Daniel Ehnbom, professor of Art History
$4,770 per person, double occupancy, land program
Single Supplement: $1,295
Discover the sun-drenched sands, bustling cities and legendary monuments of Egypt. On this world-class journey, outstanding guides bring the past to life as you delve into 4,000 years of history and mythology, larger-than-life pharaohs, queens and powerful deities. Long celebrated in literature and film, from Agatha Christie and Penelope Lively to Cleopatra, The Mummy and Indiana Jones, the mystery and lore of this ancient land is hard to resist. Tourists, archaeologists and historians revel in the romantic and sometimes savage past of this amazing civilization.
Dissected by the mighty Nile River that flows north into the Mediterranean Sea, the Egyptian landscape is awash with low-lying sand dunes broken by sandstone plateaus and cliffs. The only fertile area is a small five- to 10-mile section in the Nile Valley, where 98 percent of the country’s 74 million people reside and its capital, Cairo, is located. The desert backdrop adds to the majesty and intrigue of the imposing pyramids, statues and temples. Cairo, where Arabic is the official language, followed by English and French, offers a unique juxtaposition with an exotic mix of cultures and is the perfect place to begin your unforgettable adventure to a land steeped in timeless civilizations.
- Spend three nights in Cairo, the heart of Egypt for more than 1,000 years, and discover its importance in Judaism, Christianity and the dawn of Islamic civilization;
- Explore some of the world’s most iconic sites: the Sphinx of Giza, the Great Pyramid of Cheops, Luxor Temple and the Temple of Isis at Phylae. You’ll also get to examine the impressive structures, stonework and hieroglyphs of many other ancient masterpieces, including the Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Mennon; the strange “bent” Pyramid of Snefru; the step pyramid of Zoser, the world’s oldest stone structure; and Karnak, a complex of temples, courts, colonnades and sanctuaries in use for over 2,000 years;
- Sail in a felucca to Elephantine Island;
- Take a four-night luxury cruise on the Nile, with visits to ancient Byzantine temples, Edfu and Kom Ombo;
- Trek across the desert on a camel to St. Simeon’s seventh-century monastery;
- Visit the mummy room of the Cairo Museum and see the treasures of Tutankhamen and other pharaohs;
- Visit the Aswan Dam, one of Egypt’s modern wonders; and Unfinished Obelisk, a remarkable illustration of ancient construction techniques;
- Fly to Abu Simbel to explore the massive temples dedicated to Ramses II and his legendary wife, Nefertari (optional);
- Combine this trip with our Discover Jordan program for an unforgettable three-week adventure.
Daniel Ehnbom, professor of Art History
Daniel Ehnbom is a professor of Art History in the McIntire Department of Art. He teaches undergraduate survey lecture courses on Indian and Islamic art, and upper level undergraduate lecture courses and undergraduate and graduate seminars in specialized topics including 16th century Indian painting; early Indian sculpture and architecture; and architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Gupta Period. He is adjunct curator of South Asian art at the University of Virginia Art Museum, and has been Director of the UVA Center for South Asian Studies since 1997. Ehnbom is the author of Indian Miniatures: The Ehrenfeld Collection(1985), a monograph on 16th century Indian painting (forthcoming), articles on painting and Indian architecture, and contributions to various exhibition catalogues. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Washington D.C. / En Route
The excitement of your odyssey begins as you board your overnight flight to Cairo. (Meals Aloft)
Upon arrival in Cairo in the afternoon, your U.Va. representative will assist you through customs and escort you to your centrally located hotel. The heart of Egypt for more than 1,000 years, Cairo demonstrates the dichotomy of all things Egyptian. Here the medieval world and the contemporary western world come together in a confusion of earthen houses and towering modern office buildings, of flashy cars and donkey-drawn carts. The balance of your day is at leisure, which allows time for you to acclimate to your new surroundings. This evening get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Cairo Marriott Hotel (D) www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/caijw-jw-marriott-hotel-cairo
Memphis and Sakkara / Cairo
Journey through the Egyptian countryside to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, which reached its peak between 2,700 and 2,270 B.C. Little is left, other than the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx and an enormous reclining statue of Ramses II. Continue to the necropolis of Sakkara where 14 pyramids were built, including one of the world’s oldest stone structures, the step pyramid of Zoser. Entering the tomb of Mereruka you’ll go from room to room seeing colorful depictions of life in early Egypt. Visit the Pyramid of Teti, the first ruler of Egypt’s Sixth Dynasty. There is a steep pathway that leads to the funerary chamber and the chamber ceiling is decorated with stars. The burial chamber still holds hieroglyphic texts, the so-called Pyramid Texts. Go to rarely visited pyramids at Dashur, including the strange “bent” pyramid of Snefru, the angle of whose walls alters halfway up, and the “red” pyramid, over twice as wide as it is high. Return to your hotel late this afternoon. This evening enjoy dinner at La Pacha.
