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  The great Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel  Panoramic view of Abu Simbel  The Temple of Philae, near Aswan  Architectural detail, Temple of Philae, near Aswan  Traditional felucca on the Nile  The gods Horus and Sobek, Kom Ombo  Temple of 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 $5,797 | 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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If all that the Ancient Egypt and the Nile Tour focused on was the Pyramids at Giza ... it would still be a GREAT tour as you would be viewing the only remaining structure of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. However there is so much more with Smithsonian Journeys! The Pyramids, Temples and Tombs are amazing works that makes you contemplate just how these magnificent structures were built thousands of years ago! 

- Thomas F.

The trip to Egypt is a chance of a lifetime. The sites are amazing. I always felt safe. Our tour director was wonderful…

- Sara J.

If you want to quench your thirst for knowledge along with a fascinating tour of historical places, Smithsonian tours are the answer. 

- Kenneth F.

I hadn’t realized the major role ancient Egypt played in world history. This trip was a fascinating - even magical - experience.

- Jane F.

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Feb 20 - Mar 5, 2021 Departure

John Baines

John Baines received his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He was Professor of Egyptology there until his retirement in 2014. He has held visiting appointments in universities and research centers in Egypt, China, Europe, and the USA. John has worked with archaeological field expeditions at Saqqara and Abydos, as well as visiting and studying sites throughout Egypt and northern Sudan, and museum collections wherever he has been able to see them. In Egypt he has lectured on a number of tours.

John’s research has addressed many areas of Egyptology, for periods ranging from later prehistory to Greco-Roman times. His work has a strong comparative focus, and he has developed a particular interest in early China, which offers many parallels to developments in Egypt. Among other books, he is co-author with Jaromir Malek of Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt (2nd edition, 2000), and author of Visual and Written Culture in Ancient Egypt (2007) and High Culture and Experience in Ancient Egypt (2013). His current research, which he is presenting in public lectures at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, is on Egyptian biographies. In these studies he uses archaeological, art-historical, and text-based approaches, setting the lives of ancient Egyptians within the landscapes that they developed and inhabited.

John is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the American Philosophical Society and of the German Archaeological Institute. He has served on national and international bodies for research in archaeology, and he continues to be a member of the editorial boards of journals and book series.

Mar 6 - 19, 2021 Departure; Nov 6 - 19, 2021 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 20 - Apr 2, 2021 Departure
Megaera  Lorenz

Megaera Lorenz

Megaera Lorenz holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. She specializes in the history, art, and iconography of Egypt’s New Kingdom (ca. 1550-1069 BCE) as well as the Late Egyptian language. She is currently preparing her dissertation, “The Role of Male Royal Offspring in 18th Dynasty Egypt,” for publication. Megaera has participated in fieldwork in Luxor and Deir el-Bersha in Egypt, as well as salvage archaeology at Al-Widay, in the region of the Fourth Cataract in Sudan. She has taught courses on Egyptian art and architecture, history, and language at the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago. She worked for several years as a Content Advisor for the Oriental Institute Museum’s Office of Public Education, where she developed, evaluated, and facilitated numerous educational programs for educators, docents, K-12 students, and the general public. She also contributed to the development of an Oriental Institute special exhibit, “The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt.” Megaera has been involved in public education in various capacities since childhood, and she is always seeking opportunities to share her passion for Egypt’s rich cultural heritage with other lifelong learners.

Apr 10 - 23, 2021 Departure; Oct 9 - 22, 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 16 - 29, 2021 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. 

Oct 30 - Nov 12, 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.

Dec 4 - 17, 2021 Departure
Janet Duncan Jones

Janet Duncan Jones

Janet Duncan Jones is Professor of Classics at Bucknell University. She received her B.A. in Latin from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Janet is an active field archaeologist specializing in Greek and Roman art and architecture, ancient urbanization, ancient technology with a focus on ancient glass production, and environmental history. Her publications focus on ancient technology and the impact of those technologies on ancient landscapes. Her current research focuses on the impact of the Moors in southern Spain on urbanism, architecture, technology, and intellectual history. Janet is full of stories from her extensive travels in the Mediterranean and Middle East and from over 20 years of archaeological field work in Greece at Athens and Corinth, in Turkey at Gordion and Gritille Hoyuk, in Tunisia at Carthage, and in Jordan at el-Lejjun, Humayma, and Aqaba.