Throughout history Egypt’s vast array of breathtaking monuments has proved an irresistible draw to travellers from all over the world. Jordan's treasures are different, and newer to the world's tourists, but equally impressive and interesting in their own right. This tour takes you on a journey back in time to some of the most amazing sites of the ancient world, features a Nile felucca cruise and desert Bedouin camp, and will leave you with memories you will treasure for a lifetime.
We begin the tour in Cairo where we take time to visit possibly the most famous of ancient monuments, the Pyramids and Sphinx. We also learn more about Egyptian history at the Egyptian Museum before heading to the train station for the overnight sleeper train to Aswan. The Nile in Aswan is a beautiful sight, and full of lush green islands and traditional felucca sailboats set among the cataracts. While in Aswan, we visit the tranquil island Temple of Philae by boat, and see the immense High Dam as well having the chance to visit the amazing temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel before boarding feluccas on a cruise down the Nile (luxury cruise upgrades available).
After our relaxing time sailing down the river and watching typical Egyptian rural life pass us by on the river banks, we visit the temples at Edfu & Kom Ombo en-route to Luxor, where we include tours to the massive temples of Luxor & Karnak, the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu.
From Luxor we transfer to the Red Sea at Hurghada where you'll have a couple of day to relax before flying back to Cairo and then on to Jordan.
Following your arrival in Amman, your tour begins with a tour of some of Jordan's best historic sites, including Pella and Umm Qais, and the impressive ruins at Jerash, which is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman sites in the Middle East. We also 'swim' in the Dead Sea - an experience not to be missed.
Leaving Amman behind, the historic and scenic King's Highway takes us south through villages and winding up and down many deep Wadis. Along the way
we will make stops to enjoy spectacular views across to Israel from Mt. Nebo. We also make a stop in the town of Madaba to see the incredibly well preserved mosaics and to explore the huge hilltop Crusader Castle at Kerak.
Our next couple of nights are then spent at the 'lost' Nabataean city of Petra, where we enjoy a full day tour, exploring, and learning about the way the tombs and buildings were carved into the mountains, and admiring the many colours in the rocks. We also include a tour of the much less visited site of Little Petra, located close by.
The beautiful desert scenery of Wadi Rum is our next objective with its towering rust coloured rocky 'jebels'. We include a a jeep
safari through the desert here and an
overnight stay in a comfortable Bedouin style camp located against the cliffs right inside the desert reserve.
The tour then returns to Amman driving up the Desert Highway and visiting one of Jordan's 'desert castles' on the way. Finally we finish with a short tour of the centre of Amman, including its impressive Roman amphitheatre.
Extensions are available to visit the Baptism Site at Bethany and Ajloun Castle n Jordan, or we can arrange a tour into Israel to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Guide to the spectacular temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel.
Luxor is one of the world's most popular and largest 'open air' museums.
Short guide about the island temple of Philae, dedicated to the Goddess Isis, situated in Aswan.
Site of Jordan's best preserved Roman ruins, including colonnaded streets and amphitheatre.
Short guide to Petra, Jordan's jewel in the crown and world heritage site.
Spectacular desert scenery that was once a base for Lawrence of Arabia.
"Thanks for organising such a great trip for us! We all had an amazing time and it really opened our eyes to the country, both ancient and modern. Our guide, Emad Hussain was wonderful – very knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and willing to put up with four archaeologists (including one Egyptologist) for the 12 days. I’m just downloading my 1200-odd photos now..."
Tim Dawson (Egypt Revisited)
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