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Pyramids to Petra with Cruise - 15 days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

15 Days / 14 Nights Trip to Jordan, Egypt & Egypt & Jordan

Pyramids to Petra with Cruise - 15 days

Get ready for a binge of fun and adventure featuring ancient pyramids, mummies and pharaohs.
This is it! Walk in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, Tutankhamen & Indiana Jones during this epic, one-of-a-kind journey across 2 countries: Egypt & Jordan. 

With a fun group of travellers, you'll explore ancient wonders and otherworldly landscapes. You'll stand in front of the iconic Great Pyramids and reimagine the lives of legendary Pharaohs. You'll discover the lost city of Petra just like Indiana Jones and drive through the Martian landscapes of Wadi Rum.And all throughout, you'll enjoy shopping in local bazaars, eating traditional dishes and making new friends.
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  • Duration
    15 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,265
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza
Highlight #1
Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza
Sure, you’ve seen the photos as a child and dreamt of visiting for years – but you’ll still pinch yourself when you finally see them in real life.
Abu Simbel : Larger than life
Highlight #2
Abu Simbel : Larger than life
With colossal statues of Ramses II, massive pillars down the entrance chamber and walls covered entirely in hieroglyphics, Abu Simbel leaves you feeling tiny and awed.
Would you climb inside a pyramid? 
Highlight #3
Would you climb inside a pyramid? 
It’s challenging but not many can claim to have climbed into the Great Pyramid itself, where the Pharaoh's burial chamber awaits - quite the adventure!
Video

The Unsinkable: Dead Sea

There's something in the water and it won't let you sink. What does it take to swim in the Dead Sea? (Tip: don’t swim like you normally would and never, ever shave before you get into the water!) Are you ready for the Dead Sea challenge?

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Itinerary

Cairo

Friday. Welcome to Egypt. Upon arrival at Cairo airport you'll be met and transferred to our start hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or those arriving early can opt to pre book our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am today. At 7pm this evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at a Welcome Meeting. 

 For those who wish to arrive early to Cairo, we also offer a pre tour Alexandria Day Trip every Thursday

  Hotel:  None

Pyramids of Giza

Today we start our tour at the Giza Plateau to see the legendary Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx. Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Continuing to Saqqara - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC, we explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cairo

Cairo - Aswan. We take a guided tour of the vast new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza this morning. In this incredible 490,000 sq.m complex we'll discover a mind-boggling array of relics and antiquities from almost every period of ancient Egyptian history, including the treasures of King Tutankhamun. After we visit the government supervised papyrus emporium where you can buy genuine papyrus at quite reasonable prices. The afternoon is free to relax before we board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan this evening. Note: The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in 2020. An official date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum this morning.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Aswan

Arrive into Aswan and enjoy a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the romantic Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. Essential and perfumed oils in Egypt dates back to 2700BC, on return to Aswan we will visit perfume oil emporium and then check in on board our 5 star cruise, home for the coming days. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southernmost town straddling the River Nile.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Abu Simbel

Aswan - Nile Cruise. Join our optional early morning drive to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. Our Nile Cruiser departs Aswan this afternoon and we cruise the River Nile to Kom Ombo where we disembark to visit the temple which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek before returning to the cruiser. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Nile Cruising

Nile Cruise - Luxor. Relax, enjoy a swim in the pool and chill out in the sun on deck this morning. Let your troubles melt away as we cruise the River Nile to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Arriving into Luxor this afternoon the rest of the day is free to explore the city before we spend our final night aboard the cruiser.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Luxor

This morning we disembark and check into our 5 star Luxor hotel. The day is free to relax and explore. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Luxor

Luxor - Cairo. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. This morning we visit the Colossi of Memnon - a massive pair of statues that stand silent against a historic backdrop. We'll then explore the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome colonnaded Temple of Queen. The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life. 

