From Egypt’s astounding treasures to Jordan’s fabled Petra, “a rose-red city half as old as time,” our superb journey explores some of the most glorious monuments of the ancient world. A five-day cruise aboard the Sun Boat IV—with its relaxed, yacht-style ambiance—brings you to ethereal riverside temples from Luxor to Aswan, and at Abu Simbel, you’ll discover the enormous statues of the empire-builder Ramses II gazing out over the Nile Valley. At dazzling Petra, witness a 2,000-year-old metropolis carved into sheer rock walls, then head to the sandstone and granite canyons of Wadi Rum to explore by camel or on foot and watch a glorious sunset from our charming tented camp. Our phenomenal Trip Leaders are experts at unraveling the mysteries of these antique lands and transform your journey into an unforgettable experience.
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
Cairo / Nile Cruise / Aswan / Abu Simbel
After exploring the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum, with its golden artifacts of King Tut’s tomb and the famed Mummies Room, fly to Luxor to walk among the massive stone columns of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor, and the spectacular Valley of the Kings and Queens. Boarding the Sun Boat IV, visit the bewitching temples at Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo. From Aswan, fly to Abu Simbel to see the colossal statues of Ramses II.
Amman / Jerash / Mt. Nebo / Petra
We enjoy lunch with a Jordanian family, then explore the archaeological masterpiece of Jerash, Mt. Nebo, from which Moses glimpsed the Promised Land, and the Crusader fortress at Shobak. At magical Petra, we enter this spellbinding ancient city on foot to behold its lavish temples, theaters, and palaces chiseled into solid rock, and in the evening, experience its wonder by the light of a thousand candles.
Wadi Rum / Dead Sea
The landscape of Wadi Rum, with its immensity, ever-changing palette of colors, and awe-inspiring rock spires, creates an otherworldly atmosphere. Our delightful Bedouin-style tented camp offers the perfect retreat for optional hikes and camel rides in this extraordinary desert setting. Our journey ends at the Dead Sea, where you can take a dip in its therapeutic waters. Depart on Day 15 via Amman.