This Seminar is planned for 14 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CME/CE credits, Certificates of Completion and possible tax deductible guidelines will be provided for registered Professional Seminar attendees Certificates of Attendance will be provided for ALL registered seminar participants
Seminar Overview/Statement of Purpose:
Healthcare practitioners are currently faced with the challenges of both treating and preventing the ever-increasing incidence of chronic diseases. The need to adapt best practice models in the context of emerging healthcare reforms impacting patient care delivery and access to care is an important issue for all healthcare practitioners. PES is fortunate to have dental and medical practitioners representing a variety of specialties participating in the CME/CE sessions. PES understands the importance of offering inter-professional healthcare education, allowing colleagues to gain cross-specialty perspectives and updates in the treatment and prevention of disease.
More than 70 million Americans experience fatigue, irritability, depression, inability to concentrate, memory problems, loss of productivity and auto or workplace accidents, primarily due to sleep disorders. These symptoms affect many aspects of your life and if left untreated, some sleep disorders may increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke. The course will educate healthcare providers on sleep disorders as the physician typically bears the burden of diagnosis, however, dentists, psychologists and respiratory therapists are usually involved. The course will also educate healthcare providers on how to comfortably communicate the importance of advance care planning and describe the steps of the advance care planning process.
Planned In Country Healthcare Topics Include:
Dr. Pell Ann Wardrop is the medical director of the St. Joseph Sleep Wellness Center in Lexington, Kentucky. During her 20 years as a general otolaryngologist with a multispecialty group in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Wardrop pursued additional training in sleep medicine. She was board certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine in 2003 and the American Board of Otolaryngology in the subspecialty of sleep medicine in 2008.
Dr. John F. Carpenter has received appointment to the Medical Staff of Westchester Medical Center in New York as an Attending in the Department of Dental Medicine. He works with the Dental Residents helping them plan and execute all phases of dentistry. Dr. Carpenter has been awarded Fellowship and Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has received the Academy of General Dentistry’s Fellowship and Mastership Awards. Dr. Carpenter has conducted his dental practice in New Windsor since 1983, and he frequently lectures at various continuing education meetings and has published articles on advanced treatment techniques and procedures.
Dr. Christopher Costanzo specializes in cosmetic surgery, hand surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, and pediatric plastic surgery. He finished his training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota in 1986 and set up a solo practice in Thousand Oaks California. In 1987, he attained a Board Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In all his years of practice, he has had a 100% perfect safety record after thousands of surgical procedures.
George Roughan is a founding Partner of TAP Series. TAP Series has been providing online food safety education and certification since 1999. TAP Series provides ANSI accredited certification courses in all fifty states and internationally. George has been a voting member of the FDA advisory body the Conference for Food Protection for 13 years. Over the years TAP Series has successfully accredited millions of food industry workers in a variety of food safety processes.
Dr. Vera Stewart is a general dentist practicing in California. She earned her DDS degree at USC Dental School and her Bachelor of Science in Biology at UCI. Dr. Stewart is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Fernando Valley Dental Association, the Agoura Hills Chamber of Commerce, and the Conejo Implant Study Club.
Dr. Lan Su is a board certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist. As one of nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, there are less than 400 such specialists nationwide. She is on the faculty in Orofacial pain, Oral Medicine and Pathology at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and a clinical professor in the Head and Neck Department of UCI Medical Center.
Colonel Michael N. Wajdowicz is currently a Professor of Comprehensive Dentistry in the Air Force Postgraduate Dental School. He received his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. He has earned status as a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, Fellowship in the International College of Dentists, and Fellowship in the American College of Dentists.
Educational Goals: Our goal is to provide unparalleled CME/CE travel opportunities for healthcare professionals that combine their most passionate destination desires with their educational goals, fostering exceptional learning experiences, friendships and connections with national and international colleagues.
Learning Objectives: Keep abreast of rapid expansion of medical knowledge and current best practice models on multiple topics to facilitate change and thus provide continually excellent patient care.
By design, this program permits medical experts to collaborate with colleagues and international counterparts to realize cross cultural view points and updates within the treatment and prevention of disease and offers opportunities to compare and contrast current best practices to supply quality patient care and outcomes in their own professional setting
Continuing Education Recognition Awards offered for healthcare professionals on this PES Program include:
Physicians: Programs are reviewed by the American Academy of Family Physicians for a minimum of 14 Prescribed Credit Hours. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) toward the AMA Physician Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
The Professional Education Society designates this activity for a minimum of 14 continuing education credits.
