Jordan & Felucca Explorer - 15 Days

Petra - explore this spectacular UNESCO-listed Nabataean city, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Wadi Rum - explore this vast red desert with its rolling dunes and dramatic rock formations in a 4x4 and camp under a blanket of stars, Dead Sea - bob around like a cork in the famously buoyant, mineral-rich waters and smother yourself in Dead Sea mud, Mt Nebo - take in the incredible panoramic views across the Promised Land, Karak - roam around this imposing Crusader castle, perched dramatically on a hill top, Amman - visit the ancient hilltop citadel, the fascinating Archaeological Museum and bustling souqs, Madaba - wander around this Christian market town, home to Jordan’s finest Byzantine mosaics, Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Egyptian Museum, Aswan - take a boat ride out to the romantic Philae Temple, Nile felucca cruising - sail the River Nile on board a traditional felucca and spend two nights sleeping on deck, under a blanket of stars, Kom Ombo - visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo, Luxor - experience the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night (optional) and roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak, Luxor's West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Destination: Jordan

Travel Dates: From 2019-10-20 to 2020-12-20

Duration: 15 days

Company: ON THE GO TOURS

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Inclusions

  • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    5 nights 3 star hotels in Jordan and 5 nights 3-4 star hotels in Egypt
    1 night - Wadi Rum desert camp
    2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
    1 overnight train: Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
    Flight from Amman to Cairo
    Touring of Amman, Petra, Karak, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Mt Nebo, Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan & Kom Ombo
    4x4 desert safari across the sand dunes of Wadi Rum
    Excursion to the Dead Sea
    Escorted by a licensed Jordanian tour guide and an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
    English speaking specialist guides at some local sights
    Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 7 and day 15
    All transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
    Ave group size: 16 persons

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Day 1, Amman
Sunday. You’ll be met at Queen Alia International Airport and transferred to our start hotel in Amman. At 6pm this evening we have a welcome meeting where you will meet your guide and the rest of the group.
No meals included.
Day 2, Amman
Today is free to independently explore Amman, with top sights including a magisterial Citadel and spectacular Roman ruins, as well as a hubbub of colourful souqs and mosques.

Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion out of the capital. We visit the Graeco-Roman city of Jerash, with its remarkable 2,000-year-old ruins, and Ajloun Castle, which dates back as far as the 12th century.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 3, Amman City tour & Karak Castle
Amman - Karak - Petra. Our day begins with a guided tour of Amman, where we learn all about the city’s famous citadel and visit the National Archeological Museum. From Amman, we journey south to Petra, stopping en route to marvel at the Crusador castle of Karak, one of the largest and most imposing Crusader castles of the Levant region.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 4, Petra
Today is dedicated entirely to the remarkable Rose City of Petra. Undoubtedly the jewel in Jordan’s crown, Petra is both a UNESCO-listed archaeological site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the city was once a thriving capital, but was lost to the world for centuries until being rediscovered by a swiss explorer in 1812. We access the site’s hidden archaeological treasures via a narrow gorge known as the Siq, where 200-metre-high cliffs give way to reveal the Kazneh, better known as the Treasury. From this building’s magnificent façade, the valley widens to offer an impressive amphitheater, a Roman Colonnaded street, tombs and temples.

We take a guided tour of Petra, after which there is free time to either explore independently or climb to Ad-Deir. Otherwise known as the Monastery, this striking building is reached by hundreds of rock-cut steps and offers incredible views over the Petra Hills.

Tonight, we have an optional excursion back to Petra to revisit the Treasury after dark. Illuminated by thousands of candles, its façade glows a beautiful orange colour and is certain to be one of the most memorable sights of your trip.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 5, Wadi Rum
Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning either enjoy some free time or revisit Petra on an optional hike. Entering via the Al Madras secret road, those hiking can view the Treasury from above and visit the High Place of Sacrifice. Perched on soaring cliffs, this sacrificial point is one of dozens of High Places that were involved in religious ceremonies.

This afternoon we travel to the Wadi Rum desert, a spectacular landscape of epic rock formations and rolling red sand dunes. We board 4x4 jeeps to take an exhilarating ride to our desert camp, where we spend the night. This evening we enjoy some time around the camp fire and a delicious Jordanian dinner, all under a beautiful blanket of stars, before bedding down for the night in permanent tents.
1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
Day 6, Dead Sea
Wadi Rum - Dead Sea - Mt Nebo - Madaba. This morning consider an early start to watch a breathtaking sunrise over the desert. Following breakfast we leave the Wadi Rum and travel north to reach the famous Dead Sea. Landlocked between Israel and Jordan, this salt lake is the lowest body of water on Earth and reaches more than 400 metres below sea level. It’s also one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world and is well-known for its buoyancy. We spend a leisurely few hours bobbing around on its waters and applying black Dead Sea mud to give our skin an invigorating boost.

