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13 Day Jordan & Egypt: Petra to the Pyramids, Small Group!

Explore the awe-inspiring wonders of ancient Jordan and Egypt on this 13-day journey from the Dead Sea to Cairo

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Departure Date

Oct 14, 2022

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Oberoi Philae

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Overview

Explore biblical lands untouched by time from atop Mt. Nebo, at sandstone Petra, and in ancient Roman cities surrounding Jordan’s Dead Sea shores. Sail up the River Nile on a journey that spans 5,000 years of history in the world’s oldest civilization. Visit pyramids, temples and tombs that speak volumes about the lives of Egyptian kings and queens, traveling by felucca, camel and small boat to places immortal and intriguing. And indulge in modern-day luxuries, enriched by the past, at premier hotels and resorts with views of the iconic sites you’ve dreamed of seeing.

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  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A private tented dinner in the desert in Petra featuring traditional music and sword dancers
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – An after-hours private visit to the Valley of the Kings and King Tutankhamun’s tomb
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A lecture by a local expert on the social complexities of life in the region
  • Guided sightseeing to Jerash, Mt. Nebo and Madaba
  • Visit to a Nubian village in Aswan –– with tea
  • Optional dinner with a local Jordanian family at their home
  • TAUCK VALUE ALSO INCLUDES
  • A 4-night Nile River cruise with shore excursions to Egypt’s must-see sights
  • A 4x4 adventure in the lunar landscapes of Wadi Rum
  • A ride aboard a horse cart to the Temple of Horus at Edfu
  • A camel cart ride to the "lost" city of Petra
  • Guided exploration in Giza, including the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Solar Boat Museum
  • A 3-night stay in Cairo in rooms with pyramid views
  • Visit to the Old Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Private charter flight to and from Abu Simbel
  • On-Tour Air included (4 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 33 meals, gratuities to local guides, service charges, admission fees, taxes and porterage

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Itinerary

Enjoy this Cruise & Hotel deal from with onboard the beautiful Oberoi Philae. This journey departs on Oct 14, 2022 so don't miss out!

Day 1 Arrive Dead Sea

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea. A transfer is included from Amman airport to the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, a luxurious beachfront resort nestled on the shores of the ancient salt lake at the lowest point on Earth. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner tonight. Dinner included

Day 2 Dead Sea/Jerash

Set off on an excursion to Jerash, site of one of the best-preserved ancient Roman cities in the Middle East and a window to its past glory as an important imperial city. Your local guide shares expert insights about the sites you will see, including Roman temples, squares, arches, baths and Theatre, built to accommodate some 5000 spectators, and the meticulously restored North Theatre. After lunch at a restaurant in Khayl, drive through Amman back to your hotel; at a lecture at the hotel this evening, an expert on ecotourism offers insights on the social complexities of the region and what life is like for young Jordanians today. Dinner tonight is at your choice of selected restaurants. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 3 Dead Sea to Petra

Thousand of years of biblical history unfold today on a visit to Mt. Nebo where you will see the view Moses saw when he looked out over the Promised Land. Continue to Madaba for a visit to St. George Greek Orthodox Church where the remains of the oldest known map of the Holy Land, painstakingly assembled from more than a million pieces of coloured stone, cover the church floor. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and drive to the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, carved out of standstone cliffs around 6 BC, where your hotel is just steps away from the archaeological site. Dine with a local family this evening, or at your choice of restaurants at the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 4 The "Lost City" of Petra

Imagine riding aboard a camel cart through a hidden desert canyon that opens up to a magnificent red rose city dating back to the 1st century BC. Ancient master builders carved palaces, temples, tombs and more into the stone cliffs you will see here today. Picture yourself standing in awe at the 130-foot-high Khazneh, (The Treasury), intricately decorated with Corinthian capitals, friezes, statues and more, like Indiana Jones did in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Discover Royal Tombs, celebrating the achievements of the dead long gone and built high on the mountain side, and marvel at the ancient amphitheater with seating for more than 8,000 spectators, along with numerous temples sculpted in sandstone. Lunch at an onsite restaurant before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Join us tonight for a private tented dinner in the desert, enjoying a fruit-infused hubbly-bubbly smoke, music and dancing by a local troupe of sword dancers. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 5 Wadi Rum to Aswan

Take a morning excursion to the otherworldly landscapes of Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon for the lunar-like dunes and towering sandstone cliffs found here. Exploring by 4x4 vehicle with an option to ride a camel makes your visit unforgettable. Fly from Aqaba to Aswan, then drive to your hotel on the banks of the Nile, a Victorian palace once frequented by royalty, heads of state, and Agatha Christie. Dine tonight at 1902, the hotel's signature French restaurant, steeped in Moorish elegance. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 6 Abu Simbel/Embark Ship

Fly to the Nubian village of Abu Simbel for a locally guided visit to its massive temples cut into a solid rock cliff during the reign of Ramses II in the 1200s BC. The Great Temple stands 98 feet high with four seated colossi flanking the entrance and smaller statures depicting Ramses' conquered enemies lining up below. The smaller temple, some 40 feet high, is adorned by four colossi depicting Ramses and two of his queen Nefertari at a height of 32 feet. Fly back to Aswan, and pause for a photoshop at the Aswan High Dam. Arrive at your riverboat on the Nile; settle in, enjoy the afternoon, and dine aboard ship tonight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 7 Saint Simeon Monastery & Philae Temple

