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,
a foray into Jerusalem .
1 - Cairo - Thursdays and Saturday
arrival, our local rep. will escort you to your comfortable hotel. Our
local representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your
may be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport .
VIP Meet & Greet Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, visa issued locally
in cairo ( for a limited number of nationalities) no photos required.
representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel.
will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number of citizens
such as : American, Australian, NZ , 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 Cairo. Our
local rep. meets with a sign that carries your name, and will be waiting
for you with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed to the passports control
to stamp your passports, then you claim your luggage, after you clear
the passport and customs formalities and exiting the terminal, our local
representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel .
Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your
room with our compliments.
2- CAIRO -Giza- Dahshour - Friday and Sunday (BLD)
After breakfast we drive to Giza and the mysteries of the Pyramids
and Sphinx , for interested guests : enjoy the usual photo opportunity
riding a camel with the Pyramids and the Sphinx in the background with
our compliments ,
we tour 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
Ancient Egypt. We
are glad to include as well the entrance fee to get inside the Great
Pyramid, with our compliments , 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 , lunch
is included at the Mena House.
on the traffic your guide may start the day with Dahshour then on the
Pyramids after lunch. Dahshour the time capsule treasure of Dahshour,
the 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
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. We
stop at El-Haraniya before we head back to your hotel . Dinner is included
at La Bodega restaurant or similar .
3 - CAIRO - Saturday and Monday (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. After lunch a charming local restaurant
, we'll also stop at the Citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque.
Followed by a walking tour of Khan El Khalili and Muezzledeenallah ancient
bazaar districts . Dinner is included at Abu-El Sid restaurant
4 - Cairo- Abu Simbel - ASWAN - Sunday and Tuesday (BLD)
After an early breakfast, we board a short flight heading for Abu Simbel
( via Aswan)
Land at Abu Simbel Airport where your PRIVATE air-conditioned vehicle,
private Egyptologist and private chauffeur await you in . Tour Ramses
the Great larger temple, colossal figures of Ramses are seated with
the gods and attended by his queen and daughters.
In the Queen's smaller temple dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Nefertari
(The Beautiful One), who appears as Hathor, the goddess of love, joy
and fertility, symbolized by the benevolent cow. We explore this fine
temple by ourselves in the quiet of the morning, admiring their ancient
aura and artistry, after which we fly back to Aswan, arriving in time
for lunch at your hotel . Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner
is included at the hotel. Evening Sound and Light show at Philae Temple
transfers are of course included.
5- Board Your Nile Cruise - Aswan- Kom Ombo : Monday and Wednesday (BLD)
After breakfast at your hotel , we head to your Nile cruise and get
ready to head out to tour the enormous dams at Aswan, and then board
a launch on the Nile to visit the Temples of Philae, rescued from rising
waters. Lunch and dinner today are on board your Nile cruise. Afternoon
tea is served on deck daily while you are on board your cruise. After
a shipboard lunch, we set sail for Kom Ombo, where we explore the twin
Temples of Haroeris and Sobek. We continue our cruise to Edfu, where
we dock for the night.
Afternoon tea is served on deck daily while you are on board your cruise.
6 - Edfu -Luxor - Tuesday and Thursday (BLD)
Horse-drawn carriages or vans meet us at riverside to take us through
Edfu to the Temple of Horus, best-preserved in all of Egypt. Then we'll
continue beside the Nile to take in an array of ancient splendors: the
Valley of the Kings; the imposing tomb-temple of Queen Hatshepsut; and,
back in Luxor, the Great Temple of Amon at Karnak.
7 - LUXOR - Wednesday and Friday (BLD)
Today we tour the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple of
El Deir El Bahari , and the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, the afternoon
is free for shopping. Afternoon tea is served on deck. Dinner &
folk dance show on board. Evening Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temples.
8 - SHARM EL SHEIK - RED SEA - Thursday and Saturday (B)
Now that you've seen the best of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, our guides
escort you to the airport. You'll fly 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.
9 - SHARM EL SHEIK - Friday and Sunday (B)
Relax! Today is set aside as a strategic mid-journey break. Spend some
time in the sun, but don't miss your chance to snorkel or dive under
Red Sea waters for an array of coral and glittering tropical fish.
DAY 10 - MOUNT SINAI - Saturday and Monday (BL)
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.
11 - Sharm El Sheikh - PETRA - Sunday and Tuesday
We'll fly non-stop Sharm El-Sheikh Amman or via Cairo , our Jordan-based
representative waits to greet you. You'll drive south under a towering
ridge of mountains, and arrive at your hotel in Petra for the night.
