Explore the Wonders of Egypt with Art Historian Dawn Odell (Teacher of the Year 2012 & 2024)

January 1st - 14th, 2025

Group Size:

About 12 to 16.


Discover the contrasts of modern and ancient Egypt on a 14-day adventure. Begin and end in Egypt’s capital Cairo, gaze up at the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, take a four-day cruise down the legendary Nile and explore the grand temples of Abu Simbel. Uncover the secrets of the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and visit the tombs of ancient pharaohs, share meals with local families and stand in awe of gigantic, rock-cut statues. Accompanied by a local Egyptologist and Lewis & Clark’s own Art Historian Dawn Odell, you will learn about the mystery and beauty of these ancient lands.


  • Explore the Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Kom Ombo Temple, Philae Island, Karnak Temple complex and the many sides of Cairo.
  • Take your time exploring Abu Simbel with an overnight stay, discovering this magnificent monument carved out of the mountainside with less crowds, followed by an incredible sound and light show.
  • Relax with four nights on a traditional riverboat along the Nile past ancient temples, watching local life unfolding as you get to the heart of each destination.
  • Enjoy unforgettable authentic experiences, including an overnight train ride to Luxor, a visit to a farm, relax at Cario’s oldest coffee shop and sunset drinks aboard a traditional felucca.
  • Professor Odell will discuss Contemporary Egyptian Art, Napoleon’s attempted conquest of Egypt, Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb, and the art of the New Kingdom.
  • Join a group of travelers who are inquisitive and adventurous. Benefit from Lewis & Clark’s global network of contacts and experience in Egypt.

Itinerary: January 1st to 14th, 2025

This is a draft schedule but most items are confirmed. Dates will remain the same including time in each city but minor activities might be tweaked to adjust to seasonal schedules.






+ $1,000 per person (non-refundable, unless program is cancelled)

  • Deposit by July 20, 2024 and save $200, per person off of final balance.
  • Final Opportunity to Deposit is September 20, 2024 or until capacity is reached.

Total Cost:

+ Double Occupancy

  • Deposit by July 20th, 2024: $5,795 per person ($1,000 deposit by 7/20 plus final payment of remainder of program fee of $4,795).
  • Deposit July 21st, 2024 onward: $5,995 per person ($1,000 deposit 7/21 to 9/20, plus final payment of remainder of program fee of $4,995).

+ Single Occupancy

  • Deposit by July 20th, 2024: $7,595 ($1,000 deposit, plus remainder of program fee $4,795, plus single supplement of $1,800).
  • Deposit by July 21st, 2024 onward: $7,795 ($1,000 deposit, plus remainder of program fee $4,995, plus single supplement of $1,800 ).
  • Final payment due before 9/25.

+ Transfers from Cairo Airport to Itinerary hotel are included on 1/1 and return to airport on 1/14. Transfers at other dates can be arranged but might incur a cost.

+ Gratuity is covered for porters with your luggage, and at group meals. Participants decide how they might want to tip for housekeeping service or individual requests they make. The Group Facilitator will take up a collection for the guides at the end of the trip. The equivalent of $100 USD in Egyptian pounds per person is suggested. Please note all tipping is optional.

+ Traveler’s Insurance is highly recommended.

+ International Airfare is not included. But, the domestic flight from Aswan to Cairo on 1/13 is included.

Note: Participants who deposit will be notified when the trip minimum of ten participants has been secured. Please do not purchase non-refundable airfare until we have confirmed that.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend travel insurance for all Lewis & Clark trips.


A Note About Safety and Security in the Region

The tragedy that continues to unfold in Israel/Palestine is certainly concerning. Sadly, living in the shadow of these challenging circumstances is more the norm, than not for Egyptian society. Egypt has a large tourism industry and that continues to thrive by fiercely guarding their borders, as well as, specific tourist areas, and monitoring communications and the current conditions (at times you will definitely see and feel that presence of National Security forces).  Lewis & Clark has chosen our partners carefully in Egypt to ensure the experience is both educational, interesting and safe. Our partners are locally based, have a long history in Egypt, and LC is confident they will monitor ongoing conditions, and respond well to any situation that might evolve.