A full day of Egyptian exploration begins with a boat ride to Elephantine Island, followed by a visit to the ruins of Saint Simeaon Monastery, surrounded by sand and high walls, once housing some 300 monks in the 10th century. visit a Nubian village for an opportunity to discover an authentic taste of daily life - and local tea. Next, motorboat to Agilkia Island to see the sacred Temple of Isis at Philae, one of the last of the ancient temples built in the "classic" Egyptian style; when the Aswan dam was built, the temple complex was disassembled and rebuilt on Agilkia Island to save it from being lost underwater. End your day with a felucca cruise as the sun sets on the Nile; dine at leisure onboard the ship. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 8 Kom Ombo and The Temple of Horus

Cruise to Kom Ombo, where its unusual twin temples are just a short walk from your ship. Temple reliefs here feature a unique engraving thought to depict the first representation of medical and surgical instruments. After lunch and free time aboard the ship, ride a horse cart to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved temples in Egypt, with its roof still intact. It took 180 years for the temple to be built and during your guided visit you'll discover why. Massive statues of Horus as a falcon guard entrances and the reliefs on its interior walls relate the story of the birth of Horus and depict Ptolemaic rulers making offerings to the gods and destroying their enemies. Return to your ship for dinner and an evening at leisure. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 9 Explore the Valley of the Kings & Queens

Buried under the sand for more than 1,000 years, Luxor's Temple of Karnak is the largest complex of its time ever built, developed over a thousand years. Explore the site with an expert guide who shares insights about its history and construction, including the 134-colomned Great Hypostyle Hall. A locally guided visit to Luxor Temple, connected to Karnak by an avenue of sphinxes, and dating back to the 1300s BC, follows. Return to your Nile cruiser for lunch and an afternoon excursion to the Valley of the Queens with a visit to the beautiful tomb of Nefertari, the great wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II, where the hieroglyphics amaze. Continue to the Valley of the Kings for an after-hours private visit that includes entry to King Tutankhamun's tomb, renowned for the wealth of valuable antiquities it contained when it was discovered unopened in 1922. Return to your ship for dinner at leisure. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 10 Fly to Cairo & Visit the Temples of Saqqara

Disembark ship for an early flight to Cairo this morning, touching down late morning. In Tahrir Square, visit the Old Egyptian Museum and its vast collection of Egyptian antiquities. After lunch at a local restaurant, see the pyramids at Saqqara, site of the necropolis (burial ground) for the ancient capital of Memphis. The pyramids here include the Step Pyramid, the Bent Pyramid, and the Red Pyramid, magnificent examples of the early architecture of the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom. Visit the great tomb of Mereruka and its chambers covered in breathtaking bas-reliefs. Then check into your room at Marriott Mena House in Cairo, with views of the Great Pyramids of Giza, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 11 Pyramids of Giza

Drive to nearby Giza this morning for a guided tour of its storied pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Giza, the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, that have stood as defining symbols of Egypt for millennia. During your visit you will have a choice of entering one of the pyramids to see the carved stone chambers, tomb art and inscriptions that offer a glimpse in the lives of a long-vanished civilization - or riding a camel! See the most instantly recognizable statue in the world, crafted in limestone with the body of a lion and the head of a king - the Great Sphinx has been mysteriously reclining atop its Fiza plateau for more than 3,000 years, guarding still the unanswered secret of who built it and why. Your visit includes entry to the Solar Boat Museum, built to house a replica of the cedar ship that was unearthed next to the Great Pyramid by archaeologists more than 5,000 years after it was buried under the sand. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Breakfast included

Day 12 Treasures of Old Cairo

Located on the right bank of the River NIle, the historic district of Old Coptic Cairo predates its modern-day processor with sites that date back to the 6th century BC, including ones allegedly visited by the holy family of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus. A guided tour includes Roman ruins, Ben Exra Synagogue, ancient Coptic churches including St. Sergius and the Hanging Church, and your choice of the Al Rifai Mosque or the Sultan Hassan Mosque, a short drive away. Have lunch at a local restaurant in the Khan El Khalili Market, a bustling souk in the city's historic centre, and enjoy free time to experience the labyrinthine lanes of the colourful bazaar. Join us for a farewell reception and dinner at the hotel this evening. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 13 Journey

Tour ends: Cairo. Fly home anytime; hotel checkout time is noon. A transfer is included from Marriott Mena House to Cairo Airport. Allow three hours for flight check-in at the airport


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New bookings only. Fares are per person in the currency noted (CAD), based on double occupancy, are capacity controlled, subject to availability at the time of booking and may be withdrawn without notice. Optional supplier charges may apply and are not included. Amenities, if offered, are available for the first two in a stateroom only & based on double occupancy unless specifically stated otherwise.

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This deal was last updated on Apr 22, 2021.

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Expert Tips & Advice

Opt for late seating. Most cruise lines offer multiple dinner seatings. Pick the late seating because many of the excursions won't get you back in time for the early dinner seating.

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