Lisa Reilly, Professor in the Department of Architectural History

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$4,395 per person, double occupancy, land only

$4,795 per person, double occupancy  in an outside cabin on both cruises, with economy class round trip airfare from Boston, New York, plus $602 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,295 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Other Gateway Cities Are Available

Business Class upgrades (subject to availability) on round-trip, Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,495


Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this journey through antiquity begins in storied Cairo. Visit the Memphis’s open-air museum, splendid Sakkara, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza with their Great Sphinx. In Abu Simbel, you embark on a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubia. Stop to admire the outstanding temples of Abu Simbel – host to a dramatic sound-and-light show, Amada, Wadi el-Seboua, New Kalabsha, and Philae, and tour the massive Aswan High Dam. Then you depart Aswan on a classic three night Nile cruise, sailing aboard a traditional felucca – visiting Kom Ombo’s unusual temple and Edfu’s remarkably preserved Temple of Horus – and exploring Luxor’s splendid temples and statuary on both banks. Conclude your tour with further exploration of Cairo, including the exotic Khan el-Khalili bazaar, the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, and Old Cairo. Discover fabled Petra, ancient Jerash, and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night Jordan post-tour extension.

Program Highlights

  • Marvel at Cairo’s ancient sites: the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara
  • Tour fascinating Old Cairo and the renowned Egyptian Museum
  • See the dramatic temples and enjoy a sound-and-light show at Abu Simbel
  • Take a Lake Nasser cruise through the ancient Nubian homeland
  • Call on Aswan’s temples at Kalabsha
  • Visit the massive Aswan Dam
  • Embark on a classic Nile River cruise and sail on traditional feluccas
  • Explore the temple complexes at Luxor, the “world’s greatest open-air museum”


Lisa Reilly, Professor in the Department of Architectural History

Lisa is an associate professor in the Department of Architectural History and has regularly taught the survey of global architectural history as well as courses on medieval, Islamic and nineteenth century architecture. Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Together with Kevin Murphy of Vanderbilt University, she has edited a volume of essays on skyscraper Gothic, which was published by UVA press in Spring 2017.

Ms. Reilly is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. In 2015 she was the Fulbright Fellow in the History of Art at the University of York where she researched the medieval stained glass of a local church. She has previously published books on Peterborough Cathedral (Oxford University Press) and Vassar College (Princeton Architectural Press). She held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999 – 2002. She teaches a course entitled “Rome: Baroque & Renaissance Art on Site” during UVA’s  January term. Lisa has traveled extensively with Cavalier Travels, most recently to Scotland, Cuba, India and the French and Italian Rivieras .


DAY 1 - Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Depart U.S. for Cairo, Egypt

DAY 2 - Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Arrive Cairo

We arrive in the Egyptian capital and transfer directly to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.
Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo

DAY 3 - Thursday, January 21, 2021


Step Pyramid, SakkaraAfter a morning briefing, our full-day tour begins at the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital (3100 BCE). We continue on to the necropolis at Sakkara then to the astounding Pyramids of Giza, the wonders of antiquity that have drawn visitors for millennia. Here, too, we encounter the enigmatic Sphinx, whose leonine body and human face were carved from a single piece of limestone. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B,L,D)

DAY 4 - Friday, January 22, 2021

Cairo/Abu Simbel/Embark Lake Nasser Cruise

Early this morning we fly south to Aswan then continue by coach across the edge of the Sahara to Abu Simbel. We board our Lake Nasser ship in time for lunch, then visit the temples and colossal 65-foot-high statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari that were dismantled and moved to higher ground during the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Tonight we watch a dramatic Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel.
Steigenberger Omar el Khayam

DAY 5 - Saturday, January 23, 2021

Lake Nasser Cruising – Kasr Ibrim/Amada/Wadi el-Seboua

Early risers can watch the sun climb over the temples at Abu Simbel before we sail to Kasr Ibrim, the last remaining Nubian settlement in its original location. From the sun deck we learn about this ancient site (it’s forbidden to go ashore here), then sail to Amada, followed by Wadi el-Seboua.
Steigenberger Omar el Khayam

DAY 6 - Sunday, January 24, 2021

Lake Nasser Cruising – Wadi el-Seboua/Valley of the Lions/Aswan

This morning we visit the striking avenue of sphinxes in Wadi el-Seboua’s “Valley of the Lions” then cruise to Aswan.
Steigenberger Omar el Khayam

DAY 7 - Monday, January 25, 2021

Disembark/Aswan/Embark Nile Cruise Ship

We set out early this morning to visit New Kalabsha, site of the largest freestanding Nubian temple, which was relocated here for the construction of the Aswan High Dam. We return to our ship for breakfast then bid farewell to the crew as we embark on a tour of the Aswan High Dam. Next we visit the imposing temple to Isis on Agilkia Island before boarding our Nile cruise ship. This afternoon we embark small feluccas, replicas of ancient Nile sailboats, for a relaxing sail. Back on board our ship tonight we enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail party.
M/S Amwaj

