El Gouna Film Festival - October 13-18, 2022

El Gouna Film Festival: October 13-18, 2022
El Gouna film fest, now in its 6th year, has emerged as a pillar in the region’s cultural and entertainment scene. Showcasing more than 100 narrative, documentary and short films from Europe and the Middle East in a juried competition, the fest’s over-arching mission is to promote the discovery of new talent and emerging voices in world cinema.

Campus El Gouna was established to act as a scientific and academic field office of Technische Universität Berlin (hence it is called The TUB). This satellite campus on the Red Sea was financed by alumnus Samih Sawiris and serves as the fest headquarters. Screenings take place here and in a grand outdoor theatre. 

When not at the movies, El Gouna’s pristine beaches, diving, snorkeling, golf courses and an array of fine restaurants beckon.

Getting to El Gouna …Based in a new, luxury resort development on the Red Sea, El Gouna is a one hour flight from Cairo or Luxor to Hurghada Airport.

Getting Around El Gouna … Free shuttle buses make a loop from all hotels to the festival headquarters throughout the day and evening, and taxis are free for all fest accredited guests. Tuk tuks are readily available for approx 20 Egyptian pounds = approx. $1.25 US.

While we’re there …we’ll go to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan*
Pre-fest guided tour: Oct 5-12, 2022 we'll explore some of the world’s greatest archaeologic wonders, ancient history and art of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan.

Day 1: Wednesday October 5th, 2022 
Arrive Cairo. Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival at Cairo International Airport, we will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino or similar (3 nights)

Day 2: Thursday October 6th, 2022 
The Egyptian Museum and Citadel
We begin our city sightseeing with our Egyptologist at the world-famous Egyptian Museum*. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Explore Cairo by joining a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on Qursaya Island, home to the first large scale initiative to clean the Nile.​We will have free time to enjoy and get dinner on your own. This evening, we will take our seats at the magical Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramids which illuminates the history of Giza—an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt.

*The visit to the Egyptian Museum may be replaced with a visit to the new Grand Egyptian Museum upon its opening in 2022. This state-of-the-art museum has panoramic views of the Pyramids of Giza and is the largest archaeological museum in the world. It will house the greatest collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt, including all 5,000 objects found inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb. 

Day 3 : Friday October 7th, 2022 
The Great Pyramids of Giza
Today visit Giza with our Egyptologist. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx, crouching at the foot of the Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent Pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, where we can see the colossal statue of Ramesses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to view the Step Pyramid of Zoser, which dates back 2686 B.C., making it the oldest pyramid in the world. Enjoy free time in the afternoon and evening. 

Day 4: Saturday October 8th, 2022 
We'll fly to Luxor to visit the huge temple complex of Karnak.  We will walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes and stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall.  From here we transfer to our cruise ship, our accommodations for the next four nights. After lunch on board, we will walk through the Luxor Museum, home to ancient artefacts and two royal mummies. We will return to our ship for dinner together.
Hotel: MS Medea or MS Miriam or similar (4 nights) 

Day 5: Sunday October 9th, 2022 
We travel by motor coach to the west bank of the Nile to see the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. Here buried are many pharaohs, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun. Experience local hospitality during a visit to the village of Geziret Bahirat.  We will then visit Luxor Temple which was unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s, before returning to our ship and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu, for our overnight stay. 

Day 6: Monday October 10th, 2022 
We sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder.  

Day 7: Tuesday October 11th, 2022 
At Aswan's High Dam and granite quarries we get to see the enormous unfinished obelisk. We will go by motorboat to the Temple of Isis. Rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae, it was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Later, on a traditional Nile Felucca, we will learn about traditional sailing practices followed by high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote “Death on the Nile”. 

Day 8: Wednesday October 12th, 2022 
Today we head to El Gouna where we begin our cinema immersion.

* this is a preliminary itinerary with details subject to change until it is finalized.

El Gouna Film Festival: October 13-18, 2022 (6 days/5 nights)
· 5 nights’ accommodations at Movenpick Hotel (or similar) with Continental Breakfast daily.
· Festival Accreditation, your access to events and screenings.
· Welcome Reception and Orientation - how your badge works, accessing special screenings and events, and other good things to know about getting around town and into screenings.
· Admission to the Opening Night Ceremony.
· Daily briefings with your travel hosts.
· Some meals together to be detailed in finalized travel itinerary.

· Round-trip international airfare, air & departure taxes
· Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required
· Meals (except those specified in itinerary highlights)
· Room service and valet/laundry service
· Trip Insurance –  HIGHY RECOMMENDED


Contact Susan Jacobson if you have questions or to reserve your place: at 914.589.7553 
Contact Paul Siegel, CTC for travel assistance with air, destination add-ons, and travel insurance: 215-567-6610