Tour Egypt and Jordan
a la Indiana Jones
a one week Nile Cruise on a deluxe Dahabiya - Alexandria
19 days in Egypt and Jordan, Including Petra, camping with the
Bedouins in Wadi Rum
Memphis and Sakkara in Giza Egypt
Jones himself couldn't squeeze more adventure into this exotic journey:
Cairo , Alexandria , Sakkara , Memphis, Dahshour and the Pyramids, a
sailing cruise on the Nile on board a deluxe Dahabiya , the fabled
temples and tombs of Luxor and Thebes, and a trek to the mysterious
ruins of Petra in Jordan including a one night camping in Wadi Rum with
the Bedouins .
1 - USA/CAIRO - The First Sunday of each and every month - Year
JFK Passengers : We take off from New York's John F. Kennedy
International Airport, bound for Cairo ,
For East Coast passengers : Egyptair is the only non-stop flight between
JFK and Cairo , and gets you into Cairo in the afternoon, all other
carriers do get in late evening or after midnight, please lets know
For west coast passengers : you need not to fly thru JFK, usually we
will use Lufthansa, or British or Air France etc, so you fly non-stop
to Europe then a short flight to Cairo .
Air fare add-on : For Boston, Chicago, Miami, Orlando Houston : $300.
Most West Coast cities : SFO, LAX, SEA, SAN , PDX $ 350
tour is available without air fare : If you choose to make your own
arrangements for international airfare, please deduct $500 per person
from the rates. We do welcome bookings from all over the world.
For upgrade to business class on Egyptair , please
add : $ 2500 roundtrip JFK Cairo JFK, tax included ( subject to change)
2 - Arrival CAIRO - Monday
Our Egypt-based staff greets you in bustling Cairo airport and escorts
you to your hotel .
The Egyptian visa may be issued for a limited number of nationalities
such as : for American, Australian , NZ, EU , Canadian, Mexican and
Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 6 month upon
arrival). sample Hotel : Grand Hyatt , Cairo Marriott , Cairo Conrad
3 - CAIRO- The Egyptian Museum - Tuesday (BLD)
exploration of the ancient world begins today! First stop is the Egyptian
Museum, with its treasures of the ancient pharaohs: mummies, statuary,
precious stones and metals. You have all morning to spend at the Museum
. Lunch at Hadiak El-Azhar or Naguib Mahfouz restaurant . Then off to
the Islamic Medieval Cairo : We'll stop at the Citadel of Saladin ,
the Alabaster Mosque, Sultan El Rifai Mosque a true master-piece in
Arabic & Islamic Architecture , brief stop inside the mosque to
see the Shah of Iran and King Farouk mausoleums . Finally , we wander
through the Khan El Khalili 12-Century bazaar district and scenes that
are out of the Raiders of the Lost Arc" movie set.
Dinner is included at a local home:
Meet the locals,
you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family (
T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town): This
evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right
into the homes of some of the people of Cairo l! You'll be invited to
a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties,
you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way
of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your
new friends, they're sure to have questions about your own background.
Once the ice is broken, you'll enjoy a lively evening, and find that
you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may
enjoy dinner in a quiet evening with your travel companions, by letting
us know your preferences.
4 - CAIRO- Dahshour, Memphis, Sakkara - Wednesday (BLD)
morning tour takes us to the time capsule treasure of Dahshour,
the newly-opened pyramid field south of Cairo: DAHSOUR - we'll
motor to the edge of Cairo, to Dahshour, the newly-opened pyramid
field south of Cairo. We visit the great pyramid of Senfru, father of
Cheops, and other structure:
The "Discovery" of Dahshour:
For almost half a century, the great field of huge pyramids near the
desert village of Dahshour, 25 miles south of Cairo, has been off limits
to the public. Confined within the perimeter of a military base were
many pyramids, including the great 4500-year-old pyramid built by Senfru,
father of Cheops. Senfru's pyramid, the largest in Egypt until his son
built Giza's Great Pyramid, is rhomboidal in shape: it tapers more distinctly
on its upper half. All the pyramids were coated in thick plaster at
one time. Most have lost these protective, decorative sheaths, but Senfru's--miraculously--is
still in place.
lunch at a local restaurant : The afternoon is for Memphis and Sakkara,
including the Step Pyramid of Zoser & Nobles tombs/Mastabas. Dinner
is included at Abu El-Sid restaurant.
