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The Essence of Egypt & Jordan

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Embrace natural wonders abound during this enriching 20-day tour and cruise from the Great Pyramids of Cairo to the ancient wonders of Amman, Jordan’s cosmopolitan capital. From cruising the Nile through Egypt to exploring the site where Jesus was baptised in Jordan; this tour takes in some of the most mythical and magical experiences of this enigmatic part of the world.

Begin your journey unearthing the legacy of the Pharaohs in Giza, whose tombs, monuments and temples immortalise the ancient Egyptian world. Delve into the historical legacy of one of the world’s great civilisations, and learn more about the ancient Egyptians, their customs and lasting imprint on the planet. Discover the antiquities of Luxor, including the treasured artefacts of the Luxor Museum, before a Special Stay at the majestic Sofitel Winter Palace.

Next, raise a toast to the start of your luxury Nile River cruise during a special Scenic Sundowners event, sitting back with relaxing drinks and exquisite canapés as the sun sets over the mighty pyramids. Following the course of the ancient Pharaohs, your cruise south will reveal marvellous hieroglyphics, crocodile headed gods and Egyptian culture bathed in antiquity.

After discover the history, culture and traditions of the Nubian community at a traditional Nubian village, you’ll reach Aswan, where you’re invited to sample delicious Mediterranean cuisine during a private sunset dinner at The Terrace during your Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract – an exclusive Scenic Enrich event.

From here, enjoy the artefacts of the Royal Automobile Museum of Amman as part of a private visit, before travelling through Jordan, discovering extraordinary heritage sites such as Petra, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, and the captivating banks of the Red Sea.

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Day 1
Highlights: Sundowners

Fly direct from London Heathrow or chose to fly from Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Newcastle via London Heathrow with British Airways.  Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a two night special stay. You’ll be able to soak up the magnificent view of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony. Please book flights to arrive by 2pm.


Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the Pyramids.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Highlights: Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500 BC before marvelling at the 20-metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. This evening watch the laser light display and entertaining show at the Pyramids.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Giza > Luxor
Highlights: Luxor Museum

Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of your Special Stay hotel for tonight. Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by a walk through the colourful local markets.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Luxor > Nile Cruise
Highlights: Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple

Balloon Flight - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the ancient sites. (Additional cost, please book on tour.)

Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut, then admire the well-preserved temple of Ramses III. Return to Luxor and embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III and settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. Late afternoon tour the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.


Raise your glass and toast the start of your Nile cruise with drinks and canapés.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Nile Cruise
Highlights: Temple of Hathor at Dendera

Relax on one of the Sun Decks and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor temple. This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and the mesmerising moves of a belly dancer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Nile Cruise
Highlights: Nile temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo

Follow the course of the ancient Pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. Discover the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the most completely preserved complex in Egypt.
This afternoon explore Kom Ombo temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. A fun night awaits on board with a lively Galabeyya party themed with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Nile Cruise
Highlights: Philae Temple

Cruise south to reach charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board and take a felucca cruise on the Nile. Tonight join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Nile Cruise > Aswan
Highlights: Scenic Enrich - Dinner at The Terrace

Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay and admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony.


Visit a traditional Nubian village or take a motorboat to the upper reaches of the Nile. Alternatively, discover the vibrant botanical gardens.


Watch the sun set and picture yourself as Agatha Christie, pen in hand, as you sample delicious Mediterranean cuisine during a private dinner at The Terrace.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Aswan > Cairo
Highlights: Temples of Abu Simbel

Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments. Marvel at the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Later, fly to the bustling city of Cairo for your two night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10
Highlights: Egyptian Museum and Mummies Room

Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and the collection of Royal Mummies.

This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner.


Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. Alternatively, visit the ancient site of Saqqara.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Cairo > Amman
Highlights: Fly to Amman

Fly to Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, for a two night stay. Join your Jordanian Tour Director for a dinner of local delicacies.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12
Highlights: Discover Jerash

Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age. Explore the impressive ruins and witness an exciting re-enactment of a Roman chariot race in the hippodrome.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13
Amman > Petra
Highlights: Scenic Enrich - Royal Jordanian Automobile Museum; Madaba mosaics and Mount Nebo

At Bethany Beyond the Jordan see where Jesus was baptised and view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. At Madaba discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land then continue to the rose red city of Petra for your two night stay. An unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury and chasms lit by candlelight.


During a private visit to the Royal Automobile Museum you will be captivated by the extensive private collection of the Royal Family.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14
Highlights: The amazing Treasury

This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago.
The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away. This is only the first of many wonders you will discover here today.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15
Petra > Wadi Rum
Highlights: Desert Jeep safari

Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Explore Lawrence Road and be awed by the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the pink and white sands. You will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp.


Witness the dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Wadi Rum > Aqaba
Highlights: The Red Sea

Early risers will be rewarded with the stillness of the desert at sunrise. Later, continue south to Aqaba for a two night Special Stay. Relax in the luxurious surrounds of your hotel, step onto your balcony with sweeping Red Sea views or take a dip in the pool.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice Aqaba

The afternoon is at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of your resort.


Cruise and snorkel the Red Sea or ride the glass bottom boat in search for marine life. Alternatively, you may choose a relaxing Spa treatment.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 18
Aqaba > Dead Sea
Highlights: Intriguing desert landscapes

Travel north for a two night stay at your luxurious resort. Relax and enjoy the views over the Dead Sea across to Israel from your balcony.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 19
Dead Sea
Highlights: Floating in the Dead Sea

Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Perhaps spoil yourself and allow the staff to slather you in the therapeutic mud. Or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or the newspaper.


Join your Tour Director at the Sky Bar and toast the end of a wonderful journey.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 20
Amman > UK
Highlights: Farewell

Transfer to Amman airport, taking wonderful memories with you for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast
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