Jordan and Egypt with Nile Cruise

Duration

15 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Amman

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Amman; Jerash; Madaba; Bethany; Dead Sea; Shoubak; Petra; Wadi Rum; Al Aqaba; El Cairo; Luxor; ; Edfu; Kom Ombo, Aswan Governorate; Aswan

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

arrival at amman airport. welcome to jordan! border procedures and transfer to the hotel. free time.

Breakfast. we travel to the north of jordan. in the mountains, we discover the ajlun fortress, a mighty castle from the 12th century. muslims and orthodox christians have always lived in this area. we will visit the old church of saint sergius. shall we all pray for peace? lunch is included. we continue to jerash, and visit its impressive roman archaeological site. return to amman. arrival and accommodation.

We will depart towards the castles of the desert, built between the 7th and 8th centuries. we will visit qasr kharana, with its imposing structure of thick walls and the qusayr amra world heritage site, notable for its remarkable frescoes. then, we travel to madaba, lunch is included. we will visit the madaba archaeological park, which we cross via an ancient roman road, and the church of st. george, with its fantastic 6th century mosaic representing the oldest known map of the holy land. we continue to mount nebo, where moses stopped to look over the promised land. return to amman. arrival and free time.

We leave for bethany on the banks of the river jordan, a unesco world heritage site; this is where john the baptist baptised jesus. then we visit the dead sea museum, which an impressive panorama complex. lunch is included. arriving at our hotel at the dead sea, do not forget to take a dip in the saltiest sea and lowest altitude on earth. dinner and accommodation included.

Exciting section in the heart of jordan. following the dead sea, we visit lot’s cave, discovered in 1991, with its old byzantine church from the 6th century. then we ascend into the mountains to dana, a small picturesque town of stone houses on a huge cliff. lunch is included. we continue along the king´s route to shobak, where we take photographs (outside only) of the great crusader castle. we continue to wadi musa (the site around petra). we will explore the moses spring,where moses is said to have tapped the rock with his rod and the water gushed out, and the petra museum, an excellent exhibition that enables us to learn about the history of the nabateans and to see magnificent pieces found in the area. dinner and accommodation. any travellers who wish can go to an old turkish bath or see a light and sound show in petra.

Today we have the most exciting day of the trip: first, we visit the impressive archaeological site of petra, which is accessed through a narrow canyon, and discover the temples and tombs excavated on the cliffs in this city that was founded 300 years before christ. after lunch (included) we leave for the impressive desert of wadi rum. at the visitor centre we board 4x4 vehicles to visit some of the most impressive landscapes. we stop in the town of rum to visit the ruins of the nabatean temple. we include a 45-minute camel ride through the desert. we will also visit the khazali canyon. in this spectacular place, we will see the engravings that reveal the origins of the arabic language. dinner and accommodation included in a desert camp.

After breakfast we will leave for aqaba, jordan’s second city. we will visit jordan’s second city, a modern, commercial port city. afternoon free to enjoy the hotel-resort and the warm waters of the red sea!

After breakfast we will depart via “the desert road” to the amman airport. arrival. we will take a flight to egypt for a little over an hour. arrival at cairo. border procedures and transfer to the hotel. free time.   


note: depending on the number of travellers, the trip from aqaba to amman airport may be made by regular vip coach.

Full day visit where we explore the famous pyramids of cheops, kefren and micerinos (tickets to go inside the pyramids are not included), and also the impressive sphinx, which is sculpted from rock. visit to the egyptian museum with its ancient art and where the treasure of the lost tomb of tutankhamen is kept. lunch included. citadel of saladin and the alabaster mosque. we will take a walk through the coptic neighbourhood where we visit the hanging church built above a roman fortress.

Breakfast. transfer to the airport departing by regular flight (flight included) to luxor. arrival and transfer to the cruise, boarding and accommodation. full board on board. visit impressive set of temples of luxor and karnark. accommodation on board.

Today you will be able to admire the necropolis of thebes, visiting the famous valley of the kings, where are hidden the tombs of the main pharaohs. composed of several rooms and corridors that lead to the burial chambers, are among others, ramses iii, seti i and amenhotep ii. you will also visit the colossae of memnon, two impressive statues of amenophis ii, as well as the temple of queen hatsepsut (deir el bahari) and the temple of medinet habu. during this day we can enjoy the beauty of the nile riverbanks. you could do different activities on the boat and at evening enjoy the music at the disco. full board. night on board, navigating to esna.

Arrival to edfu and visit the temple of horus (god represented by a falcon), which in the past was partially covered by lime during the periodic flooding of the river nile. the rescue and restoration work complete, we now have one of the most beautiful temples of ptolemaic times, in an exceptional state of preservation. navigation to kom ombo. visit the temple of kom ombo, the only temple dedicated to two gods, sobek and haroesis, where we find a nilometer (former system for measuring the level of the nile river) and a mummified crocodile. during the evening you will be able to enjoy the chilaba’s party, local typical outfit (on route you could economically acquire them at local markets). full board. accommodation on board, navigating to aswan.

Arrival to aswan. possibility of getting the optional tour to abu simbel (visit not included in the itinerary), located two hundred and eighty kilometers from aswam, visit the western desert and the temples carved on the  cliff by ramses ii during the twelfth century bc, with 20 meters high statues, dedicated to the god amon ra, and the temple of nefertari, dedicated to the goddess hathor. visit the red granite quarry where is the famous 41 meters high unfinished obelisk. we will also visit the aswan dam, one of the largest in the world, which created lake nasser with a length of more than 500 km. in the afternoon, a felucca cruise on the nile, typical sailing boats in the area, heading to the island of kitchener where the botanical garden is located. full board. accommodation on board.

Breakfast. transfer to the airport to take the plane to cairo (flight included). arrival to el cairo airport and transfer to the hotel. during the evening, visit the light and sound show at the pyramids of giza. accomodation.

transfers to the airport and the end of our services.  if you have time, we recommend that you purchase an additional night and take a trip to memphis and sakkara.


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