Nurses: The Professional Education Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 5428, for up to 14 contact hours. Although the California Board of Registered Nursing does not approve individual continuing education courses, providers are required by law to be approved by the Board. Reciprocity for continuing education hours for nurses is available in most states. Please check with your regulation board regarding requirements.
For Other Healthcare Professionals: Certificates of Attendance are issued to all participants attending credit sessions and can be submitted for credit approval to their professional board. In order to receive a Certificate of Attendance, registrants must sign-in, attend the programs and complete a program evaluation.
Tax Deduction: This healthcare seminar has been designed to comply with current IRS convention rules and deductibility requirements under Code Section 274(h)(1) as directly related to the conduct of the attendee’s profession and meeting the reasonableness standard of the foreign seminar rules. The formal meetings will be scheduled with lectures and discussions. Seminars in conference rooms, clinics or hospitals will be conducted by in-country speakers as well as distinguished faculty of the Professional Education Society.
Documentation verifying the scheduling dates, locations, hours of attendance, certificate of participation, and appropriate certificate of continuing medical, dental or nursing education will be provided at the completion of the conference. Tax deductible benefits are not guaranteed and we recommend that every attendee should consult with their Tax Consultant about their Individual situation to determine the appropriate amount and reporting of deductible expenses.
Uncover Egypt’s ancient secrets with PES on this bucket list adventure! Visit iconic landmarks, temples, and monuments and cruise the Nile in a manner once reserved for pharaohs on the brand new S.S. Sphinx.
Cruise & Tour Itinerary Highlights:
All-Inclusive Cruise & Tour Package:
|Oct 31||Sat||Cairo – Four Seasons Hotel||Transfer from Cairo International Airport or from optional Amman and Petra Pre-Tour to hotel|
|Nov 1||Sun||Cairo – Four Seasons Hotel||Citadel of Salah al-Din, Alabaster Mosque and Egyptian Museum|
|Nov 2||Mon||Fly to Luxor, Embark S.S. Sphinx, Dendera||Temple at Karnak|
|Nov 3||Tue||Dendera, Luxor||Temple of Hathor & Temple of Luxor|
|Nov 4||Wed||Luxor, Kom Ombo||Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings|
|Nov 5||Thu||Kom Ombo, Aswan||Kom Ombo Temple & Bird watching boat ride and tea with a Nubian family|
|Nov 6||Fri||Aswan||Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple & Boat ride in traditional Nile River felucca and afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel Aswan|
|Nov 7||Sat||Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu||Day at Leisure or Optional Temples of Abu Simbel ($)|
|Nov 8||Sun||Esna, Luxor||Temple of Esna|
|Nov 9||Mon||Luxor, Disembark S.S. Sphinx, Fly to Cairo – Four Seasons Hotel||Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza|
|Nov 10||Tue||Cairo – Four Seasons Hotel||Ancient Memphis sites, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and Sakkara visit|
|Nov 11||Wed||Cairo||Transfer to Cairo International Airport or join the optional Jerusalem Post-Tour|
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Cairo – Four Seasons Hotel
Arrive at Cairo International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, a Uniworld representative will be on hand to greet you and escort you to the opulent Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Cairo – Four Seasons Hotel
The ancient quarter of Cairo is intense—the colors, the sounds, the density of people—and it’s likely been this way for thousands of years. Your local expert will show you a 12th-century citadel, the beautiful Alabaster Mosque and an unsurpassed collection of priceless artifacts, including mind-boggling treasures once buried with the boy king Tutankhamen.
Included Excursion: Citadel of Salah al-Din, Alabaster Mosque and Egyptian Museum
Your tour of this historic city includes a visit to the Citadel of Salah al-Din, a massive compound containing mosques and museums and offering breathtaking views of Cairo. Founded in the seventh century by Arab conquerors, the Fatimid dynasty rulers made Cairo their capital and named it al-Qahira (“the Victorious”). The great sultan Salah al-Din built his citadel in the 12th century as a government center and bulwark against invading armies of Crusaders. Located high above the eastern end of Cairo on El-Moqattam Hill, the citadel was the home of Egypt’s rulers for more than 700 years and is one of the oldest attractions in the city.
