Ancient Egypt in Boston 

Trip Itinerary

May 4-6, 2018

A Spring Escape to the Museum of Fine Arts – one of the great world Egypt collections, Plus Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum & Boston’s Freedom Trail.

USD $575 PP*
Includes 4 star accommodation, entrance fees and four private museum/site tours!

Friday May 4

 Arrive and take hotel shuttle transfer to your hotel – the beautiful Doubletree Club Boston Bayside. At 5pm, the group will assemble in the lobby where Laura will give an impromptu welcome to Boston talk – with some ‘museum’ background. Two options are suggested for people Friday evening: Visit either the the Museum of Science or the lovely Institute of Contemporary Art– with spectacular views jutting over the Boston Harbor -- both are open til 9pm on Fridays.

Saturday May 5

 After breakfast (on own) we will assemble in the lobby at 9:15 to transfer to the wonderful Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum’s Egyptian collection is one of the most important in the world, excelling in both depth and breadth. Much of the collection derives from excavations conducted by Dr. George A. Reisner, from 1905-1942, on behalf of the Museum and Harvard University. At 10 am, we will be treated to a private tour of the Egyptian collection by Dr. Denise Doxey, curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern art. One of the world’s premiere encyclopedic collections of antiquities, The MFA features more than 85,000 works of art from Egypt, Nubia, the Near East, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and Anatolia. These works range in date from about 6500 BC to AD 600 and include diverse media—sculpture, jewelry, coffins, mummies, coins, weapons, architecture, vases, carved gems, musical instruments, and mosaics. Special strengths of the collection are Old Kingdom Egyptian art, Nubian art of all periods, Greek vases, coins and gems, and Roman funerary art and imperial portraiture. After the tour we will break for lunch (optional) and have the rest of the afternoon to continue exploring this vast museum. In the evening, we will also have optional group dinner plans.

Sunday May 6


After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel, storing our bags at the front desk and assemble at 9:30 and grab a taxi or uber to reach the starting point for our first adventure: a rich and invigorating 90-120 minute walking tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure. We’ll explore museums and meeting houses, churches, and burial grounds. We’ll learn about the brave people who founded and shaped America. And discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston. After the tour, we will take a lunch break at the colourful and historic Quincy market – with an abundance of shops stalls, food stands and restaurants offering New England favourites, from crab rolls to Boston ‘chowda’. Or check out the 200-year Old Durgin Park restaurant with its long communal dining tables serving hearty Boston fare – like (tour leader favourite): bowls of steamed clams. After lunch, we will proceed by taxi or uber to the breathtaking Isabella Stewart Gardiner museum, sometimes described as an “inside-out” Venetian palazza. We’ll view works of art by Rembrandt, Dante, Degas, Raphael and Michelangelo as well as the many others that are on display from the personal collection of Ms. Gardner. Once her home, it is more like a mansion than a museum. The art inside reflects Ms. Gardner's personal passion for Italian and Dutch artwork, and set-up as galleries that surround a central courtyard. It will be a gorgeous place to pass a Sunday afternoon and conclude our tour of Boston. After this tour, we will return to the hotel to pick up our bags (in storage) and transfer to our flights home.

Ancient Egypt In Boston Includes:

  • 2 nights of 4 Star Deluxe Accommodation at the Doubletree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
  • Intro lecture on MFA Egypt collection and Boston overview by Laura (15 time plus Boston visitor)
  • Three fabulous guided cultural tours with admission:
  • Museum of Fine Arts – world- leading archaeological museum & Egypt collection
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace -museum with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard
  • Freedom Trail Walking Tour– Discover the rich 400-year history of Boston – where the American Revolution began, by foot We’ll enjoy stories, stunning architecture and venture through historic statehouses, churches and school sites on a fascinating 90 minute tour.
  • Private tour of the Museum of Fine Arts Egyptian Collection with renowned curator Dr. Denise Doxey
  •  Small donation to the MFA
  • Dr. Denise Doxey is Curator, Ancient Egyptian, Nubian & Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. She received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Keeper of Collections in the Egyptian Section of the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. Dr. Doxey also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor & Lecturer in Egyptology at U. Penn until her move to the MFA in 1999. She has excavated at Abydos and Saqqara in Egypt as well as in Greece.