Bucket List Trips!

WHAT ARE BUCKET LIST TRIPS?

This was an idea that came together between 2 quirky lifelong friends, who both enjoy travelling and adventure!
They thought why not gather groups of people and share the magic?

Join Karen and Nicola on these once in a lifetime journeys to various magical lands!
These are not tours!  They are explorations of landscape, archaeology, nature and culture,
that are sure to TRANSFORM you!


MORE DETAILS:

    • YOUR GUIDES:
      • KAREN BLACKMAN

        Karen, has led a yoga community for over 17 years (an adventure in itself) and she has organised retreats and various activities – all with rave reviews. Her goal has always been to encourage people around her to have fun while being safe and to get out there and try something new. She pushes the envelope and encourages herself to step out of her comfort zone – a philosophy she imparts to her sangha community.  “Karen doesn’t just think outside the box, with Karen, there is no box!”  She gets her travel bug from her parents – her dad always found a new place to go and her mum planned the interesting things to do once there.

      • NICOLA Z. CROSS

        Born in Tanzania, raised by her father in Trinidad and Tobago, and summers spent with her mum travelling through Europe, sparked Nicola’s fascination for travel and culture.  Now, when Nicola travels she works with people using filmmaking and storytelling tools for reflection and transformation. She immerses herself in communities in a way that is outside the norm.  Nicola doesn’t just travel through her destinations she lives and breathes the culture, the way of life and is conscious of her impact on the people and places she visits.

      • WHERE ARE WE GOING?
        • THE MAP

          We arrive in Cairo, then head to Giza.  From Giza we go to Siwa.  After Siwa we head to Marsa Matruh and back to Cairo.  PLEASE NOTE:  That while the actual SIWA ADVENTURE is 10 nights and 11 days, the entire trip may be approximately 15 days, including the travel to and from SIWA.

        • THE ADVENTURE:
        • THE ITINERARY

          Below find a detailed listing of the activities for each day.  Keep in mind, however, we are not trying to be on a strict schedule.  This is NOT a yoga retreat or a teacher training.  This is an adventure trip, that may or may not have yoga, depending on how we feel.  Also, you don’t have to do all the activities.  We have back-up options for those who would like to do something else.

        • FAQs
        • PAYMENT DETAILS AND MORE!

          Here, find information on the cost of the Trip, as well as information on payment dates, refund scenarios and more.  Once you register, you will be asked to send us an email, confirming that you have read, understand and accept the FAQs.
          MORE SPECIFICALLY:ALL payments are non-refundable, including deposits, late fees, full payments and installment payments. The ONLY exception to this policy is if (1) you request a deposit refund within 48 hours of you submitting the payment or (2) THE SANGHA COMPANY LIMITED and its SIWA affiliates determine that the trip must be cancelled in its entirety for any reason in which case we will notify all parties via email and provide refund instructions.All travel arrangements are your responsibility and at your own cost. We shall not be held liable for any consequences arising from delays or cancellations in any of the companies you may have made arrangements with, or for any irregularities in your documentation required for travel.Unforeseen situations may present themselves to our guests and for those circumstances, situations and occasions we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase adequate travel insurance to cover you for your adventure.CHARGEBACKS (REFUND REQUEST(S) DIRECTED FROM YOUR BANKING INSTITUTION)All chargeback notifications received via your bank will be considered cancellation of your SIWA ADVENTURE reservation. All documentation, including confirmation of receipt of all travel policies & agreement signatures/emails will be provided to the banking institution as confirmation of payment application according to all agreed upon terms.TRANSFERSYou may NOT transfer your reservation to another person. However, if you need to change or cancel your flight, you may do so directly with the airline and will be subject to their change/cancellation process and will be considered completely independent of THE SANGHA COMPANY LIMITED and its SIWA affiliates.ROOMMATE CANCELLATIONIf you purchase the double bed double occupancy with a chosen roommate, understand you are 100% responsible for the reservation. Should your roommate cancel, you are responsible for completing the remaining payments of your cancelled roommate. At your request, THE SANGHA COMPANY LIMITED and its SIWA affiliates will make all the best efforts to secure an alternate roommate for you, but resolving a roommate cancellation on your behalf is not the responsibility of THE SANGHA COMPANY LIMITED and its SIWA affiliates.