After the Ottoman ruler Muhammad Ali seized power in the 1800s, he restored the walls of the citadel and built numerous palaces, schools and government buildings inside. His masterpiece was the great Alabaster Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, which you’ll have an opportunity to visit. Its two slender minarets were Muhammad Ali’s declaration of independence from Istanbul, as Ottoman law decreed that only a sultan could build a mosque with two minarets. The mosque’s expansive Turkish-style interior is lit by a beautiful array of lamps suspended from the intricately decorated ceiling.
You’ll also visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, established in 1900 and by far the most impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities and pharaonic treasures in the world. Located in the heart of Cairo, the museum displays an astonishing number of objects. Ancient Egyptian history began with the founding of the Old Kingdom around 3100 BC and lasted 3,000 years, until Alexander the Great conquered the country in 332 BC and ended the rule of the pharaohs. The museum’s galleries are laid out in roughly chronological order as you move clockwise along the ground floor.
Monday, November 2, 2020
Fly to Luxor, Embark S.S. Sphinx, Dendera
Prepare to be amazed at the legendary Temple of Karnak, a massive and absolutely astounding site, with gigantic columns, broad avenues lined with stone sphinxes and halls of truly epic proportions. Your local guide is a trained Egyptologist with fascinating insights to share, many not found in any guidebook.
Included Excursion: Temple at Karnak
After a short flight to Luxor on the east bank of the Nile, you can stroll through the grand avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic columns of the magnificent Temple of Karnak. This vast complex, situated about 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) from the Temple of Luxor, was originally established during the Middle Kingdom (1991-1633 BC), and various dynasties over the next 1,300 years continued to expand it. Karnak is a massive and simply astounding site, reflecting the combined achievements of many generations of ancient builders—as many as 80,000 laborers took part in its creation during the 19th Dynasty alone.
Buried under sand for a thousand years, the UNESCO- designated Karnak complex is composed of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples and several outer temples. The largest of these is dedicated to Amun, a great pharaonic god. Enter the main compound, the Precinct of Amun, through the Great Court, and continue on to the dazzling Great Hypostyle Hall—sometimes called the Hall of Columns—an imposing forest of 134 enormous sandstone columns in the form of papyrus stalks.
Later, you’ll board the elegant River Tosca and set sail for beautiful Dendera. Enjoy a Gala Reception and dinner onboard this evening.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Like its twin shrine, the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor stands on the site of ancient Thebes, the once flourishing capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. It was built over hundreds of years and even in ruins it is still an extraordinary place. You’ll also visit the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty.
Included Excursion: Temple of Hathor
The impressive Temple of Hathor at Dendera was dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty. The temple dates to Egypt’s Ptolemaic era, when the heirs of Alexander the Great ruled over Egypt and adopted Egyptian culture and religion as their own. Built between 125 BC and AD 65, it is one of the best-preserved temples in all of Egypt and features a rare bas-relief of Cleopatra with Caesarion, the son she bore to Julius Caesar.
Return to Luxor for some free time before visiting the ancient Temple of Luxor.
Included Excursion: Temple of Luxor
Enter the temple through the great pylon—a ceremonial gateway—where two enormous statues of Ramses II still stand, along with a pink granite obelisk (its mate stands in the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France). Continue on to an enormous interior courtyard, where the Abu Haggag Mosque once stood atop the ruins of the temple. You can still see a ghostly remnant of the mosque on the east side of the courtyard, high above the columns, its arched doorway opening into thin air.
The temple’s chief architects were Amenhotep III (Egypt’s “Sun King,” also known as Amenophis III) and Ramses II, and it was constructed over hundreds of years, beginning around 1400 BC. It was dedicated to the “father of all life,” the god Amun, sometimes referred to as Amon or Amon-Ra. Ancient Egyptians came to the temple to pay tribute to this god during the Opet Festival, celebrated during the annual flooding of the Nile. Once a year, a great feast was held and the statue of Amun was transported via a small sailboat from the Temple of Karnak to the Temple of Luxor. (Stages of the festival are depicted in friezes along the Temple of Karnak’s grand processional colonnade, the construction of which was started by Amenhotep III and finished by his grandson, Tutankhamen.)
