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Sept. 24, 2004


Egypt Tour Scheduled for January

UW-River Falls is offering students, faculty and the public the chance to travel to the land of the Pharoahs Jan. 10-22, 2005.
An informational meeting about a travel adventure to Egypt will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the International Room of the Student Center at UW-River Falls.

Participants will explore an ancient land shaped by temples, tombs and hieroglyphs, while visiting a civilization created by the mighty Nile River.

The trip includes visits to the cities such as Cairo, Memphis, Giza, and Luxor and surrounding areas, as well as a Nile River cruise and an air excursion to Abu Simbel. Highlights include a visit to King Tut's tomb, to the Citadel of Mohamed Ali, the Alabaster Sphinx, the City of the Dead, Aswan High Dam, temple of Ramses II, the Valley of the Kings and much more.

The cost of the trip is $3,595 for double occupancy and includes roundtrip airfare, all tips/fees and internal transportation, room and board, a special educational guide, and an Egyptologist guide during a private coach tour. Students will pay an additional $500 tuition, and those desiring a single room can pay additional $565.

The trip is directed by art history Professor Steven Derfler of the UW-RF art department, UW-RF and Educational Resources, Inc. A historian and archaeologist, Derfler has researched ancient civilizations and participated in excavations for more than two decades. He has also been involved with educational institutions in Israel and the Midwest, and his articles and reviews have been published in magazines and newspapers such as the Israel Exploration Journal and the Middle East Review.

"Participants will be touched by the glory, mystery and mystique of ancient Egypt," says Derfler. "No other civilization has captured as many hearts and minds of the world as ancient Egypt. As humankind emerged from its early adolescence on the road to adulthood, ancient Egyptian culture was there to lead the way. This ancient land became the world's leader in art and architecture, science and industry, and religion and philosophy."

For more information contact Derfler, 715/425-3266 or 0639, steven.l.derfler@uwrf.edu or Amy Muzzy in the UW-RF Office of International Programs, 715-425-4891, amy.muzzy@uwrf.edu.

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