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Deserts, Tombs & Jordan Tour

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Egypt Tours Deserts, Tombs & Jordan Tour 16 days
Egypt | Cairo, Western Deserts, Luxor, Dahab, Jordan
Egypt & Jordan are covered in full on this tour, as we explore the main Pharaonic sites in Cairo and Luxor, take a desert safari through the Egyptian Western Deserts, and travel north through Jordan visiting Wadi Rum, Petra, the Dead Sea, and Jerash. Bedouin camps are included amid the strange rock formations of the Egyptian White Desert, and the stunning desert scenery of Wadi Rum in Jordan.

Highlights:
The Pyramids & Sphinx; Valley of the Kings; Temple of Karnak; Snorkelling in The Red Sea; Western Desert Oases; Bedouin Overnight Camp; Wadi Rum jeep safari; Petra; Swim in the Dead Sea; Jerash Roman Ruins

Transport:
4x4 jeep, air-conditioned bus/minibus/car, sleeper train

Meals:
Breakfast: 15 | Lunch: 6 | Dinner: 5

Itinerary

Egypt Tours Throughout history Egypt’s vast array of breathtaking monuments has proved an irresistible draw to travellers from all over the world. Jordan’s treasures are different, and newer to the world’s tourists, but equally impressive and interesting in their own right. Combining these with the Red Sea and a safari through the Egyptian Western desert and desert camps in the White Desert and Wadi Rum, this tour gives you a taste of everything these ancient countries have to offer. Read more

 

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

We greet you on your arrival into Cairo airport, and transfer you straight to your hotel where you can settle in before starting the main tour tomorrow morning.

Day 2: Cairo - Pyramids & Museum Tour

Our first tour today takes in Cairo's most impressive, important and famous sites, the Pyramids and Sphinx at Gisa, and the Egyptian Museum in the centre of the city.

Day 3: Drive to Bahariya

We leave Cairo today and drive out through barren and rocky flat desert to the villages in the Bahariya Oasis depression.

Day 4: Bahariya Oasis & desert safari

This morning we tour the oasis, visiting several interesting sites including a pyramid shaped mountain. We then leave Bahariya by 4x4 jeep and start our main desert safari. This takes us through the Black Desert and past some huge sand dunes and spectacular cliff and sand scenery to the flat expanses of the White Desert, filled with strange rock formations that have been eroded by years of wind and sand. We make a basic but comfortable camp here and sleep under the stars.

Day 5: Farafra and Dakhla Oasis

We drive out of the White Desert this morning and leave our jeeps at the Farafra Oasis, one of the smallest and most traditional in the Western Desert. Here we may enjoy a welcome bathe in one of the hot water springs before driving on to one of Egypt's most remote Oases, Dakhla, where we tour the main oasis town of Mut, the Islamic village of Al Qasr and the restored Roman temple of Deir al Haggar.

Day 6: Dakhla & Kharga Oases - Drive to Luxor

We leave Dakhla this morning and drive on to Kharga Oasis where we stop to visit the Temple of Hibis, Deir-al-Kashef monastery, and Al-Bagawat necropolis. We then drive on through the desert and into the Nile Valley and the city of Luxor, home to the greatest concentration of Pharaonic historical monuments and sites in the whole of Egypt.
This evening you have the option of visiting the huge temple complex at Karnak for a Sound & Light show.

Day 7: Luxor - West bank tour. Free time. Sleeper train to Cairo

We rise early this morning and tour the West Bank of the Nile, including stops at the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon you can visit Luxor temple in the middle of town, explore Luxor's markets, take a felucca sailboat trip on the Nile, or visit the Mummification Museum, before we board the overnight sleeper train for the journey back to Cairo. There is also an option available this morning for a spectacular hot air balloon flight.

Day 8: Cairo - Free day

After arriving back in Cairo this morning, your day is free to explore the city a little more, perhaps visiting the ancient churches in Coptic Cairo, the mosques and palaces of the Citadel of Saladin, and the busy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar on an optional city tour. We can also arrange day trips to the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, or to the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales in the Fayoum region close to Cairo.

