The Nile River and the cities along its banks have been witness to three millennia of history intricately woven into a tapestry of cultures that is today’s Egypt.


  • At the Egyptian Museum, discover the world’s richest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including the gold burial mask and sarcophagus of Tutankhamen.
  • See the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only surviving monument among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Visit the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens and step inside several tombs, including that of King Tutankhamen, left undisturbed for over 3,000 years until its excavation in 1922.
  • Learn about the University of Chicago’s methods of preserving and restoring ancient artifacts at the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House.
  • Cruise the Nile River and delight in the natural beauty and scenes of local life along its banks.
  • View the colossal statues of Ramses II at the Great Temple in Abu Simbel.

Itinerary at a Glance

January 16Depart gateway city
January 17Arrive in Cairo
January 18Cairo
January 19Cairo | Giza | Sakkara
January 20Cairo
January 21Cairo | Fly to Luxor
January 22Luxor | Embark on the Sonesta St. George I
January 23Karnak | Cruising the Nile
January 24Edfu | Kom Ombo
January 25Aswan | Round-trip flight to Abu Simbel
January 26Aswan | Disembark ship | Fly to Cairo
January 27Depart for gateway city

Trip Scholar

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, AM’06, PhD’16, is a research associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, where she recently received her PhD in Egyptology. She is also a member of the research project MAHES (Momies Animales et Humaines Egyptiennes) based in Montpellier, France. After studying chemical engineering in Lille, France, and completing a master’s degree in Greek and Latin at the University of Vermont, she is now able to combine her passion for birds and ancient Egypt. Bailleul-LeSuer’s research focuses on the ancient Egyptians’ relationship with the avifauna encountered in the Nile Valley and surrounding deserts. To get a better understanding of the various ways that birds were incorporated into the daily life of ancient Egyptians, she especially studies the bird mummies now held in museum collections. In 2012–13, she was guest curator of the Oriental Institute Museum special exhibit titled Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt.