12-Day Egypt & Jordan Highlights
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Learn about Egyptian history and civilization from the Egyptian Museum
- Stand next to the Pyramids to feel the difference between tiny and giant
- Enjoy Egypt's brilliant sun and blue skies when sailing along the Nile
- Explore the ancient Egyptian art and Pharaonic architecture at the Temples of Karnak
- Image the daily life in Roman times from the ruins of the Jerash
- Amazed at plenty of rock-cut architecture when visiting the ancient city of Petra
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- Day 1
Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met in the tunnel by an airport representative who will facilitate the visa process (excluded) and escort you through customs and immigration. Continue on to the baggage claim hall and finally to the passenger pick up, you will be introduced to your private driver who will drive you to your accommodation. It can take an hour to get from the airport to your hotel, after checking in, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace or relax at your hotel.
- Day 2
This morning you are met at your hotel by your private guide and driver for a full day tour of the ancient Memphis, Saqqara and the pyramids at Giza. Drive south to Memphis first to visit this ancient capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, the Alabaster Sphinx and the statue of Ramses II were rediscovered from Memphis. Then you move on to the Step Pyramid of Saqqara. Finish with the most iconic and largest pyramids at Giza and the mysterious Sphinx, a colossal lion with a pharaoh's head.
- Day 3
After the breakfast, you will explore the Egyptian Museum, where houses a magnificent collection of Pharaonic antiquities, especially the golden treasures of Tut Ankh Amun. Later you will proceed to Old Cairo to visit the Citadel of Salah El Din, and the Mohammed Ali Mosque situated high above the city. Finish the trip at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar to browse and shop as you wish.
- Day 4
An early start for a private transfer to the airport for your short flight to Aswan. Upon your arrival in Aswan, a private transfer to board your cruise ship in Aswan is provided. After settling in to your cabin, disembark for a guided trip to the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. The latter is a special site, a shrine to Isis: your guide will explain how UNESCO took steps to relocate it to save it from flooding. Later in the afternoon, you will take an Egyptian Felucca to sail on the Nile, passing by the Elephantine Island and step ashore the Botanical Gardens on the Kitchener Island.
- Day 5
Early in the morning, you will set sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Greco-Roman Sobek Temple, the temple is unusual in that it is a double temple, with one side dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek. The cruise will continue to sail to Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus (also known as the Temple of Edfu), it is considered the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt. This is partly because it was built later than most: in the Ptolemaic era from 237 to 57 BC. Despite its later date, it reflects traditional pharaonic architecture and so provides an excellent idea of how all the temples once looked. Edfu is also very large: the second largest in Egypt after Karnak Temple.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 6
Early morning sail to Luxor. After breakfast on board, explore some of the most incredible sites of the country. You will visit the Valley of the Kings where you will have the chance to explore three tombs of the ancient Pharaohs. You will then visit the nearby Valley of the Queens and also the recently renovated mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was the second pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. The tour also includes a visit to the huge Colossi of Memnon which is all that remain of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 7
After breakfast on board, you will start your day with a visit to the Temples of Karnak. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex as your guide explains how the massive facade was constructed. Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by a two-kilometer long Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. Your private guide will offer interpretation and guide you through the most important parts of the temples. After the tour, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight back to Cairo.
- Day 8
A private transfer between Cairo and the airport is provided. You will take the morning flight from Cairo to Amman. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Upon arrival you will be met by our representative at the immigration area prior to the Visa desks. Then it is off to baggage claim and finally to passenger pick up. Then you will drive up north to explore the Roman ruins of Jerash with a local guide. You have the late afternoon at leisure back in Amman - explore the city under your own steam.
- Day 9
In the morning, you will start your drive to Petra in the South along the 5000 year old King's Highway. En route you'll stop to see Mount Nebo, where alleged Moses was buried on this mountain. Here you will look down at the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem; the Christian mosaics of Madaba; and the crusader castle of Kerak. Proceed to Petra in the afternoon.
- Day 10
Today you'll enjoy a full day guided tour of Petra. Your private guide will be with you for around two to three hours, after which you have some time to explore further on your own.
Petra is the treasure of the ancient world, and the rock-carved rose-red city is full of mysterious charm. It was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. You will pass the canyon, the so called Siq, to see the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Continue via the Street of Facades to the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle.
- Day 11
After breakfast and a relax morning, you will begin your journey back north to Amman. On your return to Amman, a short visit to the Amman Citadel. Check in the hotel and overnight in Amman.
- Day 12
In this morning, you will be free until private transfer to Amman airport for departure flight.
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- Jerash Artemis Temple
- Mount Nebo
- Sunset over the Nile
- Kanark Temple
- Alabaster Sphinx
- Al Dier Monastery