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Pyramid at Giza

Day 1: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival at Cairo airport we will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at Abu el Seid oriental restaurant.

Close up of Sphinx

Day 2: Cairo

Today, enjoy a visit to the famous Pyramids at Giza, one of the sole survivors from the ancient Greek listed Seven Wonders of the World. The pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction and will not fail to impress even the most seasoned traveller. In front of the pyramids sits the Sphinx, an enormous statue with the face of a man and body of a lion. Enjoy oriental and mix grill lunch at Le Sphinx restaurant. This afternoon we explore the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, with its litany of ancient tombs and famous centre piece, Zhoser’s step pyramid. Constructed in 2700 BC by the Pharaoh’s chief architect, it became the template for all future pyramid construction.

King Tutankhamen's mask

Day 3: Cairo

We start the day’s sightseeing with a trip to the Egyptian Museum to see the dazzling antiquities of ancient Egypt on display there, including the amazing treasures of King Tutankhamen and his stunning gold funerary mask. Before going back to the hotel we pass by a Belle Epoque building at No. 10 Tolombat St, Garden City which was the British Headquarters during World War II. This evening enjoy a Dervish show in Old Cairo.

Aerial view of Cairo Nile

Day 4: Cairo - Aswan

This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival enjoy a tour of St,Simeon Monastery followed by felucca trip to Kitchener and Botanical islands.

Trajan's Kiosk, Philae

Day 5: Aswan - Nile Cruising

It’s an early start today as we fly south to Abu Simbel, possibly the greatest and most awe-inspiring temple of ancient Egypt, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. The four colossal statues of the pharaoh himself guard the entrance to this mighty temple with its spectacular rock-cut facade. Returning to Aswan we travel out of town to visit the mighty High Dam; a modern feat of engineering, the by-product for this immense construction is Lake Nasser-the world’s largest artificial lake! We will also take a trip to the Philae Temple on Agilika Island, which is dedicated to the goddess Isis before we board our Nile Cruiser.

View of the Nile through an arch

Day 6: Nile Cruising

Anchors away, as we set sail up the Nile. Relax, enjoy the facilities onboard and soak up the sun. We stop en-route to visit the unique, riverside temple of Kom Ombo, with its perfectly symmetrical architecture. Today we visit the immaculately preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god; it was the last monumental temple to be built on such a huge scale. This evening we continue to sail onto Luxor.

Looking across the Nile

Day 7: Nile Cruising

Today is a free day for you to relax. This evening we view the Luxor Temple, which comprises of numerous pylons, columns, an inner sanctum and a giant granite obelisk. Later we continue onto witness the sound and light show at Karnak Temple which is dedicated to the Theban gods.

Valley of the Kings

Day 8: Nile Cruising - Luxor

Early this morning the chance to enhance you holiday with a Hot air ballooning optional. This morning we disembark the cruiser and tour the West Bank, home to the legendary Valley of the Kings, with its myriad of tombs, temples and monuments. The first monuments you’ll see are the imposing Colossi of Memnon; these massive enthroned statues are all that remains of the temple of Amenophis. We also visit the Valley of the Queens (where the pharaohs’ wives were laid to rest) and the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This evening enjoy a felucca sunset journey.

Sheesha pipes at Khan el Khalili Bazaar, Cairo

Day 9: Luxor - Cairo

This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. After doing some souvenir shopping at the Khan el Khalili bazaar the afternoon is free for you to relax before we head to enjoy dinner at Sequoia, one of Cairo's most popular places to dine and lounge!

Hieroglyphics and figures

Day 10: Cairo - Amman

Bid farewell to Egypt as we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Amman. Upon arrival we will be there to greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Travelling approximately half an hour from Amman we visit As-Salt with 13th century fortress ruins. Tonight enjoy a traditional welcome dinner at Tawaheen al Hawa!

Amman's old city walls

Day 11: Amman

Heading north, we visit Jerash, the Graeco-Roman city known as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Built over 2,000 years ago, Jerash is widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Roman cities dating from the 1st century! We’ll explore the site taking in the colonnaded street, amphitheatre, nymphaeum, forum and more before continuing to Umm Qais (Gadara), a dramatic black-basalt Roman city of the Decapolis with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.

Some of the Roman ruins in Amman

Day 12: Amman - Petra

This morning, we tour the citadel of Amman, Archaeological Museum and enjoy free time shopping in the local souq, before visiting Mt Nebo - the single most important biblical site in Jordan. Enjoy lunch at Haret Jdoudna Restaurant and later we visit Umm ar Rasas, a haunted deserted city on the ancient caravan routes before continuing onto the rose city of Petra for the evening. Tonight enjoy Petra by night; a tantalizing candlelight stroll through Petra’s Siq….a romantic preview of things to come!

Looking through the Siq at the Treasury

Day 13: Petra

We access the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose City on a walk through a narrow, deep siq, where the rocks finally give way to reveal the famous facade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury). We’ll then go on to explore chunks of this fantastic once-lost city which is full of tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street.

The deep reds of the Treasury

Day 14: Petra

Today is free before before we enjoy a cooking course at Petra Kitchen! Enjoy a cooking session and learn how to make dishes such as baba ghanoush, fattoush, sambousek b’jibn (cheese triangles) and proper hoummus-from-scratch. Then enjoy the fruits of your labours - a faraway feast, fit for a king, sultan or khedive! And to ensure what you’ve learnt can be achieved at home in your own kitchen, you’ll get to take home recipes of the very dishes you assisted in creating! All that’s left to do, is to impress family and friends at your next food-filled soiree!

Petra Siq

Day 15: Petra - Aqaba

This morning visit Little Petra and the Baidha Neolithic village, hidden away in the centre of a mountain, with a classical temple standing guard outside the mini-siq. Continue travelling approx. 1.5 hours to Wadi Rum for our jeep safari! A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels that rise from the desert floor, the desertscape of Wadi Rum represents some of the most stunning countryside on the planet. Boarding 4x4s jeeps, we take a safari through the sand dunes, getting up close and personal to the surrounding scenery of Wadi Rum, the beautiful valley of Wadi Saabit and in the distance Jabal Um Adaami before continuing onto Aqaba for the evening.

Tomb in Petra

Day 16: Aqaba - Dead Sea

This morning is free before driving north along Wadi Araba to the Dead Sea. Descending some 1300 metres to the lowest point on the earth's surface we arrive at the Dead Sea. Sitting at 422 metres below sea level we spend the remainder of the day swimming, lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath and bobbing about in the ever warm mineral-rich body of water.

Dead Sea salt up close

Day 17: Dead Sea

Sadly your last day with us as we transfer the group to the airport for your onward flight.

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