Egypt and Jordan a la Indiana Jones
Grand 17 day Tour of Egypt and Jordan, Including Petra.
Friday Departure from USA
Add a Cruise on Lake Nasser
extended stay in Egypt and Jordan
Indiana Jones himself couldn't squeeze more adventure into this
journey: Cairo and the Pyramids, a cruise on the Nile, the fabled
temples and tombs of Luxor and Thebes, diving in the Red Sea, the mountains
of Sinai, and a trek to the mysterious ruins of Petra in Jordan.
1 - DEPARTURE - Friday (
or Saturday) Weekly
click here if your prefer to start in Amman Jordan)
We take off aboard Lufthansa, Swiss , Air France, British Airways or
KLM from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
2- CAIRO - Saturday
Our Egypt-based local rep. 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
Please pay the visa fee $ 15 upon arrival in cash. After exiting the
terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle)
to the hotel . After exiting the terminal, our local representative
will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel
your hotel, complimentary coffee or tea ( please advise your preference),
one bottle of water for each guest, and a platter of Egyptian sweets
will await you at your room.
3 - CAIRO Sunday (BL)
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. Then it's on to Giza and the mysteries
of the Pyramids and Sphinx.
museum of the Royal Barge of Cheops The museum is built over the rectangular
pit that housed the Royal Barge for thousands of years , the wooden
boat was readied for the king's daily journey with the sun god, Ra .
Discovered in 1954, in a completely dismantled state, the 43-metre (140-foot)
cedar boat is a rare window on the Royal boats used by the kings of
are glad to include the entrance fee to get inside the Great Pyramid
, if interested , please read this first : The King's Chamber in the
Great Pyramid was not meant to be visited:
Getting to it is challenging, and once you enter, it is very difficult
to turn back. The stone passage is only wide enough for one person.
You must be in good physical condition, able to climb several flights
of stairs, bend double, crouch and duck-walk for short distances. The
King's Chamber itself is the world's most claustrophobic place, with
dim light and heavy, hot, oxygen-poor air. There is no ventilation.
If you are at all sensitive to claustrophobia or confinement, or if
you have any sort of respiratory condition, for your own safety and
the safety of others, you must not enter the pyramid because it is impossible
to remove a person or to bring aid to them quickly
complimentary 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
afternoon 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 afternoon , and find that
you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may
enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions,
by letting us know your preferences ,overnight
4 - LUXOR ! - Monday (BLD)
Guests booking Deluxe Category will be flying in business class . (
subject to availability), we fly to LUXOR
and board our Nile cruiser in time for a delicious lunch.
welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin .The gigantic Great
Temple of Amon at Karnak, and the mighty Temple of Luxor
are our goals in the afternoon. We'll return in time for the afternoon
tea served on deck. You'll have a chance to explore your ship before
dinner. Evening Sound and light show at Karnak ( bring a jacket
5 - LUXOR , EDFU - Tuesday (BLD)
tour today as well the magnificent tombs in the Valley of the Kings
including Tut-Ank-Amon's tomb and the great temple of Queen Hatshepsut,
stop at the Colossi of Memnon on the way back to our cruise.
we'll continue on Luxor's west bank to 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.
We sail in the afternoon we cruise to Esna to go through the
locks , and on to Edfu where we dock for the night. In the evening ,
we'll celebrate in Egyptian style, dressed in galabias, the flowing
national costume, a galabya will be delivered to your cabin with
6 - EDFU, KOM OMBO -Wednesday (BLD)
moor in Edfu, drive through the town to the Temple of Horus,
Egypt's best-preserved temple. Re-embarking on our Nile cruiser, we
enjoy lunch as we sail further south upriver .
We disembark downstream at Kom Ombo to visit its twin temples
of Haroeris, the sun god, and Sobek, the crocodile god, the continue
our voyage to Aswan, while we party after dinner with music & dance.
7 - CAMEL CARAVAN, NUBIAN VILLAGE , ASWAN - Thursday
First we tour Aswan dams, then on to the new Nubian Museum then the
awesome Aswan dams, and next an ancient granite quarry complete
with an unfinished obelisk. Then we go by motor launch to the
Island temple of Philae , dedicated to the Ancient Goddess ISIS.
In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely sail by graceful felucca on the
For those who are interested : a short camel caravan & ride is included(
almost a half hour ride) to visit a local Nubian Village. Our
farewell dinner this evening is a buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed
by a show featuring oriental performers, including of course a belly
8 - ASWAN , CAIRO / Sharm El Sheikh- Friday (BD)
Now that you've seen the best of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, our guides
escort you to the airport. You'll fly north to Cairo and over the Sinai
Peninsula and land at historic Sharm El Sheik on the Red Sea. You're
at the beach and free to swim, or explore under the waters. Lunch is
included at the hotel in Sharm, is the flight is a late one, snacks
will be served at your room at no additional charges. Complimentary
welcome dinner at the hotel.
9 - MOUNT SINAI Saturday (BLD)
Our knowledgeable guides arrange a pre-dawn departure into the still-cool
wilderness of Sinai, through which Moses led the Children of Israel
to the Promised Land. Our goal is the Monastery of St. Catherine, built
of rock at the base of Mount Sinai, at the site of the Burning Bush.
