16 Day 5 Star Egypt & Jordan With Nile Cruise

Cairo - Luxor - Nile Cruise - Aswan - Abu Simbel - Amman - Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea


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✓ Small group 16 people max
✓ Return international airfares with Emirates 
✓ All airport transfers
✓ 10 nights 5 star accommodation
✓ 4 night 5 star Nile cruise
✓ Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
✓ Professional English speaking guide
✓ All transportation
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay

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From $5,999 Typically
$12,808

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Descend into the ancient tombs of New Kingdom Pharaohs, gaze up at 4,500 year old pyramids, walk between towering columns and temples and step where the great conquerors of ancient times once stood. Journey through the deserts tracking the foot steps of Lawrence of Arabia and be mesmerised by the rolling sand dunes. All the while surrounding yourself with contemporary comforts, outstanding cuisine, and mesmerising sights. 

 

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“We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel."Kahlil Gibran

 

Itinerary

2 16 Day Egypt   Jordan
Day 1

Australia Cairo

Welcome to the trip of a lifetime! Board your flight to Egypt and prepare to be spellbound by the ancient wonders of the Pharaohs. Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Egypt. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel of your incredible Inspiring Stay overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza – what a way to start your adventure. You're guide will welcome you as you arrive at your hotel.

Please note: Some flights may depart the day before.

Hotel: 5★ Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel (Pyramid view room) 

 

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Day 2

Cairo

This morning, meet your group for an introductory briefing to meet your fellow travellers. After, head out to see some of the world’s most iconic sights – the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Explore these structures that have stood tall for 4,500 years and learn about the ancient history of the monuments. Afterwards, make your way to the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the world's great collections of antiquities. Wander the treasure-filled halls of the museum, and make sure to check out the Mummies Hall (optional) for a close encounter with some of the country’s most important queens and pharaohs. The masses of gleaming artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun are an impressive sight to behold.

Hotel: 5★ Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel (Pyramid view room) 
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 3

Cairo Luxor

Today, enjoy a free day at leisure. Later this afternoon you will be transferred to the station to board your overnight sleeper train to Luxor.

Optional Tour - Cairo City tour - Join a local guide to get in touch with Cairo's Islamic heart. From backstreet bazaars to minaret-topped mosques, and neighbourhood coffee houses, these are the places that make Egypt's sprawling capital what it is. Enjoy time at Khan el-Khalili market. A labyrinth of narrow streets and passageways, Khan el-Khalili is one of the world’s largest bazaars, and offers a truly authentic local Cairo experience. 

Note: Accommodation aboard the overnight train is in two-berth cabins which convert to bunk beds. All bedding is provided on board and western-style toilets are in each carriage. Your bags will be stored in your cabin, where airline-style dinner and breakfast will be served. However, it may be worth bringing some additional snacks, especially if you are vegetarian or have dietary requirements. Your tour leader can help you to arrange this. Despite being a tourist class train facility are basic but comfortable.

Train: Watania Sleeping train (twin share)
Meal: Breakfast, dinner

 

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Day 4

Luxor  Embark on Nile cruise  

Welcome to Luxor! After an early breakfast on board, the train rolls into Luxor – from the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the “Valley of the Kings”, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs. Today you will explore the magnificent Karnak Temple, which is perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharaoh’s' monumental works. One of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, Karnak is a house of the gods built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of this vast temple of impressive pylons, obelisks and chapels will reveal its finest sections, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun. Later you will be transferred to your Nile cruise boat, which will be your home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town.

Optional Tour: Luxor Temple - Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor and was constructed approximately 1400 BC

Ship: 5★ Movenpick 5 Star Royal Lotus or similar
Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

 

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Day 5

Luxor Edfu

Today you will discover some of the many wonders of ancient Thebes. Our first stop is the Colossi of Memnon, two 17 metre-high statues on Luxor's west bank. Carved from granite blocks, they represent the Pharaoh Amenhotep III and were once part of an impressive colonnade. Continue on to the spectacular royal burial site of the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. With your leader, explore this sprawling and spectacular place, where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (16th to 11th century BC) were secretly interred for all eternity, and where discoveries are still being made. Your guide will explain the history and legends of these remarkable people, their funerary rites, and the significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics, still well preserved in the deepest tombs. You will visit three of the most interesting royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a stunning colonnaded building set against high cliffs that create a spectacular natural amphitheatre. One of Egypt’s greatest Queens, she built this temple to prove her importance among the ancestors. Enjoy lunch upon your return to the boat. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before you set sail for Edfu. Generally the journey from Luxor to Edfu is from 1 pm to 11 pm. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic enroute to Edfu we pass through the Esna Lock and upstream.

