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Go back in time to 2 different eras and get the best out of both worlds with this combined magical Tour of Egypt and Jordan. Discover the land that once walked upon ancient Egyptians and explore the treasures built and constructed over thousands of years ago in Jordan. Spend 3 Night onboard a “floating hotel” down the River Nile and stop at all the major sites, from romantic temples, Underground Tombs, Encrypted symboles and many more… Cool off in the clear crytal waters of Dahab‘s red sea and spectate the underwater world just go by, at one of the popular diving spots called the Blue hole.
Your adventure continues at the timeless land of Jordan, visit Petra where the Persians once called a paradise and a little bit of heaven on earth! See for yourself the historical arts that many invaders left behind such as ornate churches, crusader castles, and desert citadels. End your holiday with a special bedouin dinner and boost your inner spirit while you camp out under a million desert stars.
*Based on 5Star accommodation. 4* available upon request.
Egypt; The Great Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Philae Temple, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, River Nile Cruise, Sphinx , Luxor and Karnak Temple …
Jordan ; Jerash, Aljoun, Jordan Valley, Jara Souk, Madaba, Mt Nebo, Kerak, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea…
3 Hours Before Flight Time
New Year Gala dinner supplement be obligatory in Dead Sea, Egypt & Jordan (to be advised upon request).
Today, you take your first steps towards your dream holiday, board your international flight to Cairo International Airport where we will be there to meet you before customs for any assistance needed before we transfer you to your chosen hotel to settle in and relax.
Rise and Shine to your first day of adventuring, today we take you to explore the 3 great Pyramids of Giza. Your private Egyptologist guide will amaze you with the facts about the only surviving wonders of the ancient world. Your next stop is at the indomitable Sphinx, way too regal in his stance guarding the Pyramids to this present day.
From Giza our journey continues to El Tahrir Square, to visit the Egyptian Museum. Giant halls filled with what seem like endless displays of the richest Pharaonic treasures that exist on this earth. Feel mindblown with the brilliant jewels, artifacts and funerary decorations you have ever seen, It is just Stunning alongside, of course, the mummies!
At the end of your sightseeing, Your private vehicle will transfer you back to your hotel to freshen up before we escort you to the airport to catch your evening flight to Aswan.
Wake up and step out to your hotel balcony and you see why this is easily the prettiest town in Egypt, its mixed scenery of sand mountains of the Sahara desert fringed in between palm trees and bright flowers, with the River Nile running through is just an unforgettable sight to wake up to !
Your private guide will accompany you on a short boat ride to Philae Temple which speaks for itself. The romantic Temple and the panoramic breathtaking view will make you feel like you don’t want to ever leave this place!
Your last stop of the day will be the High Dam and Lake Nasser before we take you to check into your River Nile Cruise and begin your sailing adventure.
Overnight 5* Nile River Cruise.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Enjoy your breakfast while gazing into the breathtaking view ahead as you sail down the River Nile. Take in the unique architecture of the beautiful city of Aswan surrounded by the golden Sahara desert and greenery landscapes.
As you move further away from Aswan and closer to Luxor, a modern city yet sleepy, rich with some of the biggest temples you’ve ever seen, we will stop at Kom Ombo, along the way, the Temple shared by two deities, Sobek the crocodile god and Haroeris the sun of god.
Overnight 5* Nile River Cruise.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Your Nile cruise will set deck at Edfu where your private guide will take you on a fascinating wonder of Edfu Temple also known as Horus Temple, it will take your breath away with its endless passageways. Your Egyptologist guide will set the scene for you as he tells you all about the history and artifacts of this enormous temple.
Back on board to continue sailing to the rich city of Luxor known as the open-air museum.
Overnight 5* Nile River Cruise.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Put on your walking shoes today and get excited for your full day of more sightseeing. Get an early head start in order to avoid the sultry hot sun of noontime, Your cruise will set anchor at the west bank of Luxor, taking in the ghostly valley of the kings filled with the spirits of the Pharaohs of days gone by. Entering some of the tombs is truly an experience that will make your hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Your personal guide will then take you to Deir El Bahari and walk down the colonnaded avenue of Queen Hatshepsut’s temple, Afterward, we will walk along the towering Colossi of Memnon, followed by a visit to the east bank of Luxor.