Cairo Marriott Hotel (B, D)
Rise early to be among the first in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, where you’ll discover the world’s richest collection of Pharaonic treasures, including those of Tutankhamen. The ground floor takes you on a journey through the history of ancient Egypt and may prove to be the best way to begin your exploration. Your tour will include entry into the famous Mummy Room, which contains the corpses of 11 of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs including Seti I and his son Ramses II. The figures still have features, and there is something awe inspiring about gazing at the face of someone who died 3,000 years ago.
Next pay a visit to Coptic Cairo where you will find the Suspended Church of the Virgin Mary dating from the fourth century. Nearby is the site reputed to be the place where Moses was rescued from the bulrushes. You will also visit Ben Ezra, one of Egypt’s 17 synagogues and its oldest. Later, travel back to the dawn of Islamic civilization as you visit the 12th-century Citadel, the medieval fortress of Salah El Din, and the stunning Alabaster Mosque. Finally, it’s off to the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaar for a bit of adventuresome bargaining.
Cairo Marriott Hotel (B, L)
Cairo / Luxor
Today delight in two of the most famous of Egyptian monuments—the Sphinx and Cheops Pyramid, built over 4,500 years ago. Despite many great archeological discoveries, only 30 percent of Egypt’s antiquities have been unearthed. One of them, partially unearthed at the end of the 19th century, is the Sphinx of Giza, a symbol that has represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years. The body of a lion with the head of a king or god, the Sphinx has come to symbolize strength and wisdom. The paws themselves are 50 feet long while the entire length is 150 feet. Although the head of the Sphinx is badly battered in some places, traces of the original paint can still be seen near one ear. It is believed that the Sphinx was painted and was quite colorful. Since then, the nose and beard have been broken away.
Located behind the Sphinx is the largest and oldest of Giza’s pyramids—the Cheops. This pyramid is thought to have been built between 2589 and 2566 B.C. It would have taken over 2,300,000 blocks of stone with an average weight of 2.5 tons each. The total weight would have been 6,000,000 tons and its height 482 feet. Cheops is thought to have been the ruler of a highly structured society and very wealthy. He was buried alone in this massive tomb. His wives may have been buried nearby in smaller mastabas. To regard these pyramids as merely tombs is an oversimplification. They involved a complex of buildings—the dead pharaoh’s palace of the afterlife, where he was mystically transformed and resurrected as a full god.
Late this afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor where you will be accompanied to your accommodation, the Sheraton Luxor Resort.
Optional activity (at additional cost): Sound and light show at Karnak Temple
Luxor Sheraton Resort (B)
Luxor / West Bank
Cross the Nile to Luxor’s West Bank to explore the ancient city of Thebes. Stand in awe at the necropolis of pharaohs and nobility as you are greeted by the Colossi of Mennon: two giant seated statues of Amenophis III.
