Wild Women's 'no-men-clature' is insanity with dignity

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SEBASTAPOL, Calif. -- There is a new operator to Egypt, and its motto is "Insanity with Dignity." Wild Women Adventures here, which is co-owned by Carol Rivendell and Martha Lindt, is an all-women tour operator that is expanding into the Egypt market in the fall of 1999.

Two boys pose for a picture at the camel market. "We met wonderful people -- the Egyptians are so hospitable -- and were incredibly impressed by the quality of the tour.

"The itinerary was well crafted and unique and South Sinai's Egyptologist, Hany Iskandar, who we plan to use on all our future trips, was knowledgeable in a way that made ancient Egyptian life come alive."

Lindt, who formerly owned her own travel agency, said she felt there was a real niche for women who wanted to travel on their own, but not alone. Egypt seemed like a great destination for these women."We feel that Egypt is a very safe destination for our tour and it offers such great experiences."

Rivendell's favorite?

"The spice market in Aswan at night. Shopping with the locals, you're just surrounded by these vibrant colors and intense smells. That just does it for me."

Other highlights of the tour are the camel market outside Aswan, a cruise up the Nile river with stops at temples along the way, tea at a private island, and day trips around Cairo to experience the pyramids and the Sphinx. Rivendell stresses that "groups are never larger than 14. Most of our tours consist of women who want to travel, but don't have someone to travel with.

"They come from all walks of life: married, but husbands don't like to travel; single; divorced; young career women, and grandmothers.

"Women on our tours usually create a friendship that lasts after our tours are over," Rivendell said.

As for their motto?

"Women are seen as a bit insane for going off on their own, leaving their loved ones behind and doing their own thing," Rivendell explained.

"We give in to that indulgence but in a dignified way. We don't go out and get drunk, but instead enjoy high-quality travel and once-in-a-lifetime experiences."

Wild Women Adventures will hit Egypt Nov. 1 for a 12-day tour. Wild Women Adventures, E-mail: travel@wildwomenadv.com, Web: www.wildwomenadv.com. Phone: (800) 992-1322, Fax: (707) 829-1999

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