Our next stop is Mount Nebo, the site from which Moses is said to have viewed the Promised Land. From this spectacular vantage point we soak up an amazing panorama which includes the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, the Mount of Olives, Jericho and Bethlehem in Israel. Our final night in Jordan is spent in Madaba, an ancient market town famous for its Byzantine-era mosaics and the oldest known map of the Holy Land.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 7, Cairo
Amman - Cairo. Today we leave behind the wonders of Jordan to continue our tour in the ancient realms of Egypt. Transfer to Amman’s Queen Ali Airport and flight to Cairo included. Upon arrival in Cairo our Egypt team will meet you and transfer you to our hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 8, Pyramids of Giza
After breakfast we visit the Giza Plateau to marvel at the oldest and only surviving members of the original Seven Wonders of the World. The legendary Pyramids of Giza are over 4,500 years old, and it’s thought that over 100,000 workers were involved in their construction. Of the three pyramids, Cheops is the largest and contains over 2.5 million limestone blocks, weighing from two to 50 tons. However, it still remains a mystery as to how these were transported. For a real Arabian experience, there is the option of taking a camel ride across the sands on the plateau.

Our next stop is the necropolis of Saqqara, where we find Zhoser’s step pyramid. Dating back to 2700 BC, this pyramid was designed by the pharaoh’s chief architect Imhotep and was the very first pyramid the Egyptians built. We complete our day souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 9, Luxor
Cairo - Luxor. Our first stop this morning is the famous Egyptian Museum where we enjoy a guided tour of the incredible array of Egyptian relics and antiquities. The museum is home to the treasures of King Tutankhamun, the world's best-known pharaoh, and includes his famous solid gold funerary mask. We then board our coach for the long journey to Luxor in the south of Egypt.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 10, Luxor
Luxor - Aswan. Today we venture to the Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s West Bank, where our first sight is the towering Colossi of Memnon. Facing the River Nile, this iconic pair of statues are some 18-metres tall and represent Pharaoh Amenhotep III. From here, we make our way to the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt, which rises out of the desert in a series of terraces. We also explore the Valley of the Kings, which is studded with beautifully decorated tombs that held the mummies of mighty pharaohs, including King Tutankhamun.

This afternoon we head to Egypt’s sunniest southern city, Aswan, where we spend a relaxing evening walking along the beautiful river Nile.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 11, Felucca Cruise
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. This morning there is an optional excursion to the rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel. UNESCO World Heritage-listed since 1979, the temple features four colossal statues of King Ramses II and is a spectacular example of ancient Egyptian art. We then take a short boat ride to visit the Philae Temple on Agilika Island. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, this was the last classical Egyptian style temple and has attracted pilgrims for thousands of years. Upon returning to Aswan we visit a perfume oil emporium. The use of essential and perfumed oils in Egypt dates back to 2700BC. Perfumed oils were used by women, pharaohs and by temple priests for worship who offered a melange of 6 perfumes called Kyphi to the Sun God at dawn, noon and dusk.

Our afternoon sees us board a Nile Felucca, the traditional sailboat of the region, which will be our home for the next two nights. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and at night sleep out on deck, with a wonderful blanket of stars overhead.
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
Day 12, Felucca Cruise
Nile Felucca Sailing - Kom Ombo. Today we continue to sail the Nile, soaking up the surrounding scenery and relaxing. We then port in Kom Ombo, a small town surrounded by sugar cane fields.
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
Day 13, Kom Ombo & Luxor Temple
Kom Ombo - Luxor. This morning we say goodbye to our felucca and head to the riverside temple of Kom Ombo, which is dedicated to the crocodile-headed god Sobek and famed for its mummified crocodiles.

Upon arriving back in Luxor, the evening is either free to spend at your leisure or you can join us on an optional guided tour of Luxor Temple. Dating back to around 1392 BC, this temple is best seen at night when it’s illuminated by hundreds of lights.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 14, Cairo
Luxor - Cairo. We spend this morning exploring the colossal Temple of Karnak, which was a place of pilgrimage for nearly 2,000 years. This incredible complex is some 1.5 kilometres long and 0.8 kilometres wide, making it the largest religious building ever constructed. Dedicated to the Theban gods Amun, Mut and Khonsu, the temple features sanctuaries, chapels, halls, pylons and obelisks.

This afternoon offers free time, where you can enjoy a swim and soak up the sun by the hotel pool. We then take an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 15, Cairo
Sunday. Upon arrival to Cairo this morning we are transferred back to our start hotel, where our Egyptian adventure comes to an end. Before your flight spend some more time exploring the capital and shopping for any final souvenirs. Included transfer to Cairo International Airport. Flights departing Cairo should not be booked before 2pm, however if you wish to stay longer post tour accommodation can be arranged upon request.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

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