WANDERWOMAN® JOURNEY TO EGYPT NOVEMBER 2024
WanderWoman Journey to Egypt: Treasures Past and Present
14 nights/ 15 days fully escorted women’s small group tour
2024: 2-17 November
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2024: Highlights and Gems of Egypt Tour 5-17 March Trip
Travel to Egypt with a fully escorted, small group, women-only deluxe tour. This tour will be escorted by Erja Lipponen, founder of WanderWoman® Tours. With our private Egyptologist, visit sacred sites and temples, learn of Egypt’s fascinating past, and cruise the Nile River upon which Cleopatra sailed. Includes Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea and Abu Simbel on the shores of Lake Nasser. Explore ancient mysteries and the lives of ancient Egyptian queens (and pharaohs too). Meet with local women and learn about life in modern Egypt.
Roommates or Single rooms are arranged for solo travelers.
NOTE: tour group size is limited to approximately ten travelers for a more personalized travel experience.
“This trip was the BEST trip I have ever taken…and I have taken quite a few…”
Terry from North Carolina
Please take a look at the summary of the Egypt travel itinerary below.
GIZA 2 nights
Upon arrival in Cairo, a WanderWoman representative will welcome you at the airport. You will be assisted with the visa process, immigration, and luggage retrieval. Our representative will escort you to our hotel by private transfer. Giza is the starting point of our WanderWoman journey in Egypt and the site to the Pyramids (the world’s last remaining ancient wonder), providing a dramatic backdrop at our 5-star hotel. Enjoy a WELCOME RECEPTION with traditional cuisine and get acquainted with your fellow travelers that evening. On our first full day, our local Egyptologist will join us for a fascinating private tour of SAKKARA, the GREAT PYRAMIDS, and the SPHINX. Learn not only about the Pharaohs but also the Queens of Egypt, who attained levels of power unparalleled anywhere else in the ancient world. Optional entrance into the Great Pyramid and Camel ride. Evening at leisure to relax. Next day, travel by mini-bus (3 hours) to the beautiful city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea.
ALEXANDRIA 2 nights
This city, founded by Alexander the Great, is where Cleopatra made her capital 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. Stroll along the harbor with its colorful fishing boats and Qaitbay Fort, where once stood a magnificent lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visit the occult site at Pompey’s PILLAR/SERAPEUM, the ROMAN THEATER, and the NATIONAL MUSEUM with an exhibit of the underwater finds of Cleopatra’s palace. Our charming, historic hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
CAIRO 3 nights
In Cairo, our “boutique-style” hotel is located on an island oasis in the heart of Cairo with Nile-view rooms and a spa. Explore this ancient city on foot, walking through the narrow streets of COPTIC CAIRO with its old churches and synagogue. Tour the treasures at the EGYPTIAN MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES* with our Egyptologist. The museum houses finds from throughout Egypt. The next morning, with our local architectural specialist, take a WALKABOUT in the FATAMID DISTRICT, the old Islamic section of Cairo. Visit a beautifully restored Ottoman residence and see the women’s quarters, commonly known as the harem. Afterward, enjoy exploring the famous KHAN EL-KHALILI BAZAAR with its interesting shops. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, or you can take an optional excursion. Meet with local women for dinner.
LUXOR 2 nights
Flight to Luxor, the site of ancient Thebes. After checking in at our 5-star hotel, spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring with your tour escort. Experience an evening visit to the TEMPLE OF LUXOR beautiful light up and an option to visit the local souk (market). Next morning, explore the WEST BANK’s VALLEY OF THE KINGS & QUEENS, the majestic temple of the female pharaoh HATSHEPSUT at El-Deir, and the COLOSSI OF MEMNON. The following morning, visit the impressive KARNAK temple complex on the East Bank. Embark on our DELUXE Nile River Cruise in time for lunch. As we cruise up the Nile, you’ll gain a different perspective of Egypt. See villages that have changed little since Queen Cleopatra sailed the Nile, presenting Egypt’s many wonders to Julius Caesar.
NILE RIVER CRUISE 4 nights
An elegant 5-star cruise boat will be our base for exploring the banks of the Nile River and its fascinating temples and monuments. We will 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 full day of our Nile cruise, visit the HIGH DAM, the beautiful island of PHILAE TEMPLE, enjoy a Nubian lunch, and in the evening, enjoy a traditional FELUCCA sailing at sunset around ELEPHANTINE ISLAND. Disembark the next morning and fly from Aswan to the fantastic ABU SIMBEL archaeological site, which has massive twin temples initially carved into a mountainside 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! After touring the site with our Egyptologist, fly to Cairo.
HELIOPOLIS-CAIRO 1 Night
We end our journey at a very comfortable 5-star property within a short distance of the airport. Enjoy the spa, swimming pools, and numerous restaurants. The next morning, we transfer to the airport with an escort to ensure a smooth, hassle-free departure.
