Egyptian Art in Eight European Museums: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Copenhagen, Edinburgh & Glasgow
Travel to five European cities to view outstanding collections of Egyptian art. Enter the Hermitage and Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg. In Moscow see Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Pushkin Museum. See three museums in Copenhagen, and enjoy private viewing of objects not on public display at the National Museum’s Collections Centre in Edinburgh.
With Professor Bob Brier and Art Historian, Patricia Remler
August 2 – 12, 2020
Why travel on Far Horizons’ Egypt in Russia and Scotland Tour ?
- Visit museums of five cities: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow
- Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Historic Center of Saint Petersburg and Moscow’s Red Square and Hermitage
- Cruise the waterways of St. Petersburg
- Private meeting with the director of Copenhagen’s Thorvaldsens Museum
- Private opening of the Collections Centre of Edinburgh’s National Museum
- Hear a concert played on the century old pipe organ in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- Trip limited to 14 participants
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Egypt in Eight European Museums – Daily Itinerary
Day 1: Depart USA
Day 2: Arrive St. Petersburg. Afternoon river cruise.
Day 3: Chesme Church, Peterhof Palace, City Tour
Day 4: Hermitage
Day 5: Train to Moscow. City tour: Red Square, Kremlin, Cathedral of the Archangel
Day 6: Pushkin Museum. Fly to Copenhagen.
Day 7: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum
Day 8: Denmark National Museum. Thorvaldsens Museum. Fly to Edinburgh. Drive to Glasgow.
Day 9: National Museum of Scotland. Collections Centre of National Museum.
Day 10: Kelvingrove Museum. Hunterian Museum.
Day 11: Return to USA
Far Horizons proudly presents a truly unique 11-day tour to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with an emphasis on each city’s great museums and collections of Egyptian art. Begin in St. Petersburg with a city tour including Peterhof, the majestic estate created by Peter the Great, and the Hermitage, the second-largest museum in the world founded in 1764 on the orders of Catherine the Great. In Moscow see Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Pushkin Museum. In Copenhagen, visit three museums: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the Denmark National Museum, and the Thorvaldsens Museum, where we will have an introduction by the museum director. Finally, we move on to Scotland where the Director of the National Museum will open the Collections Centre of the National Museum for a private viewing. In Glasgow see the exhibits at both the Hunterian and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Led by Professor Bob Brier and art historian Patricia Remler, learn about these Egyptian assemblages and their migration to these European museums. Overnights will be in charming, centrally-located hotels in order to experience all that these great cities have to offer.
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 Eight Museums – Tour Itinerary
(B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
Day 2: Arrive into St. Petersburg and transfer to the Rossi Boutique Hotel, housed in an 18th century building and our home for the next three nights. The Neva River runs from Lake Ladoga in the north through the middle of St. Petersburg into the Gulf of Finland before flowing into the Baltic Sea. Built across the marshlands of the Neva River delta, St. Petersburg is interlaced with almost a hundred tributaries and canals. This ‘Venice of the North’, with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, was begun in 1703 under Peter the Great and has UNESCO World Heritage status. In the late afternoon, board a river vessel to enjoy a leisurely, scenic excursion along the canals and waterways of the city.
