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ZUNA YOGA X EARTH SPACE

Yoga & Meditation Retreats in Egypt

DEC 2 - 11, 2023 | Cairo, Luxor & Aswan

EXPERIENCE The alchemy of ancient Egypt

Join us on a retreat to the land of pharaohs and embark on a journey through the many faces of Egypt. Get the chance to enjoy your movement and meditation practice within many of the Egyptian historical and unique locations. Combine your passion for yoga with your wanderlust as we dive into 6,000 years of cultural diversity in Cairo, explore the history of ancient Egypt and relax along the banks of the Nile river.

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Cairo

On the Nile river, Cairo is famous for its own history, preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and Coptic sites in Old Cairo along with the most famous Giza pyramids. Though firmly attached to the past, Cairo is also home to a vibrant modern society.

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Luxor

It's often called the world’s greatest open-air museum, but that comes nowhere near describing this extraordinary place. Nothing in the world compares to the scale and grandeur of the monuments that have survived from ancient Thebes.

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Aswan

The wide, beautiful river flows gently from Lake Nasser, meandering around black-granite boulders and palm-studded islands. Colorful Nubian villages run down to the water and stand out against the backdrop of the west bank's desert escarpment.

Retreat Highlights
  • Daily yoga & meditation with the Zuna Yoga team
  • All 3 daily meals included* at different venues, allowing us to explore the different local cuisines with influence from the different cultures
  • Explore and get access inside the Pyramids of Giza
  • Visit the Egyptian museum, with the largest collection of Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world
  • Visit Cairo’s religious landmarks on a private tour of the city’s most important Coptic, Islamic, and Jewish places
  • Sail through the Nile on a traditional Egyptian sailing boat
  • Roam through the Nubian traditional villages and shop the local’s products
  • Visit the Edfu and Esna temples with their preserved colorful inscriptions
  • Stay among the best hotels in each of these locations
  • Tours accompanied by professional Egyptologists

 

*We can accommodate your special dietary requests (vegetarian vegan or gluten free) as well as allergies. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 9 days / 8 nights accommodation
  • All yoga equipment, including mats, blocks, straps, and bolsters.
  • Airport meet and greet service
  • Daily Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • All Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily Yoga Classes
  • All transfers in private vehicles
  • Domestic fights from Cairo-Luxor
  • Local English-speaking tour guide Egyptologists
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned on the itinerary
  • All taxes

What’s not included: international flight, alcohol, travel insurance, personal expenses, and tips/gratuity.

9 day Yoga Retreat itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Cairo

Start your day seeing a different perspective of Egypt. You’ll head to Coptic Cairo, where you will get to see the hanging church and other sights while learning about the story of this part of Egypt’s history. Later, you’ll visit Islamic Cairo and 2 of its most beautiful mosques before heading to the citadel and its famous Muhammad Ali mosque. You’ll finish the day with a visit to the famous Khan Elkhalili Bazaar.

Day 2: Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum

After a delightful breakfast, you’ll be greeted by your guide. Embark on a captivating journey to the Pyramids, an awe-inspiring member of the prestigious list of the 7 wonders of the world. Immerse yourself in the enigmatic aura as you explore the mysterious Sphinx and delve into the treasures of the renowned Egyptian museum, which includes a visit to the legendary Tutankhamun’s room. 

Day 3: Coptic and Islamic Cairo

Begin your day with a unique perspective as you explore Coptic Cairo, immersing yourself in the history of this enchanting region. Witness the awe-inspiring Hanging Church and other remarkable sights that unfold before you. Afterward, delve into the beauty of Islamic Cairo, where you’ll explore two magnificent mosques before
heading to the citadel and its famous Muhammad Ali mosque. Conclude your day with a visit to the legendary Khan Elkhalili Bazaar.

Day 4: Off to Aswan

Enjoy an early breakfast before embarking on our journey to Aswan. Upon arrival, we’ll check into our accommodation. Later, we’ll hop aboard a traditional felucca boat for a ride along the majestic Nile River—an absolute must to truly experience the beauty of this place.

Day 5: Nubia

Start your day off right by visiting the stunning Philae Temple in the early morning, ensuring a peaceful experience away from the crowds. We’ll then head to Heissa Island, where we’ll get to know the vibrant culture and have lunch prepared by the local Heissa community. In the evening, we’ll get on a boat ride and head to Nile Island for our private Nubian party.

Day 6: Nubia

Enjoy a free day in front of the River Nile. You can also get on a boat and head to the Nubian Village Market for some local shopping.

Day 7: Luxor - Esna and Edfu Temples

An early start of the day and we’re off to Luxor. On our way, we will visit two of the most beautifully preserved temples in Egypt, Edfu and Esna Temples before continuing our drive to Luxor. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel and you’ll have the evening for you to enjoy at leisure.

Day 8: Luxor - Karnak and Luxor Temples

After breakfast, you’ll be met by your guide, who will join you on your visit to the amazing Karnak Temple. After the tour, you’ll head to a local restaurant for lunch before heading to Luxor temple for a night visit to its amazingly lit columns and corners.

Day 9: Western Bank Visit

Optional: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon

After breakfast, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to the Valley of the Kings for a visit to its beautifully preserved and colorful tombs. After that, you’ll head to Hatshepsut Temple for a visit to the temple of one of the most famous queens of ancient Egypt and history. As the day winds down, return to your hotel and enjoy well-deserved rest on the last night of our trip.

Day 10: Departure

We’re checking out afer breakfast and taking our flights home
feeling grateful for the time spent with the beautiful souls we’ve met along this journey.

*Arrival airport is Cairo. Departure airport is Luxor.

Pricing

Double Room

$3,500 USD

Private Room

$3,800 USD

A deposit of $750 is required to reserve your spot.
The balance payment is due 45 days before the retreat start date.

It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process the local tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Domestic carriers for internal flights in Egypt will be Egypt Air or Nile Air or Air Cairo. Flight information will not be available until a couple of days prior to the tour departure.

Please note that the domestic flight maximum weight allowance is 20 kg.

Many nationalities including all Western European and Arab countries, USA, Australia and New Zealand are able to obtain a one-month single entry visa upon arrival at Cairo International airport.

Please note that for other nationalities it is necessary to organise your visa before you travel. It is vital that you check the conditions attached to your particular passport and make the necessary arrangements in advance. All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity).

Local Currency: The official unit of currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP)
Electricity: Egypt uses 220V, 50Hz and plugs are two-pronged rounded.
Language: Arabic (in Egyptian dialect) is the official language of Egypt.

Climate:
The winter months are from October to March and are characterized by cold nights and pleasant days. Summer is from April to September and is characterized by an increasing dry heat. It rains generally only in short bursts in the period from the beginning of November until March.

ATMs are found within main cities in Egypt and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible as while there is no hard and fast rule, some banks seem to only work with one brand of card. Please note, your bank might change a fee for overseas withdrawals.

Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. Euros, British Pounds and US Dollars are all easy to exchange to the Local currency. Please note that you should bring some cash with you for emergency situations but carrying only cash is a high safety risk. ATM card/s and some cash is the ideal mix.

If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 1996, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be picky with your bank when buying cash!

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as it makes it easier for you to check in and out of hotels. XL Suitcases are not recommended – most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to large size. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other belongings.
It is customary in Egypt to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. You may do this individually, or your Tour Leader will offer to collect the money and tip local guides/drivers as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from USD5-10 per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your Tour Leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

In Egypt the dress standard is more conservative than it is in other places. In predominately Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting mosques or other holy sites.

The arrival airport is Cairo and the departure airport is Luxor.

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