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Essential Earth Explorations is partnering with Learning Journeys to present The Essence of Egypt. An immersive journey into the world of ancient pharaohs and queens. This experience offers the ideal combination to explore Egypt’s ancient historic sites, pyramids, and massive statuary, along with truly unique immersive experiences into the lives and cultural traditions of today’s Egyptian people.

Marty Harger, founder of Essential Earth Explorations, along with a professional Egyptologist will personally escort this trip. Explore classic temples and ancient sites such as the Great Sphinx and Pyramids. Travel the Nile River by cruise ship to reach key sites and learn more about this civilization’s profound impact on the world and the role the Nile played in its creation. Interact with Egyptian people during a visit to a family home, during a night exploring the local food scene, and as you try your hand at creating custom Egyptian hand crafts.

Essential Earth Explorations journeys include appreciation of the world’s aromatic essential oils – nature’s liquid plant essences with significant therapeutic, healing value. In Egypt, we will enjoy a full day of aromatic bliss and deeper understanding for the uses of aromatic, healing plants and their liquid essences. We’ve arranged a special visit to Egypt’s largest family farm and producer of essential oils for therapeutic uses and perfumery.

Marty and Learning Journeys have carefully curated this small-group immersion to provide a deeper understanding of the grandeur and significance of Egypt – past and present. You will love the variety in this trip’s immersive experiences and the opportunity to soak in the stories of both the ancient and modern life in this part of the world.


Essence of Egypt


April 21, 2023 days and April 29, 2023 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Welcome to Egypt

A warm welcome to Egypt! The rich cultural and artistic heritage of Egypt will become apparent upon your arrival in Cairo. Once you have arrived and have cleared immigration, collected your luggage, and passed through customs, you will be warmly greeted by our Essential Earth Explorations host.

DAY 2: Pyramids

After breakfast in the hotel, you will meet your Egyptologist for a morning excursion that visits the magnificent Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza to view one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Lunch and afternoon on your own.

DAY 3: Egyptologist- Hashem Brothers Essential Oil Farm visit

This morning we will learn about the art of essential oil production with a visit to the Hashem Brothers farm and factory. The company is a family partnership specializing in the field of agribusiness. Hashem Brothers is considered the owner of Egypt’s largest jasmine, geranium and bitter orange plantations, and most of the world’s neroli essential oil output. Additionally, their plantations include significant operations for growing and producing rose and basil essential oils.

DAY 4: Luxor and Start of Nile cruise

This morning you will check out of your hotel to continue your journey onto Luxor – the capitol city of ancient Egypt. Following a 60-minute flight, a buffet breakfast will be served at a deluxe hotel to relax and enjoy before venturing out to see the Karnak Temple, the largest religious building ever constructed in Egypt.

DAY 5: Valley of the Kings

After a hearty, early-morning buffet breakfast, experience the Nile by motorboat as you cross to the West Bank. At 7 a.m., begin a morning of site-seeing to the stunning tombs at the Valley of the Kings, followed by a visit to take in the unique architecture of the Queen Hatshepsut temple, and finally a photo stop by the giant Colossi of Memnon, known for its massive stone statues.

DAY 6: Temple of Gebel el Silsila

After a delicious morning breakfast, gather to visit the Edfu temple which honors the falcon god, Horus.

DAY 7: Temple of Philae- Nubian Village Necklace Making and Scarf Weaving

After morning breakfast, you will depart to visit the lovely and elegant temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis. Later, enjoy your lunch on board the ship as you continue your journey to your next stop and immersive experience.

DAY 8: Cairo

After a morning buffet breakfast, it is time to check out. Take a morning return flight from Aswan to Cairo, approximately 1.5 hours in length.

DAY 9: See You Again – Return to USA

After your hotel breakfast, head to the Cairo airport for your flight back to the USA.
Meals-B


Why Learning Journeys?

At Learning Journeys we believe in a new kind of vacation. Our unique journeys help you explore and develop your skills and interest, travel the world, give back to the community and ultimately re-connect with yourself.


