Indiana Jones himself couldn't squeeze more adventure into this journey:
Alexandria Cairo , Memphis, Sakkara and the Pyramids, a cruise on the
Nile, the fabled temples and tombs of Luxor and Thebes, diving in the
Red Sea, the mountains of Sinai, and a trek to the mysterious ruins
of Petra in Jordan.
1 - DEPARTURE - Tuesday- Weekly - Year Round
( click here
if your prefer to start in Amman Jordan) . We take off aboard
Lufthansa, British Airways or Olympic Airways jet from New York's John
F. Kennedy International Airport. (Ask about stopovers in Europe.)
2- CAIRO - Wednesday
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
must be valid for at least 6 month upon arrival).
After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you
to the hotel
3 - Alexandria - Thursday (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel, then we leave Cairo : private air conditioned
car/driver/guide). We drive across northern Egypt and the Nile Delta
heading northwest for Alexandria: Full day tour of the Museum, the Catacombs,
the Roman Amphitheater, Qayet Bey Fortress , 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 Zanket El-Setat
, the local souks, El-Manshiya and the old medina . Overnight in Alexandria
. Evening walking tour of Al-Raml district, then enjoy Dinner at a local
visiting Alexander the Great's Tomb in Alexandria just after the
Roman Emperor defeated Cleopatra & Marc Anthony. He left his
coat as a token of respect to Alexander the Great. The search continues
for Alexander the Great's Tomb.
4 - Alexandria -Cairo - Friday (BLD)
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. Visit the Crown Jewels Museum of the former
Egyptian Royal family , then its off to the new site for the Alexandria
at a local restaurant before
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, where dinner awaits you .
5 - CAIRO- Dahshour, Memphis, Sakkara - Saturday (BL)
morning tour takes us to the time capsule treasure of Dahshour,
the newly-opened pyramid field south of 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 newly-opened 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.
lunch at Mena House : The afternoon is for Memphis and Sakkara,
including the Step Pyramid of Zoser , Nobles tombs and Mastabas and
the small yet charming Imhotep Museum .
In the evening we head back to Giza for the Pyramids Sound
and Light show.
All tours in Cairo are on a private basis: private air-conditioned vehicle,
private chauffeur and private guide .
6 - Giza - Home Hosted Dinner - Sunday (BLD)
After breakfast we are off to tour Giza Pyramids
, the Sphinx, and Cheops Royal Barge Museum ( Solar boat) the oldest
known wooden royal barge . With a brief camel ride ( included ) for
the famous photo opportunity with the Pyramids in the background. WE
stop at Harania village before heading back to Cairo .
museum of the Royal Barge of Cheops The museum is built over the rectangular
pit that housed the Royal Barge for thousands of years , the wooden
boat was readied for the king's daily journey with the sun god, Ra .
Discovered in 1954, in a completely dismantled state, the 43-metre (140-foot)
cedar boat is a rare window on the Royal boats used by the kings of
are glad to include the entrance fee to get inside the Great Pyramid
, if interested , please read this first : The King's Chamber in the
Great Pyramid was not meant to be visited:
Getting to it is challenging, and once you enter, it is very difficult
to turn back. The stone passage is only wide enough for one person.
You must be in good physical condition, able to climb several flights
of stairs, bend double, crouch and duck-walk for short distances. The
King's Chamber itself is the world's most claustrophobic place, with
dim light and heavy, hot, oxygen-poor air. There is no ventilation.
If you are at all sensitive to claustrophobia or confinement, or if
you have any sort of respiratory condition, for your own safety and
the safety of others, you must not enter the pyramid because it is impossible
to remove a person or to bring aid to them quickly .
is included at Abu El -Sid restaurant.
The afternoon is
devoted to : tour of Coptic Cairo : The Coptic Museum, the "hanging
- El-Moalaka Church, Beni Ezra Synagogue and the spot where Baby Moses
is believed to have been found by the Egyptian Queen and her entourage.
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 l! 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, you may
enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions, by letting us know
tours in Cairo are on a private basis: private air-conditioned vehicle,
private chauffeur and private guide .
7 - CAIRO -Monday (BLD)
After breakfast our first stop is the Egyptian Museum, with its treasures
of the ancient pharaohs: mummies, King Tut's Gold Treasure Hall , statuary,
precious stones and metals. We'll also stop at the Citadel of Saladin
and the Alabaster Mosque. Lunch
is included at Hadaik Al-Azhar and a walking tour of El -Darb El Ahmar
( Al-Azhar Park) , after
lunch we head for a walking tour of Khan El-Khalili and the Muizz LedeenAllah
newly restored medieval Islamic district. Dinner at La Bodega restaurant.
