Travel across the sands of time through Egypt and Jordan

Myth, religion and wonder come together on this adventure holiday across the timeless terrain of Egypt and Jordan. Be awed by the mysteries of the Sphinx, the mysticism of Mt Sinai and the sublime stone structures of Petra - discover ancient sites galore. Travel on a felucca down the mighty Nile River, explore chaotic Cairo city, stay on an undiscovered stretch of Red Sea coast and spend a night with Bedouin locals amid the dunes of Wadi Rum desert - these are just some of the highlights that make this adventure across the sands of time truly memorable.

Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Madaba, Jordan
Countries
Egypt,
Jordan
Themes
Explorer
Code
XESW
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
553kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Travel across the Gulf of Aqaba by ferry
  • Climb Mt Sinai and visit St Catherine's monastery
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Bask in the glow of Petra's rose-coloured walls
  • Laze by the Red Sea
  • Marvel at the wondrous Pyramids in Giza
  • Ponder the riddles of the Sphinx
  • Walk in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor
  • Cruise down the Nile River on a traditional felucca

Itinerary

Travel to Egypt and navigate the busy streets of Cairo city. Head out on camelback to behold the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza before discovering Tutankhamun's treasures at the Egyptian Museum.
Climb aboard an overnight train ride from Cairo to Aswan. Pick up a souvenir in the chaotic bazaar, visit a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked traditional meal with a local family.
Cruise Egypt's iconic Nile River on a memorable felucca ride. Settle in on the deck and be rocked gently to sleep as the boat bobs under a starry night sky.
Take a donkey ride to the fields close to the Valley of the Kings near Luxor. In free time, explore the monumental Karnak temples before boarding an overnight train.
Travel back to Egypt's capital. Uncover peaceful Coptic Cairo before moving on to the vibrant spiritual heart of the Islamic Cairo district.
Head east to the famous monastery of St Katherine, nestled at the base of Mt Sinai. Climb to the summit of this mystical mountain and be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding moon-like desert.
Explore the grounds of St Catherine's before travelling to the Red Sea coast. Golden sands, balmy beaches and simple beach huts provide the perfect backdrop for some quality relaxation time.
Travel to Jordan on a ferry across the Gulf of Aqaba.
Experience a memorable night with friendly Bedouin hosts. Tour through the breathtaking landscape of Wadi Rum desert in a jeep, admiring these ancient rock formations and towering sand dunes. Drift off to sleep counting stars in the night sky.
Located a short distance from the city of Aqaba, Petra is a true highlight of the trip. Ancient pink-hued buildings carved into the rock of the surrounding mountains make visiting this ancient city a unique experience.
Wander the crusader castle at Karak, float in the Dead Sea and travel to Madaba, a city where Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics evoke memories of lost empires.
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Inclusions

Meals
11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Camel, Felucca, Ferry, Jeep, Overnight sleeper train, Van
Accommodation
Beach hut (2 nights), Desert camp (1 night), Felucca (1 night), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activites
  • 4WD jeep safari and desert camp
  • Camel ride at the Pyramids
  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Coptic Cairo walking tour
  • Dead Sea
  • Donkey ride (seasonal - not in summer)
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Guided tour of Petra
  • Home-cooked traditional meal with local family
  • Islamic Cairo and Khan al-Khali bazaar visit
  • Kerak Castle
  • Mt Sinai climb with local guide
  • Nubian village visit and meal
  • Overnight felucca sailing trip
  • Pyramids and Sphinx
  • St Catherine's Monastery
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)

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Notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See important notes for single supplement exception nights


**PLEASE NOTE THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY OPERATING ON AN ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY DUE TO RECENT EVENTS IN SINAI PENINSULA INVOLVING THE KIDNAPPING OF TOURISTS. SEE INTRODUCTION TO TRIP ( TRIP NOTES ) FOR MORE DETAILS**

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