Journey of a Lifetime Retreat Tour to Egypt March 2014
Welcome... To the Journey of a Lifetime Retreat Tour to Egypt Hello, Iâ€™m Rhonnda Fritz from The Coaching Muse. I would like to invite you to join me on your own Journey of a Lifetime through Egypt in March 2014. The Coaching Muse is about Inspiring, Transforming and Empowering people to achieve Success in every area of their life. To that end, I have partnered with Quest Travel in Egypt to bring you this fabulous opportunity. Quest Travel have won many awards and are the best ground tour operators in Egypt specializing in private and unique tours treating their guests like treasured pharaohs. Together we have organized a journey of a lifetime just for you to enjoy. Since ancient times, Egypt has held mystery and magic for millions of people all over the world. When you come on this journey of a lifetime, you will discover the secrets held within the ancient temples and tombs for yourself. Once you visit Egypt, the energy of Ancient Egypt reaches out and whispers to your soul awakening all the power that has been sleeping within you. Come and join me on this Journey of a Lifetime Tour and spend 17 fabulous days exploring Egypt and if you so desire your inner self. Your Quest Travel Egyptologists and Guides are well versed in not only the history and archaeology of Egypt, but also the magic and mystery that Egypt is famous for. You will be pampered in 5 star luxury all the way and will discover Ancient Egypt with private access visits to many of the sites we visit. We even visit some sites that tourists donâ€™t normally get to see. You will discover the real Egypt of today by doing things along your journey that many people who visit Egypt never experience. Once you land in Egypt, just about everything is included in your tour price and you will be well taken care of. Myths and legends will be explored and, more importantly, experienced! Discover ancient and miraculous powers to heal the body, clear away emotional baggage, enlighten your mind and open yourself to exploring new ways of thinking , increase your creativity, discover how to create your future and awaken the soul to knowing its true destiny in life and so much more. All this while you are enjoying the
holiday of a lifetime! You will be having so much fun that you wonâ€™t even notice the changes that are occurring within you! As you journey through the ancient sites you will be invited to join in meditations and other ancient rituals all designed to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. The choice to take part in these of course will be yours to make. If you choose not to take part, there is plenty to see and do at the sites while the group is otherwise engaged and one of our guides will take care of you. You will never run out of photo and video opportunities on this tour. Actually, if you are a keen photographer you can guarantee some amazing photos as we visit some of the sites at sunrise and sunset. Plus the sunsets on the Nile River have to been seen to be believed!! You will be cruising the Nile on a modern dhahabeya that has been built in the traditional style of the sail boats that have sailed the Nile for thousands of years. The Afandina has been built with luxury and comfort in mind and it will be your home for 8 days. There are 3 decks with many places to chill out and relax including a large reception room complete with all the modern technology to keep you entertained including internet access for an additional fee. There are 8 luxurious double or twin cabins complete with ensuite. Once you have unpacked, your luggage is stowed elsewhere on the dhahabeya giving you room to enjoy your cabin when you want some time out away from the group â€“ although, you will find many chill out spots on the boat where you can laze back in comfortable couches and feel the Nile River lulling you into a state of total relaxation hearing only the wind in the sails the waters of the Nile lapping against the hull of the Afandina. The beds have been borrowed from the clouds as has the beautiful and luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen. There is a chef on board who serves delectable fresh organic food that is sourced from local farmers along the Nile. There is almost a one to one ratio of staff to guests to take care of your every need. You will feel like a modern day Cleopatra or Julius Caesar as you sail the Nile River being pampered just as they were.
One of the highlights of this retreat includes an overnight visit to the beautiful temples at Abu Simbel. We will be staying in a gorgeous rustic all suite hotel right on the lake. Take time out to watch the sunset over the lake from the balcony of your own private villa then take an optional tour to the sound and light show at Abu Simbel which is a very special experience. The following morning we will be up before sunrise to explore Abu Simbel and to watch the sunrise on this beautiful temple complex. We will also be visiting the famous Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae at Aswan before Dawn. Once we have explored the temples of Aswan, Luxor and along the Nile, I will be taking you to one of my favourite chill out resorts in Egypt. It is the Sahl Hasheesh Oberoi Hotel in Hurghada. It is an all suite resort decorated in modern Arabic style with some very special touches from the Bedouin past. The day spa here is pure heaven on earth. The resort is right on the Red Sea so you will be able to check out the beautiful coral reefs and fish. We will also be taking an optional day tour out to a Bedouin Village to ride camels and learn about the Bedouin culture. For those wanting to extend their experience in Egypt we are also offering a fabulous 4 day safari to Siwa Oasis before the main tour begins. Siwa Oasis is deep in Egyptâ€™s Western Desert. There is more to see in Egypt than the pyramids, the sphinx, the temples and tombs; Egypt also has an emerging eco tourism industry that takes in the natural beauty of Egypt that can be found in remote Oases and in the desert. But donâ€™t think backpacking when it comes to the accommodation because the resorts in Siwa are designed to rejuvenate your Mind Body & Spirit so they come equipped with everything you need. Siwa is home to the Berber tribes of Egypt. They date their civilisation in this area back as far as at least 10,000 millennium BCE. In the 7th century BCE they had contact with the Greeks and in particular with Alexander the Great who came to Siwa to consult the Oracle of Ammun which is located in a temple in the Siwa Oasis.
