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THE PYARMIDS & ST. CATHERINE TO PETRA
visited: Egypt & Jordan
Egypt & Jordan, half of the world’s history has
its origin. However, for whatever reason, a combination
of the two civilizations centres in one journey has hardly
been offered. This 15-day journey traces the historical
routes of the Exodus, the trade routes from the times of
well as covers the wonders of the pyramids and sphinx,
the treasures of ancient Egypt, which we discover as we
the Nile, Mount Sinai and it’s famous St Catherine,
Wadi Rum, Petra and Amman.
This then will be a historical journey into history!
Catherine / Aqaba (Ferry) - JORDAN
/ Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum / Petra / Amman
World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World
since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan-city, situated
between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads
between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built,
half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains
riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world's
most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions
blend with Hellenistic architecture.
and its Necropolis - the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt has some extraordinary
funerary monuments, including rock tombs, ornate mastabas,
temples and pyramids. In ancient times, the site was considered
one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Thebes with its Necropolis (1979)
the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during
the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. With the temples
and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, and the necropolises of
the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, Thebes
is a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height.
away amid the modern urban area of Cairo lies one of the
world's oldest Islamic cities, with its famous mosques, madrasas,
hammams and fountains. Founded in the 10th century, it became
the new centre of the Islamic world, reaching its golden
age in the 14th century.
Catherine Area (2002)
Orthodox Monastery of St Catherine stands at the foot of
the Mount Horeb of the Old Testament, where Moses received
the Tablets of the Law. The mountain is known and revered
by Muslims as Jebel Musa. The entire area is sacred to three
world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The Monastery,
founded in the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery
still in use for its initial function. Its walls and buildings
are very significant in the study of Byzantine architecture
and the Monastery houses outstanding collections of early
Christian manuscripts and icons. The rugged mountainous landscape,
containing numerous archaeological and religious sites and
monuments, forms a perfect backdrop for the Monastery.
1 (WED): Arrive Cairo (EGYPT)
Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome in Arabic. We are warmly received
at Cairo Airport and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Safir Hotel (1 night)
Day 2 (THU): Cairo/Aswan (Overnight train)
This is a day to go back in time, starting with a visit to
the most famous of the Egyptian sphinxes, the Great Sphinx
of Giza, followed by the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops).
Completed around 2600 BC, this pyramid was 146m (478ft) high
and consisted of over 2 million limestone blocks weighing
over 2 tons each. We the visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiques.
The Museum houses the world's greatest collection of Ancient
Egyptian artifacts, including 12 rooms filled with golden
treasures from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutenkhamun.
Transfer to the train station for an overnight train
ride to Aswan.
Overnight: On board the train (1 night) (B, D)
Day 3 (FRI): Arrive Aswan
Morning arrival in Aswan where we are warmly received and
transferred to your boat, home for the next three nights.
This is also a day for those who may want to take an optional
flight excursion to Abu Simbel to see the temples of Ramses
II and Queen Nefertari. Visits in Aswan include the famous
and monumental Aswan High Dam and the romantic and majestic
Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka then sail to Kom Ombo
to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god
Sobek. It stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times
sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Continue
Overnight: M/S Sherry Nile Cruise (3 nights) (B, L,
Day 4 (SAT): Nile Cruise
Morning we will be visiting the well-preserved Greek built
Temple of Horus. This temple, built during the reigns of six
generations of Ptolemy’s, is not only the best-preserved
ancient temple in Egypt, but also the second largest after
Karnak. We then sail to Esna. Cross the lock and continue
to Luxor. (B, L, D)
Day 5 (SUN): Nile Cruise
We begin our day with a visit to the West Bank of Luxor to
explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where
magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, richly
decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations
of pharaohs. Our visit will also includes Queen Hatshepsut
Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. (B, L, D)
Day 6 (MON): Luxor / Sharm-el-Sheik (Flight)
After breakfast we disembark from our cruise ship and visit
the Karnak and Luxor Temples. The ancient Egyptians knew the
Temple of Karnak as Ipet-isut. It is a city of temples built
over 2000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amon,
Mut and Khonsu. This derelict place continues to overshadow
many of the wonders of the modern world. It is the mother
of all religious buildings and a place of pilgrimage for nearly
4,000 years. Luxor Temple was connected to Karnak Temple by
an avenue of sphinxes in ancient times. Unlike Karnak, Luxor
is mainly the work of one pharaoh - Amenhotep III, and was
added to by Tutankhamun, Horemheb, Ramses II and Alexander
the Great. During Akhenaten’s reign, all religion other
than the worship of Aten was rejected and development at Luxor
stopped. When Akhenaten died, the old religions returned,
along with the priests, so the temple began to expand again.
