Jordan & Egypt on a Shoestring tour

Jordan & Egypt on a Shoestring tour

Tour Experience

Budget adventure tour of Jordan and Egypt

Available

All year round

Location

Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Cairo, Luxor, Aswan

This great tour is jam packed with all the main sights in Jordan and Egypt. Petra, The Dead Sea, The Pyramids and more, and all for an amazingly low price.

Starting in Amman, Jordan, we take tour out to the well preserved Roman remains at Jerash the travel across to the Dead Sea for a dip/float in its very salty waters. Heading south we follow the King Highway stopping at Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the crumbling remains the crusader castle at Kerak, before arriving at Jordan's most popular attraction, the hidden city of Petra. We set aside a full day to explore the sprawling "Rose Red City" of Petra. Enter through the Siq and gaze upon the rock hewn Treasury built more than 2,000 years ago. Next we head into the desert at Wadi Rum, famous for its links with Lawrence of Arabia. We take a 4x4 jeep ride through the stunning desert scenery before returning to Amman for our flight to Cairo (not included - you can book this as part of your main international flight ticket or we can book the flight for you separately).

Arriving into Cairo we start with a visit to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx before travelling down to Aswan. Here we explore the island temple of Philae and mighty Aswan Dam, with an optional extra early morning tour to the impressive temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Back in Aswan we hop on board our traditional Nile felucca sailboat and wend our way down the River Nile, with support en-route from our facilities boat with on board toilet, showers and massage deck. Arriving into Luxor we take time to visit some of the many temples in this amazing open air museum, and of course we take time to explore the tombs of the Valley of the Kings. We finally head back to Cairo where the tour ends. If you'd like to add some time by the Red Sea to this trip, it's easy to add on a few extra days at the beach resort of Hurghada.

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in comfortable hotels
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a specialist tour guide (Egyptologist in Egypt) for sightseeing tours
  • 4x4 jeep safari in Wadi Rum
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees in Jordan (worth approx. US$110)

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Amman-Cairo flight (available on request or book it as part of your international flight ticket)
  • Visa fees (Jordan fees currently waived for many nationalities; Egypt US$25)
  • Entrance fees in Egypt (allow approx. US$95)
  • Tour guide/driver tips (discretionary) and group tipping kitty in Egypt (allow US$30)
  • Tips in Jordan
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available from Encounters Travel)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged on 24 & 31 Dec)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in Amman, transfer to hotel

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Amman for the start of your trip. They’ll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area.
OVERNIGHT
Amman – 3 star hotel
EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement, Extra night – pre-tour, Amman city tour

DAY 2 Amman to the Dead Sea via Jerash

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 – 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 3 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 – 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 4 Full day visit of Petra

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 – 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Petra by night

DAY 5 Drive 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. At the end of the day we drive back to Amman for the night.
OVERNIGHT
Amman – 3 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 6 Amman, free time, flight to Cairo

Your time is free today until we transfer you to Amman airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids for the start of your Egypt leg of the trip.
Note – the Amman to Cairo flight is not included in the price of the tour. We can book it for you as an optional extra, or you can include the flight in your main international flight ticket (this is often more economical). The flight can depart at anytime during the day.
OVERNIGHT
Cairo – 5 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo, Amman to Cairo flight

DAY 7, 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 8, 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 9, 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 10, 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 11, Luxor, West Bank tour, free time

We have an early start today as we cross the Nile for a tour of Luxor’s West Bank. The dusty tombs in the ancient burial site of the Valley of the Kings are still revealing their secrets today and the valley remains one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. We will descend into several of these Pharaonic tombs before also visiting Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and the huge Colossi of Memnon.
The rest of the day is then free to relax in your 5-star hotel by the Nile, or head out into Luxor to explore independently. You could do some shopping or browsing in the market, take a felucca trip to nearby Banana island or visit the mummification museum. Additional ancient Egyptian sightseeing is also available if you’d like to learn more about Egyptian history. The Workers Village, Valley of the Queens and Rammesseum on the west bank of the Nile are all worth a visit. Your Egyptologist guide will be happy to arrange any extra visits you may like to do (payable locally).
OVERNIGHT:
Luxor – 5 star hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Hot air balloon in Luxor

DAY 12, Luxor, Karnak temple

You can enjoy a welcome lie in today after several early starts. Our afternoon tour then explores the huge temple complex at Karnak. This was once the religious centre of Thebes and Upper Egypt and was linked to Luxor by a long sphinx-lined avenue. The whole complex was in turn linked by a canal to the Nile which the sacred boats of the god Amun moved through. We enter the temple through a smaller sphinx-lined avenue built by Ramesses II, before entering the immense pylon entrance. The huge Courtyard that follows contains are three chapels dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut while the remarkable Hypostyle Hall has 134 towering columns, each carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs. Hieroglyphic inscriptions adorn the walls. There is a huge amount to see here and our Egyptologist guide will give a tour of several hours followed by some free time for you to look around further.
In the evening we transfer to the station to catch the overnight sleeper train back to Cairo (approx. 9 hours).
OVERNIGHT:
Sleeper train
MEALS: Breakfast, dinner
EXTRAS:
Luxor to Cairo flight upgrade

DAY 13 Cairo. Free Day

We arrive back into Cairo this morning and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Cairo as you choose or you may join us on our optional Cairo city tour. This tour visits the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque as well as the bustling market streets of Khan El Khalili bazaar.
OVERNIGHT
Cairo 5 star hotel
MEALS
None
EXTRAS
Alexandria day trip, Cairo city tour, Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo (deluxe), Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales)

DAY 14 Cairo. Departure transfer to the airport

Free day. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Extra night – post-tour

DURATION

14 days

Price

A$1996

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