With a Nile Cruise and Camping in Wadi Rum
The best way to see the best of these two gems of the Near East in 17 days. See the top sights in Egypt (Cairo, Giza and a 5-day cruise along the Nile) and Jordan, Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum (including camping), Jerash, and the Dead Sea.
Abu Simbel Mighty Nubian Temples & Jerash
All in 17 Days
DAY 1 – CAIRO Tour Starts: Wednesday- Weekly Year Round
On arrival our local representative will greet you at the airport and whisk you to your hotel. Visa may be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport.
VIP Meet & Greet
Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, visa issued locally in Cairo (for a limited number of nationalities), no photos required. Our representative will greet you at the airport and whisk you to your hotel. Visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number of citizens such as: American, Australian, NZ, EU, Canadian, EU Singaporean and Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order and valid for at least for 6 months beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo. Our will local rep. meet you with a sign that carries your name, and will be waiting with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed to the passports control to stamp your passports, then you claim your luggage. After you clear the passport and customs formalities and exit the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel. Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room with our compliments.
DAY 2 – CAIRO (BLD) – Thursday
On your first full day in Egypt we will show you the Egyptian Museum, including the Mummies Room, and King Tut’s Gold Treasure room and then on to the Islamic Art Museum, Saladin’s Citadel, the Alabaster Mosque. Lunch is included at Naguib Mahfouz or Hadaik el-Azhar, followed by a walking tour of Khan El Khalili and Muezzledeenallah districts. Dinner is included at La Bodega restaurant.
DAY 3 – CAIRO – GIZA (BLD) – Friday
Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Today we drive to the edge of the desert to admire the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and Cheops Royal Barge Museum. Lunch is included at the Mena House. In the afternoon we tour Memphis, Sakkara and the small yet charming Imhotep Museum, of course we include the Step Pyramid and Nobles Tombs, and stop at el Harania, before heading back to the hotel. Dinner is included Abu El Sid restaurant.
DAY 4 – LUXOR! Board your Nile Cruise (BLD) – Saturday
We fly to LUXOR (or Aswan), in Luxor we proceed to cross the Nile to the West Bank. We tour today as the magnificent tombs in the Valley of the Kings including Tut-Ank-Amon’s tomb and the great temple of Queen Hatshepsut, we stop at the Colossi of Memnon on the way back to our cruise. and board our Nile cruiser in time for a delicious lunch. Complimentary welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin.The gigantic Great Temple of Amon at Karnak, and the mighty Temple of Luxor are our goals in the afternoon. We’ll return in time for the afternoon tea served on deck. You’ll have a chance to explore your ship before dinner.
- First class Nile Cruise: M/S Nile Dream, M/S Granada or similar
- Deluxe: M/S Mojito or M/S Radamis II or similar
- Ultra Deluxe: Sonesta Moon Goddess – Aswan to Luxor- 04 Nights/05 Days, in which case will amend draft to be boarding the cruise Tuesday from Aswan (we will e.mail you the program accordingly, need to start in Cairo: Saturday to board the cruise Tuesday)
DAY 5 – LUXOR, EDFU (BLD) Sunday
We sail to Esna to go through the locks, and on to Edfu where we dock for the night. In the evening, we’ll celebrate in Egyptian style, dressed in galabias, the flowing national costume. A galabya will be delivered to your cabin with our compliments.
DAY 6 – EDFU, KOM OMBO (BLD) Monday
We moor in Edfu, climb aboard horse-drawn carriages, and clip-clop through the town to the Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved temple. Re-embarking on our Nile cruiser, we enjoy lunch as we sail further south upriver. We disembark downstream at Kom Ombo to visit the twin temples of Haroeris, the sun god, and Sobek, the crocodile god, then continue our voyage to Aswan, while we party after dinner with music and dance.
DAY 7 – CAMEL CARAVAN, NUBIAN VILLAGE, ASWAN (BLD) Tuesday
First we tour Aswan dams, then on to the new Nubian Museum. From there we will proceed to the awesome Aswan dams, and next an ancient granite quarry complete with an unfinished obelisk. Then we go by motor launch to the Island temple of Philae, dedicated to the Ancient Goddess ISIS: “I, Isis, am all that has been, that is or shall be; no mortal man hath ever seen me unveiled.”
Called Aset by the ancient Egyptians, the goddess was a Madonna in the Mediterranean tradition that stretches far, far back to the primitive Mother Goddess from Anatolia, home to some of the oldest human communities on earth.
Isis was the powerful and quick-witted protector of her son Horus, the Sun God. Ancient peoples throughout the Mediterranean regarded Isis and Horus as the perfect Madonna and Child. Another legend says she was also the mother of the fertility god Min who, judging from the depiction of him on temple walls, needed no help from Viagra!
In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely sail by graceful felucca on the Nile. For those who are interested: a short camel caravan & ride is included to visit a local Nubian Village. Our farewell dinner this evening is a buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by a show featuring oriental performers, including of course a belly dancer.
DAY 8 – ASWAN, Abu Simbel – CAIRO (BL) Wednesday
Breakfast is always included. We’ve planned our visit to Abu Simbel to be a highlight of your Egyptian adventure. Rising before dawn, we drive along the shore of Lake Nasser, watching the sky lighten and the sacred sun rise above the horizon. We reach the great temples while the air is clean, clear and cool, and the sun’s light still golden; just right for photographs. Due to strict security measures, we are required to follow a Tourist police escort whenever we go through any desert highway, even when we go along Lake Nasser, departure time may be changed based on Tourist Police escort request.
In Abu Simbel, we explore Ramses the Great larger temple, colossal figures of Ramses are seated with the gods and attended by his queen and daughters. The smaller temple is dedicated to Queen Nefertari, who appears as Hathor, the goddess of love, joy and fertility, symbolized by the benevolent cow. We explore these fine temples, admiring their ancient aura and artistry, after which retire to a comfortable hotel for refreshments and our lunch box.
Fly back to Aswan and connect to Cairo, air fare is included in our rate, economy class, tax included. In Cairo, we escort you back to your hotel.
A complimentary Dinner is included at a local home:
Meet the locals. You may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family (T shirt, small souvenirs of your home town).
This evening we’ll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread… right into the homes of some of the people of Cairo! You’ll be invited to a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties, you’ll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your new friends, they’re sure to have questions about your own background. Once the ice is broken, you’ll enjoy a lively evening, and find that you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, if you prefer, you may enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions. Just let us know your preferences.
DAY 9 – AMMAN -JORDAN – Thursday (B)
After breakfast, our local rep. escorts you to the airport for your flight to Jordan (air ticket included in our rate, in economy class with tax). All transfers are always included and are provided on a private basis. We’ll pick you up from Queen Alia Airport, proceed to Amman for check-in and overnight at your hotel.
DAY 10 – MADABA, KERAK – PETRA – Friday (BL)
We drive south along the King’s Highway, an ancient caravan route, to Madaba to visit the church containing the oldest known map of the Holy Land. Continuing to Mount Nebo, we enjoy the panoramic view of the Promised Land the way Moses saw it for the first time. Further on, at Kerak, we tour the ruins of its romantic Crusaders’ castle of Renaud de Chatillon, one of a line which stretched from Aqaba to Turkey. Finally, we arrive to PETRA. Lunch is included enroute. Sample Deluxe Hotels: Marriott Petra and Mövenpick Petra.
DAY 11 – PETRA – Saturday (BD)
Today the fabulous Nabatean City of Petra awaits us. Made famous in the Indiana Jones movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” its ancient temples, tombs and striking Khazneh (Treasury) were hewn right from the pink and violet sandstone. We spend a full day here, and another night.
This evening, we will enjoy:
The Petra Kitchen is a delightful way to round out your Jordan travel experiences. Like any home kitchen, The Petra Kitchen is a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you’ll gather to prepare an evening meal, working alongside local women under the supervision of our chef.
Each evening meal includes soup, cold and hot mezza and salads, and a main course—all typical Jordanian dishes. You will have get an inside glimpse of the secrets behind the famous regional cuisine of the Levant.
The Petra Kitchen offers an evening of learning, fun and a very special dining experience, with each dish gaining the special flavor of a reward well-earned. Great care has been taken to make The Petra Kitchen a truly Jordanian experience—right down to the furnishings, all crafted in Jordan, the tableware, all produced by the Iraq al Amir Women’s Co-operative, and the aprons and table linens, all hand-embroidered by the Jordan River Foundation.
The rate includes the cuisine course, meal and all non-alcoholic beverages as well as take-home recipes for all dishes prepared that evening.
DAY 12 – WADI RUM – Camping – Sunday (BLD)
Breakfast is included at the hotel. We board four-wheel-drive vehicles for an expedition to Wadi Rum, the “Valley of the Moon” where T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) organized Arab resistance to Ottoman rule during World War I. Lunch box is included. After our visit we head to one of the local camp sites, It is essential to take several layers of clothes, including warm layers, this is desert weather, so there is a great drop and / or increase in temperatures with sunrise / sunset, we will deliver to you a NEW unused sleeping bag with our compliments, in case you wish to use.
Sample camp site: the Bait Ali Desert Camp, or the RSCN Rummana Campsite at the Dana Nature Reserve for guests who perefer to go to Dana Nature Reserve. You may have the choice as well to camp with the bedouins, this is even more basic, and no modern toilet facilities. This is an exotic and memorable experience and will enable you to experience something of the Bedouin’s desert culture, if camping is not your cup of tea, then we will simply head back to the hotel in Petra and overnight. Dinner is included camp style or at your hotel. Your guide will always be available on hand, and will be escorting you at all times.
