Egypt and Jordan Explorer

19 days,Cairo to Amman

Marvel at ancient Egyptian archaeological sites 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, explore the desert on a thrilling jeep excursion

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 not just Egypt but of Jordan, including visits to Petra, Kerak Castle, Sahara desert 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 ancient wonders hidden in the desert.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • All entrance fees to included sites
  • Guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Tour the Alexandria Library, Catacombs and Pompey’s Pillar
  • Guided tour of the Egyptian Museum
  • Flights and guided visit to Abu Simbel
  • Felucca sail to a Nubian village with community walk and local dinner
  • 3-night Nile Cruise
  • Guided tours to Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
  • Visit to the Colossi of Memnon
  • Guided tour of the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut and Karnak Temples
  • Visit a Planeterra-supported library and community education centre
  • Dinner in a local family's home
  • Guided tour of Jerash
  • Visit to the Dead Sea
  • Tour the Madaba mosaics
  • Visit Mount Nebo
  • Guided visit to Kerak Castle
  • Petra 2-day entrance and 1-day guided tour
  • Cooking demonstration and dinner in Wadi Musa township
  • Visit Little Petra
  • Wadi Rum desert 4x4 jeep excursion
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 10 dinners. (Allow USD350-400 for meals not included.)
  • Private air-conditioned van, train, Nile cruise boat, plane, 4x4, walking.
  • Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in Egypt, local CEO in Jordan.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.
  • Comfort hotels (13 nts), Nile cruise boat (3 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), desert lodge (1 nt).

Add to Your Experience

Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride

What an incredible way to see the Valley of the Kings. Fly over the tombs and monuments of ancient Egypt aboard a hot air balloon on an hour flight. The wind dictates where you go and what you see so no trip is ever the same.

Additions Available on This Tour


Day 1Cairo

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2Cairo/Alexandria(1B)

Embark on a guided tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx and opt for a camel ride at the pyramids. Continue to the historic Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

Day 3Alexandria(1B)

Spend the day exploring this ancient seaside city, including Pompey's Pillar, the catacombs, and the new Alexandria Library.

Day 4Alexandria/Aswan(1B, 1D)

Head back to Cairo with a tour inside the monasteries of Wadi Natrun en route. Visit the Egyptian Museum with the option to see the mummy room before boarding our overnight sleeper train to Aswan.

Day 5Aswan(1B, 1D)

Arrive early to Aswan and opt to explore the busy Aswan market. Later, take a scenic felucca ride on the Nile to a Nubian village and enjoy a home cooked dinner with locals.

Day 6Aswan(1B, 1L, 1D)

Early in the morning, fly to the famed temples of Abu Simbel for a guided tour. Later, board our river cruise ship for the night. Opt to visit the Aswan high dam.

Day 7Aswan/Kom Ombo(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend 2 days floating down the Nile on a luxury river boat with guided tours of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples en route. In between excursions, relax on the outside decks with a drink, watching the passing desert sands.

Day 8Kom Ombo/Luxor(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy an excursion in Edfu, travelling by horse-drawn buggy to visit the very well preserved Temple of Horus.

Day 9Luxor(1B)

Visit the Colossi of Memnon and enjoy guided tours of the Valley of the Kings and Temple of Hatshepsut. Also enjoy the unique experience of visiting a Planeterra-supported library and community education centre, then later have dinner in a local family's home.

Day 10Luxor(1B, 1D)

Enjoy an excursion to the magnificent temple of Karnak, then use free time to explore the Luxor Temple or museums. In the evening, enjoy dinner in a local family's home.

Day 11Luxor/Cairo(1B)

Catch a flight back to Cairo and opt to visit the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, tour Coptic Cairo, or enjoy a dinner on a floating restaurant on the Nile.

Day 12Cairo/Amman(1B)

Fly to Amman, Jordan. Transfer to the hotel and meet your new CEO this evening.

Day 13Amman/Dead Sea(1B, 1D)

Enjoy a guided visit of Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Continue to the Dead Sea with the option to swim and enjoy health and beauty treatments that use natural sea salts and mud.

Day 14Dead Sea/Wādī Mūsá(1B)

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.

Day 15Wādī Mūsá(1B)

Enjoy a guided full day tour of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 2-day entrance allowing plenty of free time to explore.

Day 16Wādī Mūsá(1B, 1D)

The morning is free to return and explore Petra at your own pace. In the evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration and a dinner of local specialties.

Day 17Petra/Wadi Rum(1B, 1L, 1D)

Take a tour of 'Little Petra' before continuing to Wadi Rum in the heart of Jordan's desertscape. Enjoy lunch at our lodge then take a 4x4 desert excursion.

Day 18Wadi Rum/Amman(1B, 1D)

Return to Amman and enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 19Amman(1B)

Depart at any time.

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