Jordan & Egypt Discovered - 19 days
From the lost city of Petra to the Pyramids of Giza, take in two incredible World Wonders, float in the Dead Sea, spend two days sailing the Nile and end your adventure relaxing by the Red Sea, on this action-packed 19 day tour of Jordan and Egypt.
Sunday. Welcome to Jordan. Upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport you'll be met and transferred to our start hotel in Amman. We have a welcome meeting at 6pm where you meet your guide and the rest of the group.
Today is free to either independently explore Jordan’s modern capital or join our optional excursion. We visit the Graeco-Roman city of Jerash to marvel at its spectacular 2,000-year-old ruins and explore Ajloun Castle. Set atop a hill in the Jabal Ajloun district, the castle is over 1,000 years old and was once an important link in the defensive chain against the Crusaders.
Overnight: Amman | Breakfast
Amman City tour & Karak Castle
Amman - Karak - Petra. This morning we take a guided tour of Amman, taking in highlights such as the National Archaeological Museum and the Citadel, which sits on the highest hill in Amman and was occupied from the Bronze Age. From Amman, we visit the magnificent Crusader Castle of Karak, a place of legend in the battles between the Crusaders and the Islamic armies of Saladin. We then continue our drive south to Petra.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Petra is undoubtedly Jordan’s star attraction. We spend the whole day exploring this UNESCO-listed archaeological site, which is nestled in a secluded valley and surrounded by lunar-like rock formations and rugged mountains. Dating back to the 6th century, this once-thriving capital was deserted and hidden from the world for centuries, before being rediscovered in the 1800s. We access this incredible Rose City by walking through a narrow siq, where soaring rocks give way to reveal the impressive façade of the Kazneh, better known as the Treasury. From here, the valley widens to reveal all the archaeological treasures this hidden city has to offer, including an impressive Amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street.
After a guided tour, there’s free time to explore or visit Ad-Deir, otherwise known as the Monastery. Accessed via hundreds of rock-cut steps, Ad-Deir has a similar façade to the Treasury, but is larger and offers incredible views over the Petra Hills.
This evening we have an optional Petra By Night excursion (payable locally). Walking back through the siq after dark, we revisit the Treasury illuminated by thousands of candles.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning is either free time or you can revisit Petra on an optional hike. The route follows the Al Madras secret road to see the Treasury from above and visit the High Place of Sacrifice on the summit of the Attuf Ridge.
Next we drive to the striking Wadi Rum desert, with its incredible rock formations and rolling red dunes. Boarding 4x4 jeeps, we enjoy a thrilling ride across the sands to our desert camp where we spend the night. After a Jordanian dinner, we spend the evening swapping stories around the campfire and stargazing, before turning into our permanent tents for the night.
Overnight: Wadi Rum | Breakfast, Dinner
Wadi Rum - Dead Sea - Mt Nebo - Madaba. Those awake early enough enjoy an incredible sunrise over the desert before we all bid farewell to the Wadi Rum and journey north to the Dead Sea. At more than 400 metres below sea level, this hypersaline lake is the lowest body of water on Earth and is famous for its buoyancy. We spend a few hours bobbing around like corks in the therapeutic waters and rubbing the mineral-rich Dead Sea mud on our skin, before travelling on to Mount Nebo. It’s from this wonderful vantage point that Moses saw the Promised Land, and we soak up the views stretching as far as Bethlehem on the Judean hills.
Next stop is Madaba, where we spend the night. This ancient market town is famous for its Byzantine-era mosaics, the most famous of which is in St George’s Church and thought to be the oldest known map of the Holy Land.
Overnight: Madaba | Breakfast
Amman - Cairo. After breakfast we say goodbye to Jordan and transfer to Amman’s Queen Ali Airport for your included flight to Cairo. On arrival to Egypt’s capital you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
After breakfast we travel to the Giza Plateau to visit the iconic Sphinx and famed Pyramids of Giza. Built over 4,500 years ago, these ancient structures were designed to protect the mummies and treasures of pharaohs as they went to the afterlife. Known as Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, these legendary pyramids are the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World and a defining symbol of Egypt. Until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was completed in Paris, Cheops was the tallest man-made structure in the world and, at 146 metres tall, is still highly impressive today. For a real Arabian experience, camels are available to hire and ride across the sands.
