ANCIENT EGYPT (3 credits) – Spring 2006

50:525:122:40 (74645) Honors Seminar (honors students who take the trip can sign up and take the course for history credit)
50:606:480:40 (70660) Special Topics in the Liberal Arts
56:606:502:01 (72132) Graduate Liberal Studies (Studies of the Ancient and Medieval Eras)

The course introduces the students to the Ancient Egyptian civilization from the early Stone Age to their conquest by the Persians and Greeks. It gives a comprehensive historical account on the rise and fall of the Egyptian dynasties, analyzes archeological and anthropological evidence, discusses religious, cultural and social patterns, and examines the earliest masterpieces of art and architecture in the Egyptian world.

Instructor: Dr. Toth
Office: 310 BSB
Phone: 225-6538

Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7:20 p.m.
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. or by appointment


  • Ian Shaw, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt,
    Oxford University Press (ISBN: 0-19815-034-2)

Trip to Egypt (1 credit)

As part of the International Studies Program, we take a trip to Egypt during the Spring Break with visits to major archeological sites such as Sakkara, Memphis, the Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Solar Boat at Giza, the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, Medinet Habu, the Ramesseum, Abydos and Dendera. The trip also includes a visit to the Cairo Museum of Antiquities, the Coptic, Jewish and Islamic Old Cairo, and the Bazaar Quarter.

Projected cost of the trip to Egypt:

All services are subject to availability upon request once a full payment is received. Hotels will be those mentioned, or similar, based on availability at time of booking. All services will be provided according to Tours & Travel Dimensions, Inc “General Information, Terms and Conditions.” Travel insurance is highly recommended; information available upon request. Airfares are subject to change without notice, and do not include departure tax. The cost of the trip is as follows:

$1,936 per person, double occupancy
$1,891 per person, triple occupancy
$2,261 per person, single occupancy

Friends, significant others who otherwise are not related to Rutgers are welcome to participate in the trip. For these participants Rutgers regulations however require an additional fee of $100 to be paid directly to the International Studies Program.

The above wholesale rates are based on a minimum of 15 full paying participants traveling together, and include the following services:

March 11-14, 2006 Cairo Helnan Shepheard Hotel
March 14-17, 2006 Luxor New Winter Palace Hotel
March 17-19, 2006 Cairo Helnan Shepheard Hotel

1- Round trip international air fare (New York/Cairo/New York).
2- Round trip domestic air fare within Egypt (Cairo/Luxor/Cairo).
3- Five nights accommodation in Cairo at Helnan Shepheard hotel standard room including buffet breakfast.
4- Three nights accommodation in Luxor at New Winter Palace Hotel standard room including buffet breakfast and dinner.
5- Full day excursion including Memphis, Sakkara, Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, and the Solar Boat Museum.
6- Full day excursion including the Egyptian Museum of Cairo, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili bazaar.
7- Visit Luxor Temple .
8- Visit West Bank (Valley of the Kings and Queens), lunch box and visit M edinet Habu and Ramesseum.
9- Visit Dendera and Abydos, lunch box .
10- Visit Karnak Temple .
11- English Speaking guide.
12- Meeting and assistant and services of local escort at airport and hotels.
13- Portage at airport and hotels.
14- Transfers from/to airport and hotel.
15- Entrance fees, taxes and service charge.

How to Sign Up for the Trip

If you wish to participate in the trip, please fill out the registration form (link here) and drop it off at my office (BSB 310)
$300 deposit is due on December 9, 2005
The remaining amount is due on January 17, 2006.

Tentative Itinerary

March 10, 2005. Depart from the USA via Egypt Air non stop service to Cairo. Dinner and breakfast on board.

March 11, 2005. Arrive Cairo airport. Meeting and assistance at airport. Transfer to hotel. Assistance with check-in.

March 12, 2005. Breakfast. Visit Memphis, Sakkara, the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Solar Boat.

March 13, 2005. Breakfast. Visit the Egyptian Museum, Old Jewish, Coptic and Islamic Cairo as well as Khan El-Khalili bazaars.

March 14, 2005. Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Arrive Luxor airport , meeting and assistance at airport. Transfer to hotel. Assistance with check-in. Visit Luxor temple. Dinner and overnight.

March 15, 2005. Breakfast. AM. Visit The West Bank of the Nile (Valley of Kings and Queens). Lunch Box. PM. Visit Medinet Habu and the Ramesseum. Dinner and overnight.

March 16, 2005. Breakfast. Visit Dendera and Abydos. Lunch box. Dinner and overnight.

March 17, 2005. Breakfast. AM. Visit Karnak Temple. PM. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Cairo. Arrive at Cairo airport. Meeting and assistance at airport. Transfer to the hotel. Assistance with check-in.

March 18, 2005. Breakfast. Day at your leisure. Optional trip to visit Alexandria (full day), including lunch, or guided tour of the Egyptian Museum.

March 19, 2005. Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for final departure.

Travel Agent

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