Please note that camping in Wadi Rum is very basic:
Tourist Camp Sites:
Pre-assigned sites and set camps where accommodation is arranged in the usual camping tents you may find at home (not Bedouin Tents). Showers, Bathrooms and restaurants are available in each camp site.
Are not pre-fixed sites, you will be indeed in the heart of the bedouin desert environment and culture, and you will be in direct contact and interacting with the Bedouins. These Bedouin camps have Bedouin tents that are divided into small rooms for the guests to sleep. Other tents are used for sitting (as your living room per say) and eating. They also may or may not have basic toilets and a small kitchen where food is prepare for the guests by the Bedouins.
Guests who enjoy nature and the desert scenery will fall in love with these camps and the authentic Bedouin experience in Wadi Rum.
Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur, private guide.
DAY 13 – WADI RUM – Dead Sea Resort – Monday (BL)
Breakfast is included at the hotel. We head northwards to Pella in the Jordan Valley. Visit Um Qais, Gedara of the Bible (Matthew 8:28-34) for a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee, the Yarmouk River. Lunch is included enroute in one of the local restaurants, then head to the Dead Sea resort area and overnight. Sample Hotels: First Class: Dead Sea Hotel or similar. deluxe: Mövenpick Dead Sea or similar. Ultra Deluxe: Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea or similar.
DAY 14 – JERASH – Tuesday (BL)
We drive to Jerash, among the best-preserved Roman cities in the world, to tour its temples, theaters, churches and colonnaded streets. Lunch is included as well today in one of the local restaurants before we head back to the Dead Sea.
DAY 15 & 16 – The Dead Sea – Monday & Tuesday (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, as you enjoy the lowest geological spot on Earth and maybe experience floating in the waters of the Dead Sea.
DAY 17 – The Dead Sea – Amman Airport, Departure – Wednesday (B)
After breakfast, transfer back to Queen Alia Airport. Private air condition car for your transfer. Private chauffeur. Salam and Bon Voyage!
|Private Tour RATES per person in USD|
|Private Tour Rate||Triple||Double||Single|
|First Class hotels
Golden Tulip Hotel Level-
Economy class regional air fare
|$ 5060.||$ 5181.||$ 6160.|
Meridien, Hilton, Sheraton: Level Hotels
Economy class regional air fare
|$ 5680.||$ 5774.||$ 6858.|
|Ultra Deluxe Hotels
Four Seasons Level Hotels
but in Cairo it is Nile View Room.
Business class regional air fare
|$ 7560.||$ 7690.||$ 8570.|
For Easter Holiday as well as Christmas/New Years: Please add %15 supplement to the rates.
Children Discount : 30 % on the adult double rate, child must be younger than 12 years of age, must be traveling with a minimum of 2 adults.
Your locally escorted tour includes:
- All airport / hotel/cruise transfers, on a private basis as per itinerary.
- Air fare between Cairo and Amman in ” Y” economy class, tax included. But business class for Ultra Deluxe.
- Accommodation with breakfast and tax.
- Pre-set menu meals as listed: “L” = lunch, “D” = dinner (as indicated in the itinerary).
- Services of local professional guides.
- Admission fees to museums and sites as detailed in the itinerary.
- Domestic air tickets within Egypt “Y” economy class with tax. But business class for Ultra Deluxe.
- Nile Cruise with all meals and shore excursions.
- Cruise shore excursions: You will be part of a group: 10-15 English speaking guests.
- While on board the cruise:
- Bottled water (one per person) delivered to your cabin daily while you are on board the cruise.
- Tea or coffee /bottled water with each meal while on board the cruise.
- Complimentary welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin.
- Complimentary galabya on board the cruise for the costume party.
- VIP Meet & Greet At Cairo Airport. Our representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. Visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport (photos are not required).
- Egyptian Visa will be issued for a limited number of citizens such as: American, Australian, NZ, EU, Canadian, EU Singaporean and Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order and valid for at least for 6 months beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo. Our local rep. meets with a sign that carries your name, and will be waiting for you with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed to the passports control to stamp your passports, then you claim your luggage. After you clear the passport and customs formalities and exit the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel. Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room in Cairo upon arrival with our compliments.
- In Jordan: For your convenience: Wi-Fi internet access and mineral water with soft drinks are available in Jordan on board of all the vehicle for our VIP guests.
- Visa for Jordan, will be issued upon arrival at Amman Airport ( all visas regulations are subject to change without notice)
The tour does not include:
- International airfare from / to your home country.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal expenditures (beverages, laundry, special meals, etc.)