A Journey of Discovery in Egypt and Jordan

Pyramids to Petra

Egypt, Jordan

15 Days

From $11,395

Level 1+

Easiest

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    Overview

    From the treasures of the Egyptian pharaohs to Jordan's fabled “lost city” of Petra, our journey celebrates the wonders of the ancient world. We'll cruise the Nile River aboard a luxury vessel for five days, exploring spectacular temples and tombs. Along the way, we'll also enjoy the captivating beauty of the Nile as we pass graceful sailing feluccas and villages inhabited since the time of the pharaohs. At Abu Simbel, we see the colossal statues of Ramses II gazing out over the Nile Valley, and at dazzling Petra, we explore a metropolis carved from red sandstone in the 3rd century BC. Our grand finale finds us in the sheer magnificence of the desert canyon of Wadi Rum, famed haunt of Lawrence of Arabia.

    Arrive: Cairo, Egypt

    Depart: Amman, Jordan

    Highlights

    • 5-day Nile journey aboard a luxury vessel
    • Explore the Great Pyramids and Abu Simbel, see Petra by candlelight
    • Enjoy the desert silence of Wadi Rum with an overnight at a tented camp
    • Special visits to the tombs of Tutankhamun and Queen Nefertari, considered the most exquisitely decorated tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Queens

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      Nothing quite prepares one for the first sight of the pyramids—these breathtaking monuments continue to radiate the magnificence that has awed visitors for millennia. Their sheer size and the magnitude of labor that went into their construction in 2600 BC is astounding. After visiting Cairo's amazing new Grand Egyptian Museum, we explore some of the icons of the Giza necropolis, including the Great Sphinx. With its 16-foot-high lion face directed toward the rising sun in the east, it symbolizes the return of life each day.
      Flying down to Abu Simbel, we visit the colossal statues of Ramses II overlooking the Nile Valley, then board our vessel to cruise along the Nile to Esna and Luxor. We’ll walk amid the temples, chapels, and pylons of Karnak, built 4,000 years ago, and explore elaborate tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the ancient royal necropolis of the pharaohs.
      In Jordan, we enjoy lunch with a family near Amman, then explore the ancient Roman city of Jerash. Arriving at Petra, we walk through a narrow slot canyon to behold lavish temples and palaces chiseled into solid rock, including the iconic Al-Khazneh (“Treasury”) with its elaborate Greek-style façade. One unforgettable evening, we'll experience Petra by the light of a thousand candles.
      The landscape of Wadi Rum is one of awe-inspiring rock spires. It served as headquarters for Prince Faisal bin Hussein and T. E. Lawrence during World War I. Our overnight in a Bedouin-style tented camp is perfect for enjoying the desert landscape. We end our journey at a lovely hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, where we can take a dip in its therapeutic waters. Depart on Day 15 via Amman, Jordan.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $600 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • 4 nights aboard deluxe vessel with Nile-view cabins, 9 nights first-class hotels, 1 night tented camp
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Mena House

      Cairo, Egypt

      Days 1-3 (3 nights)

      Originally built as a royal hunting lodge for Khedive Ismail, ruler of Egypt from 1863 to 1879, the Mena House was converted into a hotel in the 1880s. It has hosted sultans, pashas, royals, and statesmen during more than a century as one of the world's grand hotels. People love...

      Nile Adventurer

      Nile River, Egypt

      Days 4-7 (4 nights)

      The elegant 5-star Nile Adventurer offers a luxurious yet relaxed cruise on the Nile and a yacht-like atmosphere. Renovated in 2019, the cabins and suites have Nile views and are fully air-conditioned with individual controls. All have a private bathroom with bathtub, shower, hairdryer, and mini bar. The ship...

      InterContinental Citystars Cairo

      Cairo, Egypt

      Day 8 (1 night)

      This hotel has a great location—near the airport and the downtown business district, so it's close to everything, including good shopping. Guest rooms are clean and spacious, and there are 11 restaurants and bars, so you're sure to find one to suit your taste. Enjoy a cocktail on the poolside...

      InterContinental Amman

      Amman, Jordan

      Days 9-10 (2 nights)

      The Intercontinental offers comfortable rooms and a central location within walking distance of town. The hotel has a spa and a choice of cuisine in its three different restaurants as well as a casual deli café.

      Petra Movenpick Resort

      Petra, Jordan

      Days 11-12 (2 nights)

      The best thing about the Petra Movenpick Resort is its prime location: just steps from the entrance to one of the most magical sites in the world. This is greatly appreciated after a long day of exploring on foot—and it's also nice to be able to get there first thing...

