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18 Day Jordan and Egypt Tour with Flights

Cairo - Luxor - Edfu - Kom-Ombo - Aswan

Roundtrip international flights from Australia

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Experience Petra, Wadi Rum, The Great Pyramids and more!

Overnight train journey from Cairo to Aswan

Overnight sailboat journey on the Nile River

Bedouin camp experience in the Wadi Rum Desert

From $4,999 $6,499 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


A truly memorable and authentic experience through Jordan and Egypt awaits you.

Your journey will begin in Amman with desert castles and a homestay with a Jordanian family that will show you the area as locals. You'll drive by the Dead Sea on your way to Petra - The Red City and one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Bedouin camp stay in the Wadi Rum desert before continuing on to Egypt.

Egypt will grace you with some fantastic experiences like a visit to The Great Pyramids and an overnight sailboat trip down the Nile. Soak in the history and culture before finishing off your trip with a 5-star stay in the resort city of Hurghada.

Tick Jordan and Egypt off your bucket-list with one-of-a-kind experiences and a touch of luxury.

 

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18

Day 1

Depart Australia

Your amazing journey begins!

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Amman

On arrival at Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel in Amman. They'll help you settle in, let you know the plan for tomorrow and then you have the rest of the day to rest or explore your new surroundings independently.

Accommodation: Al Waleed Hotel or similar, Amman

Meals included: inflight only

Day 3

Amman

After breakfast, head to Jordan's famous 'desert castles' of Qasr al-Kharrana, Qal'at al-Azraq and Qseirr Amra. These imposing structures can be found on the old trade routes built during the Umayyad era and remnants of this period can still be seen today in the form of frescoes, bath houses and wells.

Journey back to Amman for lunch at a local restaurant, enjoying falafel and hummus, before enjoying a walking tour of Jordan's capital city. Visit some of its top tourist attractions such as the Amphitheatre, the Folklore Museum as well as the Citadel. You'll get to browse through its busy markets - giving you a chance to taste Knafeh (a tasty sweet treat) - all the while being taught some basic Arabic terms to use throughout the rest of your tour through Jordan.

If there's time left, you might visit a few traditional handcrafts and art galleries, before returning to your hotel in Amman.

Accommodation: Al Waleed Hotel or similar, Amman

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 4

Jerash

Say goodbye to Amman for now as you travel north to Jerash, one of the best examples of a Roman provincial city in the whole of the Middle East. Visit the spectacular Forum, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum and Artemis Temple.

Also on the agenda today is a visit to the towering Aljoun Castle - which was crafted in the 12th century by the Ayyubids and extended in the 13th century by the Mamluks. The castle also once served as the hub for Saladin's Arab forces, who defeated the Crusaders in the 12th century. The mountains, hills and forests around Aljoun Castle are surprisingly lush and tree covered and are very popular with hikers from Jordan and abroad.

The next stop is a visit to Rasoun village, where you'll meet a Jordanian family - your homestay hosts. After settling into your accommodation for the night, take a walk through the hills to see some Bronze Age Dolmens, which date back around 5000 years. Dolmens are stone burial chambers formed by a huge stone slab atop two or more standing stones.

For dinner, a delicious, home-cooked traditional Arabic meal will be prepared by your host Jordanian family. Spend the evening chatting with them about life in Jordan.

Accommodation: Jordanian family homestay in Rasoun

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 5

Madaba and the Dead Sea

Reluctantly say goodbye to your hosts in the Rasoun village after a shared breakfast. Journey south to Madaba to see the amazing Byzantine mosaics excavated from throughout the town. You'll see the 'Madaba Map', the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Lands before heading to Mount Nebo and wonder at the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried.

After lunch, head to the Dead Sea where you have the afternoon to float in the sea, try the invigorating properties of the mud by the beach, and rest by the resort pool. Swimming in the Dead Sea is a strange and wonderful experience and one you'll never forget.