The area is rich in agriculture and is known for its cultivation of dates and olives. Siwa is also famous for silver jewellery and rich embroidery. On the way back to Cairo from Siwa, we will stop off at Mersa Matrhuh a resort town on the Mediterranean Sea. The colour of the water here is breath taking and it has some of the whitest sand beaches in the world. Join me on this Journey of a Lifetime Tour and spend 17 days discovering the wonders of Ancient and Modern Day Egypt in a way that most tourists don’t get the opportunity to experience. Feel the energy of Egypt energising and rejuvenating your mind, body and spirit. Share laughter and experiences with new friends and most of all just relax and create memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. I look forward to travelling with you through Egypt in March 2014”
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“The Journey of a Lifetime” Retreat Tour to Egypt” 8 - 24 March 2014 Led By: Rhonnda Fritz Visiting Cairo, the Egyptian Museum, King Tut, Giza Plateau and The Pyramids, The Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Dendera, Abydos, Valley of the Kings Hatshepsut’s Temple, Medinet Habu Temple Complex, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, Esna Temple, Elephantine Island, Philea Temple, Aswan, Sakkara, Dashur, Hurghada and more many surprises along the way. Plus a Fabulous Nile Cruise Aboard the luxury Private Yacht (Dahabeya) “Afandina”
USD$9,497 (Twin Share) (International Airfares Not Included)
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“Egypt is whispering to your soul and waiting to welcome you back home.”
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Journey of a Lifetime Retreat Tour to Egypt March 2014 (All activities listed below will happen, but maybe not necessarily in the order stated! Be prepared – spontaneous changes are part of the fun and surprise activities are guaranteed)
Day 1, Saturday, 8th March- Arrive Cairo/Welcome Dinner Arrive at Cairo Airport where you will be met by your Quest Travel Tour Managers. They will assist you through customs before transferring you to your luxury accommodations at the luxury Mena House Hotel in Giza. This beautiful hotel is right next door to the Pyramids which is a great introduction to your journey. From the moment you get off the plane you will have the feeling of beginning to relax. You are on Egypt Time now and ahead of you is 14 days of wonderment, adventure, excitement, laughter, spiritual upliftment and rejuvenation. We’ll get together this evening before enjoying our first dinner together. (Dinner)
Day 2, Sunday March 9th - Giza Plateau/Sphinx / Great Pyramid We begin our day very early with a special private and exclusive visit to the Giza Plateau, when the area is closed to the public so it will be just our group. Listen closely as you awaken before Sunrise. As you reluctantly come alive, you will hear the incredible sounds of the entire city being called to prayer. Listen to the cacophony of sound– Feel the energy of the dawn spirits. We are off to discover some of the most awesome Wonders of the World to touch them and to feel them - the Great Sphinx, the Pyramids and the Valley Temple of Chephren on the Giza Plateau. We study them and pay particular attention to the Sphinx. There is nothing more awe inspiring than to stand between the mighty paws of the Sphinx and gaze up at its wondrous face as the first rays of sunshine break over the horizon. We will greet the Sun with an ancient ritual just before dawn. Our guide, who is an encyclopaedia of Egyptology, will give us detailed examinations of various controversial theories surrounding these amazing structures
After an invigorating Sunrise we are back to our hotel for an incredible buffet breakfast.
This afternoon, we have a special private visit in the Great Pyramid where we will explore the chambers before a guided meditation in the Kings Chamber. We will be tapping into the energy and harmonic resonances of this mighty structure. Here, we unite our life story with the story of those who have come before us and those who will come after as we begin our journey to awakening and begin our transformation to more powerful awareness of our inner selves. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3, Monday March 10th — Dahshur / Sakkara This morning we’ll drive to Dahshur where we visit the White, Black & Red Pyramids; this area was closed for over 25 years and just opened recently for visitors and is considered to be one of the Virgin Historical sites that still keeps its own powerful energy. There will be an opportunity to climb into the Red Pyramid for those who feel fit. Enjoy a late lunch at a typical Egyptian restaurant in the countryside.
