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Social Program & Sightseeing Tours

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Event Name* Event Date Event Time Price Per Person
11.1  : Pyramids/Sphinx (with Lunch Box )    11 Sept.   12:30 – 14:30   $ 30  
11.2  : Sound & Light   11 Sept.   19:30-20:30   $ 18
11. : VLDB 2000 Reception  
(Oberoi Pool Area )
11 Sept.   20:30-23:30   By Invitation to registered participants  
Companion Ticket: $30
12.2  : Museum & Cruise   12 Sept.   18:00-23:30  $ 45  
13.2  : VLDB 2000 Gala Dinner   13 Sept.   19:30-20:30   By Invitation to registered participants  
Companion Ticket: $45

*Note: All the above tours & social events are designed to fit within the Conference main program. 


September 11th, 2000   

Event Number 11.1       
Event Name The Pyramids, the Sphinx & Solar Boats Museum  
Event Date 11 September 2000  
Event Time 12:30 – 14:30 (2 hours)   
Buses Leave 12:30 sharp (from Mena House Oberoi)  
Rate  US$ 25 per person  
Meal  1 Lunch box, 1 mineral water & 1 Juice included  
Tour Description English Guided tour by a professional Egyptologist. The pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus were reckoned by the Greeks to be Mankind’s most remarkable achievements at the time.  In particular, the Pyramid of Cheops was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the only remaining one today.  It is built with 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tones.  Some of the casing stones at the base weigh as much as 15 tons and the large granite beams roofing the King’s chamber and the stress relieving chambers above it have been estimated to weight up to 80 tons.  In the fact of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries.  The Cheops Pyramid is more interesting, not only because of its size, but also because of its remarkable accuracy.  Its 13.1 acre base is level around the perimeter to within less that 2.1 cm and the average deviation of the sides from the cardinal directions is 3’6” of an arc.  The reasons for this phenomenal precision remain unexplained.  

Not far from the Pyramids is the great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620 B.C.). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone and standing 65 feet-high and 187 feet-long, this unforgettable and unique statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion’s body. The visit also includes a 30 minutes stop at the Solar Boat Museum and a Panoramic View of the Three Pyramids.  

Event Number 11.2
Event Name Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids Museum  
Event Date 11 September 2000  
Event Time 19:30 – 20:30 (1 hours)                  
Buses Leave 19:10 sharp (from ALL Hotels)  
Rate  US$ 18 per person  
Tour Description Guests enjoy a fabulous 45-minute show at the feet of the Pyramids of Giza, held every evening. Spectators at the famous sound & Light show in Giza sit comfortably o the terrace of the Cheops Pavilion situated directly in front of the Sphinx. The show is a combination of booming narrative, sound effects and dramatic lighting of the Pyramids and Sphinx. It takes you on an enjoyable tour of the history of ancient Egypt while seated at the most dramatic site in all of Egypt. The Sphinx takes the part of the narrator in this grand spectacle, and offers interesting insights into the history, politics and religion of the ancient Egyptians.  


Event Number 11.3
Event Name VLDB 200 Pool side reception  
Event Date 11 September 2000  
Event Time 20:45 – 23:30                 
Buses Leave 20:30 (from ALL Hotels)  
Rate  By Invitation to VLDB 2000 registered participants.  
Tour Description As an official participants at VLDB, you will be cordially invited by VLDB 2000 conference at a reception held at Mena House Oberoi Oasis Open Door Pool Area within view of the spectacular  Pyramids and the shining stars. This reception, will give you an opportunity a meet old acquaintances and mingle with new friends. Invitation card will be in your conference bag.  

September 12th, 2000

Event Number 12.2
Event Name Egyptian Museum and Nile Cruise Dinner  
Event Date 12 September 2000  
Event Time 18:00 – 23:30                 
Buses Leave 17:30 (from ALL Hotels)  
Rate  US$ 45  
Tour Description

The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian museum is truly the Louvre of ancient Egyptian civilization. The museum is the  most important depositary of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the World.  It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt’s Pharaohs,  sarcophagi and the fabulous treasures from Tutankhamon’s tomb unearthed in 1922 by the English Archaeologist Mr. Howard Carter. In the Tutankhamon exhibit you will see what is perhaps the finest surviving bust of a Pharaoh placed over the head of the mummy. Peruse these treasures as they present a complete portrait of the burial rites and rituals of the ancient Egyptians.

