WANDERWOMAN® TRAVEL ADVENTURE TO EGYPT & JORDAN | NOVEMBER
Egypt: Treasures Past and Present
14 nights/ 15 days fully escorted women’s small group tour
We are going back to Egypt November 2016! If you would like to join us- email us
Come visit Egypt on a small group women-only trip. Tour sacred sites and temples, cruise the Nile River upon which Cleopatra sailed, explore ancient mysteries and the lives of ancient Egyptian queens (and pharaohs too). Meet local women and learn about life in modern Egypt.
Optional extension to the Sinai, Red Sea and Petra
NOTE: tour group size is limited to 12 travelers.
“This trip was the BEST trip I have ever taken…and I have taken quite a few…”
Terry from North Carolina, Egypt tour 2010
See summary of Egypt travel itineray below
GIZA 2 nights
Our journey in Egypt begins in Giza, the site to the Pyramids (the last remaining ancient wonder of the world). At our 5-star hotel the pyramids provide a dramatic backdrop. On the first evening enjoy a WELCOME RECEPTION and get acquainted with fellow travelers. The next day, our first full day in Egypt, we will be joined by our local Egyptologist for a fascinating private tour of the GREAT PYRAMIDS and the SPHINX. In the afternoon visit the SOLAR BOAT and SAKKARA. Learn not only about the Pharaohs, but also the Queens of Egypt who attainted levels of power unparalleled anywhere else in the ancient times. Evening at leisure to relax. Next day travel by mini-bus (2.5 hours) to the beautiful city of Alexandria located on the Mediterranean Sea.
ALEXANDRIA 2 nights
This city, founded by Alexander the Great, is where Cleopatra ruled; and where Hypatia, the brilliant female philosopher, headed the Neoplatonic Academy. The famous Library of Alexandria is now lost, but the BIBLIOTECA (new Library of Alexandria) is a modern marvel not to be missed. In the harbor, at the site of Quait Bay Fort, once stood a magnificent lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visit POMPEY’S PILLAR, the Greco-Roman CATACOMBS and the NATIONAL MUSEUM. See the CITADEL OF QAUITBEI, and the MONTZAH PALACE. Our hotel is on the Mediterranean Sea with a beach for relaxing before traveling on to Cairo the bustling capital of Egypt.
CAIRO 4 nights
In Cairo our “boutique-style” hotel with Nile view rooms and a spa is like an oasis in the middle of the city center. Explore the collection of ancient treasures found throughout Egypt at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with our Egyptologist. Afternoon at leisure or optional shopping excursion. In the evening meet with local women. The next morning enjoy a WALKABOUT the old Islamic section of Cairo with our local architectural specialist and visit a beautifully restored Ottoman residence and see the women’s quarters, commonly known as the harem. Afterwards enjoy the afternoon exploring the famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Flight to Luxor, the site of ancient Thebes. Travel by camel at the pyramids of Giza in Egypt
LUXOR 1 night
After checking in at our 5-star hotel spend a leisurely afternoon exploring with your tour escort and visit local shops. Evening tour of the TEMPLE OF LUXOR and the LUXOR MUSEUM with finds gathered from the temples of the ancient city of Thebes. A new room added in 2004 houses the ROYAL MUMMIES. Next morning embark on a DELUXE NILE RIVER CRUISE to gain a different perspective of Egypt. See villages along the Nile that have changed little since the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra sailed the Nile presenting Egypt’s many wonders to Julius Caesar.
See the Temple of Hatshepsut, the female Pharoh of ancient Egypt
NILE RIVER CRUISE 4 nights
Our elegant 5-star cruise boat, Sanctuary Nile Adenturer, will be our base for exploring the banks of the Nile River and its fascinating temples and monuments. Tour the amazing temple complex of KARNAK on the EAST BANK. The next day explore the WEST BANK’s VALLEY OF THE KINGS & QUEENS, and the majestic temple of the female pharaoh HATSHEPSUT at El-Deir and the COLOSSI OF MEMNON. Then cruise to EDFU where the temple of the god Horus is located. Next sail to KOM OMBO and visit the temple of the gods Sobek & Haeroris. On the last day of our Nile cruise visit the HIGH DAM, the TEMPLE OF PHILAE & the unfinished OBELISK. Transfer to hotel.
