The Essence of Egypt & Jordan

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20 Days
Availability : Valid on May 15 2020
Cairo
Amman
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 34
Tour Details
Unlock the beautiful bygones
If there is one experience that can match the awe and wonder felt at seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza, it is the mesmerising tranquillity of a cruise upon the Nile.
Explore the ancient wonders of the cradle of civilisation while being ensconced in 5-star luxury. No amount of picture postcards will prepare you for the majesty of the Great Pyramids of Giza, while the colossal statues of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari will leave you in awe. On board your tranquil Nile cruise, Sanctuary Sun Boat III, time stands still to let you soak in every detail of this olden land.

Price Includes

  • Group sizes of no more than 34 guests
  • Your G for Good Moment: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek
  • Your Discover Moment: Swakopmund
  • Fish River Canyon entrance
  • Sossusvlei Dunes and Sesriem Canyon entrance
  • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), lodges (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts).

Meals

43 meals – 19 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 13 dinners (D)

Transportation

Air-conditioned touring vehicle, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver throughout, local guides.

Itinerary

Day 1Giza (Cairo)

Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a two night special stay. You’ll be able to soak up the magnificent view of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony.

Sundowners
Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent Pyramids.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2Giza

Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. This evening watch the laser light display and entertaining show at the Pyramids.

Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. This evening watch the laser light display and entertaining show at the Pyramids.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3Giza > Luxor

Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of your hotel, your Special Stay for tonight. Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by a walk through the colourful local markets.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Nile Cruise

Optional Balloon Flight – Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the ancient sites. Additional cost, please book on tour.

Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut, then admire the well-preserved temple of Ramses III. Return to Luxor and embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III and settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. Late afternoon tour the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.

Sundowners
Raise your glass and toast the start of your Nile cruise with drinks and canapés.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Nile Cruise

Today travel to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor temple. This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and the mesmerising moves of a Nubian dancing performance.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Nile Cruise

Follow the course of the ancient Pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon explore Kom Ombo temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god.
A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies,
music and dancing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Nile Cruise

Cruise south to reach charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board and take a felucca cruise on the Nile. Tonight join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Nile Cruise > Aswan

Freechoice
Visit a traditional Nubian village or take a motorboat to the upper reaches of the Nile. Alternatively, discover the vibrant botanical gardens.

Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay, admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony.

Enrich
Discover the history and famous faces of the hotel before picturing yourself as Agatha Christie, pen in hand, as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, followed by an elegant dinner at restaurant 1902

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Aswan > Cairo

Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Later, fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10Cairo

Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and a selection of Royal Mummies.

Freechoice
Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. Alternatively, visit the ancient site of Saqqara.

This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11Cairo > Amman

Fly to Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, for two nights. Join your Jordanian Tour Director for a dinner of local delicacies.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12Amman

Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age. Explore the impressive ruins and witness an exciting re-enactment of a Roman chariot race in the hippodrome.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13Amman > Petra

During a visit to the Royal Automobile Museum view the extensive private collection of the Royal Family. At Madaba discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land then continue to the rose red city of Petra for your two night stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14Petra

This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away. This is only the first of many wonders you will discover here today.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15Petra > Wadi Rum

After a free morning in Petra, continue your journey to Wadi Rum. You will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp.

Sundowners
Witness the vivid and dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16Day 12

Day 17Aqaba

Freechoice
Cruise and snorkel the Red Sea in search for marine life. Alternatively, you may choose a relaxing Spa treatment.

The afternoon is at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of your resort.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 18Aqaba > Dead Sea

Travel north toward the Dead Sea, stopping at Bethany Beyond the Jordan to see where Jesus was baptised and view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Continue on to the Dead Sea for a two night stay at your luxurious resort. Relax and take in the views over the Dead Sea across to Israel from your balcony.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19Dead Sea

Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to slather you in the therapeutic mud. Or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or the newspaper.

Sundowners
Join your Tour Director at the Sky Bar and toast the end of a wonderful journey.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20Dead Sea > Amman

Say farewell as you transfer to Amman airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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