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Egypt and Jordan
 
Holiday Length: 16 days
Departs: Tuesdays
Start City: Cairo (Egypt)
End City: Amman (Jordan)
Type of Holiday: Small Group Tour
(minimum 2 - maximum 12)
  Experience the blend of the best of Roman, Egyptian and Nabatean civilisations in this journey through Egypt and Jordan.  Beginning in Cairo with the Pyramids of Giza, before cruising on the fabulous Nile River.  Explore the temples of Karnak and Luxor, the burial grounds of the Valley of the Kings and Howard Carter's House.  Continue to Jordan and be transported to Lawrence of Arabia's Wadi Rum.  Explore the lost Nabataean city of Petra as well as Jordan's biblical and crusader heritage.

                               
 
ITINERARY   
Day 1 - Tuesday
Cairo
  Welcome to Egypt.  Upon arrival in Cairo you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your Pyramids area hotel.  Remainder of the day at leisure to rest and admire the spectacular Pyramid views from your hotel.
   
Day 2 - Wednesday
Cairo
                                    
Awake in the shadows of the Pyramids.  Today explore the sole survivors of the seven wonders of the Ancient World - the Pyramids and come face to face with the mystical Sphinx.  Continue to the ancient capital of Memphis and visit the Step Pyramids of Sakkara. (B)
   
Day 3 - Thursday
Cairo - Aswan
  This morning depart Cairo and fly to the natural beauty of Nubian Aswan.  Sail in a felucca around the lush islands of Aswan and view the Agha Khan Mausoleum.  Relax at the Old Cataract Hotel with High Tea overlooking the Nile.  Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
   
Day 4 - Friday
Aswan : CRUISE

Today board your Nile Cruise ship, your base for the next 3 nights as you journey down the Nile.  Visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, the High Dam, the Old Dam and the 'unfinished Obelisk', lying in the ancient granite quarries of Aswan. (B, L, D)
   
Day 5 - Saturday
Aswan - Kom Ombo - Edfu: CRUISE

Discover the lifeblood of Egypt as you cruise the Nile visiting Kom Ombo the crocodile inspired temple with its  stunning bas reliefs and the Temple of Horus - one of the best preserved temples of the Greco-Roman era. (B, L, D)
   
Day 6 - Sunday
Edfu - Luxor: CRUISE

Leisurely morning cruising to Luxor.  This afternoon visit the magnificent Luxor Temple, built in the 14th century by two kings - Amenophis III and Ramses II.  Follow the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Karnak Temple complex and gaze in awe at this imposing monument housing precious relics of Ancient Egyptian dynasties. (B, L, D)
   
Day 7 - Monday
Luxor

This morning disembark and cross to the West Bank visiting Thebes Necropolis and the burial ground of the Pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.  Continue to the nearby mortuary temple of Hatchesput and the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile.  Explore the myriad of tombs and temples dotting the banks of the Nile.  Overnight in Luxor. (B)
   
Day 8 - Tuesday
Luxor - Cairo

This morning retrace history as you explore Carter's House.  Later fly to Cairo and embark on a foodie tour at Heliopolis. (B, L)
   
Day 9 - Wednesday
Cairo

History is bought back to life today on your tour of the Egyptian Museum with your specialist Egyptologist guide.  marvel at the treasures of Tutankhamun.  This afternoon visit Mohammed Ali Mosque & the Citadel dominating Cairo's skyline.  Later join the hustle and bustle of Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
   
Day 10 - Thursday
Cairo - Amman - Dead Sea

From one ancient civilisation to another.  Today fly from Egypt to Jordan.  Upon arrival in Amman transfer to the lowest place on Earth - the Dead Sea - in time for a 'float' on its mineral rich waters. (B)
   
Day 11 - Friday
Dead Sea - Petra

Enter into one of the world's architectural wonders - the Rose Red City of Petra, hewn out of solid rock by the ancient Nabateans.  Walk through the Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, to reach the stunning Treasury (El Khazneh) and marvel at the many temples & tombs spread across this immense site, hidden for centuries from the outside world. (B)
Optional visit of Petra by night.


Day 12 - Saturday
Petra

Spend the day exploring further the wonders of Petra.  This evening join a cooking class at the Petra Kitchen. (B, D)
   
Day 13 - Sunday
Petra - Wadi Rum

Explore the dramatic desert landscape of Wadi Rum by jeep and experience a magical night under the stars in a desert camp. (B)
   
Day 14 - Monday
Wadi Rum - Amman

Drive along the 'Kings Highway', a scenic and ancient road connecting the Red Sea coast to Amman.  This is one of the world's longest used trading routes, passing through the biblical lands of the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites.  Visit Mount Nebo's 'Promised Land' church, the spectacular Holy Land mosaic at Madaba and Kerak's Crusader Castle.  Continue to Amman. (B)
   
Day 15 - Tuesday
Amman - Jerash - Amman
                                         
Step back into antiquity as you explore the incredibly well-preserved city of Jerash.  First Greek, then Roman and Byzantine, the legendary Jerash is said to have been founded by Alexander The Great.  Discover the theatre, temples, churches and the arch of triumph before returning to Amman. (B)
   
Day 16 - Wednesday
Amman

Departure transfer to the airport.  If time allows we recommend a visit to the brand new Jordan & royal Automobile Museum. (B)
   
HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS









  • Air conditioned transfers and transportation
  • Flights Cairo - Aswan | Luxor - Cairo | Cairo - Amman
  • Accommodation in First class hotels, and a small luxury camp in Wadi Rum
  • 3 night Nile Cruise
  • Daily Breakfast - all meals on cruise (4 lunches & 4 dinners)
  • Mezze street food lunch at Heliopolis (Cairo); High Tea at Aswan Old Cataract; Petra Kitchen cooking class; traditional Jordanian farewell dinner
  • Small group sightseeing with local English speaking guides, including an Egyptologist guide in Cairo
  • Horse ride in Petra
  • Visit of Carter's House
  • Jeep ride in Wadi Rum Desert
  • Activities & entrance fees as per itinerary
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    Israel Extension

    Option to extend your holiday to Israel.  Transfer to Jerusalem and choose your preferred Israel tour
       

     

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