Travel from vibrant Cairo and the Great Pyramids to Abu Simbel and Aswan, plus take a classic voyage along the Nile River from Aswan to Luxor.

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 The Pyramids of Giza  Smithsonian Journeys travelers at Luxor  The enigmatic Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza  Funerary mask of Tutankhamen, Cairo's Museum of Egyptian Antiquities  The restored barge at the Solar Boat Museum, Cairo. Credit: Egyptian Tourism Bureau  Alley in Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo  Panoramic view of Abu Simbel  The great Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel  The Temple of Philae, near Aswan  Architectural detail, Temple of Philae, near Aswan  Traditional felucca on the Nile  Temple of Kom Ombo  The gods Horus and Sobek, Kom Ombo  Detail seen at Kom Ombo, along the Nile  Deity at the Temple of Horus at Edfu  Temple of Horus at Edfu  The tomb of Ramses II, Valley of the Kings. Credit: Egyptian Tourism Bureau  Wall decoration in tomb in the Valley of the Queens. Credit: Egyptian Tourism  Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Valley of the Queens  Traveler exploring a temple in Egypt  The grand Hypostyle Hall at the Temple of Karnak, Luxor  Obelisk at the Temple of Karnak, Luxor  Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor  Evening at the Temple of Luxor  The Great Pyramids of Giza

Ancient Egypt and the Nile

Featuring Abu Simbel

14 days from $5,297 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Travel from vibrant Cairo and the Great Pyramids to Abu Simbel and Aswan, plus take a classic voyage along the Nile River from Aswan to Luxor.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Feb 1 - 14, 2020 Departure
David Price Williams

David Price Williams

David Price Williams has a degree in Ancient Near Eastern languages and a doctorate in Near Eastern archaeology and has spent his working life as an East Mediterranean archaeologist. He taught Middle Eastern Archaeology and Egyptology at the University of London for many years. His first overseas field work was at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for several seasons as a surveyor for the Smithsonian Institution excavating a site on the Egyptian border before directing his own field research in the Levant. David has designed and lectured on many tours to Egypt, Turkey and Greece. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an elected life member of the Society for Old Testament Studies.  

Feb 8 - 21, 2020 Departure; Oct 10 - 23, 2020 Departure; Jan 2 - 15, 2021 Departure
Solange Ashby

Solange Ashby

Solange Ashby received her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago with a specialization in ancient Egyptian language and religion. She has conducted doctoral research at the temple of Philae in Egypt and participated in the excavation of a royal tomb in the Kushite cemetery of El-Kurru in Sudan. Her dissertation explores the prayer inscriptions of Nubian groups that traveled to the Egyptian temples of Lower Nubia, including Philae. Dr. Ashby’s expertise in sacred ancient languages including Egyptian hieroglyphs, Demotic, and Coptic, Ethiopic, Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew underpins her research into the history of religious transformation in Northeast Africa and the Middle East during the period when monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) replaced traditional religion in Egypt and Nubia. Her current research explores the roles of women in traditional Egyptian and Nubian religious practices.

Dr. Ashby holds fellowships at Catholic University’s Institute of Christian Oriental Research and the American Research Center in Egypt. She teaches Religious History at American University in Washington, DC.

Feb 15 - 28, 2020 Departure; Mar 21 - Apr 3, 2020 Departure; Oct 17 - 30, 2020 Departure
Emily Teeter

Emily Teeter

Emily Teeter received her PhD in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Her areas of specialization are the religion, social history, and the material culture of ancient Egypt. After recently retiring after a long career in the Oriental Institute Museum, she consults for museums and Egyptology projects throughout the world. Over the last decades, she has developed and led tours to Egypt and many other areas of the Middle East.

