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An Egyptian Journey

Sept. 23-Oct. 5, 2008
Faculty: Dr. William Quandt, Edward R Stettinius, Jr Prof Of Govt & Foreign Affairs, Dept. of Politics
 
Price: $5,895 per person, double occupancy, Includes International air from Washington Dulles
There is no land only price for this program
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Overview

What traveler hasn't dreamed of standing at the foot of the mighty pyramids of Giza, exploring a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, or sailing down the mysterious Nile? Egypt's captivating heritage begins with the legacy of the pharaohs and includes its rich Greco-Roman, Coptic Christian, and Islamic periods. Recall the adventure of “discovering” Egypt in the fashion of the intrepid 19th-century traveler while enjoying all of today's modern comforts. Our itinerary is designed to enrich our understanding of Egyptian cultures, both past and present.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

Méridien Pyramids (Cairo): The stunning Le Méridien Pyramids resort offers unparalleled views of the majestic, ancient splendor of the Giza Pyramids. Located only 20 minutes from Cairo's city center, the hotel has several restaurants and cafes and swimming pool and spa amenities.

Helnan Palestine (Alexandria): Located on the beautiful beach of Montaza, once the site of King Farouk's summer palace, the luxuriously furnished Helnan Palestine features magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Conrad Hotel (Cairo): The Conrad Hotel offers panoramic views of the Nile River as well as elegant guestrooms, several restaurants, an outdoor heated pool, and a health club.

Sonesta St. George Hotel (Luxor): In a city filled with the ancient treasures of the pharaohs, enjoy luxury in a contemporary style. The hotel is located only minutes from world-renowned historic sites and offers a health club, restaurants, outdoor heated pool, and fitness center.

M/S Tulip : Float down the Nile on this beautiful cruiser, with luxurious lounge and bar, sundeck and swimming pool, health club, and 72 passenger cabins, each with panoramic window and private bath.

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Meals

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Faculty

Professor William Quandt

William Quandt is the Edward R. Stettinius Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, was formerly a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo. Professor Quandt served on the staff of the National Security Council and was deeply involved in the Camp David negotiations, which led to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Mr. Quandt does research on American Foreign Policy in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict. His major book in this field is Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1967, third edition (Brookings 2005). Another area of his research has been political development in Middle Eastern countries, especially Algeria, a topic of two of his books, most recently, Between Ballots and Bullets: Algeria's Transition from Authoritarianism (Brookings 1998).

He also serves on the and visits Egypt at least once each year.  His wife, Helena Cobban, is also a specialist on the Middle East.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - New York and New Cairo

Depart New York for New Cairo on a group flight.

Day 2 - Cairo

Upon arrival, transfer to the Méridien Pyramids Resort. We'll gather this evening for an introductory lecture followed by a welcome reception and dinner.
Méridien Pyramids (R, D)

Day 3 - Cairo

Witness the splendors of Giza today. We'll view the great pyramids and the ever-mysterious Sphinx. At the Solar Boat Museum, we'll see the phenomenal wooden vessel found buried at the base of the Great Pyramid, which is thought to have ferried Cheops here from Memphis 4,500 years ago. Savor an evening of fine food, folk music, and dance.
Méridien Pyramids (B, D)

Day 4 - Alexandria

We travel north through the desert to the bustling city of Alexandria. Built by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., Alexandria soon became the second most important city of the Roman Empire. Traces of the city's glorious past remain, from Pompey's Pillar to the Roman amphitheater and vestiges of the Serapeum temple. Alexandria is also a city turned toward the future, as seen during our tour of the impressive modern library, including the History of Science collection.
Helnan Palestine Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Memphis and Sakkara

We travel to the ancient capital city of Memphis and visit the quiet ruins that mark this former metropolis, including the Temple of Hathor and the colossal statue of Ramses II. More than 80 pyramids and hundreds of decorated tombs are scattered across the nearby necropolis of Sakkara, but the most significant of its treasures is the step pyramid designed by Imhotep, reportedly the oldest stone building in the world. This evening, we gather with Dr. Zahi Hawass as he shares his passion for Egypt's history and the preservation of its treasures. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Islamic and Pharaonic Cairo

