The Essence of Egypt & Jordan

Witness the ancient wonders of Egypt & Jordan on a 20 day tour. Glide along the Nile on a luxury cruise to Aswan, visit the Valley of the Kings & Petra.

20 Days
Cairo to Amman
From (GBP)
£ 7,895
Dates & Pricing

2018/2019 Cairo > Amman

Ancient and natural wonders

Explore the incredible legacy of these two intriguing countries, from magnificent monuments immortalising the Pharaohs in Egypt to the footsteps of the Romans and Nabateans in Jordan. Natural wonders abound, from extraordinary desertscapes to soaring mountains, world-famous seas and, of course, the mighty Nile.
Delve into the wonders of Egypt and discover the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza before marvelling at the ancient temples, tombs and monuments at Luxor. Glide along the Nile on a luxury cruise to Aswan and stand in awe before the extraordinary temples of Abu Simbel then top it all off with the treasures of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. In the Kingdom of Jordan, discover the capital Amman before travelling to the World-Heritage listed city of Petra for a spine-tingling exploration of the incredible Treasury. Marvel at the moon-like desertscape of Wadi Rum before relaxing by the azure waters of the Red Sea and floating in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
MEEJ
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
Cairo
Return City:
Amman

Selected Itinerary

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Giza (Cairo)

    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

  2. Day 2 - Giza

    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

  3. Day 3 - Giza > Luxor

    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

  4. Day 4 - Luxor > Nile Cruise

    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

  5. Day 5 - Nile Cruise

    Today travel 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

  6. Day 6 - Nile Cruise

    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. Explore Esna, a waterfront farming town boasting traditional 19th-century residences and visit the Temple of Khnum. 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

  7. Day 7 - Nile Cruise

    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

  8. Day 8 - Nile Cruise > Aswan

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

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

    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

  9. Day 9 - Aswan > Cairo

    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

  10. Day 10 - Cairo

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

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Cairo > 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

  12. Day 12 - Amman

    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

  13. Day 13 - Amman > Petra

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

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  14. Day 14 - Petra

    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

  15. Day 15 - Petra > Wadi Rum

    After a free morning in Petra, continue your journey to Wadi Rum. 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

  16. Day 16 - Wadi Rum > Aqaba

    This morning 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. 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

  17. Day 17 - Aqaba

    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.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Aqaba > Dead Sea

    Travel north toward the Dead Sea, stopping at Bethany Beyond the Jordan to see where Jesus was baptised and view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Continue on to the Dead Sea for a two night stay at your luxurious resort. Relax and take in the views over the Dead Sea across to Israel from your balcony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  19. Day 19 - 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

  20. Day 20 - Amman > UK

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Scenic highlights
  • 2 exclusive Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 9 Freechoice activities
  • 4 Sundowner events
  • 5 memorable Special Stays
  • Four night luxury Nile cruise
  • 44 meals – 19 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners

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