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The Return to Egypt

Cairo, Luxor, Aswan

Monday, October 15, 2018
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The November 30 - December 8, 2018 Egypt program will be led by Mary Jean Eisenhower, President of People to People International and granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The itinerary includes a look back in time at the culture of Ancient Egypt while enjoying and learning about every day life for modern Egyptian citizens. The trip will feature opportunities to interact with Egyptians, a chance to learn about the Egyption education system and tours of ancient Egyptian tombs, museums and landmarks. From Cairo to Aswan, you'll be moved by the humanitarian work being done in the nation, the immense sight of the second wonder of the world and awed by the serenity you'll find walking on the banks of the Nile.

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Day 1, November 30 | Cairo

Arrive at Cairo International Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel, Semiramis InterContinental.
Semiramis InterContinental Hotel is located on the banks of the Nile, within walking distance of the Egyptian Museum, offering stunning views across the city and beyond. 
Once settled in enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception held in the evening at one of the hotel’s private ballroom.

Day 2, December 1 | Cairo

 Enjoy breakfast at your hotel of accommodation.
Welcome lecture: A private room where there will be a welcome note.
** Students of one of Cairo's schools would be joining the group in the morning to attend the Welcome lecture and join them during the Pyramids of Giza visit.**  
Lecture:  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.
Lunch: Enjoy your local lunch at local restaurant in 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. (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.

Day 3, December 2 | Cairo

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel of accommodation.
Morning visit to one of the schools in Cairo and meet with representatives of different stages at the school.
Proceed to visit the Right to Live Association, 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 this afternoon with the children.

** Students of the visited school will join you.**

Lunch:  Lunch at the Right to Live Association. 
Afternoon visit to 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.

Proceed to a unique 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.
Return back to your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own. 

Day 4, December 3 | Cairo-Luxor

Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to the Cairo Domestic Airport.
Flight: Board your Domestic Egypt-Air flight to Luxor.
Arrival: At Luxor Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will meet you.
Transfer: Transfer to The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Cruise.

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: Entertainment schedules during your cruise are adjusted according to the needs of each group and the 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 subject to change on a seasonal basis in order 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 and at least one barbecue lunch (while sailing) and breakfast will be served on the deck (weather permitting).
  • Mineral water, tea and American coffee are included on a complimentary basis during meals.

** Please note the strength of the WIFI signal varies depending on geographical location, especially whilst sailing in 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.
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.
Enjoy a gourmet menu on board.

Day 5, December 4 | Denderah-Luxor

Enjoy a breakfast buffet on board while you cruise northwards to Qena, a particularly alluring part of Upper Egypt's landscape.
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.
Lunch: Return to your boat for lunch during sailing back to Luxor.
Afternoon Tea: Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Luxor.
Enjoy a gourmet menu on board followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show.

Day 6, December 5 | Edfu-Kom Ombo

Enjoy a 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: Enjoy lunch on board while you continue cruising to Edfu. 

Afternoon Tea: Enjoy afternoon tea while being served as 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.

Day 7, December 6 | Aswan

Enjoy a 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.

Day 8, December 7 | Aswan-Cairo

Enjoy a breakfast buffet on board and check out at 8:00 AM.
Transfer from Aswan, the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Cruise to Aswan Airport.
Flight: Board your 60-minute flight to Cairo.
Arrival: At Cairo International Airport your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel accommodation.
Closing Dinner: Enjoy a private ballroom at your hotel with a closing dinner and speech by Ms. Mary Jean Eisenhower, President of People to People International.

Day 9, December 8 | Cairo

Transfer: Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo International Airport for departure. Bon Voyage! 

Note: This itinerary is subject to change and does not necessarily include all meetings and events that will be in the final program.


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 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 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Portage at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • 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 visa to Egypt (currently $28.00 USD per person)
  • 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, November 29th from John F. Kennedy International Airport at 6:30pm and arriving to Cairo International Airport on Friday, November 30th at 12:05pm.
    • For your return flight we ask that you please book Egypt Air Flight MS 985 departing Cairo International Airport on Saturday, December 8th at 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 for your Egypt Air connection to/from Cairo. 

If you are unable to travel on Egypt Air please contact Anna Bazan at 816.531.4701 for further information on arrival/departure dates and times to and from Cairo International Airport. 


November 30-December 2, December 7-8
Semiramis Inter-Continental

December 3-December 6
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Ex Luxor 
Single room supplement is available upon request and is an additional $1,130 USD.
Please note: should the delegate plan to arrive before or depart after the program we are able to reserve your room reservation at the Semiramis Inter-Continental. Requests must be made no later than a month before arrival date. For further information please contact Anna Bazan at 816.531.4701.  

Terms and Conditions

Balance due Monday, October 15, 2018.  

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.