      Sun City Camp

      Wadi Rum, Jordan

      Day 13 (1 night)

      With its simple aesthetic that blends into the surroundings, Sun City Camp is a comfortable base while exploring Wadi Rum. Bedouin-style tents are linked by wooden walkways and each are simple, yet comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms as well as air conditioning. Meals are served in a large geodesic dome tent...

      Dead Sea Movenpick Resort

      Dead Sea, Jordan

      Day 14 (1 night)

      Set among lush gardens on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, this resort is built of traditional local stone and handcrafted woods, and features tastefully decorated rooms with many amenities. Recreational facilities include the beach (a float in the salty sea is a must, but wear water shoes...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Ahmed Abul Ella

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      Mohamed Ossama

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      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is Level 1+, Easiest. It is an overland touring trip with day walks exploring the fascinating ruins and wonderful towns in this ancient and modern civilization. Please note that we have several early morning starts, especially on days with air travel.
      Review Trip Level Details

      Egypt's climate is hot and dry most of the year. During the winter months (Dec-Feb), average daily temperatures are in the upper 60s°F on the Mediterranean coast and in the 80s°F in Aswan. In spring and fall, daytime temperatures can get up to the 90s°F. It can be quite cool in the evening, especially when on the Nile River. From January through March, the temperature is cooler, down to the 50s°F and 60s°F during the day, and dropping much lower at night, sometimes into the low 40s°F. Egypt has a very dry climate, which makes a temperature of 80°F feel much cooler than it would in a humid, tropical climate.

      Jordan's climate is also very dry, and a bit cooler due to the altitude. In winter, temperatures range in the 50s°F and 60s°F during the day, dropping to the 30s°F and 40s°F at night. The fall is warmer, with daytime temperatures in the 80s°F and 90s°F, and nighttime temperatures in the high 50s°F to low 60s°F.

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      Client Testimonials

      "This was my 4th Wilderness trip and it was the most exhilarating. Every day was filled with wonder and awe. The ancient sites were simply amazing, both in Egypt and Jordan. Each day I thought that what I saw couldn't be topped and then the following day, I was even more amazed. Our guide, Mohamed, made it all seem effortless."

      Deena M.

      San Francisco, CA

      "An absolutely first-rate trip to explore the ancient world in Egypt and Jordan."

      John G.

      Earlysville, VA

      "This was a wonderful trip with superb guides and a very well planned itinerary. We enjoyed Egypt, where we knew what we were going to see, but Jordan was a revelation. Petra was so much bigger than we expected and Wadi Rum and the day at the Dead Sea were really memorable."

      Julia K.

      Bend, OR

      "This was a dream trip in all respects, one that exceeded every expectation I had. Can't wait to travel with WT again!"

      Kathy G.

      San Carlos, CA

      "Mohamed was an incredible blend of leader, friend, and participant. His presence was reassuring, his knowledge second to none, and his enthusiasm contagious! He was friendly, open to questions, willing to listen, and had keen insight into the needs of the group. We felt as if we were experiencing two countries that are close to his heart...and his information was pertinent and always interesting. When we reminisce about Egypt and Jordan, it will be his face and his voice that takes us back there!"

      Kent P.

      Arvada, CO

      "The itinerary and operation of the trip was superior. The hotels were excellent, the Nile Adventurer was incredible, the luxury tents at Wadi Rum were great, and the food was inventive and very appetizing."

      Mark H.

      Wilmette, IL

      "Everyone was so thorough and helpful. It was like being whisked around on a magic carpet. Doors opened, every wish fulfilled, amazing service!"

      Marney G.

      Montgomery, AL

      "A trip of a lifetime done in great style."

      Suzanne D.

