Ancient Encounters tour

Ancient Encounters tour

Tour Experience

Adventure tour of Egypt and Jordan, including, Cairo and the Nile Valley, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea

Available

All year round

Location

Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, Wadi Rum, Petra

If you're looking to enjoy some ancient Egypt tours and to explore the highlights of Jordan in the same holiday, then our Ancient Encounters tour could be ideal. We start with Egypt pyramid tours, the sphinx, and Egyptian Museum in Cairo before heading to Aswan to visit the beautiful island temple at Philae and Aswan Dam. You can also visit the amazing temples to Ramses II at Abu Simbel. You will then start your traditional Felucca cruise down the Nile on your way to Luxor in the Nile Valley. Here you will visit some amazing temples and the tombs of the Valley of the Kings before heading the Red Sea for some relaxation and snorkelling. Egypt's Red Sea has incredible diving, snorkelling, and amazing seafood and has loads of fun activities such as quad biking, kite boarding, windsurfing and horse and camel riding. We then fly back to Cairo for a final night in Egypt where a number of optional tours are available, before flying into Jordan (not included, see day 9 of the itinerary) for a full tour of the main sites, including a jeep safari and a night in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum. Also visited are the crusader castle of Kerak, Little Petra and of course the world renowned UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra itself. We also enjoy a drive along the scenic King's Highway and a swim in the strange salty waters of the Dead Sea.

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Hurghada-Cairo- flight
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • All camping equipment in Wadi Rum
  • Entrance Fees to sites visited in Jordan
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Cairo-Amman flight (available on request or bookable with your international flight ticket)
  • Visa fees (currently waived for most nationalities in Jordan, available on arrival for most nationalities in Egypt)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance Fees to sites visited in Egypt (allow approx. USD 95 p/p)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips (discretionary) and group tipping kitty in Egypt (allow USD 30 p/p)
  • Tips in Jordan
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged by hotels on 24 Dec and 31 Dec)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1, Arrive into Cairo. Transfer to your hotel

Upon arrival at Cairo airport, we will meet you and assist you with visa formalities and luggage collection, then transfer you to your hotel near the pyramids. Our rep will help you settle in, then the rest of the day is free at your leisure. If your flight lands early, then you could take a first look at the pyramids with an amazing sound and light show, or perhaps head into downtown Cairo for a Nile dinner cruise and show.
| OVERNIGHT
Cairo – 5 star hotel
| EXTRAS
Extra night – pre-tour, Single Room Supplement

DAY 2, Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour

Our Discover Egypt tour begins with a drive to Giza on the outskirts of Cairo to visit the Sphinx and the three great pyramids of Egypt. One of our local Egyptologist guides will be accompanying you on this and all of your other sightseeing tours, and you’ll find them a wealth of knowledge and full of enthusiasm about Egyptian history, and their country in general. At 500 feet high and 750 feet wide at its base the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is an awesome man-made structure constructed of giant stone blocks with a hard limestone casing. The casing has, over the years, been stripped away to leave exposed the inner block structure. Together with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the majestic sight of these enormous structures rising out of the desert is a breathtaking spectacle. You will have the opportunity to climb down right inside the pyramids if you wish, though your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid). Following on from the Pyramids we then head to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artefacts.
This evening we transfer to the station for the | OVERNIGHT sleeper train to Aswan (approx. 12 hours).
| OVERNIGHT
Sleeper train
| MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS
Cairo/Aswan flight upgrade

DAY 3, Aswan tours

Upon arrival in Aswan we take a short transfer to our hotel overlooking the Nile. The river here is at its most scenic in Egypt, and is dotted with islands and felucca sailing boats. Aswan itself is an intriguing mixture of African and Middle Eastern cultures, and this can be easily seen by strolling through the bustling markets. We allow plenty of free time for you to explore, walk along the Corniche on the banks of the river, or take a trip to the Nubian Museum, which has a collection of artefacts from the Nubian people. Our organised sightseeing in Aswan start in the afternoon with a tour to the Temple of Philae. This beautiful island temple is dedicated to Isis and was saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. It can only be reached by a scenic boat ride. We also drive to the massive Aswan Dam. The rest of the day is free.
| OVERNIGHT
Aswan – 4/5 star hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast
| EXTRAS
Nile Cruise Upgrade