At the rear of the temple is the Sun Court of Amenhotep III, as well as the Bark Shrine that was rebuilt by Alexander the Great (who is depicted bare-chested on the walls). The Luxor Temple complex is at its most stunning at sunset, when it is illuminated with the golden glow of the setting sun.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Luxor, Kom Ombo
The word “colossal” will take on a whole new meaning after today’s excursion to the gigantic twin statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. And that’s just the beginning—you’ll also visit the temple of one of Egypt’s rare female pharaohs as well as the Valley of the Kings, used as a royal burial place for nearly 500 years and where the mummified remains of Tutankhamen are on display.
Included Excursion: Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings
Get an up-close view of two gigantic statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, better known as the Colossi of Memnon. Sixty feet (18 meters) tall and gazing eastward toward the rising sun, the statues depict Amenhotep seated on his throne. Carved next to his legs are his mother and his wife, with side panels depicting the god of the Nile, Hapi. The figures originally sat in front of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III and are believed to have surpassed even Karnak in size. Unfortunately, the temple itself was slowly dismantled over the centuries to provide building materials for new temples; the twin Colossi continue to stand guard nonetheless, just as they have done for the past 3,400 years.
The Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri is another highlight today. One of Egypt’s rare female pharaohs, Hatshepsut is considered by historians to have been one of the most successful rulers of ancient Egypt. Both the setting and the construction of her temple make it unique among the landmarks of Egypt; built into the face of steep cliffs at the basin, the temple is made of limestone instead of sandstone, unlike any other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period. Hatshepsut’s successor, Thutmose III, attempted to remove her name from the temple, and many images of the queen were damaged or destroyed during his reign.
You’ll also visit one of the most famous archeological sites in the world—the remote and barren Valley of the Kings, used for royal burials for nearly 500 years. Much of our understanding of Egyptian mythology has been garnered from these ancient chambers, located about four miles (seven kilometers) inland on the west bank of the Nile. It was here that the bodies of great pharaohs such as Ramses II and Thutmose III were once laid to rest and where the mummified remains of the boy king Tutankhamen are still on display. The idea for establishing this royal burial ground is thought to have originated with Thutmose I, who opted to conceal his tomb far from his mortuary temple in an effort to deter tomb robbers. Subsequent pharaohs did the same, changing a tradition that had endured for close to 2,000 years.
Within the tombs and along the walls of the Valley of the Kings, inscriptions from the Book of the Dead provided instructions on how the pharaohs could safely journey to the next world and avoid the dangers that lay on the way. For the sake of preservation, only a handful of the most interesting tombs are open to visitors at any given time.
Return to the ship and set sail for Kom Ombo. Tonight, don your galabeya (traditional Egyptian attire, samples of which will be available for purchase onboard if you’d like to participate but didn’t bring your own) for a festive onboard party featuring traditional Egyptian music.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Kom Ombo, Aswan
After visiting a temple dedicated to a crocodile god today (don’t miss the display of some of the 300 mummified crocs found in the local area), hop aboard a small boat for a bird-watching excursion along the Nile.
Included Excursion: Kom Ombo Temple
The Kom Ombo Temple, unlike most ancient Egyptian temples, is dedicated to two gods—the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus the Elder. Construction began under the reign of Ptolemy VI Philometor (180-145 BC) and continued under later rulers, most notably Ptolemy XIII (47-44 BC), who built the inner and outer hypostyle halls. Several of the 300 crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the temple.
Included Excursion: Bird watching boat ride and tea with a Nubian family
After a scenic cruise to Aswan, you’ll take a small boat on a bird-watching excursion along the Nile. Keep an eye out for different species of herons, kingfishers, vultures, sunbirds and other wildlife that thrive in the marsh grass along the riverbanks.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Today is an epic day, filled with wonders from start to finish. You’ll visit a marvel of modern engineering—the Aswan High Dam—as well as the Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Philae Temple complex, which was moved from one island to another back in the 1970s. But wait, there’s more. You’ll also take a ride in a felucca—a traditional Egyptian sailboat—and enjoy afternoon tea at a famous hotel depicted in Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile.
