Day Trip to the City of the Cat Goddess Bastet: Bubastis

Duration

1 Day

Max. people

8

Pick up

A private car/minibus

Your day begins with a pick-up at 6:00 am from your hotel in Cairo and at 5:00 am from your hotel in Giza.

Bastet: Symbol of Peace Amongst Goddesses

Bastet embodies the gentle aspects of fierce goddesses like Sekhmet and Pakhet. Over time, she evolved into a cat goddess, recognized as a daughter of Ra, the sun god. She is also known as ‘the cat of Ra,’ wielding a sharp knife to vanquish Ra’s adversary, the serpent Apophis.

Ancient Reverence for Bastet

From the Early Dynastic Period, Bastet held significant importance. Depicted on tools from Pharaoh Hotepsekhemwy’s reign in the 2nd Dynasty, she appears as a lioness-headed figure, holding a scepter and the ankh, symbolizing life.

The Temple of Bastet at Bubastis

Bubastis, capital of the Am-Khent nome, the 18th nome of Lower Egypt, lay southwest of Tanis along the Pelusiac branch of the Nile. It rose to prominence under Shoshenk I of the 22nd Dynasty and thrived through the 23rd Dynasty, diminishing after Cambyses II’s conquest in 525 BC.

Historical and Religious Significance

According to tradition, Bubastis welcomed the Holy Family during their Egyptian sojourn in the harvest month of Pashons (May to June in the Gregorian calendar). Legend has it that Jesus asked for water by a temple well.

Archaeological Riches

Renowned as the foremost repository of cat mummies, the ruins of Bubastis, located near modern Zagazig, attest to its cultural and religious prominence. The Egyptian name Per-Bast, meaning “house of Bast,” underscores its association with the 22nd Libyan dynasty.

Archaeological Insights

While evidence of prehistoric and predynastic activities exists, no village remains from that era have been found. However, a predynastic grave was discovered at the northern point, with additional structures unearthed from the Old Kingdom period in 1970.

Guided Excursion

Embark on a guided tour by Egypte 4 All Reizen, available in Dutch, Italian, or English, ensuring an enriching exploration of Bubastis, the city dedicated to Bastet, the beloved cat goddess.

Prices:

  • 1 person 200 €
  • 2 persons €165 p.p
  • 3/8 persons €120 p.p

 

Tickets to the monuments for children

– Children from the ages of  1 to 5 years old are free.

– Children aged 6 to 12 receive a 50% discount.

All prices are subject to change.

 Egypte 4 All Reizen is not liable for theft or accidents. However, we will assist you in resolving any issues that arise.

 

Included/Excluded

  • Transportation to and from the hotel
  • Entrance tickets
  • Lunch (coffee, tea, soft drinks, and other beverages not included)
  • Complimentary bottle of water and can of Coke per person for the journey
  • Tips for the driver and guide
  • Additional tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Snacks and drinks for the bus on the return journey

Tour Map

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