Sean Penn Helps Egyptian Tourism

Sean Penn is in Cairo to help promote Egyptian tourism

Sean Penn is in Cairo to help promote Egyptian tourism

Sean Penn is in Cairo, Egypt. He has been visiting the main tourist areas in the country to show his support for the Egyptian revolution and the freedom of its people.

The American actor was seen going to the major Islamic and Coptic sites. He went to the El-Soltan Hassan Mosque and the Moez Street religious complex. According to the Egyptian Tourist Board, he went to the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum yesterday, as well as Tahrir Square. Tomorrow is he has planned to go on a Nile tour.

It was reported that the reason for his going to Egypt was to demonstrate to the world that it is safe to travel there, as there were rumors floating around that Egypt was in a condition of chaos. Penn stated that people should appreciate Egypt’s unique “touristic and archaeological value.”

We believe this goes a long way to answer the question about is it safe to visit Egypt.

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U.S. Embassy in Cairo Back to Normal

Egypt toursFurther confirmation that it is safe to travel to Egypt has now been received from Washington, D.C. The American embassy in Cairo, Egypt has resumed its normal operations. An official statement issued by the U.S. State Department added further, “The security situation in Luxor, Aswan, and the Red Sea Resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, continues to be calm.”

This backs up a statement from Stephen Mehler a short time ago that the ancient archaeological sites were back open, and there seemed to be a new spirit of cooperation and welcome from the Egyptians. All airports in Egypt are also now back to regular operations.

The Body Mind Spirit Journeys spiritual tour of Egypt, led by Stephen Mehler and Shahrzad Awyan is happening October 15 through 28, 2011 and there are still some spaces left for those who wish to join the group. Click here to go to the October Egypt Tour intinerary web page.

The U.S. Embassy in Egypt is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo. It is open for all routine services for American citizens by appointment. U.S. citizens who require emergency assistance do not need an appointment.

The Egyptian government curfew is still in effect between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. and the State Department is requesting that Americans respect it and stay indoors during these hours.


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Egyptian Antiquity Sites Now Fully Open

Egypt tour KarnakA few weeks ago we reported about the question of whether it is safe to visit Egypt, saying that this is one of the best times ever to tour Egyptian sacred sites. Today, we would like to give you an update because we have just received more news about the state of tourism in Egypt from Stephen S. Mehler.

Stephen is an independent Egyptologist and Tour Leader for Body, Mind, Spirit Journeys. He has been involved with tours to Egypt since 1992 when he became a student of the late indigenous wisdom keeper, Egyptologist and senior tour guide, Abd’El Hakim Awyan.  Stephen worked with and led tours with Hakim from 1998-2007, and he now works with Hakim’s eldest daughter, Shahrzad.

The good news from Stephen is that Egyptian ancient sacred sites are now fully open and staffed, and the general public, including international visitors are being welcomed. The word received from recent visitors — people who have been to Egypt during the last month — is that they enjoyed greater access to antiquity sites than ever before. There is full security provided, and the crowds are fewer.

Perhaps the most positive news is that there seems to be a fresh energy and spirit being demonstrated by the Egyptian people, and it is tangible at ancient sites such as Karnak and the Great Pyramid at Giza.

What it all adds up to is that now and the near future may be the most fulfilling and opportune times to plan a trip to Egypt.

Stephen and Shahrzad are leading a full tour to Egypt from October 15 through 28, 2011.

Please click for details on Stephen’s Spiritual Egypt Tour.

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Egyptian Tourism: Is Egypt Travel Safe?

Egyptian Tourism: Is Egypt Travel Safe?Egypt has long been a favorite spiritual travel destination. When Napoleon visited the Great Pyramid in 1798 and spent the night in the King’s Chamber, it was reported that he was powerfully moved by the experience.

Recent political turmoil in Egypt, with President Hosni Mubarak stepping down, has caused much worry about whether it is safe for visitors to travel to Egypt and experience its ancient wonders. Body Mind Spirit Journeys has an Egyptian “Journey to the Land of Ancient Wisdom and Mysteries” tour, hosted by Stephen S. Mehler and Shahrzad Awyan, scheduled for October 15 through 28, 2011. Several of the people interested in this tour have expressed their concern about whether it will continue as planned.

In recent days there have been many very positive signs that Egypt travel is returning to normalcy. It was reported yesterday by Canadian news sources that Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon met in Cairo with Egypt’s new leaders. At the meeting Mr. Cannon pledged to work toward lifting his department’s warning for Canadians wanting to travel to Egypt.

“I think it’s incumbent that the country be able to restore the great tourism industry it does have,” Mr. Cannon said. He also announced that Canada was giving $11 Million to Egypt to help foster democracy.

When Body Mind Spirit Journeys asked Stephen Mehler about the safety of his up-coming tour, his positive reply was that there may never be a better time to visit Egypt.

“It has been predicted that 2011 and 2012 will be years of great change for humanity and the Earth.,” Mr. Mehler explained. “This has been partially reflected by the revolution in Egypt.  We strongly feel that Egypt will now be able to reveal much more of her ancient wonders and wisdom to the world and it may now be the best time to come to this amazing land.”

Stephen Mehler went on to say, “We will not travel to Egypt unless we are sure it is completely safe.”

To see the full itinerary of his spiritual Egypt tour, co-hosted with Shahrzad Awyan, please go to

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