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Jewels of Egypt and Jordan
Spend a week exploring some of the highlights of Egypt and Jordan including the Pyramids, Sphinx, swim in the Dead Sea, visit Petra and stay with local Bedouin's whilst in the Wadi Rum desert
- Egypt, Athens, Greece
- 8 day(s)
- 28/12/2019 - 26/12/2020
Jordan's Dead Sea swim, Dana Biosphere Reserve, Petra tour, Wadi Rum safari & camp, Pyramids & Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo.
- 3 nights in 5-star hotels in Egypt
- 3 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels in Jordan
- 1 night Bedouin desert camp in Wadi Rum
- 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
- All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles (plus Bedouin jeeps in Wadi Rum)
- Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking tour leader and local guides in Jordan
- Services of a local Egyptologist guide in Egypt
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- International flights (available on request)
- Amman to Cairo flight (available on request or bookable with your international flight ticket)
- Egypt Visa fees (available on arrival for US$25 for most nationalities)
- Jordan Visa fees (included in the Jordan Pass, see tour notes)
- Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees in Jordan (included in the Jordan Pass, see tour notes, budget approx. US$99)
- Entrance fees in Egypt (allow approx. US$45)
- Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
- Tipping kitty in Egypt plus tour guide tips
- Tips in Jordan
- Hotel gala dinners (see Tour notes)
- Any other items not mentioned above
Departure Airport transfer You have the day free to do some last-minute sightseeing and shopping before we transfer you to the airport to board your flight back home.
Arrive in Egypt & transfer to the hotel You arrive at Cairo airport where we greet and transfer you to your hotel
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Day 1, Arrive in Egypt & transfer to hotel
You arrive at Cairo airport where we greet and transfer you to your hotel. Our local rep. welcomes you, helps you settle into the hotel, and outlines the plan for the next few days.
Extra day in Cairo - pre-tour, Single Room Supplement
Day 2, Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx & Saqqara
After breakfast, we have a brief pre-tour briefing before we take you on a tour of Gisa and Saqqara. Gisa was built around 4600 years ago as a necropolis (cemetery) for the pharaoh Khufu (Cheops). The successor of Sneferu, Khufu was known as a tyrant and in his arrogance decided to have built a tomb that was bigger and better than all others. Standing 500 feet high and 750 feet at its base the Pyramid of Khufu is an awesome man-made structure constructed of giant blocks of stone covered in a hard limestone casing. The casing has, over the years, been stripped away to leave exposed the inner block structure. Together with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephren) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the majestic sight of these enormous structures rising out of the desert is a breathtaking spectacle. Here you have the chance to climb inside one of the pyramids (there are a limited number of tickets available, so we cannot guarantee this), and also to take a camel ride (approx. GBP 2-5 p/p for around 30mins). Close by, the mysterious Sphinx stands guard, as it has done so for thousands of years. You have another guided tour around the sphinx and some free time to walk around and take photos.
From here we take you to Saqqara, which lies 25km to the south of Cairo. Djoser's (Zoser's) Step Pyramid (built 4700 years ago) dominates the skyline and is believed to have been the ancient Egyptians' first attempt at Pyramid building. The entire 7km stretch of the desert at Saqqara is a treasure trove of pyramids, temples, and tombs, which we will have plenty of time to explore, while we learn about the history of pyramid building in Egypt.
Day 3, Cairo city tour
After breakfast, we begin our tour of Cairo. Founded in 969 AD by Gohar, a Fatimid army leader, El Kahera (Cairo) soon became the capital of Egypt. Subsequent additions like the El Azhar mosque, the Islamic University, and defensive walls and a citadel, built by Saladin in 1179, have helped Cairo remain Egypt's principal city. The 16-year reign of Ismail (1830-1895) ushered in a new period of expansion and modernization in Cairo. Areas like Heliopolis, Dokki, and Roda were added, while gardens, Opera houses, large hotels, and wide, tree-lined avenues were built. Further post-revolutionary, urban expansion has left Cairo as one of the world's largest cities. Today it is a bustling metropolis of over 20 million people, a strange mix of modern and old, a unique blend of diverse cultures and a gateway to Egypt's past.
Your tour includes a visit to the Egyptian Museum (which houses a vast collection of artefacts from Egypt's past, including the famous King Tutankhamun display), the Citadel (a collection of mosques and palaces, with a great view over the city), and the Khan al Khalili bazaar (a mazy market that offers a window to the past and a guaranteed souvenir).
Day 4, Fly to Jordan. Dead Sea
We transfer you to Cairo airport today to board your flight to Jordan's busy capital of Amman (not included). Once you arrive in Amman, one of our staff will be there to meet you before taking you to the Dead Sea where you'll have to remainder of the day free to relax in the salty waters and experience the feeling of weightlessness. To make the most of your time at the Dead Sea today, we recommend a morning flight so that you'll have the whole afternoon to relax.
Dead Sea Spa Resort
Day 5, Dana Biosphere Reserve and Shobak Castle en-route to Petra
Today, we'll make our way down the Dead Sea coastline, passing lots of deep canyons and gorges as they meet the sea. After we pass some salt flats at the southern end of the Dead Sea we head up through the mountains towards Petra, stopping for a short hike in the beautiful scenery and hills of the Dana Biosphere Reserve along the way. This is Jordan's largest nature reserve, and there are great views of the valleys and hills on the various trails around the restored Dana village. Spring is a particularly lovely time to visit with the terrain surprisingly green and full of flowers. We'll stop for a home-made lunch in the village and take a walk before continuing to the imposing crusader castle at Shobak, finally arriving at Petra late in the evening.
An option is available this evening to get the first taste of Petra on the atmospheric Petra by Night tour, during which the Siq Trail and area outside the Treasury are lit up with hundreds of candles.
Amra Palace hotel
Petra by night
Day 6, The rose-red city of Petra and a Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp
We start the day with a visit to one of the modern 7 Wonders of the World - the ancient city of Petra. We'll make our way through the winding Siq until we reach the impressive Treasury.
Our Jordan tour guide will educate us on its history, as we learn how this magnificent site was built by the Nabatean people, who carved caves and tombs into the sandstone cliffs which surround you. We'll have some free time to explore its imposing Monastery overlooking the Jordan Valley and if there's time, we definitely recommend a visit to the High Place of Sacrifice.
Later in the day, we'll head to the Wadi Rum desert, as we'll spend the night camping underneath the starry skies with the Bedouins.
You can sleep in a traditional goat-hair tent, with a proper bed and all bedding provided, or take a sleeping bag and find a secluded location to sleep outside under the stars.
Wadi Rum Camp
Day 7, A jeep safari and Bedouin experience in Wadi Rum. Travel to Amman
We'll enjoy breakfast with the Bedouins, before we head out on a jeep safari, over the sands of the Wadi Rum desert, stopping every now and then to marvel at its towering sand dunes and rock bridges.
Afterward, we'll take part in a few activities inspired by Bedouin traditions, such as assisting a local shepherd with his cattle until we reach a Bedouin tent, where we'll help make lunch. Other activities that you can participate in include shearing the sheep & goats hair, milking, grinding grains, and roasting coffee until our lunch is ready.
After lunch, we head back out in our jeep as we make our way back to camp, before we journey down the Desert Highway, back to Amman.
Tonight, we'll explore the town, visiting a coffee shop or café near our hotel in Downtown Amman to enjoy a shisha, a game of backgammon and reminisce on our Jordan tour.
Day 8, Departure Airport transfer
You have the day free to do some last minute sightseeing and shopping before we transfer you to the airport to board your flight back home.
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