Accommodation: Dead Sea Spa Resort or similar, Dead Sea

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Petra

Today, make your way down the Dead Sea coastline, passing lots of deep canyons and gorges as they meet the sea. After passing some salt flats at the southern end of the Dead Sea, head up through the mountains towards Petra, stopping for a short hike in the beautiful scenery and hills of the Dana Biosphere Reserve along the way. This is Jordan's largest nature reserve, and there are great views of the valleys and hills on the various trails around the restored Dana village. Spring is a particularly lovely time to visit with the terrain surprisingly green and full of flowers. Stop for a home-made lunch in the village and take a walk before continuing to the imposing crusader castle at Shobak, finally arriving at Petra late in the evening.

An option is available this evening to get a first taste of Petra on the atmospheric Petra by Night tour, during which the Siq Trail and area outside the Treasury are lit up with hundreds of candles.

Accommodation: La Maison or similar, Petra

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Petra and Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp

Today is all about exploring the rose-red city of Petra - the former capital of the Nabataean Kingdom and has since become one of the Modern 7 Wonders of the World. Walk through the Siq to get here, until getting to the Treasury - which is carved out of solid rock and stands over 40 metres high.

Learn about the history of this magnificent site and the Nabataean people who built it, exploring its caves and tombs carved into the sandstone cliffs around us. You'll be given some time to do some exploring on your own - you could hike up to the towering Monastery which offers breathtaking views of the Jordan Valley or take a walk to the High Place of Sacrifice.

Late this afternoon, head into the nearby Wadi Rum desert,where you'll spend the night under the stars, staying in a comfortable Bedouin camp situated amongst the sand dunes and against the rocky cliffs, well away from the busy roads and traffic. If you'd like, you can even take a sleeping bag to a secluded spot and sleep outside, underneath the starry skies above.

Accommodation: Bedouin Camp in the Wadi Rum Desert

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 8

Wadi Rum and Amman

Today, head out on a jeep safari through the sandy terrain of Wadi Rum, beneath the towering 'jebels' - stopping every now and then to marvel at its sand dunes, strange rock formations and rock bridges.

You can also participate in a few activities derived from Bedouin traditions such as walking with a local shepherd with their sheep and goats to a Bedouin tent, where you'll help make lunch. You can also choose to do other activities such as shearing sheep and goat's hair, grinding and roasting coffee beans and making bread.

Afterwards, head back to camp before driving north on the Desert Highway back to Amman. Tonight, head to the local coffee shops and cafes near your hotel, where you can try a sheesha or a game of backgammon as you enjoy your final night in Jordan.

Accommodation: Al Waleed Hotel or similar, Amman

Meal included: breakfast and lunch

Day 9

Cairo

You'll be transferred to Amman airport today to board your flight to Egypt's busy capital of Cairo. Once you arrive in Cairo, your guide will be there to meet you before taking you to your hotel, situated close to the Great Pyramids. You'll have some time to settle in before being introduced to the local area.

You have the rest of the day to explore Cairo independently. Options are also available to head out on an evening dinner cruise on the Nile River or enjoy a mesmerising sound and light show at the pyramids (both available to book locally on arrival).

Accommodation: Le Meridien Pyramids or similar, Cairo

Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

Cairo

After your first night in the capital, start the day with a local Egyptologist guide, visiting the Great Sphinx of Giza, one of the largest and oldest statues in the world. Archeologists believe that it was carved around 2500 BC.

Towering behind the Great Sphinx are three Great Pyramids of Egypt, the largest being the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which stands at 500 feet high and 750 feet wide, It's a man-made structure full of wonder and secrets still to be discovered. Khafre and Menkaure's pyramids are smaller and simpler in design than Khufu's massive structure, but still hugely imposing structures. When first built, the pyramids were covered in reflective white limestone, much of which eroded over the years.

From the pyramids, head to the Egyptian Museum in the heart of Cairo, which houses the Tutankhamun exhibit as well as a host of other ancient artifacts. Your guide will show you around and then there's more time to explore independently, perhaps taking in the dedicated Mummy Room. This evening, head to the local station for the overnight sleeper train to Aswan (approx. 12 hours - flight upgrades available).

Your accommodation on the overnight sleeper train is in a private twin-berth cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included.

Accommodation: overnight sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan (flight and hotel alternative available at additional cost)

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 11

Aswan

This morning, arrive in Aswan and transfer to your hotel overlooking the Nile which is at its most picturesque here; with cascading rapids, lush green islands, and feluccas sailing to and fro.