We then visit Sakkara to view the Old Kingdom pyramids rise on the west bank near ancient Memphis. About, 2630 B.C. Imhotep, architect to King Djoser (Dynasty III), masterminded the Step Pyramid at Sakkara. The world’s oldest freestanding stone structure, this pyramid consists of six tiers atop a mastaba, or low, oblong tomb, faced with cut stone. We will explore the Sakkara complex including a visit to the awesome newly opened Serapeum that houses the massive granite sarcophagus of the Appis Bulls.
On the way back to Cairo we visit one of the carpet schools where Egyptian children make handmade carpets out of their own imagination.
(Breakfast, Lunch) Day 4 Tuesday March 11th - Museum/Khan Markets/Afternoon Flight to Aswan: We check out of our Giza hotel early today and visit the Cairo Museum in downtown Cairo. Our Egyptologist will guide us through this famous museum with a collection of over 200,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts, dating back to 4,000 BC. Visiting the museum is an opportunity to see the statues and artefacts that originally were located in the temples, this paints a fuller picture when you go the temples, like seeing the original furniture designed for a house in ancient Egypt. There you will also experience first-hand the different
periods of ancient Egypt and the individual artistic and architectural styles of each period. One of the many highlights of this museum is the visit to the treasures of Tut-Ankh-Amun. Stand before the breathtakingly beautiful gold death mask and marvel at the treasures that travelled with this boy king to the afterlife. There will be time to explore the museum on your own and to feel the sometimes eerie presence of energies from the past that still linger within the statues.
After our visit to the Museum, we will take some time out to visit the local shopping area for some retail therapy Egyptian style and we will also visit the famous Khan el Khalili Markets in Downtown Cairo
This afternoon we take our Egypt Air flight to Aswan. Aswan city is considered to be everyone’s favourite Egyptian city. Beautiful and peaceful, it is called the “Pearl of Egypt”. We check into our overnight Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch) Day 5 Wednesday March 12th – Aswan to Abu Simbel This morning we join the convoy and drive South through the desert to Abu Simbel, where we will check into our hotel the Seti I which is right on the lake. We will have lunch together and then your afternoon is free to enjoy this peaceful hotel. Tonight you may like to get your first taste of the amazing temples at Abu Simbel that have been hewn out of a mountain for Ramses II during the optional Sound and Light Show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 6 Thursday March 13th – Abu Simbel to Aswan and Afandina We are up before the Sun this morning to explore the temples at Abu Simbel. These magnificent temples are both an ancient and a modern engineering marvel. The Abu Simbel temples are the symbols of an international salvage campaign in the 1960s to save these
monuments from the rising waters of the mighty Aswan Dam. These temples are truly magnificent and a very special moment is quietly watching the Sun rise on the lake and seeing the sunlight on the Temples. See the Temple for Ramses II and the beautiful temple for his beloved wife Nefertari. Our Egyptologist guide will assist us to see the full beauty of these temples through translating the images on the walls and giving us the history of the temples.
We join the convoy mid morning to return to Aswan. We then check into our beautiful private Yacht â€œAfandinaâ€?. The Afandina is a traditional sailing vessel of the Nile known as a dhahabeya. Dhahabeyas have travelled the length and breadth of the Nile for centuries and today it reminds us of a world from long ago when life was gentle and time seemed to stand still. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar are said to have honeymooned on a dhahabeya. This gorgeous sailing boat, with an almost 1:1 ratio of staff to guests, will be our home for the next 8 days. The Afandina, boasting incredible materials, workmanship and design, is a truly world-class
experience that harkens back to an earlier era of travel. Nothing can prepare you for the magic of sailing the Nile on the Afandina. Enjoy 5 star comfort sleeping in beds that have been borrowed from the clouds. Your private chef will tempt you with sumptuous and delicious organic Egyptian cuisine.
There are a total of 8 cabins for guests arranged strictly on a twin share basis so bring a friend with you. • • • • • • • • • • • •
Each cabin has its own private bathroom and shower Each cabin offers a fresh air screened window Each cabin equipped with TV, mini bar, air-conditioned self-control, and safe deposit box Each cabin is equipped with alarm and fire system Full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner Spa Pool on sundeck one Oriental tent on sundeck two Sound system in public areas on both decks Living room that offers LCD TV screen, DVD, library that carries the best historical books Four channels Satellite Internet access for an additional fee Safety life jacket in each cabin for each person
There is plenty to keep you entertained as we gently sail the Nile stopping at will at various sites and points of interest along the way discovering not only Ancient Egypt but also the real Egypt of today. The next 8 days will truly be magical as you relax and settle into the rhythm that is life on the beautiful Nile River. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Day 7, Friday, March 14th – Philae Temple / Isis We rise very early this morning and take a short coach ride to the lakeshore and transfer to a motorboat. We travel on the Nile River to the island of Philae where we will visit the Philae Temple privately. This island represents a fusion of three great civilizations – Egyptian, Greek and Roman. The presence of Isis is felt very strongly in the inner sanctum, the Holy of Holies of her temple. We’ll take ample time here to experience the healing energy of Isis and her lovely island complex. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 8, Saturday, March 15th – Kom Ombo Temple Relax on deck as we sail to Kom Ombo. There, we visit the only dual temple in Egypt. This dramatic temple poised between the edge of the river and the encroaching desert sand was dedicated to two gods - Sobek the crocodile god of strength, fortitude, fertility and rebirth, and Horus the hawk-headed son of Isis and Osiris. We will dock our dhahabeya at an island near Kom Ombo for the night.