 After lunch and time to relax we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, we return by overnight sleeper train to Cairo. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cairo

We arrive into Cairo this morning. The rest of the day is free for you to relax by the pool, independently explore or perhaps head to the famous Khan el Khalili bazaar to buy some souvenirs. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cairo

Cairo - Amman. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Amman (Flight not included). Arrival Amman airport and included transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or head out and explore the city. Please note:The flight from Cairo to Amman is not included in the cost of this tour. If you provide us with your flight details, we will be there to meet you at Amman airport and transfer you to your hotel. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Madaba

Amman - Madaba - Mount Nebo - Umm ar Rasas - Petra. Today we tour the citadel and Archaeological Museum of Amman before we take a walk through the bustling local souk to enjoy typical Jordanian street treats of falafel and hummus at the country’s most popular local street stand. As the pictures on the wall will prove, the unglamorous food stand was a great favourite of the late King Hussein. 

 Departing Amman, we’ll stop at Mt. Nebo - the site from which Moses saw the Promised Land. Having led the Israelites for 40 years through the wilderness, Moses finally saw them from this awesome vantage point. This amazing panorama includes the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho and the spires and domes of the Mt. of Olives and Bethlehem on the Judean hills just across the wide valley. Later we visit Madaba en route to Petra where we see the Church of St George, the Madaba Archaeological Park, Apostles Church and Madaba Museum. 

 Continue onto one of Jordan’s World Heritage sites, Um ar-Rasas, once an important stop on the busy caravan routes. The impressive mosaic floor of the St. Stephen Church features medallions commemorating all the early Christian pilgrimage sites of the region, and the extensive ruins also include one of the area’s earliest Stylite towers, where a Byzantine hermit lived atop the tower and preached to the pilgrimage visitors. 

 Our final stop of the day is Petra. Tonight, consider doing a Petra by Night excursion (payable locally) for a tantalizing candlelight stroll through Petra’s Siq…. a romantic preview of things to come. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Petra

Walking through the mysterious mile-long Siq, the narrow gorge with towering sandstone walls, leads into the ancient capital city of the Nabatean trading empire. Explore the Khazneh (the temple of Indiana Jones fame), Theatre, Colonnaded Street and Museum. After lunch, climb to ad-Deir (the Monastery), Petra’s largest carved façade. 

 This evening, why not try your hand at our Petra Kitchen Add-on to join fellow travellers for a cuisine course at the Petra Kitchen, where you’ll help prepare a memorable Jordanian feast. Petra Kitchen Add-on .

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Wadi Rum

Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning offers the opportunity to return to Petra with your guide via the “secret way” of al-Madras, visiting the High Place of Sacrifice and Wadi Farasa. At lunch, we stop at the Wadi Musa souk to pick up shawarma sandwiches or fruit and veggie snacks from the local produce souk before making the scenic drive to Wadi Rum. 

 Upon arrival, we join our jeep tour that takes in the moonscape desert terrain of Wadi Rum before. Arriving to our remote camp site deep in the heart of the Wadi Rum, we enjoy a magical evening under the brilliant stars of the desert night sky, including a scrumptious traditional Jordanian dinner. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Dead Sea

Wadi Rum - Shobak – Wadi Mujib - Dead Sea. 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 500 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’ll head up the King’s Highway to Wadi Mujib. We’ll embark on a moderate –paced two hour trek along the Siq Trail. Measuring 500 metres in depth and spanning 4 kilometres 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 or wait by the Visitor Centre till the group returns. After our trek we make our way to the Dead Sea.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Amman

Friday. Dead Sea - Amman Airport. Hotel check out and included onward transfer to the airport in Amman. Departure transfers are offered at 04:00, 07:00 and 12:00 today. 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.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

 9 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 1 night Wadi Rum deluxe desert camp, 3 nights aboard a 5 star Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)

 2 overnight trains: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)

 Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 14. Departure transfers are offered on day 15 at 04:00, 07:00 and 12:00

 Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan & Luxor 

 Touring of Amman, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Umm ar-Rasas, Mt Nebo and Shobak

 4x4 desert safari through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum

 Dead Sea - Free time to swim and detox

 Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology and a licensed Jordanian tour guide

 All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

 International flights (including the flight from Cairo to Amman on day 10)

 International flights and visa

 Tip for your tour guides, we recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides and the cruise staff is an entirely personal gesture

 Entrance Fees: USD$200-240pp, paid in local currency

 Additional 5% GST

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