Emily has written a wide variety of popular and scholarly articles and published many books, including Baked Clay Figurines and Votive Beds from Medinet Habu; The Presentation of Maat: Ritual and Legitimacy in Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egypt: Treasures from the Collection of the Oriental Institute; Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt, and Egypt and the Egyptians (which has appeared in Arabic and Turkish editions). She has curated many permanent and temporary exhibits of Egyptian artifacts in major museums in the United States. Dr. Teeter has conducted fieldwork in Alexandria, Giza, and Luxor, and she has appeared on many television programs about Egypt. Emily also has a deep interest in the later periods of Egyptian history and culture.

She is the past President of the American Research Center in Egypt, and she continues to serve on their board. She is a Research Associate of the Polish Centre for Mediterranean Studies, an Associate of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and she sits on the editorial boards of several prominent academic journals. 

Feb 22 - Mar 6, 2020 Departure
Mary-Jane Deeb

Mary-Jane Deeb

Dr. Mary-Jane Deeb received her Ph.D. in International Relations of the Middle East and Africa from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from the American University in Cairo where she lived for many years. She is fluent in French and Arabic, and can read seven other languages. She was the President of the American Tunisian Association (2016-2018), and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association (2015-2018). She retired after twenty years as Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress in February 2019. She has traveled and lectured all over the world including, more recently, in Davos during the 2018 World Economic Forum, in Azerbaijan in March 2018, and in Nanjing and Nantong in China in May 2018. Before joining the Library of Congress she taught Comparative and International Politics at the American University in Washington for ten years. Deeb is the author and editor of several books and 190 articles on the Middle East and North Africa. She has also written four mystery novels: Cocktails and Murder on the Potomac, Murder on the Riviera, A Christmas Mystery in Provence, and Death of a Harlequin, and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America. She worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia, UNICEF, AMIDEAST, the USAID in Beirut during the civil war, and was also a UN observer for the 1997 Algerian elections. She has received a number of awards, and is listed in the Marquis' Who's Who in America and the Marquis' Who's Who in the World.

Feb 29 - Mar 13, 2020 Departure
Elizabeth  Hart

Elizabeth Hart

Elizabeth Hart earned her Ph.D in the anthropological archaeology of Egypt from the University of Virginia. Motivated by a passion for world history and the profound diversity of human society, her research focuses on understanding ancient economies, particularly through the analysis of flaked-stone artifacts and settlement sites. She has done fieldwork in Egypt yearly since 2004, working at Giza, Helwan, Wadi el-Sheikh, Abydos, el-Mahâsna, the Valley of the Kings, Elkab, Aswan, and Wadi el-Hudi. She is currently a Research Affiliate at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, and the head lithic specialist for the University of Vienna’s Wadi el-Sheikh project. She has shared Egypt’s cultural heritage by teaching courses on Ancient Egypt at the University of Virginia, as a research fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by working for the non-profit organization the American Research Center in Egypt, and through talks and publications for both academic and general audiences.

Mar 7 - 20, 2020 Departure
Sandy  Krolick

Sandy Krolick

Sandy Krolick earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, with a specialization in Philosophy and History of Religions research. One of his earliest publications, Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth, focuses on methodologies for interpreting primitive, archaic, and ancient myths, including those of the ancient Near East and Egyptian kingdoms. His knowledge of comparative religion research provides him a very broad brush with which to articulate the significance of ancient Egyptian art, texts, mythologies, and artifacts. His research on myth and culture was further bolstered by his work on shamanism at the University of Chicago with famed Historian of Religion, Mircea Eliade. That research was more recently augmented by Sandy’s meetings with indigenous Altai shamans while living on the western Siberian Steppe.

Sandy has spent time traveling along the Nile River in Egypt, from the pyramids at Giza, to the temple complexes at both Karnak and Luxor. In Sandy’s estimation, ancient Egypt occupies a distinctive and special place in the development of civilization, as the transformation from oral and pictographic expression to written alphabetic language, along with the transition from hunting and gathering to the domestication of both land and animals, spread throughout the ancient Near East and Africa.

His publications include two recent novels: Veronika, The Siberian’s Tale, and Shambhala, Lukas’ Story. His numerous non-fiction publications include Gandhi In The Postmodern Age, and a training program on Ethical Decision-Making Styles.

