Festive Road to Jordan - 16 days

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Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Nile felucca sailing and relaxation in Hurghada on the Red Sea; combined with Jordan, home to the stunning Rose City of Petra (voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World), the beautiful Wadi Rum desert and the buoyant Dead Sea.

Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt! Arrive into Cairo and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore. Overnight - Cairo
Day 2: Pyramids of Giza
Cairo - Aswan. A big day out at the pyramids and sphinx at Giza, then a visit to the ancient tomb-strewn necropolis at Saqqara. Overnight sleeper train to Aswan. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
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A group enjoying a camel ride near the Pyramids
Day 3: Philae Temple
Aswan. After arrival into Aswan and hotel check-in we head off to the grand High Dam - an impressive feat of engineering which resulted in the creation of Lake Nasser. Then we take a boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure; shop in the colourful souqs or simply kick back and relax. Overnight - Aswan (B)
Days 4 - 5: Felucca Cruise
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning excursion by road to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night sailing trip upstream towards Kom Ombo. Relax, top up your tan and chat with new friends as the felucca gently plies its route. Stops are made en route at local villages and at the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo. If sailing by felucca is not for you, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade. Overnight - Felucca Cruise (B:2, L:2, D:2)
A felucca on the Nile in Aswan
Day 6: Edfu & Luxor
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 its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor is available alternatively, enjoy the facilities of our hotel. Overnight - Luxor (B)
Day 7: Valley of the Kings
Take flight over ancient Luxor with an optional hot air balloon ride early this morning before exploring the West Bank of the Nile and the legendary Valley of the Kings. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the temple of Amenophis III, and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs.

After lunch we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you get lost wandering around the stone papyrus columns. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight - Luxor (B)
Day 8: Hurghada
Luxor - Hurghada. Departing Luxor we head east to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for 3 days by the beach. Overnight - Hurghada (B)
A camel relaxes on the beach in Hurghada
Days 9 - 10: Sun, Sea and Sand
The following 2 days are free to explore or simply relax. On day 9 there's an optional day trip to Giftun Island for swimming and snorkelling, which can be booked locally.

Hurghada is one of the Red Sea's most popular resorts and it is easy to see why. Hotels and expanded infrastructure provide holidaymakers with excellent aquatic facilities for sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkeling. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. The Red Sea resort also has plenty of restaurants and late night bars for evening entertainment. Overnight - Hurghada (B:2)
Day 11: Egyptian Museum
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. Spend the remaining hours of the afternoon and evening at your own leisure - the Khan el-Khalili bazaar is a wonderful place to buy souvenirs such as lavish tobacco pipes, belly dancing costumes, carpets and spices. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Sunset over Wadi Rum
Day 12: Wadi Rum
Cairo - Amman - Wadi Rum. This morning you will need to fly to Amman for the next leg of the tour. We ask that you independently book flight RJ508 departing Cairo at 08:00, arriving to Amman at 09:15 and we will arrange your transfer to Cairo airport and upon arrival in Amman. The flight to Jordan is not included in the cost of this tour.

Upon arrival into Amman we transfer to our vehicle that takes us to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of pastel coloured sketches of sandy desert punctuated by amazing rock formations known as jebels. Here we'll enjoy 4x4 desert safari across the dunes, before tucking into a Bedouin dinner at our desert camp. Overnight - Wadi Rum (B, D)
Day 13: Journey to 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 taking the atmospheric 'Petra by Night' excursion (bookable locally). Overnight - Petra (B)
Ad-Deir or better known as the monastery, which has a similar facade to that of the Treasury
Day 14: The Rose City
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 booking our Petra Kitchen - something good's cooking bolt-on. Overnight - Petra (B)
Salt and mineral deposits flank the Dead Sea in Jordan
Day 15: The Dead Sea
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)
Day 16: Madaba & Amman
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)

5 star Nile cruise for Xmas or New Year

If you’d like to upgrade from the included Nile felucca cruise from Aswan to Luxor, cruise the Nile in style for 3 nights with our 5 star Nile Cruise upgrade.

Cruiser's are similar to 5 star hotels with their own bar, lounges and restaurant. Your well–appointed, outward facing cabin offers air-conditioning, a private bathroom and views of the Nile as we sail. The boat deck offers plenty of space for relaxation and a swimming pool. All meals are included, buffet style.

Where do you want to spend Xmas and New Year this year?

  • 15 Dec tour - It's Xmas day in Dahab, relaxing by the Red Sea
  • 21 Dec tour - wake to Xmas day from the River Nile. Spend the day lazing about to the perfect backdrop of the Nile with a chilled beer in hand. For New Year's Eve, we PARTY in Dahab!
  • 23 Dec tour - On Xmas Day we take a leisurely boat trip to Philae Temple and discover the colourful souqs of Aswan. On New Year's Eve, choose to relax or PARTY in Dahab!
  • 27 Dec tour - New Year's Eve felucca sailing or Nile cruising. Bonfire and party at the stroke of midnight
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Cairo / Ends in: Amman
  • Departs: 20, 23, 27 Dec 2014
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:15, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
  • Hotel Rating: 4 - 5 star (+ 3 star Jordan hotels & Wadi Rum camp)
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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