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The Return to Egypt; The Birthplace of Civilization

Friday, December 15, 2017
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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. 


Friday, January 19, 2018 

Arrival: At Cairo, International Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to 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. All 724 bedrooms' feature floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning, and satellite TV. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and spacious showers complete with Egyptian cotton bathrobes. The swimming pool, located on the 4th floor, is the perfect place to relax with a drink and enjoy the view after a day's sightseeing. You can choose to dine in the terrace overlooking the Nile or the elegant cocktail bar with views to the city, or alfresco under the stars in the tropical gardens. With over seven restaurants and bars, the cuisine covers everything from sushi to Lebanese cuisine. As you'd expect from an InterContinental, the hotel has a vast array of facilities and includes a 24-hour health club with a fully-equipped gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, plunge pool and a spa offering a wide range of holistic treatments.

In a nutshell:
  • Located in downtown Cairo
  • Executive club rooms have access to a lounge offering complimentary drinks and snacks.
  • Facilities including a casino, disco, swimming pool, 24-hour gym and spa
  • Seven restaurants serving cuisine from around the world, including Turkish, Oriental, Lebanese, Thai and Italian
  • Cairo airport is one hour away by car
  • The Egyptian museum is a 15-minute walk away

Saturday, January 20, 2018 

Welcome Lecture: A private room will be prepared for you, where there will be a welcome note.

Lecture:  This morning you will have a presentation lecture by Mrs., Dalia Khalil, IEARN Egypt, the subject is regarding the education system in Egypt.  IEARN 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.

Lunch: Enjoy your local lunch in Abu Seed restaurant. 

Egyptian Museum: You'll tour 7,000 years of history at this museum 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.


Sunday, January 21, 2018 

Morning visit with staff from the Right to Live Association: Visit the non-profit organization to 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 this afternoon with the children.

Lunch: Lunch at the Right to Live Association.  

Pyramids and Sphinx: 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 mummies of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, who were a father, son and grandson. (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus are the Greek forms of their names.) 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.

Monday, January 22, 2018 

Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo Domestic Airport by air-conditioned Vehicle.

Flight: Board your Egypt-Air flight to Luxor.

Arrival: At Luxor Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will meet you

Transfer: Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Cruise.

Arrival in Luxor.

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.

Check-in at noon time: Arrive on board the 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, 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 Sun Boat IV 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 (while sailing) and breakfast will be served on deck (weather permitting).

- 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: To 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.

Professional visit:  Visit arts and crafts school where there will be workshops with the children. 

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: Gourmet menu on board.

Overnight: On board in Luxor.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Very early sailing to Qena.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board while you cruise northwards to Qena, a particularly alluring part of Upper Egypt's landscape.

Denderah: The Ptolemaic Temple of Goddess Hathor in Denderah is a wonderfully preserved temple complex and a rare sight to behold, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Hathor was the goddess of pleasure and love, usually represented as a cow or a woman with a cow's head, she was the beneficent deity of maternal and family love, of beauty and light and the Greeks associated her with Aphrodite.

Lunch: Return to your boat for Lunch during sailing back to Luxor.

Afternoon Tea: Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Luxor.

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.

Dinner: Gourmet menu on board followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show.

Overnight: On board in Luxor.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 

Early sailing to Edfu passing by Esna.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board 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: Lunch on board, while you continue cruising to Edfu.

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

Cooking lesson: 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.

Dinner: 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.

Overnight: On board in Kom Ombo.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 

Breakfast: Breakfast 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: Lunch 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).

Afternoon tea: Enjoy your afternoon tea served in the lounge.

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

Overnight: On board in Aswan.

Friday, January 26, 2018 

Buffet breakfast on board and check out at 8:00 AM.

Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle from Aswan the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Cruise to Aswan Airport.

Flight: Board your 40-minute flight to Cairo.

Arrival: At Cairo, International Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your tour. 

Coptic Museum: Visit the newly refurbished Coptic Museum. This beautifully put together museum was first completed in 1908, using land belonging to the Coptic Church in Egypt. It displays a wonderful collection of sculpture dating from Pre-Christian times up until the 5th Century AD, as well as bone carvings, frescoes, icons, relics, and colorful textiles.
Lunch: Enjoy your lunch at Local restaurant
Afterwards stroll through the bustling Khan El-Khalili bazaar; founded in the 14th century as a watering stop for caravans, now it is reputedly the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Goods from all over the world are for sale in this marketplace that is touted as the largest in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets to explore workshops, stalls, and sellers of many items. Bargaining is a must!
Transfer to your hotel 

Saturday, January 27, 2018 

Transfer: Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo airport by air-conditioned Vehicle. 

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.