5 - Fayoum Oases (BL)
On Desert Safari for the Day - Fayoum Oases - And you thought the Pyramids
We leave Cairo by sunrise ( private air conditioned car/driver/guide):
Full day to the Biblical Fayoum Oases including: Hawara Pyramid, El
Lahoun Pyramid, Ruins of Karanis, drive by Lake Qarun, lunch is included
at a local restaurant.
irrigation system and the Oasis was said to be designed by Joseph after
the Pharaoh entrusted Egypt's fate to him in facing the 7 years of abundance
that are followed by 7 years of drought.
wilds of the desert begin right on the outskirts of Cairo, and continue
for hundreds of miles to the east and west, through sands, rock, mountains,
oases, and a surprising variety of scenery and inhabitants.
us for a day ranging across the desert like modern nomads. In place
of camels, we’ll travel in comfortable, reliable four-by-four
Toyota Land Cruisers. Your guide and drivers will meet you at your hotel,
and soon you’ll leave bustling Cairo behind as you undertake the
drive toward the Oasis of El Fayoum, 150 kilometers to the southwest.
Hard as it is to believe, a great inland sea once covered these sands.
It was a holy reserve of sacred crocodiles, symbolized by the god Sobek.
visit the temple of Kom Oshim, drive over ancient lake beds, and alongside
the waters of today’s Fayoum Lake to reach the fishermen’s
village of Chak Chouk. There we’ll stop for a lunch of fish caught
fresh that morning. There will be time to wander the village lanes and
discreetly watch the everyday activities of baking flatbread, irrigating
crops from the lake’s waters, and bringing in the catch. We’ll
also include the craft and pottery museum where the best works of local
artisans are on display.
it’s into our four-by-fours again, for an off-road adventure!
We’ll head alongside and across desert washes, between dunes,
and over ancient lake beds for 35 kilometers to the Valley of the Whales
( In Arabic : Wadi-El-Hitan) . Incredibly, these great mammals once
thrived - almost forty million years ago- in waters surrounded by sands.
We’ll stop and gaze in amazement at their fossilized remains alongside
smaller sea creatures that remain in stone.
This valley was discovered in 1936 , by the German geologist George
Schweinfurth in the northwestern corner of Wadi El-Rayan.
The valley provides evidence of one of the major changes in this mammal
evolution has been declared by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site.
It is believed that these land based whales once had feet that may have
helped them somewhat while ashore . A team from the University of Michigan
discovered in the late 80's that these Zeuglodon whales did have rudimentary
feet , this was a startling discovery , suggesting that whales of Wadi
-El-Hitan had recently started living in water as well , these whales
were not related to any of the whales we have today , rather a more
slender body and may grow up to 75 feet long. Several skeletons of whales
are exposed in the sand. George Schweinfurth named this extinct specie
the Zeuglodon Isis Whales .
the evening, you’ll return to your hotel in Cairo. Land
transportation in air-conditioned four-wheel-drive Toyota Land Cruiser
with the services of driver and English-speaking driver. Lunch is included
6 - Giza -Pyramids - Friday (BL)
Drive to the edge of Cairo and on to Giza and the mysteries of the Pyramids
, the Solar Boat Museum , the Valley Temple and Sphinx. Lunch is included
at the Mena House . The afternoon is at leisure .
Return to your hotel late afternoon for a brief rest before we head
for the sound & light show .
7 - Luxor - Dahabiya Nile Cruise Saturday (BLD)
Very early morning breakfast
and transfer to Cairo Airport. Flight is included in our rate, in economy
class , tax included . Morning arrival at Luxor . We'll meet you at
the airport , and escort you to your
deluxe air conditioned Nile cruise felucca or dahabbiya , Board Luxor
( or Aswan ) .
Embarkation in Luxor for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously
Lunch and dinner are included on board . Overnight
moored on the Nile banks of Luxor. Names
of some of the Felucca / Dahabias :
Yasmina , Amber , El Bey (His
. El Hanem (The Lady) * Zahra (Flower) *
and Nesma (Breeze)
Start with Madinet Habu , Closi of Memnon and the Ancient Workers
Village at Deir El Medineh, the first known "Workers Village"
these were the true creative heroes who built the temples & tombs
for the mighty Pharaohs of the Nile Kingdom.