Day 9: Drive to Dahab

We leave Cairo early this morning for the drive to Dahab. The afternoon is free to relax by the hotel pool or beach or head to the bay area to enjoy the unique feel of this friendly village. If you wish, you can climb up Mt. Sinai to see the sunrise from the summit, and then visit St. Katherine's monastery, home of the 'Burning Bush'.

Day 10: Dahab - Various activities available

Your day is free today to enjoy the laid back atmosphere of this unique beach resort. You can try a number of activities including snorkelling at the Blue Hole, a sunset camel ride, quad biking or scuba diving.

Day 11: Ferry to Jordan - Wadi Rum Jeep safari, Bedouin camp

After relaxing in Dahab we have an early start today to catch the ferry to Jordan. After breakfast and a visit to Aqaba Fort, we head into the spectacular desert scenery of Wadi Rum for a jeep safari, Bedouin lunch, and overnight desert camp under the stars. Options for a camel ride in the desert are also available if you wish.

Day 12: Petra

We leave Wadi Rum after breakfast, and make the short drive to Petra where we provide a 4-hour guided tour, lunch, and free time to explore Jordan's most famous tourist site.

Day 13: Little Petra - Free time

We tour 'Little Petra' this morning, and in the afternoon have the chance to revisit the main site again.

Day 14: King's Highway - Kerak, Madaba, Mt. Nebo

Today's drive is up the scenic King's Highway, with stops en-route to explore the huge crusader castle at Kerak, view the majestic valley of Wadi Mujib, see the intricate Roman mosaics at Madaba, and enjoy views over Israel from Mt. Nebo. We finish the day in Amman.

Day 15: Amman

Our morning tour is to the extensive Roman ruins at Jerash, close to Amman. In the afternoon we swim, or try to swim, in the extremely salty and strange waters of the Dead Sea. We return to Amman in time to spend a little time looking around the city centre in the evening.

Day 16: Amman

The tour finishes today, and your time is free in Amman until we pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Tour description

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We begin the tour in Cairo where we take time to visit possibly the most famous of ancient monuments, the Pyramids and Sphinx. We also head into the centre of the city to explore the huge Egyptian Museum and learn more about Egyptian Pharaonic history. From Cairo the tour heads into the Western Deserts and we visit the oases of Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla and Kharga en-route to Luxor.
Egypt's Western desert is a place of fantastic beauty and weird, otherworldly rock formations and we include a jeep safari and overnight camp amongst some of the strangest in the White desert. In Luxor, we explore the Pharaonic tombs in the Valleys of the Kings as well as some other important West Bank sites, and have time to do an optional early morning hot air balloon flight, and visit Luxor and Karnak temples.

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From Luxor we return to Cairo and say farewell to the Nile Valley and head for the coast and the wonderfully laid-back beach resort of Dahab where we have time to relax and enjoy some snorkelling in the Red Sea. You can also climb Mt. Sinai and visit St. Catherine's monastery if you wish.
Next we cross into Jordan and start our tour through the country with a jeep safari and Bedouin camp amidst the stunning desert & mountain scenery of Wadi Rum (in summer we use a mobile camp giving us more flexibility in where to spend the night, while in winter we use a fixed camp which provides more shelter and facilities in case of poor weather).

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Our next top is Jordan's main highlight, the hidden city of Petra, where we have a full tour of this world famous Nabatean city as well as visiting 'Little Petra' and having plenty of free time to explore the main site. The Treasury, Petra, JordanFrom Petra we head north up the scenic King's Highway to Amman, via stops to visit the crusader castle of Kerak, the intricate Byzantine mosaics at Madaba, and the peaks, churches and distant views at Mt. Nebo.
We take a day trip out from Amman to bathe in the Dead Sea, and visit the Roman Ruins at Jerash. The tour finishes in Amman.

