Wander the storied land of pharaohs and kings, where colossal pyramids, legendary tombs, and towering temples cascade across the terrain along the mighty Nile River.

Highlights

  • Experience an unhurried journey on the Nile River, revealing seemingly limitless vistas of infinite deserts contrasted by metropolitan cities.
  • Enjoy two full days exploring Cairo, visiting the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and Khan El-Khalili bazaar.
  • In Luxor, view the Karnak Temple Complex, one of the largest religious buildings in the world, which includes contributions from approximately 30 pharaohs over thousands of years.
  • Travel beside the Nile to Abydos to marvel at the colorful carvings in the Temple of Seti I and view the Abydos King List, which was instrumental to understanding Ancient Egyptian history.
  • Embark in Esna aboard a private dahabiya—a traditional Egyptian sailing vessel—for four nights on the Nile River, visiting the Elephantine and Soheil Islands and exploring their sacred temples and traditional Nubian villages.

Itinerary at a Glance

January 31 En route from U.S.
February 1 Arrive in Cairo, Egypt
February 2 Cairo | Memphis | Gaza
February 3 Cairo
February 4 Cairo | Flight to Luxor
February 5 Luxor | Abydos | Luxor
February 6 Luxor | Esna—Embarkation
February 7 Nile River | Edfu
February 8 Edfu | Nile River | Kom Ombo
February 9 Kom Ombo | Nile | Aswan
February 10 Aswan—Disembarkation
February 11 Aswan
February 12 Aswan | Optional Abu Simbel Excursion | Flight to Cairo
February 13 Cairo | Depart for U.S.

Optional Extension(s)

Pre-tour: Alexandria

Post-tour: Jordan

Trip Scholar

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, AM’06, PhD’16

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer received her PhD in Egyptology in 2016 from the University of Chicago. She now divides her time between teaching in the Department of Anthropology at the College at Brockport, SUNY, and acting as historian and curator for a local historical society. After studying chemical engineering in Lille, France, and completing an MA in Greek and Latin at the University of Vermont, Rozenn has lately centered her research on the ancient Egyptians’ relationship with their environment, most especially the avifauna encountered in the Nile Valley and surrounding deserts. Her current efforts focus on the study of bird mummies now held in museum collections in order to gain a better understanding of the various ways that birds were incorporated into the daily life of ancient Egyptians. She has worked as a consultant for the Art Institute of Chicago and the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, where she curated the exhibit Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt. Most recently, because of her volunteer activities in the Victorian village of Brockport, she has started delving into the letters and diaries written by European and American travelers of the Victorian era during their journeys through Egypt, as she wishes to gather information on sites, monuments, and landscapes that have since vanished.