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Festive Road to Jordan

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 Trip Length
16 Days
 Trip Starts
Cairo
 Trip Finishes
Amman
16 Day Festive Road to Jordan Itinerary (On The Go Tours)
Countries Explored: Egypt, Jordan
Departures
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
24
Guide Level
Fully Guided, Locally Guided
Trip Code
XRJ

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on On The Go Tours 16 Day Festive Road to Jordan. Uncover the wonders of Egypt and Jordan on this 16 day adventure. Pyramids, temples, vibrant markets, Nile felucca cruising, remarkable tombs at the Valley of the Kings, Nile felucca cruising and Red Sea relaxation. Topped off with Jordan’s stunning Rose City of Petra - voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the red desert of Wadi Rum and the buoyant Dead Sea.

Itinerary

Welcome to Cairo, Egypt's bustling capital. You will be met at Cairo Airport and transferred to our start hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, or those arriving early may wish to book our Backstreets of Cairo tour which visits lesser known highlights of the capital including Tahrir Square, the hub of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

You may also extend your stay in Cairo with our pre or post tour accommodation or tour add-ons like our Alexandria Day Trip.

Our first day of touring starts with a visit to Egypt's most iconic site - the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx. With plenty of time on hand to take the opportunity to explore and get up close to the world's sole surviving and oldest ancient wonder. We then have a short stop at a government supervised papyrus emporium before travelling to the ancient tomb-strewn necropolis, at Saqqara. Saqqara is a myriad of tombs and the highlight is Zhoser's Step Pyramid - constructed by Imhotep (the pharaoh's chief architect) in 2700 BC. (B)

Today we visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum, which houses a giant exhibition containing the treasures of King Tutankhamun. In this incredible 490,000 sq.m complex many of the exhibits are being displayed for the first time and artefacts have been brought together from across Egypt and the world. The museum also makes use of new technology including virtual reality.

After our guided tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum we head over to National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to visit the fascinating Royal Mummies' Hall, where the mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens are on display. Then there's time to relax back at the hotel before we board the night train to Aswan this evening.

Please Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in late 2024, though an official opening date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead. (B)

We arrive into Aswan and check into our hotel before heading off on a boat trip to Agilika Island where we'll visit the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Then, back in Aswan we'll visit a perfume oil emporium. Spending the remainder of the evening at our own leisure, shopping in the colourful souqs or simply kicking back and relaxing. (B)

Optional early morning excursion to the magnificent rock-cut Temples of Abu Simbel, built by mighty King Ramses II. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. Relax and chat with new friends as the felucca gently plies its route. Stops are made en route for swimming and visiting local villages.

If sailing by felucca is not your style, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise. (B/L/D)

Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away as the felucca plies its route.

In the afternoon we dock near Kom Ombo and take a motorboat to visit the temple, which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god Sobek, before returning to our felucca for the night. (B/L/D)

This morning we disembark and drive to Luxor - Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation and tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor is available or enjoy the facilities of our hotel. (B)

Today we discover the West Bank of the Nile and the legendary Valley of the Kings. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the temple of Amenophis III, and then we'll explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs.

After lunch we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you get lost wandering around the stone papyrus columns. The rest of the evening is at leisure. (B)

Departing Luxor on day 9, we drive east to Hurghada which is part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera! The remainder of today and tomorrow offers free time for you to explore or simply relax. On day 10 there's an optional day trip to Giftun Island for swimming and snorkelling, which can be booked locally.

Hurghada is one of the Red Sea's most popular resorts and it is easy to see why. Hotels and expanded infrastructure provide holidaymakers with excellent aquatic facilities for sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Hurghada's central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. The Red Sea resort also has plenty of restaurants and bars for evening entertainment. (Bx2)

Today we say goodbye to Egypt and fly to Amman via Cairo. On arrival we'll drive to Petra for an evening at leisure.

PLEASE NOTE: The flight from Hurghada to Amman via Cairo is not included in the cost of this tour. Travellers need to independently book these flights at a personal cost (total flight cost approximately USD$250 - $350pp) however, we can assist in booking these flights should you require. The flights to be booked are detailed in the tour Trip Notes. (B)

Welcome to the Rose City! To access Petra on our guided walk today, we travel through the famous narrow and deep siq. The rocks give way to reveal the most amazing sight – the beautiful Treasury. Walking down the gravel tracks, we explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates and public buildings. There is also a gigantic amphitheatre originally built to house 3000 spectators, though the Romans increased capacity to a whopping 7000.

After the guided tour, you're free to head off and further explore or relax and take it all in. If you are feeling energetic, why not continue up the hillside along the ancient steps that take you to the Monastery to take in the stunning views – worth the effort. With a free evening ahead, why not test your culinary skills in the Petra Kitchen with our Petra Kitchen add-on – which afterwards you can enjoy the meal made. (B)

This morning we can revisit the Rose Red city entering via 'secret road' of Al Madras for further exploration. After, we drive to Wadi Rum - a vast, silent landscape of pastel coloured sketches of sandy desert punctuated by amazing rock formations known as jebels. Here, we undertake a 4x4 desert safari, before tucking into a Bedouin dinner at our desert camp. Bed tonight is under a galaxy of stars or in tents. (B/D)

After breakfast at the campsite, we head north along the Desert Highway to visit Shobak Castle, which is perched dramatically on a hill top and was built by the Crusader King Baldwin I, in 1115. After exploring the castle we descend some 1300 meters to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth's surface. More than 400 meters below sea level, the mineral-rich Dead Sea is the world's original health and beauty spa. Drift out and bob in the waters and slap on some of the famous black Dead Sea mud to give your skin an invigorating boost.

