Egypt and Jordan
Day 1 Cairo
We will gather for our get-acquainted meeting in our Cairo hotel and have dinner together.
Oasis Hotel (3 nights)
Day 2 Cairo
Egyptian Museum; Pyramids
This morning will start with a visit to the magnificent Egyptian Museum. This collection boasts an astonishing array of archaeological finds including the exquisite riches of Tutankhamun. After lunch together we drive to Giza to explore the mysteries of the Great Pyramids and the mighty Sphinx, with plenty of photo opportunities as sunset approaches.
Day 3 Cairo
Khan el Khalili; Wikala al-Ghouri
Today we begin with the Citadel of Saladin and Mohamed Ali Mosque. In the afternoon we’ll visit Islamic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest. We’ll explore the Al Attarin spice and El Sagha gold markets, have free time for shopping, and take a break for tea at the iconic Feshawi Café. We finish with Wikala al-Ghouri, a 16th century merchant inn built by a Mamluk sultan. Additionally, if time allows, we’ll pop into another of Cairo’s impressive mosques.
Day 4 Luxor
An early morning departure brings us to Dahshur where we will see the unique Red and Bent Pyramids. They are among the largest and most accessible in Egypt but attract fewer visitors and are therefore less chaotic than those at Giza. Later we transfer to the airport for a short flight to Luxor. Upon arrival we will be taken to our hotel.
Luxor Hotel (1 night)
Day 5 Nile Cruise
Valley of Kings; Valley of Queens
After breakfast, we transfer to our 5-Star Cruise boat, our home for the next 4 nights. Sight seeing today begins with a visit the Valley of the Kings including several famous tombs and Hatshepsut Temple. In the afternoon our goal is the Valley of the Queens, including the Tomb of Amunherkhepshef (if open). We’ll finish with mighty Madinat Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. [Note: The many temples, tombs, and monuments of the West Bank are constantly being restored leading to sporadic closures. Specific sites are not guaranteed. Imprint will endeavor to arrange visits to the most significant and interesting sites available at the time of our visit.]
Dolphin 5-Star Cruise (4 nights)
Day 6 Nile Cruise
This morning we visit mighty Karnak Temple, greatest on the Nile. At the end of our morning we’ll partake in a city tour by Horse Carriage. After lunch on board we begin our relaxing sail up the Nile.
Day 7 Nile Cruise
After breakfast on board, we will enjoy a visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu, the best preserved temple on the Nile. Then we sail on to Kom-Ombo to visit the unique double temple, dedicated to both Horus the falcon god and Sobek the crocodile god. The rest of the day is a beautiful sail to the garden city of Aswan.
Day 8 Nile Cruise
Falucca; Nubian village
Today is our day on the Nile. Traveling by felucca (traditional Nile sailing boat), we’ll explore Elephantine Island and the lovely views in and around Aswan. At mid-day we’ll visit a Nubian Village. We’ll learn about the contemporary lives of the Nubian people and enjoy lunch in a Nubian home.
Day 9 Abu Simbel
Sound & Light show; Nubian dinner/dance
Our morning is scheduled for continued sightseeing in Aswan. We might visit Aswan Dam, the unfinished Obelisk, or possibly a last sail on a felucca. Then its on across the desert to Abu Simbel. Late this afternoon we’ll visit the magnificent temples of Ramses II and his Queen Nefertari. These temples received global attention in 1968 when they were completely dismantled and relocated to avoid inundation. This evening we’ll enjoy Egypt’s best Sound & Light Show and a Nubian dinner, accompanied by traditional Nubian music.
Nefertari Hotel (1 night)
Day 10 Cairo
This morning we transfer to Abu Simbel airport for our flight to Cairo (via Aswan). The ambitious among us have the option of sunrise at the temples before our departure. We have some free hours between flights in Aswan so we have arranged a relaxing visit to the venerable Cataract Hotel, with its unparalleled Nile views. Upon arrival in Cairo we will check into our hotel for some rest and relaxation.
La Passage Hotel (1 night)
Day 11 Petra, Jordan
Our day begins with a transfer to Cairo airport for our flight to Amman. Upon arrival at Queen Alia airport we'll be met by our Jordanian guide who will assist us through immigration and customs, and escort us to the Dead Sea. In the afternoon we will continue our journey south to Petra. For those interested, there is an optional night visit available. Walk the siq by candlelight and emerge to find the space before the iconic Treasury filled with hundreds of oil lamps.
Petra Guest House (2 nights)
Day 12 Petra
This entire day is dedicated to exploring the lost Nabtean city of Petra. The morning starts with a journey through the fabled SIQ, the deep and narrow sandstone cleft which opens to reveal the iconic Treasury. The day continues with our exploration of ancient Temples, Royal Tombs, a Roman theater, houses, and more.
Day 13 Amman
Tour over today. Included transfer to Amman or Amman airport for flight home. Please note, we will not arrive back in Amman until early to mid afternoon.
12 nights accommodation; All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 9 lunches; All tour transport (bus, plane); All tips (tour leader, escort, local guides, drivers, group meals, hotel & cruise staffs); Full-time services of professional Egyptian/Jordanian tour leader and Imprint escort; All entrances: Egyptian Museum, Great Pyramids & Sphinx, Wikala al-Ghouri, Red and Bent Pyramids, Valley of the Kings sights, Valley of the Queens sights, Hatshepsut Temple, Madinat Habu, Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple, Edfu, Kom-Ombo, Abu Simbel ; All activities: Tea at Feshawi Café, Horse Carriage Ride, Khan-el-Kalili bazaar, Nubian village visit/lunch, Nubian dinner/music, and more
Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks, free-time sightseeing & meals, expenditures of a personal nature, and flight baggage overage fees.