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Discover the iconic wonders and mesmerising history of Egypt and Jordan. Marvel at ancient Roman cities, hallowed biblical landmarks and incredible feats of architectural engineering. Cruise the Nile and explore the amazing temples and tombs of Upper Egypt.

Your Middle East tour starts in Amman, the capital of Jordan. We visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Um Qais and Jerash. From Amman we continue to Petra. Petra is a real highlight of this tour and is one of the world’s greatest treasures. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a dip in the buoyant, salty waters of the Dead Sea!

Continuing your discovery to ancient Egypt where we visit all the must-see sights as well as enjoy a 3-night Nile cruise. Highlights of this part of the tour include; the Great Pyramids of Giza, the iconic Sphinx, the unique step pyramid of Sakkara, the Khan El Khalili bazaar, the world-famous Egyptian Museum, the impressive Valley of the Kings, the stunning temples of Abu Simbel and the riverside temples of Kom Ombo.

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INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to the Middle East, taxes included **
  • 11 nights in good quality hotels (3-5 star)
  • 1 night at a typical Bedouin desert camp with shared facilities
  • 3 nights in an outside cabin onboard a luxury Nile River Cruise (5 star Egyptian standard)
  • 3 economy class flights within the Middle East
  • 15 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 11 dinners including a welcome and farewell group dinner
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour *
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding basic jeep in Wadi Rum)
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Tipping Made Easy, $250 per person prepaid
  • English-speaking local guide and driver in Jordan
    (English-speaking driver/guide and local guides for group sizes below 5 passengers)
  • English-speaking Egyptologist guides in Egypt

* airport transfer with tour & airfare package.
** International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. A reservation with cancellation terms is sent to you, prior to ticketing for your review, and acceptance.

Itinerary

SNAPSHOT OF HIGHLIGHTS
  •  Visit the Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash
  • Discover the magical Lost City of Petra
  • Tour breathtaking Wadi Rum by jeep and camel • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Witness the incredible Great Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx
  • Visit the stunning temples of Abu Simbel
  • Explore the tombs and temples of Upper Egypt
SIGHTSEEING

Jewels of Jordan

  • Visit the beautifully preserved Roman Cities of Uum Qais and Jerash
  • Admire the views from the impressive Islamic Ajloun Castle which was built in the 12th century and served as a military fort to protect the region from invading Crusader forces
  • Enjoy the sites on Amman including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre
  • See the spectacular Byzantine and Umayyed mosaics in Madaba, one of the most memorable places in the Holy Land
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George
  • Visit Mt Nebo for fantastic views of the Jordan Valley
  • Discover fascinating Little Petra with a history dating back 9,000 years - one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East
  • Visit one of the world’s greatest treasures – the lost city of Petra! An awe-inspiring experience and one that has to be seen to be believed!
  • Have the option to return Petra for some further exploration
  • 4WD Jeep tour across the dessert landscape of Wadi Rum
  • Explore the unique desert landscape of Wadi Rum by camel safari as well as an exciting jeep tour
  • Enjoy an unforgettable night under a sky of a million stars at a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • Swim or float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and enjoy the therapeutic mud!

Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation.

  • Visit the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids of Giza. Our tour includes plenty of time to soak up the power of these magnificent structures before we visit a nearby vantage point and then continue on to the famous Sphinx
  • Visit the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara, the nearby giant statue of Ramses II and the old capital of Memphis
  • Explore Aswan including the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island
  • Relax on a traditional felucca sailboat in Aswan as you cruise around Kitchener’s Island
  • Visit the stunning temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel. This is a must-see while in Egypt, which most other companies offer only as an optional extra. We include it!
  • Unwind on a four-night luxury cruise on the Nile from Luxor to Aswan
  • Travel to the magnificent Temple of Horus (the Falcon God) in Edfu, the Temple of Kom Ombo which currently displays some of the crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity, the laidback town of Aswan where we visit the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island, the Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam
  • Visit the beautiful Luxor and Karnak Temples, where each year elaborate festivals and ceremonies were performed to appease the gods
  • Explore the West Bank, including the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings (where we enter some of the tombs of the pharaohs) and the massive Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Enjoy a Galabeya Party whist crusing the Nile
  • Visit the world-renowned Egyptian Museum whose priceless artefacts include those of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen
  • Get a fascinating insight into current Egyptian life as you visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque, the Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the centuries-old Khan El Khalili bazaar

DAY 1 -  TUESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2017
Depart Australia 

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2017
Arrive in Amman 

Welcome to Jordan! This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. 

Meals: Dinner 

DAY 3 – THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017
Jerash Excursion

Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 – FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER 2017
Amman - Petra

Heading out of Amman, we make our way to Madaba and visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George. We’ll also stop at the biblical site of Mt Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land. This afternoon we visit ‘Little Petra’. With a history dating back some 9,000 years, it is one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 5 – SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2017
Petra

Today we discover the famous Lost City of Petra, a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago.