We tour the monastery, rich in history, icons and sacred paintings,
then return to Sharm El Sheik. Dinner is included at the hotel.
advise us early on , if you prefer to do Mount Sinai / St. Catherine's
tour by Jeep versus air conditioned sedan / vehicle .
10 - Sunday- Saladin’s
Castle and Pharaoh’s Island ( BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel, lunch box will be prepared
by your chef and includes bottled water.
off the Sinai along the northern reaches of the Gulf of Aqaba lies one
of the more curious and scenic locales in this part of the world.
rulers of the Nile might once have held sway over these rocks and sand
and water of Pharaoh’s Island (or Coral Island, or Geziret Faraoun).
More certain is that Crusaders established an outpost here, on the site
of a onetime Phoenician port, and erected a castle in 1115 A.D. to protect
pilgrims on the way to St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai
wilderness. The island did double duty as a base from which to attack
Arab traders, which led to its capture by Saladin (or Salah El-Din).
The legendary Arab leader strengthened the fortifications, and his name
remains attached to the castle. Later, it was a Mameluke and Ottoman
have a treasured half-day opportunity to board a boat to visit this
rarely seen fortress island. We’ll motor northward from Sharm
El Sheikh, following the rocky coast, passing Bedouin travelers on camels,
and secluded beaches, with occasional sightings of desert foxes. At
Dahab or Nuweiba, we’ll embark for our short crossing to the island.
ashore, we’ll wander through the precincts of the reconstructed
castle, with its courtyard, storerooms, galleys, and dining rooms, and
appreciate the natural harbor that made this such a coveted outpost.
And we’ll take in the unusual offshore vista of the breathtaking
azure waters of the Gulf, back dropped by the grandeur of the mountains
of Sinai and a cloudless sky.
at your option, you can don scuba or snorkeling gear for a close encounter
with the world-famous underwater life of coastal Sinai: corals, reefs,
and schools of fish in every gradation of the rainbow, before we return
to our lodgings at Sharm El Sheikh .
Evening bedouin dinner.
11 - Sharm El Sheikh , PETRA - Monday (BLD)
We'll fly to Amman ( non-stop or via Cairo ), air fare is included in
economy class tax included , in Amman , our Jordan-based representative
waits to greet you. You'll drive north under a towering ridge of mountains,
and arrive at your hotel in Petra for the night. Complimentary Jordanian
visa fee (valid only for American , Australian, NZ , Canadian, EU
, Singaporean, Korean & Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for
at least 6 month upon arrival). Lunch is included today. Complimentary
welcome dinner tonight at the hotel.
DAY 12 - PETRA- Tuesday (BD)
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
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
13 - WADI RUM DESERT - Wednesday (BL)
Visit the Wadi Rum Desert (with a short ride in a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle)
and its awesome moonlike landscape, where the film “Lawrence of Arabia”
was shot, we will break for tea with the bedouins . Back to Petra and
overnight. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
14 - Petra / Amman - Thursday (BLD)
After breakfast we head north for Amman on the Desert Highway. Lunch
is served enroute at a local restaurant. Overnight in Amman. Dinner
is included at the hotel
15 - Amman - Friday (BL)
Breakfast at the hotel , half day
morning tour of Amman. Visit the Roman Theater, the Citadel, the Archaeology
and Folklore Museums, old and modern Amman and one of the many art galleries
in this enchanting capital city. Afternoon is free for your leisure
16 - Amman - Saturday (B)
at the hotel. Full day on your own to explore Amman as you wish .
If you prefer to leave today, please click here for the 15
17 - DEPARTURE FOR HOME - Sunday (B)
Our staff 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 or even stop in Paris or London on the way back.
Interested in adding an extra night in Amman ?
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per person in USD
departures from most west coast cities , please add $ 450 to the above
an upgrade to the Four Seasons in Cairo & Amman (Standard
Please add : $500 to the deluxe rate ( Per person)
travel in May through end of Sep , as well as Dec 20 - Jan 2 please
note that a $300 air-fare supplement is added to the above rates.
This doesn't apply when you handle your own air fare.
Easter ( two weeks) , Christmas, New Year's Dec 15 - Jan 5 : 10 %
supplement will apply
5-stars Deluxe Nile Cruises:
Monaco , Monte
Carlo , Mojito , Queen of Hansa
Beau Soleil , Adonis , Renaissance
per person in USD Based on an Ultra Deluxe Nile Cruise
Deluxe Nile Cruise
Including private Guide Egyptologist
air fares ( with tax) from New York to Cairo , in economy class ,
with return from either Amman . If / when you handle your own air
fare please deduct $ 500 from the listed rates.
domestic flights within Egypt, economy class with tax .
Air-conditioned hotel accommodations with tax and service charges
transfers in Egypt and Jordan.
Air fare between Cairo and Amman in economy class , with tax
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.
Nile Cruise with all meals & shore excursions, cabins are always
outside with large panoramic windows.
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 American , Australian , NZ, Canadian , EU
& Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 6 month
to your guides, drivers, crew on board your cruise, as well as all
expenses and beverages .
meals, drinks and services
interruption and cancellation insurance
Visa : please pay the $ 15 in cash upon arrival, no photos required
. Visa maybe issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number
of citizens such as : American, EU , Canadian , EU Singaporean and
Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in
order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in