Tour the Valley of the Kings, where you are surrounded by the eternal tombs of the pharaohs from the 18th and 19th dynasties of the New Kingdom. From 1903–1906 an Italian expedition discovered about 80 tombs, some of which belonged to children of royalty. Many were severely damaged, having been burned and or reduced to being used as stables for donkeys and camel. You will visit three very different tombs of the many in the area. Within them, you’ll see ancient paintings and carvings in colors that retain much of their original freshness, illustrating the life of the owner and his passage to the afterlife. Discover the Valley of the Queens and Nobles and the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut sheltered by the surrounding cliffs. The ancient Egyptians gave it the name Set Neferu, meaning “seat of beauty.” Enjoy lunch at Al Moudira Hotel, designed to incorporate vintage artifacts from old Egyptian buildings and handicrafts from local artisans.
Luxor Sheraton Resort (B, L)
Luxor / Karnak Complex / Nile Cruise Embarkation
Visit Luxor Temple, in the center of the city. Many festivals were celebrated in ancient times and the Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, it appears that the temple’s purpose was to serve as a suitable setting for the rituals of the festival.
The extraordinary Karnak Temples are a complex of temples, obelisks, pylons, courts, colonnades, halls, reliefs and sanctuaries once connected to Luxor Temple by a two-mile path lined with sphinxes. It is the largest religious structure in the world, a 60-acre archaeological treasure built by generation after generation of pharaohs. The most important temple area is dedicated to Amon-Ra and was in use for over 2,000 years, longer than any other religious building in history. The sheer magnitude of this colossal structure is nearly beyond comprehension.
Afterwards, board the elegant cruise ship that will stylishly deliver you down the Nile. Leave your ship to view the Luxor Museum’s many outstanding collections this evening, including the Luxor Cache’s recently discovered artifacts found under the Luxor Temple.
M/S TU-YA Nile Cruise (B ,L, D) www.creativehotelsandresorts.com/hotels/tuya/tuya_home.htm
Nile Cruise: Luxor / Kom Ombo
Optional activity (at additional cost): View the Nile from a hot air balloon this morning!
Return to the Valley of the Kings to behold the rarely visited tombs in the Valley of the Monkeys. Re-board in time to pass through the Esna lock as you continue your leisurely pace down the Nile.
M/S TU-YA Nile Cruise (B, L, D)
Nile Cruise: Edfu / Kom Ombo
This morning in Edfu, see one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, which honors the falcon-headed god, Horus. Ptolemy II began construction of the temple in 237 B.C., but it was not completed until 57 B.C. Without question, this 118-foot-high, 262-foot-wide temple is one of the most splendid examples of late temple architecture. The incredible number of inscriptions on its walls has greatly enriched our knowledge of Egyptian civilization, especially in the area of theology and cult practices.
Continue to Kom Ombo to visit a unique third-century temple with beautiful stone reliefs, murals and a dramatic view of the Nile. Kom Ombo is home to an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder).
M/S TU-YA Nile Cruise (B, L, D)
Tour one of Egypt’s modern wonders—the Aswan High Dam completed in 1971 and located just south of Aswan. It was constructed not only to regulate the yearly flood of the Nile, but also to create a water reservoir capable of storing water to prevent famine during severe droughts. The reservoir is known as Lake Nasser, named after Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser who undertook the national project of the dam construction in 1960. During the course of construction, provisions were made to repatriate the Nubian inhabitants and, in a multi-national effort, to relocate the Great Temple of Abu Simbel.
Travel by boat to the elegant Temple of Isis at Philae on the island of Agilkia. Its main temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and its construction was undertaken during the third century B.C. Philae was the last bastion of ancient Egyptian religion and hieroglyphic usage. It is also a superb example of threatened cultural heritage being saved in the face of modern civilization’s march to change the environment.