DAY 8 - Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Nile Cruising – Kom Ombo/Edfu/Luxor

This morning we sail to the ancient trading town of Kom Ombo, with outstanding Nile views from the Temple of Sobek. After returning to our ship, we sail on to Edfu where we explore Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved temple (built between 237 BCE–57 BCE). We return to our ship for lunch as we sail to Luxor (our final sail), enjoying a quiet afternoon on the Nile. A belly dance performance accompanies dinner tonight.
M/S Amwaj

DAY 9 - Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Nile Cruising – Luxor/West Bank

Edfu TempleKnown in antiquity as Thebes, Luxor boasts vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues dating from 2755 BCE that represent the pinnacle of Egyptian architecture. Today we explore the West Bank, site of the haunting Valley of the Kings, where 34 royal tombs feature magnificent paintings; the Valley of the Queens; and the Temple of Hatshepsut honoring one of the few female pharaohs. We also see the massive Colossi of Memnon, two 64-foot-high statues of Amenhotep III that once guarded the gates of his mortuary temple.
M/S Amwaj

DAY 10 - Thursday, January 28, 2021

Disembark/Luxor/East Bank

Today we disembark our ship and explore Luxor’s East Bank, home of Karnak, the greatest temple complex of them all, whose ruins stretch for more than a mile to connect with Luxor. Built over a period of 1,500 years, Karnak boasts a breadth and diversity of buildings not seen elsewhere. We also explore Luxor Temple whose builders included both Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great. Here, at the Great Court of Ramses II, we see the ancient obelisk whose twin presides over Place de la Concorde in Paris.
Steigenberger Nile Palace

DAY 11 - Friday, January 29, 2021


Egypt Hot Air BalloonWe have the choice to rise early to see the West Bank from above on a hot air balloon ride. Later this morning we tour the Luxor Museum, housing relics discovered at the site. Dinner tonight is on our own.
Steigenberger Nile Palace

DAY 12 - Saturday, January 30, 2021


We fly to Cairo today, where this afternoon we visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo

DAY 13 - Sunday, January 31, 2021


Egypt MuseumOur touring today begins at the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, the world’s greatest repository of ancient relics. Then we tour the Citadel of Saladin housing the alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali.
Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo

DAY 14 - Monday, February 1, 2021


This morning we encounter Old Cairo, the district where early capital cities once stood. We visit 5th-century St. Sergius Church, the Coptic church of el-Muallaqa, and Ben Ezra Synagogue, built in 882. Mid-day we return to our hotel where tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner.
Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo

DAY 15 - Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Depart for U.S.

Very early this morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S.

Post-Tour Extension
Jordan: Petra & Amman
February 2-6, 2021

5 days/4 nights $1,695 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $395

Included in Extension Price: Air transportation Cairo/Amman; 4 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Petra at Mövenpick Resort Petra (Superior First Class); 2 nights in Amman at the Grand Hyatt (Deluxe); 9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners; Extensive included sightseeing: Madaba (City of Mosaics), Mt. Nebo pilgrimage site, full day at Petra, Amman’s Roman theatre and Citadel, Roman ruins of Jerash; Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; Private motorcoach transportation; Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.


  • Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo
  • Steigenberger Omar el Khayam – Lake Nasser Cruise
  • M/S Amwaj
  • Steigenberger Nile Palace


32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Program Fees

$4,395 per person, double occupancy, land only

$4,795 per person, double occupancy in an outside cabin on both cruises, with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, plus $602 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,295 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Other Gateway Cities Are Available.

Business Class upgrades (subject to availability) on round-trip, Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,495

General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as payment of a $500 refundable deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

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Payment Schedule: A refundable deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (October 16, 2020) before departure.

Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; 13 nights’ accommodations: 7 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels, 6 nights aboard Deluxe and Superior First Class ships; extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip, including shore excursions; luggage handling for one bag per person; gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare and airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; airfare from your hometown to your departure city; costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; communication charges; optional sightseeing or shore excursions; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and shipboard personnel, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities: $10–$15 per traveler, per day); and travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.

Cancellation, Refunds, and Changes: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon the University of Virginia’s receipt of your notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: cancel 95 days or more before departure: full refund; cancel 94-65 days before departure: 50% of tour price; cancel 64-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; cancel 29-0 days before departure: no refund. If you make any changes to your reservation from 94 to 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.

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Health and Medical Issues: We request that you be in good health to participate in this University of Virginia tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches and boats on your own. We regret that we cannot offer individual assistance; in such cases you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. Please note that many of our itineraries, for reasons beyond our control, cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Please call or e-mail us to inquire and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

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