Secrets of the Pharaohs

Egypt Private Journey

Egypt

9 Days

From $7,795

Level 1

Easiest

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    Overview

    The 5,000-year-long story of Egypt is an epic and extraordinary one, from the colossal Great Pyramids on the Giza Plateau to the monumental temples along the legendary Nile, lifeblood of Egypt, where temples, tombs, and hieroglyphs continue to entrance visitors, as they have for thousands of years. On this Private Journey with your Egyptologist guide, explore the Pyramids and feast your eyes on the glorious artifacts from King Tutankhamen's tomb, then set off on a deluxe Nile cruise, gliding in the wake of Cleopatra and the pharaohs as you discover their mysterious world from Aswan to Luxor. For a pre- or post-trip extension, visit ancient Alexandria on the Mediterranean or explore Jordan's lost city of Petra and T. E. Lawrence's Wadi Rum, a legendary mountain-and-desert landscape.

    Arrive: Cairo, Egypt

    Depart: Cairo, Egypt

    Highlights

    • Luxurious Nile cruise boat with Nile-view cabins
    • Great Pyramids at Giza, Treasures of King Tut
    • Temples of Karnak and Luxor, Valley of the Kings, and visit to Abu Simbel
    • Beautiful tomb of Queen Nefertari and King Tut's Tomb
    • Private guide in Cairo and during the Nile cruise

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      Itinerary

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      Please note: Trip dates depend on the boat schedule and availability.
      Experience the wonder of the monumental pyramids of the great pharaohs, a colossal testament to mankind's quest for immortality. Nothing quite prepares one for the first sight of the three pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mycerinus, and the enigmatic Sphinx. Explore the treasures of the renowned Egyptian Museum, including the stunning golden artifacts unearthed from the tomb of young King Tut, and roam the twisting passageways of the ancient Khan El Khalili bazaar, little changed since the 14th century, all in the company of your own Egyptologist guide.
      A cruise on the storied Nile is the ultimate experience of this epic land of history. Discover the Valley of the Kings and Queens, home to magnificent tombs including that of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's only female pharaoh, the monumental temple of Karnak, and Luxor, a strikingly graceful piece of temple architecture on the banks of the Nile. Explore the romantic and majestic temple complex of Isis at Philae, an exquisite blend of Egyptian and Greco-Roman architecture, and the striking Temple of Kom Ombo, standing on a promontory at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Among the many sites you visit is the extraordinary Temple of Horus, the most completely preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt.
      In Cairo, visit the nearby royal necropolis of Dahshur, set in the desert on the west bank of the Nile, or explore Coptic Cairo, with its ancient Christian churches. Depart on Day 9.
      Please note: some departures have cruises that run in the reverse direction (Luxor/Aswan). Those itineraries are as follows:
      Days 1-3: Arrive in Cairo, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Islamic Cairo, Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Step Pyraid
      Day 4: Fly to Luxor, tour Luxor Temple, Valley of the Queen and Kings, Nefertari and King Tut's Tomb
      Day 5: Temple of Karnak, Temple of Khnum
      Day 6: Temple of Edfu, Egyptian cooking lesson, Kom Ombo, evening “Egyptian Night” costume party on board the ship
      Day 7: Philae Temple, Aswan, felucca ride, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens, Agha Khan Mausoleum, and traditional folkloric and dervish show on board the ship
      Day 8: Fly to Abu Simel, tour Abu Simel, fly to Cairo for overnight
      Day 9: Depart

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: January to December. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Accommodations in 5-star hotels and a luxury vessel
      • All meals included except 3 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Expert leadership of private guide in Cairo and private guide during Nile cruise
      • Visa fee
      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 private guides, representatives (in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan), drivers, and cruise staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      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...

      Sun Boat IV

      Nile River, Egypt

      River Vessel | Days 4-7 (4 nights)

      The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is a chic contemporary boat with Art Deco design influences. There are 36 standard cabins, two presidential suites, and two royal suites. Spaciousness and state-of-the art private bathrooms are the hallmarks of the cabins, each with air conditioning, mini bar, and LCD...

      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...

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, according to our trip grading system. It is an overland touring trip with day walks to explore the fascinating temples and wonderful towns of this ancient and modern civilization. It can be enjoyed by anyone in good health who has no mobility restrictions.
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      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.

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      Client Testimonials

      "All five of us greatly enjoyed the trip and learned a lot. We saw a great deal with knowledgeable guides who were a pleasure to be with, who anticipated problems, and who helped us avoid crowds and maximize our visits to sites."

      Constance C.

      New Haven, CT

      "Wilderness Travel did it again! This was just perfect. The on the ground service was incredible. First class all the way. We are spoiled! This was such an incredible experience for us. Please encourage people to come to Egypt."

      Denny H.

      Mercer Island, WA

      "Thanks again for a trip well planned and executed. We appreciate your professionalism."

      Heather B.

      Venice, Italy

      "Fantastic trip. Loved every minute of it!"

      Hensley E.

      Rosendale, NY

      "The itinerary and accommodations were perfect and our guides were the simply the best! Each one was very personable and had the unique ability to weave a vivid and memorable story of the region's past and present. We look forward to our next trip with WT!"

      Jo F.

      Orlando, FL

      "This is one of the very best trips we have ever been on. No question we were spoiled by having private guide, private bus 90% of the time, and doing things at our own speed and addressed to our particular interests. Our guide was one of the best we have ever encountered."

      Kathy B.

      Lafayette, CA

      "We would never have been able to do all the things we did without such a well planned trip."

      Mary Jeanne K.