Special Experience: We’ll enter Petra through the Siq, a narrow, 800-metre long gorge flanked on either side by soaring 80-metre high cliffs, before we reach the incredible Treasury, hewn into the sandstone cliff face.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 – SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2017
Petra – Wadi Rum

Why not return to Petra for an optional second visit this morning? We’ll then venture south to Wadi Rum, one of the most stunning desert landscapes in the world. We’ll enjoy an exciting jeep tour, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen. Later we’ll take a camel ride through the uniquely shaped mountains and see traces of ancient civilisations in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area. The most spectacular monuments in Wadi Rum, however, are those carved by nature - the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and vast peaks.

We’ll spend the night in a typical Bedouin desert camp underneath a blanket of stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 – MONDAY 30 OCTOBER 2017
Wadi Rum – Dead Sea - Amman

Heading north, we reach the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. The salt content of the water here is four times that of most oceans, so you can float without even trying, making swimming here a truly unique experience. Later this afternoon we travel back to Amman.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 8 – TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2017
Amman - Cairo

Today we bid farewell to Jordan and take a short flight to Cairo, where we’ll enjoy a group dinner to welcome us to Egypt.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2017
Cairo

Our touring in Egypt begins at the oldest structures in existence, the amazing Great Pyramids of Giza, where construction began approximately 4500 years ago. We’ll then visit the nearby Great Sphinx, discover the ancient capital of Memphis and the Step Pyramid of Sakkara, believed to have been designed by the vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 10 – THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2017
Cairo - Aswan

Today we take a short flight to Aswan, gateway to the incredible history, temples and monuments of Upper Egypt. Here we’ll visit the High Dam, the magnificent Temple of Isis on Philae Island and the Unfinished Obelisk. This afternoon we’ll relax on a cruise on board a traditional felucca sailboat.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 11 – FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2017
Aswan – Abu Simbel – Nile Cruise

Special Experience: An early start this morning to cross the desert. Our destination is the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel. The temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari.

Embark Cruise: Later this morning we’ll return to Aswan and board our Nile River cruise ship. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note: The luxury Nile cruises (5-star Egyptian standard) featured on all itineraries to Egypt operate between the cities of Luxor and Aswan. These cities lie only 240km apart which means this distance could easily be covered in only 1 or 2 days without stops. However, our extended journey times allow us to spend more time sightseeing along the way stopping at amazing sites including the Luxor and Karnak Temples, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Valley of the Kings or Aswan. Additionally, each cruise itinerary will have an element of day-time cruising allowing you to relax and see life along the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 12 – SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2017
Nile Cruise

After breakfast we set sail for the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris. We’ll then cruise onward to Edfu where we’ll visit the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. Continuing our journey, we cross the lock at Esna and sail on towards Luxor. Tonight we’ll enjoy a galabeya party on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 – SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2017
Nile Cruise

We’ll arrive in Luxor after breakfast and explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. We’ll then visit Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by an Avenue of Sphinxes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 – MONDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2017
Nile Cruise - Luxor 

Disembark Cruise: We disembark and set off to explore the West Bank - the world’s largest open-air museum!

Special Experience: Our first stop is the Valley of the Kings. Carved deep into the limestone rock, each tomb has a similar pattern of three corridors, an antechamber and a sarcophagus chamber. We’ll be able to descend into some of the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and incredibly well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings.

Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 15 – TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2017
Luxor - Cairo

The morning is at leisure for you to explore Luxor or simply relax before our afternoon flight back to Cairo.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16 – WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2017
Cairo

Today begins with a visit to the Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. We’ll then discover the 14th century souk, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Famous for its handmade crafts, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Arabic coffee. This afternoon we’ll continue into the lively heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures. This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17 – THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2017
Depart Cairo

Today we begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18 – FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017
Arrive in Australia 

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of  Stay

Amman

Amman International Hotel

3

Petra

Petra Moon Hotel

2

Wadi Rum

Hillawi Camp

1

Cairo

Le Meridien Hotel

2

Aswan

Mövenpick  Hotel

1

Nile Cruise

Movenpick MS Royal Lily

3

Luxor

Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel

1

Cairo

Cairo Marriott Hotel

2

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

AMMAN INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, AMMAN
Stepping into the hotel lobby at the Amman International Hotel you will be embraced by warm smiles and friendly greetings, welcoming you to a pleasant and enjoyable stay. The hotel is as intimate and enchanting as Amman itself, it presents itself as an ideal mix of palatial luxury and tradition. Its excellent location gives easy access to all main city attractions.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

PETRA MOON HOTEL, PETRA
Just 100m from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies. It also boasts a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. Local and international meals are available for lunch and dinner and breakfast is served buffet-style in the restaurant.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities (public areas)

AL HILLAWI CAMP, WADI RUM
The camp features 200 double tents and offers Bedouin-style food, folklore, hospitality and accommodation. Here you can relax under the stars like a real Bedouin - except with a lot more comfort. It’s also a chance to meet some of the last remaining fully nomadic Berbers in the area perhaps over a cup of steaming hot sweet tea. The camp offers shared bathroom and shower facilities.

