Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular journey through antiquity reveals a storied land’s many treasures. Your small group of no more than 24 travelers begins its 15-day immersion in Egypt’s unsurpassed historic atmosphere in Cairo and its environs. Tour the acclaimed Egyptian Museum and the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital. Continue on to splendid Sakkara, royalty’s burial site for 3,000 years, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza guarded by their enigmatic Great Sphinx. Traveling to Abu Simbel, embark on a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia. Visit the massive Abu Simbel temple complex overseen by the colossal statues of Ramses II, and watch a dramatic sound-and-light show. After stops to admire the outstanding temples at Amada, Wadi el-Seboua, and New Kalabsha, tour the massive Aswan High Dam – an engineering marvel – and explore the Temples of Philae. Then depart from Aswan on a classic four-night Nile voyage, enjoying a leisurely sail aboard a traditional felucca along the way, and visiting Kom Ombo’s unusual temple and Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved temple. Cruise on to Luxor, the world’s “greatest open-air museum,” to explore its wonders: the awe-inspiring Luxor and Karnak temple complexes; the haunting Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens; the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut; and the massive Colossi of Memnon. Returning to Cairo for two nights, tour the exotic Khan el-Khalili bazaar and historic Old Cairo.
Discover fabled “rose-red” Petra, ancient Jerash, and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Cairo.
Day 2: Arrive in Cairo.
Days 3–4: Cairo
Day 5: Flight to 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 from Lake Nasser and embark Nile Cruise Ship.
Day 10: Nile Cruising – Aswan/Kom Ombo/Edfu
Day 11: Nile Cruising – Edfu/Luxor/East Bank
Day 12: Disembark in Luxor/West Bank
Day 13: Luxor/Cairo
Day 14: Cairo
Day 15: Depart Cairo for U.S.
Michael Mastanduno is the Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government and from 2010 to 2017 served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He has taught at Dartmouth since 1987, and his areas of research and teaching include international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, and the politics of the world economy. His current research concerns the rise of China and its implications for international economics and security. He is author or editor of numerous books including Economic Containment; Introduction to International Relations: Enduring Problems and Contemporary Perspectives; International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific; and International Relations Theory and the Consequences of Unipolarity. Professor Mastanduno lectures frequently in Europe and Asia and has been a guest faculty member at the University of Tokyo, the Graduate School of Economics and International Relations at Milan, and the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and, most recently, the London School of Economics. He has been awarded fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Salzburg Seminar, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the East-West Center. He served during sabbatical from Dartmouth as an assistant in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Phi Beta Kappa. He also served as Director of Dartmouth’s John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and is the recipient of Dartmouth’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievement.