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Classic Egypt & Jordan tour

Classic Egypt & Jordan

Encounters Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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Overview

Short Description

This tour covers all the main sites in Egypt & Jordan, including the Pyramids & Sphinx in Cairo, a luxury Nile cruise between Luxor & Aswan, hidden Petra, Roman Jerash, a Wadi Rum desert safari, and time at the Red & Dead Seas

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles (except Bedouin jeep in Wadi Rum)
  • Flights from Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo & Cairo-Amman
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a local Egyptologist guide in Egypt
  • Services of professional guides and tour escort in Jordan
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo, transfer to hotel
We meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to a deluxe 5-star hotel (normally the Mena House). The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.
OVERNIGHT:
Cairo hotel
EXTRAS:
Nile dinner cruise in Cairo, Extra day in Cairo - pre-tour, Single Room Supplement (EGTMEJ)

Day 2: Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour
We enjoy a full day tour today to the majestic Pyramids and Sphinx at Gisa, and also to the famous Egyptian Museum. In the evening we transfer to the airport for an internal flight to Luxor where we check into our 5-star hotel by the Nile.
OVERNIGHT:
Luxor hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 3: Luxor, board cruise boat, Karnak & Luxor temples
We board our luxury Nile cruise boat today and visiting the huge temple complex at Karnak. The afternoon is free to relax or explore Luxor. In the evening we visit Luxor temple in the centre of town while it is beautifully lit up.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Luxor, west bank tour, sail to Edfu
This morning we tour the West Bank of the Nile and explore the Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon we sail up-river and cross through the lock on the Nile at Esna before continuing to Edfu. Before the tour starts this morning, you also have the option of a spectacular hot air balloon flight to see the sun rise over the West Bank of the Nile.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruise boat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Hot air balloon in Luxor

Day 5: Edfu & Komombo temples, sail to Aswan
We visit Edfu temple this morning, before continuing to sail up the Nile to Aswan, breaking the journey at the temple at Komombo en-route.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Aswan, free time & island felucca trip
The Nile is at its most picturesque in Aswan, and we have this morning free to explore the town, its markets, and to walk along the Corniche or visit the Nubian Museum. In the afternoon we take a felucca sailboat trip around Kitchener and Elephantine islands. You also have the option this morning to visit the spectacular temples to Ramses II at Abu Simbel.
OVERNIGHT:
Nile cruiseboat
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Aswan, Philae temple then fly to Cairo
We take a boat trip this morning to the beautiful island temple of Philae and the huge Aswan Dam. In the afternoon we take an internal flight with Egypt Air back to Cairo.
OVERNIGHT:
Cairo hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Nile dinner cruise in Cairo

Day 8: Cairo, city tour then fly to Jordan
Our tour of Cairo today includes the Citadel overlooking the city, some important and beautiful mosques, Coptic Cairo, and time to explore and shop in the busy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. This afternoon we say farewell to Egypt and fly to Jordan. On arrival we transfer you from the airport to your 5-star hotel in central Amman.
OVERNIGHT:
Amman hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 9: Amman, city tour & visit Jerash
We explore central Amman this morning, visiting the Roman amphitheatre and other sites. In the afternoon we take a short tour out of the city to see the impressive and extensive Roman ruins at Jerash, some of the best preserved in the whole of the Middle East.
OVERNIGHT:
Amman hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast Day 10: Amman, desert castles tour
We have a full day trip out of Amman today, heading east into the desert to explore some of Jordan's strange 'Desert Castles'. More combinations of forts and palaces than castles, the remains of some of these are very impressive and atmospheric. We will also visit a desert nature reserve before returning to Amman.
OVERNIGHT:
Amman hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch Day 11: Desert Highway to Madaba & Aqaba, afternoon by the Red Sea
Today's first stop is the town of Madaba which is home to some incredibly well preserved and important Roman mosaics. We then continue south along the Desert Highway until we reach Aqaba and the Red Sea. The afternoon is free to relax in your 5-star beach resort or to do a snorkelling trip by boat to one of the nearby offshore islands.
OVERNIGHT:
Aqaba hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Snorkelling in the Red Sea Day 12: Red Sea, Wadi Rum safari & Bedouin camp
Your have some more welcome free time this morning which you can spend in your hotel, or use to take advantage of the Red Sea on your doorstep. Aqaba's market and castle are also worth a visit if you prefer. After lunch we make the short drive to the incredible spectacular desert landscape of Wadi Rum. Here we take a jeep safari around the cliffs and rock formations before a short camel ride brings us to remote Bedouin camp, located right inside the desert reserve. We'll stay in comfortable tents with amenities and enjoy a traditional Bedouin style meal under the stars. A sunset camel ride is also included.
OVERNIGHT:
Bedouin camp
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner Day 13: Wadi Rum, Little Petra
After a leisurely breakfast and time to explore our surroundings a little more, we leave Wadi Rum and head to Petra. This afternoon we visit 'Little Petra' which forms a great introduction to the main site we'll explore tomorrow. In the evening there is an optional Petra by Candlelight tour.
OVERNIGHT:
Petra hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Petra by night Day 14: Petra, tour & free time
We have a full day in Petra today, with a guided tour in the morning followed by plenty of free time to explore more of the site, perhaps to walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice and the huge Monastery, carved into the cliffs and overlooking the Jordan valley.
OVERNIGHT:
Petra hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch Day 15: Kings Highway, Kerak, Mt. Nebo & Dead Sea
We leave Petra early today and drive north up the scenic King's Highway, stopping to explore the impressive crusader castle at Kerak en-route. We also stop to admire the huge and colourful valley of Wadi Mujib, and to hopefully enjoy great views towards Jericho and Israel from Mt. Nebo. We finish the day by arriving at our Dead Sea resort in time for a swim and possible mud bath in the Dead Sea.
OVERNIGHT:
Dead Sea hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast Day 16: Dead Sea, transfer to airport
Your time is free to relax at your hotel today, and perhaps enjoy some of the spa facilities, before we transfer you to the airport for your departure. Alternatively you can extend your stay and add a visit into Israel or to the nearby Baptism site at Bethany.
OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
Breakfast