The destinations are chosen specifically to make practicing that skill more accessible, and more fun. Typical skills offered are health and wellness, cooking, photography, art, birding and wildlife, language study, architecture, music, dance and more. Programs range from beginner to professional certification. You will even have the opportunity to attend off the beaten path festivals in your specific area of interest which will take your learning immersion to new heights!

Brand Pillars

Transformation

The quest for knowledge as we open our hearts and minds to new experiences can transform us. As we see the world through the eyes of others, the communities we visit and touch are also transformed. This cycle of positive change is at the heart of every Learning Journeys experience.

Education

Learning Journeys is designed to nurture that ember of curiosity inside you into a flame of life-long discovery. Continued learning ensures continued growth, whether pursuing any number of interests that intrigue you or a passion you have honed over the years.

Exploration

Truly, the world is your classroom. Exploring the rich and varied cultures of the destinations you visit multiplies the value of your educational pursuits, and the exploration of yourself. The journey itself – to a new place and new you – is what truly matters.

Self-reflection

Through reflection, we bring learning to life. Pausing from the chaos of our daily lives allows us to sort through experiences to create meaning, from which we learn more deeply about ourselves. Understanding what truly moves us leads to rich and profound actions that shape our lives.

Community service and sustainability is at the core of the Learning Journeys mission. In addition to hands-on interactive classes, we work in the local communities, helping to improve lives and our planet. Destinations are chosen for their exceptional beauty, abundant wildlife, accessibility to expert practitioners, and generally fun places to visit! The destinations are near and far-North America, Latin and South America, Europe, India, Asia, Australia and more.

Finally, just as you remember specific meals from a trip taken many years ago, your ability to recall information is enhanced when combined with a unique setting. “Learning Journeys” are an excellent value for money and an investment.


Departure

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<p> Essential Earth Explorations is partnering with Learning Journeys to present The Essence of Egypt. An immersive journey into the world of ancient pharaohs and queens. This experience offers the ideal combination to explore Egypt’s ancient historic sites, pyramids, and massive statuary, along with truly unique immersive experiences into the lives and cultural traditions of today’s Egyptian people.</p>
<p> Marty Harger, founder of Essential Earth Explorations, along with a professional Egyptologist will personally escort this trip. Explore classic temples and ancient sites such as the Great Sphinx and Pyramids. Travel the Nile River by cruise ship to reach key sites and learn more about this civilization’s profound impact on the world and the role the Nile played in its creation. Interact with Egyptian people during a visit to a family home, during a night exploring the local food scene, and as you try your hand at creating custom Egyptian hand crafts.</p>
<p> Essential Earth Explorations journeys include appreciation of the world’s aromatic essential oils – nature’s liquid plant essences with significant therapeutic, healing value. In Egypt, we will enjoy a full day of aromatic bliss and deeper understanding for the uses of aromatic, healing plants and their liquid essences. We’ve arranged a special visit to Egypt’s largest family farm and producer of essential oils for therapeutic uses and perfumery. </p>
<p> Marty and Learning Journeys have carefully curated this small-group immersion to provide a deeper understanding of the grandeur and significance of Egypt – past and present. You will love the variety in this trip’s immersive experiences and the opportunity to soak in the stories of both the ancient and modern life in this part of the world. </p>
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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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<p> You will experience Egypt by both land and river cruise. During your time in Egypt, you will not only learn the extensive history of the pyramids by seeing them, gain knowledge of historical artifacts by visiting the Egyptian Museum, but you will also gain understanding of the real customs of Egyptian life. </p>
<p>•Visit to the Hashem Brothers farm for an essential oil immersion. </p>
<p>•Cairo by Night Food Tasting Tour. </p>
<p>•Visit a Nubian house, and learn about Nubian women's trade skills in the creation of beautiful necklaces and hand-woven scarves. </p>
<p>•Brunch with an Upper Egypt household wife to learn about authentic Egypt from a local family. </p>

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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<p> Participation in the program give back women and their families in the local communities you will be visiting.</p>
<p> Essential Earth Explorations and Learning Journeys are committed to protecting and empowering women through responsible tourism throughout the world.</p>

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Program

DAY 1: Welcome to Egypt

A warm welcome to Egypt! The rich cultural and artistic heritage of Egypt will become apparent upon your arrival in Cairo. Once you have arrived and have cleared immigration, collected your luggage, and passed through customs, you will be warmly greeted by our Essential Earth Explorations host.


