Camel and Pyramids

EGYPT WITH NILE CRUISE &  JORDAN

Escorted by Shelley     October 26-November 10, 2023

15 Day with River Cruise Cairo to Dead Sea

Take an extraordinary journey on this escorted tour of Egypt, beginning and ending in Cairo, followed by a 5-night stay in Jordan. Begin with a 3-night stay in Cairo—called the “Mother of the World”—to explore the legendary sites you’ve dreamed of seeing. Stand before the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza; Sakkara’s tombs of the kings, and a mesmerizing evening light show at the pyramids. Survey King Tut’s treasures at the Egyptian Museum; visit Saladin’s 12th-century citadel behind the walls of Old Cairo; and visit Coptic Cairo, where the Holy Family sought refuge, and home to Cairo’s oldest Jewish synagogue. Fly from Cairo to Luxor and see the stunning of Luxor and Karnak. Walk among the pillars the colossal Temple of Amun Ra and along the Avenue of the Sphinxes.

Embark on a luxury cruise on the Nile River to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens and see the site where 62 tombs have been discovered so far, including the intact tomb of King Tutankhamun. In Edfu, visit the temple to the falcon god, Horus; and take a walk to the bluff-top temples of Horus and the crocodile god, Sobek-Ra, in beautiful Kom Ombo. Enjoy a presentation by an expert Egyptologist while sailing to Aswan. There, board a Felucca (traditional wooden sailing boat) to visit Kitchener Island’s botanical gardens and the grand mausoleum of Aga Khan. Disembark your Nile River cruise through Egypt for two nights in Cairo. Take an excursion to the granite quarries that supplied ancient Egypt with the stones that built the pyramids. See the famous unfinished obelisk remaining there. Visit the gigantic Aswan High Dam and board a motor launch to the island of Agilika—home of the Temple of Isis. You’ll also tour the world’s widest open-air museum, take a scenic cruise on a feculla boat, and tour the city by night for an unforgettable experience.

Your adventure continues when our group turns private/custom for 5 nights in Jordan, with a flight from Cairo to Amman. Spend one night in Petra followed by a special treat....jeep safari followed by Luxury tent stay in Wadi Rum! Enjoy superior accommodations, transportation, and guided sightseeing with expert Local Guides to see the red city of Petra, Roman ruins of Amman, the ruins of Jerash, and the Dead Sea.

Day by Day Itinerary:

October 27, 2023 fly to Cairo

 

Day 1

CAIRO, EGYPT

Welcome to Cairo, “Mother of the World”  Welcome dinner.

 Day 2

CAIRO  Desert Sands and Secrets of the Sphinx 

This morning take a close-up look at one of the World’s Seven Wonders and guardian of the great pyramids, the enigmatic Sphinx, and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built, and of course enjoy the visit to the newly discovered the Sun Boats.

 

Afterwards, enjoy free time for lunch in a local restaurant.

 

Drive to Sakkara, a vast desert necropolis built for kings and nobles, and its “Stairway to the Sky,” the oldest of all pyramids. Also admire the special tomb of Mary Roca and the Step Pyramid.

 

A Guided Excursion to the pyramids this evening features a Sound and Light Show complete with historical stories and secrets of the Sphinx.

Breakfast

Day 3

CAIRO    Ancient Cairo, a Boy King, and the Christ Child

Enjoy a guided visit to the now-famous Tahrir Square and visit the Egyptian Museum*. Peruse King Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures and many other priceless artifacts of ancient Egypt.

Drive to walled city of Old Cairo, with Saladin’s 12th-century citadel, and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali.

Drive to “Coptic Cairo” to see the Hanging Church where the Virgin Mary and Jesus sought refuge while in Egypt. Walk to see Cairo’s oldest Jewish synagogue, founded in the 9th century. 

Breakfast

  • *Note:  Upon its opening, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will replace Cairo’s Egyptian Museum for this itinerary.

Day 4

CAIRO–LUXOR (EMBARKATION)     The World’s Greatest Open-Air Museum

Fly 300 miles up the Nile Valley to Luxor to embark on your Nile River cruise.

See the stunning monuments of Luxor and Karnak, ancient cities whose combined populations swelled to more than one million. Walk among the pillars of the colossal Temple of Amun Ra and along the Avenue of the Sphinxes for an experience you will treasure for a lifetime.

Consider an Optional Guided Excursion to enjoy the sound and light show in Karnak Temple.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LUXOR

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

LUXOR–ESNA     Royal Resting Places of Kings and Queens

 

Venture to the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens on the west bank of the Nile where generations of pharaohs and nobles were entombed in cliffside crypts. See where 62 royal tombs have thus far been discovered, of which one was virtually intact—the splendid tomb of Tutankhamun discovered in 1922.

