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The Return to Egypt; The Birthplace of Civilization

Friday, December 15, 2017
Member Fees:
NonMember Fees:

The January 19-27, 2018; Egypt program will be led by Mary Jean Eisenhower, President and CEO of People to People International and granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The itinerary includes numerous opportunities to interact with Egyptian citizens and learn about community development, religious tolerance, cultural and historic preservation, education, the arts, and private non-governmental organization efforts to improve the quality of everyday life for Egyptians. 


Additional Information



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 into 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; Operation 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. 

"Peace like hostility is a learned behavior, teach peace."



The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Full Itinerary 
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Throughout the program a qualified English speaking Egyptologist will accompany the group
  • All the admissions for the sights stated in the program
  • 8 Breakfats, 7 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Portage at airports and hotels
  • Domestic Flights (Cairo / Luxor) (Aswan / Cairo)

The following is NOT included:

  • International flight to/from Cairo
  • Photography fees at antiquities sites
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Entry visas to Egypt (currently $28.00 USD per person).
  • Gratuities 
  • Travel Insurance



When booking your international flight to/from Cairo please note:

  • International airfare is not included in the cost of the program.  We kindly ask the following:
    • Purchase your roundtrip airfare on Egypt Air Flight MS 986 departing Thursday, January 18th from John F. Kennedy International Airport at 6:30pm and arriving to Cairo International Airport on Friday, January 19th at 12:05pm. For your return flight we ask that you please book Egypt Air Flight MS 985 departing Cairo International Airport on Saturday, January 27that 10:25am and arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport the same day at 3:25pm.
Please note you are responsible for booking your domestic flight to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport. 


January 19-22, 26-27
Semiramis Inter-Continental

January 23-25
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Ex Luxor 
Single room supplement is available upon request and is an additional $1,250 USD. 

Terms and Conditions

Balance due Friday, December 8, 2017. 

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.