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GALLANT TRAVELERS EXPLORE EGYPT AND JORDAN

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Day 1:  - ARRIVE CAIRO, EGYPT
When you arrive at Cairo international airport, go to the Visa desk with your passports and $15 each. As soon as your visas are issued, proceed through Immigration and Customs formalities into the arrivals hall. Our representative will be holding a signboard with your name on it. The representative will greet you and transfer you by air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

Cairo, one of the world’s largest urban areas, is constantly full of life and movement with honking horns, children playing and merchants selling their wares. You will find everything in this modern and ancient city from the world’s greatest archeological sites to the grandest accommodations and restaurants.

The Mena House Oberoi hotel lying in the shadow of the Great Pyramids, has enchanted guests since 1869. This is the perfect place to begin your explorations of Cairo.

 

Your time is unscheduled until this afternoon, when, at the appointed time, your Egyptologist will meet you in the lobby on a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of Egyptian history with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, including 12 rooms filled with golden treasures from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamen.
Oberoi Mena House hotel

Day 2: CAIRO
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby after breakfast for a full day private touring. Your Egyptologist will escort you on an unforgettable tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza. The only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, they are among the world’s greatest tourist attractions and never lose their ability to inspire and overwhelm visitors. Your tour today includes an opportunity to enter inside one of these fabulous monuments and explore the mysteries of its ancient past for yourself.

No trip to Egypt would be complete without a ride on a “ship of the desert” and so you will have an opportunity to mount your individual camel for a short ride across the sands of Giza to the Sphinx.   Enter the temple of the mysterious Sphinx, an ancient figure shrouded in legend and mystery. Your Egyptologist will enthrall you with the tales told of this fascinating figure.

Experience Egypt’s rich, long history in the exciting double tour to the city of Memphis and the necropolis of Sakkara. At vast Sakkara, you will see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world. At the site of Memphis, you will see the ancient capital that once stood as a flourishing metropolis during the time of the Pharaohs. Return to the hotel and enjoy the balance of your day at leisure.
Breakfast / Mena House hotel

Day 3: CAIRO – ABU SIMBEL – ASWAN
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Abu Simbel via Aswan. Please note that all flights are subject to change. Upon arrival in Abu Simbel, board a shuttle bus for short transfer to the temples of Ramses II and his queen Nefertari. Here you will enjoy a narrated tour of Abu Simbel, a temple built by Ramesses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.) in ancient Nubia, where he wished to demonstrate his power and his divine nature. Four colossal (65 feet/20 meters high) statues of him sit in pairs flanking the entrance. The head and torso of the statue to the left of the entrance fell during ancient times, probably the result of an earthquake.

Return to the airstrip and board your short flight to Aswan where the boat staff will greet you and transfer you to your cruise boat, M.S. Nile Style. On board, the reception staff  will offer you chilled fruit juice while assisting with your check-in.

This morning, your Egyptologist guide will escort you to the Aswan High Dam, Egypt’s contemporary example of building on a monumental scale.  Next, take a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka.  Continue on to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. When you return to your cruise, a relaxing afternoon tea will be served in the lounge.

Tonight your Boat Manager will introduce you to the boat staff and review on-board facilities and your cruise program for the next few days. Complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer will be served, together with a selection of canapés followed by a gourmet dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / M.S. Nile Style (on board in Aswan)

Day 4: ASWAN – KOM OMBO – EDFU – ESNA
Enjoy the breakfast buffet on board, while you cruise to Kom Ombo.   Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. Return to your boat for lunch on board, while you cruise to Edfu.   This afternoon, explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic – albeit Greek-built – temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu.

Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Esna. Dinner tonight will be an “Egyptian Night” costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyyas”. Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / M.S. Nile Style  (on board in Esna)

Day 5:  ESNA – LUXOR
Set sail very early this morning for Luxor and enjoy the breakfast buffet along the way. Visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast “City of the Dead” where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces is the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh. It merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument.

On the way back to the Nile River, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.  Return to the boat for lunch.

This afternoon your Egyptologist will guide you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun.  Proceed to the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The great Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral.   Return to your cruise for afternoon tea on board.

Tonight’s farewell dinner will be a formal gala dinner, .
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / M.S. Nile Style (aboard in Luxor)

Day 6: LUXOR – CAIRO - AMMAN
Enjoy a final breakfast onboard, followed by cruise disembarkation. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairo.  You will be met by your Egyptologist to begin a guided tour of the highlights of Coptic Cairo.  Here you will find the remains of the old Fortress of Babylon, built at the time of the Romans in Egypt to protect the country from invading enemies. The walls of the fortress enclose the Church of St. Sergius, which is built on a crypt considered to be one of the resting places of the Holy Family during their flight to Egypt 2,000 years ago. You will also see the “Hanging Church”, supported by only one column, boasting incredible paintings inside.

Visit the Synagogue of Ben Ezra, where the  so-called “Geniza Documents” were discovered, which showed an unparalleled source of information about life of the Jews in Egypt’s past.  Continue to the Coptic Museum, which displays a wonderful collection of medieval statues, bells, bone carvings, frescoes, icons and colorful textiles.

Take a fascinating tour of Islamic Cairo, including the beautiful and graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel; a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Originally built by Salah El-Din in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders, the Citadel was modified and enlarged over the centuries by subsequent rulers and today is a complex of three mosques and four museums. Proceed to the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar – reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions.

