Jordan & Felucca Explorer - 15 days
Step back in time exploring the incredible archaeological treasures of Jordan and Egypt on this 15 day tour. Discover two Wonders of the World, watch an incredible sunset over the Wadi Rum desert and go felucca sailing down the River Nile.
Sunday. You’ll be met at Queen Alia International Airport and transferred to our start hotel in Amman. At 6pm this evening we have a welcome meeting where you will meet your guide and the rest of the group.
Today is free to independently explore Amman, with top sights including a magisterial Citadel and spectacular Roman ruins, as well as a hubbub of colourful souqs and mosques.
Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion out of the capital. We visit the Graeco-Roman city of Jerash, with its remarkable 2,000-year-old ruins, and Ajloun Castle, which dates back as far as the 12th century.
Overnight: Amman | Breakfast
Amman City tour & Karak Castle
Amman - Karak - Petra. Our day begins with a guided tour of Amman, where we learn all about the city’s famous citadel and visit the National Archeological Museum. From Amman, we journey south to Petra, stopping en route to marvel at the Crusador castle of Karak, one of the largest and most imposing Crusader castles of the Levant region.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Today is dedicated entirely to the remarkable Rose City of Petra. Undoubtedly the jewel in Jordan’s crown, Petra is both a UNESCO-listed archaeological site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the city was once a thriving capital, but was lost to the world for centuries until being rediscovered by a swiss explorer in 1812. We access the site’s hidden archaeological treasures via a narrow gorge known as the Siq, where 200-metre-high cliffs give way to reveal the Kazneh, better known as the Treasury. From this building’s magnificent façade, the valley widens to offer an impressive amphitheater, a Roman Colonnaded street, tombs and temples.
We take a guided tour of Petra, after which there is free time to either explore independently or climb to Ad-Deir. Otherwise known as the Monastery, this striking building is reached by hundreds of rock-cut steps and offers incredible views over the Petra Hills.
Tonight, we have an optional excursion back to Petra to revisit the Treasury after dark. Illuminated by thousands of candles, its façade glows a beautiful orange colour and is certain to be one of the most memorable sights of your trip.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning either enjoy some free time or revisit Petra on an optional hike. Entering via the Al Madras secret road, those hiking can view the Treasury from above and visit the High Place of Sacrifice. Perched on soaring cliffs, this sacrificial point is one of dozens of High Places that were involved in religious ceremonies.
This afternoon we travel to the Wadi Rum desert, a spectacular landscape of epic rock formations and rolling red sand dunes. We board 4x4 jeeps to take an exhilarating ride to our desert camp, where we spend the night. This evening we enjoy some time around the camp fire and a delicious Jordanian dinner, all under a beautiful blanket of stars, before bedding down for the night in permanent tents.
Overnight: Wadi Rum | Breakfast, Dinner
Wadi Rum - Dead Sea - Mt Nebo - Madaba. This morning consider an early start to watch a breathtaking sunrise over the desert. Following breakfast we leave the Wadi Rum and travel north to reach the famous Dead Sea. Landlocked between Israel and Jordan, this salt lake is the lowest body of water on Earth and reaches more than 400 metres below sea level. It’s also one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world and is well-known for its buoyancy. We spend a leisurely few hours bobbing around on its waters and applying black Dead Sea mud to give our skin an invigorating boost.
Our next stop is Mount Nebo, the site from which Moses is said to have viewed the Promised Land. From this spectacular vantage point we soak up an amazing panorama which includes the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, the Mount of Olives, Jericho and Bethlehem in Israel. Our final night in Jordan is spent in Madaba, an ancient market town famous for its Byzantine-era mosaics and the oldest known map of the Holy Land.
Overnight: Madaba | Breakfast
Amman - Cairo. Today we leave behind the wonders of Jordan to continue our tour in the ancient realms of Egypt. Transfer to Amman’s Queen Ali Airport and flight to Cairo included. Upon arrival in Cairo our Egypt team will meet you and transfer you to our hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
After breakfast we visit the Giza Plateau to marvel at the oldest and only surviving members of the original Seven Wonders of the World. The legendary Pyramids of Giza are over 4,500 years old, and it’s thought that over 100,000 workers were involved in their construction. Of the three pyramids, Cheops is the largest and contains over 2.5 million limestone blocks, weighing from two to 50 tons. However, it still remains a mystery as to how these were transported. For a real Arabian experience, there is the option of taking a camel ride across the sands on the plateau.
