Wonders Of Egypt and Cruising Lake Nasser
February 4-18, 1996
February 4 USA/CAIRODepart Chicago on Lufthansa Airlines overnight flight to Cairo. (Meals in flight)
February 5 CAIROAfter arrival in Cairo, transfer to the Cairo Sheraton for a light reception and overnight. (R)
February 6 CAIROWe spend the day at Giza, where our lecturer, who worked on the Oriental Institute excavations of the work-men's bakery, will discuss the newest work on the plateau. We visit the pyramids, the Sphinx, the Boat of Khufu and some of the newly opened tombs. Late lunch at Mena House. Remainder of day at leisure before our welcome dinner. Overnight at the Cairo Sheraton Hotel. (B/L/D)
February 7 CAIROMorning visit to Islamic Cairo where we visit some of the city's wealth of medieval monuments. Afterward, we browse the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, then have lunch at a restaurant in the bazaar. Spend the rest of the day at the Egyptian museum. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the Cairo Sheraton. (B/L)
February 8 CAIROToday we visit the necropolis of Sakkara, concentrating on the Step Pyramid complex of Djoser, the pyramid of Unas and private tombs including Mereruka, published by the Oriental Institute. Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at the Cairo Sheraton. (B/L/D)
February 9 CAIRO/LUXOREarly morning transfer for our flight to Luxor. The morning program features west bank sites including the Valley of the Kings, site of the newly discovered tomb of the sons of Ramesses II, and the Valley of the Queens. At Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III, we meet with members of the Epigraphic Survey who are documenting the reliefs in the Eighteenth Dynasty Temple. Lunch is followed by an afternoon meeting at the Epigraphic Survey at Luxor Temple includes a special tour, concentrating on the newly published reliefs showing the Opet festival. Chicago House is our host this evening for a special reception. Dinner and overnight at the Luxor Sheraton. (B/L/D)
February 10 LUXORWe return to the west bank to visit Deir el-Bahari, the Colossi of Memnon, the workmen's village at Deir el-Medina and the tombs of the nobles, including that of Kheruef, published by the Oriental Institute. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the Karnak Temple, partially published by the Oriental Institute, and the Luxor Museum, including the cache of statues recently discovered beneath the court of the Luxor temple. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the Luxor Sheraton. (B/L)
February 11 LUXOR/ASWANThis morning we fly to Aswan. Among the sites we visit are the Old and Middle Kingdom tombs at Qibbet el-Hawa, and the Philae Temple. Lunch is at a local restaurant, while the evening is free to explore the Aswan suq at your own pace. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the Oberoi Hotel. (B/L)
February 12 ASWAN/CruisingToday we visit the Aswan Museum, the remains of the temples and city of Elephantine, and the Botanical Garden on Kitchener's Island. Mid-day embarkation on the M/S Eugenie, which will be our floating home from which to explore the treasures of Nubia, again accessible as a result of unprecedented international cooperation in the 1960s. After lunch, we visit the temple of Ramesses the Great at Beit el-Wali, which was published by the Oriental Institute, the Kalabsha Temple, and the charming kiosk of Kertassi. Dinner and overnight on board. M/S Eugenie. (B/L/D)
February 13 Cruising LAKE NASSERThis relaxing day will be spent cruising Lake Nasser, created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam. We enjoy the serene desert vistas and the ship's fine service. M/S Eugenie. (B/L/D)
February 14 Cruising/WADI SEBOUA/AMADA/QASR IBRIMWe begin the day with a visit to a group of temples relocated by UNESCO; the Wadi Seboua temple of Ramesses II, and the Ptolemaic and Roman-era temples of Dakkah and Maharraqah. These sites were documented in 1905-7 by the first Egyptian Expedition of the Oriental Institute, led by James Henry Breasted. After lunch, we visit the Amada temple of Thutmose III and Amunhotep II, with its brightly painted reliefs of the kings before gods. We also see the rock-cut tomb of Penout from the time of Ramesses VI. Sail on to Qasr Ibrim. Dinner and overnight on board. M/S Eugenie. (B/L/D)
February 15 Cruising/QASR IBRIM/ABU SIMBELThis morning we visit the endangered fortress of Qasr Ibrim, the summit of which is strewn with remains from the Nubian pharaohs and Roman-era inhabitants., then enjoy lunch on board. Early evening arrival at Abu Simbel with a breathtaking view of the illuminated temples of Ramesses II and Queen Nofertari. Special candlelight dinner in front of the temples. Overnight on board the M/S Eugenie. (B/L/D)
February 16 ABU SIMBEL/CAIROEnjoy the rare opportunity to watch the sun rise on the temples at Abu Simbel. After a visit to the temples, we fly to Cairo and transfer to the Cairo Sheraton Hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure, with time to tour Coptic Cairo, to shop, or to revisit the Egyptian Museum. Special farewell dinner this evening. Overnight at the Cairo Sheraton. (B/D)
February 17 CAIRO/FRANKFURTAn early morning transfer to the airport for your Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, where you may spend the day at your leisure. Overnight in Frankfurt.
February 18 FRANKFURT/CHICAGOBoard Lufthansa flight to Chicago, with an afternoon arrival. (Meals in flight)
Optional post-tour excursion to Sharm es-Sheikh and day tour to Sinai (St. Catherine's):
Three nights with two meals per day (optional dives/boat trips). Day trip to Mt. Sinai to visit St. Catherine's monastery.
Price includes round trip airfare from Cairo to Sharm es-Sheikh.
Revised: March 3, 2009