Egypt 2019
December 04 2019 - December 12 2019
Welcome to Egypt!

Experience the beauty and wonder of the ancient world and discover the Egyptian culture on this incredible trip through the heart of Egypt.

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  • Member Fees: $5,450.00
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ITINERARY
DAY 01, December 04, 2019 | Cairo
Cairo

Upon arrival in Cairo, your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel.

Your hotel, Semiramis InterContinental is located on the banks of the Nile, within walking distance of the Egyptian Museum, offering stunning views across the city and beyond. Glamorous and contemporary, the hotel is a blend of classical and contemporary design.

A Welcome Cocktail Reception will be held in the evening at one of the hotel’s private rooms.

You'll stay at your hotel in Cairo.

DAY 01, December 05, 2019 | Cairo
Cairo

You'll enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

The Welcome Lecture and a private room will be prepared for you. Students of one of Cairo schools would be joining the group in the morning to attend the Welcome lecture and join them during the Pyramids of Giza visit.

Visit the Right to Live Association, a non-profit organization, and meet with Ms. Abeer Khamis, Resource Development Coordinator, and the committee. They will discuss their project and their training to mentally handicapped children. Enjoy lunch with them and the children.

In the afternoon, you'll take a visit to the Egyptian Museum and tour 7,000 years of history, which houses the largest collection of ancient Egyptian art in the world. Don't miss the treasures of the boy-king Tutankhamun, including his gold mask, the solid gold sarcophagus that held his mummy, and his beautiful throne.

You'll enjoy a walking tour among the old gates of Cairo passing by El Khayameya street. This portion of your walk, in the very oldest part of the Bazaar is devoted to the workshops and stalls of traditional applique craftsmen. Their art, unique to Egypt in the middle eastern region, began as a means of decorating the brightly colored hangings used to make traditional tents.

DAY 01, December 06, 2019 | Cairo
Cairo

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel's main restaurant.

This morning you will have a presentation lecture by one of the Egyptian Association for Educational Resources’ Keynote Speaker, the subject is regarding the education system in Egypt. Egypt Association for Educational Resources is a non – profit global network that enables young people to use the internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative education projects that both enhances learning and make a difference in the world.

After this you'll head to the iconic and majestic Pyramids of Giza.

Pyramids and Sphinx: The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built about 4500 years ago as giant tombs for the mummies of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, who were a father, son and grandson. In the ancient Egyptian religion, the sides of the pyramids were likened to sun rays on which the Pharaoh ascended to heaven. The pyramids are truly monumental in scale, with the largest, Khufu's, made of over 2 million blocks. The pyramids were not built by slaves but by Egyptian peasants who paid their taxes to the Pharaoh through this labor, and were fed, clothed and housed by him.

Nearby sits the enigmatic Sphinx with the body of a lion and the face of a man wearing a royal head cloth, which workers may have based on King Khafre to guard his enormous funerary monument. About a thousand years after the Sphinx was built it was covered in sand until a young prince had a dream in which the Sphinx told him that if he cleared the sand away, he would become Pharaoh. This story is told on the "Dream Stela" that was placed between the Sphinx's paws by King Tuthmose IV.

You'll stay overnight at your hotel in Cairo.

DAY 01, December 07, 2019 | Cairo - Luxor
Cairo - Luxor

Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo Domestic Airport for your flight aboard Egypt-Air bound for Luxor.

You'll be met and transfered to The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer Cruise.

Arrive on board the 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, moored in a private dock in Luxor. On board, you will be welcomed by the reception staff, who will offer you chilled fruit juice and assist you with your check-in.

Entertainment: Exact entertainment schedules during your cruise are adjusted according to the needs of each group and the exact sailing schedule of the boat is subject to change. However, every cruise on the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer will include:

- A colorful "galabeyya party" which gives each guest the opportunity to dress up in traditional Egyptian dress and dance to Arabic music. - A belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show in Luxor. - A lecture held by your Egyptologist guide.

Food & Beverage: Menus are changed on a seasonal basis to enable the Chef to use the freshest ingredients at all times. However, the following is applicable to every cruise:

- Most meals are served in the restaurant. However, at least one barbecue lunch and breakfast will be served on deck. - Mineral water, tea and American coffee are included on a complimentary basis during meals. ** Please note that the strength of the WI-FI signals unavoidably varies depending on geographical location, especially whilst sailing in the more remote areas of Upper Egypt.

