For all of recorded time, the mighty waters of Egypt's Nile River have been the source of life-giving sustenance, cultural riches and mythic power. Flowing north with winds that blow south, the Nile enabled ancient trading boats to sail easily in both directions and gave birth in 3,500 B.C. to a remarkable civilization that lasted for 3,000 years. Join Princeton on an Egyptian journey, January 10–22, 2019, and explore the glorious age of the Pharaohs aboard the Sun Boat III an elegant 18-cabin yacht reserved exclusively for a small group of Princeton travelers.
This Egypt adventure begins in Giza, outside of Cairo, at the historic 5-star Mena House Hotel situated amidst 40 acres of fragrant gardens in the shadow of the Great Pyramids. You will enjoy special access to the Paws of the Sphinx, the Solar Boat Museum and Cairo's brand new Grand Egyptian Museum. After a flight to Luxor, board the Sun Boat III and cruise the Nile in style and comfort to legendary archeological sites such as Karnak and Dendera. Visit the labyrinth of ancient tombs in the Valley of the Kings. In Aswan Study Leader Deborah Vischak will share first-hand knowledge of her research on a guided walk through the Old Kingdom of elite tombs at the Qubbet el-Hawa cemetery. Return to Cairo and round out the journey.
About the Study Leader
Deborah Vischak is an Assistant Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art History and Archaeology at Princeton University. She has taught courses on ancient Egyptian visual and material culture, archaeological practice and theory, and the history of Egyptology. Her scholarship engages questions of social identity, landscapes and monumentality, and the role of style within broader networks of communication. She first visited Egypt over 20 years ago, and since then has traveled throughout the country to excavate, conduct field research, and drink hundreds of cups of tea.
Her first book, Community and Identity in Ancient Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examined the Old Kingdom tombs at Qubbet el-Hawa in modern Aswan. This book argues that the unusual form of these tombs represents a carefully and intentionally crafted expression of local community identity, shared among the residents of this ancient border town. She is currently at work on a book for Reaktion Press' Essays in Art and Culture series examining the social aspects of elite mortuary culture across the Pharaonic period.