Embark on an extraordinary journey that seamlessly weaves the mesmerizing histories and landscapes of Jordan with the timeless appeal and mysteries of Egypt. Step into worlds rich with history and trace the steps of Nabateans, crusaders and ancient civilizations.
Visit all the unmissable highlights – think Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings. And delve into lesser-visited gems such as Jerash, Aswan High Dam and El Alamein War Cemetery. These two nations, each with its unique allure, converge in a captivating narrative that leaves you spellbound and perpetually in awe.
You’ll be in good company the entire trip. Local guides with a wealth of knowledge will deepen your adventure. Your Byroads host will support you throughout the trip. And a small bunch of fellow wanderers will create meaningful memories alongside you.
Arrive at Amman International Airport and transfer to your hotel | Settle in and meet up with your group in the evening.
Toledo Amman Hotel (or similar) – This 4-star hotel is situated in the heart of Amman, on the edge of the old city centre and within walking distance to the new downtown.
Take a guided tour of the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash – continuously occupied for 6500 years | Later, visit the Dead Sea and float in its salty, healing waters | Return to Amman for the evening. (BL)
Toledo Amman Hotel (or similar)
Visit the Citadel and Amphitheatre – a testament to Amman’s rich and diverse history. | Enjoy a walk downtown to visit the Jordan Museum | Drive to the port of Aqaba on the Red Sea | Take a swim in the warm waters and spend the night in Aqaba. (B)
La Costa Hotel Aqaba (or similar)
Your day of desert adventure begins with a short drive to Wadi Rum – one of the Middle East’s most spectacular natural environments | Walk, safari and ride a camel through the desert valley, imagining you’re Lawrence of Arabia | Spend the night at the luxurious Bedouin-style camp. (BD)
Sun City Bedouin Camp (or similar) – Experience luxury camping at its finest. These bedouin style tents boast panoramic views of Wadi Rum and luxurious interiors inspired by the desert. Star gaze, sample captivating local food and enjoy the stillness.
Rise early and head into the dunes with our Bedouin guide| Drink Bedouin tea and learn about their culture | Strap yourself in for a desert 4WD ride | Head to Petra and enjoy an evening of free time. (B)
Petra Moon Hotel (or similar) – Stay right by the entrance to ancient Petra. Dine at one of the enchanting restaurants, followed by a blissful escape to a traditional Middle Eastern hammam for a rejuvenating experience.
Take a guided tour through one of the world’s most magnificent sites: Petra | Marvel at the architectural wonders of the Rose City, Treasury building and other famed sites | Wander through the town’s shops and bazaar – or head back to your hotel to relax. (B)
Petra Moon Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast, drive back to Amman, stopping by many significant sites | Wander through the 12th Century Shoback Crusader Castle, perched on a rocky conical mountain | Explore the cliffside village of Dana – rejuvenated from new investment | Learn about Byzantine history at the market town of Madaba, where church mosaics tell ancient stories | Arrive in Amman and settle in for the night. (B)
Toledo Hotel Amman (or similar)
Transfer to Amman airport and fly to Cairo | In Cairo meet the Egyptian guide and transfer to the hotel | Settle in with the remainder of day at leisure (B)
Cairo Pyramids Hotel (or similar) – This 4-star hotel, just a stone’s throw from the Pyramids of Giza, features modern rooms with a private terrace and unparalleled views.
Take a guided tour of the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx. Later, travel to Saqqara to see the famous Stepped Pyramid. (B)
Cairo Pyramids Hotel (or similar)
Explore Egypt’s history at the world-famous Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo | Visit the Khan El Khalil Bazaar – where everything is for sale at a haggler’s price | Stop by Ibn Toulon Mosque and the Gayer Anderson Art Museum | Catch the overnight sleeper train to Luxor. (BD)
Overnight sleeper train: – This adventurous, 9-hour ride is the best way to travel from Cairo to Luxor. Two sleep comfortably inside a compartment, with dinner and breakfast served onboard.
