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17 days | Departs Sep to May –
Experience the best of Egypt on a guided tour & 4 night luxury river cruise on the Nile, the see the highlights of Jordan & the World Heritage listed city of Petra.
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Depart Australia on your flight tonight.
Welcome to the bustling city of Cairo. Your journey begins as you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director for a tour briefing. Included is a three-night stay in Cairo.
❱ Hotel stay: Cairo (3 nights)
Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids before marvelling at the 20-metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Later, enjoy a home-hosted dinner with an Egyptian family.
This morning you will discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb as part of your included tour. Continue to be amazed, as we take you to visit one of the most fascinating and ancient markets in Cairo, the Khan-El-Khalil market. This colourful market has stocks of everything from soap powder to semiprecious stones. In your free time, perhaps explore the Fortress of Babylon.
Today, you will fly to Luxor where you will have a chance to visit the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. You will begin your journey in Luxor with a visit to the Monument of Queen Hatshepsut, and statues of the Colossi of Memnon. Then, embark on your cruise ship privately chartered for Emerald Waterways and settle into your cabin. Later, visit the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.
❱ River cruise: Emerald Waterways charter (4 nights)
Today travel to Dendera, where you will have a chance to marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of the Hathor’s Temple during your included visit. Return to Luxor and tour the temple complex of Luxor straddling the banks of the Nile. This evening, on board entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and the mesmerizing moves of a belly dancer.
Follow the course of the ancient Pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south, where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. Discover the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the most completely preserved complex in Egypt. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. A fun night awaits on board with a lively Galabeyya party themed with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.
Cruise south to reach charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. This afternoon, take a Felucca cruise on the Nile (weather dependent). Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner, followed by a Nubian show.
This morning, bid farewell to your crew as you disembark your ship. You will fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments. Marvel at the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Return to Aswan where you will spend one-night.
❱ Hotel stay: Aswan (1 night)
Start your day with a visit to a traditional Nubian village. Meet the school children and learn about life on an island in the Nile. In the afternoon, you will fly to Cairo, then join your tour director for a farewell dinner. Included is a one-night stay in Cairo.
❱ Hotel stay: Cairo (1 night)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your flight to Amman. The capital of the Kingdom of Jordan is a modern city with numerous ancient ruins, including the historic Citadel with the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules. This evening, you will be invited to a home-hosted dinner with a local Jordanian family for a fascinating insight into their lifestyle. Included is a two-night stay in Amman.
❱ Hotel stay: Amman (2 nights)
During your included city tour, experience all the highlights of this bustling Capital including the impressive Citadel. In the afternoon, take a walking tour through the lively local markets with your Tour Director to get a glimpse of life in the capital. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch of Jordanian specialties before exploring the impressive ruins of the ancient Roman city of Jerash.
Today, on route from Amman to Petra, visit Mount Nebo, the burial site of John the Baptist. Continue to discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Lands. Included is a two-night stay in Petra.
❱ Hotel stay: Petra (2 nights)
Today, enjoy a guided city tour of Petra. This magnificent World Heritage-listed city, is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 meters high.
Today, your day will begin with an incredible journey as you will take part on a Jeep Adventure in Wadi Rum. Then, you will travel to the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is known for its hypersaline, therapeutic waters and charming landscape. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight at the hotel with your Tour Director and fellow travellers. Included is a one-night stay.
❱ Hotel stay: Dead Sea (1 night)
Sadly today marks the end of your holiday. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Amman International Airport in time for your flight home.
Arrive back in Australia this morning on your flight from Amman.
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08 Feb 2019, 08 Mar 2019, 05 Apr 2019, 03 May 2019, 13 Sep 2019, 04 Oct 2019, 01 Nov 2019, 10 Jan 2020, 07 Feb 2020, 06 Mar 2020, 03 Apr 2020, 01 May 2020
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