Join us on a carefully curated, 14-day journey like no other to the classical world's cradle of civilization. Navigate the legendary waterways of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Aegean Sea, transit the seminal Suez Canal, and see several 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 Luxor Temple and specially arranged access to Queen Nefertari's tomb in the Valley of the Queens. During a visit to Cairo, stand in the 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.
Optional Pre-Tour: Jerusalem
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
Day 14: Athens / Depart
Optional Post-Tour: Athens
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Professor Van Citters is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the Thayer School. As a Dartmouth student, he majored in earth sciences and engineering, working as a geologist before a career shift to biomedical engineering via his Dartmouth graduate education and postdoctoral work at the Mayo Clinic. Through his love of teaching, Van Citters has active courses in mechanical engineering, materials science, and biomaterials - all directly related to his research program as a musculoskeletal scientist with a lab that houses over 21,000 failed artificial joints. He will share talks about biomaterials – from ancient ones documented in the tombs of the pharaohs to those used in modern medical devices - and how material science helps reveal human history! As you transit the Suez or imagine the Lighthouse of Alexandria, feel free to ask him about canals or bonfires!