Egypt – October 09 – October 16, 2023

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$3,899 USD

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The Art of Balance

Yoga Retreat with Tonya Johnson

One belief is that the pyramids were built to collect energy from the higher realms of the stars, the planets and the universe and deliver it down to earth. With the higher point representing the realms of consciousness and the bottom of the pyramid representing the earthly foundation that provides solid grounding-this wide base creates perfect balance.

Join Tonya as we explore the mystery of ancient Egypt and use the power of the pyramids as a guide to help ground and balance our energies through yoga, meditation and breathwork. Different shapes hold different energies, and these energies can influence us in subtle and profound ways. We will delve deeper into our yoga practice by connecting with the breath through intentional movement designed to unblock these energy channels and help us move toward our own sense of balance, on the mat and in the world. Leave Egypt a better version of you.

The rest of the time we explore the energy of the bustling city of Cairo, its pyramids and bazaars (great for shoppers), before flying to Luxor to set sail on a 4 day cruise down the Nile. We will make stops at select ports along the way, where we will enjoy great food, great company and end with a cultural presentation by a local Nubian village.

Retreat Leaders

Breana Martin

Retreat Co-ordinator

Tonya Johnson

Retreat Host

Yoga and Workshops

What to expect in Tonya’s classes

Yoga in Ancient Egypt: An exploration of Kemetic Yoga

Balance and Mobility at Every Stage of Life: Learn to move better in your body

 

Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival and dinner with a view of the pyramids

Transfer from Cairo International Airport to our hotel and in the evening we will gather for our opening ceremony and a welcome dinner with views of the three Pyramids of Giza in the background on a rooftop close by. You will have a chance to witness the Pyramids as they are lit up for the sound and light show

Day 02 - A visit to the Pyramids

Start your day with a mediterranean breakfast and a mesmerizing tour of the three Pyramids and Sphinx and the last standing 7th wonder of ancient world. We’ll stop for lunch with views of the Pyramid, visit Papyrus store for a demonstration of how this art is made and return back to the hotel to rest or enjoy the spa facilities. We’ll come together for dinner to feast on a traditional Egyptian meal.

Day 03 - Workshop, Explore + Shop

A morning with yoga followed by breakfast. This morning we’ll experience a Kemetic Yoga workshop with Tonya before lunch. After your meal, there will be time to be and do all that you want to or nothing at all. In the evening we’ll head to the 14th century souk of Khan El-Khalili for shopping and dinner. The bustling, maze-like corridors offer a unique shopping experience with everything from silverware to spices and handicrafts.

Day 04 - Enroute to Luxor to set sail on the Nile!

Take an early flight to Luxor to embark on our Sailing boat called a Dahabiya. On this boat, you will enjoy a 4-day Nile Cruise, where all cabins and suites offer an excellent Nile experience. After breakfast, you visit the largest temple complex in the world, Karnak Temple which has been built over two thousand years. After a brief return to the Dahabiya for lunch we’ll head out to experience the temple of Luxor.

Day 05 - Valley of Kings

Weather permitting, you’ll have the option to soar above the temples of Ancient Egypt in a hot air balloon ride before we visit the Valley of the Kings to see the colored tombs of the Pharaohs of the new Kingdom. Upon return to the Dahabeya, we’ll start our sail down the Nile river to Esna as we spend the afternoon taking in the views of the Nile. At sunset, we’ll join together and spend the evening at leisure while having dinner on board.

Day 06 - Temple Visits + Workshop led by Tonya

Our Dahabeya will dock in Edfu and we’ll be whisked away by horse and carriage to visit the temple of Horus. In this majestic and enormous sanctuary, the grand gate alone is sure to make your jaw drop. Learn more about this site from your guide as you stroll through vast hallways and massive chambers. In the afternoon, we’ll gather for the Balance and Mobility workshop led by Tonya.

At sunset, we’ll visit the unique Kom Ombo temple, a set of two identical temples built for the crocodile God Sobek and the falcon god Horus. After dinner, we’ll let our bodies move and release to music as we continue sailing to Aswan.

Day 07 - Philae Temple + Nubian Village

On this tour, you’ll be going on a journey to a few handpicked highlights. A felucca ride awaits you next to take you to the Philae temple dedicated to the Ancient Egyptian Goddess Isis. The temple walls contain scenes from Egyptian mythology of Isis bringing Osiris back to life, giving birth to Horus, and mummifying Osiris after his death.

We’ll return to our Dahabeya for breakfast and an integration circle. After lunch, we’ll sail and swim in the Nile. For our final sail together, we’ll visit the Nubian village for dinner, music and a beautiful cultural experience.

Day 08 - Flight back home

After breakfast, we’ll head to the airport in Aswan to return to Cairo airport where you’ll have the option to extend your stay in Cairo or catch your flight home.