Ship: 5★ Movenpick 5 Star Royal Lotus or similar
Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

 

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Day 6

Edfu Kom Ombo Aswan

Today finds you moored near Edfu, a beautifully preserved temple also dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. You can disembark and discover the lively streets of Edfu town – get acquainted with the bustling town centre and purchase some souvenirs at the bazaars.

Optional Tour - Edfu Temple - continue to the temple, perhaps the best preserved in the whole country. The scale is incredibly impressive, with soaring sandstone walls covered in reliefs and hieroglyphics. You’ll pass through the Grand Temple entranceway into a colossal courtyard ringed with 32 towering columns, each richly decorated with patterns, and once the site of a great altar. The sense of awe that comes from touring this temple is incredible.

Please note: The only mode of transport available to visit the Edfu temple is by locally managed horse and carriages. As a responsible travel focused business, animal welfare is extremely important to us and unfortunately, some operators of the horse and carriages have been found to be in breach of our animal welfare guidelines. It is for this reason we do not include the visit the Edfu Temple. While we recommend that you do not use the horse and carriage to visit the Temple, the decision is ultimately up to you and your guide can help arrange transport and ensure the best horses are used.

Continue travelling upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights – desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land.

This afternoon we will arrive at Kom Ombo temple. Kom Ombo Temple. Set dramatically on the bank of the Nile, 47 kilometres north of Aswan and 168 kilometres south of Luxor, the soaring, chunky columns of the Great Temple of Kom Ombo are a magnificent sight as you arrive from the river. Dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris, the temple's finely carved reliefs give a sense of this area's prominence as capital over the surrounding region during the Ptolemaic era. Today, Kom Ombo may be a sleepy agricultural backwater surrounded by sugar cane fields, but its prime position along the Nile once made it one of Upper Egypt's most important centres. Wander through the temple's colonnades, gazing up at scenes of kingly propaganda, and you'll capture a feel of this glorious history for yourself. Return to the cruise boat where you’ll continue travelling upriver

Board your boat again at around 6pm and continue to Aswan.

Ship: 5★ Movenpick 5 Star Royal Lotus or similar
Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

 

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Day 7

Aswan Abu Simbel Aswan

Today you will drive to Abu Simbel near the southern Egyptian border. Often referred to as the Temples of Ramses II, the two enormous sandstone structures at Abu Simbel were built in 1255 BC by Ramses II to commemorate himself and his favourite wife, Nefertiti. The larger temple, dedicated to three major Egyptian deities, features four large statues of Ramses II on its facade, while the smaller temple is dedicated to the love goddess Hathor, with statues designed to embody Nefertiti. Set on the banks of the artificial Lake Nasser, the structures were once in danger of being flooded with the construction of the Aswan High Dam but were saved via an extensive project to cut the temples into pieces and move them to higher ground, where they are seen today. On the return to Aswan, the rest of the day is free for you to make your own discoveries. This afternoon, we will enjoy a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens.

Optional tour - Temple of Isis - Visit the beautiful Temple of Isis (the Goddess of health marriage and wisdom), which was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Igelka Island. It's a marvel of decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings – definitely one of the real gems of Upper Egypt. 

Optional tour - Nubian Dinner - Experience modern Nubian culture first-hand with a visit to Elephantine Island. On your visit you’ll join a Nubian family for dinner and experience true traditional Nubian hospitality. Here, you will encounter Nubian homes, traditional food and an unforgettable insight into the daily life of a Nubian. This is a rare and memorable experience, giving you the chance to become fully immersed in the local culture.

