Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past & Present for Women

On an extraordinary Women’s-Only adventure in Egypt, explore iconic pyramids, fascinating museums, vibrant bazaars and cultural treasures on this expert-led Nile study cruise.
Program No. 24100RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

On an extraordinary educational adventure, experience Egypt overland and on the mighty Nile in the company of intrepid women as Egyptologists reveal the mystery behind Egypt’s storied history and the country’s place in the modern world. Learn with new women friends how the pyramids were built. Discover how the temples of Abu Simbel were saved. And delve into the intrigue of why Tut Ankh Amon, the “boy king,” still captures the public imagination.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join women adventurers as experts Egyptologists 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 with women on the Nile.
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The Yacoubian Building
by Alaa Al Aswany
The politics, repressed desires, hopes and dreams of Cairo are reflected through the lives of the inhabitants of a once grand apartment house in this deft novel of contemporary Egypt.
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 Search for Ancient Egypt
by Jean Vercoutter
This pocket encyclopedia, packed with illustrations, tells the tale of Greek travelers, buried treasure, international intrigue and scholarship in understanding Egypt.
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.
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.
Eyewitness Guide Egypt
by Eyewitness Guides
A visually rich guide to the history, culture and monuments of Egypt.
Death on the Nile
by Agatha Christie
How could we resist? Christie wrote Egypt's most famous murder mystery on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan.
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.
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.

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