Who We Are
ArchaeoAdventures trips give you a travel experience unlike any other. Part cultural immersion, part connection with local women, part experience-rich exploration of the best and the off-the-beaten-path of the countries’ sights and experiences. ArchaeoAdventures is a new kind of tour company. Each trip is tailor-made, one-of–a-kind, and offered only once a year. We put our years of experience in the regions to work designing dreams trips. We do not comprise on safety, health, or comfort, but also don’t go where everyone else goes just because it’s popular or “sellable.” We are for the woman looking to travel with other like-minded women in the region and who is interested in cultural understanding through being shown around by a local female guide. Our tours feel more like a local friend showing you the hidden treasures of her hometown. Rely on our deep knowledge of the countries and cultures. Let us do the heavy lifting and the logistical coordination while you get to relax and fully dedicate yourself to enjoying your time in the country and getting to know its people, places, food, and cultures.
We are the only tour company specializing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region that offers women-focused tours that support local women through employing them as guides. We recognized the importance of supporting and empowering local women through making them equal wage earners and paying a fair and livable wage. Our women travelers also benefit tremendously from traveling with local female guides – they gain unique insight and cultural experiences through local women showing them around their home country. We designed unique, one-of-a-kind travel experiences based on our director’s decade-plus experience working in the region. We created a completely new kind of travel experience: travel that breaks down barriers, connects across cultures, and empowers all through women partnering with women.
ArchaeoAdventures is a different kind of travel company, founded on the idea that travel and positive change can be powered by women. We believe in women sharing their knowledge of their home countries with female travelers, and in turn, women travelers helping support local female guides with fare wage jobs. We call this way of exploring and experiencing a country women-powered travel.
We are a group of women who built a travel company based on this principle – helping women have unique, personally empowering, safe, experience-rich travel while simultaneously supporting and employing a team of top-notch local female guides. We believe in empowering local women through employment with fair-wage jobs, helping women be equal wage earners and support their families. Our tours reflect these beliefs.
Everything we do reflects our belief in the power of women to be the change they want to see in the world. The way we help women change their lives and other women’s lives is by creating unique, personal, engaging and empowering travel experiences that support both the female traveler and the female guide. We take pride in offering women’s tours to the Middle East, North Africa and beyond that are exceptional not only in purpose, but in quality.
At ArchaeoAdventures we believe that traveling responsibly involves understanding the impact we have as visitors. Through how we spend our money and our time, we as travelers have tremendous potential to affect the places we visit and the people who call them home. We can make a difference through the travel choices we make, the companies and people we work with, and where we spend our money. Through our travel choices we can understand cultures, make a positive impact in the communities the visit, steward the environment, and protect ancient sites.
Working and traveling throughout the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade, our founder, Genevieve Hathaway, noticed that the skills and knowledge of women in the region were underutilized. Most of the countries in the MENA region do not have equal opportunity laws to protect female employment. As economies struggled, women were the ones marginalized in the workforce. As the Arab Spring swept through the region and tourism slowed, women were hit the hardest by the increased unemployment. Genevieve saw a need and understood how women travelers could help – providing jobs for the talented female guides in the region.
Responsible tourism is a manifesto. It’s taking ownership for the role we play and the power we have through how we travel and how we spend to directly impact local women’s lives. You as a traveler on an ArchaeoAdventures trip are also part of this responsible tourism practice. By joining us on one of our tours, you are actively using your trip to employ local women with fair-wage jobs. You can be proud to be part of this step in the right direction for worldwide gender equality – one woman at a time.
MEET THE TEAM
Genevieve Hathaway, Founder and Director of ArchaeoAdventures Tours
Genevieve Hathaway is the Founder and Director of ArchaeoAdventures Tours. She is an internationally published travel photographer, lecturer and Middle East and North Africa tourism specialist. For over a decade, Genevieve has lived and worked throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Her love affair with the Middle East began when she was a small child, hearing her parents’ tales of exploring Egypt in the early 1980s. Watching her dad pull out small slides (this was long before the age of the dslr), insert them into a projector and the wall of the family home would come alive with images of the Sphinx, markets with jalabyya wearing men pedaling their wares, and reliefs from the tomb of Tutankhamun. In 2003, Genevieve had the first of many opportunities to live in Egypt, studying Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. Earning a BA in Archaeology and a BS in Biology from the University of Washington; her first career was as an Archaeologist, specializing in Egyptology and Osteo-Archaeology. In 2011, Genevieve launched the Gear for Gals in Pakistan project, bringing leading brands from the outdoor industry together to supply climbing equipment to the Pakistan Youth Outreach, which promotes gender equality through training women as mountaineers. She returned again to Cairo in 2012, at the height of the Arab Spring, to consult for tour companies running tours in Egypt. While living on Tahrir Square in 2012, Genevieve began a project called War on Walls – documenting Egypt’s Arab Spring street art movement.
Working in the Middle East and North Africa as a photographer, Genevieve was inspired by the many talented and knowledgeable female expert tour guides who were very passionate about sharing their country with travelers. She saw an opportunity to create a unique kind of travel experience — connecting these great local women guides with women travelers who were interested in exploring the Middle East and North Africa. Women supporting each other through the unique and empowering experience of travel. ArchaeoAdventures Tours was built on this idea and crafted into the leading women-powered tour company in the Middle East and North Africa.
Genevieve can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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