Egypt and Jordan Discoveries 16D/15N
This 16 day tour, starts from Cairo, Egypt, and ends at Amman, Jordan.
- Cairo – Egyptian Museum
- Tutankhamun Exhibit
- Cairo – Giza Pyramids – UNESCO Heritage site
- Cairo – Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops)
- Cairo – The Sphinx
Max group size:
- - Professional English-speaking tour guide/ Egyptologist for all sightseeing tours in Egypt
- - Professional English-speaking guide in Jordan
- - Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- - International Ferry from Taba (Egypt) to Aqaba (Jordan)
- - Overnight Felucca cruise with support boat
- - Overnight sleeper train - Luxor to Cairo
- - Overnight sleeper train - Cairo to Aswan
- - 4 x 4 Desert Jeep Safari
Departures:Every 2nd Saturday
Welcome to Cairo!
Your Egyptian adventure begins upon landing at Cairo International Airport.
Our dedicated staff will meet you there, assisting with your visa and luggage before transferring you comfortably to your hotel.
Our Egyptian odyssey embarks at the heart of Cairo with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, housing the remarkable Tutankhamun exhibit and a vast array of ancient Egyptian relics.
Accompanied by our knowledgeable Egyptologist guide, passionate about Egypt’s history, we journey onwards to Giza, just outside Cairo. Here, we behold the enigmatic Sphinx and the three iconic pyramids.
The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), an architectural marvel built from colossal stone blocks with a weathered limestone façade, stands as an awe-inspiring testament to human ingenuity.
Alongside the grandeur of the smaller Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus) pyramids, these structures command a breath-taking panorama against the desert backdrop.
For the adventurous, an opportunity awaits to explore the inner chambers of the pyramids, although unaccompanied by our guide due to limited tickets available for the Great Pyramid. This immersive encounter offers an extraordinary glimpse into the ancient world within these monumental edifices.
This evening we board the sleeper train to Aswan. Embarking on a 12-hour journey, we settle into our cabins, anticipation building for the wonders of Aswan.
The morning sun bathes the Nile in gold as we arrive in Aswan, our picturesque hotel welcoming us with breath-taking views of cascading rapids, lush islands, and graceful feluccas sailing across the water.
This vibrant melting pot of African and Middle Eastern cultures beckons us to explore.
We dive into the heart of Aswan, experiencing the lively markets and immersing ourselves in the rich tapestry of Nubian heritage.
In a traditional Nubian village, colourful houses and friendly faces welcome us, followed by a delicious lunch and a glimpse into their simple yet fulfilling way of life.
The afternoon unfolds with a scenic boat ride to the magnificent Philae Temple, a captivating island complex dedicated to Isis. Rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, this architectural marvel stands as a testament to ancient Egyptian ingenuity.
As the sun dips below the horizon, the evening is yours to explore. Wander through the vibrant spice and general markets, soak in the atmosphere along the Corniche, or embark on a thrilling camel ride through the desert sands to St. Simeon’s monastery.
For those who have chosen the Abu Simbel option, rest awaits, as an awe-inspiring temple journey awaits you tomorrow.
For those seeking adventure, an early start unlocks the wonders of Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness the magnificence of these temples, built by Ramses II, and stand in awe of their enduring legacy.
Alternatively, Aswan beckons with vibrant markets, the scenic Corniche, and the captivating Nubian Museum, offering a treasure trove of regional history.
As midday approaches, we embark on a journey down the Nile aboard a traditional felucca. This iconic experience allows us to unwind and observe local life unfold along the banks of the river. Our Nubian crew will ensure our comfort and entertain us with their stories and music.
Under a starlit sky, we sleep on the deck of the felucca, lulled by the gentle rhythm of the water. Mattresses, blankets, and mosquito nets ensure a comfortable night’s rest. A separate boat accompanies us, providing convenient access to hygienic facilities and a well-equipped kitchen where our crew prepares delicious meals.
For those who prefer additional comfort, an upgrade to an extra night at the Aswan hotel is available. In this case, you will re-join the group tomorrow morning after their departure from the felucca at Kom Ombo, without missing any planned activities.
After breakfast onboard, we bid farewell to our friendly felucca crew.
Our journey continues to the magnificent Temple of Edfu, a majestic structure dedicated to the falcon god Horus.
Next, we set our sights on the ancient city of Luxor, home to the largest concentration of ruins in the Nile Valley.
Immersed in history, we explore the City of the Dead, where mortuary temples and rock-hewn tombs whisper tales of ancient pharaohs.