Visit Deir El-Bahri, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple. Stop for pictures at the two Colossi of Memnon guarding the valleys.

This evening enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN EDFU

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

EDFU–KOM OMBO   Egyptian Gods of the River and Sky

This morning visit the Temple of Horus with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god.

Enjoy beautiful Kom Ombo for a short walk to its bluff-top twin temples. The right side is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra, while the left side is dedicated to the falcon god Horus.

Enjoy a leisurely sail to Aswan.


Tonight, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

Enjoy an exclusive lecture on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOM OMBO

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

ASWAN   Temples from Above and Islands Below

(This morning, consider a Guided optional Excursion with a flight over the huge massive sandstone temples of Abu Simbel (weather permitting)).

Board a Felucca (traditional wooden sailing boat) and cross the blue waters of the Nile. En route, see the ancient water measurement system, “Nilometer,” on the Nile’s Elephantine Island. Visit Kitchener Island’s lush Botanical Gardens and the splendid Aga Khan Mausoleum on the left bank.

Join an Optional Excursion to the Sound and Light show in Philae Temple.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ASWAN

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

ASWAN (DISEMBARKATION)–CAIRO   Work in Progress & the Goddess Isis

Join a Guided Sightseeing Excursion at to explore the Granite Quarries that supplied ancient Egypt with its hard stones for the pyramids in Giza. See the famous unfinished obelisk, still remaining in the quarry.

Visit the gigantic Aswan High Dam, completed in 1970. Board a motor launch to the island of Agilika between the two dams. Visit the Temple Of Isis, which was dismantled from the submerged island of Philae and reassembled here.

Board your flight back to Cairo later today, and consider attending an Optional Dinner Cruise on the Nile to celebrate your Egyptian adventure.

Breakfast

Day 9

CAIRO    Amazing Palaces and Marketplace Mazes

Enjoy a special tour of the world’s widest open-air museum to admire palaces and mosques. Browse the maze of shops in the vast labyrinths of the Khan al Khali Souk bazaar and Medieval alleyways.

Take in a full panoramic view of Cairo from the Nile River—on board a traditional wooden sailing vessel (Felucca).

Discover Cairo by night on an orientation tour in the old city.

Breakfast

Day 10

Cairo-Amman:Fly to Amman; Welcome to Jordan!

Meet your Tour Director at the Airport

Dinner at your hotel this evening    (D)

Day 11– AMMAN – PETRA
Sightseeing at Madaba including St. George’s Church
Visit Mt. Nebo including stops for photo opportunities
Group lunch
Kerak with entrance to the Castel
Petra by Night Tour!
(B,L)

Day 12– PETRA

After breakfast meet your local guide for a full day tour of Petra including Horse Ride.   Lunch at a local restaurant
Dinner at the hotel 
(B,L,D)

Day 13 – PETRA – WADI RUM 

Coach to Wadi Rum  Lunch in the Desert

Jeep Desert Safari!

Visit the Bethany site, including Bethany beyond the Jordan, Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal  Mar-Elias (Elijah’s Hill) and the area of the churches of Saint John the Baptist near the river 

Continue to Aicha Luxury Camp for dinner*

Overnight at the Luxury Camp (B,L,D)

*Please note: Aicha Luxury Camp does not serve alcoholic drinks. Two soft drinks, including mineral water are included with dinner this evening.

Day 14 – WADI RUM – DEAD SEA

Depart for the Dead Sea after breakfast at the CampAfter hotel check in, balance of your day is at leisure 

Dinner at the hotel   (B,D)

Day 15 – DEAD SEA. EXCURSION TO JERASH. DEPART AMMAN, JORDAN

Day trip to Jerash  

Return to Amman for dinner

Group transfer to the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman(B,D)

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Luxury Camp Wadi Rum!
Junior tent

This is a mixed group. Group maximum of 20 people.  SOLD OUT, TAKING WAITLIST

Tour only pricing:

7990.00 per person double occupancy. Single add 2327.00

* international flights are not included and will be booked in 2023.

- Upgrade to Luxury dome tent 51.00 per person double, 73.00 single (subject to availability)

 

Booking information:

Travel insurance is not included and highly recommended for cancellation and out of country medical.

A valid Canadian passport valid for 6 months past date of return is required.

The tourist visa for Egypt will be included.

A non-refundable deposit of 500.00 as well as non-refundable 100.00+gst booking fee per person is required upon booking. Credit card will be taken over the phone once you are confirmed. A second deposit of 550.00 will be required April 2023.

Final payment will be due July 2023

(International flights will have to be purchased before that time).

* Please note: itinerary and accommodations can change without notice. 

Contact info:

shelley@funseekers.ca

204-663-9974