s tombs the following day. It is the site of almost 40 burials from the 11th and 12th dynasties. These tombs are the Tomb of Baqet III, governor and soldier of the Oryx Nome; the second one for his son –  Khety; the third one of Amenemhat; and the fourth for Khunumhotep, the successor of King Amenemhat.
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Then proceed to Tel El Amarna, where you can see the northern tombs, among which are the Ahmose and Huya tombs.
  • Finally, our bus leaves for Cairo after such a program in the beautiful city of El Minya.
  • This Private Trip to El Minya from Cairo ends at approximately 20:00.

What Does the Price of an El Minya Individual Trip to Cairo Include?

  1. Accommodation
  2. The price includes tickets for visiting temples in El-Minya.
  3. Lunch.
  4. Drinks.
  5. Private guide.
  6. Also, the price includes a private vehicle to El-Minya and back to the hotel in Cairo.

What does the Program of El Minya Individual Cairo not include?

  • The additional excursion programs are not included in the schedule mentioned above.

Items to take with you for the tour

  1. Breakfast box.
  2. Also, bring suitable clothes for the season.

Booking Days of El Minya Private Two-Day Trip Cairo

  • Daily from 04:00 – 20:00 the next day.

Tuna el-Gebel – the largest cemetery of Graeco-Roman Egypt

Tuna el-Gebel is a captivating site situated approximately 270 km south of Cairo. The area is home to temples, houses, and tombs, which date back to the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, spanning from 300 BC to 300 AD. Archaeologists have been exploring the site for over 100 years, hoping to uncover its many secrets hidden in the desert sands.

In the southern part of the site lies a vast cemetery, where the first tombs were built around 300 BC. The early Roman period saw the construction of the first mud brick tombs, named “house tombs” due to their material and design.

This new building technique led to an increase in the urbanization of the cemetery, resulting in more and more people being buried in the area. Over time, the cemetery transformed into a city-like structure, with the famous tomb of Petosiris at its core.

History of excavations and exploration of Tuna el-Gebel

Numerous museums worldwide house unprovenanced funerary masks that were likely discovered at Tuna el-Gebel during the 19th century. The site was officially archaeologically explored at the beginning of the 20th century, with the first season led by Gombert from the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO) in 1902/03.

W. Honroth followed in 1913 with a survey of the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft (DOG) and discovered different types of tombs constructed during the Roman period in only ten days of exploratory excavation. He also found several tomb houses with painted decorations of up to four floors. In 1919, the tomb of Petosiris was found, excavated, and reconstructed within two years.

From 1931 to 1952, Sami Gabra, a professor at Cairo University, conducted excavations at Tuna el-Gebel. He began by focusing his investigations on the cemetery south of the tomb of Petosiris, while in the 1940s, he started to explore the underground galleries full of animal burials.

Alexander Badawy carried out further excavations since 1949, focusing on the temple of Thoth with a saqiya in its second court and the southeastern cemetery area. They discovered the now-destroyed ‘Graffiti Chapel’, among other things. In the 1970s, two German teams started to work at Tuna el-Gebel.

While Dieter Kessler from Munich University explored the northern sector, concentrating on the underground galleries and their above-ground structures, the team of Grimm, Krause, and Sabottka from Trier University surveyed the southern sector with the cemetery around the tomb of Petosiris. The results of this project remained unpublished.

Tombs of Tuna el-Gebel

The site of Tuna el-Gebel has a rich history, with the first buildings dedicated to the god Thoth dating back to around 300 BC. These included a temple and an underground gallery, particularly active during the Ptolemaic period.

The first tombs were erected in the area, built of local shell limestone and had a temple-like structure. These were named ‘temple tombs’ by excavator Sami Gabra, the most famous being the tomb of Petosiris.

The area has been subject to recent geomagnetic surveys by the Institute of Geophysics of Kiel University, which have provided new information. These surveys have shown that only 10% of the area has been excavated, with the unexplored necropolis area measuring approximately 20 hectares. This makes it one of the largest Graeco-Roman necropoleis in Egypt.

Not only is the horizontal expansion of the area attractive, but the vertical development of the cemetery is also notable. A change from stone to mud-brick for later buildings marked the ‘material turn’ in Tuna el-Gebel. This was a lower-cost alternative compared to stone monuments and led to the formation of multi-level ‘house-tombs’ constructed one after the other.

As a result of the new building technique, more and more people were buried in the necropolis. The use of different building materials not only had religious significance but also social implications. The architecture changed considerably, and there was a development from Egyptian themes to Roman iconography. Greek mythological scenes and imitations of precious stones dominated the decoration of the tombs during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

Overall, these findings offer valuable insights into the history and development of Tuna el-Gebel, shedding light on the changes that took place over time.

Tell El Amarna

Amarna, also known as Tell El Amarna, was constructed by Akhenaton and his wife, Queen Nefertiti, during the Amarna Period. The city was founded as the centre of a revolutionary religion worshipping the god Aten.

Akhenaton sought to replace the polytheistic religion of Amen with monotheism and thus moved away from Thebes, where the priests of Amen held power, to establish the city of Akhetaton, which means “the horizon of Aten” in ancient Egyptian.

Today, only a few remnants remain of this once-great city, which covered a surface area of around 15 kilometres and contained temples, palaces, and governmental establishments. The Great Temple of Aten, surrounded by a cemetery, was also in Amarna.

Unlike most temples in ancient Egypt, the temples at Amarna were roofless to allow the sun’s rays to enter the complex, as they were constructed for the cult of the sun god, Aten.

Tombs of Tell El Amarna

The tombs in Akhetaton are essential monuments. There are 25 tombs, six located north for high officials and 19 in the south.

Ay’s Tomb

Aye served as a vizier during King Akhenaton’s reign and was a favoured royal official. His tomb in Tell El Amarna is well-preserved and adorned with fascinating paintings, including a scene of Aye and his wife receiving a ceremonial golden collar from the king and Queen Nefertiti.

Huya’s Tomb

Huya served as steward to Queen Tiyi, mother of Akhenaton. The tomb features scenes of the royal family engaging in activities with the tomb’s owner.

Tomb of Mery-Re I

One of the best-decorated tombs in Tell El Amarna belonged to a high-ranking priest of the god Aten. Its colouration has remained stunning over the past 3500 years.

Beni Hasan

The Beni Hasan cemetery is in a highly fertile region of Egypt and boasts some of the Middle Kingdom’s most impressive tombs. These well-preserved tombs serve as a testament to the region’s economic prosperity.

The cemetery has two distinct areas: the upper and lower cemeteries. The lower cemetery contains approximately 800, most of which are shaft tombs. While it primarily houses tombs of various officials from the First Intermediate Period to the Middle Kingdom, late Old Kingdom tombs have also been unearthed.

The upper cemetery, on the other hand, includes 39 rock-cut tombs, all of which were expertly cut horizontally into the rock face of the cliffs. The walls of 12 of these tombs are adorned with beautifully painted scenes depicting everyday life activities such as agriculture, crafts, hunting, games, war, and the arrival of foreigners on Egyptian lands.

The upper cemetery tombs are a testament to the ancient Egyptians’ architectural skills, and they were carved into the rock with great precision using simple tools like chisels with bronze blades. The tombs were the final resting place for the senior officials of the Oryx nome, the 16th Upper Egyptian province.

These tombs date back to the 11th and 12th Dynasties of the Middle Kingdom. The repetition of names like Baqet, Khety, and Khnumhotep suggests that many tomb owners were related.



There are no reviews yet.

Show only reviews in English (0)

Be the first to review “El Minya Two Day Trip Cairo”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.