      Sebastopol, CA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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In an attempt to protect the valuable tombs from robbers, the artisans, laborers, temple priests, and guards lived permanently in the City of the Dead, their lives devoted to its construction and maintenance. Our explorations include the impressive Temple of Queen Hatshepsut who, along with Cleopatra, was one of ancient Egypt&apos;s two female pharaohs, and special visits to the tombs of Tutankhamun and Queen Nefetari, considered the most exquisitely decorated tomb in the Valley of the Queens. We also make a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon, a pair of gigantic statues that once graced the entrance to Amenhotep III&apos;s temple. We return to the boat for lunch.\r\n\r\nWe then head to Luxor to explore the sprawling, 100-acre Karnak temple complex, with its great Hypostyle Hall, an incredible forest of tall columns seemingly receding into infinity. 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Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the city is mentioned in the Old Testament as Rabath Ammon, capital of the Ammonites, and it was here that David met Bathsheba. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Intercontinental Hotel for our overnight.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Amman \/ Jerash","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"In the morning, we set out for a city tour including the Citadel, archaeological museum, Roman theater, and a walk through the bazaar and the gold market. After lunch with a local family (often a trip highlight for many travelers!), we visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash, an archaeological masterpiece framed by the hills of Gilead outside of Amman. 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Perched on a hilltop, it dominated the main route from Egypt to Syria, and was able to tax both traders and those on pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. The castle eventually fell to the troops of the sultan Saladin in 1189.&nbsp;\n\nWe arrive at the hotel in time for dinner, then take a nighttime visit to this famed site. To visit Petra during daylight is awe-inspiring, but to experience it at night by the light of 1,800 candles is out of this world! We walk a candle-lit path through the Siq to the Khazneh and enjoy the haunting music of the Bedouins performed in front of the famous building called the Treasury, Petra's most elaborate ruin. The tours start at 8:30 pm and finishes at 10:00 pm. 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We have a buffet lunch inside Petra at the Basin Restaurant and continue our visit in the afternoon. Overnight at the Petra Movenpick Resort or Petra Marriott Hotel.\nWalking Details: 5 miles on uneven ground, with optional additional hikes\n\nPetra: The fabled ruin called Petra was carved from solid red sandstone in the 3rd century BC to be the capital of the Nabateans, a nomadic Arabian tribe who ruled the Trans-Jordan area in pre-Roman times. The Nabateans derived their great wealth and power from the passing trade caravans, but with the rise of the nearby coastal trading center at Palmyra and the opening of sea trade routes, Petra declined in importance. Its existence was forgotten by the outside world for 1,000 years until its rediscovery in the early 19th century. In 1812, Swiss explorer John Lewis Burckhardt, a young convert to Islam traveling the Middle East's deserts in Bedouin disguise, heard local Bedouins tell of fantastic ruins hidden in the mountains of Wadi Musa. He persuaded one to lead him there. His journal and sketches of Petra eventually made their way to London, where they inspired many to seek this lost city. Petra is spectacularly set on the edge of the Wadi Araba, where sheer sandstone hills form a deep canyon that protects the city in all directions. The sandstone is a deep rust color banded with gray and yellow and shades in between. The modern town outside of Petra is called Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses). This is the traditional spot where Moses is thought to have struck the rock, bringing water flowing forth as it does today.\n\nRose-Red Petra: John William Burgon took his degree from Oxford in 1845 and the same year wrote his famous sonnet for Petra, a site that he had never visited. The last two lines are an oft&#39; quoted description of this epic lost city.\nIt seems no work of Man's creative hand,\nby labor wrought as wavering fancy planned;\nBut from the rock as if by magic grown,\neternal, silent, beautiful, alone!\nNot virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,\nwhere erst Athena held her rites divine;\nNot saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,\nthat crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;\nBut rose-red as if the blush of dawn,\nthat first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;\nThe hues of youth upon a brow of woe,\nwhich Man deemed old two thousand years ago,\nmatch me such marvel save in Eastern clime,\na rose-red city half as old as time.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":13,"DayTo":13,"Headline":"Wadi Rum","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We have the morning free to explore Petra on our own before our drive to Wadi Rum. 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Today it is still home to a number of Bedouin families, who welcome visitors with hospitality and generosity.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":14,"DayTo":14,"Headline":"Wadi Rum \/ Dead Sea","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"In the morning, we drive to our hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, with the afternoon at leisure. We gather for our Farewell Dinner this evening. 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Their sheer size and the magnitude of labor that went into their construction in 2600 BC is astounding. After visiting Cairo&apos;s amazing new Grand Egyptian Museum, we explore some of the icons of the Giza necropolis, including the Great Sphinx. With its 16-foot-high lion face directed toward the rising sun in the east, it symbolizes the return of life each day.