Tour Egypt in Germany and Austria
Tour Germany and Austria: Enter Museums in Hannover, Hildesheim, Leipzig, Munich, and Vienna in Austria all containing outstanding collections of Egyptian Art. And experience five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
With Professor Bob Brier and Art Historian, Patricia Remler
Why travel on Far Horizons’ Germany & Austria Tour with Bob Brier?
- Led by Professor Bob Brier and Art Historian Patricia Remler
- Five museums with Egyptian collections: Hannover, Hildesheim, Munich, and two in Vienna
- Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Historic Centers of Regensburg, Salzberg, and Vienna; Hildesheim’s St. Michael and St. Mary churches; and Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace.
- Optional Boy’s Choir performance at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig
- Private tour of the Egyptology collection in the Roemer- and Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim
- Private meeting with the Director of Munich’s State Museum of Egyptian Art
- Limited to 14 participants
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Tour Germany & Austria – Daily Itinerary
Day 1: Depart the USA
Day 2: Arrive into Hannover, Germany. City tour. August Kestner Museum. Overnight two nights in Hildesheim
Day 3: Roemer- and Pelizaeus-Museum. St. Michael and St. Mary churches
Day 4: Drive to Leipzig with city tour. Overnight Leipzig for two nights
Day 5: Egyptian Museum, University of Leipzig. Optional Boy’s Choir
Day 6: Regensburg city tour. Transfer to Munich. Overnight for two nights
Day 7: Munich Egyptian Museum. Afternoon free
Day 8: Salzburg city tour. Overnight Salzburg for one night
Day 9: Transfer to Vienna. Afternoon free. Overnight three nights
Day 10: Vienna city tour. Schönbrunn Palace. Papyrus Museum
Day 11: Kunsthistorisches Museum Egyptology Collection
Day 12: Return to the USA
European interest in Egypt began to grow after Napoleon Bonaparte invaded that country in 1798. In addition to soldiers, Napoleon brought 150 scholars — scientists, engineers, and academics – to study Egyptian culture and history. The temples and tombs of Luxor, Philae, Dendera, and the Valley of the Kings were recorded in scrupulous detail and the results were published in the colossal 20-volume Description de l’Égypte. Interest in a pharaonic Egypt never before seen by the outside world was born which led to comprehensive archaeological expeditions and countless collections of impressive antiquities outside of Egypt.
Led by renowned Egyptologist, Bob Brier, and Art Historian, Patricia Remler, Far Horizons offers 14 participants a truly unique 12-day sojourn through Germany and Austria, with an emphasis on each country’s great museums and their Egyptology assemblages. Travel from Hannover in northern Germany to Vienna, Austria, and along the way, stop to walk through historic centers with some of the most stunning architecture in northern Europe.
Bob Brier received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina. He is not only one of the nation’s leading Egyptologists, but a brilliant lecturer and storyteller. He is professor of philosophy at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and the author of several books including The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story (Berkley Books, 1998), The Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians (Greenwood Press, 1999) andThe Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man’s Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Mystery(Harper Collins, 2008). Professor Brier has served as director of the “Egyptology Today” program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as host of the Learning Channel series, The Great Egyptians. A popular lecturer for The Great Courses, not for credit seminars for lifelong learners, he has twice been selected as a Fulbright Scholar, and has received Long Island University’s David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of his achievements. He is a wonderful teacher with a special flair for evoking the distant past in ways that make it seem vividly present.
Patricia Remler is an author, photographer, and art historian. She was the Researcher for four important Learning Channel documentaries – the three-part Pyramids, Tombs, and Mummies, the six-part series The Great Egyptians, the one hour Napoleon’s Obsession: The Quest for Egypt, and the three-part dseries Unwrapped, The Mysterious World of Mummies. She is the author of Egyptian Mythology A – Z.
