Land of the Pharaohs
February 8-17, 2019 • 10 Days • $3870** – 2 SPOTS LEFT!!
**Pricing with New Traveler Discount: $3570
Join us for an unforgettable journey through age-old history, fascinating cultures, and magnificent scenery as we walk the landscapes of Egypt!
**Traveler Rewards Program 2019: New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the Egypt tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.
Jordan & Petra Extension
February 17-21, 2019 • 5 Days • $1970
Extend your visit to Egypt with a stop-over in Jordan, with visits to Petra, Wadi Rum, the Red Sea, and the Dead Sea.
Our Walking Egypt Adventure promises a camel caravan’s load of amazing cultural experiences! We’ll dip into ancient history as we explore the Old Kingdom pyramids of Giza and Saqqara; gaze spellbound at the wonders of Tutankhamun’s tomb safeguarded in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum; and check out the successors to the pyramids in the Valley of the Kings as we set sail up the Nile on our 5-star luxury cruise ship, the MS Farah Nile!
Our optional extension through Jordan reflects a mosaic of varying and beautiful landscapes: the Dead Sea, its shore crystallized from centuries of salt flows that have washed its banks; Petra, with its breathtaking sandstone formations in hues of red, yellow, gray, and orange; Wadi Rum, possessing the stark beauty and striking contrasts of the desert world; Karak, site of a crusader fortress; and Pharaoh’s Island, offering a chance to snorkel amongst the sea life of the Red Sea and explore Saladin’s fortress on shore.
- Airport to hotel group transfers on first and last day
- 2 flights within tour: Cairo – Luxor and Aswan – Cairo
- 4-night cruise on the 5-star MS Farah Nile
- All land travel by motorcoach as outlined
- Superior tourist class or better hotel accommodations
- 25 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 9 dinners as denoted (BLD)
- All listed walks
- Fees for walking credit (if IVV approved)
- Cultural and historical expertise of Egyptologist guide throughout
- WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
- All tipping for local guides and coach drivers
- Pricing based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $600.
- Pyramids of Giza – Cairo
- Pyramid of Saqqara – Memphis area
- Memphis (ancient capital of Egypt)
- Egyptian Museum – Cairo
- Valley of the Kings – Luxor
- Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut – Luxor
- Deir el-Medina (Village of the Workers) – Luxor
- Karnak Temple – Luxor
- Luxor Temple – Luxor
- Temple of Horus – Edfu
- Temples of Kom Ombo – Kom Ombo
- Boat cruise – Aswan to Nubian Village
- Saladin Citadel of Cairo – Cairo
- Khan el-Khalili Bazaar – Cairo
- More fun and educational stops than we can list!
- Dahshour Bent and Red Pyramids – Cairo (Day 1)
- Hot air balloon over the Nile – Luxor (Day 5)
- Temples of Abu Simbel – Abu Simbel (Day 8)
- Airport to hotel group transfers on first and last day
- Flight from Cairo, Egypt to Amman, Jordan
- All land travel by motorcoach as outlined
- Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations
- 11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners as denoted (BLD)
- All listed walks
- Fees for walking credit (if IVV approved)
- Cultural and historical expertise of national guide throughout
- WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
- All tipping for local guides and coach drivers
- Pricing based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $200.
- Karak Crusader Castle – Karak
- Petra Archeological Park – Petra
- 4×4 jeep transport with guide – Wadi Rum
- Jordan River – site of Jesus’ Baptism
- Dead Sea – including time for a dip!
- Camel ride – Wadi Rum (Day 3)
- Pharaoh’s Island in the Red Sea with lunch & snorkeling – Aqaba (Day 4)
“After each of the WAI trips, I return with a greater appreciation for the similarities of people all over the world. Although other ‘canned’ trips may be less expensive than yours, I value the unique adventures and personal touch you bring to each of your adventures. I’ll keep on walking with you!”
-Chalonnes H; Beaumont, TX
“Every time we have traveled with WAI we have been treated like friends and not just a customer.”
-Linda H; Pasadena, MD
“Individual attention given to all – Makes you feel special – FUN! FUN! Trip was beyond expectation! It seems like this was better than the last – now on to the next.”
-Jean B; Arvada, CO
“I was very pleased to find out how well the walks blended with the traditional aspects of sightseeing travel. In fact the walks added a dimension well beyond typical travel that was a big plus!..My concept of a ‘tour group’ has been significantly changed and all for the better! The relatively small group, the personal attention, and the wonderful blend of information, exercise and traditional sightseeing made this trip a wonderful experience.”
-Ron B; Salem, OR
“Was concerned about traveling with a group and not having the freedom to do what we wanted. Found that [our] guide would work with individuals so everyone could enjoy the trip [in] the best way to get satisfaction for most if not everyone on [the] trip.”
-Charles L & Betty G; Maryville, TN
“Walking Adventures presents outstanding tours. You can feel that you are touring, learning, and enjoying in a manner that other tour groups can only dream of offering their clients. This trip was absolutely wonderful.”
-Mike & Esther C; Sewell, NJ
“This is our 5th trip with WAI. We love the small-scale sense of family and your efforts to make every trip a memorable experience.”
-Bob & Sue C; Tigard, OR
Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
Roger & Jana Dorway are quickly becoming traveler favorites! Roger’s business background connecting buyers and sellers, and Jana’s career as a teacher provide this couple with a gift for connecting with people. They have always appreciated the experiential, paradigm-expanding value of travel, and have been privileged to explore destinations on 5 continents. Since retirement, they’ve increased their commitment to discovering the world, fostering a growing desire to share cultural and historical insights as part of the WAI guide team. They look forward to sharing the wonders of Egypt & Jordan with you!
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Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs
Day 1-Feb 8: Arrive Cairo (D)
Travelers arrive into Cairo today and enjoy their first exposure to this, the second largest city in Africa, during a fascinating drive from the airport to our hotel in the heart of the city on the east bank of the Nile. Travelers arrive throughout the day and our first group activity is this evening’s Welcome Orientation followed by dinner at the hotel.
Or consider joining us for an optional half-day excursion on February 8 if you’d like to maximize your time in Cairo and see a place that you might not otherwise experience on the main tour. You should be back to our hotel in plenty of time for the Welcome Orientation and Dinner in the evening:
Half-Day in Dahshour ~ This excursion includes an Egyptologist guide, transfers in a private air- conditioned vehicle, and entrance ticket to Dahshour, site of the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid, two structures that pre-date the Great Pyramids of Giza. Estimated price per person: $99 USD
Day 2-Feb 9: Activities from Cairo (BLD)
Pyramids of Giza Walk – 6 km, rated 2B
We start today’s walk at the Great Pyramid of Cheops, where we struggle to take in the enormity of this engineering feat. Our walk route provides multiple vantage points of these monuments to human achievement. After going nose to missing nose with the legendary Sphinx, we enjoy lunch and continue by bus to Saqqara to examine the earliest pyramids. Strolling through Memphis, we finish the day exploring the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
Day 3-Feb 10: Cairo – Luxor (BLD)
The star attraction of our spellbinding visit to the Egyptian Museum is the exhibit of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The splendors of his tomb, especially multiple layers of golden, jewel-encrusted sarcophagi, give testimony to the splendors of the age of the pharaohs. Following lunch, an afternoon flight takes us south to Luxor to start our Nile River experience.
Day 4-Feb 11: Activities from Luxor (BLD)
Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut to Deir el-Medina – 2 km, rated 1B
Temples of Luxor Walk – 4 km, rated 1B
An early morning wake-up call gives us a chance to beat the crowds at the Valley of the Kings. Our visit evokes a twinge of sympathy for New Kingdom pharaohs, who could neither take their treasures with them nor keep them a secret. On the other side of the hill, the dramatic and conspicuous Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut makes no such attempt at illusive discretion. After exploring the temple, our Egyptologist guide leads us across the sands passing the tomb of Montuemhat, El-Assasif tombs, and several others en route to Deir el-Medina, the Village of the Workers. Here we explore excavations of a town built over 3000 years ago for workers responsible for sculpting the tombs of the pharaohs. We pass the Colossi of Memnon by bus en route to our ship, where we’ll check in and enjoy lunch and a rest. Our afternoon stroll takes us along the Nile promenade between the spectacular Karnak and Luxor Temples.
Day 5-Feb 12: Cruising the Nile: Luxor to Esna (BLD)
A late morning departure provides opportunity for an optional hot air balloon ride, offering a surreal experience floating over timeless landscapes of the Nile Valley (Estimated price: $195 per person).
