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Trip Type : Private Guided
Archeology of Luxor-Egypt-2397018-P

Egypt & Jordan Explorer

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover Cairo, Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, & Memphis, Solar Boat Museum, Pyramid of Zoser, Sunset Camel Ride, Egyptian Museum
  • Visit Luxor- Temples of Luxor and Karnak, Avenue of Sphinx, Karnak Open Air Museum, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, King Tut’s Tomb, Nefertari Tomb
  • Explore Aswan  High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, Felucca Sailing and Kitchener Island
  • Discover Amman Jerash City Tour
  • Visit Petra,  The Treasury,  Rock-Cut Tombs,  Nabatean-Built Theatre, Ad-Deir Monastery
  • Explore Wadi Rum, Jeep Tour, Canyons, Water Holes, Lawrence Spring, Khazalee mountain
  • See the Dead Sea, Madaba City, Mt. Nebo, Bethany Tour

Short Description

Explore treasured sites on this private Travelous Tour of ancient Egypt and Jordan. Discover the Great Pyramids of Giza, the famous Sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum. Fly to the fabulous city of Luxor, once the capital of the Middle Kingdom, explore this fabulous city and its ancient monuments before sailing to the glorious Temples of Horus in Edfu and Kom Ombo, onboard your Nile Cruise. Gently cruise to the Nubian city of Aswan, visiting the majestic Temple of Philae before returning to Cairo for a visit to the world-renowned Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Fly to Amman and journey to Petra, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Head to Wadi Rum for a sunset jeep safari. Continue to the Dead Sea stopping in Madaba and Mt. Nebo along the way.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Egypt, Jordan
End City Egypt, Jordan
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Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo - Airport Assistance & Visa Service

Accommodation: The Mena House Palace Hotel – Deluxe Garden View

Welcome to Cairo! Upon your arrival, you will be met at the end of the tunnel by an airport representative who will aid and facilitate you through the Visa process (cost included). You will then be escorted through customs, immigration, and assisted with baggage claim before being introduced to your Travelous representative who will be awaiting your arrival at passenger pick up and on call throughout your entire stay.

Cairo - Airport Transfer (Arrival)

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the Airport to your hotel for overnight.

Pyramid Light Show

Every day when the sun sets, the famous pyramids on the Giza plateau south of Cairo are absorbed in the darkness of the night. Thousands of years have passed since the Pharaohs walked on this Earth, but with your imagination, the Pyramid Sound & Light show tells an interactive story of Ancient Egypt.

Day 2: Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, & Memphis Tour (Lunch Included)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: The Mena House Palace – Deluxe Garden View

Spend a full day with your private certified Egyptologist who will provide fascinating insight to each of the three famed pyramids of Giza. Wander about these inspiring pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum which houses the intact solar ship vessel from Ancient Egypt. Continue to the feet of the Sphinx, the enigmatic symbol of Egypt for thousands of years. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Mena House before continuing to Saqqara, the vast, ancient burial ground, which served as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Visit the famous step Pyramid of Zoser. Your final stop is Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Here you will see artifacts from many of the great rulers of Egypt, including the huge fallen statue of Ramses II.

Sunset Camel Ride (Dinner Included)

This evening set out before dusk towards the Ancient Pyramids of Giza for a Sunset Camel Ride. Take in the incredible sights set against a fiery sky as your camel gently paces through the golden sand dunes. Enjoy dinner at a traditional Bedouin restaurant before returning to your hotel for the night.

Day 3: Cairo - Airport Transfer (Depart)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Movenpick Royal Lily – Deluxe Cabin B, L, D

Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to Cairo Airport.

Flight: Cairo - Luxor (1 hr)

Flight from Cairo to Luxor. Duration is 1 hour. Flight times TBD.

Luxor - Airport Transfer (Arrival)

Welcome to Luxor. Transfer provided in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the Airport to your hotel.

Luxor is often characterized as the "world's greatest open-air museum", as the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. Across the Nile River lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Archeologically, Luxor is the most important site in all of Egypt and a rare gem of a city, unlike any other in the world.

Luxor East Bank Tour (Lunch Included)

Your private tour takes you through the East Bank of the Nile to visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, largely the work of Amenhotep III and Ramesses II, whose colossi and obelisk stand at the entrance. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx as you enter the complex while your guide explains how the massive facade was constructed and explore the Karnak Open Air Museum that features an amazing array of statuary and reconstructed temple structures.