This evening you will be transferred back to the airport to check in for your flight to Amman.  When you arrive at Queen Alia International Airport, our representative will assist you with visas, luggage, and customs, before driving you to your hotel.
Breakfast / Marriott Hotel Amman

Day 7: AMMAN – MT. NEBO - MADABA – DEAD SEA
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Amman, including the Citadel, the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Theatre, the Folklore Museum, and walk down town through the bazaars and the Gold market, then drive to the oldest part of Amman located at the 1st circle called “Jabal Amman”.   

Continue to MOUNT NEBO, the mountain where Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land… and not allowed to enter it.  When the weather is clear, you should even be able to see Jerusalem, which is about 60 kilometres away. Your drive will continue to Madaba (15 minutes drive from Mt. Nebo) where you will enjoy lunch at Haret Jdoudna Restaurant after which you will be driven to the Dead Sea and assisted with hotel check-in.
Breakfast, Lunch / Marriott Jordan Valley Resort & Spa

Day 8:  DEAD SEA – KERAK - WADI RUM
After breakfast, place your luggage in the vehicle and you will be driven to the Crusaders’ Castle of Kerak, famous for its crusader fortress in the centre of underground galleries, rooms and secret passageways and its thick defensive walls pierced by narrow arrow slits where crusader archers held out bravely, but in vain, for over 100 years. Payen Le Boutellier, the lord of Montreal, built the fortress in 1142. He made Kerak the new capital of the province because it was situated on the king’s highway, where it could control all traffic from north and south.

Lunch in Kerak at King’s Castle restaurant after which your drive will continue to Wadi Rum, otherwise known as Valley of the Moon, the setting for the film Lawrence of Arabia and the actual location where T.E. Lawrence set his camp, whose book “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”    Bedouin camps are evident in the Wadi, which is still home to a number of Bedouin families, who welcome visitors with the hospitality and generosity for which Bedouins are so famous.    Dinner will be served under a Bedouin tent facing a big bonfire in the middle of the campsite.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Captain’s Camp, Wadi Rum

Day 9: WADI RUM - PETRA
6.30am you will be woken for your hot air ballooning over the desert! Afterwards, enjoy breakfast before the drive to Petra where you will check into your hotel which is located directly at the entrance to the historic city of Petra.

This afternoon, begin your tour of the rose red city of Petra with a horse ride from the main gate of Petra to the entrance of the old city and then everyone has to walk.  Nabetean Arabs built the ancient city of Petra from 800 BC to 100 AD. In this era Petra was a fortress carved out of craggy rocks in an area, which was virtually inaccessible.  In the first and second century, after the Romans took over, the city reached the peak of its fame.  Nowadays Petra is Jordan’s number one tourist attraction, known as the “rose-red city half as old as time”. The Khazneh (the Treasury,) starred in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!
Buffet lunch inside Petra, at the Basin Restaurant followed by some free time.
Breakfast, Lunch / Movenpick hotel


Day 10: PETRA
This morning, your guide will introduce you to Al Beidha, or Little Petra, the next most important site for the casual visitor in Wadi Musa. This site is only a few kilometers from Petra. It is literally hidden away in the center of a mountain .  Just before the entrance is a façade of luminous simplicity, at the top of a short flight of steps. It does not seem to have been or a tomb because al-Beidha was designed more for the living than for the dead. Perhaps it was the office of the collector of tolls of the trading caravans that lodged here.

Your room at the Movenpick is booked for tonight so that you can catch a nap both this afternoon and evening.

Tonight, return to Petra for “Petra by Night” beginning at 8.30pm. The entire As Siq and Treasury are lit by over 1500 candles. Eventually the musician appears through a dark entrance and makes his way through the candles to stand before us. Words can’t describe this experience…to see Petra this way, glowing by candlelight, lets you truly appreciate its marvel
Breakfast, Buffet dinner / Movenpick Hotel

Day 11: – PETRA – AMMAN - DEPART
Around 2am (confirm with your guide), check out of the hotel and you will be driven directly to Amman airport (3hrs) where you will check in 2hrs early for your onward flight.

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Egypt Inclusions:

  • Meet & Greet services at the Cairo International Airport with assistance at Passport Control
  • Two nights at the Oberoi Mena House hotel on bed & buffet breakfast and taxes
  • Three night cruise on full board basis including all sightseeing as per cruise program
  • Meals as indicated ; All excursions mentioned in the program including entrance fees.
  • Domestic flights Cairo/Abu Simbel/Aswan and Luxor/Cairo; International flight Cairo to Amman
  • All sightseeing tours in Luxor and Aswan as per the itinerary.
  • Professional English-speaking Egyptologist

 

Jordan Inclusions:

  • Meeting and assistance at airport upon arrival, and assistance at airport upon departure
  • 2 nights accommodation at Marriott Hotels in a standard room on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 night Captain’s Camp – tented accommodation ; 2 nights Movenpick Petra hotel
  • All transfers and excursions in private air-conditioned vehicle with English-speaking driver
  • Mineral water on board the vehicle at all times and during tours
  • English-speaking guide for sightseeing as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) ; Entrance fees to sights indicated
  • Jordan’s airport departure tax (currently US$7.50 per person)
  • Short horse ride at Petra during the first visit of the site
  • Porterage at airports and hotels

 

Exclusions:

  • All international airfare, airport departure and taxes
  • Entry visa to Egypt (currently US$ 15.00 per person) ; Entry visa to Jordan (currently US$15.00 per person)
  • Items of a personal nature, any item not specified in the inclusions
  • Any transfers and sightseeing not mentioned in the attached detailed itinerary
  • Travel Insurance ; Gratuities ; Horse carriage in Petra