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Highlights of Egypt and Jordan / (17 days)

Crossing the Nile to Dead Sea and Petra

Weekly Guaranteed departure

DAY 01

 USA - Cairo

DAY 02


Upon at Cairo Airport, you are met by Global gate vacations and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Cairo at any time. The balance of the day is free to explore Cairo.  

DAY 03

 Cairo - overnight train

After breakfast at the hotel we head to the Egyptian Museum for a tour of the various key exhibits. Our guide explains the complexity of Egypt’s many dynastic periods, starting with the Old Kingdom and ending with the Greco-Roman occupation. This provides us with an excellent background for our visit south to Upper Egypt. Later we drive out to Giza, where we visit the Great Pyramids and the nearby Sphinx , proceed to the railway station, where we board the overnight sleeper train to Luxor. (BD)

DAY 04


Breakfast on board the train and just after dawn we arrive in Luxor, where we are transferred to our Nile cruise boat and our home for the next four nights. We can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the bazaar in town. Later in the day visit Karnak, which is one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years. We enjoy a guided tour of the temple and the rest of the afternoon and evening is free to relax, shop in the bazaar (which stays open till quite late) or experience the atmosphere of a local coffee shop. (BLD)

DAY 05


We rise early this morning (very early in summer time!) and drive across to the west bank of the Nile. We head into the Valley of the Kings where our guide explains the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many tomb paintings and hieroglyphics. We visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Our final stop is at the Colossi of Memnon, giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade. We return to our cruise boat on the east bank, where we enjoy lunch on board. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before we set sail for Edfu. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic – please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the ‘Other Information’ section. We pass through Esna lock, which can sometimes be a slow process, depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue our journey upstream. (BLD)

DAY 06

Edfu - Komombo

Morning finds us moored near Edfu, a very well-preserved temple dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed God. We disembark and have time to explore the temple as well as experiencing the bustling town centre. Returning to our cruise boat we continue travelling upstream, relaxing on the sundeck and enjoying views of the desert and the everyday life that is almost as timeless as the Nile itself. Arriving at Komombo we visit the Temple of Sobek (the crocodile-headed god) that lies classically ruined on the edge of the Nile River. Its most spectacular aspect is undoubtedly from the river itself, but a short walk around the temple also provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period. (BLD)

DAY 07


We arrive in Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city. This friendly metropolis has an easygoing charm that is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Depending on the arrival time of our cruise boat, we may make a visit to the beautiful Temple of Isis that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island (alternatively we will visit it tomorrow). It is an absolute gem and one of the highlights of Upper Egypt. The rest of our day is free to wander through the Nubian bazaar, visit the excellent Nubian Museum or enjoy a walk along the 'corniche', which is the promenade that runs alongside the river. (BLD)

DAY 08

Aswan - overnight train

After breakfast , free time on board , disembark from nile cruise boat (possibility of an optional excursion to the mighty temple of Abu simbel by plane). Afternoon, transfer to the station, where we board the sleeper train for the return journey to Cairo. Dinner. (BD)  

DAY 09


After breakfast on the train we arrive in Cairo and are transferred to our hotel, where we have time to freshen up. Having experienced the highlights of ancient Egypt today is our opportunity to see something of medieval Cairo in the form of the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo’s oldest mosque. Visit Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, which sprawls around an old area of Cairo known as Al-Azhar. The tortuous streets and alleyways and attendant hawkers all combine to look like a scene from '1001 Nights', as our tour leader takes us into the heart of the bazaar. We explore the gold market, ‘perfume street’ and the spice market – where the scent of cumin, coriander and cardamom hangs in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market!). (BL)

DAY 10

Mount Sinai

After breakfast , this morning we travel east towards Suez where we drive through the Suez Canal tunnel and then turn south towards Mt. Sinai. It’s a long day’s drive (around eight hours). We reach our hotel in the late afternoon where there may be time to relax before dinner. (BD)

