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CMES Outreach Announces another Spring Break in Egypt!

Posted: October 8, 2010
Participants in the Spring Break in Egypt 2010 program at the Temple of Luxor.

Participants in the Spring Break in Egypt 2010 program at the Temple of Luxor.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin will conduct a ten-day tour of Egypt over spring break 2011 designed especially for K-12 educators.

The tour will include visits to Cairo, Egypt’s capital and the largest city in the Arab world, and sites of contemporary and historic importance like Saqqara, site of the world’s first multi-story structure; the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx; the Egyptian Museum; the thousand year old Islamic core of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and the recently opened al-Azhar Park. The tour will also include a 3-night Nile Cruise in Upper Egypt between Aswan and Luxor that will visit such sites as the Aswan High Dam, the award-winning Nubian Museum, the temples of Philae and Kom Ombo, the Valley of the Kings, and the temples of Luxor and Karnak.

You will be accompanied by representatives from the University of Texas with extensive experience in Egypt, who will offer lectures and commentary on what you’re seeing and doing. Tours and day trips in Cairo will be led by local academics and experts in “Cairology,” who will lend their expertise to your experience in this thousand-year-old city. We will also spend down time in local parks and neighborhoods affording you the chance to interact with Egyptians in their own environment and have experiences not afforded to the casual tourist.

Space is limited, and preference will be given to those who teach world cultures, history, and geography. Participants may bring a non-teaching companion, however, we cannot accept children under 18 due to insurance and liability reasons. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is a licensed provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the State Board of Educator Recertification, and will award professional development hours for the program.

The per-person cost for this program is $3,100. This includes:

  • Round-trip airfare to Cairo and internal flights within Egypt (see “airfare” under Terms and Conditions”)
  • Local transportation
  • Double accommodations within Egypt
  • Breakfast and lunch daily; most dinners
  • Tour guide fees and gratuities
  • Site entry fees

The fee does not include:

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Independent travel, transportation, sightseeing or meals outside of group activities
  • Spending money for souvenirs, personal purchases, telecommunications and Intetnet, etc.
  • Health insurance, pre-departure check-ups and inoculations
  • Travel insurance

Reservations and a deposit of $1,500 are due by December 31, with the balance due by January 31. Please note that we may stop taking reservations sooner if the program fills up—the 2010 program, for instance, filled up several weeks before the deadline.

Download the Program Brochure and Reservation Form here. (Adobe Acrobat PDF - 1 MB. Mac users: the "save" function may not work in the Preview application--for best results, make sure the document is open in Acrobat Reader).

For more information, download the program brochure (above) or contact Christopher Rose at csrose@austin.utexas.edu or (512) 471-3582.

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