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Abu Simbel \/ Nile Cruise \/ Aswan \/ Karnak \/ Luxor","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Flying down to Abu Simbel, we visit the colossal statues of Ramses II overlooking the Nile Valley, then board our vessel to cruise along the Nile to Esna and Luxor. 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One unforgettable evening, we&apos;ll experience Petra by the light of a thousand candles.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":13,"DayTo":15,"Headline":"Wadi Rum \/ Dead Sea","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The landscape of Wadi Rum is one of awe-inspiring rock spires. It served as headquarters for Prince Faisal bin Hussein and T. E. Lawrence during World War I. Our overnight in a Bedouin-style tented camp is perfect for enjoying the desert landscape. We end our journey at a lovely hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, where we can take a dip in its therapeutic waters. 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With multiple degrees in ancient history and biblical studies, and the author of Prophets and Pharaohs and By Way of Accident, Ahmed makes a fantastic companion in these ancient realms. When not leading trips, he spends time with his family in Cairo, where they live, enjoys traveling in off-the-beaten-path regions of the Western Desert of Egypt, and is a frequent contributor to British publications.","BioLong":"From guiding groups to the intricate temples at Abydos and Dendara, to simply sailing down the Nile River, to sharing the connections between modern and ancient Egypt, Ahmed&apos;s expertise in history and culture adds invaluable insight as a Trip Leader. &ldquo;We are all students in the temple of knowledge,&rdquo; he says. With multiple degrees in ancient history and biblical studies, and the author of two books: Prophets and Pharaohs and By Way of Accident, Ahmed makes a fantastic companion in these ancient realms. When not leading trips, he spends time with his family in Cairo, where they live, enjoys traveling in off-the-beaten-path regions of the Western Desert of Egypt, and is a frequent contributor to British publications. In the spring of 2013, Ahmed scouted our Expedition to Sudan trip and has since led several trips to explore the pyramids of northern Sudan."},{"GuideID":850774,"First_Name":"Mohamed","Last_Name":"Ossama","BioShort":"As a specialist in Egyptology, and a guide since 1995, one would think of Mohamed Ossama as the perfect connection to the region&apos;s culture and tradition. He is&mdash;and more! From thought-provoking discussions to fascinating insights, Mohamed will bridge the ancient world with the modern, leaving you entranced by the deep history and current events. Mohamed lives in Cairo, and is closely associated with St. Olaf College in Minnesota and its intensive educational programs with American University in Cairo. When not leading trips, he enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with his wife and two children.","BioLong":"As a specialist in Egyptology, and a guide since 1995, one would think of Mohamed Ossama as the perfect connection to the region&apos;s culture and tradition. He is&mdash;and more! From thought-provoking discussions to fascinating insights, Mohamed will bridge the ancient world with the modern, leaving you entranced by the deep history and current events. Mohamed lives in Cairo, and is closely associated with St. Olaf College in Minnesota and its intensive educational programs with American University in Cairo. When not leading trips, he enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with his wife and two children."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Deena M.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"This was my 4th Wilderness trip and it was the most exhilarating. Every day was filled with wonder and awe. The ancient sites were simply amazing, both in Egypt and Jordan. Each day I thought that what I saw couldn't be topped and then the following day, I was even more amazed. Our guide, Mohamed, made it all seem effortless."},{"GuestNames":"John G.","GuestLocation":"Earlysville, VA","GuestReview":"An absolutely first-rate trip to explore the ancient world in Egypt and Jordan."},{"GuestNames":"Julia K.","GuestLocation":"Bend, OR","GuestReview":"This was a wonderful trip with superb guides and a very well planned itinerary. We enjoyed Egypt, where we knew what we were going to see, but Jordan was a revelation. Petra was so much bigger than we expected and Wadi Rum and the day at the Dead Sea were really memorable."},{"GuestNames":"Kathy G.","GuestLocation":"San Carlos, CA","GuestReview":"This was a dream trip in all respects, one that exceeded every expectation I had. Can't wait to travel with WT again!"},{"GuestNames":"Kent P.","GuestLocation":"Arvada, CO","GuestReview":"Mohamed was an incredible blend of leader, friend, and participant. His presence was reassuring, his knowledge second to none, and his enthusiasm contagious! He was friendly, open to questions, willing to listen, and had keen insight into the needs of the group. We felt as if we were experiencing two countries that are close to his heart...and his information was pertinent and always interesting. When we reminisce about Egypt and Jordan, it will be his face and his voice that takes us back there!"},{"GuestNames":"Mark H.","GuestLocation":"Wilmette, IL","GuestReview":"The itinerary and operation of the trip was superior. The hotels were excellent, the Nile Adventurer was incredible, the luxury tents at Wadi Rum were great, and the food was inventive and very appetizing."},{"GuestNames":"Marney G.","GuestLocation":"Montgomery, AL","GuestReview":"Everyone was so thorough and helpful. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $600 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}