DAY 2: Pyramids

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE- Cairo by night food experience. This evening, join your guide for a night-time food experience in the heart of Cairo. Start from the famous Tahrir Square and sample traditional Egyptian dishes while walking in Cairo city center streets. Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: B -Evening Food Tour


DAY 3: Egyptologist- Hashem Brothers Essential Oil Farm visit

Lunch at local restaurant – Lunch will be served at Felfela, a local restaurant well known for Egyptian cuisine. This afternoon you will meet your Egyptologist for an afternoon excursion to the iconic Citadel of Saladin and the mosque of Mohamed Ali. This journey will then be followed by a visit of the Hanging Church, St. Serguis Church, and Ben Ezra Synagogue, all of which provide a significant insight into Egyptian history. Dinner on your own this evening.
Meals; B, L


DAY 4: Luxor and Start of Nile cruise

Following, we will continue to the Luxor Museum featuring archaeological highlights and antiquities collections. Next up, it is time to check in on board the Farah Nile Cruise! Once boarded and settled into your room, there will be free time for leisure and exploring the boat before a 6 p.m. visit of the Luxor Temple featuring unique design and symbolism. At approximately 7:30 p.m., dinner will be served on board. Overnight onboard the Farah Nile Cruise ship in Luxor.
Meals: B, D


DAY 5: Valley of the Kings

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE: BRUNCH WITH A LOCAL WOMAN TO LEARN ABOUT LIFE IN EGYPT

At 10:30 a.m., it is time for brunch with an Upper Egypt household wife to learn about authentic Egypt from a local. After brunch, you will head back to the East Bank by motorboat. Lunch will be served on board as you set sail to Edfu, a leisurely day to cruise that is approximately 9 hours. Afternoon sailing will be relaxing and educational, as you pass through the Esna lock. Overnight onboard in Edfu.
Meals: B, Brunch, L,D


DAY 6: Temple of Gebel el Silsila

Then it is time to set sail to Kom Ombo, home of a unique double temple we will explore this afternoon. Later in the day, the ship will make its way to Aswan for the evening
Meals: B,D


DAY 7: Temple of Philae- Nubian Village Necklace Making and Scarf Weaving

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE: visit a Nubian village to experience necklace making and scarf weaving

The afternoon brings a scenic Felucca ride, followed by a camel ride, toward the Nubian village. Here, you will visit a Nubian house, and learn about Nubian women's trade skills in the creation of beautiful necklaces and hand-woven scarves. Afterward, return to the ship for dinner on board and overnight in Aswan.
Meals: B, L, D


DAY 8: Cairo

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE: Once back in Cairo, explore local cuisine with an immersive cooking class in collaboration with the House of Cooking Egypt. During your class, you will learn how to prepare authentic Egyptian dishes to make when you get back home and enjoy eating what you create! A favorite activity after cooking: time for shopping.

This afternoon you will enjoy shopping at Khan El Khalili, a local market and El Moez Islamic Street. After shopping, it is time to check in at the Intercontinental City Stars, located - 10 minutes from Cairo airport. Overnight in Cairo at the Intercontinental City Stars Hotel (or similar).
Meals: B, L


DAY 9: See You Again – Return to USA




Program Registration Fees

All itinerary prices are listed in USD

Per person for Single Standard $5,115.00

Per person for Standard $4,115.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

•    Arrival meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel
•    Private English-speaking Egyptologist for the group
•    3 nights in Cairo at Marriott Mena House hotel – Garden view room
•    4 nights on M/ S Farah Nile Cruise or similar - River view room
•    1 night at the Intercontinental City Stars Hotel – City view room
•    8 Breakfasts, 4Lunches, 1 Brunch and 4 Dinners-1 Evening Food Tour-Includes Tastings
•    Airfare Cairo / Luxor – Aswan / Cairo
•    Visit to the Hashem Brothers farm for an essential oil immersion
•    Cairo by Night Food Tasting Tour
•    Visit a Nubian house, and learn about Nubian women's trade skills in the creation of beautiful necklaces and hand-woven scarves
•    Brunch with an Upper Egypt household wife to learn about authentic Egypt from a local family
•    Excursions & Sites: 7 guided tours led by experienced Egyptologist including sites entrance fee Porterage: Airports, Hotels and Nile Cruise
•    Transportation: modern, air-conditioned deluxe vehicles
•    Private English-speaking Egyptologist for the group
•    Beverage: One bottle of water 0.5 L per person offered on each excursion
4/21/2023 8:00:00 AM

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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Theater Arts
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Moderate


What You Will Learn/Do

•Visit to the Hashem Brothers farm for an essential oil immersion.

•Egypt By Night-Street Food Immersion.

•Historical Immersion: Egypt’s unique cultural and historical climate.

•Egyptologist- History of the Pyramids, Sphinx, and more.

•Immersive cooking class in collaboration with the House of Cooking Egypt.

•Visit a Nubian village to visit a local home.

•Life in Egypt-Enjoy brunch with a local woman in her home.


Why This Program Is Unique

This journey is truly the epitome of immersive education.

You will experience Egypt by both land and river cruise. During your time in Egypt, you will not only learn the extensive history of the pyramids by seeing them, gain knowledge of historical artifacts by visiting the Egyptian Museum, but you will also gain understanding of the real customs of Egyptian life.

•Visit to the Hashem Brothers farm for an essential oil immersion.

•Cairo by Night Food Tasting Tour.

•Visit a Nubian house, and learn about Nubian women's trade skills in the creation of beautiful necklaces and hand-woven scarves.

•Brunch with an Upper Egypt household wife to learn about authentic Egypt from a local family.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

Participation in the program give back women and their families in the local communities you will be visiting.

Essential Earth Explorations and Learning Journeys are committed to protecting and empowering women through responsible tourism throughout the world.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1: Welcome to Egypt

A warm welcome to Egypt! The rich cultural and artistic heritage of Egypt will become apparent upon your arrival in Cairo. Once you have arrived and have cleared immigration, collected your luggage, and passed through customs, you will be warmly greeted by our Essential Earth Explorations host. A warm welcome to Egypt! The rich cultural and artistic heritage of Egypt will become apparent upon your arrival in Cairo. Once you have arrived and have cleared immigration, collected your luggage, and passed through customs, you will be warmly greeted by our Essential Earth Explorations host.

DAY 2: Pyramids

After breakfast in the hotel, you will meet your Egyptologist for a morning excursion that visits the magnificent Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza to view one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Lunch and afternoon on your own. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE- Cairo by night food experience. This evening, join your guide for a night-time food experience in the heart of Cairo. Start from the famous Tahrir Square and sample traditional Egyptian dishes while walking in Cairo city center streets. Overnight in Cairo. Meals: B -Evening Food Tour

DAY 3: Egyptologist- Hashem Brothers Essential Oil Farm visit

This morning we will learn about the art of essential oil production with a visit to the Hashem Brothers farm and factory. The company is a family partnership specializing in the field of agribusiness. Hashem Brothers is considered the owner of Egypt’s largest jasmine, geranium and bitter orange plantations, and most of the world’s neroli essential oil output. Additionally, their plantations include significant operations for growing and producing rose and basil essential oils. Lunch at local restaurant – Lunch will be served at Felfela, a local restaurant well known for Egyptian cuisine. This afternoon you will meet your Egyptologist for an afternoon excursion to the iconic Citadel of Saladin and the mosque of Mohamed Ali. This journey will then be followed by a visit of the Hanging Church, St. Serguis Church, and Ben Ezra Synagogue, all of which provide a significant insight into Egyptian history. Dinner on your own this evening. Meals; B, L

DAY 4: Luxor and Start of Nile cruise

This morning you will check out of your hotel to continue your journey onto Luxor – the capitol city of ancient Egypt. Following a 60-minute flight, a buffet breakfast will be served at a deluxe hotel to relax and enjoy before venturing out to see the Karnak Temple, the largest religious building ever constructed in Egypt. Following, we will continue to the Luxor Museum featuring archaeological highlights and antiquities collections. Next up, it is time to check in on board the Farah Nile Cruise! Once boarded and settled into your room, there will be free time for leisure and exploring the boat before a 6 p.m. visit of the Luxor Temple featuring unique design and symbolism. At approximately 7:30 p.m., dinner will be served on board. Overnight onboard the Farah Nile Cruise ship in Luxor. Meals: B, D