After an early breakfast on board, the train rolls into the Nile port city of Luxor| Be guided through the Karnak and Luxor Temples, two of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes | Board the Nile cruise boat – your home for the next four nights. (BD)
M.S. Le Fayan cruise ship (or similar) – Experience top-line luxury on the world’s most famous river. Every cabin is tastefully appointed, and the common areas feature a full bar, lounge and restaurant serving Egyptian and international cuisine. An outdoor pool completes the experience.
Rise early and head into the Valley of the Kings | Wander through Tutankhamun’s tomb and three other royal tombs | Be guided through the ancient Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon | Begin your passage along the Nile and take in the desert landscape as you dine onboard. (BLD)
M.S. Le Fayan cruise ship (or similar)
Continue your southward cruise along the Nile – with stops at the great temple complexes Edfu and Komombo | Enjoy a drink on board and take a dip in the swimming pool. (BLD)
M.S. Le Fayan cruise ship (or similar)
Arrive in Aswan and take a boat to Philae Temple, a marvel dedicated to the goddess Isis | Wonder at the engineering feat of the Aswan High Dam and enjoy a relaxing sail on a felucca – the traditional way to travel along the Nile River. (BLD)
M.S. Le Fayan cruise ship (or similar)
Take a short flight to reach the iconic Abu Simbel | Soak up one of Egypt’s most memorable sights: the four colossal statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple | Check in to a boutique hotel in a nearby Nubian village | Enjoy the local’s warm hospitality, traditional cuisine, and dancing! (BD)
Anakato Nubian Houses (or similar) – Overlooking the Nile, Anakato Nubian Houses retain all their traditional style while seamlessly incorporating modern comforts. Generous hospitality, heritage furniture and local art make for an unforgettable stay.
Take a morning flight to Cairo and travel to nearby Ismailia | View another engineering masterpiece, the Suez Canal. An economic lifeline for Egypt, it’s one of the most important waterways in the world – allowing cargo ships to pass from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea | Return to Cairo and your downtown hotel for the night. (B)
Cosmopolitan Plaza Inn Hotel (or similar) – Designed by a famous Italian architect, this 4-star ‘Downtown’ hotel combines European opulence with Middle Eastern sensibilities. Enjoy all the amenities you need.
Take the desert road to Alexandria and stop at the Commonwealth War Graves at El Alamein. Pay your respect to the thousands of lives lost in the Western Desert campaigns of World War II. (B)
La Metropole Hotel (or similar) – Travel back to the early 1900s in this beautifully restored boutique hotel. A minute’s walk from the hustle and bustle of Alexandria, it boasts a gym, pool, sea views and a rooftop restaurant.
Visit the remarkable Bibliotheca Alexandria – the modern rendition of the famed Alexandrina Library | Wander slowly through the Catacomb of Kom El Shuqqafa and the Al Montazah Palace and Gardens | Enjoy the panoramic view from the Quit Bay Fortress. (B)
La Metropole Hotel (or similar)
Journey back to Cairo through the Nile Delta farming communities | Discover first-hand how the thin artery of life, the Nile, explodes into fertile plains | Spend your final night in Cairo. (B)
Cosmopolitan Plaza Inn Hotel (or similar)
Breakfast concludes your tour | Taxis to the airport are available, or Byroads can organise a transfer on request. (B)
Byroads tour host, national and local guides
Arrival transfer, airconditioned minibus, 4WD, plane, train, Nile riverboat, felucca, motorboat.
14 nights hotel (4-star average), 4 nights luxury riverboat, 1 night luxury Bedouin desert camp.
19 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Entrance fees to indicated sites
Ready for travel without logistical nightmares? Your trip host has got you covered.
Every Byroads tour is supported by Steve or Bronny – two experienced travellers with a genuine passion for people. They take care of all the nitty-gritty details to ensure your trip runs smoothly – and you can focus on enjoying the moment.
Steve heads up Byroads and has over 35 years of experience in the travel industry. He’s designed and operated holidays to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.
Like her brother, Bronny shares a keen curiosity about the world. Independently, she has journeyed far and wide – and has worked as a tour leader throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.