Cairo - Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Khufu
Cairo - Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Khufu
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Egypt & Jordan

Itinerary

This comprehensive budget tour takes in all the main sights in Jordan and Egypt including Petra, Jerash, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum in Jordan, the Pyramids & Sphinx, Philae & Karnak temples, the Valley of the Kings.

2018 - 'Jordan and Egypt on a Budget Tour'
14 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Monday

Amman

Welcome to Jordan! Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Amman for the start of your trip. They'll help settle in and introduce you to the local area. The rest of your day is free. If you arrive early in the morning, then a half-day city tour of Amman is available this afternoon.

Overnight Amman
3 star
Day 2
Tuesday

Amman, Jerash, Dead Sea

After breakfast, we drive north for a visit of Jerash, one of the largest and best preserved Roman sites outside of Italy. It is a excellent example of Roman architecture including paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, amphitheatres, spacious public squares and plazas, bathhouses, fountains and a city wall pierced by towers and gates. We continue by road to the shore of the Dead Sea where we can float and try to swim in the unique, salty waters before returning to Amman for the night.

Overnight Amman
3 star
(B)
Day 3
Wednesday

Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Kerak Castle

We depart Amman for a scenic drive along the King's Highway to Petra, crossing deep Wadis, including the majestic Wadi al-Mujib, olive groves, and driving through remote rural villages. En-route we see the Roman mosaics at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Madaba, enjoy great views of Israel from Mt. Nebo, and visit Kerak Castle, one in a chain of Crusader fortresses built across Jordan in the 12th Century.

Overnight Petra
3 star
(B)
Day 4
Thursday

Petra

We enjoy a full day today inside the world famous site of Petra, with a 2-3 hour guided tour of this fascinating city. Carved into the rocks and left undiscovered for centuries Petra has always been an enduring attraction for explorers.
We start by walking through the Siq and one of Petra's most impressive monuments, the Khazneh (Treasury) comes into view. Our guide will explain the elaborate facades carved into the rock from the top down. From the Khazneh the valley opens out and we'll see the ruined Roman amphitheatre, and colonnaded street.
During your free time you can explore for yourselves and walk up a steep and narrow winding gorge past beautifully coloured sandstone cliff walls to the huge and imposing 'Monastery'. The biggest of Petra's carved monuments. Another climb can take you to the High Place of Sacrifice, and Lion Fountain. All in all, this is a full & tiring, but hugely rewarding day touring one of the world's most famous ancient sites. We spend the evening and night relaxing at our hotel.

Overnight Petra
3 star
(B)
Day 5
Friday

Wadi Rum jeep safari

Today we drive towards Wadi Rum and en route visit the site of Little Petra, which was a suburb of the main city and provides a great insight into the building of the larger buildings and tombs. At Wadi Rum we enjoy Bedouin hospitality and a 4WD jeep safari through the spectacular desert scenery with its towering cliffs, bizarre rock formations and sandy dunes. We finish at a Bedouin camp located against the cliffs right inside the Wadi Rum reserve. At the end of the day we drive back to Amman for the night.

Overnight Amman
3 star
(B)
Day 6
Saturday

Amman, Cairo

Upon arrival in Cairo airport our staff will meet you and transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids for the start of your Egypt trip. They will help you settle in, introduce you to the local area, and explain tomorrow's arrangements.

If you arrive early you may like to take an evening dinner cruise on the Nile, or enjoy a spectacular sound and light show at the pyramids (both available to book locally on arrival).

Overnight Cairo
3 star
(B)
Day 7
Sunday

Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum

Our tour of Egypt begins begins with a visit to the sprawling Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. The museum is home to the famous Tutankhamun exhibit and a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artefacts. One of our experienced local Egyptologist guides will be with you on this tour, and all of your other sightseeing tours. You'll discover our amazing guides have a wealth of knowledge and full are of enthusiasm about Egyptian history, and their country in general.
After the museum we then head out to Giza on the edge of Cairo to visit the enigmatic Sphinx and the three greatest pyramids in Egypt, the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) along with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the inspiring sight of these huge structures looming out of the desert is an unforgettable site.
You will have a chance to climb inside the pyramids if you wish, but you're on your own, as your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid).
In the evening we leave Cairo by coach and head south through the Nile Valley to Aswan.