Lunch will be served on board.

Valley of the Kings & Queens: Afternoon visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens.

Hatshepsut Temple: Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt's only female Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument.

Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon: On the way back to the river Nile, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.

Cocktail Reception: Tonight you will be greeted by your Boat Manager, who will introduce you to the boat staff and review on-board facilities and your cruise program for the next few days. Complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer will be served.

Dinner will be served as a gourmet menu on board.

Overnight: On board in Luxor.

DAY 01, December 08, 2019 | Denderah - Luxor
Denderah - Luxor

Breakfast will be served as a buffet on board.

Morning Visit to “Fantasia Cultural Center”. School programming for local children, ranging in ages from 4 to 16 years old. The center focuses on strengthening confidence, communication, and collaboration, among young people using tools such as the arts, gardening, poetry, nutrition, health, and coding.

Karnak Temple: Visit the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The great "Hypostyle Hall" is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Luxor Temple: Your Egyptologist will guide you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amun.

Return to your boat for lunch.

Afternoon tea will be served in the lounge on board.

A gourmet menu will be served on board followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show.

DAY 01, December 09, 2019 | Edfu - Kom Ombo
Edfu - Kom Ombo

You'll take an early sail to Edfu, passing by Esna.

A breakfast buffet on board will be served while you cruise to Edfu.

Edfu Temple: This morning, explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic - albeit Greek-built - temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu.

Lunch will be served on board while you continue cruising to Edfu.

Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Kom Ombo.

An Egyptian cooking lesson will be presented on board.

Kom Ombo Temple: Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. It stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank.

Tonight's dinner on board will be an "Egyptian Night" costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian "galabeyya". Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.

DAY 01, December 10, 2019 | Aswan
Aswan

Breakfast will be served as a buffet on board during sailing to Aswan.

Philae Temple: Take a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika.

Unfinished Obelisk: Next we proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk.

Lunch will be served on board.

Felucca Ride: In the afternoon proceed (weather permitting) by taking a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (life jackets will be provided).

Enjoy your afternoon tea served in the lounge.

Tonight's farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.

DAY 01, December 11, 2019 | Aswan
Aswan

A buffet breakfast will be served on board followed by check out.

You'll be transferred from Aswan and the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer Cruise to Aswan/Airport.

Board your 60-minute flight to Cairo.

At Cairo International Airport, your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel.

The Closing Dinner will be held at a private room at your hotel with a closing speech by Mary Jean Eisenhower.

DAY 01, December 12, 2019 | Cairo
Cairo

A buffet breakfast will be served on board followed by check out.

You'll be transferred from Aswan and the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer Cruise to Aswan/Airport.

Board your 60-minute flight to Cairo.

At Cairo International Airport, your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel.

The Closing Dinner will be held at a private room at your hotel with a closing speech by Mary Jean Eisenhower.

HOTEL INFORMATION

Semiramis Inter-Continental
Nile Corniche, Qasr Ad Dobarah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt Cairo

Telephone
+20227988000

Website
http://semiramis-intercontinental-hotel-cairo-11511.hotel-ds.com/en/

Semiramis Inter-Continental
HOTEL INFORMATION

Semiramis Inter-Continental
Nile Corniche, Qasr Ad Dobarah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt Cairo

Telephone
+20227988000

Website
http://semiramis-intercontinental-hotel-cairo-11511.hotel-ds.com/en/

Semiramis Inter-Continental
HOTEL INFORMATION

Semiramis Inter-Continental
Nile Corniche, Qasr Ad Dobarah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt Cairo

Telephone
+20227988000

Website
http://semiramis-intercontinental-hotel-cairo-11511.hotel-ds.com/en/

Semiramis Inter-Continental
HOTEL INFORMATION

Semiramis Inter-Continental
Nile Corniche, Qasr Ad Dobarah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt Cairo

Telephone
+20227988000

Website
http://semiramis-intercontinental-hotel-cairo-11511.hotel-ds.com/en/

Semiramis Inter-Continental
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Luxor

