Wonders of Ancient Egypt Symposium

An Archaeology Exploration from Giza to Luxor

Overview

In Egypt, the ancient land synonymous with the very concept of archaeology, new discoveries continue to emerge from the sands. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, and these remarkable new finds, Wilderness Travel is bringing together the world’s leading Egyptologists to share the Wonders of Ancient Egypt. Our fascinating 12-day traveling symposium brings us from the Great Pyramids of Giza to Luxor, where we explore the famed West Bank of the Nile in depth. Along the way, we anticipate special “behind the scenes” access to some of the exciting new discoveries not open to the public, such as the Village of the Pyramid Builders at Giza, Wahti's Tomb at Saqqara, and the “Lost Golden City of Luxor.” As we travel and explore, our symposium group—just 58 participants—has the extraordinary opportunity to enjoy a rare “insider’s” look at one of the world’s most astounding civilizations.

Our Guest Experts

Dr. Zahi Hawass, former head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, whose team recently found the “Lost Golden City of Luxor;” Dr. Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and the world’s leading expert on animal mummies; Dr. Kent Weeks, who revealed the extent of the Tomb of the Sons of Ramses II, the largest tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings; and Dr. Mark Lehner, considered the foremost expert on the Great Pyramids, who discovered the Village of the Pyramid Builders.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2, Dec 3- 4, 2022
Cairo / Village and Tombs of the Pyramid Builders / Great Pyramids of Giza / Sphinx

Arrive in Cairo and transfer to the 5-star Mena House. After an opening presentation by Dr. Zahi Hawass, explore the Workers’ Village and Tombs of the Pyramid Builders with Guest Speaker Dr. Mark Lehner, who discovered and excavated the village. Visit the inscrutable Sphinx and Great Pyramids, including a one-hour “private” period to appreciate the Pyramids after they have officially closed to visitors.

Mena House
Cairo, Egypt
Days 1 to 4 (4 nights)
Days 3-4, Dec 5- 6, 2022
Symposium Presentations by Mark Lehner and Salima Ikram / Saqqara / Grand Egyptian Museum

After presentations by Dr. Lehner and Dr. Ikram, head to the necropolis of Saqqara burial grounds for kings and nobility during the age of the Great Pyramids, with Dr Ikram joining us to add her insights. Our visit includes a special entry to the recently discovered Wahti’s Tomb, built for a high priest. Tour the new Grand Egyptian Museum, one of largest museums in the world, housing over 100,000 artifacts, including the most extensive display of the golden treasures of King Tut ever shown to the public.

Mena House
Cairo, Egypt
Days 1 to 4 (4 nights)
Days 5-8, Dec 7-10, 2022
Abu Simbel / Nile Adventurer / Aswan to Luxor

Fly to fantastic Abu Simbel, where stonemasons hewed giant figures of Ramses on the face of cliffs above the Nile, then continue to Aswan to board the Nile Adventurer for a 4-day Nile cruise. Cruise to romantic Philae Temple and Kom Ombo, a temple dedicated to the crocodile god. Explore the Temple of Horus at Edfu and Temple of Khnum at Esna. On the West Bank of the Nile, explorations include the Hatshepsut Temple, Tomb of the Nobles, and the Ramasseum, with a presentation by Dr. Kent Weeks.

Days 9-12, Dec 11-14, 2022
Valley of the Kings / Briefing by Kent Weeks at KV5 / Valley of the Queens / Lost Golden City of Amenhotep III

Disembark and head to the Valley of the Kings, where at the site known as KV5, our Guest Speaker Dr. Kent Weeks will give us a briefing. Here in 1995, he revealed the largest mausoleum yet discovered—the vast, unlooted tomb of Ramses II's sons, one of the most remarkable discoveries of the 20th century.  Visit the Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, the Valley of the Queens, including the spectacular tomb of Nefertari, then the newly discovered “Lost Golden City of Amenhotep III,” buried under desert sands for three millennia and dating to the reign of Amenhotep III, grandfather of King Tut. Our Guest Speaker Dr. Hawass led the team that discovered this phenomenal site in 2020. After a visit to the splendid Temple of Karnak, fly to Cairo. Depart via Cairo on Day 12.

Highlights

Highlights

Fascinating 12-day traveling symposium to Egypt’s renowned and recently discovered archaeological sites
Meet and learn from four of Egypt’s foremost archaeologists during symposium presentations
4-day Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor aboard the luxurious 5-star Nile Adventurer
Special “behind the scenes” access to remarkable new discoveries not open to the public
Post-trip extensions to explore Cairo in depth, Alexandria, or Jordan’s fabled lost city of Petra

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $12,895  
Arrive: Cairo, Egypt
Depart: Cairo, Egypt
Lodging: 7 nights hotels and 4 nights river cruise
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 3 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours