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2018 Culture and Dance Study Tour in Egypt
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Scheherezade School of Dance in conjunction with Scheherezade Imports sponsors  trips to Egypt.  Scheherezade has been traveling to Egypt since 1983. She has sponsored numerous cultural tours  and dance study tours to Egypt

 

 The April 2018 tour is in the planning stages.  Email us for details or visit the Scheherezade Imports Facebook page.

 

Previous interaries have included


Tour #1 Dance &Shop Til You Drop

Non stop Flights JFK/CAI/JFK , 11 nites hotel +breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 1 dinner/Airport transfers in Cairo/2 days site seeing in Cairo via private air conditioned minibus,English speaking Egyptologist and admission to historic sites included/unlimited escorted shopping days/ evening whirling dervish performance/ 30 hours dance class/festival welcome party with beverages/evening festival parties with option to perform/daily optional adventures


Tour Option #2
“I Want it All” with Nile Cruise Extension

Everything in shop til you drop plus
Air Cairo/Aswan/Luxor/Cairo, transfer to and from airport in Aswan and Luxor/4 nite 5 star Nile Cruise Aswan to Luxor/all meals & all site seeing
Aswan/River Temples along the route/Luxor included with private ground transport and English speaking Egyptologist/ 1 additional night in Cairo



Tour Packages feature personalized, fully escorted power shopping & optional cultural adventures  by the staff of Scheherezade Imports. Your historical tours of Cairo/Luxor/Aswan will feature the services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist & guide.

 

Tours and Activities: Dance & Shop Til you Drop

In previous tours have Included- guided shopping excursion to Khan el Khalili, balady dinner, Whirling Dervish Show, Gayer Anderson Museum, Ibun Tulun, Raifi, and  Sultan Hassan Mosques, lunch at downtown restaurant, Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum, Coptic Cairo, lunch in Al Azhar Park, Citadel of Salah El Din, Pyramid and Sphinx, Camel ride, lunch in Giza.  30 hours of dance class. Evening Festival welcome party with beverages, evening dance parties during the festival with opportunity to perform. 

Optional: daily and evening excursions based upon group interest. Examples dutch treat evening Nile Dinner Cruise with dancer, Beit El Suheymi restoration, history walk  Bab Zweila to Bab Futuh,  balady walk Mohamed Ali street, markets and back streets, walk along the Nile and felucca ride, day trip to Alexandria or Fayoum, Oum Kholthum museum,  Visit the Cairo Tower, shoe shopping and bookstores downtown, the “Attaba/Muski” experience, evening at Makan and or Dammah theater for folklore or Cairo Opera House for traditional Oriental Music, golf (for the significant others), papyrus factory or perfumerie visit.

 

Additional Tours and Activities: I Want it All:

Previous tours have Included: 5* Nile River Cruise -4nites: All meals on board cruise, afternoon tea daily, Felucca ride in Awan to visit Botanical Garden and Nubian Village, Nubian show on board in evening, visit Aswan High Dam, Philae temple, Nubian Museum, Kom Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, evening galabeya party, Valley of the Kings and Queens, Colossi of Memnon, Queen Hatshepsut’s , Karnak and Luxor Temples, Oriental Dance show.

Optional: visit to the Aswan market/souk, Horse drawn carriage ride, visit to the Aswan Cathedral, visit to the Luxor Museum or mummy museum, dawn hot air balloon ride in Luxor.

 


Exclusive Features of Our Tours:


~Travel/tour agencies/personnel  partners  here in the US and Egypt who are members of travel industry professional organizarions and  that appreciate our travel needs.  They have handled all of  my international travel since the 1980s. 

 

~ extensive pre-trip planning, preparation & orientation via email and phone

 

~Orientation meetings at JFK on day of departure and upon arrival in Cairo.


 

~Well planned and well paced touring/site seeing with licensed fluent English speaking guides and Egyptologists for touring at all historical sites. 

 

~Private air conditioned transportation for all included site seeing and touring.

 

~No impersonal large groups that are rushed/herded. 1 staff to 12 guest ratio with personalized assitance and attention throughout the trip.


~Personalized optional activies planned on site in Egypt based upon the interest of the tour participants.

 

~Personal assistance planning for class selection to maximize/tailor your class selections to your personal dance education needs.

 

~Assistance in arranging transportation for daily optional outings

 

~Assistance in arranging optional professional photo shoot

 

~For those who want to powershop we  provide you with introductions to reputable merchants and offer you opportunities to make purchases from the same manufacturers and suppliers used by Scheherezade Imports at discounted rates.

