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Essence of Egypt & Jordan 2021

19 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Giza (Cairo)
Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a two night Special Stay. You’ll be able to soak up stunning views of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony. Please book flights to arrive into Cairo by 2pm.

Sundowners
Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids. (Dinner)

Day 2 Giza
Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC, before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Visit the ancient site of Saqqara in the afternoon. At dusk, prepare for an exclusive night of historical discoveries as the doors of the new Grand Museum open just for you, long after they have closed to the general public. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3 Giza > Luxor
Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of your Special Stay hotel for tonight. Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by the the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Luxor > Nile Cruise
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the ancient sites (additional cost, please book on tour.)

Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor and embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III as you settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Nile Cruise
Relax on the Sun Deck and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor Temple.

This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and a Nubian Dance performance. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Nile Cruise
Follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo Temple, perched high on the east bank, dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God.

A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Nile Cruise
Cruise south to charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board and take a felucca cruise on the Nile. Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Nile Cruise > Aswan
Freechoice: Visit a Nubian village or the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, take a motorboat ride to the upper reaches of the Nile.

Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract and admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony. Discover the history of the hotel and follow in the footsteps of icons like Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Aswan
Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 10 Aswan > Cairo
Fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and the collection of Royal Mummies. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11 Cairo
Freechoice: Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12 Cairo > Amman
Fly to Amman and enjoy a two night stay. This afternoon join your Tour Director for a walk through the food and produce markets and stop to taste some traditional Jordanian sweets. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a dinner of local delicacies. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 Amman
Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age, and explore the impressive ruins.

Freechoice: Visit the Royal Automobile Museum and see the fascinating collection of cars belonging to the Royal Family. Alternatively, experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abdali walking district. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 14 Amman > Wadi Rum
At Madaba, discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land and visit the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration. Continue to the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum where you will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp.

Sundowners
Witness the dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Wadi Rum > Petra
Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover Wadi Rum. Explore Lawrence Road and marvel at the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the pink and white sands. Continue to the Rose Red City of Petra for your two night stay. An unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury and chasms lit by candlelight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 16 Petra
This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 17 Petra > Dead Sea
At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, see where Jesus was baptised, then view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Travel north to your Special Stay resort for the next two nights on the shores of the Dead Sea. Relax and enjoy sweeping views over the Dead Sea and across to Israel from your balcony. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 18 Dead Sea
Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to lather you in therapeutic mud, or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or newspaper. This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

Sundowners
Join your Tour Director and toast the end of a wonderful Jordanian journey. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 19 Dead Sea > Amman
Say farewell as you transfer to Amman airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you. (Breakfast)

All This Included
Explore the incredible legacy of these two intriguing countries, from magnificent monuments immortalising the pharaohs in Egypt, to the footsteps of the Romans and Nabataeans in Jordan.

Delve into the wonders of Egypt and discover the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza before marvelling at the ancient temples, tombs and monuments at Luxor. Glide along the Nile on a luxury cruise to Aswan and stand in awe before the extraordinary temples of Abu Simbel, then top it all off with the treasures of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. In the Kingdom of Jordan, discover the capital Amman before travelling the moon-like desertscape of Wadi Rum. Marvel at the World-Heritage listed city of Petra for a spine-tingling and explore the incredible Treasury and ruins before floating in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea.
  • 43 meals including 18 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 12 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Sun Boat III
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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