From the Nabatean Kingdom to the
land of the Pharaohs Jordan and Egypt
During this 12-day round trip you will see the highlights of the
historical and cultural heritage of Jordan and Egypt. You will visit
Jerash, Petra and the mosaics of Madaba, the monastery of Sainte
Catherine in the Sinai, the pyramids of Gizeh and the dead mask of
Tutankhamen. You will also have ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful
nature of both countries: the hot springs at Hammamat Ma’in, the
beautiful landscapes along the King’s Highway, Wadi Rum, the Red Sea and
Day 1 Flight to Amman and transfer
to your hotel, where you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight.
Day 2 City tour in Amman/Jerash/Ajlun
After breakfast we will take you on a guided tour of Amman to visit the
most important sights: the Roman theatre which seats 6.000 and the
Citadel which features a lovely view of the hills and valleys of the
capital. You will also visit the temple of Hercules. Continuing to
Jerash, the best-preserved city of the Roman empire outside Italy, you
will walk in the Oval Plaza surrounded by colonnades, visit the Roman
theatre and Byzantine churches with mosaic-covered floors. Enjoy a
stroll along Jerash’ main road the Cardo and pass by the Nymphaeum. Your
next stop will be the Islamic castle of Ajloun, which was built by
Saladin in the twelfth century to protect the area from the crusaders.
From the top of the castle, fourteen hundred meters above sea level, you
can admire the panoramic view over the Jordan Valley. In the late
afternoon you will travel to your hotel in Hammamat Ma’in and enjoy a
bath in the natural hot springs.
Day 3 Wadi Zarqa Ma'in/Dead Sea
If you are energetic and courageous we invite you to come along with us
on an unforgettable water canyon. You will be hiking for four to five
hours through Wadi Zarqa, depending on the pace of the group. The trip
starts at the spring and ends at the Dead Sea. Hiking along the borders
of a small river you will sometimes have to go down on ladders, pass
through narrow cliffs and walk or swim in the high water. If you don’t
like the canyon adventure, you can enjoy a relaxing stay at the Spa
hotel and join the group at the Dead Sea hotel, where you also will have
lunch. The Dead Sea offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy swimming,
or rather floating at the lowest spot on earth, four hundred meters
below sea level.
Day 4 Madaba/Mount Nebo/King's High
In the morning you will visit Madaba, the city of mosaics. In the church
of Saint George you can find the mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy
Land, which was found in 1884 when the church was rebuilt. The journey
will continue to Mount Nebo, to the place from where Moses first set eye
on the Holy Land. You will visit the Moses Memorial Church, which
according to many scientists was built on top of Moses’ tomb. Its floors
and walls are decorated with beautiful mosaics. Travelling the King’s
Highway leads you to Karak where you will visit the impressive crusader
castle, built in 1142. You will walk inside old, dark corridors, halls,
kitchens and soldiers’ rooms. At the end of the day you will arrive in
your hotel in Petra. In the evening you can enjoy a drink in the Cave
Bar, an original Nabatean cave.
Day 5 Petra/Wadi Rum
This day is spent exploring the rose-red city of Petra. This wonderful
Nabatean city was carved out of the natural rocks by the Nabateans.
Entering through the impressive Siq at the end suddenly the Al-Khazneh
appears, the Treasury. You will also visit the Royal Tombs, the Silk
Tomb and the theatre and climb the stairs all the way up to the
Monastery. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the campsite in
Wadi Rum. Hiking in the beautiful desert where the colours change from
red to gold to brown, you are surrounded by giant mountains under a
clear blue sky. You can enjoy the crimson sunset sitting on a camel’s
back. The night is spent in a desert camp.
Day 6 Wadi Rum/Aqaba
In the morning you will discover Wadi Rum by jeep. Our guide will show
you ancient Nabatean inscriptions in the rocks and the memorials of
Lawrence of Arabia. In the afternoon the bus will transfer you to Aqaba,
the beach town near the Red Sea. The hotel will be downtown. You can
wander through the busy tourist city, go shopping in the custom-free
zone and enjoy the taste of the traditional Arabic fast foods like
shoarma, hummus and falafel.
Day 7 Aqaba
You can spend the day in Aqaba according to your own wishes.
Suggestions: relax after your tiring adventures, swim in the Red Sea and
sunbathe on the sandy beaches. Or go diving accompanied by the local
instructors or rent snorkelling equipment, and watch the unique,
colourful life in the clear water of the coral reefs.
Day 8 Nuweiba/Dahab
In the morning it is time to say goodbye to Jordan. You will be
transferred to the Aqaba border to take the ferry boat to Egypt’s border
at Nuweiba. In Egypt you will continue to Dahab, one of Sinai’s
favourite beaches to swim, and maybe have a party in one of the beach
bars in the evening.
Day 9 Sinai Mountain/Sainte
Late in the morning you will travel by bus into the middle of the Sinai
mountain, to the Sainte Catherine Monastery, built on the site of the
Burning Bush. After dinner at the monastery hotel.
Day 10 Mount Moses/Cairo
Rising before dawn to climb to the 2.285 meters high peak of Mount Moses
you can watch one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world. The
hiking tour takes about two hours. Instead of climbing it is also
possible to take a camel taxi. After sunrise you will walk back to the
monastery and visit the 1400 years old fortress. The monastery was named
after Sainte Catherine, who died in Alexandria and, according to the
legend, was brought to this place by angels afterwards. The monastery is
still in use as a Greek orthodox church. In the afternoon you will
travel to Cairo and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 11 Sphinx/Pyramids/Khan Khalili
The last day of the tour offers unique sights. You will visit the Sphinx
and the pyramids of Gizeh, one of the seven Wonders of the World. The
tour offers optional visits to the inside of the pyramids, or to the
ancient Sun Boat which the pharaohs used to travel. Next you will travel
through the City of Death to the Citadel to visit the Alabaster Mosque,
also known as the Mohammed Ali Mosque. Later on you will visit the
Egyptian Museum where you can see the most important memorials of
ancient Egypt. Such as the statue of the Gizeh pyramids’ builders, the
gold dead mask and the coffin of Tutankhamen. In the evening you can go
shopping for souvenirs in the Khan al Khalili Bazar.
Day 12 Departure day
You will be transferred to Cairo Airport and fly back hom
· Meets and assist at queen Alia airport, visa formalities.
· Transportations by deluxe car-minibuses/busses (A/C, full option)
· Hotel accommodations on H/B bases
· Tour Guide (English speaker, professional)
· Entrance Fees to all sites mentioned
· Horse ride in Petra and Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum
· Welcome drinks at hotels
Prices not included: Airline ticket,
Personal expenses, travel insurance
Accommodation: 10 nights in comfortable hotels with a choice from three,
four or five star hotels. 1 night in a nomadic
campsite where simple toilet and bathroom facilities will be provided.
Transportation: in air-conditioned buses, in Wadi Rum in jeeps driven by
Meals: choice from bed & breakfast, half-board and full-board. During
camping full-board, the group will be
accompanied by a cook.