Join our intimate group tour and discover the mysteries of the Middle East by exploring two Wonders of the World and visiting the Holy Land of Israel. This is a fantastic opportunity to travel to a unique part of the world -- in a small group setting.

Trip Summary: Egypt & Jordan | 8 Days

Trip Dates:   January - March; September - November

Group Size:  Max 12 Participants

Price From: $4200 per person

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn how to capture the culture, history, religion, cuisine, and landscape of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel
  • Explore the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World -the Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Wander around the beautiful ruins of Petra in Jordan
  • Learn about the Holy Land with one of Israel's top Israeli guides.
  • Dine on traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine
  • Be inspired by the events that occurred in places like Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Jerusalem.

Full Itinerary:

EGYPT

Be mystified by the beautiful antiquities (Sphinx, pyramids) as we cruise along the Nile River between Aswan and Luxor, onboard a beautiful cruise ship.  Here we will have the opportunity to see the Philae Temple, the Obelisk, High Dam, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and the Valley of the Kings. 

Day 1: Start the day at the Temple of Karnak built, over more than a thousand years, by generations of Pharaohs. Transfer to your 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat where you will be welcomed by the reception staff. Lunch will be served on board followed by a visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the river Nile, you will pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. In the evening you will be greeted by your Boat Manager for a Cocktail Reception, who will review your cruise program for the upcoming days. Complimentary cocktail and a selection of canapés will be served followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 2: Breakfast buffet on board while you cruise northwards to Qena*. Enjoy a morning visit to the Ptolemaic Temple of Goddess Hathor in Denderah, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Hathor was the goddess or pleasure and of love, usually associating her with Aphrodite. Return on board for lunch whilst sailing back to Luxor. Afternoon tea will be served on board, from which your Egyptologist will guide you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amun. Dinner will be a Gourmet menu on board followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show.

Day 3: Breakfast buffet on board while you cruise to Edfu with a morning visit to explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board, while you continue cruising to Edfu. There will also be an Egyptian cooking lesson presented on board. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Tonight's dinner on board will be an "Egyptian Night" costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian "galabeyya". Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialities, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.

Day 4: Breakfast buffet on board whilst sailing to Aswan followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Next we proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. Lunch will be on board. In the afternoon (weather permitting) take a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (life jackets will be provided). Enjoy your afternoon tea served in the lounge and tonight's farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.

Day 5: Enjoy buffet breakfast on board before checking out of your stateroom and continuing onwards to the Aswan airport where you will connect board your early afternoon flight onwards to Cairo.  Arrive in Cairo in the late afternoon, where you will be met by your guide who will take you on an evening journey through the city - before dropping you off at your hotel for the evening.  Accommodation: Cairo Hotel

Day 6: After a delicious breakfast, we will visit the last standing of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – The Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza.  With our private guide, we will drive from Cairo to Memphis (the place known to be the birthplace of civilization) where we will visit the ancient statue of Pharaoh Ramses II, the Sakkara Pyramid, the Sphinx, and the famous Great Pyramids of Giza.  Explore the inside of the Pyramids and even have the opportunity to ride through the edge of the Sahara on camel back.  Accommodation: Cairo Hotel

Day 7: This morning embark on a visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, containing the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.  View the remains of Egypt’s pharaohs, including their mummys and personal possessions dating back to 4000 BC.  Enjoy lunch at one of top local restaurants in the city, afterwards spending your afternoon walking through the the city souks (outdoor markets).  Here you will experience the smells and tastes of some of the best market foods in Egypt, shop for spices and incense, walk past stalls of textiles & jewelry.  Enjoy dinner at a delicious local restaurant for dinner before retiring to your hotel for the evening. Accommodation: Cairo Hotel

Day 8:  Enjoy your last breakfast in Egypt before embarking to the airport to catch your international flight back home, or onwards to Jordan for another incredible experience.

JORDAN

Day 8: Arrive at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan (from the Egypt extension or your international flight).  Here our driver and private guide will greet us and take us to our beautiful accommodations.  After we have checked into our hotel, we will come together for a traditional welcome dinner and have a debriefing of what to expect over the next two weeks as we journey through Jordan and Israel.  Accommodation: Olive Tree Hotel

Day 9-10: Today our journey will begin with an authentic Jordanian breakfast buffet, preparing us for what the day has in store.  Our travels will take us deep into ancient Philadelphia – as the city was known in the Old and New Testament times.  We will travel to the mosaic city of Madaba, home to the oldest map on the Holy Land.  As we explore the Archaeological Park, you will see numerous masterpieces of old Byzantine churches.  We will continue south to Mt. Nebo, the beautiful mount that overlooks the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, and the believed burial site of the Prophet Moses. Our day will finish with a short hike at Wadi Hudeira, after which we will continue to Petra and enjoy dinner at our hotel.  Accommodation: Jordan Valley Hotel

Day 11-12: Petra is an ancient city built by the Nabataeans over 2000 years ago.  This incredible architectural feat and sandstone masterpiece is considered to be one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.  Here we will take time to view the Treasury, Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs, and Qasr al Bint.  The Treasury is one of Petra’s most impressive monuments, and can only be viewed after one travels through an immense crack in one of Petra’s stones, known as the Siq.  In the afternoon we will embark on a Jeep Tour though the dramatic landscape of Wadi Rum.  This is one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the world.  It is home to magnificent rock formations, canyons and Nabatean rock inscriptions. Accommodation: Petra Guesthouse or Seven Wonders Beduin Camp

Day 13: This morning after a delicious breakfast, we will depart to Amman where we will catch our International Flights back home.


This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.



Expedition Dates:

January - March

September - November

*Additional dates upon inquirey


Prices From:

$4200

All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.


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