We lunch aboard the ship as we cruise upstream along the legendary Nile River on the MS Farah Nile, a wonderful 5-star luxury vessel. A relaxing afternoon passes as we enjoy timeless scenes of traditional white-sailed feluccas, observe agricultural pursuits along the Nile’s banks, and share the company of fellow passengers lounging on the Sundeck.
Day 6-Feb 13: Cruising the Nile: Edfu and Kom Ombo (BLD)
Today’s first port of call in Edfu offers the superbly preserved Temple of Horus. Further upstream, the Temples of Kom Ombo were dedicated to two deities: the crocodile-headed “Sobek” and “Haroeris,” a double-headed sparrow/hawk. Gaining understanding of the myriad manifestations of the Egyptian pantheon and the cryptic symbols of hieroglyphics requires a good teacher – an Egyptologist who will be with us throughout our Egyptian Adventure.
Day 7-Feb 14: Cruising the Nile: Aswan (BLD)
Aswan Nubian Village Walk – 7 km, rated 2B
Today’s multi-part walk is punctuated with several colorful and diverse stops. We start at the Unfinished Obelisk, a granite quarry with a partially carved obelisk still struggling to be finished after several thousand years. We walk from here to the Nile where we board a boat to sail across to Elephantine Island. Our exploration of Elephantine Island takes us to an ancient Nilometer, an ingenious device used to measure annual flooding and predict harvest yields, and resulting tax revenues. Our small boat cruise continues upstream through stunningly pristine stretches of the Nile to a Nubian village. Here, we learn about this African race who have settled in this southern region of Egypt. If school is in session when we arrive, we ask to visit a classroom, then enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Returning to Aswan this afternoon, you are invited to finish the walk with a stroll along the Nile promenade Corniche and into the large and colorful souq (market) near our ship.
Day 8-Feb 15: Aswan – Cairo (BD)
This is a free morning in Aswan to relax and explore the Nubian Museum or peruse the souq at leisure.
Consider joining us, however, for an optional excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel. More than 32 centuries ago, Ramses II built two temples into the rock face of a promontory in Nubia, the larger dedicated to the sun god Harakhti, and the lesser dedicated to the goddess Hathor. A visit to these temples, considered by many to be the apex of Egyptian temple architecture, involves a roundtrip flight to Abu Simbel, departing early in the morning, and includes admission to the temples, lunch, guide service by our Egyptologist, and all transportation. (Estimated price: $299 per person)
Back in Aswan, we return by plane to Cairo, anticipating our last day in Egypt tomorrow, and check into our hotel in time for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9-Feb 16: Activities in Cairo (BLD)
The Saladin Citadel of Cairo Walk – 3 km, rated 1B
Al-Azhar Park Walk – 2 km, rated 1B
Islamic Cairo & Khalili Bazaar – 3 km, rated 1B
Today’s multi-part walk fills in pieces of the cultural puzzle helpful in understanding modern Egypt, a predominantly Muslim nation since the 10th century. The first segment of our walk surveys the Saladin Citadel of Cairo, where we explore the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha. We then observe Cairo citizens at leisure as we wander through the lovely gardens that overlook Cairo in Al-Azhar Park, also the venue for today’s lunch. In the afternoon, we thread our way through the Islamic Quarter to reach the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, with time to browse and enjoy the maze of colorful shops. After a day exploring Egypt’s more recent past, we gather this evening for our Farewell Dinner and reminisce about our Adventure together in this ancient land of pyramids and pharaohs!
Day 10-Feb 17: Depart Cairo for Home or Jordan Extension (B)
Travelers returning home today will be transferred to the airport for their flight from ancient Africa to 21st century North America. Those continuing for the Optional Jordan & Petra Extension will fly to Amman (flight included) to continue our Adventures in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Jordan & Petra Extension
Day 1-Feb 17: Cairo – Petra, Jordan (LD)
A mid-morning flight from Cairo takes us to Amman, Jordan. Our first stop is in Karak to enjoy lunch, then we wander through the evocative crusader fortress in this ancient city. From Karak, we continue to Petra in preparation for our walk tomorrow through this epic combination of natural and manmade wonders.