Aswan itself is a melting pot of African and Middle Eastern cultures, most easily experienced by wandering through the busy markets. It's also part of the ancient region of Nubia, which comprised parts of present day southern Egypt and northern Sudan around the Nile Rvers. Many descendants of the Nubian people still live here and you'll visit a local Nubian village to see their colourful houses, simple way of life and to enjoy a traditional lunch.

Continue your tour this afternoon with a visit the Temple of Philae, a beautiful island complex dedicated to Isis and reclaimed from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, which is reachable by a scenic boat ride. The evening is then free to look around Aswan's spice and general markets, and to walk up and down the popular Corniche, on the banks of the Nile. An option is also available to take a camel ride through the sands on the far bank of the Nile to St. Simeon's monastery. If you've chosen the Abu Simbel option then head to bed early this evening to be ready for a very early start tomorrow morning.

Accommodation: Helnan Aswan Hotel or similar, Aswan

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 12

Nile Felucca

This morning, you have an option to visit the imposing Abu Simbel Temple complex, built by Ramses II and rescued much more recently from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Abu Simbel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you'll head out early to witness sunrise over this magnificent monument. Transfers, guiding, and entrance fees are included. If you don't visit Abu Simbel, then your morning is free to explore Aswan further, perhaps visiting the Nubian Museum which explores the history and heritage of the Nubian people in the region.

This afternoon, board a traditional felucca and set sail along the Nile River, giving you time to relax and take in rural Egyptian life pass you by as you drift past. Our Nubian crew will be on hand to entertain and prepare meals for you, with a separate facilities boat joining up every now and then, which houses a welcome toilet a shower on board as well as a hygienic kitchen where your meals will be prepared.

Overnight on the felucca, sleeping on the deck with mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets provided. If you wish you can upgrade this overnight felucca sailboat trip to an additional night in the Aswan hotel, and in this case, you'll spend tonight in Aswan and rejoin the group tomorrow morning when they leave the felucca at Kom Ombo. All other touring remains the same.

Accommodation: Nile Felucca sailboat trip (hotel stay available at additional cost)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13

Edfu

Enjoy breakfast on-board the felucca before saying goodbye to your Nubian crew and head to the nearby temple of Edfu before journeying to Luxor.

Set on the east bank of the Nile River, Luxor is known for having possibly the largest concentration of ancient temples and sites in the world. Highlights are Karnak and Luxor temples, and the tombs of the pharaohs, queens, and nobles on the opposite (west) bank of the Nile.

Have some lunch before visiting the towering Karnak Temple, which once served as the religious centre of Thebes and Upper Egypt. Karnak is an open air museum, which consists of huge pillars, towering columns, massive avenues of sphinxes, and an obelisk that stands 97-feet tall and weighs 323-tons. Karnak's Hypostyle hall stretches for 54,000 square feet and featuring 134 columns - making it the largest room of any religious building on the planet.

Tonight, head out on a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple, which is lit up at night, making for spectacular viewing.

Accommodation:Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel or similar, Luxor

Meals included: breakfast

Day 14

Valley of the Kings

Start early today, crossing the Nile River as you head to Luxor's West Bank, which is home to the Valley of the Kings - a burial ground for the Pharaohs. In and around 1500 B.C. the Pharaohs decided to no longer construct great pyramids in which to be buried, but rather to be buried in the hidden tombs we find here today. Your tour includes several of these Pharaonic tombs, as well as the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, and the huge Colossi of Memnon.

As an optional extra, you can enjoy a breathtaking hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile River this morning (expect an early start to catch sunrise as the balloon rises).

Say goodbye to the Nile River this afternoon as you head to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, checking into a 5-star resort. Your stay here is on a 'soft all inclusive' basis, with all meals, soft drinks and snacks included (excluding not alcoholic beverages).

Accommodation: Sunrise Royal Makadi Aqua Resort or similar, Hurghada

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 15

Red Sea

After a busy few days exploring temples and tombs, you have some free time to relax by the Red Sea. It's a great place to try your hand at watersports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, kite surfing, sea fishing and a host of other adventure activities. Or you can just sit back and relax by the resort pool. Your local representative based in Hurghada will be on hand to help make any arrangements you'd like to add. 

