Egypt
December 06, 2020 - December 14, 2020
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.

Buy Trip
  • RSVP: Monday, October 05, 2020
  • Final Balance Due: Monday, October 05, 2020
  • Member Fees: $5,750.00
  • Non-Member Fees: $5,999.00
  • Deposit Amount: $1,200.00
  • Single Room Supplement (optional): $1,055.00
ITINERARY
DAY 1, December 06, 2020 | Cairo
Cairo

Upon arrival to Cairo International Airport (CAI), your guide will transfer you to the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel located on the banks of the Nile. Meet your fellow delegates and gather in one of the hotel’s private ballrooms for a welcome cocktail reception.

DAY 2, December 07, 2020 | Cairo
Cairo

After breakfast at the hotel, join students from a local school for a Welcome Speech. Next, travel with these students to the Right to Live Association (RTLA), a non-profit organization founded in 1981 on the behalf of Egyptian children with special needs. Meet with RTLA’s Founder Ms. Abeer Khamis, Resource Development Coordinator, and the committee. They will discuss their project and training to aid mentally handicapped children. Enjoy lunch this afternoon with the children. Then take a unique walking tour through Cairo’s old gates towards El Khayameya street. Find the oldest part of the Bazaar, which is devoted to the workshops and stalls of traditional applique craftsmen. Their art, unique to Egypt, began as a means to decorate the brightly colored hangings used to make traditional tents. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

DAY 3, December 08, 2020 | Cairo
Cairo

After breakfast, gather for a presentation about Egypt’s education system by a speaker from the Egyptian Association for Educational Resources (E-ERA). E-ERA is a nonprofit global network that enables young people to use the internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative education projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world. Afterwards, visit the Grand Egyptian Museum. This museum contains over 100,000 artifacts of Egypt’s past ranging from prehistory to the Graeco-Roman period. One of the most impressive exhibits is that of the boy-King Tutankhamun, which displays over 5,000 artifacts recovered from his tomb, including his gold mask. Behold the museum’s enormous statue of King Ramses II and its 28-meter-high glass façade overlooking the pyramids of Giza. Next, your guide will chronicle Egypt’s fascinating 7,000 years of history on the drive to the Pyramids of Giza. The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built about 4,500 years ago as giant tombs for the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, who were father, son, and grandson respectively. 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.

Nearby sits the enigmatic Sphinx, guarding the pyramids. About a thousand years after the Sphinx was built, it was buried in sand until a young prince had a dream in which the Sphinx told him that he would become Pharaoh if he cleared the sand away. This story is told on the "Dream Stela" that was placed between the Sphinx's paws by King Tuthmose IV. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before retuning to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

DAY 4, December 09, 2020 | Cairo – Luxor
Cairo – Luxor

Board your domestic flight from Cairo to Luxor this morning, then ride to the 5-star deluxe Sanctuary Nile Adventurer Cruise ship. On board, you will be welcomed by the reception staff, who will offer you chilled fruit juice and assist you with your check-in. Enjoy a delicious lunch aboard before an afternoon visit to the West Bank of Luxor. There, 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. 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. On the way back to the river Nile, stop for photos at the famed Colossi of Memnon. Back aboard the cruise, the boat manager will greet everyone and introduce you to the boat staff and then review on-board facilities and your cruise program for the next few days. Enjoy a gourmet dinner with complimentary Egyptian wine and beer.

DAY 5, December 10, 2020 | Luxor – Esna
Luxor – Esna

Enjoy a breakfast buffet on board and then visit the Fantasia Cultural Center. The center focuses on strengthening confidence, communication, and collaboration among local children (4 to 16 years old) using tools such as the arts, gardening, poetry, nutrition, health, and coding. Then visit the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. Return to your boat for lunch while sailing to Esna. An expert Egyptologist will guide you around the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall, built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius, was excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods. It is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral. After your adventure, enjoy afternoon tea and dinner during the cruise to Edfu.

