1 Arrive Cairo
Today marks the beginning of your incredible Egypt and Jordan adventure as you arrive in Cairo. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. Stay Three Nights: Marriott Cairo Hotel
This morning we'll visit Giza where we'll see the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. With the head of a human and body of a lion, the mythical Sphinx is the most recognisable statue associated with ancient Egypt. Walk through the emerald green gardens of Al Azhar Park before enjoying lunch overlooking the views of Cairo. This afternoon, the choice is yours, with a range of select experiences on offer. Perhaps take in a tour of Coptic Cairo, including the Church of St. Sergius – believed to be built upon a shelter the Holy Family used during their time in Egypt. Or, choose to dine like a local at a traditional restaurant, from falafel, to Mahshi (vegetables stuffed with rice), and shawarma. (B/L)
This morning is yours to continue your discovery of Cairo. Perhaps explore Memphis and Sakkara. Later, set off on a Cairo city tour which includes admission to the Egyptian Museum. Home to the world's most extensive collection of pharaonic artefacts, with more than 160,000 pieces on display, come face-to-face with genuine Tutankhamen treasures and antiquities. Later, take a stroll through the colourful Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, where you may stumble upon memorable keepsakes. (B)
4 Cairo, Luxor
After breakfast this morning, be transferred to the airport to take an included flight from Cairo to Luxor. Once in Luxor, head for the water where you will embark the MS Royal Lily. Enhancing the sights of your Nile River cruise, delight in an intimate experience with great service. After settling in and enjoying lunch, this afternoon you will discover Karnak Temple, the largest religious building ever constructed. You'll also explore the impressive Luxor Temple. Built in approximately 1400 BC and once the capital of Egypt, Luxor Temple was dedicated to the veneration of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu and held Egypt's most important religious festival – the annual Opet Festival. Tonight, indulge in a Captain's Welcome Reception on board. Stay Four Nights: MS Royal Lily (B/L/D)
5 Luxor, Edfu
Today, enjoy the chance to visit the monumental Colossi of Memnon twin statues before taking in the West Bank of the Nile, the world's largest open-air museum. Here, you'll journey to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Also known as the 'Gateway to the Afterlife', the Valley of the Kings and Queens was once a royal burial ground for pharaohs, queens, priests, and chosen elects. Relax in comfort, with afternoon tea, as you sail to Edfu via Esna. (B/L/D)
6 Edfu, Aswan
On the banks of the Nile this morning, visit Edfu temple. A sandstone temple dedicated to the falcon god Horus, this temple is fabled to be the site of historic festivals and celebrations. You'll then cruise onwards to Kom Ombo, where you'll enjoy lunch on board. Afterwards, visit the Kom Ombo Temple, an unusual double temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, the falcon god. Back on board, enjoy afternoon tea en route to Aswan. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Be escorted to the Temple of Edfu by stepping aboard a horse drawn carriage, a distinctly unique mode of transport.
Today is sure to be a highlight as you fly to Abu Simbel and visit the imposing temples. Once buried under centuries of sand, lost to the world until 1813, marvel at the two awe-inspiring temples considered masterpieces of ancient Egypt. Later, enjoy an Insider Experience. This evening, enjoy dinner followed by a Nubian Folkloric Show. Popular in Egypt, Nubian music is performed in Arabic and relies on drum beats, clapping, fiddles, lutes and various other percussion instruments. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Sail around Kitchener's Island by felucca. Board a traditional wooden sailing boat and drift alongside this island home, turned botanical garden. Keep an eye out for the beautiful trees and luscious plants native to Aswan.
8 Aswan, Cairo, Amman
Today in Aswan, bid farewell to the MS Royal Lily before taking in the High Dam, Philae Temple and the unfinished Obelisk. Later, board your included flight back to Cairo. From Cairo Airport you will board an included flight to Jordan's capital, Amman. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel for a Jordanian Welcome Reception. Stay: Amman, Rotana Hotel (B)
9 Amman, Jerash, Dead Sea
Today starts with a guided tour of Amman. Discover the historic legacy of the city at the Roman Theatre and Nymphaeum, before taking in the enchanting Citadel. You'll then take a stroll via a traditional ‘Souq', where the sights and smells of spices and gold are sure to delight. Afterwards, drive to the ruined city of Jerash. A once great Roman city, here you will transport some 6,500 years back in time to the ‘Pompeii of the Middle East'. On a guided tour, take in the striking arches, limestone hippodromes and elegant public squares, as well as the spacious plazas, city walls and baths. Continue to the Dead Sea this afternoon where you will check-in to your hotel. Stay: Dead Sea, Crowne Plaza (B/D)
Insider Experience: Visit a popular spot to sample the Jordanian sweet kanafeh, a delicious cheese pastry soaked in a sugar syrup.
10 Dead Sea, Bethabara, Aqaba
Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps floating on the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Later travel to Bethabara, the Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ. Arrive in Aqaba this afternoon, a picturesque port set on the Red Sea. This evening is yours to spend as you wish. Stay: Intercontinental Aqaba (B)
11 Aqaba, Wadi Rum
This morning is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps take advantage of the hotel facilities, go for a dip in the Red Sea or enjoy a glass bottom boat tour. Enjoy two exciting Insider Experiences in the Wadi Rum desert before continuing on to your desert camp where you will savour a unique Bedouin dinner this evening. Stay: Wadi Rum, Captain's Desert Camp (B/D)
Insider Experience: In Wadi Rum, take an exciting 4WD tour across the lunar-like desert landscapes.
12 Wadi Rum, Petra
This morning perhaps enhance your experience in the desert with a desert trek or camel ride. Afterwards, a short drive from Petra brings you to Little Petra, an archaeological site where magnificent buildings have been carved into sandstone canyons. Stay Two Nights: Petra, The Old Village Hotel and Resort (B/D)
Insider Experience: Enjoy an evening of learning and fun, as you partake in a Jordanian hands-on dining experience at Petra Kitchen.
Following breakfast at your hotel, spend the morning exploring Petra. Famous for its rock-cut architecture, stone colours and formations, Petra is also known as the Rose City. Wander through a narrow gorge called the Siq and emerge to witness Petra's most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh, also known as the Treasury. A little farther along lies the Ad-Deir Monastery. This evening, perhaps witness Petra by Night as you wander through the lit-up complex of temples. (B)
14 Petra, Kerak, Madaba, Nebo, Amman
After breakfast, travel to Shobak and visit the earliest Crusader castle in the region. Set within the walls of the old city, the fortified castle dominates the town and has been the setting for a number of battles. Continue to Madaba, best known as the ‘City of Mosaics', for its beautiful Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Madaba is most famous for the 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Covering the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, depicting the major biblical sights from Egypt to Palestine, witness over two million pieces of coloured stone depicting the hills and valleys, villages and towns.
Afterwards, head to the mountaintop Memorial of Moses at Mount Nebo. It is here, that the Bible states, Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land that he could never enter. Atop the mountain, enjoy captivating views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and River Jordan. Continue to Amman this afternoon. Stay: Amman, Rotana Hotel (B/D)
15 Depart Amman
Your discovery of Egypt and Jordan comes to an end today with a transfer back to Amman airport. (B)