After the tour we are transferred to the airport for a flight
to Sharm via Cairo. Meet & transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Sheraton Sharm Hotel (2 nights) (B, L)
Day 7 (TUE): Sharm-el-Sheik
Sharm is world renowned for its beautiful beaches and offers
several sea sports that one can enjoy or sunbathe. The day
is free to enjoy the surroundings or just simply rest from
the previous full touring day. (B, D)
Day 8 (WED): Sharm-el-Sheik / St. Catherine (Drive)
(Drive 220 kms / 138 miles)
This afternoon we drive to the Sinai desert to prepare for
our ascend on the historical and holy site of St Catherine.
Overnight: Wadi El Rha Hotel (1 night) (B, D)
Day 9 (THU): St. Catherine/Aqaba (Ferry) -JORDAN
A pre dawn climb on the biblical Mountain of Moses. The feeling
to stand on the spot where Moses is reputed to have received
the Ten Commandments, with spectacular sunrise view of the
Sinai, is something that cannot be described but has to be
experienced. After descending, we have breakfast at a local
hotel before visiting yet another historical place –
the St. Catherine’s Monastery, constructed on order
of Emperor Justinian in the area of what is believed to be
Moses' Burning Bush. Drive to Nuweiba to have lunch then transfer
to the pier to catch the speed ferry to Aqaba in Jordan. Meet
& transfer to our hotel.
Overnight: Aqaba Gulf Hotel (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 10 (FRI): Aqaba
Aqaba, the most southern port of Jordan on the Red Sea is
full of life and activity. It is a place for sea cruising,
sea food, bazaars and souqs. This day is free to catch up
for the long previous day. (B, D)
Day 11: Aqaba / Wadi Rum (Drive 42 kms / 26 miles)
A brief tour of Aqaba before heading northwards to Wadi Rum.
We change vehicles and get into our 4X4’s open top jeeps
and take an adventurous ride visiting the Wadi Um Eshreen,
the Moving Sand, Al Khazali, Abu Aineh and Rum Mountain. We
see the trail of Lawrence and the famous Red Mountains. This
is the scene of any desert at it’s best. This evening
enjoy a BBQ dinner while gazing stars under the breathtaking
Overnight: Jabal Rum Camp (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 12: Wadi Rum / Petra / Amman (Drive 240 kms /
A magnificent days ahead as we continue to the pink city of
Petra to visit its many sites. This city was carved into the
rose-red Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans and lost to Civilization
until re-discovered by the Swiss Burkhardt. Walk through the
Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, to reach
the Treasury, the Roman Theater, the Courts, Qasr Bint Pharaoun,
Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments. A break for
optional lunch, or you may wish to climb up to the Monastery.
Continue to Amman.
Overnight: Ramada Hotel, Amman (3 nights) (B, D)
Day 13: Amman
This morning head out to the vist the Desert Castles of Harraned,
Qasar Amra and Azraq. Then drive down to the lowest spot on
earth and experience floating in the waters of the Dead Sea.
Late afternoon we return to Amman. Evening free to loiter
through the different bazaars in Amman. (B, D)
Day 14 (TUE): Amman
Amman, the capital of Jordan, offers both the old and new.
Our day tour starts with a visit first to see the Roman Amphitheater
followed by the Citadel, the Archeological Museum, the beautiful
King Abdullah Mosque. We then spend time at the local souq
and also visit the newly built high-class area of Abdoun.
We then go out of town to see the huge site at Jerash where
we also cover the Triumphal Arch, the Hippodrome, the Temple
of Zeus and the Forum, the mile long street of Columns, the
Nymphaeum, the Temple of Airtimes and the Viaduct Church.
15: (WED): Depart Amman
After a journey into antiquity and Biblical times, we bid
farewell as we are transferred to the airport for our departure
flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)
High season supplement surcharges of US$ 560.00 per person for traveling between Dec 10/2015 - Jan 07/2016, Mar 23/2016 – Apr 06/2016 and Dec 07/2016 – Jan 04/2017. Plus compulsory Christmas & New Year Gala dinners at hotels (TBA at the time of booking)
Price Does Not Include:
mentioned or similar including taxes
as mentioned (B=Breakfast
sightseeing and transfers
of local English speaking guide & driver in Egypt.
While in Jordan driver cum guide with local English speaking
guide in Petra & Jerash.
fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
fees into the Pyramids, the visit to the Solar Boat Museum,
the Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum, entrance into
Tout Ankh Amoun & Ramses the 6th Tomb in the Valley
of Kings & the Outdoor Museum at Karnak Temple
/ Regional Airfare INCLUDED in Tour Price
/ Aswan & Luxor /
International Airfare (not
included in tour price)
note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 and a maximum
of 08 participants.
Dates / Customized Itinerary / Languages
In addition to our set programs we are also pleased
to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your
Customized tours can be conducted in English, French,
German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted
in the designated language only.
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years in small group journeys