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 3-15, 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. Return to Cairo and round out the journey.
About the Study Leader
Thomas Hare '75, is the William Sauter LaPorte ’28 Professor in Regional Studies at Princeton University and incoming chair of the Department of Comparative Literature. His areas of scholarly interest include medieval Japanese literature and drama, literature and the arts in more general terms, portraiture and ancient Egyptian writing systems and visual arts. He has written extensively on Japanese Noh drama and translated pieces from both the Noh repertory and the ballad repertory of Early Modern Japan. His first book relating to ancient Egypt was ReMembering Osiris: Number, Gender and the Word in Ancient Egyptian Representational Systems (Stanford University Press, 1999). He is currently working on a book about writing on portraits, which includes a chapter on the pharaonic portrature of two important kings of the nineteenth century (BCE, that is).
He has been to Egypt three times previously, once as study leader with another Princeton Journeys group. He is eager to get back and explore the wonderful civilizations of the lower Nile Valley, with you this time.