Join us on acarefully curated, 14-day journey like no other to the classical world's cradle of civilization. Visit three continents, navigate the legendary waterways of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Aegean Sea, transit the seminal Suez Canal, and see up to five magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Follow in the footsteps of the nomadic Bedouins across Wadi Rum, an orange-hued sea of sand where Lawrence of Arabia established his base. Enjoy excursions to the revered sites of the Nile Valley city of ancient Thebes, including the magnificent Karnak Temple Complex, Luxor Temple, and specially arranged access to Queen Nefertari's tomb in teh Valley of the Queens. During a visit to Cairo, stand in teh shadows of the three iconic pyramids of Giza, an incredible engineering feat that still dominates the horizon and stands guarded by the inscrutable Great Sphinx. Marvel at one of the greatest sites of antiquity, the Minoan Palace at Knossos in Crete.
Day 1: Depart
Days 2 & 3: Amman, Jordan
Day 4: Amman / Jerash / Amman
Day 5: Amman / Petra
Day 6: Petra / Wadi Rum / Embark Ship / Aqaba
Day 7: Safaga for Luxor, Egypt
Day 8: Luxor / Hurghada
Day 9: Ain Sokhna for Giza Plateau
Day 10: Transit the Suez Canal
Day 11: Alexandria
Day 12: Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
Day 13: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Day 14: Athens / Depart
Susan Ackerman is the Preston H. Kelsey Professor in Religion, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. She joined the Religion Department in 1990 after teaching at the University of Arizona and at Winthrop College in South Carolina. She is a specialist in the religion of ancient Israel and the religions of Israel's neighbors (Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan), an interest she first developed as an undergraduate religion major at Dartmouth (A.B., 1980) and continued to explore in graduate school at Harvard (M.T.S., 1982; Ph.D., 1987). In 2006, Professor Ackerman won the Dartmouth College Faculty Award for Service to Alumni Continuing Education, and in 2018, she was awarded the Dartmouth College Alumni Council's Professor John Rassias Award for Faculty Commitment to Lifelong Learning.