If the circumstances became untenable in the part of Egypt we are visiting we would work with our partners to pause on the trip either rescheduling or giving refunds. We always suggest our travelers purchase travelers insurance. Please be reminded this would be your primary way to receive a refund  in case you decided to cancel on your own. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President, Community Education & Travel.



Overnight Train: Cairo to Luxor

Dahabiya: Traditional Nile riverboat. Sailing south from Luxor to Aswan the ship will catch wind in it’s sail motor much of the distance and typically be pulled by a tug-boat upstream.



Academic Leader

Dawn Odell, Associate Professor of Art History

Art History Major Cadyn Schenk-Turner BA ’26 writes about professor Odell:

“She is not just a teacher, but a mentor, a guide, and a source of inspiration. I have had the privilege of being in Dawn’s classroom many times, and I can attest to the profound impact she’s had on my own academic and personal growth. Quite simply, Dawn embodies the very best of what it means to be an educator, a scholar, and above all a compassionate human being. Her relentless pursuit of knowledge and her genuine care for her students sets a standard we should all aspire to emulate.”

Dr. Dawn Odell has been teaching at Lewis & Clark for seventeen years. In April 2024, for the second time, Dawn was selected as the Lewis & Clark Teacher of the Year. Professor Odell completed degrees at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Carleton College. Her art history courses include classes that explore art crimes, relationships between art and imperialism, arts of the Silk Road, and the visual culture of modern Chinese cities.

Topics Dawn will discuss on the Egypt trip through presentations and informal conversations are “Contemporary Egyptian Art,” she is especially interested in art produced by Egyptian women and art that blurs the line between art and craft; “Egyptomania,” exploring the impact of Egyptian art on European visual culture in the wake of Napoleon’s attempted conquest of Egypt and of Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb; and “Amarna Period Art,” looking closely at art produced in the eighteenth dynasty of the New Kingdom, which marked a radical change in style and subject matter from earlier periods.

Dawn has been an educator to students and alumni alike. In recent years she offered an online course to alumni, and occasional presentations to alumni including one about Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest, an eighteenth-century Dutch merchant and immigrant to the early U.S. whose collection of Chinese art was the first to be publicly displayed in an American city. She is completing a book on the same topic.

Dawn has traveled the world from Europe to Asia and recently returned from a trip to Korea and Japan, where she was at work on a summer overseas program for our students. Dawn is thrilled to travel to Egypt with Lewis & Clark for this “once in a lifetime experience” and is “looking forward to talking with alumni about art and the powerful ways it allows us to experience the past and understand the present.”



Please contact Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President for Community Education and Travel Programs at: mcpheete@lclark.edu or 503-841-7657




Terms & Conditions

  • Deposits are non refundable and required to hold space. If a trip is cancelled by Lewis & Clark even non-refundable deposits will be returned.
  • Deposits can be accepted up until 9/20/24 or until the trip has reached a maximum.
  • If the group does not reach the minimum number of ten by 9/20/24 a decision Will need to be made about possibly cancelling the trip. In that case, all deposits will be refunded.
  • Participants should wait for confirmation from Lewis & Clark that the minimum has been reached before booking non-refundable flights or other non-refundable arrangements.
  • Final Balance Payments are due by 9/25/24. Participant cancellations before on 9/24/24 or before, will result in a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit.
  • Participant cancellations from 9/25/24 to 10/24/24 will result in a 50% total cost of the trip cancellation fee.
  • Deposits, Program fees, Single supplements, additional fees for pre and post extension nights are not refundable if participant cancels after 10/24/24.
  • Participants should purchase Traveler’s Insurance to use in case they need to cancel after 9/24/24.