DAY 4, Abu Simbel option, Nile felucca cruise

After a free morning, we board a traditional felucca sailboat this afternoon for a great day sailing down the Nile. Drifting down the Nile on a felucca is one of Egypt’s most enjoyable experiences, and you’ll see local rural Egyptian life pass you by. Our Nubian crew will handle the boat and provide entertainment to you on the way, as well as preparing all your | MEALS. Our fully equipped facilities boat will drop by from time to time during the day and moor up with us at night. Our boat has a western toilet and showers on board as well as a modern, hygienic kitchen where the crew will prepare and cook a tasty evening meal. You sleep on the deck of the boat tonight and we provide mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets as required. You can also choose to upgrade your Nile felucca cruise to stay in the hotel in Aswan instead of on board the boat. All other touring remains the same.
For those not averse to a very early morning start, there is a very special option morning visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel available. This amazing site was completely dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was built, and is one of Egypt’s biggest highlights.
| OVERNIGHT
On board felucca
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS
Abu Simbel tour, Felucca to hotel upgrade

DAY 5, Kom Ombo & Edfu temples, Karnak Temple in Luxor

After breakfast on-board we leave behind our felucca crew and take a tour of nearby temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu before driving north to Luxor. Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, and has the greatest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. To the west, across the Nile, lies the City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock carved tombs, and to the east stand the Temples of Luxor and Karnak. After lunch we’ll visit the massive temple complex of Karnak , once the religious heart of Thebes and Upper Egypt. It was linked to the town of Luxor by a long sphinx lined avenue, and the temple itself was linked to the Nile via a canal along which sailed the sacred boats of the god Amun. The entrance is via a smaller sphinx-lined avenue, built by Ramesses II, after which you enter the temple proper through the enormous pylon entrance. Inside the large Courtyard are three temples dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut. The much photographed Hypostyle Hall has an impressive 134 towering columns, each is carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions cover the walls. In the evening we’ll take a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple, which is in the centre of town and is colourfully lit up by night.
| OVERNIGHT
Luxor – 5 star hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast
| EXTRAS
N/A

DAY 6, Luxor West Bank tour. To Hurghada

Today we cross the River Nile for an early morning tour of Luxor’s West Bank. We first visit the Valley of the Kings, whose ancient tombs are still revealing their secrets today and is one of most important archaeological sites in the world. We include a visit to several of these Pharaonic tombs, and then explore the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, before stopping at the huge Colossi of Memnon. There is an optional hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile available in the morning (expect an early start to catch sunrise as the balloon rises). In the afternoon we leave the Nile Valley behind and drive to the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada where we check into a 4-star resort. Your stay here is on a ‘soft all inclusive’ basis, with all | MEALS, soft drinks and snacks included but not alcoholic beverages.
| OVERNIGHT
N/A
| MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS
Hot air balloon in Luxor

DAY 7, Red Sea at Hurghada. Free day

Today is free to relax and enjoy your time by the Red Sea. Hurghada is an excellent place for scuba diving and snorkelling and the varied Red Sea marine life here attracts divers the world over. Other activities available include quad biking, wind surfing, camel rides, kite surfing, sea fishing trips and glass bottomed submarines. Our local rep in Hurghada is always on hand to help arrange any optional excursions. Hurghada also has an interesting marina and old town just waiting to be explored. We can also book extra nights in the resort in Hurghada if you wish to extend your stay – please contact us for details and prices.
| OVERNIGHT
Hurghada – 5 star resort
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Fly to Cairo, optional tours

This morning we fly back to Cairo where you have a choice of either a free day to explore or unwind at your own leisure, or enjoy one of our optional tours. These include a city tour through the narrow winding streets of Coptic Cairo to the impressive Citadel and Mohammed Ali Mosque, as well as the mazy market streets of Khan El Khalili bazaar. There is also an option available to head to the outskirts of Cairo and learn more about the history of pyramid building with a visit to the early pyramids at Saqqara and Dashour, part of the ancient city of Memphis.
| OVERNIGHT
Cairo – 5 star hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast
| EXTRAS
Cairo city tour, Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo, Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis

DAY 9, Fly to Amman, Jordan

Your time is free today to explore Cairo before we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Amman, Jordan (not included). A half day city tour exploring Cairo is available this morning if you have an afternoon flight. Upon arrival in Amman airport our staff will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for the start of your Jordan trip. They will help you settle in, introduce you to the local area, and explain tomorrow’s arrangements.
Note: the Cairo-Amman flight is left out of the set tour price as it is often more cost effective for you to include this flight as part of your main international flight ticket. We are happy to book all your international flights, just this Cairo-Amman flight, or none of them at all, whichever works best for you. Direct flights are available with both Egypt Air and Royal Jordanian Airlines. You can fly at anytime during the day – all transfers in Cairo and Amman are included.
| OVERNIGHT
Amman – 4 star hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 10, Pella and Umm Qais

Our Jordan sightseeing begins today to the ruins at Pella and Umm Qais. Pella is one of the most ancient towns in the world and a favourite of archaeologists. Pella is exceptionally rich in antiquities, some of which are exceedingly old. Besides the excavated ruins from the Graeco-Roman period, Pella offers visitors the opportunity to see the remains of a Chalcolithic settlement from the 4th millennium BC, evidence of Bronze and Iron Age walled cities, Byzantine churches, early Islamic residential quarters and a small medieval mosque. In addition to Jerash and Amman, Gadara (now Umm Qais) and Pella (Tabaqit Fahl) were once Decapolis cities, and each has unique appeal. Umm Qais is one of the most brilliant ancient Greco-Roman cities of the Decapolis. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Umm Qays boasts impressive ancient remains, such as the stunning black basalt theatre, the basilica and adjacent courtyard strewn with nicely carved black sarcophagi, the colonnaded main street and a side street lined with shops, an underground mausoleum, two baths, a nymphaeum, a city gate and the faint outlines of what was a massive hippodrome. In the afternoon we’ll return to Amman where we’ll spend the night.
| OVERNIGHT
Amman – 4 star hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 11, Jerash and the Dead Sea

After breakfast, we drive north for a full day visit of Jerash, one of the largest and best preserved Roman sites outside of Italy. It is a excellent example of Roman architecture including paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, amphitheatres, spacious public squares and plazas, bathhouses, fountains and a city wall pierced by towers and gates. We continue by road to the shore of the Dead Sea where we can float and try to swim in the unique, salty waters before returning to Amman for the night.
| OVERNIGHT
Amman – 4 star hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 12, King's Highway to Petra via Madaba and Kerak

We depart Amman for a scenic drive along the King’s Highway to Perta, crossing deep Wadis, olive groves, and driving through remote rural villages. En-route we see the Roman mosaics at Madaba, enjoy great views of Israel from Mt. Nebo, and visit Kerak Castle, one in a chain of Crusader fortresses built across Jordan in the 12th Century.
| OVERNIGHT
Petra – 4 star hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 13, Petra tour and free time

We enjoy a full day today inside the world famous Nabatean site of Petra. Carved into the rocks and left undiscovered for centuries Petra has always been an enduring attraction for explorers. We include a guided tour of the area with plenty of free time to explore on your own. This evening you may book an optional visit to Petra for the spectacular Petra by Candlelight tour.
| OVERNIGHT
Petra – 4 star hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast
| EXTRAS
Petra by night

DAY 14, To Wadi Rum via Little Petra

Today we drive towards Wadi Rum and en route visit the site of Little Petra, which was a suburb of the main city and provides a great insight into the building of the larger buildings and tombs. At Wadi Rum we enjoy Bedouin hospitality and a 4WD jeep safari through the spectacular desert scenery with its towering cliffs, bizarre rock formations and sandy dunes. This evening there’s an optional sunset camel ride before we sleep under the stars in a Bedouin camp inside the desert reserve.
| OVERNIGHT
Wadi Rum – Bedouin Camp
| MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Qasr Mushatta and Amman city tour

After breakfast in the desert we start our drive back to Amman. The evening is free for some last minute shopping or relaxation before your tour comes to an end tomorrow.
| OVERNIGHT
Amman – 4 star hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 16, Amman. Departure transfer to the airport

Your time is free today until we transfer you to Amman airport for your departure flight. Alternatively you may wish to take one of a number of optional day trips. These include tours of the centre of Amman and the Roman ruins at Jerash, a trip to Ajloun Castle, a tour of the ‘Desert Castles’, a visit to the Baptism Site at Bethany on the Jordan, or a tour into Israel to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We can also arrange a transfer to Tel Aviv for you to connect this tour with our Fantastic Israel tour which starts today.
| OVERNIGHT
N/A
| MEALS
Breakfast

DURATION

16 days

Price

A$3201

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