Marvell at ancient Egyptian temples and ruins, savour a traditional dinner in a local family's home, visit a Planeterra-supported library project, explore ancient Petra with a local expert, overnight in a desert camp and learn about the ancient Bedouin culture
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There's something indefinitely alluring about the mysteries of ancient Egypt. From the ruins to the mummies to the mythology behind the pyramids, this is a trip that no archaeology or history buff should miss. This 19-day trip is packed full of highlights of Egypt and Jordan, including the Sphinx, a Nile river cruise, and visits to Petra and the Dead Sea. With internal flights taken care of and comfortable accommodations awaiting you every night, you can sit back and focus on the wonders in the desert.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Option for a camel ride at the pyramids. Continue to Alexandria for the night.
Explore the seaside city of Alexandria including Pompey's Pillar, the catacombs and the new library.
Guided tours of the monasteries of Wadi Natrun and the Egyptian Museum before boarding the sleeper train to Aswan.
Flight to Abu Simbel, guided tour of the famed temples. Felucca boat ride on the Nile to a Nubian village, enjoy a home-cooked dinner with locals. Option to explore the Aswan market.
Float down the Nile on a cruise boat with guided tours of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples en route.
Visit the Colossi of Memnon and take guided tours of the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and Karnak Temple. Enjoy the unique experience of visiting a Planeterra-supported library and community education centre, visit a local family in their home for a traditional meal. Option to visit Luxor Temple, and the Mummification and Luxor Museums.
Flight to Cairo. Remainder of your day is free, opt to visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar or tour Coptic Cairo.
Flight to Amman, Jordan. Transfer to the hotel and meet your new CEO this evening.
Guided visit to Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Continue to the Dead Sea, opt to swim and enjoy health and beauty treatments utilising natural sea salts and mud.
Visit the ancient town of Madaba, famous for its mosaics and churches. View Israel from the summit of Mt Nebo and visit the desert crusader castle at Karak. Overnight in Wadi Musa.
Enjoy a guided tour of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 2-day entrance allowing plenty of free time to explore. On Day 16, enjoy a cooking demonstration with a dinner of local specialities.
Take a tour of 'Little Petra' before continuing to Wadi Rum in the heart of Jordan's desertscape. After lunch, continue by 4x4 to the desert camp to savour a traditional meal and learn more about the ancient Bedouin culture and history.
Return to Amman and enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Opt to take a city tour.
Depart at any time.
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