Educational Resources Journey to the Land of the Pharaohs
March 12–24, 2010 • Hosted by Dr. Steven Derfler
Includes airfare, fuel surcharges, great hotels, transfers, meals, touring & more!
To travel to the land of Egypt is to feel profoundly touched by history. The glory and greatness, mystery and mystique that was once Egypt, beckons alluringly. Come and explore an ancient land of temples, tombs, and hieroglyphs as we visit a civilization shaped by the mighty Nile River.
Saturday, March 13: Cairo. Arrival in Cairo, where the airport personnel will issue your entry visa to Egypt. Our representative will meet you at the baggage claim area, then escort you to your private touring coach and transfer to our Cairo hotel. Accommodations: Sofitel El Gezirah or similar. Dinner provided.
Sunday, March 14: Cairo & Luxor, board cruise. Following a full American breakfast at your hotel we will visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, where we'll view the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. Here we'll see the priceless antiquities of King Tutankhamen's tomb, the intriguing Mummy Room, and plenty of other remarkable treasures dating back 5,000 years. Lunch at a local restaurant. On your way to the airport, you will visit the tomb of President Anwar Sadat.
We'll commence our tour of the East bank including the Temple of Luxor, strikingly graceful and added to over the centuries by Tutankhamen, Ramses II, Alexander the Great, and others. Transfer back to the cruise. Dinner and overnight on board the cruise in Luxor. Accommodations: MS Tulip. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Monday, March 15: Luxor. This morning we'll explore the West Bank of the Nile including the Valley of Kings, where some 64 of Egypt's Pharaohs have their royal tombs hewn into the sheer rock. We'll also visit the Howard Carter House, the Valley of the Queens, and the impressive Deir El Bahari mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, an architectural wonder built against the backdrop of a looming cliff face. Sightseeing continues with a visit to the Tomb of the Nobles, the great Funerary Temple of Ramses III and the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Tuesday, March 16: Luxor & Edfu. This morning we shall pass through the lock at Esna on our way to Edfu. As you travel south, you will have an opportunity to view rural life in Egypt, where the crops, methods of farming, animals and irrigation systems have changed little from 4,000 years ago.
Arrive at Edfu and proceed to the Temple of Edfu, the second largest temple in Egypt (after Karnak) and one of the best preserved. The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BCE. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt. Dinner and overnight on board the ship in Edfu. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Wednesday, March 17: Edfu, Kom Ombo & Aswan. Enjoy the facilities of the Tulip as it continues its southward journey to Kom Ombo and Aswan. Dinner and overnight aboard ship in Aswan. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Thursday, March 18: Aswan, Abu Simbel & Aswan. Early morning flight to Abu Simbel. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC. It is one of the most moving and thrilling sites in all of Egypt. Here at the limits of Upper Egypt, Ramses II built his temple in honor of Harmakhis, guardian of the Gates to the Nether World, Amon-Ra, Solar God, Ptah, God of Creativity, and Ramses II himself.
After our tour, we'll fly back to Aswan. After lunch, our visits include the High Dam and the lotus shaped monument to Soviet-Egyptian cooperation, where it is possible to enjoy a wonderful view of Lake Nasser. We continue to the unfinished obelisk. Fractured during cutting and abandoned, this work of art shows how these magnificent monuments were painstakingly hewn by hand and polished to a glassy smoothness. Dinner and overnight aboard ship. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Friday, March 19: Aswan, Kom Ombo & Edfu. Breakfast on board. Visit Philae Island, one of Egypt's most impressive sights before being flooded, after the first Aswan Dam was built. The new site represents a complete restoration of the original. Explore Philae Temple which for centuries was the holiest site for Isis worshippers.
Enjoy a tour by felucca around Elephantine Island, once the center of modern Aswan. As you sail, you'll see the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Lord Kitchener and the Aga Khan Mausoleum. Take advantage of an optional camel ride to San Simeon Monastery and Qubbet el-Hawa Tombs. Lunch on board.