(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Day 9, Sunday, March 16th – Edfu Temple We continue sailing to Edfu, where we will visit the Temple of Horus, one of the most beautifully preserved in Egypt. Here, we follow the pattern of the hero’s quest as we learn how Horus and his followers (the Shemsu Hor) conquered chaos, and we see the sacred marriage of the king and queen as the embodiment of Horus and the goddess Hathor. Look forward to a very powerful meditation in this temple. The side chambers of the temple show the complexity of the rites that include a healing chamber, a perfumery, and singer’s rooms. One chamber, called the House of Life, stored all of the sacred texts used in seasonal and daily rituals. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 10, Monday, March 17th â€“ Esna Temple Today we sail on to Esna. The temple of Esna is dedicated to the creative triad of Khnum, Neith and their offspring Hak or Sobek. The site is a prime example of the power of the Nile at inundation. Its hieroglyphs have only partially been translated, and thus the temple represents the mystery and power of an as yet untranslated text. Overnight at Esna on our dhahabeya the Afandina. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 11, Tuesday, March 18th â€” West Bank This morning we make a sunrise pilgrimage to Deir el Bahari, the funerary temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. We also visit the Necropolis of Thebes on the West Bank of the Nile. The West Bank holds the tombs of the pharaohs that are inscribed with sacred transformative texts, including the books of knowing light and dark, the book of what is in the underworld, the book of caverns, and naming and taming the hours of the night. Here are the tombs of Ramses III and VII. We will also see the mortuary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 12, Wednesday, March 19th â€” Dendera/Abydos/Afandina Today we travel to the exquisite Dendera Temple dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of abundance, love and joy. The temple is built with a zodiacal ceiling that recalls the origins of Egypt.
We then continue north to the temple at Abydos, dedicated to Osiris, and housing the nine great beings (the Ennead). This temple rests next to and above the most ancient Osirion, one of the premier power places on the planet. It includes a more recent temple built by Seti I, which contains the most beautiful Bas reliefs of any temple in Egypt.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 13, Thursday March 20th â€” Karnak / Luxor Temple Today we tour Karnak, one of the largest temple complexes in the world. Karnak recalls us to the powerful acts of creation, of beginning anew, and of building on the divine plan. It has been home for more than 3,500 years to the living statue of the lioness goddess, Sekhmet. We will visit her temple and will use the powerful energy of Sekhmet to further awaken the spirit within. This will also be a time for thinking about our future and goals we want to create. We visit the Luxor Temple in the evening. This temple really comes to life under lights at night. Feel the powerful energy within you as you wander through the ancient hallways touching the stones as you go. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 14, Friday, March 21st — Luxor / Hurghada Today we depart Luxor and the Afandina and drive to Hurghada on the Red Sea where we will check into our 5 star resort for 2 days of rest and play (Breakfast)
Day 15, Saturday, March 22nd –Hurghada Today is at leisure to enjoy the resort – snorkel in the Red Sea or spend some relaxing time in the Day Spa. Perhaps you might like to take the optional tour to the Bedouin Village to discover how they live in the desert. (Breakfast) Day 16, Sunday, March 23rd – Hurghada to Cairo This afternoon we return to Cairo and check into the Mena House hotel. Tonight we will enjoy our farewell dinner together to reflect on our experiences during the past 16 days. (Breakfast, Dinner) Day 17, Monday, March 24th - Transfer to Airport Following breakfast check out of your hotel before being transferred to the Cairo International Airport for your journey home. ` (Breakfast)
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Optional Tour to Siwa Oasis 24-28th March 2014
USD$1,520 Day 1, Monday March 24 — Cairo to Siwa via Mersa Matrhouh We have an early breakfast this morning before we drive to Mersa Matrhouh which is located on the Mediterranean Sea for lunch at a seaside resort. After lunch we continue driving through the barren desert landscape of the Western Desert to Siwa Oasis which is located in South West Egypt. You won’t believe your eyes when you see the lushness of the Siwa Oasis. Here you will discover mineral springs, salt lakes and endless olive and palm groves. There are about 70,000 olive trees and 300,000 date trees in Siwa., The number of springs in the oasis is around 1,000. The depression of Siwa is some 82 square kilometres, Its breadth averages between nine kilometres to 28 kilometres On arrival we check into our hotel the Siwa Shali Resort Hotel which will be our base for the next few days. (breakfast, dinner)
Day 2, Tuesday March 25 — Siwa Oasis/Oracle of Amun This morning we rise early to visit to the Oracle temple of Ammun. In 331 B.C. Alexander the Great came to consult the oracle of Ammun. It told him that he would be master of the world and that he was the son of the god, Ammun. Alexander did of course go on to conquer the known world. This is why Alexander is represented on Hellenistic coins with the ram’s horns of the god Ammun.
We will watch the birth of the Sun rise over the lake and consult the oracle. There is a great view of the Lake and unforgettable moments will be enjoyed in this very special place.
We are back at our hotel in time for breakfast.
After breakfast we visit the Jabal el Mawta Tombs (Mountain of the Dead) Tombs from the twenty-sixth Dynasty, Ptolemaic, and Roman periods are cut into the side of the mountain. This afternoon we will travel to Gebel Dakrour. This area is renowned for the healing qualities of its hot sands since ancient times, as well as for being a major source of the red pigment used in Siwan pottery. People come from all around Egypt and the world during the summer months to be interred in sand baths which have properties of healing rheumatism and arthritis. We will continue on to Ain Schiffar. The name means "Healing Spring" and the fresh waters here are renowned for their healing properties. We will watch the sunset from the beautiful high sand dunes close to Dakrour. Dinner this evening is Siwa style. (breakfast, dinner)
Day 3, Wednesday March 26 â€” Siwa Oasis We visit the Old city of Siwa Aughurmi and enjoy living this primitive life. We then enjoy visiting all the ancient sites located within Siwa Oasis including the Shali Fortress which dominates the town centre and the Siwa House Museum and the Siwa market where you can buy highly prized handcrafted silver jewellery and local artifacts.
We will visit Cleopatra’s Pool where the legendary Queen herself is believed to have once taken a swim. We will also visit natural hot springs and enjoy the beauty of the area.
This evening we watch the sun set over Siwa Lake. We will then return to our hotel to enjoy our dinner. (Breakfast, dinner) Day 4, Thursday March 27 — Siwa Oasis - Cairo Today we bid farewell to Siwa and drive back through the desert to Cairo stopping off for lunch on the way. Upon arrival in Giza we check into our hotel the Mena House Hotel. The Mena House is one of the most spectacular 5 star hotels of the world. The former hunting palace of the Khedive Ismael (the last King of Egypt), the Mena House boasts 140 years of history. Join the ranks of former guests such as Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Princess Grace, and royalty from all over the world. (Breakfast, lunch) Day 5, Friday March 28 —Depart Cairo
TERMS AND CONDITIONS Your Tour Price Includes: • Meet and assist at airport and transfers to Hotel • All hotels taxes, services charges • Daily buffet breakfast • Full board on Nile cruise, breakfast, Lunch, Dinner • All meals mentioned in above itinerary • Private Quest Travel Spiritual Egyptologist and Guide • All entrance fees for all visits mentioned above • Domestic flights within Egypt Aswan/Cairo + Cairo/Luxor • Private visits to sites mentioned above, with special emphasis on the Sphinx, The Giza Plateau and the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid, Philae Temple, Temple of Sekhmet, Elephantine Island as well as a few surprises along the way • Farewell dinner
What’s excluded in Your Tour Price? • International air tickets to Egypt • Entry visa in Egypt US$15 • Travel & Health insurance • All beverages and items of a personal nature, such as laundry, phone calls, internet, etc • Tipping – an amount of approx USD$350 will be collected at the beginning of the tour • Meals not indicated on the itinerary • NB: If any increase in entrance fees for the included sites takes place, the cost will by necessity be passed on to you as prices are controlled by the Egyptian Government, in which case you will be informed accordingly of the difference in cost.
Price: USD$9,497 Price is strictly on a twin share basis for the Nile Cruise Single Supplement is available for the Hotels Only - USD$1,500
Terms of PAYMENT: Deposit
USD$1,500 (due at time of Booking)
Final payment 1 December 2013 Payments can be made by bank transfers or bank cheque. You must supply proof of sufficient travel insurance to cover the cost of the trip in case of cancellation or medical emergency. The full and final payment for the trip is due on 1st December 2013. If the final payment is one week late without prior arrangements, a late fee of $200 will be applied. We reserve the right to cancel anyone who does not complete their final payment two weeks after the due date without a refund as numbers are strictly limited for this trip.
