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The legendary romance of Egypt meets the adventurous spirit of Jordan on this 18-day two-country tour. See Egypt from top to toe, taking in ancient pyramids, hidden catacombs, Coptic monasteries and the glorious Nile, then head east to Jordan on the trail of Lawrence of Arabia. Explore Petra by day and by candlelight, learn the secrets of Levantine cooking, and experience Bedouin hospitality at a 5-star luxury camp in Wadi Rum.
Our Egypt and Jordan Adventure tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
This 15th century defensive fortress located in the port of Alexandria, built to defend the country from the advances of the Ottoman Empire.
The Egyptian museum holds some of the world greatest treasures, enormous collections of artifacts, mummies, coffins and ancient belongings.
This city is one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture.
"Rose City" - A famous archaelogical site containing tombs and temples carved into the pink sandstone cliffs.
You can holiday to Egypt without having to quarantine either on your arrival in the country or on your return to the UK. There are also no travel advisories in place against travel from the FCDO meaning you can book with complete peace of mind.
A highlight of Jordan and an experience not to be missed - Petra by Night. Seeing the rock hewn edifices by candlelight is a truly memorable moment and one of the best ways to explore the old city. Start by walking the entire Siq (candlelit gorge) to the Treasury, which is lit with over 1,500 candles, bringing this major attraction to light.
Enjoy dinner 187 metres above the ground at the revolving Cairo Tower Restaurant, the tallest structure in North Africa. Dine on local Egyptian dishes and admire the spectacular views of this romantic city.
Pay a visit to El Alamein, the site of one of the most important battles in the Western Desert campaign of WWII. Explore the fascinating war museum and pay your respects at the military cemetery here.
Fly to Cairo and transfer to your hotel in the city centre.
Visit Egypt's most iconic sites: the Pyramids of Giza and the unblinking Sphinx, along with the atmospheric Egyptian Museum with its collections of statues, mummies and pharaonic treasures. Later, explore the Khan el Khalili Bazaar, a souk famed for its precious and semiprecious jewellery.
Spend the morning exploring Cairo's oldest district, the Coptic Quarter, with its impressive churches and the Christian artefact collection at the Coptic Museum. Later, continue to Sakkara, an ancient necropolis famed for its painted catacombs and the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Tonight's dinner will be at the revolving restaurant atop Cairo Tower – the best viewpoint in the city.
Take the desert road to Alexandria, on the coast. This afternoon, you'll discover Alexandria's many highlights, from the Roman theatre to the atmospheric Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, dating back to the 2nd century. Pause for a photo at the renovated 15th-century Qaitbay Citadel, once one of the most important defensive strongholds of Africa's Mediterranean coastline.
This morning, we visit El Alamein, the site of two key battles in WWII. The Allied victory in the second battle was instrumental in ending the Axis threat to Egypt. Explore the military museum and war cemeteries before travelling southeast back to Cairo. Stop en route to visit the still-active Monastery of St Macarius, inhabited by Coptic Orthodox monks since the 4th century AD.
Take a short one-hour flight from Cairo to Luxor, where we transfer to the port and board your 5* Nile cruise ship for our four-night cruise. Refresh yourself before this afternoon's excursions around Luxor's East Bank. Begin at the Temple Complex of Karnak, famed for the majestic Hypostyle Hall with its 134 gigantic stone columns, along with the Avenue of the Sphinxes and the Sacred Lake.
Explore the West Bank of Luxor, one of Egypt's most stunning landscapes. Admire the mysterious Colossi of Memnon statues en route to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the gigantic funerary complex of Egypt's second-ever female Pharaoh. This afternoon, visit the Valley of the Kings, resting place of many pharaohs of the New Kingdom. Here, visit the tomb of Tutankhamun along with other richly-painted tombs of your choice. Tonight, we sail for Esna.
Enjoy a morning visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, one of Egypt's most beautiful and well-preserved temples, dating back to the 3rd century BC. Return to the ship for lunch as you cruise on to the town of Kom Ombo, where we visit the unusual double temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Horus and Sobek. Sail on to Aswan, where we dock for the next two nights.
Discover the many highlights of Aswan on this full-day tour. Visit the 111-metre tall Aswan High Dam, see the Unfinished Obelisk in place at Aswan's ancient quarry, and visit the Temple of Philae on Agilkia Island. After lunch, embark on a felucca (traditional Nile sailing boat) and cruise to Elephantine Island and Kitchener's Island, where we visit the botanical gardens.
Disembark the ship and journey southwest to the iconic twin temples of Abu Simbel, at Egypt's furthest edge. This atmospheric temple complex, perhaps the greatest in Egypt, is dedicated to Ramesses II, often considered the greatest pharaoh of the New Kingdom. Admire its many halls and imposing statues before returning to Aswan for your flight back to Cairo.
Depart Egypt and take a short flight to Amman, Jordan. Transfer to your hotel before this evening's Jordan briefing.
Begin your Jordan adventure with a visit to Al Salt and the Roman city of Jerash, known as the 'Pompeii of the East'. Here, you'll experience an ancient Roman pastime – watching a dramatic chariot race performance in Jerash's restored hippodrome. Continue to Ajloun, where we visit the 12th century castle overlooking the Jordan Valley.
Explore the old city of Amman, with its impressive Citadel and large Roman amphitheatre, before exploring the Desert Castles outside the city. After lunch, return to Amman and enjoy a unique experience – creating your own Nai – an Arabic reed flute.
A visit to Mt Nebo, the site of Moses’ Tomb, will leave you in awe of the ruined 4th and 5th century churches here, with their floors still richly decorated with mosaics. Continue to Madaba to visit the Orthodox Church of St George, famed for its mosaic map. Your evening ends in the town of Petra, where we’ll enjoy an authentic Levantine cooking class with a local chef.
Explore beautiful Petra, the Lost City of the Nabateans, carved directly from the pink sandstone cliffs. Surrounded by imposing mountains and approached through a deep, narrow gorge known as the Siq, Petra is a poignant remnant of the ancient world. Spend an afternoon at leisure. After sunset, we'll return to Petra and see the Treasury lit by the glow of over a thousand candles.
Start with a visit to Little Petra before transferring to Wadi Rum, the Valley of the Moon. This wondrous desert is filled with ancient valleys, towered over by sandstone mountains. A comfortable 4x4 will whisk you into the heart of the wadi, where you'll follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and hear the desert's long history. This evening, stay in a unique desert camp with luxurious en-suite private tents.
Depart your luxury desert camp and head north for our final stop – the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and famed for its spa-like minerals. Your afternoon is at leisure to float in its super-buoyant waters before our farewell dinner.
Transfer to Amman Airport for your flight home.
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