Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Egypt, exploring iconic pyramids, fascinating museums, vibrant bazaars and cultural treasures on this expert-led Nile study cruise.
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Program No. 12778RSBLOG
14 days
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At a Glance

How were the pyramids built? How were the temples of Abu Simbel saved? And why does Tut Ankh Amon, the “boy king,” still capture the public imagination? Journeying overland and on the Nile, Egyptologists reveal the mystery behind Egypt’s storied history and the country’s place in the modern world.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day; some stairs and uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn from Egyptologists who lead expeditions to Saqqara, Dahshur, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum.
  • Venture to the Valley of Kings, King Tut's tomb and the famed Colossi of Memnon.
  • Delve deeper into ancient Egypt during a four-night study cruise on the Nile.

General Notes

Ship varies by departure date.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Yacoubain Building
by Alaa al-Aswany
The Yacoubain Building by Alaa al-Aswany (translated into 23 languages) was the best-selling Arabic novel for 2002 and 2003 and was voted Best Novel for 2003 by listeners to Egypt’s Middle East Broadcasting Service. Set in the time of the first Gulf War in 1900 Alaa al-Aswany writes the story of Egyptian society in downtown Cairo. Characters are housed in the now downtown Cairo landmark the Yacoubain Building where Alaa al-Aswany brings complex Egyptian society alive.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt
by Bill Manley
Ingenious color maps, site plans, photographs and accompanying essays trace Egyptian civilization from the founding of Memphis through the sacking of Thebes and invasion by Alexander the Great in 332 BC in this authoritative, remarkably concise history.
The Nile: A Journey Downriver through Egypt’s Past and Present
by Toby Wilkinson
Wilkinson takes readers on both a historical and contemporary journey down the Nile, highlighting the small details that intertwine river landmarks with and Egypt’s ancient civilization.
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
by Toby Wilkinson
Toby Wilkinson, a world rewound Egyptologist, tells the story of Egypt’s great civilization, from its birth as the first nation-state to its absorption into the Roman Empire. Drawing upon forty years of archaeological research, award-winning scholar Toby Wilkinson takes readers inside Egypt’s history once ruled by divine kings who led with all-too-recognizable human emotions.
Egypt Map
by Nelles
The coverage of easy-fold map -- with insets of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Giza, the Nile River Valley, Cairo and other sites -- includes Petra, Jerusalem and most of Israel.
Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff
by Rosemary Mahoney
Mahoney weaves the tale of her quest to row the Nile with deft portraits of the people she meets in this marvelously engaging chronicle.
The Nile Cruise
by Jenny Jobbins
Weaving classic travelers' accounts with essays and 150 color photographs, this compact book beautifully illuminates the history and allure of the towns, temples and tombs of the Nile from Abydos to Abu Simbel.
Eyewitness Guide Egypt
by Eyewitness Guides
A visually rich guide to the history, culture and monuments of Egypt.
Egypt, A Short History
by Robert L. Tignor
Princeton historian Tignor distills five decades of study and travel for this vivid account of the sweep and tumult of Egyptian history from the settlement of the Nile to the present.
When Woman Ruled the World, 6 Queens of Egypt
by Kara Cooney
Celebrated Egyptologist Kara Conney’s narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra, and shines a light on female power, exploring the connections between Woman’s roles as public figures then, and now.
The Cheapest Nights
by Yusuf Idris
Yusuf Idris writes short stories that give readers a glimpse into the social and cultural disparities of everyday Egyptian life.
A History of Egypt, From Earliest Times to the Present
by Jason Thompson
From the birth of Egyptian civilization though the Pharaohs, Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic Egypt, the advent of Islam, the Mamluks, Ottoman empire, British occupation, Nassar, Sadat, Murabak and beyond, this succinct book traces the arc of Egyptian history and culture in just under 400 pages.

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