Featuring Yale Professors
JOHN COLEMAN DARNELL
and COLLEEN MANASSA
M A R C H 2 TO 1 5 , 2 0 1 0
Cruising the Nile aboard
the exclusively chartered
Sun Boat III
FEATURING AN EXCURSION
TO ABU SIMBEL
Stay at the Mena House Fly to Abu Simbel Savor fresh produce from Temple of Isis at Philae
next to the Pyramids to see the Temple the fertile Nile Valley above Lake Nasser
of Ramses II
DEAR YALE TRAVELER, a
or all of recorded time, the mighty waters of Egypt’s Nile River have been Luxuriate aboard the 18-cabin
the source of life-giving sustenance, cultural riches, and mythic power. yacht Sun Boat III,
Flowing north with winds that blow south, the Nile enabled ancient reserved exclusively for Yale,
as you cruise the Nile River
trading boats to sail easily in both directions —the world’s first super-
from Luxor, viewing ancient
highway —and gave birth in 3, 500 B.C. to a remarkable civilization that lasted for
temples and contemporary
3,000 years. Join Yale on the EGYPT OF THE PHARAOHS program, March 2 – 15, 2010,
village life along the
and explore the glorious age of the Pharaohs aboard the elegant 18-cabin yacht,
the Sun Boat III, reserved exclusively for a small group of Yale travelers.
Throughout the journey, travel with Yale Professors John C. Darnell and
Colleen Manassa; join excursions led by expert guides Tarek Swelim and Fetiche
Posma-Zaalouk; and learn about contemporary issues as well as ancient history. Explore the labyrinthine
At the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza, the labyrinth of ancient tombs in the of
tombs in the Valley
Valley of the Kings, the dramatic Great Dam at Aswan, and at Abu Simbel’s the Kings at Thebes
with specially arranged
majestic temples honoring Ramses II, you will grasp the significance of the rich
legacy, both ancient and modern, this region has bequeathed to future civilizations.
This Egypt adventure begins in Giza, outside of Cairo, at the historic, 5-star
Mena House Oberoi situated amidst 40 acres of fragrant gardens in the shadow
of the Great Pyramids. After a flight to Luxor, board the elegant Sun Boat III, and Fly to Abu Simbel to
view the colossal temples
cruise the Nile to legendary archeological sites at Karnak, Dendera, Edfu, and
built to honor Pharaoh
Ramses II and his beautiful
Returning to Cairo, your journey ends with a visit to the incomparable
Museum of Antiquities, an exploration of Islamic Cairo, and of course, an
opportunity to look for last minute treasures in the bazaar.
Join fellow Yale alumni on this extraordinary journey.
At Giza, see the ancient
“sphinx paws” up-close by
P.S. Capacity is limited on
Judith Cushingham, Director Sun Boat III, so book quickly
Yale Educational Travel to ensure your participation.
J O H N C O L E M A N D A R N E L L , is a pro-
fessor of Egyptology in the Yale University
Department of Near Eastern Languages and
Civilizations. His interests include Egyptian
religion, cryptography, the scripts and texts
of Graeco-Roman Egypt, and the archaeo-
logical and epigraphic remains of ancient
activity in the Egyptian Western Desert.
Professor Darnell has considerable field
experience in Egypt, and is the director of
the Yale Egyptological Institute in Egypt;
under the auspices of that institute he is
director of the Theban Desert Road Survey,
an expedition now in its seventeenth field
C O L L E E N M A N A S S A ’01, ’05 PhD,
joined the faculty of the Department of Near
Eastern Languages and Civilizations as the
Marilyn M. and William K. Simpson Assistant
Professor of Egyptology in 2006. Her research
interests include Egyptian grammar, New
Kingdom literary texts, military history,
funerary religion, and social history.
Professor Manassa teaches widely on the
history and literature of ancient Egypt. She is
currently teaching two Egyptian text courses:
“Egyptian and Nubian Historical Texts” and
“Late Egyptian Stories.”
T A R E K S W E L I M , a native Egyptian, is an
expert on the art, architecture, and history
of the Middle East. Dr. Swelim earned his
BS and MA from the American University in
Cairo and his PhD in Islamic Art and
Architecture from Harvard University. He
started his career in 1979 by guiding and
lecturing to academic groups in Egypt.
F E T I C H E P O S M A - Z A A LO U K is a noted
speaker specializing in the culture, history,
and architecture of Ancient Egypt as well as
issues relating to women and village life. A
1972 graduate of Helwan University in Cairo,
she has been guiding educational groups
The Aga Khan mausoleum and special visitors for many years.
overlooks the Nile River in Aswan.