LE MERIDIEN PYRAMIDS HOTEL, CAIRO
Le Meridien Pyramids comprises elegantly decorated guestrooms. Enjoy incredible views of the majestic Pyramids of Giza from your sun lounge beside the pool. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from offering Mediterranean, International, Egyptian and Mexican food as well as 2 cafes, including a traditional Shisha cafe. Hotel amenities include dry cleaning, currency exchange, laundry, gift shops and spa services.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

MOVENPICK HOTEL, ASWAN
Mövenpick Resort Aswan is located on Elephantine Island in the middle of the River Nile, within walking distance of the historical Island, touristic sites, central station and cultural hotspots. Mövenpick Resort Aswan offers luxurious accommodation with countless services including a swimming pool, tennis court, and gymnasium. The well-appointed rooms are spacious and stylish. All of them offer private balconies or terraces, and many enjoy panoramic views across the river.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

MOVENPICK MS ROYAL LILY, NILE CRUISE
The Royal Lily flagship cruiser comprises 56 cabins of approximately 22 sqm and 4 Royal Suites. The Deluxe cabins are tastefully decorated and include an en-suite shower room, individually controlled air-conditioning, TV, minibar, climate control and telephones. The expansive restaurant is located under the main deck and offers mouth-watering buffets featuring authentic Egyptian, international and vegetarian dishes accompanied by a selection of local and imported wines, spirits and liqueurs. The Salon Deck has large panoramic windows and a relaxing lounge which serves afternoon tea and other refreshments. There is a pool on the sundeck and a fully equipped gym and massage room. Also don't forget to sample some ice-cream from the Movenpick ice-cream bar, delicious!

STEIGENBERGER NILE PALACE HOTEL, LUXOR
The Steigenberger Nile Palace is situated in the heart of Luxor's historical district and is only 1.5km from the Temple of Luxor. There are several in-house restaurants, cafes and bars from which to choose providing local, Italian, Thai and Lebanese cuisine. With views of the Nile you can sit back with a cocktail and watch the boats sail. Hotel features include 24-hour room service, shopping arcade, laundry, hairdresser, souvenir shop, currency exchange and massage.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

CAIRO MARRIOTT HOTEL, CAIRO
The Cairo Marriott Hotel is located in Cairo’s Zamalek district and is a 20 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum. It features an outdoor swimming pool, beautifully manicured gardens, a casino and 14 food and beverage outlets offering a range of cuisine including Japanese, Italian, French and Middle Eastern. Guests can relax at the sauna or enjoy a range of massages at the spa.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel information and edited to suit our page. 

More About Accommodation

PRICES

Prices per person (in AUD)

Your Own Room

Tour & Airfare Package

$9795

Land Only

$8015

Pre tour hotel inc. breakfast
Amman International Hotel - 24 Oct 17

$206

Post tour hotel inc. breakfast
Cairo Marriott Hotel - 9 Nov 17

$281

Single Supplement

 $1400

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. A reservation with cancellation terms is sent to you, prior to ticketing for your review, and acceptance.

Day/Date Variations:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of the additional nights of stay applies.

Taxes & Fuel Costs:
The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $840 per person for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

Upgrading Economy Fare to Business Class Fare with Points
The airfare included in the package may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability. 

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 
ROOMMATE MATCH 

Roommate matching is optional.

On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $300 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Monday 24 July 2017.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Amman, Jordan
Depart from: Cairo, Egypt

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
EK901  25OCT              DUBAI AMMAN             0730     0935
RJ503   31OCT              AMMAN CAIRO             1315     1445
EK924  09NOV              CAIRO DUBAI               1855     0035

TRANSFERS
When you travel on the group flights transfers on arrival and departure are included as part of your package.

When you travel on other dates or not with the group flight additional charges apply for airport transfers on arrival and departure.

DETAILS

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 20 travellers. This tour has been selected as a popular option for solo travellers, however the tour group is not exclusively for solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
To get the most from your tour you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Many of the best sights can only be accessed on foot. You should be able to walk at least 3.5km or for 2-3 hours on uneven ground without a walking aid, climb several flights of stairs and be prepared to board small boats. You should also be able to carry your own bags as porter services may not always be available.

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

TOUR GUIDE/S
This is a private group tour with a local guide and driver in Jordan and Egyptologist guides in Egypt. Your tour guide/s are there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
Coach, jeep, camel, plane, felucca sailboat & Nile River cruise

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Due to the handling of luggage on our tours and coaches, irrespective of what airlines offer or class of travel, we ask all clients to limit their checked baggage to 20kg plus hand luggage.

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