Day 3: Our morning will be spent in the Hermitage Museum, housed within the magnificent Winter Palace that was founded in 1754 by Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. Spectacularly sited on the banks of the Neva River, this was the main residence of the Russian Tsars, and the glorious green, white and gold palace now houses one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. The Egyptian Collection of the Hermitage Museum dates back to 1852 and includes items from the pre-dynastic period to the 12th century AD. The afternoon is on our own for further explorations of St. Petersburg or to return to the Hermitage. This evening we gather for our gala welcome dinner in one of St. Petersburg’s excellent restaurants. (B/L/D)
Day 4: We begin the day with a quick stop to view the outside of Chesme Church, built on the orders of Catherine the Great as the house church for the palace of the same name. Built of brick and white stone, this whimsical striped sanctuary rises from its base like a candy cane. The exterior is a rare example of very early Gothic Revival influence in Russian church architecture. Continue to Peterhof, the majestic estate located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. The grand palace was the inspiration of Peter the Great who wanted it to rival Versailles, and for two hundred years it was the most lavish and popular of the Russian royal summer residences. After our tour of this majestic imperial residence, return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the historic center of St. Petersburg. We will see the iconic and colorful Church of Spilled Blood, built in memory of Alexander II who was assassinated in 1881. We will stop in front of the Academy of Fine Arts to see two magnificent 3,500 year old sphinxes that once stood in front of the Mortuary Temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Carved from shimmering pink granite. They are considered among the finest examples of ancient Egyptian colossal sculpture kept outside Egypt. (B/L)
Day 5: Board a train this morning for Moscow. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will enjoy a tour of the city passing landmarks such as the Bolshoi Theatre and Duma parliament building along with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Red Square and the Kremlin. Dating from the late 15th century, Red Square has long been the center of political history of Russia and within the walls and just outside are many buildings of interest. The Kremlin, the former royal citadel, is now the official residence of the President of Russia. St. Basil’s Cathedral, with its iconic colorful, onion-shaped domes, is one of Russia’s most famous landmarks. It was constructed in the 16th century to commemorate the defeat of the Mongols by Ivan IV (the Terrible). A magnificent masterpiece of Russian architecture, the Cathedral of the Archangel was constructed in the same time period and is historically important as it was the royal burial sanctuary for the Russian monarchs until the end of the 17th century. Fifty-four graves of male members of Russian Tsar’s family are buried within. Dinner is on our own. Overnight for one night in the 5-star Hotel Peter I. (B/L)
Day 6: The Pushkin Museum’s gallery devoted to the art of Ancient Egypt contains displays representing all the periods in the Land of the Pharaohs. The chamber is ornamented with architectural elements typical for Egyptian temples with painted ceiling and elegant columns in the shape of papyrus scrolls. Most of the objects on display come from the collection of Vladimir Golenishchev, one of the first and most accomplished Russian Egyptologists. An important private collection of ancient Egyptian art, it was acquired by the Museum in 1909. We will spend the morning here. In the afternoon, we fly from Moscow to Copenhagen. Overnight for two nights in the Hotel Danmark, within walking distance of the museums we will visit. Dinner is on our own. (B/L)
Day 7: The morning is free to explore Copenhagen on our own. In the afternoon, we will stroll to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, where more than 1,900 Egyptian artifacts await us. The museum contains the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. Primarily a sculpture museum, the focal point is antique sculpture from the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Rome and Greece, as well as more modern sculptures such as a collection of Auguste Rodin’s works. The more than 300 Egyptian objects exhibited comprise representations of Egyptian pharaohs, officials, scribes and gods. Among the most important works are the colossal dyad of Ramses II and the god Ptah, the god Anubis with the head of a jackal, as well as the iconic black head of a king that represents Pharaoh Amenemhat. And the Egyptian Cult of the Dead is shown by the mummies, coffins, and other funerary paraphernalia on display. In 2020, a special exhibition about the ancient Egyptian god Bes has been scheduled, and we will have time to view it. (B/ /D)