Egypt in Germany & Austria Tour Itinerary
(B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
Day 2: Arrive Hannover in the morning. Lower Saxony’s capital is a university city and economic center that was once an imperial seat. Three men of the royal line, the House of Hanover, became kings to Great Britain. After lunch, we will stroll through the old center of Hannover to see the half-timbered houses, the magnificent neo-classical Opera House, and the splendid New City Hall, built in the early 20th century. Located within the historic center, the August Kestner Museum was founded in 1889 to house art works of the Kestler family. Celebrated for its Egyptian relics, the museum also displays superb Greco-Roman pieces. We continue to Hildesheim and overnight for two nights in the Van der Valk Hotel, located in the center of the historic area. (L)
Day 3: In 1907, collector Wilhelm Pelizaeus gave his antiquities to his hometown of Hildesheim, and The Roemer- and Pelizaeus-Museum was established. Our all day walking tour begins here where we meet with one of the museum’s curators who will show us the outstanding treasures of the Old Kingdom. The most important epochs of the Egyptian culture, from the pre-dynastic to Christian times, are represented by more than 8000 objects. Lunch will be on our own in the museum’s Restaurant Nil. In the afternoon, we will walk through the medieval center of Hildesheim, one of the oldest cities in northern Germany. Although much was destroyed during World War Two, it was quickly rebuilt and the restored half-timbered houses in the old town are excellent examples of medieval Germany. This charming university town contains two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. St. Michael’s Church is an early-Romanesque church that was completed in the early 11th century. Installed in the early 1200s, and removed during the war which saved it, the glorious painted wooden ceiling in the nave shows the Tree of Jesse, the genealogy of the family of Jesus. St. Mary Church was built in the 9th century, and although almost completely destroyed in 1945, it was reconstructed soon after the war. The building contains many gems including the original 11th century cast-bronze doors depicting biblical scenes and a cast-bronze column depicting scenes from the life of Christ. A huge rose covering the outside wall of the apse is believed to have been established by King Louis the Pious in 815. Where it’s that old or not, documentation proves that ‘The Thousand Year Rose’ existed at least 400 years ago. Dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, it is the icon for the city. Our final stop is the City Museum to see the Hildesheim Treasure, unearthed in 1868 in Hildesheim, and the largest collection of Roman silver found outside imperial frontiers. Gather this evening for our welcome dinner party. (B/ /D)
Day 4: Travel from Hildesheim to Leipzig, in what was once East Germany. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, we will begin our walking tour in the picturesque Market Square, surrounded by imposing buildings. Begun in 1556, the arcaded Altes Rathaus, or Old Town Hall, is the most beautiful historical landmark in Leipzig and is considered one of Germany’s best examples of Renaissance architecture. Between 1723 and 1750 Johann Sebastian Bach was the cantor at the nearby 13th-century St. Thomas Church, and it has been his burial place since 1950. Look for his ledger stone on the floor of the choir. Also, Martin Luther held sermons here in 1539, introducing the Reformation to Leipzig. Our visit also includes Nikolai’s Church, the oldest and biggest church of Leipzig, dating back to the Middle Ages and remodeled in the late-Gothic style in the 15th and 16th centuries. The church was the departure point of East Germany’s peaceful revolution in the summer of 1989 that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 and the Reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990. Overnight for two nights in the Steigenberger Grand Hotel Handelshof in Leipzig (B/L/D)
Day 5: The Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig holds the most important university collection of its kind in Germany with over 7,000 objects from Egypt. The large exhibition hall displays reliefs and statues dating back to the Pharaonic and Post-Pharaonic Epoch of Egypt. The Nubian room contains a stucco ceiling with griffins and items from Sudan’s Kerma. An entire room is devoted to the funerary equipment and painted coffins of Herishef-hotep, a priest who lived in the end of the First Intermediate Period. The highlight of the museum antiquities is the fine coffin of Hed-Bast-iru, created from the wood of the juniper tree and handsomely adorned with hieroglyphs. After spending the morning in the museum, the afternoon and evening are on our own for further explorations of the lovely town of Leipzig. For the last 800 years, the Boys Choir has been singing in St. Thomas Church, and, if performing, we may have an optional opportunity to hear them. (B/L)
Day 6: We leave Leipzig this morning and drive into Bavaria to Regensburg, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by water, the city is at the confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen Rivers. It survived the Second World War in exceptionally good shape, and the number of historic structures traversing almost two thousand years bear witness to the city’s importance as a trading center through the ages. In 179 Marcus Aurelius built the town of Castra Regina and the Porta Praetoria, the original 2nd century gate through the northern wall. It still stands strategically facing where the Regen River flows into the Danube. During our afternoon walk through the streets and alleys, look for other parts of the Roman walls and buildings incorporated into more modern buildings. Our stroll begins at the 12th century stone bridge that once was the only way to reach the town. A masterpiece of medieval engineering, 16 arches span the Danube River. The intrepid will have the opportunity to climb the clock tower that stands at the south end of the bridge for a wonderful view over the city. Regensburg’s 11th to 13th century architecture defines the character of the old town with its patrician houses and fortified towers built by merchants, a status symbol to show their wealth and flaunt their influence. The more important the family, the taller the stronghold. Walk through Haidplatz, the scene of jousting tournaments in the middle ages, and enter Regensburg’s St. Peter’s Cathedral, a perfect example of Gothic architecture. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Munich and overnight for two nights in the Hotel Platzi. (B/L/D)
