Travel Info
For those of you joining us for the Pre-Conference tour of Cairo on Friday, the 8th of June 2012, you will need to arrange for a flight that arrives at Cairo International Airport on Thursday, the 7th of June.  You will have two night’s accommodations (the 7th and 8th of June) and all meals (beginning with dinner on the 7th) during your stay in Cairo, lunch en route to Alexandria on Saturday, the 9th, and air-conditioned coach service from your hotel in Cairo to Alexandria on the 9th of June as well.

All other conference participants need to arrive in Cairo on Friday, the 8th of June, will join the Open Center group for dinner and accommodations for the night, and travel together by coach on the 9th to Alexandria, making a stop at the Wadi El-Natrun Coptic Monastery complex, and having lunch en route.

All conference participants, whether arriving on the 7th or 8th of June, will be met by a representative at Cairo International Airport, and be driven to Le Parc Meridien Pyramids hotel, our accommodations during our stay in Cairo.

On the morning of the 9th of June, a coach will pick up all participants at our hotel, including those from the pre-conference tour, for the three hour drive to Alexandria.

Alexandria Arrival Info
Open Center staff will be available at each hotel to meet and welcome you to Alexandria, and to give to you your conference packet, which will include maps, conference schedules, locations and directions.  We begin with our evening orientation and dinner at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the new library of Alexandria built close to the site of the ancient one, and the setting for our weeklong plenary sessions and workshops.

Returning Home or Continuing On…
An air-conditioned coach will leave Alexandria before noon and take participants back to Cairo on Thursday, the 14th of June.  This will allow those of us whose travels conclude after our main conference, as well as anyone continuing on to Post-Conference Ancient Egypt, to make an early evening flight out of Cairo.   Participants joining us for Post-Conference Cyprus will have dinner and spend the evening of the 14th in Alexandria before traveling by coach to Cairo International Airport on the 15th of June.

Anyone returning home after our Post-Conference Ancient Egypt tour will want to arrange for an afternoon flight out of Cairo on Tuesday, the 19th of June (a one-way flight from Aswan to Cairo on the morning of the 19th will be provided as part of your post-conference registration).  Those of us returning home from Cyprus will be able to book their afternoon flights out of either Paphos or Larnaca on the 20th of June.