The tiny Kingdom of Jordan with its stunning desert landscapes, a plethora of ancient towns and amazing World Heritage sites is comfortable, safe and welcoming and is one of the region’s most rewarding destinations. Across the Gulf of Aqaba, Egypt has held the imagination of travellers for millennia with its ancient civilization and stunning monuments. The great Nile River is the artery that brings life to the desert and has enabled the Egyptian civilisation to flourish.
From Amman we travel north to ancient Jerash, occupied by humams for more than 6500 years. Later we descend to the Dead Sea, whose salt enriched waters are known for their healing properties. Turning southward we travel on to Aqaba to swim in the warm waters of the Red Sea before the short drive to magnificent Wadi Rum, one of the most spectacuar desert valleys in the Middle East. We spend the night in a luxurious bedouin style encampment, climb sand dunes, and enjoy a camel ride at sunset.
Leaving the desert valley behind us we head to the ancient Nabataean site of Petra. Your first view of the ancient Treasury building is breath taking. Enroute back to Amman we visit the imposing 12th Century Shobak Crusader castle and take a stroll through the ancient villages of Dana and Madaba.
Flying to Cairo we visit the Egyptian Museum, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx. We also wander the winding alleyways of Khan al-Khalili Bazaar and Islamic Cairo before taking the sleeper train south to Luxor where we explore Karnak Temple and the amazing Valley of the Kings. A luxury cruise on the Nile visiting Edfu and Komombo temples then brings us to Aswan where we enjoy a sail in a Felucca, visit Philae Temple and the Aswan High Dam. No visit to the south is complete without a visit to the great Nubian Temples at Abu Simbel.
Flying back to Cairo we travel to Ismailia to see the great engineering feat that is the Suez Canal and then continue to the Mediterranean city of Alexandria with its stunning library, ancient catacombs and old fort. Before returning to Cairo we visit the WW II cemetery at El Alamein and discover the rich farm lands of the Nile Delta.
DAY 1 – Amman, DAY 2 – Jerash, Dead Sea & Amman, DAY 3 – Aqaba, DAY 4 – Wadi Rum, DAYS 5 & 6 – Petra, DAY 7 – Shobak, Dana, Madaba & Amman, DAY 8 – Fly Cairo, DAYS 9 & 10 – Cairo, DAY 11 – Luxor, DAY 12 – Luxor, Valley of the Kings & Cruise, DAY 13 – Nile Cruise, DAY14 – Aswan, DAY 15 – Abu Simbel & Aswan, DAY 16 – Fly Cairo, Ismailia, Suez Canal & Cairo, DAYS 17 & 18 – El Alamein & Alexandria, DAY 19 – Rosetta, Nile Delta & Cairo, DAY 20 – End Cairo.
Cost: USD $4795
Single Supplement: USD $1285