          LIABILITY

          Please understand that you are responsible for your own health and well-being during this SIWA ADVENTURE. THE SANGHA COMPANY LIMITED and its SIWA affiliates will not be held liable for any injuries or other medical or emotional problems that may occur, are sustained or aggravated during or after your time on this SIWA ADVENTURE. THE SANGHA COMPANY LIMITED and its SIWA affiliates will not accept any responsibility for cancellations, delays or changes caused by war, threat of war, terrorist actions, closure of airports, pandemics, civil strike, industrial action, natural disasters, technical problems to transport, illness of participants or close relatives/pets, acts of God or any other events beyond our control. Neither can we be responsible for any loss or damage of property or disruption of program due to circumstances beyond the control of THE SANGHA COMPANY LIMITED and its SIWA affiliates.  This is why again, we HIGHLY/STRONGLY suggest you purchase Travel Insurance and ensure it is a reputable company that covers as much as possible (i.e. READ THE FINE PRINT!)

        • WHAT'S INCLUDED, WHAT'S NOT.

          Please Read Carefully and Thoroughly
          ROUND TRIP FLIGHTS TO AND FROM CAIRO ARE NOT INCLUDED
          (THE SANGHA COMPANY LIMITED and its SIWA affiliates are not responsible for anything regarding flights including cancelled flights, delayed flights or loss or damage of luggage.  We HIGHLY recommend you purchase Insurance that can cover these instances)

          You can consult with any airline directly, or use your miles/points for Flight Arrangements.  However, based on our research and for timing, Flight Centre in the UK has given us the best options. See FLIGHT PACKAGE info for details on the route they came up with.

          Arrival Date: September 11, 2023

          Arrival City: Cairo, Egypt (Airport Code: CAI)

          Departure Date: September 22, 2023

          Departure City:  Cairo, Egypt (Airport Code: CAI)

          Upon arrival to Cairo, we head over to Giza. All Travelers must Arrive in Giza, Egypt no later than September 11, 2024 as this is the start of the itinerary. We will only be in Giza for 2 nights departing early morning to SIWA on September 13. The trip will end on September 22, where we head back to Cairo and our round trip flight back to Amsterdam and then to Trinidad.

          MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT INCLUDED:

          • Personal Expenses
          • R/T Flight to Trinidad to Cairo
          • Visa
          • Travel Insurance
          • Any Immunization that you may require (specifically for non Trinidad nationals)
          • Any extra excursions, Spa Treatments or Any other items (not listed on the Itinerary)
          • Alcohol (unless indicated)

          WHAT’S INCLUDED:
          Everything from the start of the Itinerary – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2023 to the morning of FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2023 is included.  That’s all tours, food, accommodations and transport!

          Accommodations are based on single occupancy, in SIWA only.

        • FLIGHT PACKAGE DETAILS!

          We have a Flight Plan as detailed below:
          The entire FLIGHT PACKAGE, includes the  EXTRA four (4) nights we need to stay in Amsterdam, including airport shuttle.  COST:  $3900USD/£3700 The Flight Package does not include any spending money, food or anything else you may need while in Amsterdam.
          This flight package option is non refundable or transferable, as well as name change is not allowed, by THE SANGHA COMPANY LIMITED and its SIWA affiliates.  If a such a situation is deemed absolutely necessary, then ONLY the airfare portion of the package may be refunded/changed and only if the airlines agree.  However, it is your responsibility to communicate with the airlines directly to discuss this process and it is up to them to determine if they will be agreeable.  We CANNOT refund any other parts of this SIWA ADVENTURE, as all payments would have already been made to our SIWA affiliates.Copy of your passport will be required at time of booking.

        • INSURANCE, VISA AND IMMUNIZATION DETAILS

          INSURANCE DETAILS:
          Getting Insurance is HIGHLY recommended, as this can cover most unforseen circumstances, including flight interruptions, flight cancellations, lost or damaged luggage and more.  There are many companies out there, but the one most recommended and was critiqued by Forbes.com, is with https://pp.worldnomads.com/Quote  – APPROXIMATE COST IS $250USD.   They speak English, and by all reviews really do pay for what you need as long as it’s within the scope of what you purchased.VISA DETAILS (For Trinidad and Tobago Citizens):
          Very easy – Amsterdam – none required and Egypt = $25USD at the airport upon arrival
          **For any other nationality you should confirm online

          IMMUNIZATION DETAILS:
          Covid Vaccine? No restrictions here.  No proof needed.

        • WHAT TO PACK!

          COMING SOON!

       
    My name is Karen Blackman. I'm the author of most of the material found on this website. When I write, you will find that my words are as if I am speaking to you directly. I try to be funny, straight to the point and simple. Here's hoping you enjoy! Oodles of Toodles and plenty Hugz of goodness! KB