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Jordan & Egypt
Combine two fascinating countries rich in history with this trip to Jordan and Egypt. In Jordan explore the ancient Nabatean kingdom. Discover the incomparable Petra, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Cross the famous desert of Wadi Rum in a 4x4 and relax as you float on the waters of the Dead Sea. Next, gaze at the Great Pyramid enjoy a 4-night cruise on the River Nile.
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Arrive at your UK departure airport to board the flight to Amman. Arrive at Amman Airport and transfer to your hotel. Amman is the modern capital of Jordan but possesses dozens of ancient historical sites, all set in the north of Jordan on a hillside. Dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set of for Madaba to visit the Church of San Jorge where you can admire a mosaic made in the year 560, which represents the oldest known map of the Holy Land. Continue towards Mount Nebo, the place where Moses is thought to have first sighting "the Promised Land". Enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea and visit the remains of the Byzantine Church with its beautiful mosaics. Head to Shobak Castle, located on the side of a mountain, it was built by King Baudouin I of Jerusalem to keep watch over the route between Egypt and Damascus. Arrival in iconic Petra, for dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a full day visiting the famed Nabatean capital of Petra. During the visit tour the most important and representative monuments sculpted in the rock by this ancient civilization. Admire the Treasury, the famous and most internationally recognised monument, as seen in one of the Indiana Jones films, the Colored Tombs and the Royal Tombs, and get to know more about life here in ancient times. Petra is one of those places in the world that you must visit at least once in your life. At the end of the visit, in the afternoon, return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Head off to a place known as "Little Petra", located north of Petra. A narrow gorge of 2 m. wide adorned with typical Nabatean architecture makes this visit unique and incomparable. It was inhabited by the Nabateans and has many tombs, water tanks and riverbeds. Next, head to Wadi Rum, the desert made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. Take a 4x4 excursion on the lunar-like landscape for an unforgettable experience. Dinner under the stars and overnight at the camp in Wadi Rum.
Breakfast at the camp. At the indicated time, return to Amman and spend the rest of the day at your leisure, soaking up the culture and atmosphere. Dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a tour of the city of Amman. Walk along the most iconic avenues, visit the Ciudadela, the urban center and the Roman Theater. Next, continue north to Jerash, one of the cities of Decapolis. See the Arc de Triomphe, the Oval Square, the Cardo, the Colonnade, the Temple of Aphrodite and finally, the Roman Theater, which is famed for its wonderful acoustics. Move on to visit Ajloun Castle, a fortress built in 1185 and rebuilt in the 13th century by the Mamluks after their destruction by the Mongols. This castle, from the time of the Crusaders, is located at the top of the mountain so be sure to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views. Return to Amman, dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to the east of the city, to visit some of the most astounding Desert Castles: These castles, constructed from the seventh to the eleventh centuries, were used as Caravans, others as rest pavilions and some of them as military forts for the defence of the territory. Next get ready to visit the amazing Dead Sea. The lowest point on earth, located 400 meters below sea level. It is famed for its high salt content, so if you have the opportunity to bathe in the waters you will be amazed by how buoyant the waters are. Return to Amman and be transfered to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Tranfers to the hotel in Cairo and overnight stay.
Breakfast included. Half day visit to the Great Pyramids, one of the wonders of the world and home to fascinating history and mystery. Wonder at the sheer size of these structures and discover their hidden secrets and some of the theories behind their construction. Also, visit the enigmatic Sphinx for fabulous photo opportunities and a glimpse into the ancient Egyptian past. Overnight stay.
Breakfast included. Be transferred to Cairo airport to take the flight to Luxor. Arrival in Luxor. Transfer to the boat and get comfortable in your cabin, ready for your river cruiser down the mighty Nile. Visit the temples of Karnak and Luxor, which are part of the most important monumental complex in Egypt, built over two thousand years ago. Lunch and dinner included. Night on board.
Full board included. Today enjoy a tour of the famous Valley of the Kings and the surrounding sights. Visit the Theban Necropolis, including the famous Valley of the Kings, the panoramic view of the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Deir Al Bahari, unique for its large stepped terraces, the temple of Medinet Habu of Ramses III and the Colossi of Memnon, which kept the entrance to the funerary temple of King Amenophis III. Sail towards Edfu crossing and the Esna lock. Night on board.
Full board included. Today, visit the amazing Edfu Temple. This temple is dedicated to the God Hawk Horus and is the best preserved in Egypt as well as being the second largest in the country. Continue to Kom Ombo. In Kom Ombo, you will also visit the Nilometer, used by the ancient Egyptians to measure the level of the Nile waters. After the visit, return to the ship and sail to Aswan. Night on board.
Full board included. Today, visit the High Dam; It is an enormous engineering work that holds the waters of the Nile River, creating Lake Nasser and visit the Red Granite Quarry, where the famous Unfinished Obelisk, forty-one metres high, and where you can see the ingenious procedure used by the ancient Egyptians for the extraction of granite blocks. In the afternoon there is a walk along the river in the typical fishing boats, called "feluccas". Night on board.
** We recommend the Abu Simbel optional excursion. Price per person: 100£
Breakfast on board. Be transferred to the airport to take a flight to Cairo. Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening discovering this bustling centre of Egyptian culture and tradition. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Be transferred to the airport. Check in for flight to the UK. Arrival in UK and end of trip.
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