Antiquities of the Red Sea & Aegean Sea | October 29 - November 11, 2020

Visit three continents, navigate the legendary waterways of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Aegean Sea, transit the seminal Suez Canal, and experience eight magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Cruise for eight nights aboard the Five-Star Le Bougainville. Stand in the shadows of the three iconic pyramids of Giza, an incredible engineering feat that dominates the horizon and stands guarded by the inscrutable Great Sphinx. Enjoy excursions to the venerated sites of the Nile Valley city of Thebes, including the magnificent Karnak Temple Complex, Luxor Temple, and specially arranged access to Queen Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of the Queens. Follow in the footsteps of the nomadic Bedouins across Wadi Rum, an orange-hued sea of sand and stone where Lawrence of Arabia established his base. Experience the sublime second coming of Alexandria’s Bibliotheca, which pays homage to the visionary Panhellenic empire embodied by its predecessor, and in Cairo, view antiquities spanning 7000 years at the venerable Egyptian Museum.

Extend your adventure with a pre‑program option, and explore the spectacular remnants of Ancient Greece, including the Acropolis and Delphi, as you contemplate Greece’s contributions to early Western civilization. During the post-program option, visit the Holy Land, including archaeological sites and biblical reference points of Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, and the Sea of Galilee.

This itinerary offers incomparable opportunities to explore antiquity, cruise along ancient trade routes, and immerse yourself in the dazzling panorama of human history while traveling in the company of alumni, friends, and participants from cosponsoring associations. Please contact the Alumni Travel Study Program office at 866‑325‑8664 or travelstudy@columbia.edu for more details and to book now while choice accommodations are available.