As dusk settles, we embark on a captivating walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple, beautifully illuminated against the night sky. This intimate experience allows us to appreciate its intricate details and uncover its fascinating history.
For early risers seeking an exhilarating experience, an optional hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile awaits (an early start is recommended to witness the sunrise from the ascending balloon).
Out tour today begins with exploration of Luxor’s West Bank, a historical treasure trove.
The Valley of the Kings, an ancient burial ground still unravelling its enigmatic secrets, stands as an unparalleled archaeological marvel.
Our tour encompasses several Pharaonic tombs, including Queen Hatchepsut’s temple, Deir-el-Medina (the Valley of the Craftsmen), and the monumental Colossi of Memnon.
In the afternoon, our journey continues to the colossal Karnak temple complex—once the religious epicentre of Thebes and Upper Egypt. The site boasts an extensive avenue adorned with sphinxes, linking it to Luxor. The sacred boats of the god Amun traversed a canal connecting the complex to the Nile.
Upon entering through a sphinx-lined avenue, we’re greeted by an immense pylon entrance. Within the vast courtyard lie three chapels devoted to the gods Amun, Khous, and Mut. The renowned Hypostyle Hall adorned with depictions of deities and pharaohs, surrounded by walls adorned with hieroglyphic inscriptions.
As the day draws to a close, we transfer to the station for an overnight sleeper train journey back to Cairo (approx. 9 hours).
This morning, we return to the vibrant city of Cairo.
Settle into your hotel and spend the day exploring at your own pace.
Optional tours offer a deeper dive into Cairo’s rich history and cultural tapestry.
Choose from a city tour encompassing Coptic Cairo, the Citadel, and Mohamed Ali Mosque, or embark on a half-day journey to Saqqara, Dashour, and Memphis to uncover the evolution of pyramid construction.
For those seeking an adventurous escape, a full-day trip to the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales in the Wadi Rayan desert awaits.
In the late afternoon, a guided stroll through Cairo’s bustling thoroughfares awaits. Passing through the monumental Bab al-Futuh gateway, we immerse ourselves in streets dedicated to various crafts, from metalwork to spices, pottery, fabrics, and jewellery.
Gradually entering the vibrant Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, a break offers a chance to savour traditional tea and a shisha pipe, perhaps indulging in an early dinner of Kushari, Egypt’s beloved dish.
The tour culminates with a return to our hotel, leaving behind a day brimming with cultural exploration and sensory delights.
This morning, we embark on a scenic journey from Cairo to Dahab, traversing the Suez Canal and venturing into the tranquil Sinai region.
For those seeking an air adventure, an optional Cairo to Sharm el Sheikh flight upgrade is available.
Upon arrival in Dahab, the afternoon is yours to unwind and embrace the laid-back atmosphere. Relax by the hotel pool, soak up the sun on the golden beaches, or venture into the charming village of Assalah. Immerse yourself in its unique Bohemian vibe, where campsites, hotels, restaurants, shops, dive centres, and bars blend harmoniously, all nestled amidst towering palm trees.
As evening approaches, savour the flavours of Dahab’s culinary scene, indulging in delectable local seafood and experiencing the vibrant energy of its restaurants and bars. Let the serenity of Dahab wash over you, setting the stage for days of relaxation and exploration.
Today is yours to explore the captivating beauty of Dahab and its surroundings.
Dive into the crystal-clear waters and discover the vibrant marine life through snorkelling or try an introductory scuba-diving course.
If relaxation is calling, unwind at one of the many beachside restaurants or soak up the sun on the golden sands.
For those seeking adventure, optional excursions await.
Explore the protected area of Ras Abu Galum, where diverse marine life thrives.
Alternatively, venture to the Blue Hole, marvel at the colourful canyons, climb Mount Sinai, or embark on a spiritual journey to St. Catherine’s Monastery.
As the sun dips below the horizon, immerse yourself in the magic of a Bedouin evening in the desert, experiencing their unique culture and hospitality.
Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a combination of both, Dahab has something for everyone. Choose your own path and create unforgettable memories in this enchanting seaside paradise.
You have another free day in Dahab today, to relax or explore the local area further on another of our optional tours.
This morning, we depart from Dahab towards Taba Heights (approximately a 2-hour drive) to catch the ferry to Aqaba (approximately 1 hour).
Upon arrival in Jordan and clearance through passport control, our journey leads us into the breath-taking expanse of Wadi Rum.
Here, we’re welcomed by hospitable Bedouin hosts at a serene camp nestled beneath soaring rocks and cliffs. Embrace the tranquility of the evening as we indulge in a delectable traditional Jordanian meal.
