Dates

October 20 to 31, 2020

Starting Price

$4,995 + Air + Taxes; Singles $6,590

Deposit per Person

$600

12 Days
Exclusive U-M Departure, Land & Cruise
AHI
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Questions?

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Trip Highlights

Discover ancient Egypt along the Nile River. This thrilling 10-night adventure features four nights on a first-class ship, five nights in Cairo and one night in Luxor. The Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of King Tutankhamen come to life with an expert, licensed Egyptologist by your side during all excursions. Stroll the burial grounds at the Temple of Karnak, witness the gold burial mask and sarcophagus of Tutankhamen at the Egyptian Museum and learn how ancient treasures are restored and preserved with special access at the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House in Luxor. Witness the Great Temple of Ramses II carved out of a mountain, seek out fantastic treasures in Cairo’s old bazaar and visit venerable mosques and Coptic Christian churches. This small-group trip includes flights to Luxor and Abu Simbel, first-class hotel and cruise accommodations and an extensive meal program with wine at dinner.

Exclusive Departure: this departure is considered exclusive and the participants are U-M travelers, who consist of alums, family and friends.

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Cairo, Egypt. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: CAL.

Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 2

Cairo, Egypt

Arrive at Cairo International Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Accommodations – Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Full Itinerary
Your Journey
Meet Your Trip Host

Richard Redding

Richard Redding is a Research Scientist at the Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan, as well as, a principle investigator in Archaeological Projects in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He is also the Chief Research Officer (CRO) of the Ancient Egyptian Research Associates (AERA www.aeraweb.org).

Dr. Redding received his Bachelors, Masters and bi-departmental PhDs at the University of Michigan (1981). His doctorate was bi-departmental in both Anthropological Archaeology and Biological Sciences. He has taught at Hamilton College, Wellesley College and Oakland University. Dr. Redding was also the Director of Science at Cranbrook Institute of Science (1986-1991) before returning to the University of Michigan in 1993.

Dr. Redding’s investigations, excavations, and surveys have taken him all over the world seeking an understanding of the origin of food production and the evolution of complex societies. He has excavated in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Armenia, Georgia, China, Israel, Mexico, Wyoming and Michigan. As an educator, he is deeply committed to teaching young archaeologists and students in the US, China, and Egypt. Recent teaching has focused on Complexity Theory in Archaeology, Origin and Evolution of Pastoralism and Archaeozoology, which is his specialty.

Dr. Redding publishes articles and reviews annually. His works appear in multiple books, journals, and scientific magazines. His most recent article published is, “The Pig and the Chicken: the Introduction of the Chicken in the Middle East and its Relation to the Evolution of the Human Prohibition on Pig Consumption.” His book, “Kom el-Hisn: An Old Kingdom Village in the Nile Delta”, was published in 2016. Other recent articles published are results of his work at the Pyramids at Giza and the Giza Mapping Project. Other recent works catalog his work in Iran, Turkey, China, Greece, and Anatolia.

He has appeared in several documentaries. Recently, January 2019, in “Decoding the Great Pyramid”. He is appears in “Unearthed (Season 2) – The secret History of the Sphinx.” This is still playing on the Science Channel. He has filmed for two other specials this fall.

Dr. Redding first worked in Egypt in 1981 in the Fayyum Depression. He has also worked in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, Luxor, the Nile Delta and Giza. He was co-director in 1984, 1986 and 1988 at the Old Kingdom site of Kom el-Hisn, a village in the Nile Delta. Since 1989, Dr. Redding has been involved in excavations at the Lost City of the Pyramid Builders. He has spent every winter in Egypt since 1997. Although he works extensively in Egypt, he would like you to know, “I am not an Egyptologist; my interests are in cultural processes.”

Dr. Redding, an avid bicyclist, lives with his wife, Cheri Alexander, in Ann Arbor, where she is also on staff and teaches at the Ross Business School. They have one daughter at Harvard.

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Dates

October 20 to 31, 2020

Starting Price

$4,995 + Air + Taxes; Singles $6,590

Deposit per Person

$600

12 Days
Exclusive U-M Departure, Land & Cruise
AHI
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064