Visit the Unfinished Obelisk to contemplate Egypt’s ancient construction methods. Travel by boat to the delicate Temple of Isis at Philae on the island of Agilkia. Its main temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and its construction was undertaken during the third century BC. Philae was the last bastion of ancient Egyptian religion and hieroglyphic usage. It is also a superb example of threatened cultural heritage being saved in the face of modern civilization’s march to change the environment. Like the great Temple at Abu Simbel, the Temple was moved in its entirety when the Aswan High Dam was built (completed in 1971) and Agilkia became its new home.
Next, sail across the Nile in a felucca to visit a Nubian village sheltered in the palm trees at the bottom of Elephantine Island. Elephantine was the original border town between Egypt and the Nubian lands to the south, offering an important strategic position in ancient times both for the defense of the border and as a trading route. The island has been inhabited from the Early Dynastic Period through Roman times until the present day. Its ancient name was abu or yebu, which means “elephant” and was probably derived from the shape of the smooth gray boulders that surround the island, looking like elephants from the water. As you visit the village, the local residents will share with you their lifestyles and verbal history. Take a camelback trek across the desert landscape to the seventh-century Monastery of St. Simeon.
M/S TU-YA Nile Cruise (B, L, D)
Aswan / Cairo
Optional activity (at additional cost): This morning you have a chance for an optional flight and visit to Abu Simbel. As you approach the site on foot you’ll discover the massive temples dedicated to Ramses II and his legendary wife Nefertari. These architectural wonders are two of the most tremendous monuments constructed in the ancient world, over 100 feet high and guarded by colossal stone figures of Ramses II. The entire monument was cut into 2,000 pieces and moved to its present site when the Aswan High Dam was constructed, a feat almost as amazing as its original construction. The temple was so perfectly reconstructed that on only two days a year, the sun shines from the entrance all the way into the sanctuary, 112 feet away. Continue on your flight to Aswan and meet up with the rest of group arriving from Cairo. This optional must be booked in advance before you depart the USA and is based upon availability at the time of booking.
Disembark at Aswan and fly to Cairo where you are escorted to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure.
Fairmont Heliopolis (B)
Cairo / Washington D.C. / or Continue on to Jordan
This morning depart Cairo, bidding farewell to Egypt. Arrive back to the USA eager to share memories and photos with your family and friends.
If desired, combine this trip with our Discover Jordan trip, which begins today!
- Cairo Marriott: A grand hotel that marries traditional grace with the finest of modernaccommodations. This unique luxury hotel was built around an ancient palace in the heart of Cairo. Immersed in an exotic garden setting, it is a haven of peace.
- Luxor Sheraton Resort: A wonderful retreat with stunning views of the Nile River within walking distance of the city center. This is an ideal base for independent exploration of Luxor, the Nile and the surrounding countryside. Amenities include outdoor heated pools and floodlit tennis courts.
- m/s TU-YA: An elegant cruise ship named after the ancient Great Mother of Queen TI-YI and the Grandmother of King Akhenaton. Your luxurious floating hotel offers 61 cabins, each with shower, telephone, music and television. Hair dryers and in-room safes are available. The ship’s amenities include a swimming pool, open-air jogging track, gym, Internet café, game room, boutique and reading lounge.
- Fairmont Heliopolis: Just 10 minutes from the airport in the exclusive tree-lined suburb of Heliopolis, the Fairmont offers a fitness facility with sauna and massage, tennis courts, squash courts and two swimming pools. From belly dancing in the Lebanese restaurant to freshly crafted pasta in the Italian restaurant, there is a wide variety of restaurants and amenities to tempt you.
A welcome dinner in Cairo, breakfast daily, six lunches, five additional dinners
$4,770 per person, double occupancy, land program
$1,295 per person, single supplement
- Flights within Egypt
- Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar
- Five-day/four-night Nile cruise aboard the deluxe cruise ship M/S TU-YA
- Meals included: Welcome Dinner with wine, breakfast daily, lunch on touring days and all meals while on Nile Cruise
- Sightseeing by private motorcoach
- All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities
- All entry fees
- Complimentary passport wallet and luggage tags
Price does not include:
- International airfare between Washington D.C. and Cairo (quoted separately)
- U.S. and foreign airport taxes
- Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas
- Excess baggage charges levied by airlines
- Meals and beverages, other than specified
- Gratuities to driver/guides and or other conveyance attendants
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature
- Personal and baggage insurance
- Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above
- Optional insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident, and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low cost group rates
$6,195 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare
$1,295 single supplement
In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes:
- Roundtrip jet transportation between Washington D.C. and Cairo.