Included Excursion: Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple
The Aswan High Dam, completed in the 1970s, is a marvel of modern engineering that boasts some truly epic dimensions—it is 11,800 feet (3,597 meters) long; 3,215 feet (980 meters) wide at its base; and 304 feet (93 meters) high—with a reservoir capacity nearly five times that of the Hoover Dam. You’ll also visit the Unfinished Obelisk, commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut yet never completed due to a flaw discovered in the stone. If completed, it would have been the largest and heaviest obelisk ever attempted, weighing more than two million pounds (907,185 kilograms).
Another highlight today is the beautiful Philae Temple complex, originally situated on the island of Philae. It was painstakingly transferred to the island of Agilika after the construction of the Aswan High Dam to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, a daunting UNESCO-funded endeavor that took 10 years to complete. The three principal monuments on the island all date from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods—the Kiosk of Trajan, the Temple of Hathor and the Temple of Isis.
Included Excursion: Boat ride in traditional Nile River felucca and afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel Aswan
Today you will sail serenely down the Nile in a felucca— a small traditional boat with large triangular sails—a wonderful way to experience the river as Egyptians have for a thousand years. Later, relax over afternoon tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel Aswan, a colonial-era gem that counts Winston Churchill and Princess Diana among its former guests. This famous hotel was depicted in Agatha Christie’s acclaimed mystery novel Death on the Nile.
After dinner onboard this evening, you’ll be treated to an enchanting Nubian show featuring traditionally attired performers, live music and dancing.
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu
Spend the day at leisure or join us for an optional excursion to see the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
On today’s excursion, you’ll learn how the Temple of Esna was buried under debris for many centuries and is one of the last great Egyptian temples ever built. Your Egyptologist guide will share all sorts of fascinating insights about this significant cultural site and show you the façade bearing the last known hieroglyphic inscriptions ever recorded in Egypt.
Included Excursion: Temple of Esna
The Late Roman Temple of Esna lies on the west bank of the Nile about 34 miles (55 kilometers) south of Luxor. Buried under debris for many centuries, the temple is just a short walk from the ship through the local market. It dates from the Ptolemaic and Roman period (180 BC to AD 251) and is one of the last Egyptian temples ever built. Visitors can see two large inscriptions praising Khnum, the ram-headed god of creation, who fashioned mankind on a potter’s wheel from the clay mud of the Nile. There’s also a hypostyle hall with 24 pillars and a ceiling depicting Egyptian astronomical figures and Roman zodiac signs. On the temple’s western wall, look for images of Horus, the god of victory, and Khnum, dragging a net full of fish. At the foot of this façade are the last known hieroglyphic inscriptions ever recorded in Egypt.
Later, savor the Nile’s majestic scenery as the ship cruises to Luxor.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Luxor, Disembark S.S. Sphinx, Fly to Cairo – Four Seasons Hotel
After disembarking and flying back to Cairo, you’ll have time to relax before tonight’s featured excursion—a Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza. Disembark in Luxor and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. Check in to the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza and enjoy free time in the city before attending a sensational Sound and Light Show at the pyramids of Giza.
Included Excursion: Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza
This evening’s Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids is a fantastically creative and colorful introduction to these ancient wonders and the amazing people and culture that built them. Travel back in time as you experience a compelling historical overview, with fascinating insights into ancient Egyptian secrets and legends.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Cairo – Four Seasons Hotel
It’s a day of Bucket List Moments today as we venture to Ancient Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a number of amazing monuments to see—including the enigmatic Great Sphinx. After seeing the pyramids from afar last evening, you’ll have a thrilling opportunity to view them from an up-close perspective, the only way to fully appreciate their remarkable size and grandeur.
Included Excursion: Ancient Memphis sites, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and Sakkara visit
Venture forth to Ancient Memphis, the capital of Egypt’s Old Kingdom and now a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing a number of extraordinary monuments. You’ll see the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx, as well as the Step Pyramid of King Zoser (or Djoser) in nearby Sakkara, the oldest pyramid in the world and the prototype for all subsequent pyramids. The ancient architect and sage Imhotep initially designed the pyramid as a single story, then later added five more levels and covered the structure with a shell of fine limestone. In front of the pyramid, Imhotep built a stone structure containing a wooden box with two peepholes; peer inside and you’ll see a life-size painted statue of King Zoser. The peepholes were created to allow the king’s ka (life spirit) to communicate with the outside world.