Complimentary Jordanian visa fee (valid only for American, Canadian
, Australian, NZ, EU & Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for
at least 6 month upon arrival). Lunch is included enroute.
12 - PETRA - Monday and Wednesday (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
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. Tour experience tonight includes the
cuisine course, meal and all non-alcoholic beverages as well as take-home
recipes for all dishes prepared that evening.
13 - PETRA - JERASH - AMMAN - Tuesday and Thursday (BLD)
drive to Jerash, among the best-preserved Roman cities in the world,
to tour its temples, theaters, churches and colonnaded streets. From
Jerash, we will escort you back to Amman
and your hotel. Lunch is included enroute. Dinner is included at a local
restaurant in Amman .
14 - DEPARTURE FOR HOME - Wednesday and Friday (B)
Our local rep. escorts you to the airport of Amman for your flight home.
Bon Voyage .
Add a day
to Alexandria , or add an Extra
Day in Amman ? Add
per person in USD
Hilton Level Hotels
Four Stars Hotels
Sheraton, Ramses Hilton ,
Cairo Sonesta , or similar
Oases Hotel or similar
Monaco, M/S Mojito , M/S Lady Diana, M/S Queen of Hansa
Nile Dream, M/S Ruby
Sharm El Sheikh Hotel, Marriott Sharm El Sheikh, Sonesta Sharm El
Sheikh or similar
Sharm El Sheikh or similar
Landmark Hotel Amman
International Hotel Amman or similar
Petra , Marriott Petra, Taybet Zaman Hotel Petra
RATES per person in USD
Business Class Within Egypt
Egyptologist and guide , including on board the Nile Cruise
at the Semiramis InterContinental.
Or Superior Room at Four Seasons Cairo , Four Seasons Sharm and
Four Seasons Hotel Amman .
with a private balcony on board one of the Sonesta All suites
Ultra Deluxe Nile Cruises such as the M/S Star Goddess
( Mozart Suite ), or similar ultra deluxe cruises .
For families or parties of 3 sharing in triple then it is a Beethoven
Easter, Christmas, New Year's ( Dec 20 - Jan 3 ) : 15 % supplement
transfers in Egypt and Jordan always on a private basis .
domestic flights within Egypt , and Cairo Amman flight in economy
class, tax included .
Air-conditioned hotel accommodations with tax and service charges
with professional guide and entrance fees as indicated
as indicated, with pre-set menu (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
cruise with all shore excursions and meals.
bottle of water ( per person), delivered daily to your cabin on board
the Nile cruise.
bottle of water ( per person ) with each meal, while you are on board
the Nile Cruise.
or coffee with each meal while you are on board the Nile cruise
Meet & Greet At Cairo Airport
representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your
will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport ( photos are not required
Visa will be issued for a limited number of citizens such
as : American, Australian, NZ , 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 Cairo. Our local rep. meets with a sign that carries your name,
and will be waiting for you with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed
to the passports control to stamp your passports, then you claim
your luggage, after you clear the passport and customs formalities
and exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you
(private vehicle) to the hotel .
Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in
your room in Cairo upon arrival with our compliments
visa fee (please contact the consulate nearest you or secure upon
arrival : valid only for EU , Australian, NZ, American, Canadian ,
Korean, Singaporean & Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for
at least 6 month upon arrival).
expenses and beverages.
meals and services
air fare between your home country and Egypt / Jordan
interruption and cancellation insurance
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We just wanted to let you know we made it back home after our weeklong
detour through Italy. Athens was fantastic. The tours were very good,
and short of heading out to the islands, I can't think of a single thing
we would have rather done while there.
Although we had an excellent time in Athens, Egypt was by far the highlight
of our entire trip, including Italy. We just can't say enough about Ahmed,
Isis, Ashraf, and all our drivers. We simply could not have done the trip
without their help. Ahmed was very professional, courteous, and helpful,
and always went out of his way to make sure we were where we needed to
be at the right time. Our Egyptologist guides, Isis and Ashraf, were both
very knowledgeable and made our visit so much better with their endless
supply of information. We wore out both days
long before they did. We will definitely try to come back to Egypt when
we have more time to spend.
Thank you so much for arranging the trip, allowing us to customize what
we needed to, and putting us in touch with such good people. And please
find attached pictures of us enjoying a camel ride. :-)
Adrian & Melinda