Overnight Between Cairo - Aswan
Coach Seat
(B, D)
Day 8
Monday

Aswan, Nubian Village, Philae Temple & Aswan Dam

This morning we arrive in Aswan and transfer to our 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. Many descendants of the Nubian people still live here and we'll visit a local Nubian village to see their colourful houses, simple way of life and to enjoy a traditional lunch.

Our tour in Aswan starts 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 we reach by a scenic boat ride. We also stop to visit the huge Aswan Dam. The rest of the day is free.

Overnight Aswan
4 star
(B, L)
Day 9
Tuesday

Abu Simbel option. Aswan & Nile Felucca Cruise

This morning we have the option of taking an early start for the drive to the UNESCO world heritage site at Abu Simbel. These amazing temples built by Ramses II are one of Egypt's main highlights and attractions. Those not visiting Abu Simbel can explore Aswan's markets this morning, walk up and down the Corniche on the banks of the river or visit the Nubian Museum which has a fascinating collection covering the development of the Nubian people in the region.
We board our traditional Nile felucca to enjoy an afternoon sailing down the Nile. Floating down the Nile on a felucca is one of Egypt's most enjoyable activities and you'll be able to watch local rural Egyptian life pass you by on the banks of the river as you drift past. Our Nubian crew will sail the boat and entertain you on the way, as well as preparing meals for you. Our separate facilities boat will join with us from time to time during the day and moor up with us at night. This boat has a welcome toilet and showers on board as well as a hygienic kitchen where the crew will prepare a delicious evening meal. You sleep on the deck of the boat tonight (mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets provided).

Overnight Between Aswan - Kom Ombo
Felucca
(B, D)
Day 10
Wednesday

Felucca sailing

You have the whole day today to relax and watch the world go by from the deck of the felucca. We'll stop at several islands and on the banks of the river for breaks and to walk to local villages. Meals are prepared by our Nubian crew and drinks are available on board.

Overnight Luxor
4 star
(B, L, D)
Day 11
Thursday

Luxor, Karnak temple

After breakfast on-board we bid farewell to our felucca crew and drive north to Luxor. The town of Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, and boasts the largest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. To the west of the Nile lies the City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock-hewn tombs, whilst to the east lie the Temples of Luxor and Karnak. Our tour this afternoon is to the huge Karnak complex with our Egyptologist guide. Later this evening he'll talk you on a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple which is right in the middle of town and beautifully lit up at night. You'll also stop at some of Luxor's popular outdoor cafes, perhaps enjoying a few games of backgammon and trying a shisha pipe with the locals.

Overnight Luxor
4 star
(B)
Day 12
Friday

Luxor

Your morning is free today and you can enjoy a welcome lie in after several early starts. Several optional tours are available today, including one to explore Luxor's West Bank. Home to the Valley of the Kings, the dusty tombs in this ancient burial site are still revealing their secrets today and so it remains one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Our tour includes several of these Pharaonic tombs, as well as the temples of Queen Hatchepsut, the huge Colossi of Memnon, and the Worker's Village.
In the evening we board the coach again for the journey back north to Cairo.

Overnight Between Luxor - Cairo
Coach Seat
(B)
Day 13
Saturday

Cairo, free day

We arrive back into Cairo early this morning and transfer to our hotel. Most of the day is then free to explore Cairo as you choose or you may take an optional tour.

In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in central Cairo. We'll walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelery and anything else you can imagine as we gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. We'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 we visit the evening Al Guri Sufi show at the Wikalat al Ghuri, a 16th centry market place 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 our time in Egypt.