At the Giza Necropolis, the face of ancient Egypt—the Great Sphinx—awaits your visit. With the body of a crouching lion and the head of a man, it is the largest monolith statue in the world. Experts believe that the Sphinx (known to the early Arabs as Abu al-Hol, “Father of Terror”) was built in the 26th century BC during Khafre’s reign, perhaps as a portrait of the pharaoh himself. Unfortunately, much of this monument has either eroded or been deliberately destroyed over the years. Some of its facial features are no longer intact, such as the beard and the nose—the latter of which was not shot off by Napoleon’s soldiers, as widely believed, but chiseled away many centuries earlier. A number of excavations in modern times have removed the sand that built up around the Sphinx over the centuries and kept much of it buried. Despite its timeworn condition, the Sphinx still kneels gracefully as it has for thousands of years, looking toward the east with an enigmatic smile.
Today you’ll also visit the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza. Beholding these legendary structures up close lets you appreciate their stone masonry and awe-inspiring architectural precision. Until as recently as the 19th century, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids—Khufu—was the tallest building in the world; when it was completed around the 26th century BC, it stood about 50 stories high.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Cairo International Airport for your flight home, or extend your trip with a memorable optional extension in Jerusalem.
Note: Ship schedule and order of sightseeing my change throughout the itinerary. Tour to port of destination by motorcoach and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to the impact of water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors.
Explore ancient ruins and rock-cut masterpieces on this 6-day pre-tour extension in Jordan. Thousands of years of history are yours to uncover as you wind your way through destinations brimming with archaeological wonders, mountainous landscapes and ancient ruins. This insightful discovery will open your eyes to the magnificence of this not-to-miss country!
Double Occupancy: $2,199 per person
Single Supplement: $699
Deposit: 10% of total package
Package includes 5 nights accommodation, 4 days of excursions, daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 1 dinner, transfers, transportation, flight from Amman to Cairo, gratuities, taxes, porterage, and the assistance of a Uniworld Tour Manager
St. Regis Amman, Amman, Jordan | 3 Nights
Opening in June 2019, the St. Regis Amman boasts a pre-eminent address in the heart of Jordan’s distinguished capital. Historical sites, ancient artifacts, shopping, and embassy affairs are located within a short distance of this lavish retreat. Guests are welcomed by the traditions and customs of the St. Regis legacy. Marvel at the finest restaurants, bars and cafés and shop at exclusive boutiques. Within a magnificent 16-story tower, 258 guestrooms and suites delight with breathtaking views, contemporary designs and intuitive amenities, complemented by uncompromising service.
Suncity Camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan | 1 Night
In the heart of Wadi Rum’s majestic desert, the Suncity Camp offers serenity, high standard services, amenities, and a wide range of relaxing and adventurous recreational activities to choose from, including camel rides, buggy rides, hiking, and hot air balloon rides. Stay in a signature Martian Dome with private bathroom and terrace, perfect for star gazing in the remote desert. The camp is equipped with a large reception tent with Wi-Fi along with the dining area where guests are offered freshly cooked meals in buffet style with variety of dishes to choose from.
Al Manara – The Luxury Collection, Aqaba, Jordan | 1 Night
Reminiscent of a majestic palace, Al Manara guards the mouth of Jordan’s Saraya Lagoon, embracing more than 6,000 years of the region’s enigmatic history. Located on the shores of the Red Sea and set against the rugged backdrop of the expansive granite mountain range, the hotel is exceptionally appointed and has private sandy beaches where guests can relax and enjoy the year-round temperate climate. Al Manara is an intimate retreat that combines design and history, reflecting the ancient city of Aqaba, giving it an authentic and enriching Jordanian character. The luxuriously furnished 208 guestrooms have each been styled with indigenous accents and distinctive hallmarks.
Monday, October 26, 2020 | Amman, Jordan
Upon your arrival at Queen Alia International Airport, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the St. Regis Amman.
Overnight at St. Regis Amman
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | Amman, Jordan
After breakfast at the St. Regis this morning, enjoy a panoramic Amman city tour passing notable sites such as the citadel, a 6,000-seat Roman amphitheater, and downtown. Continue to the Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative, where local women share crafts and skills like weaving, paper making, ceramics, and cooking. Workshop with the women to make organic paper from plant materials or paper bowls from recycled paper.
