Embark on a fascinating journey through Jordan and Egypt

There's something truly epic about this nine-day adventure through the spectacular, history-steeped landscapes of Jordan and Egypt. Wander the ancient city of Petra, relax on the Red Sea, and finish up among the souqs and pyramids in Cairo. As you tour this land of tenacious adventurers, mighty pharaohs and biblical prophets, the legendary hospitality of the area's beautiful Bedouin people will ensure you a warm welcome to desert camps and the tranquil beaches of the Red Sea.

Before booking on this trip we recommend that you read the ‘Safety’ section in the trip notes regarding special safety considerations for Egypt trips.


Start
Amman, Jordan
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Destinations
Egypt, Jordan
Style
Basix
Code
EERJ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore the incredible underwater world that lies just offshore at the Red Sea, and get into the laidback vibe of Dahab

  • Spend a whole day uncovering the majesty and mystery of the world wonder of Petra. The first glimpse of the Treasury from the narrow path of the Siq is unforgettable

  • Take an effortless float in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea on a swim like no other

  • Hop in a jeep and experience the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum, a rugged moonscape of huge sandstone mountains

  • Sleep under the stars, meet the Bedouin locals and learn about their way of life in a desert camp in the far-out destination of Wadi Rum

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. Most of the time there is no shade so remember to bring a hat, sun protection, and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.

  • Winters can get quite cool, so if you're visiting at this time, don't forget to pack some warmer layers too.

  • The desert camp in Wadi Rum is basic but incredibly memorable. 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 and warm clothes and a sleeping bag is highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months.

  • The ferry to Nuweiba can be rough on occasions and those who suffer from sea sickness 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.

