Pyramids to Petra

A Journey of Discovery in Egypt and Jordan

Overview

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 luxury vessel, we explore Egypt’s spectacular temples and see the captivating beauty of the Nile as we pass villages inhabited since the time of the pharaohs. At Abu Simbel, we visit the colossal Nile-side statues of Ramses II, and at dazzling Petra, we explore a metropolis carved from red sandstone in the 3rd century BC. Our grand finale finds us in the 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 visiting Cairo’s new Grand Egyptian Museum, we explore the treasures of Giza necropolis, including the lion-bodied Great Sphinx.

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

Flying down to Abu Simbel, we see the colossal statues of Ramses II gazing out over the Nile Valley, then board our Nile vessel to cruise to Kom Ombo, Edfu, and Esna, enjoying the captivating beauty of the Nile. We’ll walk amid the temples, chapels, and pylons of Karnak, built 4,000 years ago, and explore elaborate tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the ancient royal necropolis of the pharaohs.

Days 9-12
Amman, Jordan / Jerash / Petra

We enjoy lunch with a family near Amman, then explore the ancient Roman city of Jerash. Arriving at Petra, we walk 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 fa├žade. One unforgettable 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 is one of awe-inspiring rock spires. It served as headquarters for Prince Faisal bin Hussein and T. E. Lawrence during World War I. 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)

Highlights

Highlights

5-day Nile journey aboard a luxury vessel
Explore the Great Pyramids and Abu Simbel, see Petra by candlelight
Enjoy the desert silence of Wadi Rum with an overnight at a delightful tented camp
Special visits to the tombs of Tutankhamun and Queen Nefertari, considered the most exquisitely decorated tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Queens

Details

Length: 15 days
Cost From: $9895  
Arrive: Cairo, Egypt
Depart: Amman, Jordan
Lodging: 4 nights aboard deluxe vessel with Nile-view cabins, 9 nights first-class hotels, 1 night tented camp
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours

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