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Welcome to Egypt and the start of a wonderful holiday! Arrive Cairo airport, meet and greet service and included transfer to your hotel.
Today we visit Egypt's most loved sight - The Great Pyramids of Giza. We explore the Gize plateau, pyramids and massive lion-headed Sphinx. Later, we tour Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid.
This morning we fly to Luxor (09:00 MS.375). After lunch we visit to the magnificent Temple of Karnak. This evening we visit the Temple of Luxor built by Pharaoh Amenophis III, it looks stunning at dusk and is beautifully illuminated at night.
Day at leisure in Luxor.
First we'll see the massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Followed by the Valley of the Kings and Queens and the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return and check-in aboard our Nile 5 star cruiser.
As the sun rises it's anchor’s away! Our cruiser will depart Luxor in the early hours of the morning to wait in queue for the opening of the Esna lock. For us, we enjoy a well deserved day of complete R&R. Pull up a deck chair and relax as we sail upstream toward Temple of Horus at Edfu. depending on our cruise schedule we may tour Edfu Temple this afternoon or early tomorrow morning.
A relaxing day as we sail the Nile. Later today, we visit the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo. Arrive Aswan late evening.
Today, we visit the Philae Temple. Later after lunch, a visit to the High Dam and take a felucca boat journey to Elephantine and Kitchener Island. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile.
Disembarking our cruise boat we are transferred to our hotel, remainder of today at leisure.
Day at leisure in Aswan.
Day at leisure in Aswan.
This morning we fly (09:30 MS.132) to the not to be missed Abu Simbel - possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gigantic rock–cut façade, it was created to revere the mighty ruler Ramses II. Today we fly (13:15 MS.135) back to Cairo. Remainder of today at leisure.
Today we visit the famous Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his famous solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon we tour Old Coptic Cairo, where we will find the Citadel and some of the oldest Christian Churches in the world, including the Hanging Church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and built in the 3rd century.
Today remains free for you to further explore this exciting city or maybe head to Khan el Khalili market for a little last minute souvenir shopping.
Day at leisure in Cairo.
Today we bid Egypt farewell and fly (CAI/AMM on Royal Jordanian (RJ.501) at 10:00AM) to Amman in Jordan, where we will be met and transferred our Hotel for check in.
This morning we enjoy a city tour of Amman including visits to the Citadel, Jordan's National Archaeological Museum, the Roman theatre, souks and modern city.
Morning at leisure. This afternoon we transfer to Petra.En-route a stop will be made to visit Mt. Nebo and Um Rassas.
Welcome to the Rose City! Access to the city on our guided exploration is through the famous narrow, deep siq. The rocks then give way to the most amazing site – that of the fantastically impressive 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, public buildings and more the intrepid can ascend to Ad Deir better known as the monestery.
Day at leisure in Petra.
This morning you have the option to revisit Petra in your own time before we drive you to Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing eroded rock formations that rise from the desert floor, The region is also home to semi-nomadic Bedouin living in their great goat hair tents tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner tonight at your camp.
After breakfast at the Camp we drive to Madaba. Enroute we visit Karak Crusader Castle. The magnificent Crusader fortress of Karak - Crak des Moabites, or Le Pierre du Desert to Crusaders - soars above its valleys and hills like a great ship riding waves of rock. Upon arrival in Madaba we enjoy a city tour. Madaba - the most important Christian centre in Jordan, its mosaics, little shops and restaurants offers us gentle respite.
This morning head out to visit Um Qais (Biblical Gadara), the dramatic black-basalt Roman Decapolis city overlooking the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee. Drive through the Jordan Valley and up into the Dibeen National Forest to tour Qallat ar-Rabadh, Ajlun's Crusader-era Saracen Castle, before returning to Madaba for the night.
Before driving to Damascus today, we tour the world's best-preserved Roman provincial city at Jerash. A stop will be made to visit Bosra - famous for its magnificent Roman amphitheater, which was later converted into a fortress by the Ayyubids. Bosra is included in the World Heritage List for more than one reason, most notably that it is a site of extreme rarity and of unique aesthetic value.
Today, we enjoy a tour of reputedly the oldest inhabitated city on earth. Thoroughly charming, compact and bustling Damascus (Ash-Sham to locals) is studded with rich examples of Islamic and Ottoman architecture. Today we visit the National Museum- Azem Palace, Omayyad Mosque, Street called Straight- St., Anania Church- St. Paul Window and enjoy the panoramic view from Qassioun Mountain.
Day at leisure in Damascus.
Full day excursion to Palmyra - the heart of the Syrian Desert, often described as the bride of the desert. Its magnificent remains tell of a heroic history during the reign of Queen Zenobia. The Oasis, as it is sometimes called, is located near a hot-water spring called Afqa, which made it an ideal halt for caravans moving between Iraq and Al-Sham (present day Syria, Lebanon, Holy Land and Jordan), trading in silk from China to the Mediterranean. .
Moving on we drive to Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city. Ever since the 3rd millennium BC, Aleppo has been a flourishing city, with a unique strategic position. This position gave the city a distinctive role from the days of the Akkadian and Amorite kingdoms until modern times. Nowadays, Aleppo is famous for its ancient citadel with medieval fortress, the great Umayyad mosque, and the extraordinary souqs, enroute we stop to visit Rasafa and Ja’abar Castle.
Day at leisure in Aleppo.
Drive onto Saladin’s castle - Often considered one of the most prestigious castles of the medieval period, especially the most romantic. One of the most magnificent features of this fortress is the 28m deep ditch, which was cut into living rock probably by the Byzantines. This ditch has a lonely 28m high needle to support the drawbridge. We then head to Aphamea, an ancient city, overlooking the Ghab valley with its long Roman street, lined with classical columns. Arrival into Hama.
Day at leisure Hama.
Returning to Damascus today, a stop is made at Krak Des Chevaliers and Ma’aloula. Krac des Chevaliers (Castle of Knights), a crusader castle of epic proportions and one of the most important preserved medieval military castles in the world. It is the easternmost of a chain of five castles sited so as to secure the Homs Gap.
Biding you farewell, we transfer you to Damascus airport for departure.