Mar 14 - 27, 2020 Departure; Nov 7 - 20, 2020 Departure
Veronica Kalas

Veronica Kalas

Veronica Kalas is an expert on ancient and medieval art and architecture of the East Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle East. She has lectured extensively on ancient Egyptian art in her courses on art and architectural history, having taught at a variety of colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. She has participated in excavations and architectural documentation and preservation projects throughout the region. Veronica earned her Ph.D. in art history and archeology from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and her B.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on the rock-carved architecture of Byzantine Cappadocia, a volcanic area located in central Turkey. She has published widely about this subject and other field projects and is very interested in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to the visual and material culture of the pre-modern world. Of particular importance to her are the many-sided discussions surrounding the protection and preservation of cultural heritage sites. Her work has been supported by the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and Dumbarton Oaks Research Libraries and Collections in Washington, D.C. Veronica has enjoyed filming for the History Channel, lecturing to the public, and leading archeological study tours.

Apr 4 - 17, 2020 Departure; Apr 3 - 16, 2021 Departure
Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer received her PhD in Egyptology in 2016 from the University of Chicago. She now divides her time between teaching in the Department of Anthropology at the College at Brockport, SUNY, and acting as historian and curator for a local historical society. After studying Chemical Engineering in Lille, France, and completing a MA in Greek & Latin at the University of Vermont, Rozenn has lately centered her research on the ancient Egyptians’ relationship with their environment, most especially the avifauna encountered in the Nile Valley and surrounding deserts. Her current efforts focus on the study of bird mummies now held in museum collections in order to gain a better understanding of the various ways that birds were incorporated into the daily life of ancient Egyptians. She has worked as a consultant for the Art Institute of Chicago and the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, where she curated the exhibit Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt. Most recently, because of her volunteer activities in the Victorian village of Brockport, she has started delving into the letters and diaries written by European and American travelers of the Victorian era during their journeys through Egypt, as she wishes to gather information on sites, monuments, and landscapes that have since vanished.

Oct 31 - Nov 13, 2020 Departure
Ashley Arico

Ashley Arico

Ashley Arico received her PhD in Near Eastern Studies with a focus in Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology from the Johns Hopkins University, where her research examined Egyptian statues as evidence for interactions between Egypt and the Levant in ancient times. She is currently the Elizabeth McIlvaine Assistant Curator of Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ashley participated in excavations at the temple of the lioness-headed goddess Mut in Luxor, Egypt for several years, and she has previously held positions at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, the Walters Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her interests include tracing how Egyptian artifacts have moved and been interpreted over time from antiquity to today, and particularly in how tourism to Egypt in the late 19th century influenced the formation of Egyptian museum collections throughout the world, including in Chicago.

Nov 28 - Dec 11, 2020 Departure; Feb 13 - 26, 2021 Departure
Debora  Heard

Debora Heard

Debora Heard is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology specializing in Nubian Archaeology at the University of Chicago where she has also extensively studied the ancient Egyptian language and history. Her dissertation research analyzes the inscriptions and iconography of Kushite temples dedicated to the gods Amun and Apedemak in Upper Nubia. She situates her research at the intersection of anthropology, archaeology, Egyptology, and Nubian Studies.

Debora has excavated at the 4th Cataract of the Nile River in Sudan as a member of the Oriental Institute Nubian Expedition. For more than 10 years, she has taught courses, given public lectures, and participated in special programming dedicated to ancient Nubia and Egypt at the Oriental Institute, the Kemetic Institute, Chicago State University and, most recently, the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Her audiences have included grade school children, college students, school teachers, museum docents, and general members of the public seeking information about the ancient world. Debora has also served as an intern with the Egyptian and Nubian Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and curatorial assistant in the installation of the Robert F. Picken Family Nubian Gallery of the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, as well as conducted research at the British Museum, Ashmolean Museum, and the Griffith Institute at the University of Oxford. She looks forward to sharing her passion for Egypt and Nubia with the Smithsonian Journeys tours.