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Jordan & Egypt Express

9 Days | Ancient cities, desert and sea, deep in Bedouin territory

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Rock-hewn amphitheatres, desert dune bashing and reef exploring – this trip may be quick, but it packs in a lot of action. Take a nine-day trip through the best of Jordan and Egypt to discover the most epic of histories and striking of landscapes. Wander the ancient city of Petra, relax along the Gulf of Aqaba coastline, and finish up among the souqs and pyramids in Cairo. As you travel this land of courageous adventurers, mighty pharaohs and biblical prophets, be greeted by the legendary hospitality of local Bedouin people at your Wadi Rum desert camp and discover the underwater worlds that lie beneath the azure waters of the Red Sea.

Trip overview

Map of Jordan & Egypt Express including Egypt and Jordan
Start
Amman, Jordan
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Jordan, Egypt
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
EERJ
This trip generates 48 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Lay back and take an effortless float in the super salty waters of the Dead Sea after visiting Moses’ Promised Land at Mt Nebo. Everywhere you visit in Jordan has a story to tell.
  • Spend a whole day uncovering the majesty and mystery of Petra. Follow your local leader down the narrow path of the Siq for your first unforgettable glimpse of the hand-carved Treasury.
  • Jump in a jeep and experience the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum with your small group – a rugged lunar-like landscape of huge sandstone mountains and sandy plains.
  • Join Bedouin locals at a desert camp in Wadi Rum for a night of traditional hospitality, good food and starry skies. You’ll learn about the Bedouin way of life and fall asleep to the eerie silence of the desert.
  • Explore the incredible underwater world that lies just offshore at the Red Sea by snorkel and get into the laidback vibe of Dahab, full of seaside cafes and sheesha.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Animal Care in Egypt. Donations help them care for sick or injured working animals, like horses and donkeys, and help empower local communities with the knowledge and training to better care for their animals.

Is this trip right for you?
  • There is quite a bit of walking involved in visiting Jordan's historic sites, especially in Petra and Wadi Rum, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Often there is little to no shade, so remember to bring sun protection and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Your desert camp stay in Wadi Rum may be simple, but it is an incredible experience. There are tents and shared western bathroom facilities. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night, so warm clothes and a sleeping bag are highly recommended – especially when travelling outside of the summer months.
  • Winters can get quite cool in this region, so if you're visiting at this time, don't forget to pack some warmer layers too.
  • The Aqaba–Nuweiba ferry travels across the Gulf of Aqaba. It can be rough, and is a long travel day, but is the easiest way to travel between the two destinations. Your leader in Jordan will assist you until you reach the Aqaba port and you will be greeted by your new leader once you've crossed the border in Egypt. If you do experience sea sickness, please take appropriate precautions for the journey. This journey can often be held up due to scheduling or weather conditions. Please see the Day 5 ‘Special Information’ section of the trip itinerary for more details.

Itinerary

Map of Jordan & Egypt Express including Egypt and Jordan

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Plane, Ferry, Minibus, Jeep

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Desert camp (1 night)

Activities
  • Petra - Guided tour (One day pass included)
  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari
  • Wadi Rum - Bedouin Desert Camp
  • Wadi Rum - Zarb Local Dinner
  • Aqaba - Visit
Add on activities
  • Amman - Citadel (entrance fee) - JOD3
  • Amman - Roman Theatre (entrance fee) - JOD2
  • Madaba - Al-Maghtas Bethany Baptism site (entrance fee) - JOD12
  • Jerash - Roman ruins - Entry Fee - JOD10
  • Amman - Jordan Archaeological Museum (entrance fee) - JOD3
  • Amman - King Abdullah I Mosque (entrance fee) - JOD2
  • Mt Nebo - Mt Nebo Visit - JOD2
  • Dead Sea - Dead Sea visit - JOD12
  • Kerak - Kerak Castle (entrance fee) - JOD2
  • Petra - Petra By Night - JOD17
  • Petra - Additional Petra day pass - JOD5
  • Dahab - Blue Hole snorkelling - USD35
  • Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids Tour - USD55

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 4 where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. On Day 8 there is an included internal flight from Sharm El Sheihk to Cairo. The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 23kgs per person plus 7kgs hand luggage.
3. The ferry to Nuweiba can be rough on occasions and those who suffer from seasickness may want to prepare themselves. Besides this the ferry is frequently delayed or even cancelled at the last minute, patience is required for this journey, you are likely not to arrive in Egypt until after midnight, please see Day 5 of the itinerary for more details.
 

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 50 reviews submitted.
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Gavin · Traveled December 2023
Review submitted 06 Dec 2023

Emily · Traveled October 2023
An incredible trip that covered all the main sites in Jordan and finished in Cairo. Eyad and Yasser were knowledgeable, approachable and a lot of fun. Regarding the accomodation, if you’re used to staying in hostels you’ll have no problem. All accomodation in Jordan was air-conditioned and clean, with Egypt slightly below this standard. Overall, would highly recommend!
Review submitted 03 Nov 2023

Andrew · Traveled October 2023
Did this trip to see petra but was introduced to the beauty of this country. Things in Jordan are more expensive than I thought but egypt makes up for it. Just haggle hard.
Review submitted 18 Nov 2023

Colleen · Traveled October 2023
I would thoroughly recommend this Intrepid tour. It was fun and interesting. Despite tge conflict between Palestine and Israel we did not feel that our safety was compromised at any time.
Review submitted 10 Nov 2023

Colleen · Traveled October 2023
The trip through Egypt was brilliant with our leader, Moataz Saleh, giving an enthusiastic insight into tge history of tge country. His friendliness with everybody in tge tour and those we dealt with was infectious.
Review submitted 10 Nov 2023
Jordan & Egypt Express
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GBP £793