Ship: 5★ Movenpick 5 Star Royal Lotus or similar
Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

 

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Day 8

Aswan Cairo

Today we will leave Aswan and make the short flight back to Cairo. On the return to Cairo, enjoy free time to relax or do some last-minute sightseeing in Cairo.

Optional tour - Home Cooked dinner with an Egyptian family - Sit down for a home-cooked meal with a local family. During this experience, you'll get to visit a local family and learn about Middle Eastern traditions, Egyptian culture and tasty food but most importantly, enjoy a delicious and authentic home cooked meal.

Hotel: 5★ Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel (Pyramid view room)
Meal: Breakfast 

 

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Day 9

Cairo Amman

Today, get ready for the next leg of your journey as you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Amman, Jordan. Welcome to Jordan, cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet steeped in biblical history. On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. 

Hotel: 5★ Marriott Hotel or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 10

Amman Jerash Amman

After breakfast enjoy an Amman city tour to explore this ancient city. Amman is a bustling modern city. The historical places are located in downtown, where we visit the Citadel with remains from the Roman to the early Islamic period. Then we have a visit to the Archaeological Museum, housing an excellent collection of several Dead Sea Scrolls. We stroll via the Souq, where you get an idea of everyday life, to the Roman Theater from the 2nd century with 6000 seats. Afterwards you will have a short drive north (approximately 1 hour) to Jerash, once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world. These are some of the best ruins Greco-Roman ruins around. Reaching its zenith as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian, it has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a morning exploring. Grand ionic columns encircle the city's centrepiece, the Oval Plaza, a wonderfully atmospheric place to linger after exploring Jerash's riches.

Hotel: 5★ Marriott Hotel or similar
Meal: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 11

Amman Petra 

Today, you will head to the red rose city of Petra. Enroute we drive to Madaba, home to a number of fine Byzantine mosaics. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George and see an impressive mosaic map of the Holy Land that clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. Continue to the ancient village at Dana, on the edge of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms.

Later, the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak makes as imposing sight as you make the short drive up to it. It was originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189. Stroll the site and discover a small chapel, original gatehouse, and find out where a long, dark secret passage leads.

Hotel: 5★ Marriott Hotel or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 12

Petra

Great ready today for Petra! Petra is justifiably on most people’s list of ‘must-visit’ places. It is the jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabateans, an impressive series of tombs and dwellings hidden behind ornate façades carved directly into the rock. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the site was lost to Western minds until it was rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer. The iconic Petra view – the Treasury's glorious façade, glimpsed from the narrow cleft known as the Siq – is arguably the single most striking sight of the entire region. The first taste of this exquisite craftsmanship among such stark scenery is a moment that manages to be both eagerly anticipated and also an almost surreal surprise. The Siq leads through the rock and is sometimes only a few metres wide, with walls soaring up to 180 metres on either side, and it is impossible not to imagine the armies and traders who made their way down here in the ancient times. Petra's greatest surprise, however, is its size. With your guide you will explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs. You will also climb up to the second beautiful façade of the Monastery, from where you will have a magnificent view of the entire site. This is a memorable day exploring a truly extraordinary destination, a highlight of your trip. 

Hotel: 5★ Marriott Hotel or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 13

Petra Wadi Rum

This morning is free at leisure. After lunch in the small village of Rum and a browse around the excellent and informative visitor's centre, you will visit several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place with towering sandstone mountains. It is very deserving of the time you will be spending here, with the wind-sculpted rock formations changing hue throughout the day from sunrise to sunset.. The Bedouins live in scattered camps throughout the area. You will enjoy an evening with them at one of their camps, which is set in an amazing location. You will then take 4WDs from your camp back to the main entrance, which is opposite the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the mountain named after Lawrence of Arabia’s book. Wadi Rum is probably best known for its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18.

Hotel: Wadi Rum Luxury Camp - Memories Aicha Luxury Camp or similar
Meal: Breakfast, dinner

 

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Day 14

Wadi Rum Dead Sea Amman

After waking up in the unique surrounds of the luxury camp this morning, you will enjoy a walk around the area (the length of the walk will depend on how energetic you are feeling) before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the  surrounding area. Keen photographers will be delighted. You will also meet your Bedouin friends and ride camels across the Wadi Rum desert.  Make sure you pack your swim wear today, because in the afternoon you can wash off the dust from exploring ruins with a dip like no other. Drive approximately 1.5 hours to spend the afternoon on the shores of the Dead Sea. Named for the dearth of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the density of the water makes swimming and getting underneath the surface very difficult. Floating on the surface without any sort of lilo makes for a unique pleasure though. Afterwards you will return to Amman for the evening.