 

STARTING FROM

$3,899 USD

AVAILABLE PACKAGES 

$3,899 USD

SHARED TWIN ROOM WITH LARGE WINDOWS IN DAHABEYA

Shared Twin Room with large windows on the Dahabeya Nile cruise where we will spend 4 nights – All other rooms for the duration of our retreat will vary in style/type based on the accommodation noted above and will be assigned at random.

book shared twin room with large windows

$4,099 USD

SHARED TWIN ROOM WITH PRIVATE BALCONY ON DAHABEYA

Shared Twin Room with private balcony on the Dahabeya Nile cruise where we will spend 4 nights – All other rooms for the duration of our retreat will vary in style/type based on the accommodation noted above and will be assigned at random.

book shared twin room with private balcony

$4,599 USD

QUEEN ROOM WITH LARGE WINDOWS ON DAHABEYA 

Queen Room with large windows on Dahabeya Nile cruise where we will spend 4 nights – All other rooms for the duration of our retreat will vary in style/type based on the accommodation noted above and will be assigned at random.

book queen room with large windows

$4,799 USD

QUEEN ROOM WITH PRIVATE BALCONY ON DAHABEYA 

Queen Room with private balcony on Dahabeya Nile cruise where we will spend 4 nights – All other rooms for the duration of our retreat will vary in style/type based on the accommodation noted above and will be assigned at random.

book queen room with private balcony

QUESTIONS?

Retreat Inclusions

  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation at Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo + 4 nights accommodation on board of a Dahabiya Nile River Cruise
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary including all land transportation by deluxe air conditioned coaches
  • Domestic flight tickets from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo in economy class
  • All meals including a Welcome dinner with Pyramid views
  • Visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx with lunch with Pyramid views
  • Private qualified English-speaking guide and private security
  • Egyptian Visa
  • Visit to Khan El Khalili Bazaar for shopping and dinner
  • Visit to Temple of Karnak, Hatshepsut, Luxor, Edfu, Philae, Edfu, Kom Ombo
  • Farewell cultural show and dinner in the Nubian Village in Aswan
  • Airport meeting and assistance by our qualified representatives

Retreat Exclusions

  • Airfare to Cairo International Airport (Airport code: CAI)
  • Optional/extra activities or tours you'd like to partake in
  • Travel Insurance (medical, COVID-19 coverage & trip cancellation) is mandatory to protect you in case of any unforeseen emergencies
  • Gratuities & souvenirs
  • Covid Testing for Entry/Exit of your home country or destination (if required)
  • Pre or post retreat accommodations - we recommend arriving one day before your retreat to settle in
  • Airport Pick Up and Drop Off outside of set times

AVAILABLE PACKAGES 

$3,899 USD

SHARED TWIN ROOM WITH LARGE WINDOWS IN DAHABEYA

Shared Twin Room with large windows on the Dahabeya Nile cruise where we will spend 4 nights – All other rooms for the duration of our retreat will vary in style/type based on the accommodation noted above and will be assigned at random.

book shared twin room with large windows

$4,099 USD

SHARED TWIN ROOM WITH PRIVATE BALCONY ON DAHABEYA

Shared Twin Room with private balcony on the Dahabeya Nile cruise where we will spend 4 nights – All other rooms for the duration of our retreat will vary in style/type based on the accommodation noted above and will be assigned at random.

book shared twin room with private balcony

$4,599 USD

QUEEN ROOM WITH LARGE WINDOWS ON DAHABEYA 

Queen Room with large windows on Dahabeya Nile cruise where we will spend 4 nights – All other rooms for the duration of our retreat will vary in style/type based on the accommodation noted above and will be assigned at random.

book queen room with large windows

$4,799 USD

QUEEN ROOM WITH PRIVATE BALCONY ON DAHABEYA 

Queen Room with private balcony on Dahabeya Nile cruise where we will spend 4 nights – All other rooms for the duration of our retreat will vary in style/type based on the accommodation noted above and will be assigned at random.

book queen room with private balcony

QUESTIONS?

Retreat Location

Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities.

Booking Terms and Conditions

A $750 USD non-refundable initial 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, please email us at hello@startyouradzenture.com to set up a plan that is flexible for you.

Please note, our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Initial deposits are strictly non-refundable.
  • If cancelled 60 days or less prior to the Retreat start date, 100% of the Retreat price is forfeited.
  • If you choose to join the Retreat after the start date or leave the Retreat prior to the end date, there are no refunds.
  • 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.
  • It is your responsibility to confirm your passport has 6 months validity prior to departure from your origin
  • ​An information package will be sent 30 days prior to departure and will include the retreat schedule, recommended packing list, and trip details.

COVID-19 Information

*restrictions are continually evolving and we’re committed to keeping you informed in case of any changes to the below

​IMPORTANT COVID ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

All travellers entering Egypt at the Cairo Airport (CAI) will NOT be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test. 

By booking a retreat, you agree to follow the COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures and Terms & Conditions.