Essence of Egypt & Jordan

20 Days
Cairo to Amman
From (NZD)
$ 18,780
Dates & Pricing

2022 Cairo > Amman

Ancient and natural wonders

Explore the incredible legacy of these two intriguing countries, from magnificent monuments immortalising the pharaohs in Egypt, to the footsteps of the Romans and Nabataeans in Jordan.
Delve into the wonders of Egypt and discover the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza before marvelling at the ancient temples, tombs and monuments at Luxor. Glide along the Nile on a luxury cruise to Aswan and stand in awe before the extraordinary temples of Abu Simbel, then top it all off with the treasures of the Grand Egyptian Museum. In the Kingdom of Jordan, discover the capital Amman before travelling the moon-like desertscape of Wadi Rum. Marvel at the World-Heritage listed city of Petra for a spine-tingling exploration of the incredible Treasury and ruins before floating in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
MEEJ
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
Cairo
Return City:
Amman

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Giza (Cairo)

    Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a two night Special Stay. You’ll be able to soak up stunning views of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Cairo prior to 02:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Giza

    Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids before marvelling at the 20-metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx.

    Enrich

    Dine like a Pharaoh whilst appreciating one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

    Prepare for an afternoon of historical discoveries at the Grand Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb. Gaze in wonder at the Solar Boat, a restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC found buried near the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Giza > Luxor

    Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of your Special Stay for two nights. This afternoon, enjoy a walk through the colourful local markets followed by a lecture on the archaeological discoveries of the West Bank.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Luxor

    Optional hot air balloon - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the ancient sites (additional cost, please book on tour).

    Afternoon visit to the Valley of the Queens and the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut with its three massive terraces rising above the desert floor and into the cliffs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Luxor > Nile Cruise

    Embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III as you settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. Discover the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.  This afternoon, cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Nile Cruise

    Relax on the Sun Deck and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera and Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor Temple.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Nile Cruise

    Follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. Visit Esna Temple held as a special place among the holiest temples of ancient Egypt.  This afternoon, sail to Kom Ombo Temple, perched high on the east bank, dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God. A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nile Cruise

    Cruise south to charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you enjoy a felucca cruise on the Nile.  This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and a Nubian Dance performance. Tonight, join the Captain
    and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Nile Cruise > Aswan

    Freechoice

    Visit a Nubian village or the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, explore the Nubian Museum home to more than 3,000 objects.

    Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay and admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony. Discover the history of the hotel and follow in the footsteps of icons like Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Aswan

    Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Aswan > Cairo

    Fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay. Discover the priceless antiquities in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization including the crown jewel of the museum, the Royal Mummies’ Hall.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Cairo

    Freechoice

    Discover Islamic Cairo and the famed Museum of Islamic Art or explore Coptic Cairo and the Hanging Temple of Babylon

    This evening, join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Cairo > Amman

    Say farewell as you transfer to Cairo airport. Fly to Amman, where you’ll travel to the Dead Sea and enjoy a two night Special Stay.

    Sundowners

    Join your Tour Director and toast the beginning of a wonderful journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Dead Sea

    Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to lather you in therapeutic mud, or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or newspaper.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Dead Sea > Wadi Rum

    Visit Madaba, discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land, and visit the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration. Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum where you will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Bubble tents of the Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel.

    Sundowners

    Witness the dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Wadi Rum > Petra

    Explore Lawrence Road and marvel at the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the pink and white sands, before lunch at a Bedouin Camp. At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, see where Jesus was baptised, then view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo and continue to the Rose Red City of Petra for your two night stay. Later this evening, an unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury and chasms lit by candlelight (subject to seasonal operation).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  17. Day 17 - Petra

    Discover this magnificent World Heritage-listed city, the legacy of the Nabataeans who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Petra > Amman

    Travel to the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, Amman, where you’ll enjoy a two night stay. Join your Tour Director for a walk through the food and produce markets and stop to taste some traditional Jordanian sweets.

    Freechoice

    This afternoon, choose from a tour of Citadel Hill & the Roman Theatre or visit the Royal Automobile Museum and its vast collection. Alternatively, experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abdali walking district.

    Enrich

    Tonight, enjoy a truly local encounter and be welcomed into a traditional Jordanian home for a home-hosted dinner experience. Learn about the Jordanian culture first-hand and experience the genuine warmth and hospitality your host bestows on you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Amman

    At the Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age, explore the impressive ruins. This evening, join your Tour Director for your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Amman

    Say farewell as you transfer to Amman airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the journey will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Stay in all three of the iconic Palace Hotels in Egypt for exclusive luxurious stays that will be memories of a lifetime
  • Witness the amazing temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari at Abu Simbel
  • At the palatial Marriott Mena House, enjoy beverages and canapés against the backdrop of the Great Pyramids of Giza at an exclusive Scenic Sundowners event
  • In Jordan, discover the hidden secrets and architectural marvels of the ancient ghost city of Petra

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted small group land journey
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 8 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 3 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 5 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 42 meals – 19 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 13 dinners (D)
  • Expert Scenic Tour Director, Egyptologist and knowledgeable local guides
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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