The tour continues to the ancient city of Jerash, which has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. As one of the original 10 great Roman cities, Jersash is now the site of one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. After being hidden for centuries in sand and only uncovered in recent decades, the preserved Roman town features some of the finest examples of colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, beautiful theaters, spacious public squares and city walls pierced by towers and gates—all of which you’ll see on today’s tour.
Overnight at St. Regis Amman (B, L)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | Petra, Jordan / Wadi Rum, Jordan
The “Red Rose City” of Petra beckons today, with its massive red mountains and vast mausoleums. You’ll enter the city through the Siq, a narrow walkway that’s flanked by colorful towering cliffs on both sides. As you reach the end, you’ll witness the stunning Al-Khazneh, one of the most intricate and iconic temples in the city. Then, you’ll enter the indescribable Petra Valley, with its overwhelming natural beauty and outstanding architectural achievements—there are hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings. Here also sits a vast Nabatean-built, Roman-style theater—and high above rests the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery, accessible by a flight of 800 rock-cut steps.
Spend the night in the Wadi Rum desert at Suncity Camp.
Overnight Suncity Camp (B, L, D)
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | Wadi Rum, Jordan / Aqaba, Jordan
After breakfast, begin this morning with a jeep tour inside Wadi Rum desert, a timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity. Ride past wind-carved towering rocks, canyons, and 4,000-year-old rock drawings. Later, arrive at the Al Manara hotel in Aqaba. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore, shop, or relax on the beach.
Overnight Al Manara – The Luxury Collection (B, L)
Friday, October 30, 2020 | Aqaba, Jordan / Dead Sea / Amman, Jordan
After breakfast, depart Aqaba to the Dead Sea – at 1,300 feet below sea level it is the lowest place on earth. Jordan’s Dead Sea coast is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world, and it remains as enticing to international visitors today as it was to kings, emperors, traders, and prophets in antiquity.
In Madaba, Jordan, visit St. George Church, a Greek Orthodox church built over a 6th-century Byzantine church. The church houses the remains of the Madaba Mosaic Map, the oldest map of Palestine in existence. and Mt. Nebo. Continue to Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan, said to be the burial place of Moses, before heading to the St. Regis Amman.
Overnight St. Regis Amman (B, L)
Saturday, October 31, 2020 | Depart Amman, Jordan / Fly to Cairo, Egypt
Today, you’ll check out of your hotel and transfer to the Queen Alia International Airport for your flight to Cairo, where you’ll embark on your Splendors of Egypt & the Nile cruise/tour.
Jerusalem is a city rich in history, religion and heritage—all of which you’ll discover on this 5-day post- tour extension that will take you to some of the oldest and holiest sites in the world. From the fascinating Old City to the vibrant downtown, there’s no shortage of ways to uncover this city’s enthralling past and captivating present!
Double Occupancy: $2,499 per person
Single Supplement: $599
Deposit: 10% of total package
Package includes 4 nights at the Orient Jerusalem Hotel, Israel (or similar), daily breakfast, 3 days of excursions with over 15+ sites, services of a local host/guide, all transfers, transportation on tour, flight from Cairo to Jerusalem, and all service charges, taxes, and porterage.
Orient Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel | 4 Nights
The Orient Jerusalem hotel is nestled at the heart of the German Colony, walking distance from countless cultural, tourist, and historic attractions, and 2 miles from The Old City and the Western Wall. The 243 luxurious rooms showcase an eclectic design, merging classic motifs with modern innovations. Guests can unwind in the rooftop pool overlooking iconic landmarks, the onsite spa with gym, indoor pool, Turkish bath, and saunas.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | Jerusalem, Israel
Upon your arrival in Jerusalem, you’ll be greeted by a Uniworld representative, transferred to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day to explore at your leisure. As one of the oldest cities in the world, there’s plenty to experience—including the Mahane Yehuda Market and its more than 250 vendors. Please note: There will be a hospitality desk for guest questions at the hotel. During excursions, hosts will be able to assist guests.
Overnight at Orient Jerusalem Hotel
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | Jerusalem, Israel
Set out on a half-day tour of Jerusalem, starting with a visit to Yad Vashem. Established in 1953, Yad Vashem is the global center for documentation, research, education and remembrance of the Holocaust. Located on the Hill of Remembrance, you’ll also tour the Children’s Memorial. Pay a visit to the Israel Museum, the country’s largest museum and a leading cultural institution. You’ll visit the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls—ancient religious writings that were originally found in caves along the shores of the Dead Sea. On your way back to the hotel, you’ll pass by Israel’s Parliament House and Supreme Court building and then have the afternoon to explore at your leisure. Your local host will be delighted to provide you with suggestions on the best places to dine and other ways to experience the city like a local.