 

~It is our pleasure to teach you how to  manage Cairo's famous traffic so you can cross the street safely, how to bargain, the basics of Egyptian Etiquette, how to hail a cab and negotiate the fare, what to eat and what  not to eat, how to avoid cultural blunders etc etc.

 

~If there are specific sites you want to visit that are not included in our group touring package we will be happy to assist you in arranging visits with reputable transportation and guides

 

~Daily Optional Activities for group members 

 Although these outings may take place concurrently with various classes  we work with the group to minimize, as best we can, conflicts. Examples of past optional and dutch treat outings have included "exploring the old side" non tourist markets, shopping the upscale  malls, visiting  the village of Kerdassa for caftans and carpets, downtown shoe shopping for the shoe fanatics, American University bookstore and other great book and print shops, Exploring the Khan in Depth/watch artisans at work, exploring the outdoor markets around Mohammed Ali St., walk abouts in off the beaten track neighborhoods in Old Cairo, adventuring on the Cairo subway, horseback riding at sunset, day trip to Alexandria, visiting off the beaten track museums, historic sites, great old neighborhoods, visits to my Egyptian friends homes, VIP visits to the historic Citadel, and other adventures for those on a journey instead of a tour!

 

Additional Notes about Scheherezade Imports Trips

Because we strive to give personal attention to each tour particpant we keep our group numbers limited with a staff to participant ratio of no greater than 1 staff to 12 participants. It is important to us that we have time to be accessible to our tour participants. We strive to give the most in depth experience our limited time in Egypt allows us to, and, if it is within power to make "it" happen for our tour participants.  We request that you dress in modest Western style clothing appropriate to the season....Females are NOT requested to or required to wear any form of hejab or head covering.

 

 

Tour/Trip Payment options:


Prices quoted are discounts for cash only: Money order, US check drawn on a US branch bank only or Western Union Cash Transfers.

 

VISA, AMEX,MasterCard,  DISCOVER or Paypal payments are 3.5 % above quoted discounts for cash.  International bank wire tranfers must be for the full discounted cash amount-all international wire bank fees are the responsibility of the participant.

General Payment Policies:


A $500 nonrefundable deposit will hold your reservation prior to cut off date for early bird discount  There are no refunds or credits given unless the trip is canceled by Scheherezade Imports. Please note that we will require a minimum of 6 participants for the trip.  In the event that  we do not meet the minimum of 6 we reserve the right to cancel and we will refund your entire payment made to date,including any deposits.

Not Included in Any Tour or Trip Options


~meals, acitivities and admissions, fees not specifically identified as included in the packages described above, any food or beverage items not part of the meal packages that were preselected for the group inclusive meals, personal purchases, incidentals, transportation charges for itemsnot specifically identified as included in the tour packages, any and all items listed in the Optional or add on activities for  any items listed as DUTCH TREAT or optional, bottled water/beverages/meals not specifically noted as included in the tour packages noted above, alcoholic beverages, cost of obtaining a tourist visa for ARE(Egypt), cost of obtaining a valid passport, cost of obtaining medical insurance or care while on the trip, taxis, any transportation not specifically listed as included in your package, tips, gratuities, additional taxes or fees either in the US or Egypt related to the import or export of goods for personal or business use and and all items not expressly indicated as included in trip options  above.

 

~Additional airport/airline taxes, airport fees, new international tourist security taxes or fees that are placed in effect AFTER you book. This is the result of the ever fluctuating status of the airline industry,international airport and tourism security.

All prices for the various trip/tour options include the taxes and fees current as of the date of publication however we suggest you budget between $250-350 for additional taxes and fees....the date of group ticket issuance (ie the date the airline physically releases and sends the tickets )... not your booking date... is the date the taxes and fees are applied.

If we get lucky and the fees do not go up then no additional monies will be due. While we regret this area of uncertainty regarding final costs, we are committed to full disclosure regarding final costs prior to any bookings.


We are pleased to offer you references regarding our trip/tour. Please just let us know.


 

Ready to book your trip?

email us for a registration packet

sherzade@earthlink.net


Please contact us with any question:

 phone: 804 749-3059 fax: 804 749-3480

email: sherzade@earthlink.net
Office Address: 2420 Hampden Row, Rockville, VA 23146 USA

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Mohamed Ali Street

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Nile Maxim Dinner Cruise

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Cairo by Night

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Yummy Egyptian Fateer

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Khan el Khalili Market

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Mohamed Ali Mosque

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Queen Hatshepsuets Temple

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Hot Air Ballooning over the Nile Valley in Upper Egypt

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Along the Nile

Karnak Temple, Nile, Valley of the Kings
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Aswan