Join Dartmouth Alumni Travel for an adventure across Egypt for the 2019 Ledyard Explorer Series. Cairo, our trip's embarkation point, was the site of John Ledyard's untimely death due to accidental poisoning in 1789. Ledyard is said to be buried in a modest grave along the sands of the Nile which, to this day, has yet to be found by historians.
Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular small group journey through antiquity, limited to only 24 guests, delves into a storied land's many treasures. Your 15-day immersion in Egypt's inestimable historic atmosphere begins in Cairo and its environs with the acclaimed Egyptian Museum and Memphis's open-air museum with its colossus of Ramses II. Continue on to splendid Sakkara, royalty's burial site for 3,000 years, then the astounding Pyramids of Giza guarded by their enigmatic Great Sphinx. Fly to Aswan, where you tour Aswan High Dam, an engineering marvel, and visit the renowned Nubia Museum. Embark your ship for a fascinating four-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia, during which you explore the astonishing temples of Philae, Kalabsha, Wadi el-Seboua, Amada, and Abu Simbel - host to a dramatic sound-and-light show. Travel to Aswan for a classic three-night Nile cruise. Along the way, enjoy a leisurely sail on a traditional felucca, visit the ancient trading town of Kom Ombo, and see Edfu's Temple of Horus, Egypt's best-preserved temple. Sail on to Luxor, the world's "greatest open-air museum." Here you explore the East and West banks - splendid Karnak and Luxor temples, the haunting Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, the dramatic Temple of Hatshepsut, and the massive Colossi of Memnon - and enjoy lunch with a local family. Fly to Cairo where your touring includes the exotic Khan el-Khalili bazaar and Old Cairo.
Day 1: Depart US for Cairo, Egypt
Day 2: Arrive Cairo
Day 3: Cairo
Day 4: Cairo
Day 5: Cairo / Aswan / Embark Lake Nasser Cruise
Day 6: Lake Nasser Cruising - Kalabsha Temples / Wadi el-Seboua
Day 7: Lake Nasser Cruising - Wadi el-Seboua
Day 8: Lake Nasser Cruising - Amada / Kasr Ibrim / Abu Simbel
Day 9: Disembark / Abu Simbel / Aswan / Embark Nile Cruise Ship
Day 10: Nile Cruising - Aswan / Kom Ombo / Edfu
Day 11: Nile Cruising - Edfu / Luxor / East Bank
Day 12: Disembark / Luxor / West Bank
Day 13: Luxor / Cairo
Day 14: Cairo
Day 15: Depart for US
Optional four night post-tour: Jordan - Petra and Amman
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Barbara Kreiger is adjunct associate professor and chair of creative writing in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University and is the author of "The Dead Sea and the Jordan River" and "Divine Expectations: An American Woman in Nineteenth-Century Palestine." She has written introductions for travel classics, and her work has appeared in the "Smithsonian" magazine and "The New York Times." She was the recipient of a Fulbright award in Rome and spent a year teaching at the university there. She was also invited by CNN to travel to Jordan and Israel to participate in an environmental documentary.
A seasoned Dartmouth Alumni Travel faculty leader, Barbara has been a popular instructor of memoir and travel writing for a number of years at the College and in the Alumni College. She has also written and lectured on the life and explorations of John Ledyard, and looks forward to revisiting his story with Dartmouth Alumni Travel.