Overnight at Orient Jerusalem Hotel (B)
Friday, November 13, 2020 | Jerusalem, Israel
You’ll begin today’s full-day city tour by entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Lion’s Gate—which marks the start of Jesus’ trek from his condemnation to crucifixion. As you venture into the Muslim Quarter, you’ll visit the Pool of Bethesda, and head toward Via Dolorosa, believed to be Jesus’ route to the spot where he was crucified. Make sure to take in fantastic views of the city from the Temple Mount, where King David captured Jerusalem as well as the spot that would house the Ark of the Covenant.
A visit to what is largely considered the world’s holiest Christian site—the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—is up next. The extraordinary church stands on the site where Jesus was crucified and buried. This afternoon, drive to neighboring Bethlehem, Kind David’s hometown and Jesus’ birthplace. Since we’ll be crossing over into Palestinian Authority, you’ll be guided by a local Palestinian through Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Later, you’ll enter the serene site of the Garden Tomb. This rock-cut tomb and holy site is said to be the place where Jesus was buried and later resurrected.
Overnight at Orient Jerusalem Hotel (B)
Saturday, November 14, 2020 | Jerusalem, Israel
Start your last full day in Jerusalem atop the Mount of Olives for a tremendous view of the city. Since ancient times, the Mount of Olives has acted as one of the main burial grounds in Jerusalem for all three monotheistic religions. The foot of the Mount of Olives is said to be the location where Jesus prayed following the Last Supper. You’ll then embark on a drive through Kidron Valley to Mount Zion, where you’ll see the sites of the Last Supper and King David’s tomb before entering the Old City through the Zion Gate. One of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Western Wall, beckons here. Visitors will notice that many of the cracks between the blocks are filled with prayers written on paper. The final stop is the Davidson Center and Jerusalem Archaeological Park, which showcases more than 2,000 years of the country’s history.
Overnight at Orient Jerusalem Hotel (B)
Sunday, November 15, 2020 | Depart Jerusalem, Israel
After a delightful breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel and will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Brand New Luxury Boutique River Ship
The S.S. Sphinx will make her debut on the Nile river in 2020. As the only luxury river cruise ship in Egypt, S.S. Sphinx will offer three gourmet dining venues, including a private dining room and an al fresco dining experience on the upper deck, a swimming pool, massage room and 42 gorgeously appointed suites. Egyptian artwork, fabrics and hand-carved furnishings will bring the beauty of the region to life onboard.
PES Group Discount of $300 per person!
Plus, $100 Shipboard Credit per person!
Double Per Person
PES Group Rate
Double Per Person
PES Group Rate
|French Balcony | Decks 2, 4 | 233 sq. ft. waitlisted||$4,699||$4,399||$6,749|
|Deluxe French Balcony | Deck 4 | 285 sq. ft. waitlisted||$5,199||$4,899||$7,499|
|Suite | Deck 4 | 344 sq. ft. waitlisted||$5,699||$5,399||$11,099|
|Grand Suite | Decks 3, 4 | 463 sq. ft.||$6,699||$6,399||$13,099|
|Royal Suite | Decks 3, 4 | 500 sq. ft. waitlisted||$7,199||$6,899||$14,099|
Rates INCLUDE port taxes, gratuities, and $100 shipboard credit per person.
Double pricing is per person based on double occupancy or two people per stateroom.
Single pricing is based on single occupancy or one person per stateroom and is capacity controlled by Uniworld and subject to change.
Cruise & Land: 10% of total package
Seminar: $200 per person
Final Payment Due: June 26, 2020
All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel Insurance and Airfare are non-refundable once ticketed. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms. All cancellations are subject to a $200 per person administration fee in addition to the below schedule:
|From time of deposit to June 26, 2020||$200 per person|
|Between June 27, 2020 to July 31, 2020||20% of the total package|
|Between August 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020||35% of the total package|
|Between September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020||50% of the total package|
|After September 30, 2020 to departure||100% of the total package|
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