Your last stops of the day will be at Luxor and Karnak Temples, stroll through the giant pillars and walls of both temples with its engraved and hidden symbols and messages that your Egyptologist guide will encrypt for you.
Your private transfer will take you to your hotel in Luxor to settle in and relax for your next day of more excitement!
Overnight Luxor hotel.
Today it’s on to a completely different holiday vibe that you have definitely earned after a few days of sightseeing, its time to pack up your swimming gear and away we go to Dahab! Your private driver will be waiting to take you to Luxor’s airport for your flight to Sharm El Sheikh via Cairo. upon arrival, you will be escorted on a short drive to get to Dahab! The upcoming days are all free at your disposal to do as you wish so check-in and let the fun begin!
No need to rush anywhere today, enjoy your lazy morning!
How would you like to spend your day? Diving, Snorkeling, glass-bottomed boat ride out to spy on the coral reefs or soak up the sun as you stroll into the city? you name it, we will arrange it for you.
This morning we will take you to the perfect snorkeling spot, plunge into the azure waters of the blue hole and discover the underwater world of corals, fishes, and caves.
Enjoy your lunch Egyptian style, at a local Dahab restaurant while looking into the crystal waters of the red sea and inhale the mouth-watering dishes prepared with love and care.
Its that time again to turn on adventurous mode, its back to buzzing Cairo today!
Your private vehicle will take you to Sharm el sheik airport to catch your short flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted before your quick drive to your chosen hotel.
This evening is all yours to make a pick out of our suggested tours to make the most out of your stay in Cairo.
Its time to say farewell to the friendly and dynamic Egypt and let the timeless land of Jordan pull you to a new exploit of the marvelous ruins and unique history.
Your private pick up transfer will take you to Cairo international to board your flight to Amman. Touch down at Queen Alia Airport where you will be met and assisted before showing you to your chosen hotel for a laid-back evening.
This morning one of the new seven wonders of the world awaits your discovery! The day has arrived at last, where you get to see the fascinating capital of the Nabatean kingdom, Petra. Walk down the same paths where many ancient leaders left their footsteps. As you stroll down the curvey passageways of the massive canyon Al Siq with the clear skies above you, the greatest monument of Petra will slowly appear between through the cracks until you finally find yourself facing the masterpiece stone carving, Al Khazneh. Indulge yourself, and walk through the architectural and spiritual wonders of this majestic place examining every detail insight.
After your highlight of the day, your private vehicle will take you back to the Dead Sea through Araba Valley, we will pass through biblical areas until we finally reach the lowest point on earth at 416 meters below sea level, now that is something to brag about when you get home! Check in to your chosen hotel and enjoy your free evening.
Overnight Dead Sea.
Enjoy your breakfast, today we make the most out of your last days of exploring Jordan. This morning your private vehicle will take you to the North to visit the Greco Roman city of Jerash.
Feel divine at the second best-preserved Roman city in the world, Take a seat at the Hippodrome that once seated up to 15.000 spectators, 30 times the current capacity and host mainly athletics competitions and chariot races. Your private guide will then take you to the Oval Colonnade Piazza and colonnade streets, where the perfectly oval pillars still stand tall followed by more sightseeing at Airtimes temple, Zeus Temple and the South Theatre.
Overnight Dead Sea.
Wake up this morning feeling like a restored person with a spirit full of energy and a heart full of memories. You can finally return home knowing you have made the most of your adventure and learned so much along the way!
Your private driver will be waiting for you, after you enjoy your breakfast, to take you to Queen Alia international airport for your final departure back home.
Nile Cruise Dinner:
Depending on your arrival time, This evening you can add a Nile Dinner Cruise to your schedule, your driver will transfer you to enjoy the entertainment on-board a 5* standard or deluxe Nile Cruise depending on your preference.
