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: Amman, 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, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, River Cruising
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and walking tours


  • 5-day Nile journey aboard the superb 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
  • 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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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

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. A 5-day cruise aboard the Nile Adventurer—with its relaxed, yacht-style ambiance—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 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. We’ve crafted the perfect journey to discover these legendary wonders, with experienced Trip Leaders who bring you deep into the world of the ancients.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Cairo and the Great Pyramids

The Great Pyramids, the lion-headed Sphinx, and the incomparable Egyptian Museum, with its golden artifacts of King Tut’s tomb and famed Mummies Room, introduce you to Egypt’s treasures.

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

In Luxor, fascinating walks bring you among the massive stone columns of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor, and the spectacular Valley of the Kings and Queens. Heading up the Nile aboard the Nile Adventurer with your Egyptologist guide, visit the bewitching temples at Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo. From Aswan, fly to Abu Simbel to see the famous statues of Ramses II.

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

After lunch in the home of a Jordanian family, explore the archaeological masterpiece of Jerash, Mt. Nebo, from which Moses glimpsed the Promised Land, and the great stone-built Crusader fortress at Kerak. At magical Petra, one of the world’s grandest archaeological sites, you’ll enter this spellbinding city on foot to behold its astonishing and lavish temples, theaters, and palaces chiseled into solid rock. In the evening, return to experience it by the light of 1,800 candles.

Days 12-14
Wadi Rum / Dead Sea

Massive rock peaks rise out of pink sands at Wadi Rum. Our delightful Bedouin-style tented camp offers the perfect retreat for optional hikes and camel rides in an extraordinary desert setting. Your journey ends at the Dead Sea, where you can take a dip in its therapeutic waters. Depart on Day 14 via Amman.

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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 & Leaders

Nov 7-20, 2015*

Feb 19-Mar 4, 2016  **
Oct 28-Nov 11, 2016  **
Mar 24-Apr 7, 2017

*Please note: date change since catalog publication
**Please note: our 2016 departures are 1 day longer, call for details

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5395 (12-15 members)
$5695 (8-11 members)
$5995 (5-7 members)
Single supplement: $1390
Forced single supplement: $1140
Internal airfare: $265 (subject to change) *
Internal airfare within Egypt: $590 (subject to change)
High season surcharge (Nov): $400

*You will also need to book a one-way Cairo/Amman ticket on Royal Jordanian as part of your international air ticket or online.
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Extension Costs
Alexandria Extension
   from: $995

Trip Payment Schedule

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

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Deck Plan


Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader in Egypt and in Jordan
  • 4 nights aboard the Nile Adventurer, 9 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.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to Cairo, Egypt, and departing from Amman, Jordan. For more detailed information, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers.

Cairo, Egypt
Date: Day 1

Suggested Airport for Arrival:
Cairo, Egypt (airport code CAI)
Suggested arrival time: anytime

Amman, Jordan
Date: Day 14

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Amman, Jordan (airport code AMM)
Suggested departure time: anytime

Mena House Oberoi

Mena House Oberoi

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Cairo, 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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Dead Sea Movenpick Resort

Dead Sea Movenpick Resort

Day 13 (1 night), Dead Sea, Jordan

Set among lush gardens on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, this resort is built of traditional local stone and handcrafted woods, and features ...
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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.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Ahmed Ali

Departure Dates: February 19-March 4, 2016

From guiding groups to the intricate temples at Abydos and Dendara, to simply sailing down the Nile River, sharing about the connections between modern and ancient Egypt, Ahmed Ali’s expertise history and culture adds invaluable insight as a Trip Leader. “We are all students in the ...
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Ibrahim El Wahsh

Departure Dates: November 7-20, 2015

Ibrahim El Wahsh holds a degree in English Literature and Languages from Mu'ta University in Amman. He has nearly a decade of experience leading groups within his native Jordan and enjoys sharing his country with visitors from around the world. Ibrahim speaks English and French in addition to ...
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Mohamed Ossama

Departure Dates: November 7-20, 2015, October 28-November 11, 2016

Mohamed Ossama was born in Cairo, where he resides today with his wife and daughter. He attended Helwan University, graduating with a specialty in Egyptology, and has been an Egyptologist guide since 1995. Mohamed is closely associated with St. Olaf College in Minnesota and its intensive ...
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Optional Extensions

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



Alexandria Extension

Crossroads of the Ancient World

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1