- Departure taxes
General Terms & Conditions
OPTIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip economy-class jet transportation from WASHINGTON D.C. via EGYPTAIR and/or other IATAN carriers. Rates based on special promotional fares and cancellation fees apply once tickets are issued. Departures from other cities in the USA are possible at additional cost. Kindly inquire at the time of reservation. Please note that these promotional fares are subject to 10 passengers traveling together on the same airline routing and itinerary. If this minimum is not met, the special group rates are not applicable and it might become necessary to issue instant purchase tickets earlier than when final payment is due in order to take advantage of airfares that are similar to the group rates. Should this occur, you will be contacted with the details.
AIRLINE SEATING: For EgyptAir, we request seats together for the group. All planes are non-smoking. We can request a seating preference on your behalf; however; this is only a request and not guaranteed. Requests should be made in writing no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check-in on the day of departure. Boarding passes will only be issued at the airport on the day of departure. You may inquire during check-in to have a seating change made; however, this change is based on availability and is at the sole discretion of airport staff.
FREQUENT FLYER MILEAGE: At time of publication, EGYPTAIR does not participate in any other carrier’s frequent flyer programs. The airline has instituted its own program, EgyptAir Plus, which offers a point system based on rewards such as upgrades to Business Class and on waitlists. Applications for this program may be made on their website: http://www.egyptair.com.eg
BAGGAGE: International flights from the U.S. allow two pieces of checked luggage, each not exceeding 50 lbs. However we recommend you travel as light as you can manage, as it is more comfortable for you. Also, the size and the structure of the bag is limited. Soft duffel bags are ideal as they stow best in vehicles. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY.
ACCOMMODATIONS: You will marvel at the wonderful accommodations provided throughout your tour. All rooms have private facilities, and all rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin-bedded, but king-size beds are occasionally available and should be requested in advance. Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare occasions can change for similar lodging.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Rate quoted is valid for first two single rooms booked. If more than two single rooms, additional supplement will apply. Singles are assigned on a first come/first serve basis. Single accommodations are not guaranteed, but will be provided at additional cost if available (see reservation form for cost.) The single room supplement pays for privacy, not better accommodations. On occasion, in smaller lodges, you may be required to share with other members of your tour group if single rooms are not available upon check-in. If this is the situation, appropriate per diem refunds are made to passengers in the event they paid for a single room but had to share during any portion of their trip. For passengers who are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another tour member, we will do our best to provide a roommate. However, if this is not possible, you will be required to pay the single room supplement prior to your departure from the USA.
MEALS: A welcome dinner in Cairo; breakfast daily, six lunches, five additional dinners.
TRANSFERS: Roundtrip transfer of passengers between airport and hotels is included in the tour.
TIPS AND TAXES: Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, lodges and tented camps, and entrance fees to all reserves as outlined in the itinerary are included. U.S. and foreign airport taxes are included in the air cost and are subject to change prior to issuance of tickets. Tips to driver/guides and specialist-guide are not included.
INOCULATIONS: We would suggest you contact your personal physician or local health department for their recommendations as to inoculations. At the time of printing, no vaccinations are required for entry into Egypt. Water is safe to drink, but we always recommend bottled water.
RATES: All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of July 16, 2009, and are subject to change. Rates are based on a minimum of 15 passengers traveling together (with a maximum of 24 passengers). The right is reserved to levy a surcharge if minimum is not met, but that is rarely done. We will do our utmost to keep to the prices as published. Should increases be forced on us by airlines, exchange rates, etc., we reserve the right to surcharge.