Enjoy a deliciously cooked dinner prepared with love and care by our amazing chefs.
Sound and Light Show:
Depending on your arrival time, you can attend the Sound and Light show, the show is exhibited on the Giza Pyramids Plateau itself, a great way to get a glimpse of what awaits you tomorrow. This evening watch the pyramids and Sphinx light up in multicolors as you listen to the story behind the discovery of both great wonders.
Climb down the pyramid:
Ever wondered what it is like inside the pyramid? And imagined how it all looks ? well, see for yourself as you have the chance to climb down one of the great pyramids. You will have to check with your guide as the tickets are limited for this optional activity.
Camel Ride at the Pyramids at Sunset / Sunrise:
Live the full experience of the middle east, leave your footsteps in the Sahara sands surrounding the pyramids while you ride a Camel and take in the beautiful scenery of the Great Pyramids. Make this experience even more special and catch the hot sun slowly make it’s way up from the grounds and light up another day.
If your not really an early morning person that’s ok you can take a camel ride at sunset which is as special!
Visit the Nubian Village:
Enjoy and discover the fascinating Nubian Villages situated at the bottom of Elephantine Island. Sandwiched in the heart of the river Nile are two colorful Nubian Villages, Siou, and Koti.
Stroll through the shady alleys and gardens of the villages and discover the simple and natural life of the people that populate them. Enjoy a trip down the river aboard a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat, and listen to stories of where Elephantine Island might have got its name. While some believe it was due to its role as an ivory trading place, others believe it is due to the island’s unusual shape, similar to that of an elephant’s tusk.
Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple:
for a second visit to the romantic Philae temple by night, you can attend the sound and light show exhibited at the Temple and watch it light up in beautiful laser colors by night as.
A Visit to the majestic Abu Simbel:
If your cruise will set sail in the afternoon, you can visit the astonishing Abu Simbel! An early morning head starts to avoid the popular crowds at the well preserved Abu Simbel. This temple is famous for its rescue of Lake Nasser which your Egyptologist guide will tell you all about this mission that has marked history forever. The precisely carved rock sculptures of four seated figures, King Ramses and the gods Amun Ra and Ptah who were the main divinities in that period, form the façade of this magnificent temple. The inside of the temple is just as breath-taking as the outside and will give you goose bumps.
Hot air balloon ride over Luxor at Sunrise: get an exciting start to your morning as you watch the sun slowly make its way up from the horizon and burst light into the beautiful Luxor city down below from way up high.
Red Sea Water Activities: discover the underwater world of the beautiful turquoise blue.
– Full day Snorkeling
– Water sports
– Snorkeling trip at Giftun Island
– Dolphin Show and submarines
– Full boat trip
– Glass bottomed boat
Jeep / Camel / Both Safari:
This afternoon, feel the adrenaline as you partake in a fun jeep or camel safari adventure or even both ! take a safari trip to either the Colored and white canyons or sand dunes where you can glide down the silky sand mountains of the Sahara desert while sandboarding and look incredibly cool!
4×4 Quad Bike Trip:
If quad biking thrill is what you seek, then this trip will give you an experience that you won’t forget in a hurry! spend your afternoon having loads of fun while you go on full speed through the Sahara desert and enjoy the breathtaking scenery!
Khan El Khalili Bazaar:
depending on your flight arrival time, you can use the rest of your afternoon and take a private guided tour of Khan El Khalili bazaar, take a souvenir of Egypt back home with you. The largest bazaar in the middle east offers numerous souvenir options that could also be a lovely gift for someone dear to you back home, the variety differs from jewelry to charms, carpets, clothes, dresses, paintings, chicha pipes, etc … stop at one of the traditional coffee shops for a break and a refreshing drink.
