Day 1 Cairo There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
If this is your first visit to Cairo, we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Cairo/Aswān (1B, 1D) Head straight to the pyramids and soak in the history of these majestic structures. Later, visit the Egyptian Museum to see more ancient artifacts.
In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan. The overnight train is a modern air-conditioned sleeper, with twin-berth beds. There is no shower in the cabin, but each cabin does have a sink. The shared toilet is at the end of each carriage. A basic airline-style tray meal for dinner and breakfast is included. Attendants can serve drinks in your compartment at extra cost or there is a bar car for socializing.
Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour
Egyptian Museum Visit
Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Aswān (1B, 1D) Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, trains can often be delayed. Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile.
Later, board a felucca (local boat) to reach Elephantine Island and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.
Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal
Day 4 Aswān (1B) One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. Later, opt for a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people.
Day 5 Aswān/Kom Ombo (1B, 1L, 1D) Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars.
Feluccas are a basic, traditional Nile sailboat and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep, open-air on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided, but if you prefer something between you and the blankets, you will need to bring a sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner of your own). The Felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, however we will have access to a private support boat, travelling in close proximity to our Felucca. This support boat is equipped with toilets and a shower (please bring a towel) and and an area to eat your meals, leaving you stress free to enjoy this tranquil and traditional experience on the Nile.
Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion
Day 6 Kom Ombo/Luxor (1B) Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak.
Kom Ombo Temple Visit
Karnak Temple Visit
Stop en route to visit the Karnak Temple.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Luxor (1B, 1L) Cross to the West Bank. Visit the massive 18m (59ft)-high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple. Descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops.
Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile and then explore Luxor at your own pace.
Colossi of Memnon Visit
Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon Visit
Lunch with a Local Family
Day 8 Luxor/Amman (1B) You will not be accompanied by a CEO on the flight between Cairo and Amman. Say goodbye to your Egyptian CEO at the Cairo Airport, where our local rep will assist you in catching the flight. Upon landing you will meet our Jordanian rep at the Amman airport who will assist with immigration and visas. After transfer to the hotel where your Jordanian CEO will meet you.
Border Crossing (Egypt - Jordan)
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Plane (1.25 hour(s))
Day 9 Amman/Jerash/Dead Sea/Amman (1B) Set off on a half-day trip to Jerash, a fascinating site and one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside Italy.
Continue on to the Dead Sea. Known for its high salinity, opt to bob like a cork in the healing water or cover yourself in therapeutic mud. There is also the option to visit the site of Jesus' baptism.
Jerash Guided Visit
Dead Sea Visit
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Amman/Karak/Petra (1B) Depart early for the first stop, Mt Nebo. Learn the ancient history of this spot and check out the views.
Continue on to Madaba to see the famous Byzantine mosaics, dating back to the sixth century. After, visit Karak Castle, built during the Crusades.
Arrive in the early evening to Wadi Musa, the town just outside Petra.
Mt Nebo Visit
Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour
Karak Castle Guided Visit
Including stops along the way.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 240km)
Day 11 Petra (1B) The site is large so please be prepared for a lot of walking over sand and rocks for the entire day. Pace yourself, stay hydrated and be sure to have proper walking/hiking shoes.
Petra Guided Tour
Day 12 Petra/Wadi Rum (1B, 1D) Drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. Head deep into the desert by 4x4 stopping at famous landmarks along the way.
Arrive to the tented camp in time for a traditional meal and learn more about this ancient culture. There is a large, central tent that is traditionally decorated and perfect for relaxing or escaping the cold nights in winter. Our dinner is prepared in traditional fashion, with the meat and vegetables cooked in an underground oven. Soft drinks and water are available for purchase. Lanterns light the way but we do suggest you bring a flashlight.
Accommodation in the desert is in one large goat-hair tent divided into "rooms" with curtains. Basic linens are provided but many travellers prefer to bring a sleep sheet for extra comfort. There are shared, unisex facilities. For religious reasons, no alcohol is permitted at the camp.
Wadi Rum 4x4 Excursion
Bedouin Camp Overnight
Drive time doesn't include stops in the gorgeous desert along the way.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Wadi Rum/Aqaba (1B) Drive to the Red Sea resort city of Aqaba. Enjoy free time to enjoy the beach, go snorkelling or check out the city. Make sure to try some fresh seafood for dinner.
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Aqaba/Amman (1B) The morning is flexible. Spend a little more time at the beach or head back early. Reach Amman by way of the Desert Highway. Enjoy a final night out in the city.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Amman (1B) Depart at any time.