DAY 6, December 11, 2020 | Edfu – Kom Ombo
Edfu – Kom Ombo

After breakfast on board, visit the Temple of Edfu and 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 cruising to Kom Ombo. After lunch, visit the temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Return to your Nile Cruise boat for afternoon tea in the lounge. You will also have the chance to take part in an Egyptian cooking lesson while the boat is sailing to Aswan. Tonight’s entertainment will be an “Egyptian Night” costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyyas.” Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties.

DAY 7, December 12, 2020 | Aswan
Aswan

A breakfast buffet will be served on board, after which the morning is at your leisure. Enjoy lunch on board, followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Next, proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in the pyramids and temples. Take a chance to ride on a felucca (a typical Egyptian sailboat) around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Rest and enjoy afternoon tea again in the lounge. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be a gala dinner with waiters serving gourmet cuisine. Wrap up the night with a Folkloric show and a Dervish show after dinner.

DAY 8, December 13, 2020 | Aswan – Cairo
Aswan – Cairo

Enjoy a buffet breakfast on board before check-out time. Disembark and take an air-conditioned vehicle from the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer Cruise ship to Aswan International Airport for your domestic flight. Upon arrival in Cairo, your guide will escort you to Abdeen Palace, which was constructed in 1863 as part of Khedive Ismail‘s plan for a modern Cairo. Inspired by the architecture coming out of Paris at the time, he planned to have the Palace finished by the opening of the 1869 Suez Canal, but the 500 rooms weren’t completed until 1874. The Palace acted as the royal residence until the monarchy was abolished in 1952. Walk through the front archway to explore the museum, which features a large collection of weapons and medals, and admire the incredible architecture. Lunch will be at your leisure, and tonight’s dinner will be held in a private ballroom at the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel with a closing speech by Mrs. Mary Eisenhower.

DAY 9, December 14, 2020 | Cairo
Cairo

After your final breakfast in Egypt, you will be transferred to the Cairo International Airport (CAI) for your flight home.

  • 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 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. 

INCLUSIONS

The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Full Itinerary
  • Hotel Accomodations
  • Airport Transfers
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Bilingual Tour Manager
  • Admission Fees
  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Gratuities

The following is NOT included with your registration fee:

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
TERMS & CONDITIONS

People to People International reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a program participant. Should any person’s health, physical infirmity, or general deportment, in the judgment of the delegation leader, impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants, the leader has the right to terminate that person(s) participation, and a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators, is the limit of the sponsor’s responsibility should such person be required to depart the program. In arranging for transportation or conveyance, hotel accommodations, or other services and in carrying out the program, neither the sponsors nor their agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, cost, damage, injury, delay, irregularity, or expense of any kind whatsoever arising from the use of any conveyance, accommodations, or services, or from thefts, pilferage, government restrictions, or regulations and any loss or expense resulting from the above contingencies shall be borne by the participant. Neither the sponsors nor the agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, injury, damage, or expense suffered or incurred by the participant in respect of any acts, or omissions of any third parties, the participant hereby expressly waiving any such responsibility or liability, and services are subject to the laws of the countries visited. People to People International shall not be responsible in any way for loss or damage to baggage or personal effects. INSURANCE FOR LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EFFECTS, ACCIDENTS, AND TRIP CANCELLATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If the program must be canceled prior to travel, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to refund of monies received by People to People International or its agents for delegates currently registered. The sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to withdraw the program (in which case a refund will be made) or to make such alterations in the schedule as they may deem necessary or desirable. No refund shall be made for services not taken in case of sickness, accident, or emergency resulting in omission of service for less than three consecutive days. Refund will be made on the basis of such amount, if any, as is actually recovered on unused accommodation and service, less all expenses and charges incidental to effecting cancellations. Refund for unused transportation tickets will be made in accordance with the respective carrier regulations. If the program must be canceled after travel has begun, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators. All parties must be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enrollment in a program allows People to People International the right to use any photos or videos taken during the program.

ADULT TRAVEL

ADULT TRAVEL | UPCOMING DELEGATIONS

Thailand *More Info Coming Soon*
Rwanda *More Info Coming Soon*
Vietnam & Cambodia *More Info Coming Soon*
Italy & Croatia *More Info Coming Soon*
Israel & Jordan *More Info Coming Soon*
South Africa *More Info Coming Soon*

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