Cruising Dinner & Oriental Show  
Don’t miss this unique combination of five star meal and a serene Nile Cruise. Table side windows open out onto unobstructed views of the brilliant night colors of Cairo. You will be entertained with Egyptian Music and authentic belly dancing show. After Dinner stroll atop the roof-deck and enjoy the refreshingly cool September breeze and dreaminess on an evening on the Nile.  


September 13th, 2000

Event Number 13.2
Event Name Moonlight Gala Dinner at Sakkara Country Club  
Event Date 13 September 2000  
Event Time 19:30 – 20:30               
Buses Leave  19:00 (from ALL Hotels)  
Rate  By Invitation to VLDB 2000 registered participants.  
Tour Description

You are cordially invited to the VLDB 2000 official  Gala Dinner to be held at Sakkara Country Club. Once you arrive there you will be welcomed by a typical Arabian Horse show and a typical folkloric Musical Group.  This dinner party affords you the opportunity to dine, on the last night of the conference, together with colleagues and new friends, in the typical  setting of the Egyptian country side surrounded by open desert. You will be treated to five star Egyptian and intercontinental cuisine along with the traditional Egyptian Music in the background. After Dinner, you will be invited to horseback riding on an exciting Moonlight.


Accompanying Person’s Tours

Event Name Event Date Event Time Price per Person
11. : VLDB 2000 Reception  
(Oberoi Pool Area )
11 Sept.   20:30-23:30   By Invitation to registered participants  
Companion Ticket: $30
12.1  : Citadel & Old Cairo & Bazaar   12 Sept.   10:00-15:00   $ 25  
13.1  : Memphis & Sakkara 13 Sept.   10:00-13:00   $ 25  
13.2  : VLDB 2000 Gala Dinner   13 Sept.   19:30-20:30   By Invitation to registered participants  
Companion Ticket: $45

Event Number 12.1

Event Name Citadel, Old Cairo & Bazaar  
Event Date 12 September 2000  
Event Time 10:00 – 15:00           
Buses Leave 10:00 sharp (from ALL Hotels)  
Rate  US$ 25 per person  
Tour Description

The Citadel & Khan El- Khalili Bazaar

Situated on the spur of Muqattam Hills, the Citadel dominates Cairo’s skyline, and was the dense center of the city and Egypt for almost 700 years.  Its construction was initiated in 1776by by Saladdin and completed by Mohamed Ali.  Mameluke sultans and Turkish governors later made it their residence, building Palaces and mosques within the Citadel walls. Facing the Citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363 and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt. The offered tours include a visit to Khan El-Khalili, a famous Cairo bazaar dating back to the late 14th century.

Old Cairo

The Coptic Museum, and Ben Ezra Synagogue

Coptic Museum: The famous Coptic museum is built on the site of the Roman fortress of Babylon, constructed about 30 B.C. under Augustus and rebuilt in the time of Trajan.  Inside the fortress are several Coptic churches and the largest collection of Coptic art in the world.

Ben Ezra Synagogue: The Ben Ezra Synagogue stands in a pleasant shady garden in the center of Cairo.  Its long existence is attested to by the accounts of many travelers who visited it over the centuries, including Benjamin of Tudela in the 13th century, who records that he saw the torah of Ezra-the Scribe there.  The first Jewish synagogue was destroyed when the Romans occupied Egypt and was later rebuilt by Abraham Ben Ezra, the chief rabbi of Jerusalem.  It contains a number of artifacts, including a torah on gazelle skin dating from the 5th century B.C, a drawing of a seven-branched candelabra on deerskin, and the manuscript known as the “Atlas of Moses”.  


Event Number 13.1
Event Name Memphis & Sakkara  
Event Date 13 September 2000  
Event Time 10:00 – 13:00         
Buses Leave 10:10 sharp (from ALL Hotels)  
Rate  US$ 25 per person  
Tour Description

First stop of this tour is the ruins of  Memphis. 

Memphis served as the capital of Upper and Lower Egypt some 5,000 years ago during the First Dynasty.  Menes, the first pharaoh of this dynasty, built a great, white-walled palace and the Temple of Ptah there.

One of the most exciting historical and archaeological areas in all of Egypt is Sakkara, situated about 12 miles southwest of Cairo.  The site is dominated by the famous step pyramids of King Zoser.  It was the first  pyramids built in ancient Egypt, preceding those at Giza by many centuries, and is the work of the famous Pharaonic architect, Imhotep.

 After you visit Memphis and Sakkara you can visit Kerdassa, a shopping area almost as popular as the Bazaar an famous for galabias, scarves.


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Last updated March 23, 2000