From Egypt’s open-air museum of amazing monuments to Jordan’s fabled Petra, “a rose-red city half as old as time,” this superb journey explores some of the most glorious settings in the ancient world. A five-day cruise aboard the Nile Adventurer brings you to ethereal riverside temples from Luxor to Aswan, and you’ll visit Abu Simbel, where enormous statues of the empire-builder Ramses II gaze out over the Nile Valley. At dazzling Petra, you’ll discover a 2,000-year-old metropolis carved into sheer rock walls, then head to the stunning sandstone and granite canyons of Wadi Rum to explore by camel or on foot, listen to Bedouin musicians, and watch an unforgettable desert sunset from a charming tented camp. Expert Trip Leaders and our small group size make this the perfect way to experience these legendary wonders.
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.
Cairo / Nile Cruise / Aswan / Abu Simbel
After exploring the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum, head to Luxor to walk among the stone columns of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor, and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Boarding the Nile Adventurer, visit the temples at Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo. From Aswan, fly to Abu Simbel to see the statues of Ramses II.
Amman / Jerash / Kerak / Petra
Our explorations in Jordan include Jerash, Mt. Nebo, and the great Crusader fortress at Kerak. At magical Petra, you’ll enter this spellbinding city on foot to behold its lavish temples, theaters, and palaces chiseled into solid rock, then return in the evening to experience it by the light of 1,800 candles.
Wadi Rum / Dead Sea
At Wadi Rum, our Bedouin-style tented camp offers the perfect retreat for optional hikes and camel rides in an extraordinary setting. At the Dead Sea, take a dip in its therapeutic waters before departing on Day 15 via Amman.
5-day Nile journey aboard the 32-cabin Nile Adventurer
Explore the Great Pyramids, extraordinary temples at Abu Simbel, Petra by candlelight
Revel in the desert solitude and silence of Wadi Rum from a delightful tented camp
Enjoy lunch in the home of a Jordanian family, explore the archaeological masterpiece of Jerash
Deluxe hotels including the famed Mena House and Petra Movenpick adjacent to the ruins
Optional extension to Alexandria
4 nights aboard deluxe vessel with Nile-view cabins, 9 nights first-class hotels, 1 night tented camp
All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, River Cruising
Cultural exploration and walking tours