Day 7: Begin this morning in The State Museum of Egyptian Art where Dr. Sylvia Schoske, the museum director will host us. Displaying treasure troves from both the pre-dynastic and dynastic periods, the museum has attained worldwide renown and proudly stands as one of the few museums outside of Egypt to be devoted entirely to ancient Egyptian artefacts. Since 2013, the museum has been housed in a stunning new building designed specifically for this collection, and the museum director, Dr. Sylvia Schoske will join us to talk about the museum and its fascinating architecture. Lunch will be in the Hofbräuhaus, the iconic beer hall originally established in 1589 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I as the official Royal Brewery. Here, the servers wear traditional outfits – lederhosen, or decorated leather breeches, on the men, and dirndl, the colorful dresses of the Bavarian countryside, on the women. In the cavernous interior, we will see the elaborate frescoes in the baroque style that embellish the ceiling in some of the rooms as we enjoy our typical ‘beer hall’ cuisine. The afternoon and evening are free to revisit the museum or for further sightseeing in Munich. (B/L)
Day 8: We leave Munich, cross the border into Austria and continue on to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and with UNESCO world Heritage status. Picturesquely located on both sides of the Salzach River in the foothills of the Alps, Salzburg is gorgeous! Internationally known for its baroque architecture, this ‘Rome of the North’ has one of the best-preserved historic centers in Europe. This afternoon, we will weave through the narrow streets and Romanesque archways of the old city, pass through the Jewish District, the Judengasse, and stop to see St. Florian Fountain in the Alter Markt, a marketplace that dates back to the 13th century. Along the way, stop to see several fascinating sites. Mozart’s Birthplace at No. 9 Getreidegasse is a shrine to the world-renowned genius. Salzburg’s cathedral, Dom zu Salzburg, is an impressive Baroque monument to the wealth, power and religion of the city. Towering above the skyline, the marble façade is crowned by brilliant turquoise domes atop each of the twin towers. Dominating the city, Hohensalzburg Fortress was originally built in 1077 in preparation for a conflict between Pope Gregor VII and Emperor Henry IV. We will ride the cable car to the top for a view over the city and the luscious mountainous scenery beyond. Overnight in the Hotel Bristol Salzburg. (B/L/D)
Day 9: We leave Salzburg and head to Vienna, the capital of Austria. Located on the banks of the Danube River, the city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is rich in architectural grandeur. Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks are on display. Upon arrival, we will experience the city’s celebrated cuisine for lunch at one of Vienna’s exceptional restaurants. The afternoon and evening are free for independent explorations. Overnight in Vienna for three nights In the Hotel Kaiserhof Wien. (B/L)
Day 10: Our all day tour of Vienna takes us to many captivating sites. The Ringstrasse is a circular grand boulevard that serves as a ring road around the historic Innere Stadt, or Old Town. The Viennese Opera House was the first major building on the Vienna Ringstrasse, begun in 1861 and completed in 1869. The Austrian parliament building was created in the Greek Revival style. The Votivkirche, Votive Church, is the only church on the Ring Road. Following the attempted assassination of Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor’s brother decided to create a church to give thanks for the Emperor’s life being spared. In the Middle Ages, Vienna was home to a thriving Jewish community, one of the largest and most important in Europe. Famous Rabbis taught and worked here, making Vienna an influential center of Jewish knowledge. This lively and creative environment was forced to an abrupt and violent end in 1420-21, with the expulsion and murder of the Viennese Jews. The ruins of the then-destroyed synagogue, excavated under the Judenplatz in 1995, testifies to the life and destruction of that medieval community. We will enter the Judenplatz Museum to learn of Jewish life in the 14th century. The Sigmund Freud Museum in what was once his private quarters was founded in 1971 and covers Sigmund Freud’s life story. This is where he lived for 47 years and produced the majority of his writings. Housed within the Austrian National Library, the Papyrus Museum displays 3,000 years of Egyptian cultural history and 200 unique papyri. The Schonbrunn Palace was the summer imperial residence under the Habsburgs for more than three hundred years. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. The spectacular baroque gardens were created as a demonstration of Habsburg power and an attempt to outshine the grounds at Versailles. Dinner is on our own. (B/L)
Day 11: This morning, we enter Kunsthistorisches Museum. Housed in a palatial building on Ringstraße, it is the largest art museum in the country. The Egyptian and Near Eastern Section is among the world’s most important assemblage of Egyptian antiquities with more than 17,000 objects dating as far back as four thousand years. Among the highlights are the richly decorated Offering Chapel of Ka-ni-nisut from the Old Kingdom, numerous sarcophagi and coffins, animal mummies, examples of the Book of the Dead, grave stelae, divine figures, objects of daily life such as clothing and cosmetic articles, and masterpieces of sculpture such as the Reserve Head from Giza. Reserve heads are distinctive creations made primarily of fine limestone that have been found in a number of non-royal tombs of the Fourth dynasty of Egypt. The striking individuality of the pieces makes them some of the earliest examples of portrait sculpture in existence. Lunch will be on our own in the museum café. The afternoon is free to return to the museum or visit other sites in Vienna. Gather this evening for our final gala dinner party. (B/ /D)
Day 12: Return to the USA. (B)
CALL (per person, double occupancy) includes all hotels; most meals (as listed in the itinerary); gratuities to guides and drivers; ground transportation; and entry fees. Prices are based upon the Euro at no more than 1.25. If a fluctuation raises the euro, the final price may go up.