Travel Insurance: You will require independent Travel Insurance. Should you so desire, Penny James at Harvey World Travel Robina on the Gold Coast can assist you with obtaining travel insurance. Please ensure that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance that includes cancellation of trip cover so that you are covered for any scenarios that may inadvertently arise. She is able to arrange your airline tickets as well. She can be contacted on (07) 55930644. In order for the group to arrive in Cairo at the same time I will be advising you of suggested flights closer to the departure date for the tour. Please do not pay for your airfares until final numbers for the tour have been confirmed and I have advised you to do so.
Tipping: We take care of most of the tipping needs in Egypt, including the temple guards, bell captains, bus drivers, and many others. Please allow approx USD$350 for all tips which will be collected prior to the beginning of the tour and will be distributed accordingly on your behalf.
Cancellation Policy: Part of your deposit or registration fee may be refundable if you must cancel. Considerable administrative work is initiated when you register, including air and travel bookings within Egypt, accommodation and communication, planning and coordination with our tour company. The amount of your refund will be based on the date we receive notice of your cancellation. If cancelled 60 days prior to arrival date USD$750 will be withheld for administration fees If cancelled within 45 days prior to arrival USD$2000 will be withheld. If cancel within 44 days prior to arrival no refund will be made
Pre Arrival Nights and Post Tour Nights at Mena House Hotel if Required: Double room: USD$300
including tax, services charges and buffet breakfast
Single room: USD$250
including tax, services charges and buffet breakfast
If you would like to stay in a Pyramid view room while at the Mena House Hotel an additional USD$70 per room per night will be charged.
Hotels & Nile Cruise Dates: Mena House Hotel
8th – 11th Mar 2014
Aswan (Hotel to be Advised)
11th – 12th Mar 2014
Seti I Hotel Abu Simbel
12th – 13th Mar 2014
13th – 21st Mar 2014
Sahl Hasheesh Oberoi Hotel Hurghada
21st – 23rd Mar 2014
Mena House Hotel
23rd – 24th Mar 2014
Airport Transfers: Airport transfers if requested for pre arrival or post departure outside the arrival or departure of the main group: USD$45 per person one-way airport to hotel or vice versa
Visa Requirements: For holders of Australian, British and US Passports, Visas can be obtained at the Cairo Airport for USD$15. If you hold another Passport, please check with us for Visa requirements. Currency can also be exchanged at the same point. Currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound
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Cancelled Trips: The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au reserves the right to cancel any trip due to inadequate sign-ups that make the trip economically infeasible to operate. While we make every effort to fill each trip to the point of maximum economy for everyone and do everything possible to avoid cancelling trips with low sign-up; we can adjust the price of our journeys in order to guarantee departure with a smaller number of participants. The price adjustments imposed by a smaller number of participants are kept as low as possible, normally as little as 5%, and not more than 15% increase over the stated price. If trip cancellation becomes necessary, we will transfer you to another trip, offer you future trip credit, or refund your payment in full. The refund of all payments received shall release The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au are deemed to be exempt from any further liability. The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred by members in preparing for the trip, such as non-refundable advance purchase airline tickets, visa and passport fees, equipment or medical costs. In circumstances where trip cancellations resulting from the inability for trip to depart as scheduled, such as cancellations due to acts of war and/or terrorism, war, God or nature or low numbers resulting in the tour not being viable takes place, The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au is not liable for restitution.