Hotel: 5★ Marriott Hotel or similar
Meal: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 15

Amman Australia

Unfortunately, today marks the end of your incredible tour through Egypt and Jordan. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight home. 

Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 16

Australia

Arrive home today.

Please note, some flights will arrive home early the following morning.

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Emirates (Etihad Airways if unavailable)
  • Internal Aswan - Cairo / Cairo - Amman airfare
  • All airport transfers
  • 10 nights 5 star accommodation throughout including 3 nights at the incredible Le Meridien Pyramid Resort in a Pyramid View Room overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza
  • 4 nights on-board the Movenpick 5 Star Royal Lotus (excluding 15 March, 5 April - 5 star MS Moon Dance or similar)
  • Overnight train from Cairo to Luxor in a twin share cabin
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • The services of a professional English speaking escorted tour guide in Egypt and Jordan
  • Dedicated transportation and all rail tickets
  • Incredible sightseeing including all entry fees as per the the itinerary
  • Small group touring 16 people max

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Luxor – Tut Ankh Amon Tomb
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple
  • Kom Ombo - Kom Ombo Temple
  • Aswan Elephantine Island
  • Abusimbel Excursion
  • Amman - City tour
  • Jerash - Spectacular Roman ruins
  • Petra - Ruins of Petra
  • Wadi Rum - Desert wilderness
  • Dead Sea - Swimming in the Dead Sea

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $2,500 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

Cruise Details

For further information on your Nile cruise, click HERE.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind. If you wish to do so, please follow the following steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.

  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'arrive early' and/or 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.

  3. In the 'special requests', field please specify your extension requirements.

  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.

  5. After finalising your purchase a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contact after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement.

Dubai Stopover Package - $599 per person

  • 3 nights superior room at the Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast daily
  • Return private transfers

Resort Fee not included - approximately AED $20 (AUD $7.50) per night payable locally.

If you wish to book the Dubai stopover package either before and/or after your Egypt tour please request 'Dubai stopover package' in the 'Special Requests' field prior to making your purchase. You will then be contact to collect payment after paying your tour deposit. Please note, the Dubai stopover package must be paid in full at the time of paying your Egypt tour deposit.

The $150pp extension supplement does not apply if selecting this option.

Fine Print

Booking Process

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you a given two options.
  • Pay using your Paypal account
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!

Airfare Information

  • Full service airline used will be Emirates (Etihad Airways if unavailable)
  • Internal flights with Egyptair / Royal Jordanian or similar.
  • Flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 23kgs checked baggage
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travellers to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against the unexpected.

We have partnered with QBE Insurance to offer our customers competitive rates for their Travel Insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover, earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and save 25% on retail rates.

Simply click HERE to arrange your policy.

Documentation: final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1299 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $1,500 per person reduction from the twin share price applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. Should you wish to purchase land only, please select this option in the booking process, under 'Departure City'.

Triple share: Not available

Premium Economy Upgrade: Not available.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $6,500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Optional tours: 

  • Cairo City tour - $79pp
  • Nubian Dinner in Aswan - $35pp
  • Temple of Isis - $55pp
  • Luxor Temple - $20pp
  • Home cooked Egyptian dinner in Cairo - $79pp
  • Edfu Temple - No cost

You will be contacted prior to departure to arrange booking and payment for your chosen optional tours.

Edfu Temple: Please note: The only mode of transport available to visit the Edfu temple is by locally managed horse and carriages. As a responsible travel focused business, animal welfare is extremely important to us and unfortunately, some operators of the horse and carriages have been found to be in breach of our animal welfare guidelines. It is for this reason we do not include the visit the Edfu Temple. While we recommend that you do not use the horse and carriage to visit the Temple, the decision is ultimately up to you and your guide can help arrange transport and ensure the best horses are used.

Children: Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

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