November 1-14, 1997
Edward F. Wente, Professor Emeritus of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, was a member of the Oriental Institute's Epigraphic Survey from 1959 to 1968, and served as its Field Director in 1972/73. He recorded scenes at Medinet Habu, the Temple of Khonsu, and the tomb of Kheruef. He has published several scholarly articles and books. Drawing upon his decades of research into ancient Egyptian culture and religion, Prof. Wente will attempt to explain daily life and society as well as mortuary practices in relation to the monuments that will be visited.
Day One: November 1, Chicago/London Early evening departure on British Airways flight to London. (D in Flight)
Day Two: November 2, London/Cairo Early morning arrival in London. A late afternoon flight takes you to Cairo, where you transfer and check in at the Marriott Hotel. (BB and D in Flight)
Day Three: November 3, Cairo Take in the treasures of the Egyptian Museum--including the Mummy Room--in the morning. After lunch, venture to Giza (site of the Great Sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum). A welcoming dinner at the hotel caps your first full day in Egypt. (BB/L/D)
Day Four: November 4, Cairo Today highlights Islamic and Coptic Cairo. The Al Azhar Mosque, the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, and the tent-makers bazaar are followed by lunch and a tour of Coptic Cairo's majestic churches and the Coptic Museum. Dinner on your own. (BB/L)
Day Five: November 5, Memphis/Sakkara/Alexandria The Egypt of the Pharaohs takes center stage this morning, as you visit the ancient capital of Memphis and the vast necropolis of Sakkara (Click Here for Photos). After lunch, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Alexandria for dinner and overnight at the Cecil Hotel. (BB/L/D)
Day Six: November 6, Alexandria/Cairo Alexandria, Egypt's Mediterranean jewel, reveals itself to you today, with visits to the Fort of Qaytbey and its famous Pharos lighthouse, Pompey's pillar, the red granite Ptolemaic Sphinxes, and the Greco-Roman Museum. Late afternoon departure to Cairo for dinner and overnight at the Marriott. (BB/L/D)
Day Seven: November 7, Cairo At leisure on this day, you may return to the Egyptian Museum, explore more of Cairo, or venture to the pyramids at Dahshur. The Dahshur journey is included as an option at no extra cost. Lunch and dinner are on your own, with recommendations offered. (BB)
Days Eight-Eleven: November 8-11, Aswan/Cruise/Luxor On the morning of November 8, board a flight for Aswan (or, with the optional extension, to Abu Simbel) and your adventure on the incomparable Philae cruise ship. All your meals are served with elegance as you cruise down the Nile. Highlights include the Aswan High Dam, a felucca ride, the temple at Kom Ombo (3rd Century bc), the temple of Horus at Edfu, and a full day on the West Bank at Luxor (Click Here for Photos), including the Valley of the Kings, Medinet Habu, and Deir el-Medina. (BB/L/D)
Day Twelve: November 12, Luxor Disembark from the Philae for check-in and lunch at the majestic Old Winter Palace. In the afternoon, visit the temple of Karnak at Luxor , followed by a reception at Chicago House, where the Epigraphic Survey staff welcome you. Evening features a sound & light performance and dinner at the hotel. (BB/L/D)
Day Thirteen: November 13, Luxor/Cairo Morning departure to Cairo. Afternoon at leisure to explore Cairo, perhaps heading to the Khan el-Khalili to pick up some mementos for those back home. Lunch is on your own, dinner a farewell cruise on the Nile. (BB/D)
Day Fourteen: November 14, Cairo/London/Chicago Board an early-morning British Airways flight for your return home. (Meals in Flight)
Abu Simbel Extension: Day Eight, November 8 Those who wish may travel from Cairo to Abu Simbel (Click Here for Photos) for a visit to the temple of Ramses II, studied by James Henry Breasted on the first University of Chicago Egypt expedition in 1905/06. After seeing the temple, travel to Aswan to join the rest of the group.
Articles by Professor Emeritus Edward F. Wente on the Oriental Institute World-Wide Web Site
Revised: March 3, 2009