Saturday, March 20: Edfu & Luxor. Enjoy a day at leisure aboard the ship as you make your way back to Luxor via the Esna Lock. Your day on board will give you a real prospective of the rural Egypt, where people live today much the same way they did even thousands of years ago, in mud brick homes, tending their fields with wooden plows and moving produce via donkey. It is a wonderful experience to sit on the shaded deck of your floating hotel, sipping an iced beverage while watching 5,000 years of culture slowly drift by. Egypt has always invoked a feeling of the exotic, of mystery and even intrigue. The Nile River seems to pass as does time, slowly witnessing the progress of mankind. One actually feels history. It is a sensation like no other. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Sunday, March 21: Luxor & Cairo, disembark cruise. Breakfast aboard our cruise ship prior to disembarkation. This morning, visit Karnak Temple, one of the most overwhelming monuments of the Pharaonic legacy. Sightseeing continues with a carriage ride to the Coptic village of Ngaa el Syagh. Later in the afternoon, transfer to the railway station. Our accommodations are in private sleeping compartments on the train, and dinner will be served on board. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Monday, March 22: Cairo. Upon arrival at Giza station in Cairo, our sightseeing continues with a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza. We'll see the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, the Solar Boat, and the mysterious Sphinx and Valley Temple.
Our tour continues to the Coptic Quarter, centerpiece of Old Cairo. Here we'll visit the Christian and Jewish Quarters of the Old City, including the Abu Serqa Church, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Citadel of Mohamed Ali, built on the remains of a Crusader-style fortress dating from the time of Saladin.
We'll also visit the Sultan Hassan Mosque which was built from the alabaster cover stones of the Pyramids of Giza in 1369. Today's sightseeing will conclude with a visit to the fascinating Khan El Khalili bazaar. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Cairo. Accommodations: Sofitel El Gezirah or similar. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Tuesday, March 23: Cairo. We drive along the Nile this morning to the ancient capital of Memphis. Though most of the city has been destroyed by time, the magnificent Alabaster Sphinx and the mammoth statue of Ramses II remain. We continue to the Necropolis of Sakkara, where we view the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, Pyramid of Teti, Mastaba of Mereruka and the Wall of Cobras. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Wednesday, March 24: Cairo/USA. Say a reluctant goodbye to Egypt as we transfer to the airport this morning to board our return flight to the USA, arriving in New York later this afternoon. Breakfast provided.
- Round trip flights from New York via EgyptAir, including airport departure taxes from the USA & Egypt (flight schedule)
- Accommodations in 5-star hotels and Nile Cruise with private bath
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- Sightseeing in private touring coach escorted by Egyptologist/guide, including all entrance fees to places visited and all domestic transportation within Egypt
- Air tour to Abu Simbel
- Transfers, hotel taxes, tips and porterage at airports & hotels
- Specially prepared Study Guide including comprehensive bibliography
- Comprehensive travel insurance
Tour Prices, Fees & Options
Per person prices from New York (JFK), for payments by check:
|Single Occupancy||+ $955|
|Egypt Visa fee||+ $20|
|Payment by credit card:||+ $123|
Please download the reservation application and fax or mail it to us, together with your $300 per person deposit. Fax to: 215-572-9803. Mail to 500 Old York Road, Suite 200, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Steven Derfler
1691 Highland Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
About your tour host, Dr. Steven L. Derfler
Dr. Derfler is associated with institutions both in the Midwest and Israel. In the Upper Midwest, he teaches as a professor at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. International institutions include Tel Aviv University's Institute of Archaeology, the Israeli Antiquities Authority, and The Negev Museum of Beersheva. In addition, he has served as a scholar-in-residence at Oxford University, England.
His commentaries can be found in such publications as the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The American Jewish World. His research has been published by the Israel Exploration Journal, Tel Aviv Journal of Archaeology, Hadashot Archaologiot, Atiqot, Middle East Review, The ARAM Journal of Oxford University, The University of Minnesota Press and the Edwin Mellen Press. He has developed educational tools, including videos and CD ROMs, that are widely used throughout North America and the Middle East.
Dr. Derfler directs study tours to Egypt, Morocco, Greece and Turkey, and Israel/Jordan.