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Classic Egypt & Jordan

16days

Optional extras

Listed below is a selection of optional extras that can be added to your tour. Just select which options you want to add to your booking when you reserve your tour, or alternatively just let us know and we'll add them to your booking. Further options are also available when you get to Egypt (such as Sound & Light shows, dinner cruises, scuba-diving courses).

  • Bethany & Ajloun Castle - UK£65

This tour takes in two important sites with very different but linked history. Your first stop is in the Jordan Valley, at a relatively recently excavated site believed to be the biblical ‘Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan’ where John baptised Jesus Christ. Several churches, caves and pools dating from Roman and Byzantine periods have been discovered here. Both Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI have visited here. An electric minibus takes you from the visitor centre to your choice of one of three sites: Tell Mar Elias, the Baptism Pools and/or John the Baptist's Church. You can also walk between these, but the distances are quite long and the low lying land in the valley can lead to stifling temperatures Ajloun castle is an hour or so’s drive away, which involves a long climb up from below sea level up to Jordan’s highest point (around 1240m). The scenery in the region is beautiful with forested hills and olive groves. You can stop for a short walk in the Ajloun Forest Reserve if you wish. The castle itself is now partly ruined but is still huge and a very good example of an Arab/Islamic military fortress. It was built in AD 1184-1185 to control entry into the Jordan Valley, protect against Crusader attacks from nearby Kerak and Bisan, and to control nearby iron mines. There are many rooms, narrow passages and staircases to explore, and you can enjoy magnificent views over the Jordan Valley.

Note: You will need to add an extra night to your booking in order to book this option.

  • Single Room Supplement - UK£1,149

If you are a single traveller, then you need to add this single room supplement option to your booking (we do not share rooms on our Luxury level tours). Triple rooms are not generally available on this tour, so if you have an odd number of people in your party, you will also need to add this option. Couples will always be given a private double room. Please contact us if you have any queries about room allocations.
Note - Prices shown are for the Egyptian low-season of May to September - higher supplements may be required during high & peak seasons. These are shown on our online reservation form and are also available on request.

  • Abu Simbel Tour (overland) - UK£75

The awesome temples at Abu Simbel are a must see for anyone travelling to Egypt. Lying 280 km south of Aswan these remarkable temples were dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone to escape the rising waters of lake Nasser, and stand as a testament to the greatness of the Pharaoh Ramses II, and to modern engineering. We travel in a private minibus/coach and join the early morning escorted convoy which departs Aswan at 04.30, returning by around midday (approx. 3 hours drive each way, with 2 hours at the temples, timed to be shortly after sunrise). An Egyptologist guide and the entrance fee (approx. US$15) are included. Our itineraries are designed so that you do not miss out on any other activities if you choose this option.

  • Hot Air Balloon Flight - Luxor - UK£80

This spectacular flight runs early in the morning over the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, so that you catch the sunrise over the Valleys of the Kings & Queens, temples and desert. Start times vary through the year, but the option is priced to use one of the very first flights in the morning that are timed to fit with the rising sun. You get around 1 hour in the air. We normally book the flight for the morning before your West Bank tour).
There is a minimum number of people required for the trips to run, and weather conditions are also an issue, so we can't guarantee that the trip will run everyday (they are rarely cancelled however). You can either book and pay for this option in advance to secure a sunrise flight, or arrange it when you get to Egypt when we can't guarantee this. Once booked and paid for, refunds are not available if you choose not to do the option while you are in Egypt, though of course if it is cancelled we will refund you in full.

  • Baptism site at Bethany, and Ajloun Castle - UK£140

This tour takes in two important sites with very different but linked history. Your first stop is in the Jordan Valley, at a relatively recently excavated site believed to be the biblical ‘Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan’ where John baptised Jesus Christ. Several churches, caves and pools dating from Roman and Byzantine periods have been discovered here. Both Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI have visited here. An electric minibus takes you from the visitor centre to your choice of one of three sites: Tell Mar Elias, the Baptism Pools and/or John the Baptist's Church. You can also walk between these, but the distances are quite long and the low lying land in the valley can lead to stifling temperatures.
Ajloun castle is an hour or so’s drive away, which involves a long climb up from below sea level up to Jordan’s highest point (around 1240m). The scenery in the region is beautiful with forested hills and olive groves. You can stop for a short walk in the Ajloun Forest Reserve if you wish. The castle itself is now partly ruined but is still huge and a very good example of an Arab/Islamic military fortress. It was built in AD 1184-1185 to control entry into the Jordan Valley, protect against Crusader attacks from nearby Kerak and Bisan, and to control nearby iron mines. There are many rooms, narrow passages and staircases to explore, and you can enjoy magnificent views over the Jordan Valley.

  • Extra Night in Cairo pre-tour - 5-star - UK£80

This option adds an extra night to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability at the time of booking). Your airport arrival transfer is still included.

  • Extra Night in Amman post-tour - 5-star - UK£80

This option adds an extra night in Amman to the end of your tour, staying in a 5-star hotel. Your departure airport transfer is included. If you would like to add more than one extra night, please make a note when you make your reservation and we will add them to your booking.

  • Um Qais and Ajloun Castle - UK£125

Umm Qais is located around 110 km north of Amman and is the site of Gadara, one of the most brilliant ancient Greco-Roman cities of the Decapolis. There are extensive ruins, and you can see a large portion of the Roman Theatre as well as the main colonnaded street, the Terrace with a courtyard, church and a basicia. As well as these, there is a well-preserved Roman Mausoleum and the ruins of the Nymphaeum, a bath complex. There are great views over the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias and the Yarmouk River.
Your drive through this region of northern Jordan to Ajloun is beautiful, through wooded hills and olive groves. Ajloun castle is now partly ruined but is still huge and a very good example of an Arab/Islamic military fortress. It was built in AD 1184-1185 to control entry into the Jordan Valley, protect against Crusader attacks from nearby Kerak and Bisan, and to control nearby iron mines. There are many rooms, narrow passages and staircases to explore, and you can enjoy magnificent views over the Jordan Valley from the highest point in the country.

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