Great Pyramids; temple detail at Petra; Bedouin with camel

Discover the treasures of Egypt and Jordan

Gaze on the Great Pyramids and cruise the Nile in style, then experience Jordan's wondrous ancient city, Petra, and the stunning desert canyon of Wadi Rum.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5395  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Cairo, Egypt
Depart: Aqaba, Jordan
Lodging: 4 nights aboard deluxe vessel with Nile-view cabins, 8 nights in first-class hotels, 1 night in tented camp
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, River Cruises, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and walking tours
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Highlights

  • 5-day Nile journey aboard the superb 32-cabin Nile Adventurer
  • Great Pyramids, extraordinary temples at Abu Simbel, stunning Petra
  • Desert solitude and silence of Wadi Rum
  • Deluxe hotels including the famed Mena House and Petra Movenpick adjacent to the ruins
  • Optional extension to Alexandria


Everyone was so thorough and helpful. It was like being whisked around on a magic carpet. Doors opened, every wish fulfilled, customs breezed through. Amazing service!Marney G.—Montgomery, AL

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Departure Notes

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From Egypt’s open-air museum of astounding monuments to Jordan’s fabled Petra, “a rose-red city half as old as time,” this magnificent journey explores some of the most glorious settings in the ancient world. Our deluxe 5-day cruise aboard the Nile Adventurer—with its relaxed and yacht-style atmosphere—brings us to ethereal riverside temples from Luxor to Aswan, and we visit Abu Simbel, the celebrated World Heritage Site set on cliffs above the Nile. At dazzling Petra, hidden in a magical desert canyon, we discover a 2,000-year-old metropolis carved into sheer rock walls, then head to stunning Wadi Rum, with its otherworldly atmosphere, to explore by camel or on foot and watch an unforgettable desert sunset from our Bedouin-style tented camp. Expert Trip Leaders and our small group size make this the perfect way to experience these legendary wonders.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Cairo and the Great Pyramids

The mesmerizing Great Pyramids, the lion-headed Sphinx, and the incomparable Egyptian Museum introduce us to Egypt’s treasures.

Days 3-7
Nile Cruise / Luxor to Aswan / Abu Simbel

Our cruise begins in Luxor, where we walk among the massive stone columns of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor, and the spectacular Valley of the Kings and Queens, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent temples honor the Pharaohs entombed in the nearby cliffs. Heading up the Nile, we visit bewitching temples at Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo. From Aswan, we fly to Abu Simbel to see the famous statues of Ramses II gazing out over the Nile Valley.

Days 8-11
Amman, Jordan / Jerash / Kerak / Petra

After exploring Roman Jerash and the great Crusader fortress at Kerak, we reach Petra, entering this spellbinding lost city on foot to behold its lavish temples, theaters, and palaces chiseled into solid rock. On one night, we enjoy an evening visit to Petra, experiencing it by the light of 1,800 candles.

Days 12-14
Wadi Rum / Aqaba / Red Sea

Massive rock peaks rise out of pink sands at Wadi Rum, and our delightful tented camp offers the perfect retreat for our optional hikes and camel rides. We finish in Aqaba, set on the shores of the Red Sea. Depart on Day 14.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is Level 1+, Easiest. It is an overland touring trip with day walks exploring the fascinating ruins and wonderful towns in this ancient and modern civilization. Please note that we have several early morning starts, especially on days with air travel.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2014
Sep 20-Oct 3, 2014
Nov 1-14, 2014

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$5395 (12-15 members)
$5695 (8-11 members)
$5995 (5-7 members)
Single supplement: $1490
Forced single supplement: $1250
Internal airfare Cairo/Amman*: $265 (subject to change)
Internal airfare within Egypt: $590 (subject to change)
High season surcharge (Mar and Nov): $400

*This flight can also be purchased as part of your international airfare.
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Extension Costs
Alexandria Extension
   from: $995

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader in Egypt and in Jordan
  • 4 nights aboard the Nile Adventurer, 8 nights accommodations in hotels, 1 night Wadi Rum camp
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Soft drinks, tea, coffee, mineral water with meals, daily afternoon tea aboard the Nile Adventurer
  • Sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Land transportation, airport transfers for passengers as noted, and baggage handling

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, airfare Cairo (Egypt) to Amman (Jordan), visas, meals not specified at the end of each itinerary day, travel insurance, airfare or airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic and other beverages, laundry, etc.), modest camera fees at certain sites.

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Mena House Oberoi

Mena House Oberoi

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Giza, Egypt

Originally built as a royal hunting lodge for Khedive Ismail, ruler of Egypt from 1863 to 1879, the Mena House was bought and converted into a hotel ...
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<em>Nile Adventurer</em>

Nile Adventurer

Days 3 to 6 (4 nights), Nile River, Egypt

The luxurious 5-star Nile Adventurer, with only 28 double staterooms and four suites, enjoys a relaxed and intimate yacht-like atmosphere. Recently ...
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Fairmont Towers Heliopolis

Fairmont Towers Heliopolis

Day 7 (1 night), Cairo, Egypt

Conveniently located just five minutes from the Cairo airport, this large 247-room hotel is set around a huge glass-enclosed atrium decorated with ...
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Intercontinental Amman

Intercontinental Amman

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Amman, Jordan

The Intercontinental offers comfortable rooms and a central location within walking distance of the Old Town. The hotel has a spa and a choice of ...
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Petra Movenpick Resort

Petra Movenpick Resort

Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Petra, Jordan

The best thing about the Petra Movenpick Resort is its prime location: just steps from the entrance to one of the most magical sites in the world. ...
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Milky Way Camp

Milky Way Camp

Day 12 (1 night), Wadi Rum, Jordan

Located in the heart of Wadi Rum, the Milky Way Camp offers a stunning desert location and private Bedouin-style tents equipped with beds, ...
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Aqaba Movenpick Tala Bay

Aqaba Movenpick Tala Bay

Day 13 (1 night), Aqaba, Jordan

The stylish new Movenpick Tala Bay Resort is set on the shores of the Red Sea at Aqaba and offers beautiful rooms, excellent restaurants, and ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions option:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

Egypt

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Alexandria Extension

Crossroads of the Ancient World

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

Everyone was so thorough and helpful. It was like being whisked around on a magic carpet. Doors opened, every wish fulfilled, customs breezed through. Amazing service! Marney G., Montgomery, AL