When Sue and I attended a Scenic event in Brisbane late last year and Glen Moroney announced that Scenic was returning to the Middle East, we couldn’t contain our excitement.
This was a destination high on our must do list and one that we had feared may never happen. We have recently returned from the 20 Day Essence of Egypt and Jordan Tour & Cruise
and can honestly say it was everything we had hoped for and delivered one of the most outstanding experiences of our travel life.
So why was that? Was it the stunning Pyramids, the vast array of antiquities, the ancient ruins, the amazing hieroglyphics and artwork in the Tombs of the Pharaohs or was it the stunning red landscapes of Wadi Rum and Petra.
Of course these are just some of the things that we as travellers expected to see and here they were, in endless abundance and amazing detail, right in front of us.
Seeing these incredible sights in person is another level of wonder that has to be experienced firsthand which ensures the experience will remain with us for the rest of our days.
But it would be wrong to think that Egypt and Jordan were just about their unique architectural structures, landscapes and ancient history. There was much more.
For example, our accommodation on tour was as much a part of the touring experience as were the structures.
There were the stunning views of the Pyramids from our room at the Mena House in Giza, the majestic rooms and gardens of the Winter Palace in Luxor and the iconic history that reflects such famous people as Agatha Christie and Winston Churchill at the Old Cataract Hotel with its picture perfect views across the Nile at Aswan.
Along with these beautiful historic venues, and the added luxury of our Nile River cruise on the Sanctuary Sunboat III we were also surprised at the extent of our pampered luxury at Aquaba Red Sea resort.