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Cairo to Amman Tour & Ancient Egypt River Cruise 2020

15 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Cairo
Welcome to the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Generously steeped in history and standing as one of the largest cityscapes in Egypt, there is much to be discovered here. You’ll be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for a restful one-night stay.

Day 2 Cairo – Luxor
Today, you will be flown from Cairo to Luxor to visit the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak. Witness the ancient hieroglyphs that adorn the pillars still standing among the decaying temples and religious structures, including the hypostyle hall in the Precinct of Amun-Ra. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Karnak Temple Complex

Day 3 Luxor – Nile Cruise Embarkation
Soak in lush panoramas on the west bank of the River Nile this morning, as you visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, a woman whose reign is a storied part of Egyptian history. Then, visit the world-famous Valley of the Kings, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of ancient Thebes. Be left astounded by the colourful depictions of daily life and the afterlife that adorn the tombs, as you see hieroglyphs of their occupants in the presence of deities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings

Day 4 Luxor – Dendera – Luxor
History lovers are certain to find themselves entranced by Dendera, where one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt can be found. The ornate and the structured beauty of Hathor Temple is certain to leave lasting impressions. Return to Luxor and visit the hieroglyphs of Luxor Temple, the backdrop of the modern cityscape. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Cruise to Dendera and witness the majesty of Hathor Temple

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit Luxor Temple

Day 5 Luxor – Esna - Kom Ombo – Nile Cruising
Follow in the footsteps of ancient pharaohs today, as you weave down the meandering Nile. Here, charming villages and storied temples pepper the riverbanks, nestled amid vast desert landscapes. Visit Esna Temple and look up to see a plethora of enlightening astronomical scenes. Later in the afternoon, Kom Ombo will highlight the way temples were dedicated to specific gods. A fun-filled evening awaits on board with a lively galabeya party, themed with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Temple of Esna and the Temple of Kom Ombo

Day 6 Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan
This morning, fly to Abu Simbel to visit one of the most celebrated monuments in Egypt. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abu Simbel temples were built by Ramesses II, and they stand as some of the best-preserved in the country.

This afternoon, return to Aswan for a guided boat tour on the Nile. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abu Simbel temples

EmeraldPLUS: A guided boat tour on the Nile

Day 7 Aswan – Cairo
This morning, bid farewell to your captain and crew and embark on a guided tour of the Philae temple complex, a series of ancient temples that were expertly relocated as part of a UNESCO-spearheaded project. (Breakfast, Lunch)

This afternoon, fly to Cairo and for a three-night stay in the bustling capital.

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Temple of Isis at Philae Island

Day 8 Cairo
Discover one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World today, as you visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. After your tour, you can choose to either continue exploring the pyramids in Saqqara as part of an enlightening DiscoverMORE experience, or you can return to your hotel to relax. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A home-hosted dinner with an Egyptian family

EmeraldEXCURSION Visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Saqqara Pyramids (extra expense)

Day 9 Cairo
This morning, you will have the opportunity to discover some of the priceless antiquities that can be found inside of the Egyptian Museum, the site where relics from Tutankhamun’s tomb are currently displayed. Enjoy perusing exhibits of ancient scrolls, religious artefacts and solid-gold funerary masks. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Egyptian Museum

DiscoverMORE: A visit to Cairo Citadel (extra expense)

Day 10 Cairo – Amman
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Cairo International Airport to fly to Amman for a two-night stay. The Jordanian capital has flourished for thousands of years, forming what is now a modern city with a delightful scattering of ancient ruins, including the famed Temple of Hercules in the Amman Citadel. This evening, you will be invited to a home-hosted dinner with a local family, for a fascinating insight into their lives. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Mount Nebo & Madaba

EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a local family

Day 11 Amman
Start your day with an EmeraldPLUS excursion as you explore the Roman Ruins of Jerash, where temples and theatres once formed the centre of imperial life in the city. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch of Jordanian specialities before returning to Amman for your city tour. Experience all the highlights of this bustling capital including the impressive Amman Citadel. Cast your gaze upon the ruins of the Roman Temple of Hercules and stroll between the royal and residential buildings of Umayyad Palace. Then, take a walking tour through the lively local markets with your tour director and experience local life. (Breakfast, Lunch)

EmeraldPLUS: Visit the Roman ruins of Jerash 

EmeraldEXCURSION: A city tour of Amman & a visit to a local market

Day 12 Amman – Wadi Rum - Petra
Your day will begin with an incredible journey as you witness the sun-kissed hues of the desert during a jeep adventure in Wadi Rum. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, and many cultures have left their mark on the area. Later, continue onwards to Petra and enjoy an afternoon of independent exploration. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A jeep adventure in Wadi Rum

Day 13 Petra
Enjoy a guided tour of prehistoric Petra today. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans and their lost civilisation. Witness the raw beauty of this mystical place as you walk through passageways that have been carved straight into the rock. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brightly coloured gorge to the imposing Treasury, a well-known tomb that local people once believed to contain a hidden treasure. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Petra 

DiscoverMORE: Enjoy an evening cooking class and dinner, sharing authentic local cuisine in a casual, family atmosphere (extra expense).

Day 14 Petra – Dead Sea
Today, you will travel to the lowest body of water on the Earth – the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is known for its hypersaline waters and therapeutic mud. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight at the hotel with your tour director and fellow travellers before a restful overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 15 Depart Amman
This morning, you’ll have the chance to either relax in your hotel or take part in a DiscoverMORE to visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus of Nazareth is thought to have been baptised by John the Baptist and where the first five apostles are said to have met. Later, it’s time to say goodbye and transfer to Amman airport for your homebound flight. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Visit Al-Maghtas “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” to see the site where Jesus is believed to have been baptised (extra expense, must be pre-booked)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 30 meals including 14 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 10 Dinners
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: To be determined
Luxor: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Hamees
Amman: To be determined
Petra: To be determined
Dead Sea: To be determined
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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