Tour Egyptian Art in Nine European Museums
Tour Egyptian Art in Nine Outstanding European Museums
With Professor Bob Brier and Art Historian, Patricia Remler
Egyptian Art History Tour in Europe
Travel to six European cities to view outstanding collections of Egyptian art. In Germany enter the August Kestner Museum and the Romer und Pelizaus Museum, Berlin’s Museum Island and The Neues 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. For the US equivalent of this tour, consider our Egyptian Art Tour in Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, New York City and please get in touch if you have any questions.
Highlights on Far Horizons’ Educational Egypt Tour of Europe for Adults
- View Egyptian artifacts in museums located in six of Europe’s greatest cities: Hannover, Hildesheim, Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.
- Embark on a private tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Church at Hildesheim, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- See the traveling Bes exhibit and enjoy a private viewing of the Egyptian collection at Hannover’s August Kestner Museum.
- Enjoy a private tour of the Egyptian collection at Romer und Pelizaus Museum in Hildesheim.
- Visit Berlin’s Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Private meeting with the director of Copenhagen’s Thorvaldsens Museum.
- Private tour of Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO Site
- Private opening of the Collections Centre of Edinburgh’s National Museum
- Trip limited to just 14 participants, to maximize guests’ access to the tour leaders
Exploring Egypt Through European Museum Tours
Egypt in Nine European Museums – Daily Itinerary
Day 1: Depart USA
Day 2: Arrive Hannover, Germany. August Kestner Museum
Day 3: Hildesheim’s Romer und Pelizaus Museum. St. Mary’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church
Day 4: Transfer to Berlin. Afternoon City Tour.
Day 5: Berlin’s Museum Island and The Neues Museum.
Day 6: Fly to Copenhagen. Kronborg Castle.
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 of some of Europe’s greatest museums. Visiting Hannover, Hildesheim, and Berlin in Germany, Copenhagen, and Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, with an emphasis on each city’s great museums and collections of Egyptian art.
Begin in Hannover to view a special exposition – Bes, Demon God, Protector of Egypt – and then join the museum director for a viewing of artifacts not on public view.
Continue to Hildesheim for a private tour of the Romer und Pelizaus Museum, containing one of the world’s most famous collections of ancient Egyptian cultural monuments. In Hildesheim, we will be hosted by the city’s art historian on a private tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Church, a UNESCO property, and the City Museum to gaze upon the Hildesheim Treasure, the largest collection of Roman silver found outside imperial frontiers.
Spend a full day at Berlin’s Museum Island, a UNESCO site, and the Neues Museum. Here, the spectacular 2,500 piece Egyptian collection, including the iconic bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, covers three floors.
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 for us the Collections Center of the National Museum for a specially-arranged 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 European cities have to offer.
Tour Leaders on this Tour of Egyptian Art in Nine European Museums
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 Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt, The Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians, and The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man’s Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Mystery.
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. 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 as a lecturer.
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 series Unwrapped, The Mysterious World of Mummies. She is the author of Egyptian Mythology A – Z.
Egyptian Art History Tour in Europe – Tour Itinerary
(B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
Day 2: Hanover’s August Kestner Museum Arrive Hannover this 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. Here, we meet privately with the museum director, Egyptologist Dr. Christian Loben, who will show us the special exhibit – Bes, Demon God, Protector of Egypt – and give a private viewing of artifacts in the museum’s storeroom. We spend two nights in Hannover. (L)
Our all-day walking tour begins here where we meet privately with one of the museum’s curators who will show us the outstanding treasures of the Old Kingdom. The most important epochs of Egyptian culture, from the predynastic 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’s 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. Whether 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 this city, and the largest collection of Roman silver found outside imperial frontiers. Gather this evening for our welcome dinner party. (B/ /D)
Day 4: Arrival in Berlin Transfer to Berlin after a light lunch, enjoy a short city tour. The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, and the Berlin Wall Memorial Museum contains a small piece of the barricade along with displays on the history of Germany’s division.
The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s most famous landmark, was an emblem of Berlin and German division during the Cold War. Today, it is a national symbol of peace and unity. Dinner is on our own. Overnight for two nights at the Radisson Blu Berlin Hotel, located in the city center within walking distance of Museum Island. (B/L)
Day 5: Berlin’s the Neues Museum Five world-renowned museums make up Berlin’s Museum Island in the Spree River. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the buildings were constructed between 1824 and 1930 by the most renowned Prussian architects.
Our morning will be spent in the Neues Museum, home to selected objects from the Egyptian Museum and the Papyrus Collection. The celebrated masterpiece here is the bust of Nefertiti, the 3,300-year-old painted stucco-coated limestone statue of the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten.
Lunch and the afternoon is on our own for further explorations. While on Museum Island, a visit to the Pergamon Museum is highly recommended. This museum houses an incredible collection of exquisite classical treasures such as the striking reconstructions of archaeological buildings – the Pergamon Altar of Zeus, Roman market gate of Milet, Ishtar Gate with the Processional Way of Babylon, and the Mshatta façade. (B/ /D)
Day 6: Travel to Copenhagen & the Royal Castle of Kronborg: Fly this morning to Copenhagen. After a short stop for a light lunch, spend the afternoon in the Royal Castle of Kronborg. Immortalized by Shakespeare as Hamlet’s Elsinore Castle, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both a graceful Renaissance palace and a vast fortress, it was strategically located to ensure Denmark controlled the passage of ships at the gateway to the Baltic Sea.
Almost two million ships passed through this waterway during the 16th-18th centuries, and all paid a toll making Kronborg Castle an indisputable sign of Denmark’s influence.
We will go behind closed doors to the ‘hidden’ areas of the citadel on a specially arranged walk through forgotten tower rooms, attics and dungeons. During the adventure, learn shadowy secrets about the private lives of the royalty who lived here. 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: Denmark’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum 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 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 which represents Pharaoh Amenemhat. And the Egyptian Cult of the Dead is shown by the mummies, coffins, and other funerary paraphernalia to be seen. (B/ /D)
Day 8: The National Museum of Denmark 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 Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, located in the iconic West End. (B/ /D)
Day 9: The National Museum of Scotland After a 15-year renovation, in 2019 the National Museum of Scotland 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.
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: Glasgow’s The Hunterian Museum & the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum The Hunterian Museum, founded in 1807, is 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 copied 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. One of the most iconic objects in the museum’s entire collection is the massive granite sarcophagus of the ancient Egyptian noble Pa-ba-sa.
Additionally, the collection includes a limestone stela of Senenmut, several monuments created by the workmen of Deir el-Medina and a statue of Paraherwenemef, son of King Ramesses II.
The afternoon is free for further independent explorations. Gather this evening for our farewell dinner in one of Glasgow’s best restaurants. (B/ / D)
Day 11: Transfer to the airport for our return flight to the USA.
CALL (per person, double occupancy) includes all hotels; most meals (as listed in the itinerary); two internal flights in economy (Berlin to Copenhagen, Copenhagen to Edinburgh); gratuities to guides and drivers; ground transportation; and entry fees. Prices are based upon the Euro not exceeding 1.28 and the pound not more than 1.42. If a fluctuation raises these currencies, 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: International flights to Hannover, Germany 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 per person 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 per person 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. Upon registering for the tour, the purchase of travel protection with both trip cancellation and emergency evacuation is strongly advised. Insurance recommended by Far Horizons can be reviewed by clicking HERE.
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. COVID NOTE: Due to the pandemic, flight schedules constantly change so the internal itinerary may have to change slightly. NOTE: Please contact Far Horizons if you would like for us to handle your air ticketing.
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