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Cairo, Red Sea, Jordan

This tour is ideal if you want to see the pyramids & sphinx and Egyptian Museum in Egypt, but concentrate mainly on Jordan. The tour starts with tours in Cairo before flying to Amman and touring the city and the Roman ruins at Jerash. After a day trip to the 'Desert Castles' we have a little time relaxing by the Red Sea before enjoying a short camel ride and a jeep safari in Wadi Rum. Next we tour of Petra and Little Petra and drive up the spectacular King's Highway past Kerak crusader castle and Mt. Nebo. The tour finishes with a night at a spa resort by the Dead Sea. Read more


  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Cairo

We meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to a deluxe 5-star hotel (normally the Mena House). The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.

  • Day 2:
  • Cairo - Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour

We enjoy a full day tour today to the majestic Pyramids and Sphinx at Gisa, and also to the famous Egyptian Museum.

  • Day 3:
  • Cairo - City tour.

Our tour of Cairo today includes the Citadel overlooking the city, some important and beautiful mosques, Coptic Cairo, and time to explore and shop in the busy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.

  • Day 4:
  • Fly to Jordan

We say farewell to Egypt and fly to Jordan today. On arrival we transfer you from the airport to your 5-star hotel in central Amman. Your time is then free to settle in and have a first look around the city.

  • Day 5:
  • Amman - City tour, visit Jerash

We explore central Amman this morning, visiting the Roman amphitheatre and other sites. In the afternoon we take a short tour out of the city to see the impressive and extensive Roman ruins at Jerash, some of the best preserved in the whole of the Middle East.

  • Day 6:
  • Amman - Desert castles tour

We have a full day trip out of Amman today, heading east into the desert to explore some of Jordan's strange 'Desert Castles'. More combinations of forts and palaces than castles, the remains of some of these are very impressive and atmospheric. We will also visit a desert nature reserve before returning to Amman.

  • Day 7:
  • Desert Highway to Madaba and Aqaba. Afternoon by the Red Sea.

Today's first stop is the town of Madaba which is home to some incredibly well preserved and important Roman mosaics. We then continue south along the Desert Highway until we reach Aqaba and the Red Sea. The afternoon is free to relax in your 5-star beach resort or to do a snorkelling trip by boat to one of the nearby offshore islands.

  • Day 8:
  • Wadi Rum jeep safari & camel ride. Little Petra.

We make the short drive into the incredible desert scenery of Wadi Rum today where we take a jeep safari around the cliffs and rock formations before a short camel ride brings us to our lunch stop with the local Bedouins. In the afternoon we visit 'Little Petra' which forms a great introduction to the main site we'll explore tomorrow.

  • Day 9:
  • Petra - tour and free time

We have a full guided tour of around 4 hours in Petra today, and also have plenty of free time to explore more of the site, perhaps to walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice and the huge Monastery, carved into the cliffs and overlooking the Jordan valley.
In the evening there is an optional Petra by Candlelight tour.

  • Day 10:
  • Kings Highway - Kerak, Mt. Nebo and the Dead Sea

We leave Petra early today and drive north up the scenic King's Highway, stopping to explore the  impressive crusader castle at Kerak en-route. We also stop to admire the huge and colourful valley of Wadi Mujib, and to hopefully enjoy great views towards Jericho and Israel from Mt. Nebo. We finish the day by arriving at our Dead Sea resort in time for a swim and possible mud bath in the Dead Sea.

  • Day 11:
  • Dead Sea - Transfer to airport

Your time is free to relax at your hotel today, and perhaps enjoy some of the spa facilities, before we transfer you to the airport for your departure. Alternatively you can extend your stay and add a visit into Israel or to the nearby Baptism site at Bethany.


• Accommodation in 5-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• All transfers, including 24-hour airport transfer service
• Tours & guides as indicated on the itinerary
• All transport including flights from Cairo-Amman
• Tipping Kitty
• All site entrance fees

Not included

• International airfares (available on request)
• Visa costs (available on arrival for most nationalities)
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Drinks, snacks, tips for your guide, and other personal expenses
• Entrance fees to sites not mentioned (mummy room etc..)
• Gala Dinners in hotels/cruise boats on 24 & 31 Dec (if charged)
• Travel insurance (available on request)
• Any other items not mentioned above

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Tour facts

User rating:
Group size: (what's this?)
2 - 18 people; minimum age on group tours is 12yrs
Pyramids & Sphinx; Egyptian Museum; the Red Sea; Wadi Rum; Petra; Kerak crusader castle; The Dead Sea; Jerash Roman ruins
Air-conditioned bus/minibus/car, 4x4 jeep, flight
Group departures:
Small-group departures approx. twice a month, starting on Thursdays.
Local payment: (What's this?)
Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 10 | Lunch: 3 | Dinner: 0


We use a range of carefully selected hotels on our group departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a private or tailor-made tour.


Customer feedback

"Fantastic country, wonderful food, exceptional diving, beautiful weather - truly a holiday of a lifetime. From the easy to navigate website to the excellent customer service and helpful, friendly tour reps, the trip was well organised from start to finish. The tour guide (Ahmed) was outstanding and made the Egyptian history fun and informative. The whole trip - WOW!"

Claire Birdine (Egypt Experience)

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