Egypt : Ancient History and the River Nile

October 2008 and 2009
The ancient Egyptians emerged about 5,000 years ago and continue to flourish for three millennia. Much of the information about this remarkable civilization and its people has lain hidden in the sands for thousands of years. Students were able to explore this amazing history of Egypt and reflect on their days adventures whilst travelling down the Nile.

Activities: Students visited the only surviving 7 wonders of the world, the Pyramids of Giza, saw the mysterious Sphinx and took a camel ride and met the Nubian locals at a traditional lunch. We also cruised along the Nile on a luxury boat, with swimming pool, as ancient and modern Egypt gently unfold on the river’s banks. We explored the ancient Valley of the Kings and went bargain hunting in Old Cairo's souks, and experience sailing on a felucca. Some of the group also took a short flight to see Abu Simbel at dawn, a truly memorable experience.

Educational focus: Discovering, experiencing and learning about the history of ancient Egypt from an expert guide and discussing the controversies surrounding the Aswan Dam and the importance of the Nile to people’s lives.  Reviews and preparation lessons were taken on board the cruise boat. A specific Life Skills Travel individual education plan (I.E.P.) is offered throughout the program.