EGYPT EXPLORER WITH CHELSEA SEAMAN
DECEMBER 1 - 8, 2019
Join us on a 7 night, 8 day traveling yoga retreat in Egypt with international yoga teacher Chelsea Seaman, as we discover the land of Pyramids & Pharaohs. Together, we will explore the diversity of Egyptian culture set between the metropolis of Cairo and the rural Nubian heritage of Southern Egypt, Aswan. We will experience the hustle and bustle of Cairo, visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World before venturing to laid back Aswan, which brings together Nile views, relaxation, ancient ruins, and Nubian culture in a relatively small space compared to other sprawling Egyptian cities.
In addition to exploring one of the most mystical destinations in the world, Chelsea will be leading us through a daily yoga practice as well as her signature Rising Up Stronger & Heart Opening workshops.
DAY 1: You will be picked up from Cairo International Airport on arrival and be transferred to our retreat center Ardi Sanctuary, located on the outskirts of Cairo in Dashur a village that is home to some of the first pyramids of Egypt. After settling in, we’ll gather in the evening for our opening circle and set our intentions for the week ahead followed by a lovely dinner.
DAY 2: We'll rise early for our very first yoga practice with Chelsea. After breakfast, we’ll take off to Cairo to awe at one of the seven wonders of the world - the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. We’ll work our appetites to visit a local restaurant in Cairo to indulge in a traditional dish known as Koshari. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at the Egyptian Museum to learn even more of Egypt’s rich history and discover all the treasures of its ancient world. In the evening, we will venture to the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, where the bustling, maze-like corridors offer a unique shopping experience with everything from silverware to spices and handicrafts, followed by dinner in a historic restaurant inside the souk.
DAY 3: We’ll rise even earlier, before dawn to transfer to Cairo International Airport for a morning flight to our second location, Aswan. Once in Aswan, we’ll journey to a colorful island in the middle of the Nile with traditional Nubian style guest houses that will be our home for the next few days. You’ll have time to relax or explore the surrounding Nubian village. Later that afternoon we’ll open up our hips with Chelsea’s first workshop - hip hop hooray and then be whisked away on a sunset Felucca ride down the Nile and return just in time for dinner.
DAY 4: After Chelsea’s signature workshop, Rising Up Stronger and breakfast, we'll journey to a few handpicked highlights of Aswan - visiting the Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam before boarding a felucca ride to the Philae temple. Enjoy the breeze and the flowing Nile river as you head to the mesmerizing island hosting the sanctuary. Relish in the picturesque views of the temples and monuments and their reflections against the water. After visiting this serene island, we'll head back to our accommodation for dinner with a cultural show.
DAY 5: Lounge and relax by the Nile or choose from one of the optional tours available. You’ll return in time for dinner and yin yoga to relax you for a good night’s rest.
DAY 6: But first Yoga. After breakfast we’ll be off to explore Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see just outside of Aswan (full day trip). We’ll be back in time for dinner.
DAY 7: Morning yoga, breakfast and then it will be time to pack to leave back to Cairo. Once in Cairo, we’ll check into the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir. After a quick change, we’ll be whisked off to a private Felucca ride on the Nile where we’ll indulge in our final dinner together with live entertainment by a traditional Oud player, and a view of the twinkling skyline after sunset.
DAY 8: Breakfast and departure to Cairo International Airport.
* Daily yoga with Chelsea & workshops will be scheduled in accordingly. A detailed schedule will be sent to you 30 days prior to your retreat start. Itinerary is subject to change.
7 Nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels (Ardi Sanctuary, Anakato Ecolodge and Steigenberger El Tahrir)
All ground transportation during the retreat from airport pick up to airport drop off including domestic flight from Cairo to Aswan and security escort throughout the retreat
Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) starting from dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 8
All tours and excursions listed on the above itinerary including entrance tickets and a private guide
Daily yoga and workshops with Chelsea Williams
Access to photos by professional photographer Kevin Hofer of our incredible time together
Airfare to Cairo International Airport (Airport code: CAI). Please do not book your flight until you receive instructions.
Optional/extra activities you'd like to partake in like massage treatments
Travel Visa to Egypt - US & Canadian passport holders do require a travel visa ($25 USD) to enter Egypt. Please check for entry/exit requirements based on the passport you hold at https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/eVisa/Home (official government website). Must be submitted 14 days before departure.
Travel Insurance (medical & trip cancellation) is mandatory to protect you in case of any unforeseen emergencies. Proof of purchase is required before trip departure.
Gratuities & souvenirs
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
A $500 USD Non Refundable deposit will secure your spot on the retreat or you may choose to pay in full. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the retreat start date. Payment plans are available, remaining balance can be split up to 6 payments - please refer to FAQ for more information. A confirmation email will be sent within 48 hours of your booking.
Please do not book your flight until you have received a confirmation to do so. You will be provided with instructions on when to arrive/depart along with travel agent details to assist you with your flight booking (or you may book your flight on your own).
An information package will be sent 30 days prior to departure and will include the retreat schedule, recommended packing list and trip details.
All deposits & payments are non refundable. By booking a retreat, you agree to the Terms & Conditions listed here.