El Medinah is on Luxor's west bank you get a totally different perspective
on ancient Egyptian life, at the ancient workers' settlement of Deir
el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites of
Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives
us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed
and decorated the tombs.
we'll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic
animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized
rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt
might not have been a workers' paradise, we'll see that artisans and
builders were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be
the only operator to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement
in its tour and cruise programs.
tour include as well a visit to the Valley of the Kings including
Tut-Ank-Amon's tomb , temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari,
and Colossi of Memnon, returning to our Nile cruiser for lunch.
Following lunch aboard, we visit the great Temple of Luxor, and
the gigantic Great Temple of Amon at Karnak, returning to our
vessel in time for tea. Complimentary welcome fruit basket in your cabin.
8 - Sunday - Luxor - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
You will visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak,
with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns, followed by the imposing
28 th Dynasty Luxor Temple. Overnight
moored in Luxor.
9 - Monday - Luxor to Esna - Private Guided Tour of
After breakfast on board , we
drive inland to tour Denderah and Abydos Temples. Among the best preserved
in Egypt. This temple as a sight to hold. Indiana Jones would have felt
at home, with the massive stones & underground passages: Private
air condition car for your tour today. Private chauffeur. Private Egyptologist
DENDERAH IN A DAY
We'll travel to Denderah to visit the Temple of Hathor, one of the best-preserved
in all of Egypt, and also one of the most important. In the ancient
beliefs, Hathor was the consort of the god of daylight, ruler of the
west, and protector or the underworld. In the manner of wise desert
wayfarers, we'll leave before dawn to take advantage of cool temperatures.
Our air-conditioned van will take us through timeless Nile-side villages,
where life revolves around the irrigation and harvest of crops. Finally,
we'll reach the temple precincts. We'll take note of the unusually deep
tombs, and pass under the celebrated Zodiac, in a chapel dedicated to
Osiris. (Denderah is the traditional site of his rebirth.) Our full
day will also include a visit to Abydos, traditional home of Osiris,
god of the underworld, and a stopping point on the journey of wayfaring
souls. We'll enjoy a box lunch, and return to Luxor late in the afternoon,
and your hotel . Lunch box provided today from the Dahabiya, we head
back to the Nile and catch up with the Dahabiya in
Esna where we will dock for the night.
10 - Tuesday - Edfu - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
This morning you will sail to Edfu to visit the wonderfully preserved
Temple of Edfu. Overnight
on board as we will look for an island in the middle of the Nile where
Come to Egypt and enjoy your private honeymoon or Anniversary
11 - Wednesday - Kom Ombo - On board your Yacht Nile
Today you will sail to Kom Ombo visit see the Ptolemaic temple dedicated
to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning
moored beside a Nile island.
12 - Thursday - Aswan - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
A leisurely grand day of sailing the Nile to Aswan where the dahabiyya
13 - Friday - Aswan- Abu Simbel - On board your Yacht
Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old
Dam (completed in 1902) and the unfinished obelisk, lying in situ since
the days of the pharaohs. You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated
to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake
Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction.
we will be flying as well to : ABU SIMBEL :
Ramses the Great - Master Builder of all Times (Lunch
Lunch box will prepared by your cruise chef.
Take a short flight to the great temples of Abu Simbel . Air fare is
always included within Egypt, in economy class, tax included.
In Abu Simbel : Your private air-conditioned vehicle, and private Egyptologist
will be waiting for you at Abu Simbel Airport , off to the larger
temple dedicated to Ramses the Great , colossal figures of Ramses
are seated with the gods and attended by his queen and daughters. The
smaller temple is dedicated to Queen Nefertari, who appears as Hathor,
the goddess of love, joy and fertility, symbolized by the benevolent
cow. We explore these fine temple by ourselves in the quiet of the morning,
admiring their ancient aura and artistry, after which retire to a comfortable
hotel for refreshments. Then we fly back to
Aswan and your Dahabiya cruise .
14 - Saturday - Aswan - Fly back to Cairo and on to Alexandria
Breakfast aboard the dahabiyya and check-out. We
bid farewell to the crew, we switch transportation modes and head for
Aswan Airport and your flight back to Cairo, from the airport proceed
with your private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur and private
guide to Alexandria and your hotel: Helnan Palestine or Hilton or similar
. Air fare is always included within Egypt, economy class , tax included
15 - ALEXANDRIA / CAIRO - Sunday (BL)
around 8 AM . Breakfast is always included at the hotel.