      Bend, OR

      "Great itinerary, good, hotels, nice balance between activity and relaxation."

      Nicholas P.

      Chicago, IL

      "This was an outstanding trip. Everything was planned and executed perfectly."

      Pat H.

      Richmond, VA

      "I don't know how it could have been better!"

      Vaneesa L.

      Atlanta, GA

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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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The tomb, the largest in the Valley of the Kings, is richly decorated and leads to a huge chamber with a stunning arched celing. You&apos;ll 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.\r\n\r\nIn the afternoon, visit the Luxor Temple, a strikingly graceful piece of architecture on the banks of the Nile built by the New Kingdom Pharaoh Amenophis III on the site of an older sanctuary. Explore Luxor&apos;s sprawling, 100-acre Karnak temple complex, with its great Hypostyle Hall, an incredible forest of tall columns seemingly receding into infinity. Built on a massive scale to house the gods, the complex was begun during the 12th Dynasty and it owes its magnificence and complexity to additions made by succeeding rulers over a period of 1,300 years. There are three separate temple enclosures, the largest being the Precinct of Amun, dedicated to the supreme god of the New Kingdom. For your last night on board, enjoy a gala farewell dinner (jacket &ldquo;required\" for men, but not enforced).","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Cairo \/ Dashur \/ Coptic Cairo","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"In the morning fly to Cairo. Time permitting, choose from one of the following options. Meet your private Egyptologist guide and visit the nearby royal necropolis of Dahshur, set in the desert on the west bank of the Nile. Two of its pyramids are the largest, oldest, and best preserved in Egypt. Or, explore Coptic Cairo, with a visit to the Fortress of Babylon, Church of St. Sergius, Hanging Church and Coptic Museum. 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If they are unable to reach you directly, please instruct them to call our office in Berkeley, California, and we will get a message to you as soon as possible. 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Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Egypt. In addition, we recommend your passport have at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a> . 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Upon arrival at the Amman International airport before the immigration area, you will be met by our local Representative in front of the gate, theywill be holding a sign with your name on it for identification. They will also assist you with the visa process. Note that in the unlikely event the visa fee waiver request is not in their system, be prepared to pay 40 Jordanian dinars (approx $60USD per person) in cash. <br><br>If you prefer to get your visa prior to your arrival you may contact our recommended passport and visa processing service, <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a> (PVE). On the PVE website, purchase the Egypt Tourist Single Visa (valid for 3 months) and the Jordan Tourist Single Visa (valid for 3 months). PVE can also be reached by phone at 888-596-6028. Let them know you are booked on a Wilderness Travel trip. <br><br>If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.","Custom_Money":"The unit of currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP). Major credit cards are accepted at larger hotels and shops in Egypt and Jordan (for the extension). Traveler's checks are not recommended as they can be difficult and time-consuming to cash. You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, for any meals not included in the trip itinerary, for international and domestic airport departure taxes (see below), and for personal items like snacks, phone calls, etc. Beer, wine, and sodas are complimentary at our welcome and farewell dinners and available for purchase during the trip. <br><br>We recommend you bring approximately $400 in cash in small bills and one or two major credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) for shopping and hotel extras. 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Total $50-$70 per trip member.<br><strong><br>City Representatives<\/strong>: $7-8 USD per person per day ($25 for Cairo; $15 for Luxor; $15 for Aswan; $10 for Abu Simbel).<br>Total $65 per trip member.<br><strong><br>Nile Cruise Staff<\/strong>: $10-12 USD per traveler per cruise day (shared between all staff on board). Total per person $50-$60 per cruise.<br><strong><br>For the Petra and Dead Sea Extension<\/strong>: We suggest $20 USD per day per trip member for the Jordan guide, and $10 USD per person per day for the driver. The tip for the horse boy at Petra is $5-$8 USD per person. The suggested tip for a Turkish Bath is 10% to 15%. For tipping in restaurants, we suggest 10% of the bill. 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We recommend you discuss the following with your physician:<br><strong><br>Yellow Fever<\/strong><br>This is the only vaccination currently subject to international health regulations. The vaccination is required for entry into many African countries if you are arriving from an &#8220;endemic yellow fever zone&#8221; country (most of sub- Saharan Africa and South America). For more information, refer to <a href=\"https:\/\/wwwnc.cdc.gov\/travel\">cdc.gov\/travel<\/a>.<br><strong><br>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><strong><br>Hepatitis<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><strong><br>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><strong><br>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna, a course of four capsules, one every other day for a week, with full effectiveness reached in a week. 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People with serious medical concerns must take this into account in choosing Egypt as a destination. We recommend that you bring an ample supply of personal medications with you in your carry-on luggage.<br><strong><br>Emergency Evacuation<br><\/strong>In case of serious illness or injury, you may need to be evacuated to Cairo or even back to the US. Evacuation by air may or may not be available. <br><br>If you require evacuation from a trip, you are responsible for payment of all evacuation costs. You must pay evacuation costs directly to the evacuation service prior to the evacuation. Acceptable forms of payment are typically cash or traveler's checks. Credit cards may or may not be accepted. If you are able to use your credit card, be aware that a service charge will be assessed in addition to the actual cost of the evacuation. You must bring one of these forms of payment with you in case of an emergency.<br>We strongly recommend that you purchase medical evacuation insurance, which usually reimburses you in the event of an emergency medical evacuation. Please note: You typically need to get the approval of evacuation from your insurance company prior to the evacuation. Check with your insurance company for further details.","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. 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. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. 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We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. 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. 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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":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost<br>\r\n90 days prior to departure: Balance<br>\r<br><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost<br>90 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}