Odyssey of Wonders: Ancient & Modern Egypt

  • March 10th through 21st, 2012
  • Capacity: 44

*This trip is sold out. *

Carleton's former president Rob Oden and his wife Teresa invite you to join them in Egypt for an amazing trip to an ever-fascinating destination. Explore the forces of time that have shaped a nation from its ancient history through its contemporary struggles for cultural and political clarity.  Egypt is safe and welcoming, and the Odens are eager for you to join them for a trip designed for intrepid minds and curious souls.


This unique trip explores the cultural, historical and intellectual heart of Egypt.

You will bask in views of the pyramids and other ancient monuments, experience modern Cairo, and taste ancient and modern life on this journey through Egypt.  Begin your exploration with a trip back through the history of the Pharaonic Old Kingdom at the sites on the Giza Plateau: the pyramids, the Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara. 

Then, the heart of your journey will be a weeklong Nile river cruise on the SS MISR, a ship with modern comforts and early-20th-century regal ambience.  As you sail from Luxor, to Esna, Edfu, Aswan, Kom Ombo, Qena and Dendara, you will see the splendor of ancient temples side by side with modern people who today get sustenance from the river.  Watch life on the banks while you float by, then explore ashore when you dock.

You will also talk with Rob’s on-the-ground colleagues in-country, and learn from Rob himself in daily lectures and ongoing conversations about Egyptian history and influences. The trip ends with a day exploring modern Cairo and downtown sites.

Trip Leaders

Robert A. Oden Jr. was the president of Carleton College from 2002-2010. He is a scholar of ancient Near East languages and history and comparative religion; he is also a distinguished teacher. His degrees from Harvard include a PhD in Near Eastern languages and literature. He was a professor in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, where he received Dartmouth’s first Distinguished Teaching Award. Oden is the author of five books, including The Bible Without Theology. In 1989 he was selected to be among the first of the Teaching Company’s “Superstar Teachers,” recording several series of lectures on comparative religion and the Old Testament.  He has led study abroad programs in Egypt for both Dartmouth and Carleton, and has been on the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo since 1990.

Teresa Oden earned a BA in classics from Brandeis University. She has worked as a computer programmer and as an administrator in the nonprofit sector and has published articles and a book about issues facing the partners of academic leaders. Teresa enjoys gardening and “just about anything that requires handling beautiful fabrics.”


$6,345-$7,145, depending on Nile cruise room selection

Price includes accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement $3,600 extra); all meals from dinner on arrival day in Egypt through breakfast on departure day; transportation within Egypt; activities, excursions and entry fees throughout trip; and all gratuities.  International airfares, visa fees, individual travel insurance policies, and sodas/alcoholic beverages not included.

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See trip brochure at right for more information, a detailed itinerary, and the registration form.

Questions about the trip? 

JOURNEYS International is handling all arrangements for this trip for Carleton College. Contact them at 800-255-8735 or e-mail JOURNEYS Director and Carleton alum Robin Weber Pollak ’04 at robin@journeys.travel.