ASWAN 1 night
This is perhaps one of the most pleasant cities in Egypt. Our 5-star hotel is on a small island in the middle of the Nile. The hotel is within a short ferry ride into town. Enjoy an evening FELUCCA sailing to ELEPHANTINE ISLAND. Next day tour the NUBIAN MUSEUM and a Coptic Catheral. From Aswan fly to the amazing ABU SIMBEL archaeological site, which has massive twin temples originally carved into a mountain side by Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a monument to himself and his beautiful queen Nefertari, whose name means “beautiful companion.” A MUST SEE! Return to Cairo for last night.
OPTIONAL POST TOUR EXTENSION 5 nights/ 6 days
Morning group transfer across the Sinai desert to Sharm el Sheik on the Red Sea, where we will spend 2 nights. Enjoy leisure time to explore this charming seaside resort, known for excellent scuba diving and sandy beaches. Optional pre-dawn hiking excursion up MT SINAI (Known locally as Moses’ Mountain) and visit St Catherine’s Monastery. Flight to Amman, Jordan, and travel by minibus to Petra. Next day explore Petra on a full-day guided tour of this amazing archaeological site. Petra, the rose city, is carved into stone and is one of the New “SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.” Two nights in Petra, next morning return to Amman for flight to Cairo for our last night before returning home.
Call 207.236.0110 or email us to for availability and tour details
Your WanderWoman Tour Leaders
The Egyptian tour is escorted by Erja Lipponen, founder of Eurynome Journeys, or Kim Childs, our Egyptian specialist. Kim has led and organized numerous groups to Egypt and the holy land. She traveled to Egypt for the first time during high school, when she was selected as an A.F.S. exchange student. The warm welcome Kim received from her Egyptian host family in Cairo endeared Egypt and its people to her. Egypt beckoned once again during her university years, when she returned to study at the American University in Cairo for more than a year, which inspired a dream of incorporating Egypt and travel into her future life’s work. Working as a freelance program director for a large tour operator Kim was able to incorporate her love of Egypt into her work. This, in turn, led to Kim meeting her husband, who also shared her passion for travel and the Middle East in particular – and to their co-founding and running a travel business together for several years. Kim now resides on an island in Maine with her husband and two young children. We are thrilled to have Kim on the Wanderwoman team!
“Expect the Unexpected…”
Be ready for an adventure that will unfold and reveal itself to you one day at a time. Egypt is a fascinating country with a mysterious and intriguing ancient past. Egypt’s people are warm, hospitable and welcome visitors from all over the world with open hearts. Be open minded, patient & flexible…Look for Egypt’s many wonders hidden beneath the dust and among the throngs of people, vehicles and horns…You will find both ancient and contemporary treasures…and kind, beautiful people you will never forget. Bring your enthusiasm, a sense of humor, and a great appetite for adventure!
PRICE: Early Special TBA
Price is based on double occupancy
Optional upgrades for a pyramid view room in Giza & upper decks on cruise starting at $185 per person (subject to availability)
NOTE: price is subject to change until your depsoit is recieved.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us by calling 207.236.0110 or emailing us.
Detailed packing list, recommended reading list, and other useful information for travelers to Egypt
10 nights Deluxe 5-star hotel accommodations
4 nights Luxury 5-star Nile River Cruise aboard the elegant Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 6 dinners including welcome reception and special farewell dinner
Dinner gathering with local women
Privately guided tours of sites included in itinerary by our professional English speaking Egyptologist and local specialists
Admissions fees into sites and museums as per itinerary
Guided Walkabout in Cairo / Felucca sailing in Aswan
Transfers by air-conditioned motor coach and porterage
Flights within Egypt:Cairo to Luxor / RT flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel for privately guided tour / Aswan to Cairo
Belly dancing performance and lesson
Services of knowledgeable Wanderwoman tour escort throughout to attend to details so you can relax and enjoy your travel adventure!