DAY 11

Mount Sinai - Nuweiba - Aqaba

If you wish to ascend Mount Sinai to watch the sun rise over the peninsula will be woken up between 2am and 3am (depending on the season). It is a fairly steep climb (with stairs all the way), but as it is dark most people take two to three hours to reach the summit. The view is well worth the effort and you return to your hotel for a well-earned breakfast. Note that during the winter months (October to March) it can get very cold on the mountain and may even snow during the height of winter. Please ensure you have warm thermal clothes during this period. Around mid-morning we drive to Nuweiba to board the hydrofoil to Aqaba. It is important that you read the notes below regarding the ferry journey. On arrival in Aqaba we are transferred to our hotel for our first night in Jordan. (BD)

DAY 12

Aqaba - Wadi Rum

After breakfast , with our guide we enjoy a brief orientation of Aqaba. We can visit the old castle (time permitting) before driving to Wadi Rum. Browse around the excellent and informative visitor’s centre before we meet our Bedouin friends and ride camels to our traditional Bedouin tent situated deep within Wadi Rum. There's plenty of time to explore our surroundings and enjoy a memorable sunset. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place with towering sandstone mountains rising from the desert. It fully deserves the amount of time we spend here, with the wind-sculpted rock formations changing hue throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. The area is home to Bedouin tribes who live in scattered camps throughout the area. We enjoy an evening with our Bedouin friends at their camp, which is set in an amazing location. Wadi Rum is probably best known because of its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18. Much of David Lean’s movie on his exploits, 'Lawrence of Arabia', was actually filmed in Wadi Rum. (B)

DAY 13

Wadi Rum - Petra

After breakfast , it’s well worth rising early and watching the cliffs change colour as the sun comes up. We enjoy a walk in the morning (the length of the walk will depend on how energetic we are feeling) and scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area. Keen photographers will be delighted! We then take 4WDs from our camp back to the main entrance. The visitor's centre is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and knick-knacks, mostly made by a women’s co-operative which is aimed at supporting traditional local industries. We then continue our journey to Petra. On arrival there is time in the afternoon to check out the town, withdraw or change money and just relax…ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow. (BD)

DAY 14


After breakfast , for most people the image of Petra is a narrow chasm with glimpses of the famous Treasury in the distance. We are sure to be surprised by the size of this ancient city, built by the Nabataean people. With our guide we explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs. We also climb up to the Monastery for a fine view of the entire site. It is a memorable day and sure to be one of the main highlights of our trip. The rest of the day is at leisure. (BD)  

DAY 15

Shobak - Dana - Madaba - Amman

After breakfast , This morning we drive along the King’s Highway, a road that dates back to beyond the time of the Old Testament. We reach Shobak Castle, originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189. We enjoy a walk through the site and continue to the ancient village at Dana, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms. We then reach Madaba, where we visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George that houses an ancient mosaic map. This is of particular interest as it clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. We expect to arrive in Amman in the late afternoon. (B)

DAY 16

Jerash - Dead Sea - Amman

After breakfast , dep. to The Roman city of Jerash is in a fine state of preservation. Founded in the time of Alexander the Great, it had become a centre of considerable importance by the 3rd century AD. Today it is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world with an imposing collection of archways, theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets. We visit the site in the morning and later drive down to the Dead Sea. The afternoon is at leisure to experience the warm waters, which have an unusually high saline content, or to relax on the shore. We return to Amman for our final night. (B)

DAY 17

 Amman - USA

After breakfast , transfer to airport for your homebound flight  


Scheduled transatlantic flight  (round trip ticket NYC/Cairo-Amman/NYC) For supplements from other US gateways (please refer to our reservation department) (Air & land prices)


 Sleeper train with meals included

 Deluxe 05 stars Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel

Beau Soleil Nile Cruise 5* Deluxe cruise

 Arena Space Amman (First Class)

 Beit Zaman (First Class)

 All meals as per itinerary

Luxury touring cars

Sightseeing as per itinerary with all Entrance fees to all sites , temples and museums

 All transfers in Cairo, Aswan , Luxor , Amman , Petra

 Professional tour directors escort you


 Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel  (During First Stay in Cairo)

 Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel  (During second stay in Cairo)

 Arena Space

 Beit Zaman Petra

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The modern metropolis of Cairo pulses with activity, yet the past is so close by. The great Pyramids of Giza and Memphis are all within easy reach. Inside the city the world-renowned Egyptian Museum allows a glimpse of the rich heritage of this land. Whether exploring the ancient or living the present, Cairo will leave you with an impression of excitement & awe.