Conqueror of the Mediterranean Coast - Alexander the Great
332 BC, Egypt was laboring under Persian military control when Alexander
the Great arrived to drive out the invaders without the shedding of
a drop of blood. The Persian governor surrendered and the conquering
hero was hailed as a liberator and given Egypt's double crown symbolizing
control of Upper and Lower Egypt. Alexander reinstated Egypt's traditional
government and founded the city of Alexandria at the country's most
important crossroads: where the Nile meets the Mediterranean.
we'll get to known Alexandria in depth, as we visit the Roman Amphitheater,
the Koum El Shougafa Tombs,lunch is included in an Alexandrine restaurant.
our tour includes as well : Qayet built
on the same site of the ancient wonder of the world : the famous Alexandria
Light House. A brief stop at " El Selsela" the site of the
Underwater reserve where Cleopatra Place was discovered, as well as
Caesar Kiosk , then its off to the new site for the Alexandria Library
before heading back to south. Time
permitting we 'll visit the new museum in Alexandria , the building
was originally built in 1926 for the US consulate in Alexandria and
is a masterpiece in 1920's architecture & Mediterranean style buildings.
Midway between Alexandria and Cairo, we stop to visit the Wadi El Natroun
Monastery, one of the most important sites for the Egyptian Coptic Church
Establishment. Reach Cairo early evening and your hotel: J. W. Marriott
or Sonesta Hotel.
visiting Alexander the Great's Tomb in Alexandria just after
the Roman Emperor defeated Cleopatra & Marc Anthony. He
left his coat as a token of respect to Alexander the Great.
The search continues for Alexander the Great's Tomb.
16 - Cairo , Amman / PETRA - Monday (BLD)
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Cairo Airport for your flight
to Amman, air fare is included in economy , with tax . Upon arrival
, you'll drive from the airport south under a towering ridge of mountains,
will be driving along the King's Highway, an ancient caravan route,
to Madaba to visit the church containing the oldest known map of Palestine
and the Holy Land. Continuing to Mount Nebo, we enjoy the panoramic
view of the Promised Land the way Moses saw it for the first time. Further
on, at Kerak, we tour the ruins of its romantic Crusaders' castle of
Renaud de Chatillon, one of a line which stretched from Aqaba to Turkey.
Finally, we arrive to PETRA
for the night. Movenpick Petra hotel or similar . Lunch
is included enroute
Jordanian visa fee (valid only for American , Australian, NZ,
Canadian , EU , Mexican , & Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid
for at least 6 month upon arrival).
Complimentary welcome dinner at the hotel.
17 - PETRA- Tuesday (BLD)
Breakfast is included at the hotel . We'll spend the entire day at Petra,
the stunning desert city hewn by the Nabateans from solid cliffs of
pink and violet sandstone. Petra was known in the bible as Sela, and
rediscovered only in 1812. You'll feel like Indiana Jones in Raiders
of the Lost Ark as you penetrate into the city through a narrow sandstone
gorge, the Siq, and wander among the Temple of the Winged Lion, tombs,
Roman theater, and the imposing Treasury.
Lunch & Dinner are included today at the hotel .
18 - PETRA/ Wadi Rum - Wednesday (BLD)
Breakfast is included at the hotel . We
board four-wheel-drive vehicles for an expedition to Wadi Rum, the "Valley
of the Moon" where T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") organized Arab
resistance to Ottoman rule during World War I. Lunch box is included
. After our visit we head to one of the local camp sites , It is essential
to take several layers of clothes, including warm layers , this is desert
weather, so there is a great drop and / or increase in temperatures
with sunrise / sunset , we will deliver to you a NEW unused sleeping
bag with our compliments , in case you wish to use . Sample camp site
: the Bait Ali Desert Camp, or the RSCN Rummana Campsite at the Dana
Nature Reserve. You may have the choice as well to camp with the bedouins,
this is even more basic, and no modern toilet facilities. This is an
exotic and memorable experience and will enable you to experience something
of the Bedouin's desert culture, if camping is not your cup of tea ,
then we will simply head back to the hotel in Petra and overnight. Dinner
is included camp style or at your hotel. Your guide will always be available
on hand , and will be escorting you at all times .
note that camping in Wadi Rum is very basic:
Camp Sites : Pre-assigned sites and set camps where accommodation
is arranged in the usual camping tents , you may find at home (not Bedouin
Tents). Showers, Bathrooms and restaurants are available in each camp
Are not pre-fixed sites, you will be indeed in the heart of the bedouin
desert environment and culture, and you will be in direct contact and
interacting with the Bedouins. These Bedouin camps have Bedouin tents
that are divided into small rooms for the guests to sleep.