POST TOUR OPTION: TBA
Pirce is per person based on double occupancy
2 nights 5-star hotel accommodations in Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea, 2 nights 5-star hotel accommodation in Petra, Jordan and 1 night at 5-star hotel near Cairo Airport.
Flight from Sharm to Amman, Jordan and minibus to Petra.
Privately guided full day tours of Petra in Jordan including entrance fee.
Optional sunrise hike up Mt Sinai with transfers (pre-dawn departure, hike duration 5 hours) : $165 pp
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch; transfers by air-conditioned coach, services of local guide and Wanderwoman escort through out.
GETTING TO EGYPT
Optional group airfare from NYC on Egypt Air or Alitalia: $999.00 departs New York City on November 9th.
Optional uprade to FIRST CLASS air from JFK: avaialble on request
Airfare prices are subject to availability at time of booking.
Those wishing to arrange their own airfare are welcome to do so, if you are unable to arrive in time for the group transfer to the hotel we will arrange for you to be met at the airport by our local representative and transferred to the hotel-an additional fee applies.
To reserve your space call or email Eurynome Journeys for an Application Form and Terms and Conditions. We will hold your space for one week at which time a $600 deposit per person for land and cruise (additional $200 deposit is required for both the optional post tour excursion and airfare) is due along with completed and signed application forms.
Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Solar Boat Museum, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, Cairo Walkabout, Medieval Cairo, Khan el Khalili Bazaar, Old Cairo, Temple of Karnak, Luxor Temple, Luxor Museum, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples, Philae Temple, Abu Simbel, New Library of Alexandria, Egyptian belly dancing performance, belly dancing class, getting together local women in Cairo for a meal and conversation about life in modern Egypt
WHAT TO EXPECT
The pace is leisurely providing time to “feel” Egypt and not merely run through it, yet we’ve included the major attractions and a few special surprises. Some days are full from the crack of dawn (sight-seeing is best before the afternoon heat) until after dinner, but other days have free time for optional activities or for rest and reflection. Since travel in Egypt can be rigorous we’ve selected very comfortable hotels (mostly deluxe 5-stars) that offer spas or other rejuvenating amenities, yet are close to shops, restaurants, and other attractions for those who want to explore. To visit Egypt and only see tombs and temples would give an incomplete picture of this fascinating country, so the tour also explores modern day life in Egypt, especially the lives of women. This itinerary involves a considerable amount of walking and requires a certain degree of physical fitness. Included tours are half-day to full-day in duration and some are under the hot Egyptian sun and on the uneven terrain of archaeological excavations. Participants must be able to walk 2 to 5 miles. Comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and an ability to enjoy cultural differences are essential. A packing list, helpful travel information, and a suggested reading list will be provided.
Note: This is an active travel vacation and is NOT suitable for those with limited mobility and/or poor health. All group activities and group meals are NON-SMOKING.
Eurynome Journeys/Leisure Markets Inc., reserves the right to change the itinerary and make substitutions at anytime to ensure the safety and comfort of the group or as deemed necessary by the tour director. Although the tour has been carefully planned circumstances may require changes to the itinerary. Prices are subject to availability at time of booking.
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for the total cost of the trip as soon as possible. For best coverage options insurance should be purchase NO later than 14 days after your deposit. Insurance can be purcased through your insurance company, Eurynome Journeys, or online at TRAVEL GUARD.
Egypt Travel Resources and General Information:
Egypt Today Online magazine about Egypt
US Government Backnotes: Egypt short historical, political and economic summary
Egyptian Museum official website
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