Ancient Egypt and the Nile River
About the Journey
Follow the course of the Nile River into the very heart of ancient civilizations on a 14-day exploration of Egypt’s rich heritage. Go in depth to learn about the unparalleled architectural and engineering skills of master pyramid builders and enjoy unique behind-the-scenes peeks at archaeological sites. Among the many highlights of this itinerary are the Great Pyramids and special private access to the paws of the Sphinx of Giza; the brand new, soon-to-be-opened Grand Egyptian Museum; the Valley of the Kings, with specially arranged access to Queen Nefertari’s Tomb; the fabulous Temple of Karnak complex; and the colossal statues of Ramesses II and his favorite queen at Abu Simbel. The academic highlight of the journey will be a series of lectures from preeminent historian of religion Elaine Pagels who will discuss her research and publication involving the ancient Nag Hammadi texts discovered on the west bank of the Nile in 1945 and an introduction to the history of the Coptic Church in Egypt.
Accommodations are deluxe and memorable with a luxurious seven nights on board the 5-star Nile Adventurer, bookended by two unique stays in Cairo at the legendary Mena House Hotel and the Four Seasons First Residence.
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by participants from Yale University.