Accommodation: Sunrise Royal Makadi Aqua Resort or similar, Hurghada

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 16

Cairo

Fly back to Cairo this morning and you then have some free time to explore Cairo as you choose or subject to the flight timings you may take an optional tour. These include a city tour in Cairo which visits Coptic Cairo, the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque, or a half day tour to Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis to learn more about the history and evolution of pyramid building. Other full day options further afield include a visit to the colonial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.

In the late afternoon, take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in central Cairo. Walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelry and anything else you can imagine as you gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. You'll have time for a break to try some tea and a shisha pipe and perhaps enjoy an early dinner of Egypt's unofficial national dish, Kushari. Finally, visit the evening Al Guri Sufi show at the Wikalat al Ghuri, a 16th century marketplace with a domed roof and some beautiful Islamic architecture. A colourful and flamboyant show packs crowds of locals, and some tourists in here twice a week with displays of dervish inspired dance, sufi vocals and vibrant percussion. This makes a thrilling and entertaining end to your time in Egypt (during peak periods when queues and waits to get in can be very long, an evening event at a hotel or restaurant may be arranged instead of attending this show).

Accommodation: Le Meridien Pyramids or similar, Cairo 

Meals included: breakfast

Day 17

Departure

You have the day free to do some last minute sightseeing and shopping before transferring to the airport to board your flight back home. If you have a late flight, you can head out on one of our optional Cairo city tours or add a few extra nights to your time in Cairo to explore the colonial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 18

Arrive home

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide*, Canberra*, Hobart* or Perth* (* surcharge applies)
  • International flights with Etihad, Emirates Airlines or Royal Jordanian Airlines  (subject to availability)
  • One way economy class airfare from Amman to Cairo
  • Airport transfers
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation on twinshare basis
  • 1 night homestay with Jordanian family
  • 1 overnight sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan (flight and hotel alternative available at additional cost)
  • 1 overnight Nile Felucca sailboat trip (hotel stay available at additional cost)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary: 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Modern air conditioned bus transport
  • All sightseeing as listed
  • Egyptologist guide in Egypt

 

Accommodation

Amman - Al Waleed Hotel or similar
Rasoun village - Jordanian family homestay. Accommodation is in shared rooms holding up to 4 people. Bathrooms are separate and shared. Overall you can expect a simple but comfortable and very welcoming experience.
Dead Sea - Dead Sea Spa Resort or similar
Petra - La Maison or similar
Wadi Rum - Rahayeb Camp. Accommodation is in permanent goat hair tents with proper beds and all bedding provided. The food is generally excellent.
Cairo - Le Meridien Pyramids or similar
Overnight sleeper train - a private twin-berth cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included.
Aswan - Helnan Aswan Hotel or similar
Nile River - Felucca Sailboat. Very basic traditional Nile sailboats and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river.
Luxor - Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel or similar
Hurghada - Sunrise Royal Makadi Aqua Resort or similar

 

All Traveldream deals are backed by a 14-day refund guarantee! 

Exclusions

  • Jordan Visa fees
  • Egypt Entry visa (available on arrival for aproximately US$25)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • All drinks
  • Any additional requests
  • Tips (Driver, Representative & Guide)

 

Child Policy

Children must be at least 2 years old to participate in this tour. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $1500.

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.

 

Group Size

The group size for this tour is a maximum of 20 travellers. However, depending on your departure date the group size could be between 15 - 20 travellers. 

Departure Dates


OCT 2019
04 th
Friday 04 Oct 2019  ‐  Monday 21 Oct 2019
OCT 2019
18 th
Friday 18 Oct 2019  ‐  Monday 04 Nov 2019
NOV 2019
01 st
Friday 01 Nov 2019  ‐  Monday 18 Nov 2019
NOV 2019
15 th
Friday 15 Nov 2019  ‐  Monday 02 Dec 2019
FEB 2020
07 th
Friday 07 Feb 2020  ‐  Monday 24 Feb 2020

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