  • Please Day 5 of the itinerary for more details.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan, cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet steeped in biblical history. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. As there's little time spent in Amman on this itinerary, it's worth arriving a day or two early to explore the sights. If you do then the highlights are the beautifully preserved ruins of Jerash, an ancient walled town that’s remarkably recalls of life 2000 years ago; the citadel with its amazing sweeping views of Amman; the Jordan Museum, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, or the Roman Theatre, right in the middle of downtown Amman. Either way, this evening get out on to the streets, where you’ll soon hear “Welcome to Jordan” from the locals, and maybe pick up a coffee from one of the cafés and partner it with an ara’yes – a toastie filled with spicy mincemeat.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Amman - Citadel - JOD3
  • Amman - Roman Theatre Entrance - JOD2
  • Madaba - Bethany Baptism site (Al-Maghtas) - JOD12
  • Jerash - Roman ruins - JOD10
  • Amman - Jordan Museum - JOD5
  • Amman - King Abullah Mosque - JOD2
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Optional Activities mentioned in out Essential Trip Information are entry only.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
This morning you’ll travel by minibus to Mt Nebo (approximately 1.5 hours). Mt Nebo is the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the 'promised land' and is supposedly buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the 4th-century church. On a clear day, the views over the Dead Sea to Israel are spectacular. Then you’d better have brought your swim gear as you can wash of the dust from exploring with a dip like no other. Drive around 30 minutes to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level). This isn’t actually a sea but a super-salty lake (dead because of the lack of life in it) where the density of the water means you’ll go for a float, not a swim. Spend some time relaxing here and get some classic floating pictures. The mud here is supposed to have healing properties, so why not cover yourself from head to toe for a nutrient-rich natural mineral mud bath. Towels are available for hire. Make a stop at the impressive crusader castle of Kerak, which stands on a cliff, sheer on three sides, and commandingly overlooks Wadi Karak and the Dead Sea in the distance. You’ll have time to explore the evocative ruins – a seven level fortress, with many rooms and passaeways buried deep into the hill – and to discover the legends of the 12th-century battles between the Crusaders and the Muslim armies led by the Arab hero, Saladin. You’ll then continue on to Petra for the night (approximately 4.5 hours).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Mt Nebo - Mt Nebo visit - JOD2
  • Dead Sea - Dead Sea visit - JOD8
  • Kerak - Kerak Castle - JOD2
  • Petra - Petra By Night tour - JOD17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your tour today includes stops at the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo and Kerak Castle, entry fees are not included. Petra by night is only available on scheduled days of the week, please ask your group leader for advice on this activity.
Petra is justifiably on most people’s list of ‘must-visit’ places. It's the jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabateans, an impressive series of tombs and dwellings hidden behind ornate façades carved directly into the rock, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Dating back to the sixth century BC, the site was lost to Western minds until it was rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer – he dressed up like a local to sneak in and then revealed the secret to everyone. Thankfully he did though, because this isn’t something you’d want to miss out on. Squeeze through a mile long narrow path, known as the Siq, through huge towers of rock and get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury – it’s impossible not to imagine the armies and traders who made their way down here in the ancient times. It’s amazing to think that this awesome, intricate building entrance was hand carved out of the rock. The site is surprisingly big, and you can explore the old Roman road, temples and several old tombs, as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to explore the rest of the site at your own pace. For those with the energy, there's the challenging but highly rewarding walk up the steps to the stunning Monastery (approximately 1 hour). Maybe seek out a Turkish bath for the perfect end to an incredible day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petra guided tour - One day pass
Optional Activities
  • Petra - Additional Petra day pass - JOD5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
One day's entrance fee to Petra is included. Please note that when entering Petra as a group, a complimentary horse ride is included in the ticket price from the entrance point down to the Siq. Intrepid doesn't recommend that you take this option due to the safety and insurance liability involved.
Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia with a short drive (approximately 2 hours) to the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum, a rugged moonscape of huge sandstone mountains. A 4-hour jeep safari will take you through some of the most beautiful and sublime desert scenery on the planet, a true highlight of this trip. Wadi Rum is full of weird and beautiful lunar-like rock formations, and traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum are those carved by nature – the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks. Tonight you’ll sleep in a simple desert camp, with the choice of sleeping under a camel hair tent or out under the stars. Enjoy a delicious dinner cooked in an earthen oven by your Bedouin (which means ‘Desert Dwellers’ in Arabic) hosts. Conditions are basic at the desert camp, but the hospitality of your hosts is legendary, and you'll treasure the memory of sleeping beneath the twinkling desert night sky.
Accommodation
  • Desert camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari and desert camp
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Tonight, a mattress and blankets are provided. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night and warm clothes and a sleeping bag are highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months. Western-style toilet facilities are available.
This morning you’ll leave Wadi Rum and travel to Aqaba (approximately 1 hour) there will be some free time in Aqaba and day use rooms are available for your use. Early in the evening you will transfer to the Aqaba port where  you’ll board a comfortable air-conditioned ferry to cross the Gulf of Aqaba and continue your journey to Egypt (approximately 2 hours). Please note that you'll be travelling on this ferry unaccompanied by a group leader. Your Jordan leader will help you board the ferry and then bid you farewell. Please see the important notes section below for further details on the ferry and the formalities of this transfer. On arrival meet your Leader and transfer to your accommodation in Nuweiba.

