Pyramids to Petra

A Journey of Discovery in Egypt and Jordan


From the monuments of the pharaohs to Jordan’s fabled “lost city” of Petra, our journey celebrates the wonders of the ancient world. On a five-day Nile cruise aboard a 40-cabin luxury vessel, we explore Egypt’s spectacular temples and experience the captivating beauty of the Nile as we pass graceful feluccas and villages inhabited since the time of the pharaohs. At Abu Simbel, we see the colossal statues of Ramses II gazing out over the Nile Valley, and at dazzling Petra, we explore a metropolis carved from red sandstone in the 3rd century BC. Our grand finale finds us in the breathtaking desert canyon of Wadi Rum, famed haunt of Lawrence of Arabia.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Cairo, Egypt / Pyramids of Giza

Nothing quite prepares one for the first sight of the pyramids—these breathtaking monuments continue to radiate the magnificence that has awed visitors for millennia. After exploring the treasures of the Giza necropolis, including the lion-faced Great Sphinx, we visit Cairo’s incredible Egyptian Museum, home to the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world.

Mena House
Cairo, Egypt
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
Days 4-8
Abu Simbel / Nile Cruise / Aswan / Karnak / Luxor

Flying south to dramatic Abu Simbel, we visit the statues of Ramses II, which are hewn into the cliff faces. Boarding our elegant Nile vessel, we sail to the temples of Kom Ombo, Edfu, and Esna. We walk amid the temples, chapels, and pylons of Karnak, built 4,000 years ago, and explore some of the elaborate tombs of the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the ancient royal necropolis where the pharaohs and their wives were laid to rest.

Days 9-12
Amman, Jordan / Jerash / Kerak / Petra

We enjoy lunch with a family near Amman, then explore the ancient Roman city of Jerash, an archaeological masterpiece. On our way to Petra, we stop at Mt. Nebo, long a destination for Christian pilgrimage, and the great Crusader fortress at Kerak. At Petra, we enter on foot through a narrow slot canyon to behold lavish temples and palaces chiseled into solid rock, including the iconic Al-Khazneh (“Treasury”) with its elaborate Greek-style façade. One evening, we’ll experience Petra by the light of a thousand candles.

Intercontinental Amman
Amman, Jordan
Days 9 to 10 (2 nights)
Petra Movenpick Resort
Petra, Jordan
Days 11 to 12 (2 nights)
Days 13-15
Wadi Rum / Dead Sea

The landscape of Wadi Rum, with its ever-changing palette of colors and awe-inspiring rock spires, is mesmerizing. It served as headquarters for Prince Faisal bin Hussein and T. E. Lawrence during World War I as they fought the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Our overnight in a Bedouin-style tented camp is perfect for enjoying the desert landscape. We end our journey at a lovely hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, where we can take a dip in its therapeutic waters. Depart on Day 15 via Amman, Jordan.

Wadi Rum Night Camp
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Day 13 (1 night)
Dead Sea Movenpick Resort
Dead Sea, Jordan
Day 14 (1 night)



5-day Nile journey aboard a 40-cabin luxury vessel
Explore the Great Pyramids and Abu Simbel, see Petra by candlelight
Special visits to the tombs of Tutankhamun and Queen Nefetari, considered the most exquisitely decorated tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Queens.
Visit the Roman city of Jerash, the Crusader castle of Shobauk, with option to extend to Alexandria
Enjoy the desert silence of Wadi Rum with an overnight at a delightful tented camp


Length: 15 days
Cost From: $8595  
Arrive: Cairo, Egypt
Depart: Amman, Jordan
Lodging: 4 nights aboard deluxe vessel with
Meals: Nile-view cabins, 9 nights first-class hotels, 1 night tented camp as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours