Educational Resources Journey to the Land of the Pharaohs
January 9–21, 2006 • Hosted by Dr. Steven Derfler
Includes airfare, great hotels, transfers & 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 shaped by temples, tombs and hieroglyphs as we visit a civilization shaped by the mighty Nile River.
Tuesday, January 10: Cairo. Arrival in Cairo, where we are warmly greeted by our guide, assisted through customs formalities, then escorted to our private touring coach and transferred to our Cairo hotel.
Our tour continues to the Coptic Museum, centerpiece of Old Cairo, where we see unique and beautiful examples of Coptic art such as especially carved wood, stained glass and sculpture. Then we visit the Christian and Jewish Quarters of the Old City, the Citadel of Mohamed Ali, built on the remains of a Crusader-style fortress dating from the time of Saladin, Sultan Hassan Mosque which was built from the alabaster cover stones of the Pyramids of Giza in 1369, and the fascinating Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Dinner tonight is on the Nile Pharaoh Cruise Boat. Overnight at our Cairo hotel.
Friday, January 13: Aswan. After breakfast aboard the train, we'll begin our touring in Aswan. 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. On to 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. Take advantage of an optional camel ride to San Simeon Monastery and Qubbet el-Hawa Tombs, then we'll transfer to our cruise ship for embarkation and dinner.
Monday, January 16: Luxor. This morning we 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, the Valley of the Queens, the impressive Deir El Bahari mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, an architectural wonder built against the backdrop of a looming cliff face, the Tombs of the Nobles, Medinet Habu, the great Funerary Temple of Ramses III, and the Colossi of Memnon, two huge seated statues of Amenhotep III. This evening, enjoy a Sound and Light Show at Karnak.
Tuesday, January 17: Luxor/Esna. This morning we visit the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Karnak is possibly one of the most overwhelming monuments of the Pharaonic legacy, with work carried out on the temples over a period of 1500 years. The Luxor Temple is strikingly graceful and was added to over the centuries by Tutankhamun, Ramses II and others. This afternoon we'll enjoy a change of pace as we take a carriage ride into the countryside and visit the Coptic Christian village of Ngaa el Syagh. We'll return to our ship to continue sailing to Esna.
Wednesday, January 18: Edfu/Kom Ombo. This morning we'll sail to Edfu. After lunch, we'll visit Kom Ombo, where we'll explore the Tombs of El Kab and the Temple of Kom Ombo, unique in all of Egypt and shared by the two gods, Sobek and Haroeris.
Friday, January 20: Aswan/Cairo/Roda & Gezira Island. This morning, disembark from our cruise and transfer to the airport for the short flight to Cairo. Our touring in Cairo begins with a visit to Roda Island, which contains on its northern reaches the Manial Palace. On to Gezira Island with its parks and El-Borg, a 600-foot tower offering a marvelous view of Cairo and the Nile from its observation deck. Later we'll visit Sadat's Tomb. This evening we will enjoy a dramatic presentation of the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids.
Saturday, January 21: Cairo/USA. Say a reluctant goodbye to Egypt as we transfer to the airport early this morning to board our return flight to the USA, arriving in Minneapolis later this afternoon.
• Round trip flights from Minneapolis via Lufthansa, including airport departure taxes from the USA & Egypt
• Accommodations in 5-star hotels and Nile Cruise with private bath
• Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily including dinner cruise along the Nile River in Cairo
• Signtseeing in private touring coach escorted by Egyptologist/guide, including all entrance fees to places visited and all domestic transportation within Egypt
• Sound & Light Shows at Giza & Karnak
• Air tour to Abu Simbel
• Transfers, hotel taxes and porterage at airports and hotels and comprehensive travel insurance
• Specially prepared Study Guide including comprehensive bibliography
Tour Prices, Fees & Options
Per person prices from Minneapolis.
Double occupancy: $3600
Single occupancy: + $615
Tips & Visa Fees: + $140 (not included)
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 has been associated with institutions both in the Midwest and Israel. 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.
In the Upper Midwest, he teaches as a professor at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Other venues include The Dawn Schuman Institute of Jewish Learning in Chicago.
The educational tools created include both videos and CD ROMs, and are widely used throughout North America and the Middle East.
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.
Dr. Derfler directs study tours to Egypt, Morocco, Greece and Turkey, and Israel/Jordan.