After checking out of our hotel, we visit the vast Egyptian Antiquities Museum, a renowned repository of treasured artifacts from all over Egypt. After lunch near the airport, we board our flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, we'll check into the Sonesta St. George and then explore the remarkable Luxor Museum, which houses an extraordinary collection of Egyptian antiquities.
Sonesta St. George Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Luxor

The pharoahs of the 18th dynasty concealed their burial sites in elaborate catacombs near Thebes. We'll spend the morning among the painted tombs of the Valley of the Kings, including the three-tiered temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female ruler. We then veer off the beaten track to the Valley of Nobles, where lively depictions of everyday life provide an interesting contrast to the formal scenes found in the tombs of the pharaohs. We'll also stop by the Colossi of Memnon. After a late lunch aboard the M/S Tulip, we'll settle into our cabins, our homes for the next four nights.
M/S Tulip (B, L, D)

Day 8 - West Bank

We rise early to catch a glimpse of the sun rising on the magnificent temples of Karnak and Luxor, their massive carved colonnades once painted in garish colors, their halls filled with worshippers at festival time. At the conclusion of our visit, we board the M/S Tulip once again and glimpse village life on the Nile as we float south toward Esna.
M/S Tulip (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Edfu and Kom Ombo

Upon arrival in Edfu we'll take a horse carriage to the Temple of Horus, where intricate carvings cover the walls and portray the legend of Horus, god of the sky, and his wife, Hathor. We then cruise to Kom Ombo to visit the twin sanctuary of Sobek and Haroeris, located high on a dune overlooking the river.
M/S Tulip (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Aswan

We travel to Aswan, where spices, leather, ivory, and crocodiles were traded with the ancient African kingdoms of Kush (Nubia) and Axum. We'll visit a Nubian village and meet local families who will invite us for a camel ride. In the afternoon, we board a felucca, a traditional sailboat, and circle Elephantine Island. We conclude the day at the Philae Temple of Isis, transported to its present location when the Aswan dam was built.
M/S Tulip (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Abu Simbel and Cairo

We disembark the M/S Tulip and stop at a site overlooking the Aswan High Dam. Then we will fly to Abu Simbel to visit the colossal temples of Ramses II and his queen, Nefertari. Carved out of a mountainside and carried uphill to save them from flooding by the Aswan Dam, the temples are also a marvel of modern engineering. We return to Cairo by plane and dine aboard a luxury floating restaurant on the Nile.
Conrad Hotel
(B, L, D)

Day 12 - Cairo

Today we gain insight into Cairo's past and present on a tour of the city's Coptic Christian and Jewish sites, including the “hanging church,” possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt, dating to around the 4th century, and the Ibn Ezra synagogue. We'll continue to the Citadel of Saladin, a prominent landmark on Cairo's eastern skyline. From its hilltop location, the view of the city extends past the minarets of downtown Cairo all the way to the Pyramids. We'll see the Citadel and the Ottoman-style alabaster mosque built for 19th-century ruler Mohammed Ali Pasha, founder of the country's last dynasty of khedives and kings. Then we'll have the opportunity to participate in an engaging panel discussion about Egypt today with Egyptian women at our hotel. We celebrate our Egyptian voyage at a festive farewell reception and dinner.
Conrad Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Cairo and U.S.

Depart Cairo for return flights to the U.S.

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Program Fees

$5,895 per person, double occupancy, with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $950 per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:

Price does not include:
Taxes on Round-trip international airfare and departure taxes
; passport and visa fees; personal items such as room service, laundry, a la carte orders, meals other than specified; expenses incurred by our tour operators in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour; other items not specifically mentioned as included.