After marveling at the Pyramids of Giza, we travel on to Zhoser’s step pyramid in the necropolis of Saqqara. Designed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect, in 2,700 BC, this was Egypt’s very first pyramid. We complete our day souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
Cairo – Luxor. This morning we visit Cairo’s famous Egyptian Museum, which boasts an impressive array of ancient relics and antiquities including King Tutankhamun’s golden treasures and funerary mask. We then board our coach this afternoon for the 9 hour journey south to Luxor.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Luxor - Aswan. This morning we explore the incredible Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s West Bank, where highlights include the towering Colossi of Memnon. Facing the River Nile, this iconic pair of statues are seated representations of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and rise to an impressive 18-metres-tall. Next we explore the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s most striking ancient attractions due to its location beneath sheer rocky cliffs, and the Valley of the Kings, which is studded with ancient tombs including that of the famous King Tutankhamun.
This afternoon we journey south to Aswan, one of Egypt’s sunniest cities, where we spend the evening relaxing and strolling along the beautiful River Nile.
Overnight: Aswan | Breakfast
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Today we have an optional excursion to the magnificent rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site featuring four gigantic statues of King Ramses II. We then take a short boat ride to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the last classical Egyptian style temple. Known as the Philae Temple, it was dedicated to the goddess Isis, a very important figure in Egypt’s ancient world.
Our afternoon finds us boarding our felucca for a voyage down the River Nile. These simple sailboats have plied the Nile since ancient times. We spend the day relaxing and the next two nights sleeping out on deck, equipped with mattresses and a mosquito net, beneath a wonderful blanket of stars.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kom Ombo & Luxor Temple
Kom Ombo - Luxor. Today we set our feet firmly back on dry land and explore the temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile-headed god.
We then travel back to Luxor, where you can spend the evening at your leisure or on an optional guided tour of Luxor Temple. Illuminated by hundreds of lights, the temple is undoubtedly at its most impressive after dark.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Luxor - Hurghada. Spend this morning relaxing and soaking up the sun by the hotel pool, before we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak in the afternoon. An incredible complex of pylons, sanctuaries, chapels, halls and obelisks, this temple was at the heart of religious life in ancient Egypt and dedicated to the Theban gods and greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers.
Next stop is the eastern resort town of Hurghada, capital of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera, where will be spending four days on the beach!
Overnight: Hurghada | Breakfast
We spend the next three days enjoying Hurghada’s attractions at our leisure. There’s no shortage of activities on offer, with the town being in close proximity to some of the world’s finest coral reefs. Alongside SCUBA diving and snorkeling, options include deep-sea fishing, windsurfing and parasailing, as well as simply lounging in the sunshine by our hotel pool. There’s also plenty of lively restaurants and bars to enjoy a cool drink at the end of the day.
Overnight: Hurghada | Breakfast x 3
Thursday. Cairo. After breakfast, hotel check-out and onward transfer to Cairo International Airport.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
Local payment - GBP£150pp (or USD equivalent)
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Rojina Hotel, Amman
Conveniently located in the heart of Amman, Rojina Hotel offers a comfortable and relaxing stay. Each of the guestrooms feature air conditioning, a TV, private bathroom and the addition of a seating area. Traditional Arabic and international dishes can be enjoyed in the hotel’s two restaurants and the hotel is fully equipped when it comes to leisure facilities. Alongside a gym, Jacuzzi and indoor pool, a new swimming pool has been opened on the rooftop - offering you a refreshing dip as you soak up views of the capital.
