Join us on this custom-designed, 14-day journey to the very cradle of civilization. Visit three continents, navigate the legendary waterways of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Aegean Sea, transit the Suez Canal and experience eight magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cruise for eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Lapérouse, featuring just 92 elegant Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony.
Spend three nights in Amman to visit Greco-Roman Jerash and one night adjacent to the “rose-red city” of Petra. Visit the mythical island of Santorini, follow in the footsteps of nomadic Bedouins across dramatic Wadi Rum. Mid-cruise, overnight in awe-inspiring Luxor in a Nile-view room and enjoy a specially arranged visit into the tomb of Queen Nefertari. Stand in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Visit the newly opening Grand Egyptian Museum, which will house 4,000 of King Tutankhamen’s treasures. Tour Alexandria or Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.
*Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication*
Optional Pre-Program: Classical Greece
Day 1: Depart US or Canada
Day 2: Arrive in Athens, Greece / Embark Le Bougainville
Day 3: Crete
Day 4: Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
Day 5: Alexandria, Egypt
Day 6: Suez Canal transit
Day 7: Ain Sokhna for Cairo and Giza (Great Pyramids)
Day 8: Hurghada / Disembark ship / Luxor
Day 9: Luxor / Valley of Kings and Queens / Hurghada / Reembark ship
Day 10: Aqaba, Jordan / Disembark ship / Wadi Rum / Petra
Day 11: Petra / Amman
Day 12: Amman / Jerash
Day 14: Amman / Disembark ship / Return US or Canada
Optional Post-Program: The Holy Land
Tarek El-Ariss is the James Wright Professor at Dartmouth College and Guggenheim Fellow 2021-22. Trained in philosophy, comparative literature, and visual and cultural studies, he works across disciplines and languages to examine notions of the subject, community, and modernity in Arabic culture, literature, and art. His research interests include new media and cyber culture; literary theory and digital humanities; Nahda and modernity studies; travel writing and the war novel; sci-fi and utopia studies; 18th- and 19th-century French philosophy and literature; and gender and sexuality studies. He is author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political and Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age, and editor of the MLA anthology, The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of the Nahda.