ESCORT: Group will be accompanied by enrichment lecturer and university host with a minimum of 15 passengers on both trips.
TRIP INFORMATION: Upon receipt of your application, instructions will be sent to you concerning all aspects of your trip, such as itinerary, photographic equipment, documents, clothing, insurance, etc.
INVOICING: Final invoicing of your trip will be done approximately four months prior to departure. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure (July 29, 2010).
FINAL DOCUMENTS: Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure. We regret to advise that no documents can be released if final payments are not received.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $900 per person must be submitted with each application, plus the cost of the optional insurance if you wish to take advantage of the pre-existing medical condition exclusion. Deposits may be paid by check or charged to American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY and is due no later than 75 days prior to departure (July 29, 2010).
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this tour:
- Up to 75 days prior to departure, less $250 handling fee.
- 74-60 days prior to departure, deposit is forfeited.
- 59-45 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost.
- Less than 45 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers.
These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY. INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON RECEIPT OF RESERVATION FORM. INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
DEVIATIONS: Should additional reservations be required, including extensions in other countries, we will be happy to make all the arrangements. However, there will be an extra charge of $150 per person for such deviations, over and above the cost of the services required.
CHANGE FEES: Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost will be invoiced to you.
NOT INCLUDED: Cost of passport and visa fees, and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by airlines; beverages and meals not specified in itinerary; gratuities to driver/guides and specialist-guide, and other conveyance attendants; laundry and other items of a personal nature; gratuities not imposed by hotels and/or restaurants for included services; optional personal, baggage and tour cancellation insurance policy; U.S. and foreign airport taxes; cost for anything not specifically included in listing above.
PASSPORT AND VISAS: The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The company, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor the cost of visas.
RESPONSIBILITY: Neither Classic Escapes (the Company) nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the aforegoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the Company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any trip or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and, in the event of any trip being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest’s booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the aforegoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the trip by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.
CHANGES TO SCHEDULES: Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and camps on trips as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in game areas, by game migrations from one region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc.
REFUNDS: While the company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due.
AIRLINE CLAUSE: The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers’ tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.
DELAYS: We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running to schedule.
If one of our guides is unable to take a tour due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide.
This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the tour takes place. Classic Escapes act merely as an agent for the operating companies.
To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of writing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing.
CONSENT: The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a trip constitutes consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this trip, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.
INSURANCE: It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependents/traveling companions for the duration of their trip. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities: cancellation or curtailment of the program, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependents or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities. Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services they may require, and may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant insurance cover. PLEASE NOTE INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE SHOULD TOUR BE CANCELED BY PARTICIPANT.
INSURANCE PACKAGE: Classic Escapes offers a comprehensive insurance package, which allows the Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion to be waived if purchased within 7 days of the initial trip payment. Details can be found on our website athttp://www.classicescapes.com/insurance.htmlor call our office for more details (800-627-1244). If obtaining this pre-existing condition waiver is not of importance to you, you may opt to wait until you receive your pre-departure packet of information which will include details on the insurance package.
INSURANCE PREMIUM: See premium schedule below, or call us for the exact amount and information on the policy. This is applicable to all coverage contained in the policy. You must be medically able to travel when you pay your premium. In the event that a claim is filed, the injury or illness must be substantiated to the Claims Department.
The cost of your insurance premium is based on the TOTAL cost of your trip including: the main itinerary, airfare, airline taxes, single supplements, optional excursions and optional extensions. The premium for your tour will be calculated as follows:
TOTAL TOUR COST
PREMIUM PER PERSON
$4,001 – $4,500
$4,501 – $5,000
$5,001 – $5,500
$5,501 – $6,000
$6,001 – $6,500
$6,501 – $7,000
$7,001 – $8,000
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$9,001 – $10,000
$10,001 – $11,000
$11,001 – $12,000
Please contact Classic Escapes if you have any questions or need assistance calculating your premium.