Single Supplement: CALL. Should a roommate be requested and one not be available, the single supplement will be charged.
Cost does not include: Round trip international airfare to Hannover, Germany and return from Vienna, Austria; a separate donation check of $150.00 per person to a designated donation project; meals other than those listed in the itinerary; food, alcoholic and other beverages not on set menus; passport and visa fees; airport fees and taxes; excess baggage charges; email, telephone, and fax charges; laundry or other items of a personal nature.
Fuel Surcharges: Far Horizons must pass on price increases when additional fuel charges are levied.
Donation Checks: As a tour company that benefits from the cultural and natural riches of our destinations, we have a policy of donating to the scientific and cultural projects and museums we visit. This has created a bond between Far Horizons and the academic and local communities that has helped us establish an extensive list of lecturers and contacts in each of our destinations. We ask that each participant write a check to the noteworthy project we designate. The donation amount is $150.00 per person and is made by check directly to the donation project. Note that the donation is required as part of your registration for the trip and that it is non-refundable. We will be designating a donation project for this trip shortly.
A deposit of $750.00 is required along with your registration form. Final payment is due 120 days before departure. Upon receipt of your deposit and completed registration form, you will be sent a reading list and a tour bulletin containing travel information. Prior to the trip, we will send links to various websites of pertinent interest. Click here to download our Registration Form.
Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellations received in writing at least 120 days before departure will receive a refund less a $450.00 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 120 days before the departure date will not receive a refund. If for any reason you are unable to complete the trip, Far Horizons will not reimburse any fees. Registrants are strongly advised to buy travel insurance that includes trip cancellation.
International flights are not included in the cost of the trip. If you do not arrive or depart on the scheduled days, you are responsible for all transportation (including airport transfers) to join the group. If Far Horizons must change the trip dates or cancel the trip for any reason, Far Horizons is not responsible for any air ticket you may have purchased. Please send your complete air schedule as soon as you have it. NOTE: Please contact Far Horizons if you would like for us to handle your air ticketing.
Private Tours of Museums
The private tours of museums and talks by specialists are scheduled in advance and include a donation to each. Specialists are excited about showing their work to interested enthusiasts. However, please be aware that there may be times when the director or a member of the staff may not be available when our groups arrive due to other commitments.
Note about Travel in Europe
Buses are not allowed in several of the historic areas in Germany and Austria. Most hotels we have chosen are located within walking distance of the great museums and historic centers that we will visit, so the group will be walking extensively. These hotels are frequently housed in historic buildings and are charming, but in two cities they do not have air conditioning. There will be times when you must be responsible for your own luggage. Please bring suitcases with wheels and please travel light. Remember that these are European countries and hotel rooms will be smaller than those in the United States. If you would like to be upgraded to a larger room or suite at an additional cost, please contact the Far Horizons office.
All participants must be physically active and able to walk independently for distances that may exceed three miles or more each day throughout our very full touring days. Keeping up with the group is each participant’s responsibility; please do not expect assistance from the other group members or tour/hotel staff. If you have questions about whether or not you are physically capable of this level of activity, please contact the Far Horizons office as soon as possible.
This Archaeological Tour to Germany and Austria is limited to 14 participants