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Knowledgeable and entertaining

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I just got back from the Discover Egypt tour and I don't have enough good things to say. Our guide, Mohamed El Zawahry is an Egyptologist and is incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. I took my 2 kids, ages 12 and 16, and he did such an amazing job with them (and everyone else). Honestly as a blond haired, green eyed westerner I was a bit nervous about safety issues, but couldn't have felt better than I did (and I'm not a novice traveler). We saw so many things, learned so much, I only wish I would have added the Jordan trip on the front end of this tour! I had a medical complication in the middle of the trip and Mohammad and Walid went out of their way to help accommodate me. They made this trip so much more than it could have been! I highly recommend all of the 'extra' tours- Abu Simble, hot air balloon, Philae Temple- all incredible. Thanks for everything! My kids are still in awe!
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I just came home from an amazing bespoke trip round North India.
Encounters Travel were amazing. Hotels were beautiful, our driver and local guides I couldn’t praise more. The trip was well planned and ran like clockwork.
I saw some amazing places, learned about the history, architecture and people. I would recommend anyone to go to India and to go with Encounters
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Amazing trip to Egypt!

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I just got back from my amazing trip to Egypt!
My tour was Discover Egypt from January 13 to January 21, 2018... What can I say?! I grew up with a fascination for Egypt and I feel so blessed I was able to go, with so many dates as an option, once I saw the date of my birthday, that was it! What better way to spend my birthday than in a country that has always been on the top of my bucket list !
I was lucky to meet an amazing group of people that shared my desire to see this amazing place and every single person involved in this tour was absolutely amazing! My tour guy Big Mo was the best! I felt very safe and well taken care of from the moment I landed in Egypt to the day I left. I really appreciated the birthday celebration as well!
I miss every single moment I lived during those days.
I went with a fascination and left loving Egypt, it’s culture and it’s beautiful people.
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Well organized

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My husband and I booked the Discover Egypt trip in February 2017 and traveled in may 2017 and it was even more than we could have asked or dreamed it would be. Our group was led by Magz and we learned so much about Egyptian history and current culture. The trip was well organized and communication before during and after the trip was incredible. I have recommended this company to anyone who asks and can't wait to take another trip with them in the future. For any additional questions feel free to message me - I'm happy to provide more feedback. Thank you encounters for the trip of a lifetime!
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Discover Egypt is the most comprehensive tour I've ever been on

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Encounters Travel Discover Egypt is the most comprehensive tour I've ever been on.They met us at the airport getting off the plane and took us back to the airport and saw that we got through security and everything in between. It is very safe in Egypt. You can walk the streets and when telling people that ask that we were from America we were met with smiles and positive comments. Because of the low number of tourists in the country right now Encounters Travel has negotiated with the hotels to stay in 5 star hotels. The pyramids are spectacular but it's only a small part of what you will see. Right now there are no crowds. An example My Wife and I took an optional tour to some pyramids southwest of Cairo. We went inside the Red Pyramid to the burial chambers. Two people passed us going in and two people passed us going out. That's 4 other people in the pyramid with us. All of the people with Encounters Travel are there to see to it that you have an enjoyable time and are extremely helpful.Our tour guide Big Mo is very knowledgeable and friendly.The Encounters agent in Hurghada, Mohamed,( I think everyone in Egypt is that name,HaHa) Was extremely pleasant and fun to be with. When Anass,the Encounters manager found out that my wife couldn't walk far he arraigned for a wheel chair to tour the Egyptian museum so she could see it all. This was my second time going on the Discover Egypt tour. I went last year with my son and when my wife heard all of our stories she wanted to see it. Someone asked her on the way home what her favorite part was and she replied "All of it" If you ever thought of going to Egypt now is the time.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

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Trip Excludes

  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (available on arrival for most nationalities)
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory, available on request)
  • Entrance fees to sites not mentioned (mummy room etc..)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see Tour notes)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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