Take an optional camel ride aboard Visit the step pyramid Stroll the Luxor
the “ship of the desert” of Saqqara sphinx promenade
Tu e s d a y, M a r c h 2
U.S. / Evening departures from the U.S. on
overnight flights to Cairo. ( Meals aloft)
Cairo and Giza
W e d n e s d a y, M a r c h 3
On arrival, transfer to the historic Mena
House Hotel and spend the afternoon at
leisure. From its early days as a royal
hunting lodge and later transformation to a
deluxe hotel, it has hosted dignitaries and
world leaders visiting the Egyptian capital.
Enjoy its lovely gardens and the incompara-
ble views of the great pyramid of the
Pharaoh Khufu. This evening gather for a
welcome orientation meeting and reception.
Afterwards, stroll the grounds and admire
the pyramids lit in the evening shadows.
M E N A H O U S E O B E R O I ( Meals aloft; R )
Giza Pyramid and Sphinx
Paws and Solar Boat
T h u r s d a y, M a r c h 4
Marvel at the last standing monument of
the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,
the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau.
Then marvel at another Egyptian icon, the
half man-half lion, 4,500 year old sphinx.
Special access to the “sphinx paws” has
been arranged.. Before returning to the
hotel for a leisurely afternoon, visit the
restored funerary boat of Cheops, a 4th
dynasty Pharaoh who, according to tradition,
“TRIP OF A LIFETIME— left this world for the next transported
wonderful itinerary, excellent guides, aboard his Solar Barque. This evening
gather in a private Egyptian home and meet
outstanding accommodations, locals at a welcome reception and dinner.
terrific food, enjoyable companions.” MENA HOUSE OBEROI (B, L,D)
Saqqara and Dashur
Fr i d a y, M a r c h 5
Journey to the unique step pyramid of Saqqara, SHIP
a precursor to the grand Giza pyramids. Visit GIZA
the underground galleries where hieroglyphs SAQQARA
cover the walls from floor to ceiling depicting
daily life in Egypt’s 5th millennium B.C. After
lunch, study the bent pyramid at Dashur.
Return to the hotel and relax. This evening
is free for independent pursuits.
MENA HOUSE OBEROI (B, L)
Cairo and Karnak Temple
S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 6
Fly to Luxor. Upon arrival, explore the fabu-
VALLEY of the KINGS
lous Karnak Temple complex, the largest
ancient religious site in the world. Wander
among the enormous 134 stone columns, and ASWAN
marvel at the myriad, well-preserved obelisks
telling stories of the ancients. This evening
visit the Luxor Temple under a crescent moon.
Then gather for a welcome aboard dinner on ABU SIMBEL
your private yacht. S U N B O AT I I I ( B , L , D )
Valley of the Kings
Tu e s d a y, M a r c h 9
Luxor and Abydos In the cool, early morning darkness, cross the
S u n d a y, M a r c h 7 Nile to Thebes, ancient capital of Egypt. Aswan
Explore evocative tombs in the Valley of the T h u r s d a y, M a r c h 1 1
The morning begins with a lecture followed
Kings, hidden for thousands of years. Visits Sail around Kitchener’s Island aboard a
by leisurely cruising as you observe the
to recent discovery sites and special access traditional felucca sailing vessel. Named for
activities of people at work in villages along
have been arranged. Continue to the grandi- Britain’s Lord Kitchener, the island was given
the Nile riverbanks. After lunch, visit Abydos,
ose temple dedicated to Hatshepsut for a to him in appreciation for his victorious
a pilgrimage site for worshippers of the
photo op before viewing the towering 19- campaigns in the Sudan. Enjoy afternoon
pharaohs of the Ancient Kingdom. Dedicated
meter Colossi of Memnon, the only remains tea aboard your private yacht. This evening,
to the Lord of the Netherworld, Osiris, the
of a temple honoring Amenhotep III. Then meet local Nubian villagers who perform
temple walls are handsomely carved with
explore the Medinet Havu, mortuary temple traditional dances. S U N B O AT I I I ( B , L , D )
hieroglyphs depicting the lives of the kings.
