and Jordan a la Indiana Jones
a one week Nile Cruise on a deluxe Dahabiya
A True Grand 14 days in Egypt and Jordan
Including Petra, Abu Simbel Temples , Memphis and Sakkara
any International Air Fare
will have a private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur and private
guide all the way except while on board the Dahabiya , you will be part
of this small group. Indiana
Jones himself couldn't squeeze more
adventure into this exotic journey: Cairo , 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.
Add camping in Wadi Rum and Alexandria . Extend your stay
to the Red Sea : Hurgada
or Sharm El-Sheikh .
1- CAIRO - Wednesday Weekly - Year Round
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 Deluxe Hotel : Grand Hyatt , Cairo Marriott , Ramses
Hilton or Similar
2 - CAIRO- Dahshour, Memphis, Sakkara - Home Hosted Dinner - Thursday
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 at the Mena House : The afternoon is for Memphis and Sakkara,
including the Step Pyramid of Zoser & Nobles tombs/Mastabas.
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 ! 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.
3 - CAIRO and Giza Pyramids - Friday (BLD)
Your 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. We'll also stop at the Citadel
of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque. Lunch is included at Abu El-Sid
restaurant . Then it's on to Giza and the mysteries of the Pyramids
and Sphinx. In
the evening, we return to the Pyramids for an awe-inspiring sound-and-light
4 - 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 dahabiya , Board Luxor
( or Aswan ) .
Embarkation in Luxor for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously
appointed Dahabiya. Lunch and dinner are included on board . Overnight
moored on the Nile banks of Luxor.
: 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.
5 - 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.
6 - 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.
7 - 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
8 - 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.
9 - Thursday - Aswan - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
A leisurely grand day of sailing the Nile to Aswan where the dahabiya
10 - Friday - Aswan - On board your Yacht Nile Cruise
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.
11- Saturday - Aswan
- Abu Simbel Temples - Fly back to Cairo (BL)
Breakfast aboard the dahabiya and check-out. We
bid farewell to the crew, we switch transportation modes and head for
Aswan Airport and your flight to Abu Simbel :
Abu Simbel : Your private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur
and private Egyptologist , will be waiting for you : We tour the mighty
Temples of Ramses the Great & his Queen:
the larger temple, 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, before we head back to Cairo by air
after a brief stop/connection at Aswan Airport , back
to Cairo and your hotel. Air fare is always included within Egypt, economy
class , tax included . Hotels : Sonesta , J. W. Marriott or similar
.Lunch will be served in Abu Simbel
( bottled water, tea or coffee included) .
12 - Cairo , Amman / PETRA - Sunday (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. Mövenpick Petra hotel , Petra Marriott Hotel
or similar . Lunch is included enroute . Dinner is included
at the hotel .
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.
13 - PETRA- Monday (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 is included today at the hotel . In
the evening we will call on you for a unique experience :
Dine as a local : The Petra Kitchen is a delightful way to round out
your Jordan travel experiences. Like any home kitchen, The Petra Kitchen
is a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you’ll gather to prepare
an evening meal, working alongside local women under the supervision
of our chef.
evening meal includes soup, cold and hot mezza ( appetizers ) and salads,
and a main course—all typical Jordanian dishes. You will have
get an inside glimpse of the secrets behind the famous regional cuisine
of the Levant.
Petra Kitchen offers an evening of learning, fun and a very special
dining experience, with each dish gaining the special flavor of a reward
well-earned. Great care has been taken to make The Petra Kitchen a truly
Jordanian experience—right down to the furnishings, all crafted
in Jordan, the tableware, all produced by the Iraq al Amir Women’s
Co-operative, and the aprons and table linens, all hand-embroidered
by the Jordan River Foundation.
experience tonight includes the cuisine course, meal and all non-alcoholic
beverages as well as take-home recipes for all dishes prepared that
14 - DEPARTURE FOR HOME - Tuesday (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 . Compare with the
15-day edition with an extra day in Cairo .
per person in USD:
( two weeks) , Christmas, New Year's Dec 20 - Jan 5 : 20% supplement
transfers in Egypt and Jordan.
fare within Egypt , as well as Cairo Amman, 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
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