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2023 Egypt and the Eternal Nile – Waitlist Only

Feb. 20 – March 6, 2023 – Waitlist Only
Feb. 28 – March 14, 2023 – Waitlist Only

Join the waitlist for this tour by emailing enrichment@unc.edu

Trip Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $5,297 (airfare included)
Trip Length: 15 days
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While accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, travelers will take a singular journey through antiquity revealing a storied land’s many treasures.  Your small group of no more than 24 travelers begins its 15-day immersion in Egypt’s unsurpassed historic atmosphere in Cairo and its environs.  Tour the acclaimed Egyptian Museum and the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital. Continue on to splendid Sakkara, royalty’s burial site for 3,000 years; and the astounding Pyramids of Giza guarded by their enigmatic Great Sphinx.

Traveling to Abu Simbel, embark on a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia. Visit the massive Abu Simbel temple complex overseen by the colossal statues of Ramses II, and watch a dramatic sound-and-light show. After stops to admire the outstanding temples at Amada, Wadi el-Seboua, and New Kalabsha, tour the massive Aswan High Dam – an engineering marvel – and explore the Temples of Philae.  Then depart from Aswan on a classic four-night Nile voyage, enjoying a leisurely sail aboard a traditional felucca along the way, and visiting Kom Ombo’s unusual temple and Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved temple.

Cruise on to Luxor, the world’s “greatest open-air museum,” to explore its wonders:  the awe-inspiring Luxor and Karnak temple complexes; the haunting Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut; and the massive Colossi of Memnon.  Returning to Cairo for two nights, tour the exotic Khan el-Khalili bazaar and historic Old Cairo. Discover fabled “rose-red” Petra, ancient Jerash and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Cairo
  • Day 3 : Cairo
  • Day 4 : Cairo
  • Day 5 : Cairo / Abu Simbel / Lake Nasser Cruise
  • Day 6 : Lake Nasser Cruising – Kasr Ibrim / Amada / Wadi el-Seboua
  • Day 7 : Lake Nasser Cruising – Wadi el-Seboua / Valley of the Lions/Aswan
  • Day 8 : Disembark / Aswan / Embark Nile Cruise Ship
  • Day 9 : Nile River Cruising – Kom Ombo / Edfu / Luxor
  • Day 10 : Nile River Cruising – Luxor / West Bank
  • Day 11 : Nile River Cruising – Luxor / East Bank
  • Day 12 : Disembark / Luxor
  • Day 13 : Luxor / Cairo
  • Day 14 : Cairo
  • Day 15 : Depart for U.S.

Eligibility

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  become a GAA member online.

Additional Information

Note: Trip 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 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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