of Ramses III, before returning to the ship
S U N B O AT I I I ( B , L , D )
and setting sail for Edfu. S U N B O AT I I I ( B , L , D ) Aswan and Philae Island
Fr i d a y, M a r c h 1 2
Dendera and Luxor Museum Edfu and Cruising After the Russian-led Aswan Dam project got
M o n d a y, M a r c h 8 W e d n e s d a y, M a r c h 1 0 underway in the 1960s, archaeologists and
Explore the temple complex of Dendera, Disembark at Edfu and explore not only the citizens from all over the world dismantled
dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of love, best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt but the Temple of Isis at Philae Island and
music, wine, and procreation. Then listen to also the second-largest after Karnak. It was relocated it to higher ground. Now a UNESCO
faculty lectures on board while cruising to dedicated to Horus, the ubiquitous falcon- World Heritage Site, the island has numerous
Luxor. Upon arrival, visit the magnificent headed god of the Egyptians. The main ruins including the Kiosk of Trajan, sometimes
Luxor Museum collection including artifacts building includes a great Hypostyle Hall and, referred to as the Pharaoh’s Bedstead, a
from Luxor Temple, King Tut’s tomb, and a just outside, an entrance colonnade that small, elegant building with enormous
partial reconstruction of the Karnak Temple remarkably still has visible, original colored columns. Then drive to view the engineering
walls. Then investigate the tempting treas- reliefs. Board your elegant yacht, Sun Boat III, juggernaut of the still controversial High Dam,
ures at the Luxor bazaar, or return to the ship for an afternoon of leisurely cruising. which forever changed Egyptians’ way of life.
to relax before dinner. S U N B O AT I I I ( B , L , D ) S U N B O AT I I I ( B , L , D ) S U N B O AT I I I ( B , L , D )
Abu Simbel and Cairo
S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 1 3
Disembark from the Sun Boat III in the early
morning for a short flight to the astounding
monument at Abu Simbel, located in former
Nubian lands. At the twin temples built by
Pharaoh Ramses II, huge statues depict
him and his favorite wife Nefertari. During
construction of the Aswan High Dam, the
temples were threatened with submersion
under the rising waters of Lake Nasser.
Between 1964 and 1966, a project sponsored
by UNESCO and the Egyptian government
dismantled both temples and reconstructed
them 65 meters higher than the original site.
Late this afternoon, fly to Cairo and check in
to your hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
M A R R I OT T PA L A C E H OT E L ( B , L )
Cairo SUN BOAT III was built in 1992 and extensively refurbished
in 2005 to reflect the graceful style of the
S u n d a y, M a r c h 1 4 1920s and 1930s. Of the more than 200 cruisers now sailing the Nile, none surpasses
Immerse yourself in the riches of the incom- Sun Boat III in comfort, service, or cuisine. With its limited capacity and old-world
parable Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, elegance, you will have the feeling you are sailing the Nile on a private yacht. Secure,
repository of thousands of important arti-
well-located, private docking facilities in Luxor and Aswan ensure that the vessel is
facts, including the cache of gold found in
always conveniently located and easy to board.
Tutankhamen’s tomb. In Al Azhar Park learn
about the extensive contribution the Aga All cabins face outside with two picture windows and are equipped with full
Khan Foundation has made in reclaiming en-suite bathrooms with shower and hairdryer, individually controlled air conditioning,
this section of old Cairo. After lunch, con- satellite television, internal telephone and external telephone with international line
centrate on Islamic Cairo with a focus on access, safety deposit box, individual CD player, and mini-bar.
significant Islamic monuments. Feel the Sun Boat III has large, inviting lounges lined with windows so you can sightsee
reverent atmosphere at the oldest surviving
as you relax over a cool drink or converse with your fellow travelers. On the vessel’s
Muslim place of worship, Ibn Tulun Mosque.
Enroute to the hotel, make a last optional spacious sun deck, comfortable lounge chairs surround plunge pools, perfect for a
stop for fine handicrafts from the Siwa Oasis refreshing dip under brilliant Egyptian skies. You will also find a gift shop, restaurant,
women’s co-operative. Gather this evening laundry service, and on-board Internet access.
for a festive farewell dinner.
M A R R I OT T PA L A C E H OT E L ( B , L , D )
$8,490 per person DOUBLE OCC.
Cairo and U.S. $12,740 per person SINGLE OCC., LIM. AVAIL. Tower Deck
M o n d a y, M a r c h 1 5
Depart on an early-morning flight home. PROMENADE DECK
(B, Meals aloft)
$8,990 per person DOUBLE OCC.
$13,490 person SINGLE OCC., LIM. AVAIL.
$9,990 per person DOUBLE OCCUPANCY Deck
$10,990 per person DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
All are outside cabins with two lower
beds, two full windows, en-suite
bathroom with shower and hair dryer.
after that they are 100% non-refundable.
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M A R C H 2 T O 1 5 , 2 0 1 0 Aboard the exclusively chartered Sun Boat III