Edom Hotel, Petra
Just a short distance from the entrance to Petra, the Edom Hotel features a roof terrace overlooking the Bedouin village of Wadi Musa. You’ll find the air-conditioned guestrooms to be fully equipped with modern amenities, including a satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom. The hotel also offers a traditional hammam, or Turkish bath, and massage facilities, so you can unwind after a day out in the desert. But this hotel’s most unusual feature is its restaurant. Offering a range of cuisine, the cave-like restaurant is carved from stone – keeping the atmosphere of ancient Petra alive.
Beyond Wadi Rum Camp, Wadi Rum
This eco-friendly camp is set in the very heart of the desert in the Wadi Rum natural reserve. Offering a real Bedouin experience, the accommodation is arranged in a group of private tents equipped with comfortable bedding and shared shower facilities. In the evenings, guests are invited to help the staff prepare a traditional meal. The camp boasts a great location for watching the sunset over the landscape and you can spend your night sharing stories with your fellow travellers around a roaring campfire.
Mosaic City Hotel, Madaba
Cosy and modern, two words to describe the Mosaic City Hotel in Jordan's vibrant Madaba. Guest rooms are comfortable and simply furnished and the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi to all guests. The restaurant serves a range of dishes on request. The hotel is located in the very heart of Madaba, within short walking distance from the Church of St. George which houses the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land.
Oasis Hotel, Cairo
Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Oasis Hotel is a classic Egyptian hotel with beautiful expansive gardens. Rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds and fantastic en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast offers a good spread. In the evening the outdoor pool and fountains are lit up making the restaurant and bar the perfect place to spend an evening sipping on a cold glass of beer.
Grand Pyramids Hotel , Cairo
Not far from the mysterious Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, you’ll find the Grand Pyramids Hotel. Its guestrooms are spacious and generously sized, offering views of either the pyramids, gardens or swimming pool. Dine on either international cuisine in the buffet-style restaurant or savour some traditional Italian fare in the candlelit Lucciano. With a spa offering a sauna, steam room and revitalising massage treatments, there’s no shortage of opportunities for you to unwind and relax after a day of sightseeing.
Eatabe Hotel, Luxor
Offering a prime location in the centre of Luxor, this 4-star hotel is close to top attractions including the Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple. Surrounded by manicured gardens, the contemporary-style guestrooms are well-equipped with air conditioning, a minibar and a balcony overlooking the garden or River Nile. Guests can enjoy a rich breakfast, lunch and dinner in the sun-lit restaurant or outdoors by the pool. There you’ll also find a poolside bar and sun deck, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two as you soak up the rays.
Iberotel Luxor, Luxor
Centrally located in Luxor, this hotel is set on the banks of the River Nile and the perfect base for exploring this city’s ancient wonders. The spacious guestrooms are air-conditioned and you can enjoy breath-taking views out to the Hills of Thebes from your private balcony. A generous daily breakfast is served featuring cereals, omelettes, fresh pastries and more. But this hotel’s most unique feature is its heated pool, which has been designed to float on top of the River Nile.
Helnan Aswan, Aswan
Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There are also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan.
Felucca Sailing, Felucca Cruise
Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 10 - 12 passengers comfortably. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. Our felucca is equipped with a flush toilet and basin for hand washing. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet (or hire for a nominal cost) and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of included meals which are served onboard.
Grand Seas Hostmark , Hurghada
Set on a natural bay between the Egyptian desert and crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea, this resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Each guestroom has either a balcony or terrace and, as the hotel is designed in a U-shape, they take in views of the gardens, swimming pool or the Red Sea. In the Marhaba Restaurant, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, with nightly themes based on cuisine from around the world. And from the outdoor pool, you need only take a few footsteps before arriving on the bay’s pristine white sandy beach.
Sphinx Aqua Park, Hurghada
Overlooking its own sandy beach, this resort offers elegantly furnished rooms with marble ensuite bathrooms. Each one also includes a balcony with views over the gardens, lagoon pool or Red Sea. In the Sunset Bar guests can sip on their favourite cocktail or, up on the rooftop, unwind at the sea-view spa in the steamy sauna and hot tub. To top it all off, guests have free access to the Aqua Park, where you’ll find heated pools and fun water slides that aren't just for kids.
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