Cairo City Tour:
depending on your flight arrival time, This morning take a private tour with your guide of old Cairo city, start at the city’s Islamic areas — including the Citadel of Saladdin and its Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali then the city’s oldest area Coptic Cairo awaits you. Here you will visit the El Muallaqa, the Hanging Church, was built into the walls of the Roman fortress of Babylon then onto St Sergius church said to be a resting-place of the Holy Family.
Petra By Night Tour:
Explore beautiful Petra by Night, this event is a magical way to see part of the rock city light up by different shades of candlelights, with over 1,500 candles, with the purpose to bring the major attraction due to the spectacular view it has.
if your international flight is evening time then don’t lose the chance to see the fascinating desert castles located east of Amman and that has survived for these many previous years! See for yourself the collection of mindblowing architecture that the Romans, Persians, Arabians and many more left behind.
if your international flight is evening time and you have time to spare then don’t miss out on a short visit to The Bethany located in the Jordan Valley and north of the dead sea. The site contains two distinct archaeological areas, Tell el-Kharar, also known as Jabal Mar Elias, and the area of the Churches of St. John the Baptist.
Main Hot Springs:
if your international flight is evening time then take a morning dip in the hot springs of Jordan in Madaba. Loosen up your muscles in the natural hot water springs after a long active 13 days of fun and adventure!
Egypt offers a wide variety of 3-star hotels. The prices range from $12 to $20 per person per night in a double room. I would suggest you check hotel directories for rates and locations. Backpacker services are not popular in Egypt, although a few are available.
The best time to visit Egypt is from October to May. It is the peak travel season, temperatures are milder though comparatively warmer than in the northern hemisphere. This is our High-Season with its two busiest periods: the Christmas/New Year period and the Easter Period, whereby hotels and cruises will put their prices up. This can mean that some hotels become really expensive, so making your reservations very early, even for the budget hotels, is strongly advised. The other 4 months are the low-season so to speak. May to September are the height of Egyptian summer, with very high temperatures, especially in Upper Egypt (Luxor and the southern parts of the country). However, this is the time for you to see Egypt in virtual peace and quiet, giving you the advantage of seeing the sites without any hassle either from school children or crowds of tourists.
Even though we arrange tours… the best BUDGET way is to do it yourself.
It is easier to sit back, have someone make all arrangements for you and just zip, worry-free from place to place (and some people wouldn’t do it any other way; it is a vacation after all LOL). But if you’re willing to put in the work, are flexible, easily adaptable, easy going and you’re willing to deal with haggling etc. it is not impossible to do Egypt without an operator.
In 10 days you can definitely visit three cities. You can even add Aswan in there. For most first-time visitors, 2 days in Cairo is enough. It is an overwhelming city, especially if you’re going about on your own.
If you’re going to do this yourself, I suggest at least securing ground transportation for the day. That can be a hired private car or taxi but you don’t want to be wasting time flagging down and haggling with taxis at every turn. Having pre-arranged transport will take lots of the hassle out of doing things yourself. Having a good guide book is essential but if you can, book a guide or two to break up the monotony and really help with understanding the sites and bringing them to life. There are many good budget hotels in Luxor, Cairo and Aswan, which can be booked on sites such as hostelworld.com. You pre-pay 10% of the booking when it’s made and then pay the rest on arrival. The hostels do tours as well.
If you’re a student, be sure to bring your ISIC card for 50% discount on tickets to the sites.
If you decide you need help arranging all or part of the trip, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Spend a couple of nights in Cairo, take the sleeper-train to Aswan, spend another two nights there while visiting Abu Simbel and the Philae Temple, maybe Kom Ombo too. Then you can take a cruise down the Nile to Luxor, spend two nights visiting the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the Karnak Temple Complex. Then you can return to Cairo and from there head to a Red Sea resort, either on the Sinai Peninsula or the coast, for a few nights.
The high-season is October to May, making June to September (the summer months and the hottest) the low-season and therefore prices are at their lowest.
