History of Medicine along the Nile

12 - 24 Nov 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Cruise in comfort to Egypt’s most fascinating destinations in the company of enquiring, like-minded people. Hear about the history of medicine from a world-renowned Egyptologist and a respected medical history expert as you progress along the River Nile aboard a river cruise ship, and stay in the historic Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor.

Listen to lectures by Professor Rosalie David, a renowned authority on the medicine of Ancient Egypt, as well as by tour leader Natasha McEnroe, an expert on the history of medicine and the Keeper of Medicine at the Science Museum, both of whom will accompany you on shore visits.

This tour includes guided private shore visits to sites of medical historical interest, as well as the wonders of ancient Egypt. There is an optional 3-night extension to the great city of Alexandria and the battlefield of El Alamein after the tour.


Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Natasha McEnroe

Natasha McEnroe

Natasha McEnroe is the Keeper of Medicine at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Her previous post was Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum, and prior to this was Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy and Curator of the Galton Collection at University College London. From 1997 – 2007, she was Curator of Dr Johnson’s House in London’s Fleet Street, and has also worked for the National Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Natasha was co-editor of The Hospital in the Oatfield – The Art of Nursing in the First World War (2014); The Tyranny of Treatment: Samuel Johnson, His Friends and Georgian Medicine (2003); and editor of Medicine: An Imperfect Science(2019) and co-editor of The Medicine Cabinet(2019). Her research interests focus on 18th and 19th-century medical humanities. Natasha is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Barbers.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Giza (Fri, 12 Nov) Arrive and transfer to the hotel (flight package from London available).
  • Day 2: Giza (Sat, 12 Nov) Visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. In the afternoon visit the Grand Egyptian Museum.
  • Day 3: Giza (Sun, 14 Nov) Drive to Sakkara Step Pyramid, the Tomb of Ankhmahor and the Imhotep Museum. Visit the Gayer Anderson Museum.
  • Day 4: Giza / Luxor (Mon, 15 Nov) Morning flight to Luxor. Transfer to the ship.Talk: ‘Ancient Egyptian Civilisation: Historical Background, the Significance of the Nile, the Beginnings of Civilisation’ by Prof. Rosalie David (RD)
  • Day 5: Luxor / Esna / Edfu (Tues, 16 Nov) Drive to the ancient city of Thebes. Visit the temples of Luxor and Karnak. Sail to Edfu and cross Esna Lock. Talk: ‘Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Medicine’ - RD
  • Day 6: Edfu / Aswan (Wed, 17 Nov) Guided tour of the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Sail to Kom Ombo. Arrive in Aswan Talk: ‘Mummies - A Resource for Studying Disease, Treatment and Lifestyle’ - RD
  • Day 7: Aswan (Thurs, 18 Nov) Visit the Temple of Philae and the Aswan High Dam. Felucca sailing boat trip to visit Kitchener and Nubia Islands. Talk: ‘The Great Dam – Before and After’ by local guide.
  • Day 8: Aswan (Fri, 19 Nov) Optional morning visit to Abu Simbel or bird watching tour to a Nubian village. Afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 9: Aswan / Kom Ombo / Edfu / Luxor (Sat, 20 Nov) Talk: ‘The Temples as Centres of Healing’ - RD. Sail to Kom Ombo. Visit Kom Ombo Temple. Sail to Edfu.
  • Day 10: Luxor (Sun, 21 Nov) Talk: The Ancient Egyptian Contribution to Graeco-Roman and Later Medicine’ - RD. At leisure while sailing. Talk ‘Agatha Christie and The Case of the Egyptian Poison’ by Natasha McEnroe.
  • Day 11: Luxor (Mon, 22 Nov) Drive to Denderah to visit the Temple of Hathor. Proceed to Abydos to visit the Temple of Seti I with its magnificent wall paintings and bas reliefs. Transfer to the Winter Palace Hotel.
  • Day 12: Luxor (Tues, 23 Nov) Visit the Valley of the Kings. Queen Hatshepsut’s temple at Deir El Bahari and the Temple of Ramesses II. Continue to the village of Deir el Medina. Farewell dinner at Winter Palace Hotel.
  • Day 13: Luxor/ Cairo (Wed, 24 Nov) Depart for flight back to Cairo or take extension to Alexandria.

Alexandria Extension

  • Day 13: Luxor/ Alexandria (Wed, 24 Nov)
    Fly from Luxor to Cairo. Drive via Wadi Natrun Coptic monasteries to Alexandria.
  • Day 14: Alexandria (Thurs, 25 Nov)
    Guided visit of the National Museum and the catacombs. City orientation tour and visit the new Alexandria Library.
  • Day 15: Alexandria (Fri, 26 Nov)
    Visit El Alamein and the cemeteries. Return to Alexandria.
  • Day 16: Alexandria / London (Sat, 27 Nov)
    Transfer to Cairo airport for onward flight

Tour cost

Tour costs start at US $5,026 per person sharing

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