2020 Discover Egypt & the Nile Valley

Oct. 16 – 29 – Waitlist only
Tour Operator: Orbridge (Read additional tour details here.) 
Price: From $5,995 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 14 days
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UNC Lecturer: Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies
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Wander the fabled land of pharaohs and kings — where colossal pyramids, legendary tombs and towering temples cascade across the terrain. An unhurried, 14-day journey down the Nile River reveals seemingly limitless vistas of vast deserts contrasted by metropolitan cities. From biblical times to modern day, Egypt has been the site of monumental historical events, staggering technological achievements and compelling human stories.

Before embarkation, enjoy two full days exploring Cairo, visiting the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and Khan El-Khalili bazaar. In Luxor, view Karnak Temple — one of the largest religious buildings in the world. Travel north beside the Nile to Abydos to marvel at the colorful carvings at Abydos Temple. Visit the Valley of the Kings and Nobles, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon. Accompanied by expert Egyptologists, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of Egypt and its antiquities. Then in the evenings, relax among some of the area’s most opulent hotels.

This all-meals-included program also features an exclusive four-night cruise on the Nile River aboard a luxury dahabiya. This deluxe, 14-guest sailing vessel offers the opportunity to see life on the Nile from a different perspective.

After disembarking in Aswan, learn about contemporary Egyptian construction while visiting Aswan’s High Dam before an evening stroll through the colorful market in town.

As the program nears its end, take a flight to Abu Simbel to view the temples, which were relocated in order to build the High Dam in the early 1960s.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Cairo
  • Day 3 : Cairo | Memphis | Giza
  • Day 4 : Cairo
  • Day 5 : Cairo | Flight to Luxor
  • Day 6 : Luxor | Abydos | Luxor
  • Day 7 : Luxor | Esna – Embarkation
  • Day 8 : Nile Rive | Edfu
  • Day 9 : Edfu | Nile | Kom Ombo
  • Day 10 : Kom Ombo | Nile | Aswan
  • Day 11 : Aswan - Disembarkation
  • Day 12 : Aswan
  • Day 13 : Aswan
  • Day 14 : Cairo | Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All 2020 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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