For departures between April and October, we head up the King's Highway to Wadi Mujib. We embark on a moderate–paced two hour trek along the Siq Trail. Measuring 500 metres in depth and spanning 4kms across, the impressive Wadi Mujib is one of Jordan's most remarkable natural features. This dramatic canyon features sheer rocky walls and sparkling waterways that range from puddle height to depths that are perfect for swimming (chest height or deeper) depending on the rainfall.

When the water level is high you should be prepared for having to climb up ladders, clamber across boulders and be happy to wade through water. The canyon is just one feature of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, the lowest nature reserve in the world, home to a surprising diversity of wildlife and plant species. For those not interested in taking the full hike, you can walk part of it or wait by the Visitor Centre until the group returns. After our trek, we make our way to the Dead Sea. (B)

The Dead Sea is a natural phenomenon and high on most travellers' bucket lists. Lucky for us we have a whole day to spend here, whiling away the time bobbing in its mineral-rich buoyant waters and lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath. There is an optional visit to the Ma'in Hot Springs available. This is the site where it is thought Jesus Christ was baptised by John (book locally). (B)

Today our holiday together comes to an end. We offer a departure transfer to Amman Airport at 23:00 (evening of day 15) and today at 04:00, 07:00, 09:00, 12:00 & 16:00. If you would like a departure transfer at any other time or a transfer with post tour accommodation this can be arranged at an additional cost.

If you have extra time and wish to head back to Amman, why not book our 2 day end in Amman add on? Perfect for those who wish to spend more time in Jordan's ancient capital, Amman.

For information about visas, top travel tips and much more, take a look through our Egypt travel guide or Joran travel guide. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Petra - Discover this spectacular UNESCO-listed Nabataean city, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Hurghada - Relax at the Red Sea, swim and opt to snorkel or scuba dive in the clear coastal waters
  • Cairo - Marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Wadi Rum - Explore this vast red desert with its rolling dunes and dramatic rock formations in a 4x4 and camp under a blanket of stars
  • Luxor West Bank - Discover exquisite tombs at the Valley of the Kings, see the towering Colossi of Memnon and explore the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • The Dead Sea - Spend a night at the Dead Sea, float in the famously buoyant, mineral-rich waters and smother yourself in Dead Sea mud
  • Luxor - Roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
  • Aswan - Take a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs
  • Nile felucca sailing - Sail the River Nile on board a traditional felucca and spend two nights sleeping under a blanket of stars (or upgrade to a 5 star Nile Cruise)
  • Kom Ombo - Visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Shobak - Visit Shobak Crusader Castle, perched dramatically on a hill top

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1, day 10 and day 16. Transfers on day 16 are offered at 23:00 (day 15), 04:00, 07:00, 09:00, 12:00 and 16:00
  • Touring - Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Kom Ombo, Luxor, Hurghada, Petra, Wadi Rum and Shobak
  • Coastal Hurghada, Red Sea stay - Swim, sun and sand
  • Wadi Rum 4x4 desert safari
  • 2 days of leisure at the Dead Sea
  • Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology and a licensed Jordanian guide throughout Jordan
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air conditioned vehicles

  • 7 nights 4-5 star hotels in Egypt, 4 nights 4 star hotels in Jordan, 1 night deluxe desert camp in Wadi Rum, 2 nights felucca (open deck). If booking our Nile Cruise Upgrade, 6 nights 4-5 star hotels in Egypt and 3 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
  • 1 overnight train from Cairo to Aswan (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
  • Holiday Inn City Stars (Cairo)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel (Cairo)
  • Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi (Cairo)
  • Sleeper Train (Cairo)
  • Tolip Hotel (Aswan)
  • Felucca Sailboat (Felucca Cruise)
  • Steigenberger Nile Palace (Luxor)
  • Sonesta St. George Hotel (Luxor)
  • Swiss Inn Resort Hurghada (Hurghada)
  • Continental Hotel (Hurghada)
  • Old Village Resort (Petra)
  • Petra Moon Hotel (Petra)
  • Desert Seasons Camp (Wadi Rum)
  • Sharah Camp (Wadi Rum)
  • Holiday Inn Resort (Dead Sea)

  • International flight between Hurghada and Amman via Cairo is not included and needs to be booked separately by the traveller - refer to the Trip Notes on day 11 for details
  • Excludes International flights and visas
  • Excludes Tip for your tour guide in Egypt and Jordan. We recommend you allow USD$8 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Excludes Entrance Fees: USD$210-230pp, paid in local currency
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