Telephone

Website
https://www.sanctuaryretreats.com/egypt-cruises-nile-adventurer

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Luxor

Telephone

Website
https://www.sanctuaryretreats.com/egypt-cruises-nile-adventurer

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Luxor

Telephone

Website
https://www.sanctuaryretreats.com/egypt-cruises-nile-adventurer

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Luxor

Telephone

Website
https://www.sanctuaryretreats.com/egypt-cruises-nile-adventurer

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Luxor

Telephone

Website
https://www.sanctuaryretreats.com/egypt-cruises-nile-adventurer

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
HOTEL INFORMATION

Semiramis Inter-Continental
Nile Corniche, Qasr Ad Dobarah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt Cairo

Telephone
+20227988000

Website
http://semiramis-intercontinental-hotel-cairo-11511.hotel-ds.com/en/

Semiramis Inter-Continental
HOTEL INFORMATION

Semiramis Inter-Continental
Nile Corniche, Qasr Ad Dobarah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt Cairo

Telephone
+20227988000

Website
http://semiramis-intercontinental-hotel-cairo-11511.hotel-ds.com/en/

Semiramis Inter-Continental
  • Arabic
  • Egyptian Poun
  • Koshary
  • Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Pyramids of Giza
TRIP DETAILS
TRIP LEADER(S)
Mary Jean Eisenhower

Mary Jean Eisenhower was born in Washington, D.C. during her grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower's, first term in office as President of the United States. She was christened in the Blue Room of the White House and grew up in nearby Gettysburg, PA, in a home with property abutting the Eisenhower Farm, where President Eisenhower eventually retired. 

She attended several schools in Pennsylvania until her father, John, was named as US Ambassador to Belgium. She lived in Brussels with her family from shortly after her grandfather's death in 1969 through 1972.

Mary Jean Eisenhower is President and Chief Executive Officer of People to People International, which was founded September 11, 1956 by her grandfather, then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mary says that she joined PTPI hoping to carry on her grandfather's dream of her own. In 1961, President Eisenhower brought PTPI in to the private sector, with the financial backing of his friend Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards. 

Mary Eisenhower established the PTPI Friendship Fund in 1999 following an inspirational visit to an orphanage in Morocco. The fund is designed as a way for people to help the friends and facilities they visit throughout the world and to help the PTPI Chapter network assist each other in humanitarian and educational endeavors. To date, the fund has provided assistance to causes such as the Global Humanitarian Eradication of Landmines; Children's Mercy Hospital in London, England; earthquake relief in India; disaster relief to victims of September 11, 2001 and their families; support of schools for the underprivileged in China and Sri Lanka; a home for leukemia victims and their families in Cuba; Operator International Children; New Horizons (a library project in Vietnam); The Survivors of Rwanda; Japan Tsunami Relief, Haiti, and Friends of Egypt, among others. 

Following September 11, 2001, Mary's focus intensified toward getting young people from around the world together to learn about each other and conflict management. Her vision resulted in "Peace Camp 2003: An Evolution of Thought and Action" and "The Global Peace Initiative." Both efforts have brought people from diverse areas, more than 30 nationalities, together in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, to discuss issues, how each are affected and reach a better understanding of their unique and individual cultures. The program remains active today. In total, Mary Jean has visited or established programing in over 74 countries, many multiple times. 

Highlighted awards of Mary's are: the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy; the Medal of Honor from Slovak Republic; The Consular Corps Award of Excellence; The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service; Friendship Ambassador from The Peoples' Republic of China, Friend of Foreign Service Award, Taiwan, among others. Eisenhower has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Schiller International University, Park University and William Jewel College; and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from York College. She has served as a Fellow at Stanford University and The Churchill Foundation at Westminster College. 

AIRFARE
International airfare is not included.

ADULT TRAVEL

Conferences

STUDENT TRAVEL

PTPI has selected Enriching Cultural Experiences International (ECE International) to be our licensed global travel provider, replacing our previous provider, Ambassadors Group, Inc. They will manage an extensive world-wide partnership for both student and adult travelers, to create unique and well-organized experiences that incorporate the mission set forth by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Visit ECE International HERE