Upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel in Amman. At 6pm this evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at a Welcome Meeting. Overnight Amman.
Today is free to independently explore Jordan’s capital or join our optional excursion to see the spectacular 2000-year-old ruins in the Graeco-Roman city of Jerash and explore the 12th century Aljoun Castle which sits atop a hill in the Jabal Ajlun district in northwest Jordan. Overnight Amman (B).
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. We access the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose-Red City on a walk through a narrow siq, where the 200m high rocks finally give way to reveal the spectacular facade of the Treasury. We’ll also see tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street.
After our guided tour there’s free time to explore. Those that are feeling energetic can climb the hundreds of rock-cut steps to 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. Overnight Petra (B).
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 before bedding down for the night in permanent tents. Overnight Wadi Rum (B, D).
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 for an amazing panorama that includes the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho and the spires and domes of Bethlehem. We spend tonight in the ancient market town of Madaba, renowned for its beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics. Overnight Madaba (B).
Today our Jordanian adventure comes to an end and our Egyptian escapade begins. Transfer to Amman’s Queen Ali Airport for your included flight to Cairo in Egypt. Upon arrival our Egypt team will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight Cairo (B).
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. Known as Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus the great pyramids were built over 4500 years ago to protect the mummies of the pharaohs and the treasures they took with them to the afterlife. 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. Overnight Cairo (B).
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of 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. Overnight Luxor (B).
We venture to Luxor’s West Bank this morning where we’re greeted by the towering 18m 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 that house the mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life, including the famous tomb of King Tutankhamen. This afternoon we head south to Aswan, where we have an evening to relax and walk along the beautiful river Nile. Overnight Aswan (B).
This morning there is an optional excursion to the rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel, before a short boat ride to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the Philae Temple. This afternoon we board our felucca, our home for the next two nights as we embark on a voyage down the River Nile. Feluccas are simple sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Relax by day and spend two nights sleeping under a blanket of stars on the felucca deck. Overnight felucca Cruise (B, L, D).
We continue to spend the day taking in the scenery as we sail down the Nile until we port in Kom Ombo, a sleepy agricultural town surrounded by sugar cane fields. Overnight Felucca Cruise (B, L, D).
This morning we leave our felucca behind to explore the temple dedicated to the crocodile headed god – Sobek, before we continue our journey to the monumental Temple of Horus, the ancient god of light. Upon arriving back into Luxor, the evening offers free time or your can opt to join us for a guided tour of the Luxor temple, which is best seen at night when it’s illuminated by hundreds of lights. Overnight Luxor (B).
This morning we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak, the heart of religious life in ancient Egypt. Karnak is an incredible complex of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods. This afternoon is free to relax, enjoy a swim and soak up the sun at the hotel pool. Tonight, we travel on board an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo. Overnight sleeper train (B).
Arrive back into Cairo this morning and transfer to our hotel, where our adventure ends. Today is free for you to further explore Cairo before an included departure transfer to the airport. (B).