Day 2-Feb 18: Activities in Petra (BD)
Rose Red City of Petra – 10 km, rated 2B
A full day is allotted to roaming the Rose Red City of Petra, one of our top 10 walking destinations! This breathtaking collection of sandstone formations with hues of red, yellow, gray, and orange was carved into magnificent facades by Nabatean tribes 2000 years ago to serve as tombs for their nobles. Our standard route threads through the narrow, winding canyon to the signature sculpting – the Treasury – then continues past a host of other tombs. Longer, more challenging, and even more memorable routes are available and will be offered by WAI guides. Our hotel is located very near the entrance to Petra, so return at leisure and rendezvous again this evening for dinner at our hotel to share tales of our day in the Rose Red City.
Day 3-Feb 19: Petra – Aqaba (BLD)
Wadi Rum Lawrence of Arabia Walk – 10 km, rated 2C
Leaving Petra, we enter the stark beauty of a desert world where in the early 19th century Lawrence of Arabia rallied the Arabs against the fading, but still formidable, power of the Ottoman Turkish Empire.
Our 21st century expedition begins with an optional camel ride in a land where camels are highly prized and camel racing is serious sport (Estimated price: $35).
The main event of the day is a combination of walking and 4×4 jeep rides through stunning vistas of Wadi Rum with local Bedouin guides. Breathtaking panoramas of multi-colored monoliths against grain-colored waves of sand and bright blue desert sky are no less impressive than the timeless scenes of Petra! Viewers of the recent Hollywood hit “The Martian” will recognize Wadi Rum as the terrain in which Matt Damon staged his heroic battle of survival, albeit with a less reddish tint. A memorable Bedouin feast in a desert camp precedes our return to modern “civilization” in Aqaba.
Day 4-Feb 20: Activities in Aqaba (BD)
After many busy days, enjoy some time off to stroll and window shop the charming markets of Aqaba.
Or join us for an optional all-day excursion in the Red Sea to Pharaoh’s Island to see yet another face of this surprisingly diverse corner of the Middle East. Home to a well-preserved crusader castle captured by the able Arab general Saladin, Pharaoh’s Island also offers a chance to snorkel amongst the Red Sea’s famed underwater coral and sea life. Included in this excursion is the all-day cruise, lunch, a guided walking tour of the rebuilt fortress on Pharaoh’s Island, and snorkeling gear (Price TBA).
Back in Aqaba this evening, we celebrate our day on the sea with a group dinner.
Day 5-Feb 21: Aqaba – Amman – Depart for Home (BD)
The Adventure comes to a close today as we make our way north towards Amman along the Dead Sea. Because flights generally depart for North America in the middle of the night, we’ll have a leisurely departure from the hotel and enjoy stops along the way. Just north of the Dead Sea, we’ll visit the Jordan River to see the site of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Late in the afternoon, we visit a resort on the shores of the Dead Sea to soak in its fabled, unsinkable waters, then share a final dinner together before departing for the airport. We part ways at Amman International Airport with fond memories of this surprisingly diverse corner straddling Africa and Asia – memories of amazing places we’ve heard about all our lives, a new awareness of these mysterious and sometimes difficult to understand cultures, and recollections of the joy of sharing the experience with walking friends.
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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?
To save yourself a spot on this Adventure, contact us to register with a $500 deposit as soon as possible! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted.
Traveler Rewards Program 2019 – NEW!
New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the Egypt tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected].
Note: The New Traveler and Alumni Traveler Discounts apply only to the main tour price. The Jordan Extension is not eligible for these discounts.
General Tour Conditions and Registration Form
How is airfare arranged?
The official start and end point for travelers joining us for the Egypt tour only is in Cairo, Egypt. Travelers joining us for both Egypt and the Jordan Extension start in Cairo, Egypt and finish in Amman, Jordan. Group transfers to and from the airports are included. The Egypt tour includes two internal flights. Travelers continuing on with us for the Jordan Extension have a third flight included from Cairo, Egypt to Amman, Jordan.
More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer that will be mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!
During our Egypt and Jordan Adventure, five optional activities will be offered. We ask that you sign up for these optionals no later than November 1, 2018.