It has never been a problem, however you have to put up sometimes with annoying verbal harassment and this happens to Egyptian women as well. The best thing is to ignore and go on. It can sometimes get really irritating but reacting does not work. There is nothing forbidden in Egypt. You do not need to cover up or anything of the sort, yet to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself, do please cover your shoulders and cleavage and do not wear shorts. It is just a matter of feeling comfortable and fitting in. Best footwear are sneakers as there is a lot of walking and it is dusty and sometimes the streets are in poor condition and dirty.
The ones recommended are: Yellow Fever (common to most parts of Africa), Tetanus and Hepatitis. Otherwise, just take the usual precautions when travelling to hot parts of the world. Drink bottled water, avoiding ice and unless you are in a well-known hotel and restaurant, avoid eating uncooked greens. Avoid roadside food stands. Bring a good insect repellent as the evenings might be full of mosquitoes. At all cost, avoid contact with street dogs, rabies is still a risk in Egypt. Make sure you have condoms on you, they are also available in all pharmacies. Carry a small medical kit for your needs, with painkillers and diarrhea tablets at hand at all times. We also advise you to carry a travel insurance.
On Organizing your Trip – Alone or in a couple or with friends and you wish to organize everything yourself, please let the hotel know of your plans before leaving. Should you get lost, the hotel will be able to act on your behalf. Also arm yourself with hotel address and telephone number, always, as you may need it. Be aware that you might be ripped-off. Like many tourist destinations, Egypt has its “wolves”, preying on unsuspecting, trustful travelers. Often the total cost will be more than if you had arranged it through a travel agent or your hotel and a lot less enjoyable.
On independent travel, for a first timer it is not advised. It much better to take a guide. You don’t need to book a package tour, groups can be arranged here. First and foremost, prepare yourself for a culture shock. Many seasoned travelers arrive and find it is unlike any other country they have previously visited.
On Dining Out, first time travelers are at a loss. It is best to seek out a hotel chain or a well-reviewed restaurant (ask around if you can) then you can be assured to get good, clean food. The price will be worth it. Never drink tap water! Wash and shower with it, but do not drink it.
On the Egyptian Language- Learn the basic words: La’ (no) and shukran (thank you). You will be needing them.
On Transportation – Taxis are a problem as they do not have a counter and pricing can be very tricky. Best is to use Uber or Careem or else have your hotel get you a cab and negotiate the price before you go on your ride.
In general, always take a bottle of water on your expedition. The heat will get to you.
Always carry local currency as it will make your life easier, especially when paying for groceries, taxis, touristic venues, museums and souvenirs. In big shops, restaurants and hotels you may use your credit cards.
On Tips – If you feel generous enough to tip one child, then expect to be followed by a hoard of others expecting to be tipped as well. Make sure you have a lot of small bills for such ventures as tipping is sort of expected and even the smallest bill (one pound) will be welcomed.
On Photography – Taking photos inside many temples is restricted, so please follow the advice of your guide and the keeper of the sites. In some places, please be aware that the government will charge you for taking photographs. Due to new policies put in place by the Ministry of Tourism, cameras are not permitted at all in the Valley of the Kings. Please exercise caution and respect when taking photographs of anything other than tourist sites. It is forbidden to take photographs of the police, anything of a military nature or indeed bridges, airports and public works. Respect should be given to Egyptian women, use discretion. Always ask permission before taking photos of people and expect to be asked for a tip in return.
On Clothing – Upon visiting mosques, please dress conservatively, i.e. half/long sleeved shirt and no shorts. In public areas, this would also be our advice. However, in some touristic areas such as the seaside, it perfectly fine to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts. Please remember to remove your footwear upon stepping into a mosque.
On Health – Bring a supply of your medication if you take any on a regular basis as well as a copy of your prescription. However, please be assured that your hotel or our staff will find you a specialized doctor should the need arise.
Egypt’s national airline is Egypt Air. Most major international airlines fly to Cairo.
Please check with your travel agent or your favourite travel website for more
Please visit https://visacentral.com/egypt-visa
Please note your passport should be valid for 6 months after the end date of your visa.