Among the options available tonight, normally, savour the renowned ‘Zarb,’ a Jordanian dish featuring succulent lamb and chicken cooked in the Bedouin style underground.
This evening enjoy captivating optional experiences such as a sunset camel ride or explore the stars through telescopes during a mesmerizing stargazing session.
After a delicious breakfast in our Bedouin camp, we embark on a thrilling jeep safari.
Traverse the sands of Wadi Rum, marvelling at towering “jebels” and unique rock formations like the breath-taking natural bridge. Climb sand dunes and explore the secrets of this captivating landscape.
Delving deeper into Bedouin traditions, we join a local shepherd tending to his flock, accompanying him to a traditional tent. Here, we have the unique opportunity to participate in authentic activities like shearing sheep and goats, milking, grinding grains, baking bread, and roasting coffee. Witnessing these age-old practices offers a glimpse into the heart of Bedouin life.
Our adventure continues as we drive to the enchanting city of Petra. En route, we make a stop at the Petra Bakery, where we witness the locals baking traditional bread and savour a light lunch.
As dusk settles, you have the option to embark on a magical journey on the “Petra by Night” tour. Walk through the Siq, illuminated by hundreds of flickering candles, and be captivated by the Treasury’s grandeur bathed in the soft candlelight. This atmospheric experience offers an unforgettable introduction to the wonders of Petra.
Today, we delve into the ancient Nabataean capital of Petra, hidden amidst the canyon walls and towering hills of the Wadi Araba desert. Unreachable except through the narrow Siq, this city carved into the sandstone cliffs awaits our discovery.
Prior to entering Petra’s heart, we explore the intriguing site of Little Petra, or Siq al-Barid, a fascinating prelude to the main attraction.
A short jeep ride takes us to the beginning of our back-route hike, a less-travelled path offering breath-taking mountain views and a unique perspective on Petra.
As we ascend the mountain trail, we encounter ancient tombs, remnants of a Roman amphitheatre, and colonnaded streets, all sculpted into the sandstone walls. The breath-taking Monastery, perched atop the mountain, offers a well-deserved rest and panoramic vistas before descending into the main site of Petra.
The valley unfolds, showcasing tombs, the Treasury (Petra’s most iconic landmark), and the grandeur of the ancient city. While some physical exertion is required for the back-route hike, the rewards are immense: breath-taking scenery, fewer crowds, and a deeper appreciation for Petra’s wonders.
This full day of exploration allows us to uncover the secrets of the Nabateans and immerse ourselves in the unparalleled beauty of Petra, one step at a time.
Following breakfast in Petra, we embark on a journey to the breath-taking Wadi Mujib and the Wadi Mujib Visitor Centre, where we pause for a break before embarking on an exhilarating adventure.
From April to October, we descend into the gorge, following the Siq Trail through the shallow waters.
This exciting hike leads us past cascading waterfalls, with strategically placed steps enabling us to ascend and explore hidden pools. The journey culminates at a majestic waterfall, offering a haven for relaxation and reflection.
In the months outside the hiking season (November to March), we visit the Baptism Site in Bethany, a place of profound significance. Believed to be the biblical location where John baptized Jesus, this site boasts ancient churches, caves, and pools dating back to Roman and Byzantine times.
An electric minibus conveniently transports us between the three key sites: Tell Mar Elias, the Baptism Pools, and John the Baptist’s Church.
After a day filled with adventure, we arrive at our Dead Sea resort. Here, you can indulge in the unique experience of floating in the incredibly salty waters, renowned for their therapeutic benefits.
Relax by the pool, soak in the sunshine, and capture the iconic “Dead Sea read” moment with a newspaper or magazine.
Following a peaceful night, we venture to Madaba, where awe inspiring Byzantine mosaics and the ‘Madaba Map’, the oldest preserved map of the Holy Land, await our admiration.
Proceeding from Madaba, we continue to Mount Nebo, revered as the place where the prophet Moses glimpsed the Promised Land and rests in burial. The vantage offers splendid views towards Jericho and beyond on clear days, which are frequent.
Our ultimate stop leads us to Jerash, renowned as one of the largest and remarkably preserved Greco-Roman cities beyond Europe.
Upon arrival, we explore Jerash’s Forum, traverse its Roman colonnaded streets, witness the Nymphaeum, and behold the Temple of Artemis atop the city’s elevated summit.
The day concludes as we journey back to Amman, marking our final night in Jordan.
Your time is free in Amman today until we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure.