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Uncover thousands of years of ancient history in two of the world’s oldest and most interesting countries. Marvel at amazing endless desert landscapes and discover the incredible Lost City of Petra, and tour the fascinating wonders and monuments of age‑old Egypt.

In Egypt, witness the incredible Great Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx, constructed some 4,500 years ago before spending some time on the Nile, taking in the historical sites that dot its banks.  Your trip also includes an excursion by air to visit the stunning temples of Abu Simbel that were commissioned during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari. Egypt is more than a country, it is a destination and an experience.

Move on to Jordan and discover the incredible Lost City of Petra carved into the sheer rockface by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago.  This is in addition to all the other wonders of Jordan that you will discover along the way, from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea.

Expedition Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo, Egypt
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On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by a representative and assisted through immigration.

You will then be transferred by private vehicle to your hotel in Giza for your two night stay.

This afternoon is at leisure.
Day 2: Cairo
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Full day tour to visit Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara (including lunch).

Today enjoy a guided full day tour with your Egyptologist and visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.  After lunch visit the ancient capital Memphis and burial ground of Sakkara. (BL)

The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, they are among the world’s greatest tourist attractions and never lose their ability to inspire and overwhelm visitors. Enter the temple of the mysterious Sphinx, an ancient figure shrouded in legend and mystery. Your Egyptologist will enthral you with the tales told of this fascinating figure.
Day 3: Cairo – Luxor, Nile Cruise
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This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor (flight included).

On arrival at Luxor Airport you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to cruise boat for your four night cruise.

After lunch visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, with its vast Hypostyle Hall of 137 columns, and the imposing XVIIIth Dynasty Luxor Temple.

Overnight in Luxor. (BLD)
Day 4: Nile Cruise
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This morning there is the option of rising at dawn to take a hot air balloon flight over Luxor.  Please advise at the time of booking if you would like to take this excursion.

After breakfast, cross over to the West Bank to visit the tombs of the Pharaohs, the romantic Valley of the Kings where Howard Carter famously discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.

Continue to the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari.

In the afternoon, sail to Esna where you will overnight. (BLD)
Day 5: Nile Cruise
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Early this morning sail to Edfu. Following breakfast visit the Temple of Edfu.

In the afternoon sail to Kom Ombo and visit the riverside temple, dedicated to two gods, Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, god of the morning sun.

This afternoon sail to Aswan where you will overnight. (BLD)
Day 6: Nile Cruise
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Today visit the High Dam, the Granite Quarries and the beautiful Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser when the dam was constructed.

Overnight in Aswan. (BLD)
Day 7: Aswan – Abu Simbel – Cairo
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This morning you will wake up early for a small breakfast before you disembark the ship to commence your tour to Abu Simbel (included).

Built by Ramses II, the setting of this magnificent structure, besides the shores of Lake Nasser, makes it one of the most spectacular of Egypt ancient sites.

The tour begins at Aswan airport where you will fly south to Abu Simbel (flight time approx. 45 minutes). You will then have around 2.5 hours at Abu Simbel in order to allow you enough time to visit the temples.

To maximise your time spent at Abu Simbel, your excursion package includes the following services:
  • Private round trip transfers from Abu Simbel airport to the Temple
  • Private English speaking guide at Abu Simbel
  • The service of an Abu Simbel representative who will coordinate the logistic for your visit
  • A pre-booked Temple ticket to avoid having to queue and buy your tickets on site
Following the tour you will return to Aswan and connect with your flight to Cairo (flight included).

On arrival at Cairo Airport you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. (B)
Day 8: Cairo
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This morning enjoy a guided tour with your Egyptologist to the Egyptian Museum.

Later this afternoon after lunch enjoy a guided tour with your guide to the Citadel, Mosque and the ancient bazaar of Khan-el-Khalili. (BL)
Day 9: Cairo – Alexandria
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This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to the coastal city Alexandria (approx 3 hours) where you will enjoy a full day touring with your Egyptologist with visits to Pompay’s Pillar, the Catacombs, National Museum and the Alexandria Library.

The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria is known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", and has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern.

Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria was originally the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt, its status; a beacon of culture symbolised by Pharos, the legendary lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Alexandria was also the setting for the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, as well as a centre for learning in the ancient world.

First visit Pompey’s Pillar, a column of red Aswan granite standing some 90 feet high with a circumference of 27 feet, It was erected in honour of the Emperor Diocletian, as a Greek inscription on the West side of the base indicates.

Continue to the Catacombs of Kom el-Shuqafa which is another interesting part of Alexandria’s history and stand as a three-storey complex encompassing a maze of tombs built into stone walls. Featuring an ancient circular staircase which was once used to lower bodies into the vaults, deep inside the catacombs, visitors will find an ancient banqueting hall, complete with stone couches, where relatives visiting the deceased would come to dine.

Later visit the National Museum, Alexandria’s newest museum that opened in 2003 and has 1,800 artefacts on display to the public, and continue to the Alexandria Library before being taken to your hotel for an overnight stay. (BL)
Day 10: Alexandria – Cairo
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Today you will return by road to Cairo where you will be taken to an airport hotel for some time to rest and freshen up by your onward flight tomorrow. (B)
Day 11: Depart Cairo, Egypt – Arrive Amman, Jordan
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This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Cairo Airport for your onward flight to Amman, Jordan (flight cost not included).

On arrival at Amman Airport, a representative will be there to meet you at the immigration area who will assist you the visa process.

This afternoon you will enjoy a city tour of Amman.

Visit the amazing Amman Citadel that is perched atop the Jabal Al Qal’a, one of the city’s highest hills and one of the seven Jabals that originally made up the city. Walk through this ancient ruin to gain insight into Jordan’s history while also enjoying incredible panoramic views and have a chance to try some local food. Next, visit the magnificently restored Roman theatre, a highlight for most visitors to Amman.

Following your tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)
Day 12: Amman – Jerash – Amman
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After breakfast you will travel to Jerash (approx. 1 hour). Jerash is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world. The ancient city was buried in sand before being gradually revealed through a series of excavations, starting in 1925 and continuing to this day. Tour through the colonnaded streets, amphitheatre, churches, temples and the vast Roman Forum.

Note, a local site guide will escort you for two hours.

Jerash is the site of the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, also referred to as Antioch on the Golden River. Remains in the Greco-Roman Jerash include (The Corinthian column / Hadrian's Arch / The circus-hippodrome / The two large temples (dedicated to Zeus and Artemis) / The nearly unique oval Forum, which is surrounded by a fine colonnade / The long colonnaded street or cardo / Two theatres (the Large South Theatre and smaller North Theatre) / Two baths, and a scattering of small temples and an almost complete circuit of city walls.

Return to Amman for free afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 13: Amman – Petra
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This morning after breakfast, depart Amman and drive to Petra (approx. 3 hours).

Upon arrival, it is time to explore Petra, famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It is also known as the Rose Red City due to the colour of the stone out of which it is carved. UNESCO has described it as one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage.

The impressive eastern entrance leads steeply down through a dark, narrow gorge called the Siq (“the shaft”), a natural geological feature formed from a deep split in the sandstone rocks and serving as a waterway flowing into Wadi Musa. At the end of the narrow gorge stands Petra’s most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh (popularly known as “the Treasury”). Travelling past the Treasury you will reach the amphitheatre which has been cut into the hillside and into several of the tombs during its construction. Here are hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings. There are obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets, and high above overlooking the valley, is the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery. A flight of 800 rock cut steps will take you there.

Following your tour, you will be check-in to your hotel. (B)

Note: a guided tour of Petra is with a local site guide who will escort you for about 4 hours. From then on you can continue exploring the site on your own.
Day 14: Petra – Wadi Rum
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After breakfast, continue onto the breathtaking Wadi Rum (approx. 1 ½ hours), a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan.  Traces of ancient civilisations exist in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the Wadi Rum area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabatean and Arabic texts.

Enjoy a Jeep tour in the amazing moonlike desert and then continue to your accomodation for the night. (BD)
Day 15: Wadi Rum – Dead Sea
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Enjoy breakfast before continuing to the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth (approx. 4 hours) and arrive at your hotel. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)

As its name evokes, the Dead Sea is devoid of life due to the extremely high content of salts and minerals that give its waters its renowned curative powers, therapeutic qualities and buoyancy.

The Dead Sea is 427 metres below Sea Level and Earth's lowest point on land. The Dead Sea is 306 m deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world.  Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers.

Because the salt content is four times that of most oceans, you can float in the Dead Sea without even trying.
Day 16: Dead Sea – Depart Amman
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This morning after breakfast you will depart the Dead Sea and transfer to Amman International Airport (approx. 1 hour) for your departure flight. (B)
The above itinerary is subject to availability.

Exploration Costs

Starting from AUD$8,337 per person (based on 2 adults sharing)

Prices are a guideline for travel during May 2024 and subject to change.

What is Included?

Egypt inclusions
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  • 10 nights accommodation in Egypt
  • 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Meet and greet on arrival at Cairo International Airport
  • Egypt visa
  • Private transfers in Egypt between airport, hotels and cruise boat
  • Private full day tour to Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara (including lunch)
  • Private full day tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mosque and bazaars (including lunch)
  • Private full day tour in Alexandria (including lunch)
  • Entrance Fees Included in Egypt
  • Abu Simbel Excursion by air, including flights Aswan-Abu Simbel-Aswan
  • Shared English speaking Egyptologist guide on Nile cruise boat
  • Domestic flights within Egypt (economy class): Cairo-Luxor and Aswan-Abu Simbel-Aswan-Cairo and airport taxes
Jordan inclusions
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  • 5 nights accommodation in Jordan
  • 5 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Meet & assist upon arrival and on departure at Amman Airport
  • Jordan visa
  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle with English-speaking driver
  • Amman city tour
  • Services of Local English-speaking site guides in Jerash & Petra sites. Rest of sites visits are self‑guided.
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Jeep tour in Wadi Rum
  • Mineral water on the vehicle for all tour days
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  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Any meals not included in the above itinerary
  • All beverages
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary
    • Laundry
    • Comprehensive travel insurance (required)
    • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc)
    • Tips and gratuities
    Starting from AUD$8,337 per person*

    *Based on two adults sharing.
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