DAY 5: Valley of the Kings

After a hearty, early-morning buffet breakfast, experience the Nile by motorboat as you cross to the West Bank. At 7 a.m., begin a morning of site-seeing to the stunning tombs at the Valley of the Kings, followed by a visit to take in the unique architecture of the Queen Hatshepsut temple, and finally a photo stop by the giant Colossi of Memnon, known for its massive stone statues. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE: BRUNCH WITH A LOCAL WOMAN TO LEARN ABOUT LIFE IN EGYPT At 10:30 a.m., it is time for brunch with an Upper Egypt household wife to learn about authentic Egypt from a local. After brunch, you will head back to the East Bank by motorboat. Lunch will be served on board as you set sail to Edfu, a leisurely day to cruise that is approximately 9 hours. Afternoon sailing will be relaxing and educational, as you pass through the Esna lock. Overnight onboard in Edfu. Meals: B, Brunch, L,D

DAY 6: Temple of Gebel el Silsila

After a delicious morning breakfast, gather to visit the Edfu temple which honors the falcon god, Horus. Then it is time to set sail to Kom Ombo, home of a unique double temple we will explore this afternoon. Later in the day, the ship will make its way to Aswan for the evening Meals: B,D

DAY 7: Temple of Philae- Nubian Village Necklace Making and Scarf Weaving

After morning breakfast, you will depart to visit the lovely and elegant temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis. Later, enjoy your lunch on board the ship as you continue your journey to your next stop and immersive experience. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE: visit a Nubian village to experience necklace making and scarf weaving The afternoon brings a scenic Felucca ride, followed by a camel ride, toward the Nubian village. Here, you will visit a Nubian house, and learn about Nubian women's trade skills in the creation of beautiful necklaces and hand-woven scarves. Afterward, return to the ship for dinner on board and overnight in Aswan. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8: Cairo

After a morning buffet breakfast, it is time to check out. Take a morning return flight from Aswan to Cairo, approximately 1.5 hours in length. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE: Once back in Cairo, explore local cuisine with an immersive cooking class in collaboration with the House of Cooking Egypt. During your class, you will learn how to prepare authentic Egyptian dishes to make when you get back home and enjoy eating what you create! A favorite activity after cooking: time for shopping. This afternoon you will enjoy shopping at Khan El Khalili, a local market and El Moez Islamic Street. After shopping, it is time to check in at the Intercontinental City Stars, located - 10 minutes from Cairo airport. Overnight in Cairo at the Intercontinental City Stars Hotel (or similar). Meals: B, L

DAY 9: See You Again – Return to USA

After your hotel breakfast, head to the Cairo airport for your flight back to the USA. Meals-B


Program Registration Fees

2023 Departures & Fees 1 Departures

Date Double Occupancy Single Supplement Additional
April 21, 2023
Reserve Online
$5,349.50
Per Person
$6,649.50
Per Person
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Services Included

• Arrival meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel • Private English-speaking Egyptologist for the group • 3 nights in Cairo at Marriott Mena House hotel – Garden view room • 4 nights on M/ S Farah Nile Cruise or similar - River view room • 1 night at the Intercontinental City Stars Hotel – City view room • 8 Breakfasts, 4Lunches, 1 Brunch and 4 Dinners-1 Evening Food Tour-Includes Tastings • Airfare Cairo / Luxor – Aswan / Cairo • Visit to the Hashem Brothers farm for an essential oil immersion • Cairo by Night Food Tasting Tour • Visit a Nubian house, and learn about Nubian women's trade skills in the creation of beautiful necklaces and hand-woven scarves • Brunch with an Upper Egypt household wife to learn about authentic Egypt from a local family • Excursions & Sites: 7 guided tours led by experienced Egyptologist including sites entrance fee Porterage: Airports, Hotels and Nile Cruise • Transportation: modern, air-conditioned deluxe vehicles • Private English-speaking Egyptologist for the group • Beverage: One bottle of water 0.5 L per person offered on each excursion

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