Day 4: Luxor - West Bank Tour (Lunch Included)

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Movenpick Royal Lily – Deluxe Cabin B, L, D

Visit the Valley of the Kings where you will see the intact royal tombs of the Pharaohs. Continue to Tombs of Princes in the Valley of the Queens. Stop at the magnificent temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahri. Visit the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3,400 years, they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the Nile River of modern Luxor. Your last stop will be at the Theban Necropolis, which was used for ritual burials during Pharaonic times.

King Tut's Tomb

Visit the famous tomb of King Tutankhamen in conjunction with your West Bank day tour.

Nefertari Tomb

Entrance to the Tomb of Nefertari provided in conjunction with your West Bank tour.

Day 5: Nile - Edfu Private Tour

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Movenpick Royal Lily – Deluxe Cabin B, L, D

Enjoy a privately guided exploration of the Temple of Edfu. This archaeological treasure beautifully dedicated to the falcon god Horus and built over a period of two thousand years. The inner walls of the building reveal the mysterious legends of Horus, born upon the death of his father, Osiris, the god of the underworld who was killed by his brother, Seth. The much beloved goddess Isis brought Horus into life from a piece of Osiris’ flesh. Horus later battled Seth and won the battle but lost an eye in the process. Hence, the eye of Horus has important religious symbolism in ancient Egyptian mythology. The Temple of Edfu was abandoned as a religious monument following Theodosius I edict banning non-Christian worship within the Roman Empire. Many of the temple's carved reliefs were destroyed in the process. The blackened ceiling of the hypostyle hall, visible today, is believed to be the result of arson intended to destroy religious imagery.

Nile - Kom Ombo Private Tour

Continue to the Temple of Kom Ombo, remarkable for its double design. As you walk through the temple complex, notice that the courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms are duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world. The northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder. A few of the three hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed in The Crocodile Museum. Make sure to visit the strange instruments resembling surgical tools, located in the southeast corner of the complex!

Day 6: Aswan - High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Movenpick Royal Lily – Deluxe Cabin B, L, D

Explore Aswan with a stop at the High Dam, a modern architectural project containing more than 18 times the material used to build the Great Pyramid of Khufu! From a pavilion perched over the enormous rock and clay dam, you can admire the Temple of Kalabsha and one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, the impressive Lake Nasser. Continue to the Unfinished Obelisk, which was ordered by the longest reigning female pharaoh, Hatshepsut, who ruled for over 22 years. The Obelisk was carved out of bedrock, but it was quickly abandoned when large latent cracks were discovered on either side. This abandoned monument gives great insight into the stone-cutting techniques and tools used by the skilled ancient Egyptian workers. Continue to the fascinating Temple of Philae, moved to the Island of Agilkia after the waters of Lake Nasser flooded its original location. Dedicated to the greatly-revered goddess Isis, the Temple attracted thousands of pilgrims yearly during ancient times. Now encircled by crystal blue waters and adorned with lush foliage, the Temple will reveal the secrets of a bygone era.

Aswan - Kitchener Island by Felucca & Botanical Garden

Explore Aswan by traditional felucca and sail to Kitchener Island. Take a stroll through the peaceful gardens that display an array of colorful species of plants and trees. Visit the botanical gardens and learn about plants that have been imported from the most remote and exotic places in the world.

Day 7: Aswan - Airport Transfer (Depart)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Kempinski Nile Hotel – Nile Superior Room

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from your accommodations to the airport.

Flight: Aswan - Cairo (1.5 hr)

Flight from Aswan to Cairo. Duration is 1.5 hours. Flight times TBD.

Cairo - Airport Transfer (Arrival)

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the Airport to your hotel for overnight.

Egyptian Museum Private Tour (Lunch Included)

Today your private tour of the Egyptian Museum awaits. Built in 1891, The Egyptian Antiquities Museum is the second most visited attraction in Cairo. From the prehistoric era to the Greco-Roman period and housing more than 165,000 artifacts, the museum is home to the famous collection of King Tutankhamun and the Royal Mummies. Lose yourself in the many rooms and galleries where history is yours to discover. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Citadel Restaurant in Al Azhar Park.

Cairo by Night (Dinner Included)

Begin your evening with a walking tour of Old Cairo City and El Moez Le Din Allah Street, which has an array of historical monuments spread along both sides of the street. Explore the stalls and passageways of the 600-year old Khan Khalili bazaar and enjoy a traditional Egyptian dinner in the famous Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant where quality and taste will fill your senses.

Day 8: Cairo - Airport Transfer (Depart)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: W Amman – Wonderful Room

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from your accommodations to the airport.