Cairo is Egypt’s capital city, and with over 16 million inhabitants, it ranks as one of the largest cities in Africa.  This city of contradictions will enthrall you with its ageless charm.  The ancient and the modern co-exist in surprising harmony, and the hospitality and friendliness of its people will set you at ease.  Historic Cairo includes the wonders of the pharoahs, as well as a religious heritage embodied in the numerous jewish, coptic and islamic monuments that abound.



The southeastern city of Luxor is home to some of the most remarkable ancient monuments in all of Egypt. The vast Karnak Temple Complex, ancient religious and educational center, is one of the most spectacular examples. There is also the Valley of Kings, where the famous tomb of King Tutankhamun was found, and the Valley of Queens, final resting place of Queen Nefertari. In addition to the splendor of its museums and ancient temples, Luxor is also the perfect location to embark on a Nile Cruise.



The southern city of Aswan is one of Egypt’s most important attractions. It is one of the sunniest cities in the country, small enough to walk through and enjoys an ideal location on the bank of the beautiful Nile River. Close at hand is Elephantine Island with its pre-dynastic ruins, and Kitchener’s Island, home to a lush tropical garden full of exotic plants and flowers. Aswan is the perfect spot to embark on a Nile cruise or simply enjoy the river views from the comfort of your hotel.



Petra (from the Greek, meaning 'rock') lies in a great rift valley east of Wadi 'Araba in Jordan about 80 kilometers south of the Dead Sea. It came into prominence in the late first century BCE (BC) through the success of the spice trade. The city was the principal city of ancient Nabataea and was famous above all for two things: its trade and its hydraulic engineering systems. It was locally autonomous until the reign of Trajan, but it flourished under Roman rule. The town grew up around its Colonnaded Street in the first century CE (AD) and by the mid-first century had witnessed rapid urbanization. Following the flow of the Wadi Musa, the city-center was laid out on either sides of the Colonnaded Street on an elongated plan between the theater in the east and the Qasr al-Bint in the west. The quarries were probably opened in this period, and there followed virtually continuous building through the first and second centuries CE.

According to tradition, in ca. 1200 BCE, the Petra area (but not necessarily the site itself) was populated by Edomites and the area was known as Edom ("red"). Before the Israelite incursions, the Edomites controlled the trade routes from Arabia in the south to Damascus in the north. Little is known about the Edomites at Petra itself, but as a people they were known for their wisdom, their writing, their textile industry, the excellence and fineness of their ceramics, and their skilled metal working.

The next chapter of history belongs to the Persian period, and it is posited that during this time the Nabataeans migrated into Edom, forcing the Edomites to move into southern Palestine. But little is known about Petra proper until about 312 BC by which time the Nabataeans, one of many Arab tribes, occupied it and made it the capital of their kingdom. At this time, during the Hellenistic rule of the Seleucids, and later, the Ptolemies, the whole area flourished with increased trade and the establishment of new towns such as Philadelphia (Rabbath 'Ammon, modern Amman) and Gerasa (modern Jerash). Infighting between the Seleucids and Ptolemies allowed the Nabataeans to gain control over the caravan routes between Arabia and Syria. Although there were struggles between the Jewish Maccabeans and the Seleucid overlords, Nabataean trade continued.

With Nabataean rule, Petra became the center for a spice trade that extended from Arabia to Aqaba and Petra, and onward either to Gaza in the northwest, or to the north through Amman to Bostra, Damascus, and finally on to Palmyra and the Syrian Desert. Nabataean Classical monuments reflect the international character of the Nabataean economy through their combination of native tradition and the classical spirit.

But among the most remarkable of all Nabataean achievements is the hydraulic engineering systems they developed including water conservation systems and the dams that were constructed to divert the rush of swollen winter waters that create flash floods.