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to perform by reason of financial difficulty or default, suspension of operation, or other reason; or for any refunds for Tour Operator or Travel Supplier, or not paid over by The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au to any such Tour Operator or Travel Supplier. Neither The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au nor any of their associates, agents, or employees shall be financially responsible to any tour member in the event of cancellation of all or part of any tour due to acts of war, nature, governmental action; civil unrest or hostilities, or acts of terrorism, or for the default of any Tour Operator or Travel Supplier, or for any reason beyond control of The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au. Travel Supplier(s)/Tour Operator(s) provide the travel services identified with this travel program, and the travel program member agrees to look solely to such Travel Supplier(s)/Tour Operator(s) for the provision to such travel services; the Tour Operator or Tour Director/Manager/Escort shall have the right to decline to accept or to retain any person as a travel program member should such travel program memberâ€™s health, mental condition, physical infirmity or general deportment impede the operation of the travel program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other travel program members, and no refund can be given in such cases. The right is reserved to substitute tours or alter itineraries, and either the Tour Operator or The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au shall have the right to cancel any travel program prior to departure or to increase prices where the costs shall rise. The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au is not responsible for any refunds should a presenter advertised as attending or leading a tour or conference cancel for any reason whatsoever. The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au is not responsible for any physical, mental, emotional, or other reaction, trauma, or ailment during the trip or occurring afterwards, that participants may experience at the sites or from any leaders, workshops, or sessions of any kind, including private sessions with presenters. Attendance on the trip indicates acceptance of this and all other provisions of this responsibility clause. The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au has recommended the purchase of appropriate travel accident insurance, baggage insurance, tour operation carrier default protection insurance, and trip cancellation insurance, and has made available explanatory information and policies, and the travel program member has had the opportunity to purchase such insurance as protection against certain risks of travel to the planned destination. Travel program members are advised that travel insurance covers only what is included as stated as covered in the travel insurance brochure you receive from your personal agent. Neither The Coaching Muse and TourstoEgypt.com.au nor the airlines or transportation companies concerned are to be held responsible for the late arrival of passengers at airports or resorts due to inclement weather, nor are they to be held liable for payment of, or any refund for, transfers or unused hotel accommodations or meals occasioned by such late arrival at the hotels holding rooms as confirmed itineraries. The airlines or transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible any acts, omissions or events during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passenger contract in use by the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines or transportation companies and the purchaser of this travel program and/or passengers.
TRAVEL INFORMATION AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Is it safe to Travel in Egypt? A: Travelling to Egypt is extremely safe. Once you are in Egypt, the Egyptian people are warm, hospitable and genuinely delighted to interact with us. Beyond that, tourism is the mainstay of the Egyptian economy, and the security precautions the Egyptian government has put in place to protect tourists for the last five years are impressive. There have been no problems in many years in any of the regions where we travel. Despite the unrest experienced in some parts of Egypt in January and February 2011, Egypt has now returned to normal and is opening its doors again and welcoming tourists with open arms. Quest Travel, our tour operators in Egypt, take the security of their guests very seriously and have been doing so for over 25 years. If seeing Egypt has always been your dream, this is a good time to turn the dream into reality. Q: Can cameras and video equipment be used at all sites? A: Cameras can be used at most sites without charge. However, both regular and video cameras cannot be used in the museum or at the Valley of the Kings. Arrangements have been put in place to keep them safe while you are visiting these sites.
Q: Is there internet access in Egypt? A: Egypt is a progressive country and internet is available in most of the hotels and cruise boats we use. There are also internet cafes. Mobile internet devices can also be purchased from various retail outlets.
Q: Will I require vaccinations before travelling to Egypt? A: Generally you donâ€™t require vaccinations prior to going to Egypt however it is a good idea to check with your local GP.
Are ATMs available and are credit cards widely accepted?
A: Credit cards are widely accepted in major shops but you will need to use cash in any markets we visit. ATMs are available but not always easy to find. There are banks in the hotels we stay in where you can exchange money.
Further Information to Make Your Journey More Enjoyableâ€Ś Travel with an open mind. The cultural differences that you will experience are part of the adventure. You will find the Egyptian people welcoming and eager to help make your journey everything you hoped for. Embrace the exuberant quality of Egyptian life, smile and relax, and soon you will feel comfortable and at home as you move through our magical mystery tour.
DOCUMENTS: All participants are required to have a passport that is valid for 6 months beyond the return date, to be carried on your person or stored safely at all times. It is a good idea to photocopy the picture page to carry in a separate place in case of loss and to also keep a copy at home. A visa is required for entry into Egypt. If you are an Australian, US, Canadian or British citizen or a member of the EU, you can get your Visa on arrival at the airport in Cairo (no picture is necessary). You can get one from your nearest Egyptian embassy, however it is much more of a hassle, costs more, and requires relinquishing your passport for some time. Other countries qualify for visas at the Cairo airport, so check with us or your embassy to be sure.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SEPARATE FROM THE GROUP: If your international travel is not booked with the group, we can arrange for you to be picked up and delivered to your hotel, and back for your return. Our transfer agent will greet you, affix your visa to your passport, and assist you through customs and with your bags. We can also arrange for extra days at our hotel at either end of the tour. Please let us know in plenty of time if you wish longer accommodation, as our hotels are often booked to capacity.
**TRIP INSURANCE: A journey of this nature is a financial investment. Therefore, we strongly recommend that all participants obtain short-term travellers insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance covers your losses on non refundable air and land costs on trips cancelled due to personal or family illnesses or unforeseen documented emergencies. It also covers the cost of emergency evacuation from remote areas.