Overnight Cairo
3 star
(B)
Day 14
Sunday

Cairo

Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing or shopping until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note:
1. The minimum age for this tour is 12.
2. Hotel Gala Dinners - Many of Egypt and Jordan's hotels and Nile cruise boats arrange a very special gala dinner with entertainment in the evening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Payment for these is often optional on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) but may be compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$50 to over US$150 per person. Final decisions on prices and whether dinners are compulsory are made relatively close to the time. We aim to always select hotels that make their Gala Dinners optional, though this is is not always possible. Gala dinner prices are therefore not included in our tour prices, but will be added to your booking if they become required. More information is available on request.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Amman
    Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
  • Outbound Transfer - Cairo
    Cairo International Airport (CAI)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide/ Egyptologist for all sightseeing tours in Egypt
  • Professional English-speaking guides and tour escort in Jordan
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • 4 x 4 Desert Jeep Safari
  • Overnight coach - Cairo to Aswan
  • Overnight coach - Luxor to Cairo
  • Entrance fees in Jordan
  • 13 nights - accommodation.
    2 nights
    3 star
    Amman
    2 nights
    3 star
    Petra
    1 night
    3 star
    Amman
    1 night
    3 star
    Cairo
    1 night
    Coach Seat
    Between Cairo - Aswan
    1 night
    Felucca
    Between Aswan - Kom Ombo
    2 nights
    4 star
    Luxor
    1 night
    Coach Seat
    Between Luxor - Cairo
    1 night
    3 star
    Cairo
  • 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
  • International flight between Amman and Cairo
  • Visas, border or port taxes
  • Hotel gala dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see 'Notes' section)
  • Egypt Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips
  • Entrance fees in Egypt
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Amman
  • Aswan - Temple of Philae
  • Cairo - Al Guri Sufi show
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum - Royal Mummy Room (Optional)
  • Cairo - Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops)
  • Cairo - Old City Historial Areas - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Dead Sea - Swimming, sunbaking, relaxing
  • Felucca Sailing
  • Kerak - Crusader Castle
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor - Medinat Habu
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings
  • Luxor Temple
  • Madaba - Church of St. George - Mosaics
  • Petra - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Wadi Rum - 4 x 4 Desert Jeep Safari
  • Aswan - Nubian Village (Lunch)
  • Aswan Dam
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - Giza Pyramids - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Cairo - Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
  • Cairo - The Sphinx
  • Felucca Sailing
  • Jerash - Ancient Roman Site
  • Little Petra
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Queen Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings - Tutankhamen's Tomb (Optional)
  • Madaba
  • Mt. Nebo - Panoramic Views
  • Wadi al Mujib
  • Wadi Rum - UNESCO Heritage site
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Accommodation

This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Jordan

Amman
Al Waleed Hotel
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Ali Nassouh At-Taher St.,
Amman
Ph. :
+962 6 586 4475
Al Waleed Hotel
Al Waleed Hotel
Al Waleed Hotel
Petra
Alanbat Hotel
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Wadi Mousa
Petra
Ph. :
+962 3 215 6265
Website :
www.alanbat.com
Alanbat Hotel
Alanbat Hotel
Alanbat Hotel

Egypt

Aswan
Pyramisa Isis Corniche Aswan Resort
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Corniche El Nile
Aswan
Ph. :
+2 097 2315300
Pyramisa Isis Corniche Aswan Resort
Pyramisa Isis Corniche Aswan Resort
Pyramisa Isis Corniche Aswan Resort
Between Aswan - Kom Ombo
Felucca
Standard : Felucca
Address :-
Between Aswan - Kom Ombo
Felucca
Felucca
Felucca
Between Cairo - Aswan
Coach
Standard : Coach Seat
Address :-
Between Cairo - Aswan
No images available for this hotel.
Between Luxor - Cairo
Coach
Standard : Coach Seat
Address :-
Between Luxor - Cairo
No images available for this hotel.
Cairo
Zayed Hotel
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
42 Abu El Mahasn El Shazly Sq.
Mohandseen
Cairo
Ph. :
+20 (2) 3346 3318
Zayed Hotel
Zayed Hotel
Zayed Hotel
Luxor
Eatabe Luxor Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Cornish El Nile Street
Luxor
Ph. :
002 095 2374944
Eatabe Luxor Hotel
Eatabe Luxor Hotel
Eatabe Luxor Hotel
Iberotel Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Khaled Ibn El Walid Street
Luxor
Ph. :
+20 95 2380 925
Website :
Iberotel Hotel
No images available for this hotel.
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
From
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Currency:- USD
Cost
S.S.
14 May 2018
23 Sep 2018
1,349.00
365.00
24 Sep 2018
16 Dec 2018
1,429.00
365.00
17 Dec 2018
31 Dec 2018
1,499.00
365.00
Deposit Option available for Jordan and Egypt on a Budget Tour :
 
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Departing
Deposit
01 Aug 2016 - 31 Dec 2020
01 Aug 2016 - 31 Dec 2020
$ 250.00

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