A 19 day In-Depth touring of Egypt and Jordan
We have even included all tips to your
drivers, guides, crew on board the cruise
No Hidden charges. No Additional Tax
DAY 1 – CAIRO – Wednesday – Weekly – Year Round
Our Egypt-based local rep. greets you in bustling Cairo airport and escorts you to your hotel. Egyptian visa may be secured by our guests upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number of nationalities such as American, Canadian, Australian, NZ, EU and Japanese citizens. Please pay the $ 15 in cash upon arrival. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival. After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel.
DAY 2 – Alexandria Thursday(cBL)
Breakfast at leisure. We leave Cairo: private air conditioned car/driver/guide) and we drive across northern Egypt and the Nile Delta heading northwest for Alexandria. Full day tour of the National Museum, the Catacombs, the Roman Amphitheater, and Qayet Bey Fortress. Qayet Bey Fort was built on the same site of the ancient wonder of the world: the famous Alexandria Light House. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before we head for your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Alexandria.
DAY 3 – Alexandria Friday (cBL)
Breakfast at leisure at the hotel. A brief stop at “El Selsela” the site of the Underwater reserve where Cleopatra Place was discovered, as well as Caesar Kiosk, then it’s off to the new site for the Alexandria Library. Lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Wadi El Natroun monastery almost midway to Cairo, where early Coptic Christians retreated here to escape the Roman persecution in the 4th century AD. The Egyptian Pope of Alexandria is always chosen from the Monks of wadi El Natroun. Reach Cairo early evening and your hotel.
DAY 4 – CAIRO- Dahshour, Memphis, Sakkara- Saturday (BL)
A morning tour takes us to the time capsule treasure of Dahshour, the newly-opened pyramid field south of Cairo. DAHSOUR – we’ll motor to the edge of Cairo, to Dahshour, the pyramid field south of Cairo. We visit the great pyramid of Senfru, father of Cheops, and other structure:
The “Discovery” of Dahshour:
For almost half a century, the great field of huge pyramids near the desert village of Dahshour, 25 miles south of Cairo, has been off limits to the public. Confined within the perimeter of a military base were many pyramids, including the great 4500-year-old pyramid built by Senfru, father of Cheops. Senfru’s pyramid, the largest in Egypt until his son built Giza’s Great Pyramid, is rhomboidal in shape: it tapers more distinctly on its upper half. All the pyramids were coated in thick plaster at one time. Most have lost these protective, decorative sheaths, but Senfru’s–miraculously–is still in place.
After lunch at a local restaurant: The afternoon is for Memphis and Sakkara, including the Step Pyramid of Zoser & Nobles tombs/Mastabas.
DAY 5 – CAIRO- Giza Pyramids Sound & Light Show – Home Hosted Dinner – Sunday (BL)
Morning tour to Giza and the mysteries of the Pyramids and Sphinx, including the Solar Boat Museum.
Lunch is included at the Mena House. In the evening, we return to the Pyramids for an awe-inspiring sound-and-light show.
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 6 – CAIRO -Monday (BL)
Your exploration of the ancient world begins today! First stop is the Egyptian Museum, with its treasures of the ancient pharaohs: mummies, statuary, precious stones and metals. We’ll also stop at the Citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque. Lunch is included at Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant or similar. Afternoon walking tour of Khan El-Khalili Bazaar district.
DAY 7 – ASWAN ABU SIMBEL Tuesday (BL)
Abu Simbel excursion: One way flying and one way drive.
After an early breakfast, we head for the airport and your flight to Abu Simbel, via Aswan. In Abu Simbel: You’ll have your own private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur and private guide waiting for you at the airport and we will head for the temples site over looking Lake Nasser. In the 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 temple, after which retire to a comfortable hotel for lunch and refreshments. Just as planeloads of visitors arrive to throng the temples we fly back to Aswan, and your hotel. Evening Sound and Light show at Philae.
DAY 8 – ASWAN Wednesday (BLD)
After breakfast at your hotel, we tour the Nubian Museum then head for Soheil Island. We will be back to Aswan and your Nile Cruise in time for lunch, where we settle you into your cabin on your Nile steamer. We’ll visit the enormous dams at Aswan, then board a launch on to visit the Temples island of Philae, dedicated to the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of Isis, that was later worshiped in Rome as well as Ancient Greece. The temple was rescued from rising waters and reassembled on this island. Back to the cruise in time for tea. Then we will enjoy a felucca sailing on the Nile.
DAY 9 – KOM OMBO Thursday (BLD)
We cruise northward down the Nile today, at a stately pace, disembarking for a visit to Kom Ombo, the twin temple dedicated to the crocodile river god, Sobek. We’ll also see Haroeris, the solar disk.
DAY 10 – EDFU and LUXOR Friday (BLD)
Horse-drawn carriages or vans meet us at riverside to take us through Edfu to the Temple of Horus, best-preserved in all of Egypt. Then we’ll continue beside the Nile to take in an array of ancient splendors: touring the Valley of the Kings; the imposing tomb-temple of Queen Hatshepsut; and, back in Luxor on the East Bank: the Great Temple of Amon at Karnak as well as Luxor Temple. Evening Sound and Light show at Karnak (please bring a jacket and a flash light). Add an extra night in Luxor
DAY 11- SHARM EL SHEIK – RED SEA Saturday (B)
Now that you’ve seen the best of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, our guides escort you to the airport. You’ll fly over the Sinai Peninsula and land at historic Sharm El Sheik on the Red Sea. You’re at the beach and free to swim, or explore under the waters.