8- ASWAN - ABU SIMBEL Tuesday (BLD)
After a very early breakfast , we head for Cairo Airport for your flight
to Aswan, and connect by air to Abu Simbel , where your Private car
/Driver guide await you in
Abu Simbel: 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 refreshments.
Fly back to Aswan, arriving in time for a late lunch at your hotel.
Remainder of the day at leisure. , in the evening your guide will call
on you for a private horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Aswan. Dinner
is included at a local restaurant.
9 - ASWAN - Wednesday- Board Your Nile Cruise (BLD)
After breakfast at your hotel , we check-out and head for the Nubian
Museum , after which we head to the pier and check-in on board your
Nile cruise , and settle you into your cabin on your Nile steamer. Welcome
fruit basket awaits you in your cabin , in the afternoon : We'll visit
the enormous dams at Aswan and the Unfinished Obelisk , 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.
10 - KOM OMBO - Thursday- On Board Your Nile Cruise (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.
11 - EDFU and LUXOR - Friday- On Board Your Nile Cruise (BLD)
Horse-drawn carriages 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: the Valley
of the Kings; the imposing tomb-temple of Queen Hatshepsut ; and, back
in Luxor, the Great Temple of Amon at Karnak. In the evening your guide
will call on you for a private horse-drawn carriage ride throughout
Luxor and the waterfront.
12- 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. Sunset Camel ride on the beach
13 - SHARM EL SHEIK - Sunday (BD)
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. Evening
Bedouin theme dinner.
DAY 14 - MOUNT SINAI - 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.
15 - Sharm El-Sheikh , PETRA Tuesday (BL)
We'll fly to Amman non-stop pr via Cairo, air fare is included in our
rate in economy class with tax included , in Amman our Jordan-based
representative waits to greet you. You'll drive under a towering ridge
of mountains, and arrive at your hotel in Petra for the night. Lunch
is included enroute . Complimentary Jordanian visa fee (valid only for
American, EU, Australian, Canadian, NZ, Korean , Singaporean and Japanese
citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 6 month upon arrival).
16- PETRA - Wednesday
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
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.
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.
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.
experience tonight includes the cuisine course, meal and all non-alcoholic
beverages as well as take-home recipes for all dishes prepared that
17 - PETRA - Wadi Rum- Thursday
Breakfast is included at the hotel
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. 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 . Your guide will always be available on hand
, and will be escorting you at all times .
note that camping in Wadi Rum is very basic:
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
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.
DAY 18 - JERASH
- Dead Sea-Amman - Friday (BLD)
breakfast , we head for 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 to a local restaurant for lunch
then we head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth , before we
return to Amman , time permitting we mat be able to tour the Citadel
in Amman , dinner is included tonight at your
hotel in Amman .
from our guests- Comments on the stop : Dead Sea :
" It was a relaxing and enjoyable stop, and the experience of just
trying to walk into the sea -- unsuccessfully as it lifts you onto your
back -- is extraordinary. Enjoying dinner at the outdoor Italian restaurant
(it's the grill during the day) at the Kempinski with the view over
the pool and the sea across to Israel resorts, to Jericho and to Jerusalem
in the distance was delightful. So it's a good stop and break from being
on the road.
19 - DEPARTURE FOR HOME -Saturday (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.
per person in USD
Tourist Class Hotels
Christmas, New Year's ( Dec 20 - Jan 3 ) : 20 % supplement will apply.
Add Palestine , Israel and Jerusalem
departures from most west coast cities, as well as Phoenix, Dallas-Fort
Worth or Atlanta in , please add $ 450 to the above rates. This
doesn't apply when you handle your own air fare.
travel in May - Sep , please note that a $ 450 air-fare supplement
is added to the above rates.
you handle your own air fare, please deduct $500 from the listed
transfers in Egypt and Jordan, always using private deluxe/ air
conditioned vehicle .
air fares from New York to Cairo with return from Amman , as well
as flight within Egypt, and on to Amman all in economy class with
tax included .
Air-conditioned hotel accommodations with tax and service charges
with professional guide and entrance fees as indicated .
as indicated, with pre-set menu (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Planet guidebook to Jordan and Egypt .
bottle of water ( per person), delivered daily to your cabin on
board the Nile cruise.
bottle of water ( per person ) with each meal, while you are on
board the Nile Cruise.
or coffee with each meal while you are on board the Nile cruise.
visa fee (valid for EU , Australian, NZ, American, Canadian , Korean,
Singaporean & Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for at
least 6 month upon arrival).
expenses and beverages
meals and services
interruption and cancellation insurance
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 month upon arrival).
After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort
you to the hotel
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