Flight: Cairo - Amman (1 hr, 15 min)

Flight from Cairo to Amman. Duration is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Amman – Airport Assistance & Visa Service

Welcome to Amman International Airport (also called Queen Alia). An Airport representative awaits your arrival holding a sign with your name printed on it, assisting you through the visa process (included) & luggage identification before introducing you to your Travelous representative & private English-speaking driver who will be on call throughout your entire stay.

A Jordanian Tourism Tax will be paid on your behalf upon entering the country to cover public liability insurance on equipment such as jeeps, camels and horses.

Amman - Airport Transfer (Arrival)

Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the Airport to your hotel for overnight.

Amman by Night

In the early evening, your driver will take you downtown for a walking tour of the old city Amman. You will get to mix with locals, eat Arabic Sweets (Knafeh), and drink fruit cocktails at a famous stand. Return transfer provided.

Day 9: Jerash Tour (Lunch Included)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Movenpick Petra - Superior Room

Transfer to Jerash - one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. The ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities known as the Decapolis League. Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal Roman urbanism, comprising of paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares, piazzas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates. Lunch at the Lebanese House Restaurant is included with this half day tour.

Transport: Amman – Petra (3 hrs)

Transfer in private vehicle from Amman to Petra. Driving time is 3 hours.

Petra by Night

To visit Petra during daylight is awe-inspiring, to experience it by the light of 1,800 candles is truly an out-of-this-world experience! Walk through the Siq to the Khazneh, following a candle-lit path and enjoy the haunting music of the Bedouin at the Treasury. Tours start at 8.30pm and operates every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Day 10: Petra Day Tour (Lunch Included)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Suncity Camp Wadi Rum – Martian Dome

Petra is Jordan's most valuable treasured tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the rock face by the Nabateans; an industrious Arab people who settled more than 2000 years ago. It was turned into an important junction for the silk, spice, and other trades linked to China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.

Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge over 1 kilometer in length, with 80-meter-high cliffs on each side. The colors and formations of the rocks are dazzling. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury). A massive facade carved out of the sheer, dusky pink, rock-face, dwarfing everything around it. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabatean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people.

As you enter the Petra valley you will see hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings - unlike the houses which were destroyed mostly by earthquakes. The tombs were carved to last throughout the afterlife, you can find 500 still existing. Here, also is a massive Nabatean-built, Roman-style theatre, seating 3,000 people. There are obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars, colonnaded streets, and the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery overlooking the valley - a flight of 800 rock cut steps will take you there. Lunch will be served at Basin Restaurant inside the Petra site.

Transport: Petra – Wadi Rum (1.5 hrs)

Transfer in private vehicle from Petra to Wadi Rum. Driving time is approximatly 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Also known as the 'Valley of the Moon', the Wadi Rum Reserve is a timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces.  The weather and winds have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as "vast, echoing and god-like". A maze of monolithic rock rise from the desert floor to heights of 1,750 meters. Ideal for hiking, rock climbing and desert trekking, one can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces, explore the canyons and water holes. Discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and many other spectacular treasures this wilderness holds within.

Sunset Wadi Rum Jeep Tour

Explore this vast terrain with your private 4x4 Closed Top jeep safari inside Wadi Rum including the Lawrence Spring, and Khazalee mountain (duration is 2 hrs).

Day 11: Madaba City & Mt. Nebo Tour (Lunch Included)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Dead Sea - Ishtar Superior Room

Welcome to Madaba. Best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, Madaba is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly colored local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. The Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 square meters, only a quarter of which is preserved.

Continue to visit Mount Nebo, the mountaintop memorial of Moses with captivating views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and The River Jordan. A small Byzantine church was built there by the early Christians, which has been expanded into a vast complex.

Day 12: Bethany Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Dead Sea - Ishtar Superior Room

Head to the lowest point on earth - the Dead Sea. Visit the site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany - Beyond the Jordan. Known from the Bible (John 1:28 and 10:40), Byzantine and medieval texts as the Baptismal site of Jesus Christ, Bethany is located on the east bank of the Jordan River, and is being systematically surveyed, excavated, restored, and prepared to receive pilgrims and visitors.

Dead Sea – Afternoon at Leisure

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure in the Dead Sea.

Day 13: Dead Sea -Airport Transfer (Depart)

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to Amman Airport for your flight home. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you in Jordan again soon. Stay Travelous!

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Meals Included:

11 Breakfast, 10 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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