Temples, Tombs, Treasury - 13 days

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The best of Egypt and Jordan, a treasure chest of ancient sites including the legendary Pyramids of Giza, plenty of beach time, a foray into the mysterious city of Petra, and a night in a desert Bedouin camp!

Day 1: Cairo
Tuesday. Welcome to Egypt! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel and overnight. Overnight - Cairo
Cairo - Luxor. Today see the incredible pyramids and sphinx at Giza. Perhaps opt to ride a camel. Later we travel to Saqqara, to explore the myriad of tombs and temples at the site and see Zhoser's step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh's chief architect in 2700 BC. There will be time for dinner before we travel by overnight train to Luxor. Opt for a sleeper cabin upgrade, if you fancy a little extra comfort. Overnight - Train (B)
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Statue of Rames II at the Karnak temple in Luxor
We arrive into Luxor and check into our hotel. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. This afternoon you can explore Luxor on foot following the waterside corniche, relax by the pool or maybe stop for drink at one of the many Nile side cafes and tea houses. Tonight, there is an optional visit to view the Temple of Luxor at night. Book and pay locally. Remainder of the evening at leisure. Overnight - Luxor (B)
Egypt Tours - Karnak Temple and the Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor
You can opt to float over Luxor in a hot air balloon first thing this morning before we visit Luxor’s famous West Bank. The twin seated statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first site we'll see before we visit the legendary Valleys of the Kings and the imposing limestone, colonnaded Temple of Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was one of only 3 Egyptian ruling queens. The most famous tomb in the Valley of the Kings is that of the boy-King Tutankhamen. Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered his intact and treasure -filled tomb in 1922. After exploring the West Bank we take a break before visiting the colossal Temple of Karnak. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight - Luxor (B)
Day 5: Drive to Hurghada
Luxor - Hurghada. Departing Luxor we head east to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for 2 days on the beach. Overnight - Hurghada (B)
The beautiful harbourside of Hurghada
Days 6 - 7: Hurghada
The next 2 days are free to explore Hurghada or simply relax. On day 6 there's an optional day trip to Giftun Island for swimming and snorkelling, which can be booked locally.

Hurghada is one of the most popular Red Sea resorts. Hotels and expanded infrastructure provide holidaymakers with excellent aquatic facilities for sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkeling and Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. Hurghada also has plenty of restaurants and late night bars for evening entertainment. Overnight - Hurghada (B:2)
Hurghada - Cairo. It's an early start today, as we head back to Cairo. We'll be leaving around 7am for our 5 - 6 hour journey back to the capital. Once we arrive in Cairo we will head to the famous Egyptian Museum for a guided tour where you can see the famed solid gold death mask of King Tutankhamen and opt to visit the Royal Mummy room. Spend the remaining hours of the afternoon and evening at your own leisure - the Khan el-Khalili bazaar is a wonderful place to find lavish tobacco pipes, pharaonic tat, belly dancing costumes, carpets and spices. Overnight - Cairo (B)
The expansive desert landscapes of Wadi Rum in Jordan
Cairo - Amman - Wadi Rum. This morning you will need to fly to Amman for the next leg of the tour. If tour start date is prior to 17 Oct 2014, you will need to the book the RJ502 departing Cairo at 09:15, arriving to Amman at 11:30. If your tour start date falls between 17 Oct - 31 Dec 2014, please book RJ508 departing Cairo at 07:30, arriving to Amman at 08:45. We ask that you independently book a seat on the relevant flight (we will arrange your transfer to Cairo airport and upon arrival in Amman). If travelling in 2015, we ask that you do not book your flight at this point in time.

Upon arrival into Amman, we transfer to our On The Go vehicle and travel on to Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum - a vast, silent landscape of pastel coloured sketches of sandy desert punctuated by amazing rock formations known as jebels. Here we'll undertake a 4x4 desert safari, before tucking into a Bedouin dinner at our desert camp. Bed tonight is under a galaxy of stars or in tents. Overnight - Wadi Rum (B, D)
Day 10: Petra
Wadi Rum - Petra. After breakfast at our desert camp we travel on to Petra through the breathtaking 'secret road' of Al Madras. Tonight, it may be possible to take a candlelit walk through the Siq by booking the atmospheric 'Petra by Night' excursion (book locally). Overnight - Petra (B)
The beautiful treasury in Petra
Welcome to the Rose City! To access Petra on our guided walk we travel through the famous narrow and deep siq. The rocks then give way to reveal the most amazing sight – the beautiful Treasury. Walking down the gravel tracks, we’ll explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates and public buildings. There is also a gigantic amphitheatre originally built to house 3000 spectators, though the Romans increased capacity to a whopping 7000. After the guided tour, you’re free to head off and further explore, haggle for a horse and chariot ride or just relax and take it all in.

Free evening or why not test your culinary skills in the Petra Kitchen? Consider our Petra Kitchen bolt-on - something good's cooking bolt-on. Overnight - Petra (B)
Take a dip in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea in Jordan
Petra - Mt Nebo -Dead Sea - Madaba. This morning we travel to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth's surface for lunch and a chance to bob around in the buoyant mineral rich waters and smother ourselves in mud!

Next stop is holy Mt Nebo - the single most important Biblical site in Jordan. Having led the Israelites for 40 years through the wilderness, it is from this panoramic vantage point, that Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land. We too can enjoy excellent views of the Jordan River Valley, the northern shore of the Dead Sea, Jericho and on clear days, Jerusalem. We travel on to the bustling Christian market town of Madaba, where we spend the night. Overnight - Madaba (B, L)
Sunday. Madaba – Amman airport - breakfast. If time permits, explore Madaba independently before hotel check-out and an included departure transfer to Amman’s Queen Alia Airport. (B)

Visit El Alamein

El Alamein Bolt-On Located on the Mediterranean coast, just 4 hours north of Cairo, lies El Alamein, where two extended battles were fought during World War II. Some 13,000 Allied soldiers were killed and 70,000 were wounded in the battle. Come and pay your respects at the Commonwealth War Cemetery and visit the local war museum.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Cairo / Ends in: Amman
  • Departs: Tuesdays - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:12, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 5 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
The On The Go Theatre
On tour in Egypt. Pyramids, Nile cruising, Abu Simbel & Red Sea!

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