Please join the Alumni Association and Dr. Jimmy Albright for an unforgettable tour of Egypt.
On May 20-31, 2020, we will spend 12 days touring “Ancient Egypt and the Nile River” from Cairo to Aswan.
The cost of the trip is $4,299 per person. Included in the cost is: air ticket, touring, 4-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily and five lunches. Not included: tips, carrier surcharges, Egypt entrance Visa, three lunches, drinks, optional travel insurance and items of a personal nature.
Please contact the Alumni Relations office at (816) 271-5670 to sign up or with questions.
Day 1: Flight to Cairo – May 20, 2020
Depart USA to Cairo. Enjoy a hot dinner aboard the airplane.
Day 2: Arrival in Egypt
Welcome to Egypt! Our representative will meet and greet you at the airport after you clear customs and then will escort you to your hotel in Giza. The rest of the day is free. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 3: The Pyramids and the Sphinx
After breakfast, you will meet your tour director, also a professional Egyptologist and an expert in the history and anthropology of Egypt. Today, your tour takes you to fascinate sites of ancient Egypt. The pyramids of Giza are the only “Wonder of the Ancient World” to have survived the modern era. Your guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the three pyramids here, including the stunning Great Pyramid of Cheops. Then visit the enigmatic Sphinx. Continue to Saqqara and Memphis, which was the ancient capital of Egypt. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 4: Tour of Alexandria
After breakfast we will tour Alexandria (weather permitting), where you’ll see the new Library of Alexandria, the Catacombs, Montana and the Amphi Theatre. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 5: Cairo
After breakfast, you will visit Old Cairo, Moallakah Church, and Saint Sergius. In the afternoon, enjoy some shopping time in the Bazaar.
Day 6: Luxor and Cruise on River Nile
Fly to Luxor to begin the cruise portion of your Egyptian tour. Spend the day touring the Nile’s West Bank. Your tour director/Egyptologist leads you to the Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs hidden in the Theban Hills. This “Place of Truth,” as the ancient Egyptians called it, is the location of the tombs of Pharaohs Turankhamun and Ramses. You’ll enter the tombs for a tour. Then visit and tour the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, devoted to one of the few female pharaohs. Also view the 64-foot-high Colossi of Memnon and tour the Valley of Nobles, whose temples depict amazing scenes of daily Egyptian life. Tonight, attend a sound and light show. Overnight aboard cruise ship.
Day 7: West Bank
This morning, explore the painstakingly excavated Temples of Karnak and Luxor, once connected by an avenue of sphinxes. Your tour director/Egyptologist takes you inside the temples for guided tours. Later, sail towards Edfu. Overnight aboard cruise ship.
Day 8: Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan
This morning, visit the Temple of Horus. Built nearly 2,000 years ago, this amazingly well-preserved temple is a perfect example of the architecture of its era. Next, sail to Kom Ombo. Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, built during the Greco-Roman period. The temple is noted for its twin deities, Sobek and Horus. Arrive later today in Aswan. Overnight aboard cruise ship.
Day 9: Aswan Dam
Enjoy a visit to the Aswan Dam, on e of the greatest engineering projects of the 20th century. Also view the Temple of Isis at Philae and the “unfinished Obelisk,” once destined to be the largest structure of stone in the world. In the afternoon, you’ll take a felucca (boat) ride past Elephantine Island, on which lies the frontier fortress of Egypt. The island takes its name from the dark granite rocks at its southern end, which resemble a herd of elephants bathing on the river. Also view the mausoleum of Agha Khan, which is situated on a hill with panoramic views. Overnight aboard cruise ship.
Day 10: Aswan
Your cruise ends with disembarkation this morning in Aswan. Fly from Aswan to Abu-Simbel. Visit the temples of Abu-Simbel. Return from Abu-Simbel to Cairo either directly or via Aswan (connecting flights) depending on availability. Tonight, attend an Egyptian Folklore Evening, dinner an overnight in Cairo.
Day 11: Sightseeing of Cairo
Your tour director/Egyptologist will lead a sightseeing tour of Cairo. The city’s mosques, of which there are more than 500, display some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Visit the citadel and Mohammed Ali Mosque, also known as the Alabaster Mosque. Built in the 12th center by mighty Salah el-Din. The Citadel was originally used as a fortress and was the residence of the Sultans until 1850. Also visit the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, which houses the famous masks of Tutankhamen. Later, roam through the winding streets and alleyways of the Khan-el Khalili Bazaar. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 12: Return Home – May 31, 2020
Transfer to Cairo airport for your flight back to USA. Arrive home.