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16 days of Ancient Egypt and Jorodon

Egypt and Jordan, Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, Wadi Rum, Petra

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This is a wonderful 16 day tour that enables you to explore both Egypt and Jordan. We begin in bustling Cairo where we will take in all of the main historical sites, including the world renowned Egyptian Museum, Great Pyramid and the Giza Plateau. An overnight train takes us to Aswan to explore the beautiful and romantic temples of Philae and the impressive Aswan High Dam, leaving you time to also wander around the exciting souks and markets. There is an optional trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Abu Simbel to see the amazing temples built by Ramses II before your traditional felucca cruise takes you through the Nile Valley to Luxor. Here you will experience the incredible temples and world famous tombs of the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Medinat Habu, Queen Hatchepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. We then head to the Red Sea Riviera at Hurghada for a couple of days to relax before flying to Jordan to continue our sightseeing. In Jordan we'll drive down the scenic King's Highway, visiting Kerak crusader castle en-route to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, a highlight of any tour!. After time to explore here we visit Little Petra, enjoy a jeep safari and overnight Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, see the Red Sea again at Aqaba, and float in the unique salty waters of the Dead Sea before finishing our tour back in Amman.

Arrival location:

EG,JO Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, Wadi Rum, Petra, Am

Departure Location:

EG,JO Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, Wadi Rum, Petra, Am

Included in your experience:

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Hurghada-Cairo-Amman flights
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • All camping equipment in Wadi Rum
  • Entrance Fees to sites visited in Jordan
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Not included in your experience:

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance Fees to sites visited in Egypt (allow approx. USD 95 p/p)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips and group tipping kitty
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged by hotels on 24 Dec and 31 Dec)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

    None Available for this package
DAY 1 Arrive into Cairo. Transfer to hotel
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids for the start of your trip. They will help you settle in, introduce you to the local area, and explain tomorrow’s arrangements.
OVERNIGHT
Cairo – 4 star hotel
EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement, Extra night - pre-tour

DAY 2 Cairo. Museum & Pyramids tour
Our tour of Egypt begins with a trip to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts many other ancient Egyptian artefacts. Following on from the museum we then make the short trip to Giza to visit the Sphinx and the great pyramids of Egypt. This evening we transfer to the station for the overnight train to Aswan (1st class carriage, reclining seats - sleeper or flight upgrade available)
OVERNIGHT
On board train
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Sleeper train upgrade; flight upgrade

DAY 3 Arrive in Aswan. Tour of Philae Temple
This morning we arrive in Aswan and transfer to the hotel. We then start our tour of Aswan with a trip to the island temple complex of Philae visiting the impressive Aswan High Dam en-route. The Philae temple remains one of Egypt’s most romantic and picturesque sites having been completely relocated following work on the Dam. The rest of the day is free to explore the colourful souks and markets found in the town or watch the sunset over the River Nile.
OVERNIGHT
Aswan - 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Nile Cruise Upgrade

DAY 4 Aswan. Abu Simbel option. Start felucca cruise
This morning we have the option of taking an early start for the drive to the UNESCO world heritage site at Abu Simbel. These amazing temples built by Ramses II are one of Egypt's main highlights and attractions. Those not visiting Abu Simbel can explore Aswan's markets this morning, or visit the Nubian Museum which has a fascinating collection covering the development of the Nubian people in the region. In the afternoon we then board a traditional felucca boat and start our leisurely cruise along the Nile towards the temple at Kom Ombo. In the evening our facilities boat will join us with its welcome toilet and showers, and our Nubian crew will prepare a delicious evening meal.
OVERNIGHT
On board felucca
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS
Abu Simbel overland

DAY 5 Nile felucca cruise
Wake up today on board your traditional felucca and let yourself unwind as we make our way downriver. Whether you feel the urge to take a swim or just sunbathe on deck there is no better way to experience life on the River Nile.
OVERNIGHT
On board felucca
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Kom Ombo and Edfu Temple tours. Arrive in Luxor
After a leisurely breakfast on-board we bid farewell to our felucca this morning and visit the nearby temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu before continuing on north to Luxor. In the evening we have the chance to enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful Luxor Temple.
OVERNIGHT
Luxor – 4/5 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 7 Luxor. East and West Bank tours
We cross over the river Nile early this morning to begin our tour of Luxor’s West Bank. Home to the Valley of the Kings, the dusty tombs in this ancient burial site are still revealing their secrets today and so it remains one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Our tour inclues several of these Pharaonic tombs, as well as the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, and the huge Colossi of Memnon. We return to the hotel for some free time before visiting the enormous temple complex at Karnak on the East bank of the Nile later in the afternoon. The evening is free to walk along the corniche, have a drink overlooking the Nile, or explore the town's markets. An option is available this morning for a spectacular hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile.
OVERNIGHT
Luxor – 4/5 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Hot air balloon flight