1) Day 1 (February 8): Dahshour Bent and Red Pyramids ~ Estimated price: $99
This fascinating excursion explores the important contributions of the pharaoh Sneferu and includes an Egyptologist guide, transfers in a private, air-conditioned vehicle, and entrance tickets to Dahshour, site of the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid, two structures that pre-date the Great Pyramids of Giza.
2) Day 5 (February 12): Hot Air Balloon over the Nile ~ Estimated price: $195
A late morning departure from Luxor provides opportunity for an optional hot air balloon ride, offering a surreal experience floating over timeless landscapes of the Nile Valley.
3) Day 8 (February 15): Temples of Abu Simbel ~ Estimated price: $299
Consider joining us for an excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel. More than 32 centuries ago, Ramses II built two temples into the rock face of a promontory in Nubia, the larger dedicated to the sun god Harakhti, and the lesser dedicated to the goddess Hathor. A visit to these temples, considered by many to be the apex of Egyptian temple architecture, involves a roundtrip flight to Abu Simbel, departing early in the morning, and includes admission to the temples, lunch, guide service by our Egyptologist, and all transportation.
4) Jordan Extension – Day 3 (February 19): Camel Ride in Wadi Rum ~ Estimated price: $35
Amidst the stark beauty of a desert world where Lawrence of Arabia rallied the Arabs against the fading, but still formidable, power of the Ottoman Turkish Empire, our morning expedition begins with an optional camel ride in a land where camels are highly prized and camel racing is serious sport.
5) Jordan Extension – Day 4 (February 20): Pharaoh’s Island Snorkeling
Estimated price: Tiered pricing based upon participation
Consider joining us for an all-day excursion in the Red Sea to Pharaoh’s Island to see yet another face of this surprisingly diverse Middle East. Home to a well-preserved crusader castle captured by the able Arab general Saladin, Pharaoh’s Island also offers a chance to snorkel amongst the Red Sea’s famed underwater coral and sea life. Included in this excursion is the all-day cruise, lunch, a guided walking tour of the rebuilt fortress on Pharaoh’s Island, and snorkeling gear.
Other Planning Considerations
More information to help you plan will be included in the much longer Tips & Tidbits factsheet that is mailed out about four months before the trip. Following are a few issues we want to let you know about before you make the decision to join this Adventure.
Visas are required for entry to both Egypt and Jordan.
- EGYPT: When you enter Egypt, you will be required to purchase a “single entry” tourist visa at the Cairo airport. The cost of this visa is $25 USD, and you should be prepared to pay for this visa with cash when you land in Cairo.
- JORDAN: While a visa is required to enter Jordan, you will not have to pay anything to receive the visa. Walking Adventures will be applying for your visa ahead of time, and a collective visa will be granted to our entire group.
We are not aware of any immunizations required for entry to Egypt or Jordan. However, we are not qualified to give medical advice and we suggest that you consult a medical professional for advice on immunizations recommended for travel in these countries.
In general, travel health clinics are more reliable sources of information in this matter than general practitioners or the Center for Disease Control. You can locate travel health clinics located in your area online.
Remember to take your Adventure brochure with you so you can show the medical staff where we are traveling.
Immunizations normally recommended for travel in developing countries include the following:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)
- Tetanus & Diphtheria
What about the walks?
We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. The success of the walks is therefore predicated upon walkers having this minimum level of fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.
We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:
1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.
A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.
WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure. Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc., a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare (email [email protected] -OR- call 888-276-0925 / 503-231-9507). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the squaremouth.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.
Other options include:
- Travel Guard
- Travel Insured International
NOTE: We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.
Note on Travel Insurance for Egypt
The safety of our travelers is of highest concern to us. WAI maintains contact with our local sources and watches any impending situations carefully to see if they will affect our tours or tour routing. However, those who have concerns about travel to this area of the world may wish to consider upgrading their travel insurance. Most travel insurance policies exclude many types of civil unrest or terrorism. But for a higher premium, you may be able to purchase insurance that allows you to cancel “for any reason.” If this is of interest, check with the agent from whom you purchase your policy.
What happens next?
Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter and initial invoice. The Adventure Advice packet will be sent soon after, with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing about 3 weeks prior to that point, along with a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.
Enjoy perusing the Adventure brochure—we are excited to offer this updated and revised sojourn to the wonders of Egypt & Jordan via the perspective of a walking tour!