There is no land-only pricing available for this program because the ship accomodations are linked to the air package. The tour operator can book connecting flights to New York JFK from your home city if available.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us toll free at 866-765-2646. Or e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 3 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Checks are accepted and need to be made payable to Academic Travel Abroad, Inc.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

TRIP INSURANCE

Your tour operator will include information on obtaining trip insurance in your confirmation letter. Please note that there is a time frame for securing trip insurance. The University of Virginia will cancel its endorsement of and faculty and staff participation in any program destination for which a Travel Warning is issued by the U.S. Department of State. Vendor Terms of Agreement will specify under what circumstances the vendor will cancel a program and/or under what circumstances participants might receive some reimbursement if they cancel their travel with the vendor themselves. U.Va. strongly recommends that all participants purchase trip cancellation insurance which includes protection in the face of political unrest, natural disasters, and personal emergencies and participants should discuss this insurance directly with the vendor or other travel services with whom they deal. You will find more useful travel information by going to the Travel Resources link on this website.

SINGLE/SHARED ROOMS
A limited number of single rooms are available at extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis, but availability cannot be guaranteed. Academic Travel Abroad will assist persons requesting a roommate. However, neither a single room nor a share can be guaranteed. Participants will be notified if we are unsuccessful in finding a suitable roommate. In this case, the single supplement will be charged.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
$500 deposit due upon application. Balance due upon receipt of invoice, 90 days before departure. Credit cards may be used for reservation deposits and airfare. If final payment is not received by 60 days prior to departure, your space is subject to cancellation.

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to either Academic Travel Abroad or Cavalier Travels. After confirmation on the tour, a nonrefundable processing fee of $200 per person will be charged upon written cancellation. Written cancellation between 90 and 61 days of departure: full refund, minus your deposit (including nonrefundable processing fee). Written cancellation between 60 and 31 days prior to departure: 50% refund of the tour price. Written cancellation within 30 days prior to departure: no refund. Reservations are not transferable without the explicit approval of Cavalier Travels and Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. Airfare is fully refundable up to time of ticket issuance, generally three to four weeks before departure. Thereafter tickets are nonrefundable and no changes are allowed except in case of death or hospitalization of passenger or a member of the passenger's immediate family.

Cancellation on day of departure or after tour departs: no refund. No refund for unused portions of tour including, but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights, and sightseeing. Cancellation of program by Cavalier Travels and Academic Travel Abroad: full refund. Cancellation of the program after departure by Cavalier Travels or Academic Travel Abroad: full refund of all land fees, less the cost of service up to the time of the group's return. NOTE: Neither Cavalier Travels nor Academic Travel Abroad accepts liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable domestic ticket to the tour departure city and return. We strongly urge applicants to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. 

A NOTE ABOUT THE ITINERARY
While every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned, the itinerary as described is subject to modification and change by Cavalier Travels and Academic Travel Abroad, Inc.

INSURANCE
We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. We will send you a brochure from Travel Insurance Services, or you may obtain coverage through a company of your choice. $150,000 of flight insurance is automatically provided with each ticket written by Academic Travel Abroad, Inc.

HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS
To enjoy your travels to the fullest you should be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diets, or treatment must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. We reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a tour member should such a person's health, mental condition, physical infirmity, or attitude jeopardize the operation of the tour or the enjoyment of other participants.

RESPONSIBILITY
Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. and Cavalier Travels act only as agents for the passenger with respect to all transportation, hotels, and all matters of reservations and tour operation. We and our agents accept no responsibility for loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or irregularity, expense or liability caused by the defect of any vehicle or negligence or default of any independent contractors, their employees, agents, or representatives. Nor do we accept responsibility for losses or delays arising from sickness, pilferage, acts of terrorism, weather conditions or acts of God. All such losses or expenses shall be borne by the tour participant. We reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. We likewise reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any tour participant at any time without being under any obligation to assign any reason therefor. In the event of the exercise of this right, we shall be under no liability to such person(s) except to refund such amount as our absolute discretion deems reasonable to attribute to the uncompleted portion of the tour. Baggage is carried at the owner's risk entirely. It is understood that air, ship or train tickets when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and carrier concerned. The airlines and all other transportation companies involved in this tour are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time the passengers are not on board their plane or conveyances. All services are subject to the laws of the country in which they are rendered. The tour participant agrees on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to abide by the above conditions and to release and hold harmless, Academic Travel Abroad, Inc., and any of their representatives from any and all liability for any delays, damage, loss, injury or death occurring in relation to this tour.

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