Old Tutankhamen to the Treasury - 14 days

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From the Pyramids of Giza, to the hidden city of Petra and onto Amman, this 14 day adventure brims with excitement and adventure. Cruise the River Nile, uncover the secrets of Valley of the Kings, explore the lunar landscapes of Wadi Rum, rejuvenate in the Dead Sea and relax in the ever warm waters of the Red Sea.

Our Tutankhamen to Treasury tour has regular departures between now and 01 July 2012. If travelling after 01 July, please see our NEW Tutankhamen to Treasury tour with similar touring arrangements.

Day 1: Cairo
Saturday. Welcome to the start of your Arabian adventure! Arrive Cairo prior to 08:00, included transfer and hotel check in. At 10:00, we embark on a guided tour of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. The museum is home to an extensive collection of some 120 000 ancient Egyptian antiquities, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms. Opt to visit the Royal Mummy Room, where 9 royal mummies from the New Kingdom is displayed. Overnight - Cairo
A camel in the desert
Cairo - Aswan. This morning we visit the iconic pyramids which were built for the fourth dynasty kings Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, who ruled through 2589 - 2504BC. Continuing we drive to the necropolis at Saqqara to see the oldest pyramid in all of Egypt, the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. Built during the third dynasty of the Old Kingdom to protect the body of the King Zhoser who died around 2649BC. The Step Pyramid was the blue print that heralded the short but remarkable age of the gigantic stone pyramids of ancient Egypt.

Later there is time for dinner before travelling on the overnight seater train to Aswan. Upgrade to sleeper cabin available. Overnight - Train (B)
Old Tutankhamen to the Treasury - 14 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Arrive Aswan and check into our hotel. Today, we visit the High Dam and travel by boat to the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Remainder of day and evening free. If sailing by felucca is not your style, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade. Overnight - Aswan (B)
Felucca Sailing
Days 4 - 5: Felucca Sailing
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning air excursion to the colossal Temple of Abu Simbel. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage on the River Nile down stream, stopping along the way at local villages and islands. If sailing by felucca is not for you, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Pharaoh's Pass. Overnight - Felucca Cruise (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking in Kom Ombo we visit the temple before travelling to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, a huge complex that began construction in 237 BC! We then continue to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor (book and pay locally). Remainder of the evening at leisure to enjoy the facilities of our hotel. Overnight - Luxor (B)
Luxor - Dahab. Optional early morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Highlights of our visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against a backdrop of history, the legendary Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This afternoon after lunch and time to relax, we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular temple on a gigantic scale dedicated to the Theban gods. Karnak is ancient Egypt at its very best. You’ll feel like a star in a Hollywood epic, as you stroll around. This afternoon, we travel by overnight bus to Dahab via Hurghada. Overnight - Bus (B)
Egyptian men riding camels along the coast in Dahab
Days 8 - 9: Dahab
Dahab. Arrival and hotel check-in. Spend two days at leisure. Scuba diving, snorkelling, sun-worshipping, or shopping - take your pick. On day 9, we offer an optional snorkelling excursion to the Blue Hole. 80 metres deep, the Blue Hole boasts an abundance of colourful coral, fish and marine life. Most of the aquatic species live within the first 5 metres beneath the sea level. Overnight - Dahab (B:2)
Egyptian water pipes lined up at the coast in Dahab
Dahab - Petra (Jordan). Today we transfer to Nuweiba Port to cross the Gulf of Aqaba by ferry and travel onward to Petra. This evening we will meet our Jordanian tour guide and other tour members continuing with us through Jordan. Tonight, it maybe possible to take a candlelit walk through the Siq by attending the 'Petra by Night' excursion. Overnight - Petra (B)
Outside the rose red Treasury in Petra, Jordan
Taking a walk through the mysterious siq (an ancient passage created thanks to a geological fissure) we are confronted by the spectacle of the breath-taking rose-red facade of the Treasury. Actually serving as a royal tomb, the massive rock cut structure is known as the treasury because according to legend, pirates hid their treasure there. Amazing Nabataean and Roman ruins are on tap here at Petra, including tombs, a Roman road, temples and amphitheatre. The energetic can ascend the many stone carved steps to Ad-Deir, better known as the Monastery. Consider opting for our Petra Kitchen bolt-on tonight. Overnight - Petra (B)
Trek and hike the valleys and Wadi's from Dana Nature Reserve to Petra
Day 12: Wadi Rum
Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning we can return to the Rose Red city for further exploration. Then drive to Wadi Rum for a 4x4 desert safari before enjoying a traditional Jordanian dinner and a night camping in the desert. Overnight - Wadi Rum (B, D)
Float or swim in the mineral rich waters at the Dead Sea, Jordan - the lowest point on the face of t
Day 13: The Dead Sea
Wadi Rum - Karak - Dead Sea - Madaba. This morning we explore the 12th century crusader castle of Karak (or Shobak Castle) before descending to the lowest point on the earth's surface - the Dead Sea. Here, we enjoy lunch and take dip in the mineral-rich waters, which are famously buoyant, due to the high salinity. A short drive leads us to the ancient Christian-Muslim market town of Madaba - famed for its Byzantine mosaics. Here, if time permits you’ll have time to explore before tonight’s dinner in a delightful local restaurant. Overnight - Madaba (B, L, D)
Day 14: Amman
Friday. Madaba - Amman Airport. Madaba is easily navigated on foot allowing you to further sight see or shop for souvenirs before taking our departure transfer to Amman airport.

Note: Madaba and Amman are equidistant from Queen Alia International Airport. We choose to stay in Madaba rather than Amman as the capital city is widely spread across 7 hills with no particular centralised city centre or CBD. Previous passenger feedback has also highlighted the preference for staying in Madaba. However should you specifically wish to visit Amman you are able to do so by purchasing post tour accommodation and our departure transfer would be offered after the conclusion of your stay. For more information on the options available to you please speak with a member of our reservations team at time of booking. (B)

Perseids Meteor Shower departure - 04 Aug 2012

Why not combine this tour with the amazing celestial spectacle of the Perseids Meteor shower? The Perseids meteor shower is a spectacular celestial light show, that has mystified and amazed sky watchers for nearly 2000 years. The night sky is lit up by often over 60 meteors per hour! You can witness the incredible meteor shower from our desert camp in Wadi Rum, where you will spend two incredible nights star-gazing, when the meteor shower is at its peak on the 13th and 14th August. Please see the Go Guide for details of the amended itinerary. Supplement applies.

Alternatiely opt for our 18 day Pyramids, Petra Promised Lands tour departing 04 Aug 2012 that also witnesses the amazing display at Wadi Rum.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Cairo / Ends in: Amman
  • Departs: Saturdays - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:13, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 4
  • Hotel Rating: 4 - 5 star (3 star Jordan) & Wadi Rum camp
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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On tour in Egypt. Pyramids, Nile cruising, Abu Simbel & Red Sea!