Discover the History of Cleopatra in Egypt

International Travel & Women’s Studies in Egypt

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel in the center of Cairo. Unpack, get comfortable, and get ready for an exciting week in Egypt!

You’ll spend your second day in Egypt at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. Join your group on a guided tour to brush up on your Egyptian history. After the tour, explore your favorite collections and read up on Cleopatra and the Greco-Roman period, then you and your group will enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant. 

Head to the Coptic Museum for a tour of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman artifacts. Learn all about the arrival of Christianty in Egypt as well as the influence it had on Egyptian culture. This museum provides a fascinating insight into Egypt’s Christian era, which will be especially interesting after yesterday’s visit to the Egyptian Museum. After the Coptic Museum, you and your group will have a tour of the surrounding neighborhoods before joining your guide for a meal. 

Wake up early today for a 2.5-drive to Alexandria, the city where Cleopatra reigned. Start your first day in Alexandria with a walking tour of the most important neighborhoods before heading to the historic Caesareum of Alexandria. 

The Caesareum was originally the Temple of Augustus, and it was constructed by Cleopatra to honor Marc Antony. It was in this temple that Cleopatra is believed to have taken her own life when Octavian defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatras’ forces. The Caesareum has gone through many transformations since then, and you’ll learn all about it on this exciting and educational tour. 

Today will center around the Roman amphitheater and its surrounding ruins. Take a tour of the 4th century A.D. amphitheatre and explore the grounds. Learn all about the role it played in Egyptian society. 

Next to the amphitheater, you’ll find the Roman baths and the Villa of the Birds. Take in the beautiful mosaics and learn about the history of these important structures. 

Your final adventure in Alexandria will be a trip to the Taposiris Magna Temple. Hop on the tour bus and head to the western suburb of Abusir where the temple is located. Taposiris Magna was built in the Ptolemaic Era to honor the god Osiris. The temple was converted into a church during Egypt’s Christian era, but it had several other uses throughout its lifetime. Take a guided tour of the temple and then explore the nearby seaside where you can find other ancient ruins, including public baths and a Ptolemaic tower. 

Wake up early for a stroll through Alexandria before catching your flight home. You’ll leave Egypt more knowledgeable of both Cleopatra’s life as well as Egypt’s Greco-Roman period. Not only will you have a deeper appreciation for Egyptian history, but you’ll also have the desire to learn even more!

International travel to Egypt is the perfect way to learn all about Cleopatra and the Greco-Roman period of Egyptian history. Visit some of the most important sites in Alexandria and explore the fascinating and educational museums of Cairo. A trip to Egypt is a trip of a lifetime!


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