* A new museum is being constructed and is scheduled to open in 2020. However, it has not yet opened. The museum is planned to be completed sometime in 2024. However, there is no set date for the opening yet. Once the new museum opens, it will be incorporated into this itinerary. A supplement may apply, as well as a slight itinerary modification.
You can call 207.236.0110 or email us to for availability and tour details.
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 and 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!
Meet your WanderWoman Tour Leader
Erja Lipponen, owner and founder of WanderWoman® Tours, and/or Sarah Szwajkos, a freelance commercial and fine art photographer will escort this tour. In 2018, Sarah joined the WanderWoman team as a tour leader and itinerary developer. Sarah’s extensive travel experience and attention to detail combined with her enthusiasm provide her with the skills and qualities to ensure you an enjoyable trip. Sarah fell in love with travel during her student years. While in high school she did an internship in La Rochelle, France. The following year Sarah spent in England as an exchange student, leading to more travel and an interest in French language and literature. At Smith College she continued her French studies and majored in Italian Language and Literature. She returned to Europe to study at the University of Florence. In addition to France, England and Italy, her travels have taken her to Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Egypt. A Philadelphia native, Sarah has made her home in Midcoast Maine since 1999. Sarah’s work and images have been featured in national exhibitions and publications: 555 Gallery in Boston, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Maine Home + Design, Down East Magazine, Maine Boats Homes + Harbors Magazine, and Elle Décor and Parade Magazine.
“It was a trip I will never forget.”
“You did a superb job putting the tour together. Although Egypt’s treasures are plentiful, you made it possible for us to see so much…
I was so delighted with each days journey that I pushed myself and made sure I didn’t miss a day. Each site was a treasure, each day a
new discovery. I’ve raved about the tour and your efforts to everyone here. I recommend Wander Woman to everyone with the preface
that it is physically demanding for folks of a certain age….lol However, I wouldn’t suggest changing anything. It would be a shame to
miss out on any of the splendor we enjoyed.” Vicki K, Boca Raton, FL
TOUR PRICE: TBA
Price is based on double occupancy.
Single supplement: TBA
*This price is for reservations received by July 2024. After this date, space is subject to availability and current market rates.
We can arrange a roommate for you to share with, in which case there is no supplement.
Additional nights for early arrival, including assistance at the airport, transfer, & Breakfast: $ per person sharing/$ single
Extra night at tour’s end in Cairo, including breakfast, transfer, and airport assistance: $ per person sharing/ $ single
Egypt Air has convenient non-stop flights from NYC; for flight options, check Kayak.com.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with us by calling 207.236.0110 or emailing us.
Detailed packing list, recommended reading list, and other helpful information for travelers to Egypt.
Meet and Greet services, including assistance with visa and customs upon arrival and private transfer to our hotel
9 nights accommodation at deluxe 5-star hotels and 2 nights at a 4-star historic property overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, 4 nights Luxury 5-star Nile River Cruise.
Breakfast daily; 9 lunches; 7 dinners including a welcome reception, dinner gathering with Egyptian friends, and special farewell dinner
Privately guided tours of sites included in the 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
Services of knowledgeable WanderWoman tour escort throughout to attend to details so you can relax and enjoy your travel adventure!
GETTING TO EGYPT
Although airfare to Egypt is NOT included, we are happy to help you with your travel arrangements and coordinate flights with other group members.
Call or email Eurynome Journeys to reserve your space for an Application Form and Terms and Conditions. We will hold your space for one week, at which time a $1000 deposit (add $150 for any pre-tour or post-tour options) per person for land and cruise is due, along with completed and signed application forms.
Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Solar Boat Museum (temporarily closed), Saqqara, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, Cairo Walkabout, Medieval Cairo, Khan el Khalili Bazaar, Old Cairo, including the Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue, Temple of Karnak, Luxor Temple, 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, Sarapeum (sister library), Egyptian belly dancing performance, getting together local women in Cairo for a meal and conversation about life in modern Egypt.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This is a robust tour enabling you to visit the “must-see” sites. Even though we make efforts to make the pace leisurely, some days are full from the crack of dawn (sightseeing is best before the afternoon heat) until after dinner. Still, other days have free time for optional activities or 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. Visiting Egypt and only seeing tombs and temples would give an incomplete picture of this fascinating country, so the tour also explores modern-day life in Egypt, especially women’s lives. This itinerary involves considerable 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 the ability to enjoy cultural differences are essential. A packing list, helpful travel information, and a suggested reading list will be provided.
Note: This active travel vacation is unsuitable for those with limited mobility or poor health. All group activities and group meals are NON-SMOKING.
Eurynome Journeys reserves the right to change the itinerary and make substitutions at any time to ensure the safety and comfort of the group or as deemed necessary by the tour director. Although the tour has been carefully planned, local circumstances may require changes to the itinerary. Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for the total cost of the trip as soon as possible. For the best coverage options, insurance should be purchased NO later than 14 days after your deposit. Insurance can be purchased through your insurance company 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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