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Overview

This tour covers all the main sites in Egypt and Jordan. Following visits to the Pyramids, Sphinx and a city tour in Cairo, we enjoy a luxury cruise along the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. We then head back to Cairo and on to Jordan for a comprehensive tour taking in the Roman ruins at Jerash and mosaics at Madaba, the Red Sea at Aqaba, a jeep safari & Bedouin meal in Wadi Rum and of course the hidden city of Petra. We also travel up the scenic King's Highway stopping at the crusader castle at Kerak before finishing at the Dead Sea. 

 

Transportation: Air-conditioned vehicle, overnight sleeper train, internal flights, 5-star deluxe cruise boat, jeep

Meals: Breakfast: 15 | Lunch: 5 | Dinner: 5

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1:Arrive in Cairo

We meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to a deluxe 5-star hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.

 

Day 2:Cairo - Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour  

We enjoy a full day tour today to the majestic Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, and also to the famous Egyptian Museum. In the evening we transfer to the station for the overnight sleeper train journey to Luxor.

 

Day 3:Luxor - Board cruise boat. Karnak and Luxor temples.  

After arriving early into Luxor this morning, we board our luxury Nile cruise boat for breakfast before visiting the huge temple complex at Karnak. Our cabins are available at lunchtime and the afternoon is free to relax or explore Luxor. In the evening we visit Luxor temple in the centre of town.

 

Day 4:Luxor - West bank tour, sail to Edfu 

This morning we tour the West Bank of the Nile and explore the Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon we sail up-river and cross through the lock on the Nile at Esna before continuing to Edfu. Before the tour starts this morning, you also have the option of a spectacular hot air balloon flight to see the sun rise over the West Bank of the Nile.

 

Day 5:Edfu and Komombo temples. Sail to Aswan  

We visit Edfu temple this morning, before continuing to sail up the Nile to Aswan, breaking the journey at the temple at Komombo en-route.

 

Day 6:Aswan. Free time, island felucca trip. Abu Simbel option  

The Nile is at its most picturesque in Aswan, and we have this morning free to explore the town, its markets, and to walk along the Corniche or visit the Nubian Museum. In the afternoon we take a felucca sailboat trip around Kitchener and Elephantine islands. 
You also have the option this morning to visit the spectacular temples to Ramses II at Abu Simbel.

 

Day 7:Aswan - Philae temple. Fly to Cairo  

We take a boat trip this morning to the beautiful island temple of Philae and the huge Aswan Dam. In the afternoon we take an internal flight back to Cairo.

 

Day 8:Cairo - City tour .Fly to Amman

Our tour of Cairo today includes the Citadel overlooking the city, some important and beautiful mosques, Coptic Cairo, and time to explore and shop in the busy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Late this afternoon, or early in the evening we take a short flight to Amman where we transfer to a city centre 5-star hotel.

 

Day 9:Amman - City tour, visit Jerash   

We explore central Amman this morning, visiting the Roman amphitheatre and other sites. In the afternoon we take a short tour out of the city to see the impressive and extensive Roman ruins at Jerash.

 

Day 10: Amman - Desert castles tour 

We have a full day trip out of Amman today, heading east into the desert to explore some of Jordan's strange 'Desert Castles'. More combinations of forts and palaces than castles, the remains of some of these are very impressive and atmospheric. We will also visit a desert nature reserve before returning to Amman.

 

Day 11: Drive to Madaba and to Aqaba  

We leave Amman early this morning and head south to the town of Madaba, which is home to some incredibly well preserved and important Roman mosaics. We then continue south along the Desert Highway until we reach Aqaba and the Red Sea. The afternoon is free to relax in our 5-star beach resort or to do a snorkeling trip by boat to one of the nearby offshore islands.

 

Day 12: Aqaba - Free morning. Wadi Rum jeep safari  

The morning is free today to relax and enjoy the Red Sea. At around midday we make the short drive into the incredible desert scenery of Wadi Rum where we have a short camel ride to our lunch stop with the local Bedouins. After lunch we enjoy a jeep safari around the cliffs and rock formations before driving to Petra late in the afternoon.

 

Day 13: Petra - tour and free time