If you have never been to the Middle East before, let us guide you through the wonders of Ancient Egypt and Jordan. You’ll visit the most important archeological sites that exist today.
From the great Pyramids of Giza, to the monumental temples of Ramses II in Abu Simbel, to the jaw dropping red rose city of Petra. You’ll cruise the famous Nile River and experience the charm of Nubian hospitality and in Jordan experience the Bedouin culture in Wadi Rum. Tour starts in Egypt (8 nights) and ends in Jordan (7 nights).
After customs and immigration our representatives will meet and greet you and assist with your luggage and transfer you to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cairo
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby for today’s full day excursion which begins with Memphis, ancient capital of Egypt in Pharaonic times, and the chosen city of the God Ptah. Here, you will see the marvelous Alabaster Sphinx and the Colossus of Ramses II. You will then proceed to Sakkara where you will see the famous Step Pyramid of Zoser, the first tall building known to mankind. After lunch, continue to Giza. Drive around the three Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos (entering the Pyramid of Cheops is with additional fees, and you will need to make reservations for this. Continue to visit the Sphinx, the largest single block sculpture of all times where you will explore the Valley temple over which the Sphinx stands guard. Return to hotel.
Today check out and transfer to the Cairo Airport for the flight to Luxor. On arrival in Luxor, you will be met & transferred directly to our cruise boat M/S Princess Sarah. Features air-conditioned comfortable cabins all with panoramic windows. This afternoon, if you purchased the optional Nile Cruise shore excursions package, we will start by visiting the Luxor temple. The temple founded in 1400 BC and built from sandstone blocks brought from the south western portion of Egypt. Next, visit the Karnak temple which features a vast mix of decayed temples and chapels. Moreover, the temple also features pylons and other buildings. Return to the cruise. Tonight, your tour guide will hold an information meeting to walk you through the program. You will spend the night aboard the ship docked in Luxor.
If you purchased the optional Nile Cruise shore excursions package, your excursions today include visits to Luxor’s West bank where lies Thebes, Valley of Kings and the Collossi of Memnon.
The West Bank of Luxor contains one of the largest collections of archaeological treasures in the world. This is where you will find the famous Valley of the Kings, the breathtaking tomb of Queen Nefertari, the mortuary temples of ancient Egyptian pharaohs, and an astounding number of tombs
Later, return to the boat to wind down, we will start sailing to Esna this afternoon.
In Esna you will pass through the locks on the River Nile, for many a fun and small-scale canal-crossing experience.
Tonight, we will dock in Esna for overnight.
As you are having breakfast aboard the boat, you will sail up the Nile to Edfu.
Upon arrival in Edfu, your optional shore excursions package will have you enjoying guided visits to Edfu Temple, the beautiful preserved Horus temple. In fact, it is the best preserved of all Egyptian temples which built by the Ptolemy’s.
It’s back to cruise for lunch, while sailing to Kom Ombo. The optional shore excursions package includes a visit to the temple of Sobek the crocodile god which situated on the riverbank. Return back to the cruise which sails to Aswan, known as the land of gold.
Upon arrival in Aswan, your shore excursions package includes a full day excursion starting with visits to the Temple of Philae, High Dam, and the Unfinished Obelisk and ending with a Felucca Sailing on the Nile River along the shores of Elephantine Island.
Return to the cruise for your last night on the Nile.
Abu Simbel is considered to be one of the most impressive sites in Egypt. After breakfast, you will be picked up early for the drive to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival in Abu Simbel, you will visit the two temples built by Ramses II as a high-architect before he became a Pharaoh.
The 100 foot high Great Temple is world famous, which features 4 statues of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari, each 65-foot high. Next to the Great Temple is the temple dedicated to Queen Nefertari. Both temples were originally carved in a mountain. In 1965 they were moved 600 feet and raised 65 feet, thanks to an international project to save them from the flooding caused by the construction of the High Dam. Arrival back in Aswan in time for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to the Radisson Blu for check-in and overnight.
Transfer to Cairo airport for flight to Amman Jordan(Cost of International AIR CAI-AMM not included). Upon arrival in Amman, where you will be met by our representative, assisted through customs and formalities and escorted to your hotel in Amman.