DAY 12 – SHARM EL SHEIK Sunday (B)
Relax! Today is set aside as a strategic mid-journey break. Spend some time in the sun, but don’t miss your chance to snorkel or dive under Red Sea waters for an array of coral and glittering tropical fish.
DAY 13 – St. Catherine Monastery Monday (BL)
Our knowledgeable guides arrange a pre-dawn departure into the still-cool wilderness of Sinai, through which Moses led the Children of Israel to the Promised Land. Our goal is the Monastery of St. Catherine, built of rock at the base of Mount Sinai, at the site of the Burning Bush. We tour the monastery, rich in history, icons and sacred paintings, then return to Sharm El Sheik.
DAY 14 – PETRA Tuesday (BL)
We’ll fly to Amman: non-stop from Sharm El-Sheikh or via Cairo, air fare is included in our rate in economy class, tax included, between Egypt and Jordan. In Amman: our Jordan-based representative waits to greet you. You’ll drive south, and arrive at your hotel in Petra for the night. Lunch is included enroute.
DAY 15- PETRA- Wednesday (BD)
We’ll spend the entire day at Petra, the stunning desert city hewn by the Nabateans from solid cliffs of pink and violet sandstone. Petra was known in the bible as Sela, and rediscovered only in 1812. You’ll feel like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark as you penetrate into the city through a narrow sandstone gorge, the Siq, and wander among the Temple of the Winged Lion, tombs, Roman theater, and the imposing Treasury.
In the evening we will call on you for a unique experience:
Dine as a local. 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 (appetizers) 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.
Tour experience tonight includes the cuisine course, meal and all non-alcoholic beverages as well as take-home recipes for all dishes prepared that evening.
DAY 16 – PETRA – WADI RUM – Thursday (BL)
After breakfast 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. After our visit, we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
DAY 17 – JERASH – Friday (BL)
After breakfast at the hotel, we head north, we enjoy lunch enroute. Today we tour Jerash, among the best-preserved Roman cities in the world, to tour its temples, theaters, churches and colonnaded streets. From Jerash, we will escort you back to Amman and your hotel.
DAY 18 – MADABA, KERAK – PETRA – Saturday (BL)
Full day includes: Madaba to visit the church containing the oldest known map of Palestine and 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. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Head back to Amman and your hotel.
DAY 19 – DEPARTURE FOR HOME – Sunday (B)
Our staff escorts you to the airport of Amman for your flight home. Or, you may choose to add one of our extensions, and return later from Jordan at no additional cost for your air fare.
|RATES per person in USD|
|Triple||US$ 5712||US$ 5311|
|Double||US$ 5810||US$ 5360|
|Single||US$ 8301||US$ 7470|
For Easter (2 weeks season), Christmas, New Year’s (Dec 20 – Jan 3): 15 % supplement will apply.
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.
Sample 5-stars Deluxe Nile Cruises:
M/S Monaco, M/S Monte Carlo, M/s Mojito, M/s Queen of Hansa
- All transfers in Egypt and Jordan, always on a private basis, private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur.
Domestic flights within Egypt, in economy class with tax included.
- Air fare Cairo Amman, in economy class, tax included
- Air-conditioned hotel accommodations with tax and service charges
- Sightseeing with professional guide and entrance fees as indicated, private touring, private guide in Cairo and Jordan.
- Meals as indicated, with pre-set menu (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Lonely Planet guidebook to Jordan and Egypt
- Nile cruise as listed, including all shore excursiones and entrance fees, all touring on the cruise is a group tour, unless you request a private car & private guide (supplement applies), while on board the cruise, expect to be part of a 10-15 English speaking group, we do not mix languages while touring. The boats accommodate 120-130 guests from all over the world.
- While on board the cruise: Large bottle of water (per person), delivered daily to your cabin on board the Nile cruise.
- Small bottle of water (per person) with each meal, while you are on board the Nile Cruise.
- Tea or coffee with each meal while you are on board the Nile cruise
- 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
- Jordanian departure tax.
Visa for Jordan. Limited to specific nationalities such as: Australian, NZ, USA, Canada, EU, Japan and others (please check with us if needed at the time of booking).
- All tips to your drivers, guides, crew on board the cruise etc.
- Personal expenses and beverages
- Additional meals and services
- Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
- International air fares from/to your home country
- Egyptian visa may be secured by our guests upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number of nationalities, such as American, Canadian, Australian, NZ, EU and Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival. After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you to the hotel
- Upgrade to the Ultra Deluxe Nile cruise: Please add 20 % to the deluxe rate.
Sample 5-stars Ultra Deluxe Nile Cruises:
- M/S Princess Sara Nile cruise
- MS Queen TiYi
- Alexander the Great Nile Cruise
- Movenpick Radamis II and Movenpick Royal Lotus Nile Cruise
- M/S Amarco
- The all suites with private balconies Nile Cruise:
- Oberoi MS Philae
- Sonesta: M/S Star Goddess or Sonesta M/S Moon Goddess (all state rooms do offer private balconies)