NOVEMBER 3 - 19, 2013
For the discriminating traveler, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), in collaboration with Eskin Tours International, is offering a unique 16-night tour that knits together the Pharaonic, Coptic, and Islamic periods of Egypt’s rich cultural history, with an emphasis on cultural preservation. You will learn about American efforts to preserve this magnificent history within the context of modern day Egypt, with unparalleled behind-the-scenes tours of historically iconic sites where the Research Center has conducted preservation activities.
In this one-of-a-kind tour experience, the must-see sites of ancient Egypt will be made more meaningful by the ARCE scholars and professionals who are working to protect them. We will also take "the road less traveled" through recently conserved Coptic and Medieval sites that reveal the significance of these periods in Egypt's long history.
Serving as our guides are two experts in Egyptian history and architecture, Dr. Jocelyn Gohary and Dr. Tarek Swelim. ARCE senior staff members will share additional insights along the way at ARCE preservation sites. Read their bios >>
To get started, you'll want to arrive in Cairo no later than November 3rd, 2013. Our first tour day is November 4th starting from the lobby of our hotel.
- Visit the storied Egyptian Museum,
home to the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including King Tutankhamun’s golden treasures. Here, ARCE established the museum's very first registrar's office and initiated the first comprehensive, expandable, digitized inventory of the museum's massive collection that played an instrumental role in identifying stolen artifacts during the January 2011 revolution.
- Visit the Coptic and Medieval quarters of Cairo where you will experience the many layers of history that are critical to understanding the development of this great city. Here you will be led by experts who are working in collaboration with our Egyptian colleagues to provide a rich educational context for the adventurous visitor.
- Enjoy shopping in the Khan el-Khalili marketplace.
- Explore the evolution of Egyptian pyramid building from Saqqara to the Giza plateau.
Red Sea Coast
- We’ll drive south along the Red Sea coast to St. Antony’s Monastery, where the Christian monastic tradition began in the Eastern Desert in the 4th century A.D. Stunning wall paintings in the monastery reveal the true artistry of Coptic painting, now fully visible for the first time in centuries as a result of ARCE's cleaning and conservation work. Also on display are early monks' cells, which ARCE helped to conserve and make accessible to visitors.
Sohag/Abydos/Luxor (ancient Thebes)
- In Sohag, we will visit the seldom-toured Red and White Monastery churches, dating to the 5th and 6th centuries, A.D. The church in the Red Monastery is among the best-preserved examples of religious architecture from the Late Antique/Early Byzantine period in the entire Mediterranean world.
- Continuing southward to Abydos, we enter an area used as a sacred site since pre-dynastic times. There we will visit the New Kingdom mortuary temple of Seti I, representing a revival of Old Kingdom forms.
- Experience ancient Thebes as we explore Karnak and Luxor temples, religious structures that were at the heart of Pharaonic civilization for 1500 years. ARCE’s monitoring and conservation activities here are helping to slow deterioration and train the Egyptian conservators responsible for maintaining this extraordinary heritage.
- On the west bank of the Nile, you’ll explore Medinet Habu, the memorial temple of Ramesses III; Deir El-Bahri, built by a famous female Pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut; the Valley of the Kings; tombs of the nobles; and much more.
Aswan/Abu Simbel/Lake Nasser
- In Aswan, we'll visit the Philae temple, Nubian Museum, and Tombs of the Nobles.
- Our crowning adventure will be a relaxing three-night sail on Lake Nasser visiting Nubian sites with our guide, a foremost scholar on this ancient site. This cruise culminates in Abu Simbel, where we will explore the remarkable twin temples of Ramesses II and his queen Nefertari.
- Upon our return to Cairo, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together - until next time! Detailed Itinerary >>
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Only a few spaces remain...The total cost of the 16-night tour is $5,800. Price includes hotels, all travel within Egypt, most meals, all tipping, visas, and a $1,000 tax-deductible donation to ARCE. Exclusions: International round-trip airfare, six dinners, one lunch, and optional trip insurance. Read comments from previous travelers >>Both a completed registration form and $500 deposit per person are needed to complete a reservation. Click 'registration form' to download the registration form. Click 'make payment' to make a deposit online.
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