Day 8: Our short walk takes us to the National Museum of Denmark, housed in an 18th century palace. Of course, we are here to see the Egyptology collection, but the museum offers much more. The exhibition on Danish Antiquity includes prominent treasures such as the 3,000 years old Sun Chariot, the Bronze Age Egtved Girl, and an amazing collection of archaeological finds from the Viking Age. Another highlight is the Huldremose Woman, whose well-preserved remains are estimated to date back to the first century AD. Located within the museum. Restaurant Smör offers light meals of Danish food. After lunch on our own, we will walk five minutes to the Thorvaldsens Museum where we will be met by the Director, Kristine Bøggild Johannsen. The museum is dedicated to the works of the illustrious 18th century Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen along with his private collection of Mediterranean antiquities, including from Egypt. The building housing these works encircles an inner courtyard, notable for being painted in Egyptian motifs. Inside is a comprehensive collection of the artist’s works in marble as well as paintings, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiques, drawings, and prints that Thorvaldsen collected during his lifetime. In the afternoon, we fly from Copenhagen to Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon arrival we will drive to Glasgow and overnight for three nights at the elegant Carlton George Hotel in the center of town. (B/ /D)
Day 9: After a 15 year renovation, the National Museum of Scotland in February 2019, opened new galleries including the Ancient Egypt Rediscovered court with its visually engaging exhibits of 4,000 years of ancient Egyptian culture. The collection was begun in 1819 with relics found by the pioneering Scottish archaeologist Alexander Henry Rhind. The assembly is immense with many stunning highlights, including the only known example of an ancient Egyptian double coffin, and The Akhenaten Stela with an early representation of the king’s new deity as a falcon-headed sun god. In 1908, an undisturbed ancient Egyptian crypt was discovered by the British archaeologist, Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie in Qurna Thebes. It was sent to the museum the following year and is the only intact royal entombment outside of Egypt. Part of this burial was a 3500 year old coffin thought to have contained a royal woman. Her identity remains a mystery because the name glyph on her coffin has been damaged. We will have lunch at the elegant Tower Restaurant atop the museum, with lovely views over the rooftops of Edinburgh. Then we drive to the off-site Collections Centre in nearby Granton where we will meet with Dr. Margaret Maitland, senior curator of Egyptology. She was lead curator for the Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery that opened at the National Museum of Scotland in 2019. Dr. Maitland will open the vaults for us to see objects not displayed to the public. In the late afternoon, we return to Glasgow with dinner on our own to experience one of Glasgow’s excellent restaurants. (B/L/)
Day 10: This morning we enter the Hunterian Museum, founded in 1807, and Scotland’s oldest public museum. The Scottish collector and traveler, the Rev. Colin Campbell, journeyed through Egypt at the turn of the last century. He donated his collection to the Hunterian Museum in 1925, including paintings he created that are copies of the scenes in the Egyptian tombs which he visited, such as the beautiful tomb of Menna. His collection also includes many ostraca, inscribed scraps of stone or pottery used as informal writing surfaces, from Deir el-Medina. The nearby Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an architectural masterpiece and a great monument to Victorian wealth and grandeur. Initially opened in 1901, it reopened in July 2006 after a £30 million restoration. It features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astounding 8000 objects, and we are here to view the Egyptian treasures. The focus of the Centre Hall is a concert pipe organ constructed and installed in 1901. Every day at 1pm there is an organ concert which we will hear. There is a café in the museum for lunch on our own. The afternoon is free for further independent explorations. Gather this evening for our farewell dinner in one of Glasgow’s outstanding restaurants. (B/ / D)
Day 11: Transfer to the airport for our return flight to the USA.
August 2 – 12, 2020
$9,895.00 (per person, double occupancy) includes all hotels; most meals (as listed in the itinerary); train from St. Petersburg to Moscow; two internal flights in economy (Moscow to Copenhagen, Copenhagen to Edinburgh); gratuities to guides and drivers; ground transportation; and entry fees. Prices are based upon the Euro at 1.25 and the pound not over 1.30. If a fluctuation raises these currencies, the final price may go up.
Single Supplement: $995.00. Should a roommate be requested and one not be available, the single supplement will be charged.
Cost does not include: International flights to St. Petersburg, Russia and from Glasgow, Scotland; 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.
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 designated group flights, 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 Archaeological Sites
The private tours of museums and talks by specialists are scheduled in advance and include a donation to each. Specialists working at these sites 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 on site when our groups arrive due to other commitments.
Note about Travel in Europe
The group will be walking into and around cities and museums extensively. All participants must be physically active and able to walk independently for distances that may exceed two miles or more each day throughout our very full touring schedule. Keeping up with the group is each participant’s responsibility; please do not expect assistance from the other group members or staff. If you have questions about whether or not you are physically capable of this level of activity, please contact the Far Horizons office.
The Far Horizons staff has taken great care to select hotels that are clean, comfortable and well-situated to facilitate the site visits on this itinerary. 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. There will be times when you may have to be responsible for your own luggage. Please travel light.
This Archaeological Tour is limited to 14 participants