The ferry can be rough at times and those who suffer from sea sickness may want to prepare themselves. The journey can take from 2.5 hours to in excess of 5 hours which means that arrival into Nuweiba can often be after midnight. Your Egyptian Tour Leader will be waiting for you regardless of delays. In rough weather, there's a chance the ferry might be cancelled altogether, in which case we'll travel overland through Israel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
At the terminal in Aqaba you will pass security, paying a departure tax of JOD 10, and keeping the receipt for getting stamped. Once boarded, bring your passport to the counter in the middle of the ferry where it will stay for the journey to Nuweiba. Once arrived, an escort will take your passports and take you into the arrival terminal. Here, you will go through immigration (note that most nationalities require a visa for Egypt, please refer to the ‘Visa’ section of Essential Trip Information). Your Egypt Leader will be waiting for you following immigration.
The only alternative to taking the ferry is flying over the Red Sea. We've made the decision to continue to run this itinerary, but we strongly recommend you consider if this trip is right for you. Other Egypt and Jordan itineraries can easily be purchased together and linked with a domestic flight, like Egypt Express (XESB) and Explore Jordan (EESJ). For something more comfort, Egypt Experience (XEKI) and Jordan Discovery (ELKD).
It's a short drive to the laidback resort area of Dahab – your base for the next two nights. Dahab (meaning 'gold' in Arabic) has transformed from a Bedouin fishing village into a popular tourist town, thanks to the excellent conditions for activities like diving, windsurfing, and rock climbing. The town hasn't lost its authenticity; however, and it retains the lowkey appeal that attracted bohemian travellers in the 1970s. The rest of the day is free for you to take in the many treats the village has to offer – cafes, seafood and snorkelling in the Red Sea. Dahab is famous for its drop-offs – spectacular coral reefs that plunge vertically into the deep blue depths below. There are plenty of relaxed bars and restaurants where you can get seriously laid back and maybe puff on a sheesha pipe.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning, pick up your mask head to the Blue Hole for some snorkelling at one of the top ten diving spots in the world. The area gets its name from a submarine sinkhole about 94 metres deep, with an arch in the coral reef down at 54 metres – a challenge that’s only open to highly experienced technical divers. Snorkelers can enjoy one of the greatest spots in the Red Sea here. Float on the surface and look down into an endless world of blue, then make your way around ‘the Bridge’, where the visibility is always great and the untouched coral swarms with all different types of colourful fish and marine life. After you’ve had your fill of snorkelling, return to Dahab and take advantage of the comfortably-cushioned seats at the waterside restaurants, or even head inland to Assalah, where local joints serve up dishes like roast chicken, falafel and cold local brews.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Dahab - Blue Hole snorkeling - EGP70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you’ll be able to experience the contrast between seaside Dahab and the wonderfully chaotic, always colourful capital city of Cairo. You’ll transfer to Sharm El Sheikh Airport and take the short flight to Cairo (approximately 1 hour). On arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. Cairo is one of the great cities of antiquity and its history can be symbolised by two imposing landmarks – the Pyramids of Giza and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Tonight, why not join your new travel mates for a celebratory dinner and reminisce over the memories made.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time following check-out. This trip doesn't include time to explore the sights of this fascinating city, and so it’s strongly recommend that you spend a few extra days in Cairo or join one of our Egypt-specific trips to discover this city of contrasts, where you can see donkey carts and expensive cars, medieval slums and modern shopping malls, and the incredible Pyramids sit just outside of town.
Optional Activities
  • Cairo -The Royal Mummy Room - EGP180
  • Cairo - The Citadel - EGP400
  • Cairo - Coptic Museum (Entry fees) - EGP100
  • Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops (entry fee) - EGP400
  • Cairo - The 2nd Pyramid of Khafre (entry fee) - EGP100
  • Cairo - Solar Boat Museum (Entry) - EGP100
  • Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids (entry fee) - EGP1100
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum - EGP400
  • Urban Adventures -Half Day Pyramids Adventure - USD67
  • Urban Adventures - Islamic Cairo in Depth Tour - USD53
  • Urban Adventures - Alexandria City Discovery - USD133
  • Urban Adventures - Saqqara and Memphis - USD73
  • Urban Adventures - Treasures and Tut Tour - USD65
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Optional Activities mentioned in out Essential Trip Information are entry only, please talk to your Leader about transport options.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Plane, Ferry, Minibus, Jeep

Accommodation

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

Included activities

  • Petra guided tour - One day pass
  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari and desert camp

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Important notes

 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

INTERNAL FLIGHT
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.

FERRY
The ferry to Nuweiba can be rough on occasions and those who suffer from sea sickness 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.

Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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