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Join Me In Egypt? Tour in October 2020!


I am (very) happy to announce that I will be giving lectures on a tour to Egypt on October 16-29, 2020.  It’s not too early to start planning!  On the contrary: the trip hasn’t been seriously advertised yet, and already four people have signed up!

The trip is sponsored by the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association, BUT — big point here! — you do not need to be an alumna/alumnus to come.   It’s going to be a terrific trip.  The final brochure is not ready yet, but you can get the itinerary already from the company putting it on, Orbridge, at: https://orbridge.com/grp_departures/overview/partner_unc_egypt_2020  (Highlights below)

It’s spectacular.  I’ve done a number of these sites before (Cairo, Pyramids, Luxor, Valley of the Kingd, Karnak Temple, and on and on), BUT, this time we’re doing something I’ve never done before and always wanted to:  a four-day cruise down the Nile.  How good can it get???

If you want to get more info, call the UNC Alumni office at 877.962.3980, and/or check out their travel website.

Hear are a few of the highlights of the tour, from the Orbridge initial announcement.

  • Enjoy two full days exploring Cairo, visiting the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and Khan El-Khalili bazaar.
  • In Luxor, view the Karnak Temple Complex—one of the largest religious buildings in the world, which includes contributions from approximately 30 pharaohs over thousands of years.
  • Travel beside the Nile to Abydos to marvel at the colorful carvings in the Temple of Seti I and view the Abydos King List, which was instrumental to understanding Ancient Egyptian history.
  • On the west bank of Luxor, visit the Valley of the Kings and Nobles, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon.
  • Embark in Esna aboard a private dahabiya—a traditional Egyptian sailing vessel—for four nights on the Nile River.
  • Sail to the Nile’s Elephantine and Soheil Islands and explore their sacred temples and traditional Nubian villages.

If you have any questions for me about it that are general in nature, go ahead and just make a comment here.  If you have a personal question of anything (e.g., my shoe size or preferred single malt), feel free to drop me a note at behrman@email.unc.edu


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    RonaldTaska  August 16, 2019

    You have a really amazing life!

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    Fernando Peregrin Gutierrez  August 16, 2019

    Bart Ehrman dixit:
    “BUT, this time we’re doing something I’ve never done before and always wanted to: a four-day cruise down the Nile. How good can it get???”

    An extraordinary and very exciting cultural and tourist experience.
    In 1976 a group of employees of Iberia LAE (Spanish Flag Airline in those days), we made a 5-day Nile cruise (my wife was the one who worked in Iberia, not me!)
    Of course, things are now very different. In those years, only the very rich people, the top executives of the large international corporations and … the employees (and husbands) of the commercial airlines of a certain level, who did so with “free tickets, traveled on the airplanes.
    In addition, in our case and in those years the cruises were operated by a subsidiary of the extinct PAN AM and practically they gave us away the cruise on the Nile, due to the good relations between Iberia and PAN AM employees at the airport of Madrid -Barajas.
    Whoever has money to accompany Bart Ehrman will find no better way to spend it than making that trip to Egypt.
    And while you are there, go have tea in the Victorian halls of the Mena House Oberoy hotel in Cairo, very near Giza. They will understand what it was like to be a high official or high rank military officer in the days of British ciolonialism.

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    Judith  August 16, 2019

    What are the chances this trip could be as wonderful as last year’s Israel trip?

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    forthfading  August 16, 2019

    Dr. Ehrman,

    In what ways will your expertise in early Christianity be utilized on this amazing tour? At first glance it appears to be tours of history a couple millennia before Jesus.

    Thanks, Jay

    • Bart
      Bart  August 18, 2019

      I’ll be lecturing about manuscript discoveries of early Christian texts in Egypt, e.g., the Gnostic Gospels. So it’ll both be pharaoh- era Egypt and early Xn Egypt.

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    Truncated  August 18, 2019

    That’s a long trip. Don’t you have class?

    • Bart
      Bart  August 19, 2019

      wish I could take them! As it is, I’ll set it up so I miss a minimum of classes and will have my absence covered by competent scholars in the field. I’ve rarely done this in my long career (missed class), but whenever I have, my students generally prefer the replacements….

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    Rokyro  August 18, 2019

    Darn it Bart, don’t you ever take the poor school teachers into account, and try to organize a trip during July or August? Just joking, I wouldn’t be able to afford it regardless.

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    Hume  August 26, 2019

    My wife and I want to go more than a grad student wants a job! We’re in Ottawa.

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    ManuelNaujoks  August 27, 2019

    I definitely want to join. Are there any requirements? I am not an UNC Alumni and I dont live in the US.

    • Bart
      Bart  August 28, 2019

      Go to the website I provided and you’ll see. It’s pretty easy to join up.

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    ManuelNaujoks  September 2, 2019

    Does anyone want to go without a partner and also does not want to pay the “Single Rate”?
    Please reply to this comment if you would not mind to share a room with me, so we both would only need to pay the “Classic Rate”.

    Classic: $5,995
    Suite: $6,995
    Single (Classic): $9,995


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    trulieh@yahoo.com  September 22, 2019

    This looks like a trip of a lifetime! How often will you be giving lectures during the trip?


    • Bart
      Bart  September 23, 2019

      Not sure. Four maybe? Five? But I’ll be around the whole time to talk with people at length, apart from lectures.

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