Our next stop is the necropolis of Saqqara, where we find Zhoser’s step pyramid. Dating back to 2700 BC, this pyramid was designed by the pharaoh’s chief architect Imhotep and was the very first pyramid the Egyptians built. We complete our day souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
Cairo - Luxor. Our first stop this morning is the famous Egyptian Museum where we enjoy a guided tour of the incredible array of Egyptian relics and antiquities. The museum is home to the treasures of King Tutankhamun, the world's best-known pharaoh, and includes his famous solid gold funerary mask. We then board our coach for the long journey to Luxor in the south of Egypt.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Luxor - Aswan. Today we venture to the Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s West Bank, where our first sight is the towering Colossi of Memnon. Facing the River Nile, this iconic pair of statues are some 18-metres tall and represent Pharaoh Amenhotep III. From here, we make our way to the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt, which rises out of the desert in a series of terraces. We also explore the Valley of the Kings, which is studded with beautifully decorated tombs that held the mummies of mighty pharaohs, including King Tutankhamun.
This afternoon we head to Egypt’s sunniest southern city, Aswan, where we spend a relaxing evening walking along the beautiful river Nile.
Overnight: Aswan | Breakfast
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. This morning there is an optional excursion to the rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel. UNESCO World Heritage-listed since 1979, the temple features four colossal statues of King Ramses II and is a spectacular example of ancient Egyptian art. We then take a short boat ride to visit the Philae Temple on Agilika Island. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, this was the last classical Egyptian style temple and has attracted pilgrims for thousands of years.
Our afternoon sees us board a Nile Felucca, the traditional sailboat of the region, which will be our home for the next two nights. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and at night sleep out on deck, with a wonderful blanket of stars overhead.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kom Ombo & Luxor Temple
Kom Ombo - Luxor. This morning we say goodbye to our felucca and head to the riverside temple of Kom Ombo, which is dedicated to the crocodile-headed god Sobek and famed for its mummified crocodiles.
Upon arriving back in Luxor, the evening is either free to spend at your leisure or you can join us on an optional guided tour of Luxor Temple. Dating back to around 1392 BC, this temple is best seen at night when it’s illuminated by hundreds of lights.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Luxor - Cairo. We spend this morning exploring the colossal Temple of Karnak, which was a place of pilgrimage for nearly 2,000 years. This incredible complex is some 1.5 kilometres long and 0.8 kilometres wide, making it the largest religious building ever constructed. Dedicated to the Theban gods Amun, Mut and Khonsu, the temple features sanctuaries, chapels, halls, pylons and obelisks.
This afternoon offers free time, where you can enjoy a swim and soak up the sun by the hotel pool. We then take an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast
Sunday. Upon arrival to Cairo this morning we are transferred back to our start hotel, where our Egyptian adventure comes to an end. Before your flight spend some more time exploring the capital and shopping for any final souvenirs. Included transfer to Cairo International Airport. Flights departing Cairo should not be booked before 2pm, however if you wish to stay longer post tour accommodation can be arranged upon request.
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.
Cairo Pyramids Hotel, Cairo
Formerly part of the Movenpick chain of hotels, the Cairo Pyramids is a luxurious, modern hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms. All rooms have their own private balcony or terrace, with their modern facilities including interactive TV and internet access.
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 come in varying sizes and can sleep 20 persons 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.
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Mahmoud was really great! He had all of this fantastic knowledge of the areas and the history. He didn't mind answering all of our questions about random things either.
The Jordan part of my tour was amazing. I really did love Jordan, and I'll probably go back. Everything was well structured and the trip progressed very smoothly. Mahmoud was more than happy to recommend and show us local places for eating and shopping.
Eypgt is beautiful and teeming with history. I'm so happy I went, and our guide - Alam - was brilliant . A bit quiet to start with, but by day 3 he'd warmed up to us and revealed his wicked sense of humour. Alam was more than happy to barging on our behalf in the markets, and shared so much of his knowledge of Egypt's history - both recent and ancient. ”