Egyptian Odyssey: Cairo, the Nile and Lake Nasser

Join an Egyptologist to gain an insider’s understanding of this mysterious nation, learning about iconic sites, ancient communities and hidden treasures.
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Program No. 18774RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Discover the wonders that any serious exploration of Egypt must include — a voyage on Lake Nasser, the treasure of Tutankhamen, the temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak, the Nile River — on a journey into the ancient and modern wonders of this desert country. Then dig deeper to learn about Cairo’s once-vital Coptic Christian community.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Active program with lots of walking and standing. Stairs on this program are often uneven and without railings.
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 ...

  • Enjoy a three-night voyage on Lake Nasser with shorelines offering timeless desert landscapes.
  • Experience the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.
  • Enjoy three nights sailing on the Nile on board a river ship accompanied by an expert Egyptologist.
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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.
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.
Cairo, The City Victorious
by Max Rodenbeck
Rodenbeck presents his hometown in all its chaotic, marvelous glory, combining a lively history of the 5,000-year-old metropolis with description, anecdote and political commentary.
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.
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: 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.
Luxor Illustrated, With Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Nile
by Michael Haag
The ideal companion to a Nile cruise, Michael Haag introduces all the famous monuments and temples of the Upper Egypt from Luxor, Karnak, Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Tutankhamun to the marvels of Aswan and Abu Simbel in full color.
Eyewitness Guide Egypt
by Eyewitness Guides
A visually rich guide to the history, culture and monuments of Egypt.
The Western Desert of Egypt
by Cassandra Vivian
This comprehensive guide to the little-traveled regions of Western Egypt includes the Bahariya Oasis, site of the recently discovered Valley of the Golden Mummies.
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.
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.
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.

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