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FROM THE PYARMIDS & ST. CATHERINE TO PETRA
Countries visited: Egypt & Jordan
Between 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 ever been offered. This 15-day journey traces the historical routes of the Exodus, the trade routes from the times of Moses as well as covers the wonders of the pyramids and sphinx, the treasures of ancient Egypt, which we discover as we cruise the Nile, Mount Sinai and it’s famous St Catherine, Wadi Rum, Petra and Amman.
This then will be a historical journey into history!


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Cairo (EGYPT)
02
Cairo / Aswan
03 Arrive Aswan
04
Nile Cruise
05
Nile Cruise
06
Luxor / Sharm-el-Sheik
07
Sharm-el-Sheik
08
Sharm-el-Sheik / St. Catherine
09
St. Catherine / Aqaba (Ferry) - JORDAN
10
Aqaba
11
Aqaba / Wadi Rum
12
Wadi Rum / Petra / Amman
13
Amman
14 Amman
15 Depart Amman

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

Jordan  
Petra (1985) Inhabited 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.
Egypt  
Memphis and its Necropolis - the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur (1979 The 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.
Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis (1979) Thebes, 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.
Islamic Cairo (1979) Tucked 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.
Saint Catherine Area (2002) The 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.
Detailed Itinerary

Day 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 to Edfu.
Overnight: M/S Sherry Nile Cruise (3 nights) (B, L, D)

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 desert sky.
Overnight: Jabal Rum Camp (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 12: Wadi Rum / Petra / Amman (Drive 240 kms / 149 miles)
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. (B, D)

Day 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)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016/2017
Every Wednesday


Prices
Departures Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016/2017 4960 785

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)

Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Accommodation/cruise mentioned or similar including taxes
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast
    L
    =Lunch D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers
  • Services of local English speaking guide & driver in Egypt. While in Jordan driver cum guide with local English speaking guide in Petra & Jerash.
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • Domestic air/ferry tickets
  • International Airfares
  • Border/Departure/Airport taxes
  • Insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Beverage/Tips
  • Entrance 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
Domestic / Regional Airfare INCLUDED in Tour Price
Cairo / Aswan & Luxor / Sharm-el-Sheik

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1200
West Coast US $ 1400
Please note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants.

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In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

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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