A morning city tour of Amman, visiting the Roman Theatre, the Citadel, the Archeology and Folklore Museums, old and modern Amman, and one of many art galleries in this capital city. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight we will take a tour to Kan Zaman Village for dinner and a folklore show. ( B – D )
After breakfast we proceed to the Dead Sea for a swim in the salty waters of this lowest spot on earth. Here you will experience the ultimate sensation of trying to swim, while you can actually only float. You have free time at the Dead Sea for swimming and relaxing at the beach. Continue on to Pella, another city of the Decapolis, in the Jordan Valley. Most of the visible structures date from the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods (2nd to 14th Centuries A.D.) and there is ample evidence of human occupation during the earlier Hellenistic, Persian, Iron, Bronze, Chalcolithic, Neolithic and Paleolithic periods. Then proceed to Umm Qais or Gadara of Antiquity. Gadara commands a magnificent view over the northern Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias), the Yarmouk River gorge and the Golan Heights. In the evening we return to the hotel in Amman for overnight. (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom. Often referred to as the “White City” because of the white stone used to build houses, Amman offers a contrast between oriental and cosmopolitan. Proceed to the North of Amman for a 45-minute drive to the best-preserved example of Roman civilization, the city of Jerash. Jerash, part of the Decapolis (the ten big Roman cities of the East) has been called the “Pompeii of the East” for its unique state of preservation. The city features theaters, churches, temples (Zeus and Artemis), a Nymphaeum and colonnaded streets. After the visit, proceed to the Saracen Castle at Ajlun. This 12th Century castle was built by Saladin in his successful campaign to drive the Crusaders from Jordan in 1189 and is an outstanding example of Arab/Islamic military architecture. In the late afternoon, return to you’re hotel in Amman for overnight. (B)
After breakfast depart Amman to Petra via the Kings’ Road. En route, visit the mosaic city of Madaba, where the oldest map of the Holy Land exists on the floor of Saint George’s Church. Madaba, or Medeba in antiquity, features many famous mosaics that exist in public and private buildings. After Madaba, a short drive will bring us to Mt. Nebo, the burial site of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Here Franciscans have built a structure that protects a 4th and 6th Century Byzantine church. After visiting this site, we continue on via the scenic canyons of Wadi Mujib (Arnon’s Valley in the Bible) to the Crusader castle at Kerak. This 12th Century hill top fortress features galleries, towers, and chapels and ramparts that recall the gallantry of the Crusaders themselves. Then proceed to Petra and check in at your hotel. (B)
After breakfast, depart on a full day tour of Petra. Once the ancient Nabatean capital, this city has a lot to tell. The visit starts at the visitors center, where we are assigned a Bedouin guided horse for the journey to the entrance of the lost city. After passing some tombs that are located outside the city, we will pass through the Siq an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone. It is a winding, one-kilometer-long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet overhead. Near the end of the passage, the Siq, we will make one last turn and out of the gloom into a towering brightness, where Petra’s most impressive monument, el Khazneh – “The Treasury”, stands. This most elegant remains of antiquity is carved out of solid rock from the side of the mountain. It is nearly 140 feet high and 90 feet wide. Beyond el Khazneh we are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a carved Roman theater, large and small houses, burial chambers and much more. The Victorian traveler and poet, Dean Burgon, gave Petra a description which holds to this day – “Match me such a marvel save in Eastern clime, a rose-red city half as old as time.” (B)
Morning bid farewell to this ancient city as you are escorted to Amman Airport in time for your return flight to the U.S. via Cairo Egypt
- All Flights within Egypt (Cairo-Luxor & Aswan–Cairo)
- 4 nights deluxe Nile Cruise(Optional Shore Excursion package , just $299)
- 5 nights hotel in Amman
- 2 nights hotel in Petra
- 4 night deluxe hotels in Egypt (Cairo)
- 26 Meals as indicated in itinerary (B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner)
- Optional Hotel Upgrade in Jordan to Hyatt Zaman in Petra and Mena Tyche Amman – add $380 per person in double occupied
- All guided tours and excursions with admission fees to museums and other places of interest as indicated on itinerary
- Tour by land to Abu Simbel
- All transfers and baggage handling throughout
- Services of administrative offices
High season travel supplement $200 per person for travel period October 01 – March 31
Advertised rate is for Low season travel period April 1 – September 30 , 2023 and 2024 (Excluding Easter & Event Blackout dates)
- International Air Tickets
- Shore Excursion Package
- Egypt visa ($25) and cruise tips of $35 per person payable in Egypt.
Visa for US Citizens can be granted upon arrival at Amman Airport for $40.
For $299 per person our optional Nile Cruise Shore Excursion Package is a great value!
Tour all of Upper Egypt’s main highlights while you cruise the Nile. Guided Visits in Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan plus a Felucca sailing make your experience complete.