PREPARATIONS/ PRECAUTIONS: Doctors and medical facilities are available in most places, however we recommend each participant bring their own personal supplies plus any medication needed. Your good health and good physical condition will enhance the experience for you as well as the group. The most common health issue is diarrhoea. Do not drink the tap water in Egypt! Drink only bottled water, and use bottled water to brush your teeth. Bottled water is readily available everywhere. The food in Egypt is very good but it is not recommended that you eat food purchased from street vendors or some fast food outlets.
CLIMATE/CLOTHING: The climate in Egypt is dry year around. In September, the temperatures can still be warm but the evenings can get quite cool, especially on the river, and you will need a wrap at night. Occasionally it is cool in Cairo as well. Whatever the activity, women should remember that Egypt remains a conservative country and we wish to be respectful. Shoulders should always be covered outside the hotels and boat (there are beautiful shawls and scarves available everywhere in Egypt). Keeping this in mind, pack comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for layers in the daytime. A light jacket or sweater for early morning and evening and also for the air
conditioning in the hotels is advised. Wear comfortable walking shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking. Pants are certainly acceptable for the women and are definitely recommended for camel or horseback riding. However, toilet facilities at some of the sites are very basic and women may be better wearing skirts at these sites. In the evenings, as everyone will be dining in very pleasant surroundings at our hotels or local restaurants, somewhat nicer attire would be appropriate. Casual is acceptable, though you might plan for one or two dress up evenings. We certainly have opportunities here to be festive, and we will have a chance to shop where wonderful, fun clothing can be purchased. Remember to wear a hat as there is very little shade covering.
BAGGAGE: Check with the airline you travel to Egypt with as to the weight you can carry in your suitcase and the weight for your carry-on bag. Emirates has a 30 kilo maximum when travelling from Australia. We highly suggest that you only bring one piece of luggage with you to Egypt and bring or buy an empty bag for shopping goodies for your return. We highly recommend that you pack light. Remember to bring an extra set of clothes and your valuables in your carry-on just in case! A daypack is often useful. Although you will never be required to carry your luggage, you will appreciate travelling light particularly on the return journey when we can guarantee you will have more to take home with you than you arrived with!
COMMUNICATIONS: Most of our hotels have business centres, and some now have data port connections for computers in the rooms. You can hook up your laptop directly to the phone if you have an ISP service that has an access number in Cairo. There are some internet cafes available in Luxor and Aswan. International telephone calls from Egypt are easy to make, and can be dialled directly from most of our hotel rooms. Calling from Egypt particularly from your hotel room is very expensive so we recommend that you get an international calling card for your mobile phone. There are a number of economical providers in the marketplace. You will be given a list of hotel numbers where you will be staying prior to your departure.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Remember to bring extra batteries and memory cards for your camera equipment as these can be very expensive in Egypt and not particularly easy to locate. Donâ€™t forget your detachable flash and extra batteries. This, along with your wide-angle lens, will produce the best results when photographing inside temples, pyramids and tombs. Since electric current in Egypt is 220 volts, special adapters and plugs will be needed for rechargeable units. There is very limited access to download your images while you are in Egypt unless you bring your own computer.
MONEY AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE: You will have no difficulty exchanging U.S. dollars or Aussie dollars into Egyptian pounds. Many banks in Egyptian hotels are open around the clock. Traveller's cheques are more of a hassle because you are required to show your passport in order to cash them, and many shops will not accept them. Hotels and some larger shops will take VISA (not as many take MasterCard). ATM's are not always convenient, although they can be found. It is recommended that you carry your cash in large denominations, although some smaller denominations can be convenient, as well. A money belt or other safe, secure means of carrying money and documents is advisable. Once currency is exchanged, it helps to carry many five pound notes and 1 pound coins for gifting, tipping and for rest rooms.
THINGS TO BRING: PLEASE DO NOT OVERPACK! There is nothing less fun or more annoying than carting around extra baggage. Keep in mind there is a wide range of things to buy at the markets.
Daypack or shoulder bag for daily outings— helps to keep hands free
Notebook for journal writing and pens
Sunglasses and hat
Swimsuit for pools in hotels and for the Spa on the Afandina.
Sunscreen and insect repellent
Toiletries (must be packed in checked luggage in accordance with airline regulations)
Medications such as band aids, headache tables, nausea and diahhorea tablets
Washcloth (sometimes not available at hotels)
Tissues — many public toilets lack paper
Wash n’ Dry towelettes are refreshing
Camera, mobile phone, phone cards and charges for equipment
Clothes that are comfortable and loose-fitting, keeping in mind Egypt's conservative culture - it also helps to keep you cooler if your arms are not exposed.
Good walking shoes, cotton socks, and good sandals
Adaptor plugs are the standard European type with two round pins. An adaptor is adequate for most appliances. A converter is optional but required for certain appliances.
Personal reading material as space allows
Intention, focus, and especially your sense of humour and your sense of adventure
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