Other tents are used for sitting ( as your living room per say ) and
eating. They also may or may not have basic toilets and a small kitchen
where food is prepare for the guests by the Bedouins.
Guests who enjoy nature and the desert scenery will fall in love with
these camps and the authentic Bedouin experience in Wadi Rum.
19 - DEPARTURE FOR HOME - Thursday (B)
After breakfast , our local rep. escorts you to the airport of Amman
for your flight home. Or, you may choose to add one of our extensions
,to Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh, Syria, Greece or Turkey .
per person in USD From JFK
( two weeks) , Christmas, New Year's Dec 20 - Jan 5 : 20% supplement
Hotels or similar :
Cairo : Grand Hyatt , Cairo Marriott , Cairo Conrad or Similar.
Petra : Movenpick Petra . Movenpick Marriott
Dahabiya : Sonesta Dahabiya , El Bey , El Hanem, or similar
Sharm El Sheikh : Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh, Sonesta , Hilton
, Movenpick or similar.
transfers in Egypt and Jordan, always on a private basis, private
air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur .
Air fare JFK Cairo Amman JFK in economy , tax included .
welcome fruit basket on board the Nile Cruise.
water ( one per person) delivered daily to your cabin.
water / tea / coffee with every meal on board the Nile Cruise.
Air-conditioned hotel accommodations with tax and service charges
Dahabiya Nile Cruise with all meals & shore excursions, cabins
are always private outside cabins with windows and private facilities.
as per itinerary with tax, breakfast daily as per itinerary.
in Wadi Rum as listed ( very basic ) , and a complimentary sleeping
bag, you may wish to donate the sleeping bag to the bedouins before
you leave .
with professional guide and entrance fees as indicated
as indicated, with pre-set menu (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Planet guidebook to Jordan and Egypt
visa fee (valid only for Canadians , American, Australian, NZ, EU
& Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 6 month
airline partners for departures from New York are British Airways,
Lufthansa, Swiss International
Boston, Chicago , DC : Please add:$250 , Miami, Orlando Houston
Most West Coast cities : $ 350
addition, for any departures from May 1 through end of Sep ,
Dec 20 - Jan 2 please add $300 high-season airfare
surcharge to the rates shown above. This air fare supplement
doesn't apply when you handle your own airfare.
you choose to make your own arrangements for international airfare,
please deduct $700 per person from the rates.
With Children in Egypt:
From: "W. RUSSELL" <cwrussell1@.....................>
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 3:47 PM
Subject: Russell Family Trip
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We are home and I am working my way through a mountainous pile
What a wonderful trip we had- everything was beautifully arranged
from transfers, to guides to flights to accommodation. We thought
the guides we had : Rania in Cairo, and Wa-el in Luxor were
fantastic, informative, friendly and great with the kids. Both
were terrific but I would especially recommend Wa-el, great
person and couldn't do enough to make our trips special.
Josef transferred us around without a hitch, our private van
arrived as if by magic each time we needed it.
We were so sorry that we couldn't visit Waafa at her house,
but we had to get up very early the next morning(3am) for our
flight to Luxor and it would not have been fair to the children
to keep them out late. Our first day in Luxor was extremely
busy so we were glad that the kids had some sleep the night
prior. Our cruise ship was lovely, and everyone on board were
so friendly and kind to us. We had fruit baskets in our room,
and the chef came by each meal to see that everything was fine
and offering to make the kids anything special.
What a relief it was to have everything organized for us, after
a day of trekking around monuments, it was wonderful to see
our van appear to whisk us off to the hotel or ship.
Omar, I can't say enough about how professional and friendly
everyone was. Liam especially made a ton of friends both old
and young, they all seemed intrigued by his blond hair and cute
smile!We brought back Papyruses for Shona's classmates and she
is regaling them with her travel tales this week.
We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending travelinstyle
to any of our friends. It was a wonderful experience from start
to finsih and we hope to use your services again if not for
Egypt, perhaps for another destination.
Many thanks to all of your team Omar, it was a "once in
a lifetime experience" which we enjoyed so much.
Best wishes from us all,
Catriona, Bill, Shona and Liam