DAY 8 Drive to Hurghada. Red Sea Riviera
We leave Luxor this morning and drive through the hills and desert to the Red Sea beach resort of Hurghada (approx. 5 hours). Hurghada is world famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling and the rich Red Sea marine life here attracts divers from all over the world. Once you arrive in Hurghada you’ll have the remainder of the day free or your guide will be happy to help make optional tour arrangements for your free day tomorrow.
OVERNIGHT
Hurghada - 4 star beach resort
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 9 Hurghada. Free time
Today is free to spend at leisure in and around Hurghada. A wide range of adventurous activities are available including wind surfing and kite surfing, glass bottomed submarines, quad biking, camel rides and sea fishing trips. Alternatively you can spend your free time here relaxing on the beach and enjoying the year-round sunshine
OVERNIGHT
Hurghada - 4 star beach resort
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 10 Fly to Amman via Cairo
Today you’ll transfer to Hurghada airport for your flight to Amman in Jordan (operates via Cairo). After arriving in Amman you’ll be greeted by our Jordanian team who will transfer you to your hotel. Once you’ve reached the hotel your guide will give you an overview of the plan for the next few days and help you settle into the hotel. The remainder of the day is free.
OVERNIGHT
Amman - 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 11 King's Highway to Petra via Madaba and Kerak
We depart Amman for a scenic drive along the King’s Highway to Petra, crossing deep Wadis, olive groves, and driving through small rural villages. En-route we see the Roman mosaics at Madaba, enjoy great views of Israel from Mt. Nebo, and visit Kerak Castle, one in a chain of Crusader fortresses built across Jordan in the 12th Century.
OVERNIGHT
Petra - 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 12 Full day in Petra
We enjoy a full day today inside the world famous Nabatean site of Petra. Carved into the rocks and left undiscovered for centuries, Petra has always been an enduring attraction for explorers. We include a guided tour of the area for around 3 hours with plenty of free time after that to explore on your own. This evening you may book an optional visit back to Petra for the spectacular Petra by Candlelight tour.
OVERNIGHT
Petra - 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Petra by night

DAY 13 Drive to Wadi Rum via Little Petra
Today we drive towards Wadi Rum and en route visit the site of Little Petra, which was a suburb of the main city and provides a great insight into the building of the larger buildings and tombs. At Wadi Rum we enjoy Bedouin hospitality and a 4WD jeep safari through the spectacular desert scenery with its towering cliffs, bizarre rock formations and sandy dunes. This evening there’s an optional sunset camel ride before we sleep under the stars in a Bedouin camp inside the desert reserve.
OVERNIGHT
Wadi Rum - Small Bedouin camp inside the reserve
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 Wadi Rum to Aqaba
We bid farewell to our Bedouin hosts this morning and travel south to the Red Sea town of Aqaba. After a short city tour the afternoon is then free to spend at the beach or trying some snorkelling or scuba diving excursions to explore the Red Sea’s coral reefs and fishes.
OVERNIGHT
Aqaba – 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 15 Drive to the Dead Sea and Amman
This morning we transfer by road along the shore of the Dead Sea where we can float and try to swim in its unique, salty waters. You may also have the opportunity to do the Siq Trail at the mouth to Wadi Mujib. This is a fun ‘canyoning’ adventure that takes around 2 hours and involves walking, scrambling and some easy rock climbing through a spectacular narrow canyon (siq) up to a waterfall. The recent rainfall levels will determine how much water there is but you should expect some pools and swimming and to get very wet. A good level of fitness is required and we recommend wearing shoes not sandles to protect your toes. Note: The Siq Trail is not available all year round and is generally only open from April to October and may also be closed at times during these months. Local guides are in place to assist inside the Siq but this is a self-guided section. There is an entrance ticket (currently US$26) which is not included in the tour price. If the water levels seem high & fast, or you are not confident in your fitness then we recommend not to proceed. Always follow the advice of the local guides. You must be able to swim as life jackets are not always available. A minimum age limit of 16 applies. This activity is only available if the whole group wants to do it.
OVERNIGHT
Amman - 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 16 Amman. Departure transfer to the airport
Your time is free today until we transfer you to Amman airport for your departure flight. Alternatively you may wish to take one of a number of optional day trips. These include tours of the centre of Amman and the Roman ruins at Jerash, a trip to Ajloun Castle and Umm Qais, a tour of the 'Desert Castles', a visit to the Baptism Site at Bethany on the Jordan, or a tour into Israel to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We can also arrange a transfer to Tel Aviv for you to connect this tour with our Fantastic Israel tour which starts today.
OVERNIGHT
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MEALS
Breakfast
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16 days of Ancient Egypt and Jorodon

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