Egypt Luxury Retreat Offers Guests to Search for Cleopatra’s Tomb

Egypt Luxury Retreat Gives its Guests the Chance to Help Archaeologists Find Cleopatra's Tomb and Talk With Kathleen Martinez.

Aug 30, 2023By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
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Bust of Cleopatra, ca. 40-30 BC, via Altes Museum Berlin


Egypt luxury retreat offers great deals. It even gives a chance to its guests to observe a team of qualified archaeologists in their quest to discover Cleopatra’s long-lost tomb. Guests will have a chance to meet archaeologist Kathleen Martinez, understand her work, and witness excavation and restoration work inside a labyrinth of ancient passageways at the Great Temple of Osiris, Taposiris Magna. This means that guests will have exclusive access to the site without physical participation. The guests will need to pay around 16,000 dollars to the retreat offering the experience.


Egypt – a Place to Take an Archeological Role

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Sculptures with Cleopatra and her son Nero-Caesar from the temple of Denderah, photo by Francis Frith, via Royal Collections Trust


The retreat previously mentioned is ‘The Luminaire’ and offers a one-week excavation experience. Guests will also have exclusive access to the site and Martinez about which have information on the maze of the Great Temple of Osiris, Taposiris Magna’s historic tunnels. Archaeology team-discovered trenches and caves will also be available for visitors to discover. They will get a first look at how “cutting-edge robots” create an area’s digital map and 3D sculpture replicas.


In last year’s announcement, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities stated that an archeology crew led by Martinez uncovered a passageway sculpted into rock. Throughout the dig to the Alexandrian temple, it descends around 43 feet below the surface of the soil. Mustafa Waziri, Egypt’s secretary general of the Supreme Council for Archaeology, said the tunnel is about 6.5 feet high and nearly a mile long.


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The most famous example of a Cleopatra coin, via Hunterian Museum, Glasgow


The researchers think that a portion of the temple’s structure is currently underwater. Also, that tunnels collapsed under the strain of tremors and surges of water. Archaeologist believes Cleopatra‘s tomb may be accessible through these passageways. The Egyptian officials described the find as “significant”. There were many artifacts on site: coins with photos and names of Cleopatra and Alexander the Great.

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Many More Pearks to the Retreat

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra (1963), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, via The Mirror


There are many more perks to this trip. It also involves an exclusive entry excursion to Saqqara, the greatest archaeological location in Egypt, to get an inside look ar recent findings. Additionally, the guests will also have early access to the Grand Egyptian Museum.


The Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza will be the first stop for guests’ accommodation for two nights, followed by the Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano for three nights.


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Cleopatra and Caesar, by Jean Leone Gerome, 1866, private collection, via Arthur Digital Museum


According to the business’s website, those willing to spend a little extra would be given exclusive access to the Oracle Temple of Amun in the distant UNESCO-protected Siwa Oasis and a stay at an “off-grid hideaway,” as well as the opportunity to visit the Great Sphinx while attending lectures led by a local Egyptologist.

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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.