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An enriching experience for the whole family

On this family-focused program, young adults enjoy the camaraderie of traveling with peers, and families have the chance to explore and learn together. And there’s a lot to learn on this trip through ancient and modern Egypt! Alongside their parents and/or grandparents, young adults join in on lectures from classics professor Grant Parker as well as meetings with local residents in Cairo to discuss life since the Arab Spring.

Admire the Great Pyramids from atop a camel, take tea with a Nubian family, and stand before the colossal statues of Pharaoh Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel. See a different side of Egypt as we cruise the Nile from Luxor to Aswan aboard a luxury riverboat.


December 21–30, 2022


10 days


From $9,995 per person

Trip size

45 participants

Minimum age

18 years

Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Grant Parker


Specializing in Latin literature and Roman culture of the imperial period, Professor Parker has been teaching in the classics department since 2006.


Cairo, Luxor and the Great Pyramids

Starting in Cairo with a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza End with modern

Please note that the sequence of site visits during the Nile portion of our itinerary is subject to change, depending on water levels. The following itinerary presents a tentative cruise program, which our tour staff will confirm once we’re on board.

  • Cairo, Egypt

    Arrive in Cairo, a city of contrasts that has stood for more than 1,000 years. Transfer to our hotel on the bank of the Nile.


    Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

  • Cairo

    Begin our day with breakfast, followed by a welcome orientation and first lecture. After lunch go on an exclusive tour of Islamic Cairo. Venture to two of Cairo’s major mosques, Ibn Tulun and Sultan Hassan. Return to the hotel for a welcome reception in the evening, then dine on your own.


    Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Cairo / Abu Simbel / Aswan

    Hop on a chartered flight from Cairo to Abu Simbel to begin our appreciation of the Nile Valley at one of the greatest temple precincts in ancient Egypt. Built by Ramesses II, the temples are famous for the colossal statues of the pharaoh and his favorite wife, Nefertari. As waters from the dam in Aswan rose toward the temples in the 1960s, an international team, in an extraordinary feat of engineering, raised the site 200 feet and relocated the statues about 600 feet from the water’s edge. Continue on to Aswan by plane. After lunch sail on a felucca around Elephantine Island and Kitchener’s Island, also known as the Aswan Botanical Garden, and view the stately Mausoleum of Aga Khan. Stop at one of the Nubian villages houses to sip afternoon tea. Board our ship for a festive reception and dinner.


    Nile Adventurer

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Aswan / Temple of Isis / Kom Ombo

    After breakfast start our day in Aswan by visiting the romantic Temple of Isis, which was carefully moved to higher ground before the rising waters of Lake Nasser submerged its original location on Philae Island. Take a motorboat to Agilkia Island, where we attempt to decipher the well-preserved hieroglyphics at this temple. Head to the granite quarries that supplied ancient Egypt with most of the hard stone used in its pyramids and temples and which still hold a huge, unfinished obelisk. Return to the ship for an Egyptian cooking demonstration and lunch as you cruise to Kom Ombo. There, explore its unique temple dedicated to two gods—Sobek and Horus—and erected by the Ptolemaic rulers who governed Egypt after its conquest by Alexander the Great.


    Nile Adventurer

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Esna

    After a calm morning on the water, call at Esna to admire the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum, with its great hypostyle hall. This evening enjoy a festive dinner party, including a meal of local Egyptian specialties.


    Nile Adventurer

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Luxor

    Begin our full day wandering through the Valley of the Kings, with its stunningly painted royal tombs and long corridors leading into deep burial chambers symbolizing the passage to the world of the dead. Learn about a variety of these tombs—including those of Tutankhamun, Seti I and Ramesses IV—from a local archaeologist. Gaze at the Valley of the Queens and make a special trip to the tomb of Queen Nefertari. Explore Deir el-Bahri, whose highlight is the magnificent mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, the queen who declared herself king and whose mummy was discovered in 2007. If you are feeling adventurous, bike from the Tomb of the Nobles to the Colossi of Memnon, two massive sandstone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Spend the evening at the Temple of Luxor, whose graceful cluster columns, designed to look like papyrus, were built by Amenhotep III and later embellished by Ramesses II, Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great. Finally, raise a glass at the captain’s farewell dinner on board as we toast the conclusion of our Nile cruise.


    Nile Adventurer

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Luxor / Cairo

    Bid farewell to our riverboat early this morning. Stroll around the temple precincts of Karnak, admiring Ramesses II’s magnificent hypostyle hall with its 134 columns, soaring obelisks and the enormous temple dedicated to Amun, the god of the air. Tour the Luxor Museum to deepen our understanding of the temple complexes and burial sites of Upper Egypt. View the Nile from above as we take off for Cairo and relish an evening at leisure.


    Marriott Mena House

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Giza

    This morning visit the awe-inspiring monuments of Giza, the quintessential symbols of ancient Egypt. Explore the majestic pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Menkaure, and be treated to privileged access to the area at the foot of the enigmatic Sphinx. Ride a camel if you are so inclined! Savor lunch today at the hotel. This evening amble along El Mouz Street with a guide and drink traditional Egyptian coffee before dinner in Cairo.


    Marriott Mena House

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Giza

    Marvel at the relics and artifacts at either the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization or, if the new museum is open to the public, the Grand Egyptian Museum. Spend time listening to the muezzins’ call to prayer or taking a dip in the refreshing hotel pool. In the afternoon meet with prominent local Egyptians to discuss modern Egypt. Gather for a farewell reception and dinner this evening.


    Marriott Mena House

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Giza / Home

    Transfer independently to the airport for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

Trip details

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The price of your trip covers a comprehensive educational program in addition to meals, accommodations, tours and excursions. Continue reading for a full list of what’s included.

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Category A

Standard cabin with half window on Nile Deck

Square feet: 178
Cabins: 106–111

Double: $9,995 per person
Single: $11,495 per person

Category B

Standard cabin with picture window on Main Deck

Square feet: 178
Cabins: 201–208

Double: $10,895 per person
Single: $12,395 per person

Category C

Standard cabin with picture window on Bridge Deck

Square feet: 178
Cabins: 301–310

Double: $11,995 per person
Single: $13,495 per person

Category D

Standard cabin with picture window on Promenade Deck

Square feet: 178
Cabins: 402–404

Double: $12,895 per person

Category E

Junior suite with sitting area and large, curved windows on Main Deck

Square feet: 229
Cabins: 209, 210

Double: $13,995 per person

Category F

Presidential suite with private balcony on Promenade Deck

Square feet: 456
Cabins: 405, 406

Double: $15,095 per person

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