Otional extras

Listed below is a selection of optional extras that can be added to your tour. Just select which options you want to add to your booking when you reserve your tour, or alternatively just let us know and we'll add them to your booking. Further options are also available when you get to Egypt (such as Sound & Light shows, dinner cruises, scuba-diving courses).

Single Room Supplement

This option guarantees you a single room in all the hotels throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller, then you may share a twin or triple room with other single travellers in the group. If we do not have any other single travellers available for you to share with at the time of your booking, then we will need to add this supplement to your tour price (this can be refunded to you later if other people book who you can share with).

Hot Air Balloon Flight - Luxor

This spectacular flight runs early in the morning over the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, so that you catch the sunrise over the Valleys of the Kings & Queens, temples and desert. Start times vary through the year, but the option is priced to use one of the very first flights in the morning that are timed to fit with the rising sun. You get around 1 hour in the air. We normally book the flight for the morning before your West Bank tour). There is a minimum number of people required for the trips to run, and weather conditions are also an issue, so we can't guarantee that the trip will run everyday (they are rarely cancelled however). You can either book and pay for this option in advance to secure a sunrise flight, or arrange it when you get to Egypt when we can't guarantee this. Once booked and paid for, refunds are not available if you choose not to do the option while you are in Egypt, though of course if it is cancelled we will refund you in full.

Alexandria Day Trip

This day trip to Alexandria leaves Cairo early in the morning, and includes a private A/C car or minibus to and from Alexandria (approx. 2½ hours each way), and a guided tour of the city. The tour is flexible, but will include the Roman amphitheatre, which has twelve semi-circular marble tiers and is in remarkably good condition, and the Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa, which is the largest Roman cemetery in Alexandria. Dating from the beginning of the Second Century AD this cemetery displays a unique blend of Pharaonic and Roman art. Later in the afternoon we have the chance to stroll around Alexandria, see the famous library and other sites before returning to Cairo. The tour includes all transportation, lunch, entrance fees, a local English-speaking Egyptologist and lasts for the full day, returning to Cairo by around 19.00.Note: If travelling on your own, a single supplement will be added. If other people in your group also take the option, this supplement will be removed.

Wadi Rayan & Valley of the Whales day trip

This tour features a day trip from Cairo to the Fayoum region where we head for the Wadi Rayan Protected Area, which surrounds a fresh-water lake in the middle of the desert, filled by the remaining irrigation water from the Fayoum area. There are several waterfalls here, and a bird hide which gives good views of the lakes birdlife, particularly in the winter months when the lake is an important stop for migrating water-birds. We also visit the Springs Oasis area, a rare example of an uninhabited Saharan oasis, and host to many different plants and animals, including Dorcas Gazelle, Ruppell’s Sand Fox and Fennec Fox. After a stop for a packed lunch, we then drive into the stunning desert & mountain scenery of Wadi Hitan (Valley of the Whales). This World Heritage Site is accepted as the most significant site in the world to demonstrate the evolution of whales, and we take a 2-3km walk here to see several specimens of fossilised whales of different types sitting on the surface of the sand, as well as fossilised mangroves and the remains of crab holes. This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run.

Egyptian Cookery Class (1 day)

If you're visiting Egypt and have an interest in cooking, why not join our one day Cookery School? Our cookery teacher will have you preparing delicious, well-known Egyptian dishes in no time, which you'll then be able to impress your friends with back home! In addition to the cooking you will also learn about Egyptian ingredients and their Arabic names. The tour price includes transportation, cooking materials and full instruction. This option requires a minimum of 2 passengers to go ahead.

Extra Night in Cairo pre-tour - 4-star

This option adds an extra night to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability at the time of booking). Your airport arrival transfer is still included.

Cairo Belly Dancing Class

Extra Night in Amman post-tour - 3-star

This option adds an extra night in Amman to the end of your tour, staying in a 3-star hotel. Your departure airport transfer is included. If you would like to add more than one extra night, please make a note when you make your reservation and we will add them to your booking.

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