A Journey of Discovery in Egypt and Jordan

Overview

From the treasures of the pharaohs to Jordan’s fabled “lost city,” our journey celebrates the glories of the ancient world. On our five-day Nile cruise aboard the 40-cabin Sun Boat IV, we explore Egypt’s spectacular temples and enjoy the captivating beauty of the Nile as we pass graceful sailing 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 sheer magnificence of the desert canyon of Wadi Rum, famed haunt of Lawrence of Arabia.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-8
Cairo, Egypt / Nile Cruise / Aswan / Abu Simbel

The stunning Great Pyramids, enigmatic Sphinx, and treasure-packed Egyptian Museum await us in Cairo, and in Luxor, we walk among the stone columns of the Temple of Karnak and explore the legendary tombs of the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Aboard the elegant Sun Boat IV, we sail to Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo, and visit Abu Simbel, where statues of Ramses II are hewn into the cliff faces.

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

We enjoy lunch with a family near Amman, then explore the Roman city of Jerash and 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.

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Days 13-15
Wadi Rum / Dead Sea

In the dramatic landscape of Wadi Rum, with its rock spires and ever-changing palette of colors, our Bedouin-style tented camp is the perfect retreat for optional hikes and camel rides. Our journey ends 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 or continue on our Alexandria Extension.

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Highlights

Highlights

5-day Nile journey aboard the 40-cabin Sun Boat IV
Explore the Great Pyramids, Abu Simbel, see Petra by candlelight
Revel in the desert silence of Wadi Rum at a delightful tented camp
Visit Jerash, a Roman city, the Crusader castle of Kerak, extend to Alexandria

Details

Length: 15 days
Cost From: $7695  
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 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours