Our day starts with a guided tour of Amman, taking in the Citadel, which sits on the highest hill in Amman, and the National Archaeological Museum. From Amman we drive south to Petra, stopping en route to explore the crumbling remnants of the magnificent Crusader castle of Karak. Overnight Petra (B).
The remarkable rose city of Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and undoubtedly the jewel in Jordan’s crown. We spend the whole day exploring this incredible UNESCO-Listed archaeological site, entering via the narrow siq where the 200m-high rocks finally give way to reveal the spectacular facade of the Treasury. From the Treasury the hidden valley widens to reveal the remains of this ancient city where we’ll see tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street.
After our guided tour there’s free time to explore and those that are feeling energetic can climb the hundreds of rock-cut steps to Ad-Deir which is better known as the Monastery. This evening there’s the opportunity to walk through back the Siq after dark and revisit The Treasury, illuminated by thousands of candles, on the optional Petra By Night excursion (payable locally). Overnight Petra (B).
Day 5: Free time in Petra & 4×4 in Wadi Rum
This morning is free for you to spend at leisure or you can revisit Petra this morning on an optional hike, entering via the Al Madras secret road to see Treasury from above and visit the High Place of Sacrifice on a morning hike.
This afternoon we drive to the striking Wadi Rum desert with its rolling red dunes and amazing rock formations. Boarding 4×4 jeeps, we take an exhilarating ride across the sand dunes to our desert camp where we spend the night. This evening we enjoy a Jordanian dinner and spend the evening around the camp fire under an incredible blanket of stars before bedding down for the night in permanent tents. Overnight Wadi Rum (B, D).
Day 6: Dead Sea & Mt Nebo
After breakfast at the campsite we bid farewell to Wadi Rum and travel north to the lowest point on the earth’s surface – the Dead Sea. We spend a leisurely few hours at the Dead Sea bobbing around like corks in the therapeutic waters and smothering ourselves in some of the famous black Dead Sea mud to give our skin an invigorating boost.
After our Dead Sea dalliance we travel on to Madaba, stopping en route at Mt Nebo, which is the site where Moses saw the Promised Land. We spend the final night of our tour in the ancient market town of Madaba, which is renowned for its beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, the most famous of which is the map of the Holy Land in St George’s Church. Overnight Madaba (B).
Day 7: Fly Amman to Cairo
Today our Jordanian adventure comes to an end and our Egyptian escapade begins. Included transfer to Amman’s Queen Ali Airport for your included flight to Cairo in Egypt. Our Egypt team will welcome you upon arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight Cairo (B).
Day 8: Pyramids of Giza
After breakfast we travel to the Giza Plateau to visit the legendary Pyramids of Giza, the sole survivors of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. For a real Arabian experience, you can opt to hire a camel for a ride across the sands of Giza. After exploring the pyramids and the iconic Sphinx we travel on to the necropolis of Saqqara to see Zhoser’s step pyramid – which was constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect, in 2700 BC and became the template for all future pyramid construction. Overnight Cairo (B).
Day 9: Egyptian Museum & Khan el-Khalili
This morning we visit the famous Egyptian Museum, which is home to an incredible array of Egyptian relics and antiquities including the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his famous solid gold funerary mask. Then we stop for a spot of souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar before boarding our coach for the long journey south to Luxor. Upon arrival this evening we check into our hotel by the River Nile. Overnight Luxor (B).
Day 10: Valley of the Kings
We venture to the incredible tomb-strewn Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s West Bank where we’re greeted by the towering 18m-tall Colossi of Memnon – an iconic pair of statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III facing the River Nile. We then make our way to explore the beautiful colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, which is studded with beautifully decorated tombs, including the famous tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Our afternoon finds us heading south to Aswan, Egypt’s sunniest southern city where we have an evening to relax and walk along the beautiful river Nile. Overnight Aswan (B).
Day 11: Optional Abu Simbel & Philae Temple
This morning there is an optional excursion to the rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel today. before a short boat ride to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the Philae Temple – a temple dedicated to the goddess Isis and the last classical Egyptian style temple.
After the optional excursion we take a short boat ride out to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the beautiful Philae Temple which is dedicated to the goddess Isis and dates back to 4th century BC. The rest of the day is free to relax by the hotel pool, go shopping in the colourful souks and watch a beautiful sunset over the Nile. Overnight Aswan (B).
Day 12: Elephantine & Kitchener Islands
Today we enjoy a relaxing sailing trip on the River Nile on board a traditional Egyptian felucca sailing boat. Sit back, relax and watch life along the riverbank as we sail to Elephantine and Kitchener Island. The rocks on Elephantine Island form the shape of an elephant’s back and on the island we’ll see an ancient Nilometer which measures the depth of the Nile and wander around the colourful Nubian Village. Kitchener Island was named after Lord Kitchener and is home to a spectacular botanical garden, which we’ll visit before returning to Aswan. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Aswan (B).
Day 13: Kom Ombo, Edfu & Luxor Temple
We bid farewell to Aswan this morning and travel back to Luxor, stopping en route to visit the striking riverside temple of Kom Ombo which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god Sobek, and the Temple of Horus in Edfu which is one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Egypt. Arriving into Luxor, opt for an evening excursion to the spectacular Luxor Temple, which is best seen after dark when it’s illuminated by hundreds of lights. Overnight Luxor (B).
Day 14: Luxor
Our Egyptian adventure ends with a guided tour of the vast Temple of Karnak this morning. This incredible religious complex was an important pilgrimage site, dedicated to the Theban gods and built over a period of 2000 years, with the oldest buildings dating back 4000 years. Our tour ends with an included transfer to Luxor Airport for your onward flight. (B).