Join our intimate group tour and discover the wonders of the Middle East by way of Egypt and Jordan. This region is bursting with rich history and countless adventures. On this jam-packed journey you’ll visit the ancient pyramids, cruise along the Nile, and gaze upon the Dead Sea.
Trip Summary: Egypt & The Nile | 8 - 11 Days
Trip Dates: Year Round
Group Size: Max 12 Participants
Price From: $3600 per person
Dates & Prices:
Trip Price $3600
Single Room Supplement + $600
International Flight Jordan to Egypt +300
4-Day Extension to Jordan & Petra + $1600
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Comprehensive 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.
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.
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Learn about the culture, history, religion, and cuisine of Egypt and Jordan
Explore the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World—the Great Pyramid of Giza
Wander through Petra’s beautiful ruins
Go on a guided tour of the Holy Land
Dine on traditional Middle Eastern cuisine
Feel inspired by the region’s rich history, present at every turn
Arrival Airport: Cairo International Airport
Day 1 | Cairo: Arrive in Cairo in the afternoon, where your private driver and guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel for the evening. Enjoy a traditional welcome dinner and relaxing evening on your first day in Egypt. After getting a taste of what’s to come, get a good's night rest to prepare for the day ahead. Accommodation: Cairo Hotel
Day 2 | Cairo to Luxor: Start the day early with a short flight from Cairo to Luxor. 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. Accommodation: Nile cruise ship
Day 3 | Luxor: Enjoy a breakfast buffet while cruising north towards Qena. We’ll take a morning visit to Hathor Temple in Dendera, made up of a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages, and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Hathor was the goddess of pleasure and love, usually associated with Aphrodite. We’ll sail back to Luxor, enjoying lunch and afternoon tea. Afterwards, our Egyptologist will guide us on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, leading to the striking Luxor Temple—dedicated to the god Amun. To end our day, we’ll dine on a gourmet dinner while belly dancers and whirling dervishes perform. Accommodation: Nile cruise ship
Day 4 | Luxor to Aswan: This morning we’ll cruise to Edfu and explore the legendary Temple of Horus. As we continue cruising through Edfu, learn about traditional Egyptian cuisine with a culinary lesson on board. Later, we’ll visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Sobek, the god of crocodiles. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile, where sacred crocodiles basked in the sun during ancient times. The excitement doesn’t end there, as we’ll attend an "Egyptian Night" costume party, giving you the chance to dress in traditional galabeyya. Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by music and dancing for all. Accommodation: Nile cruise ship
Day 5 | Aswan: Today it’s off to Aswan, followed by a short motorboat ride to the majestic Philae Temple on Agilika Island. From there we’ll proceed to the granite quarries, which provided most of the stone used to build ancient pyramids and temples and still holds a massive, unfinished obelisk. After lunch we’ll take a ride on a felucca—a traditional wooden sail boat—around Elephantine Island, Kitchener's Island’s Botanical Garden, and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan. After a busy day, we’ll have a special farewell gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. Accommodation: Nile cruise ship
Day 6 | Aswan to Cairo: After an unforgettable 4 days sailing the Nile River, it’s time to move on. Head to Aswan International Airport for the flight to Cairo. We’ll arrive there in the late afternoon and meet our guide for an evening journey through the city. Embark on a visit to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, containing the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Gaze upon pharaohs’ mummies and personal possessions, dating back to 4000 BC. After taking it all in, head to one of the top local restaurants for lunch before spending the afternoon strolling through the city’s souks; take in the diverse smells and tastes of some of Egypt’s best market food, shop for spices and incense, and stop by stalls overflowing with textiles and jewelry. We’ll indulge in another local meal for dinner before retiring to the hotel for the evening. Accommodation: Cairo Hotel
Day 7 | Cairo: Fuel up with a hearty breakfast before heading to the Great Pyramid of Giza—the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that still exists today. With our private guide, we’ll drive from Cairo to Memphis, known as the birthplace of civilization, and visit abundant landmarks along the way, such as the ancient statue of Pharaoh Ramses II, Saqqara Pyramid, and the Great Sphinx of Giza. Today is for exploration and new experiences; wander through the pyramid’s narrow corridors and ride a camel along the edge of the Sahara! Accommodation: Cairo Hotel
Day 8 | Cairo: Say goodbye to Egypt with one last traditional breakfast. Afterwards, we’ll head to the airport—either catch your flight back home or travel onwards to Jordan for another incredible experience!
Departure Airport: Cairo International Airport
4-Day Jordan Extension
Arrival Airport: Amman International Airport
Day 8 | Amman: Arrive at Queen Alia International Airport, in Amman, Jordan. We’ll be greeted by our driver and private guide as we head to the hotel. After checking in, we’ll come together for a traditional welcome dinner and debriefing of what to expect over the next several weeks as we journey through Jordan and Israel. Accommodation: Olive Tree Hotel
Day 9 | Petra: Today our journey will begin with an authentic Jordanian breakfast buffet as we prepare for what the day has in store. Our travels will take us deep into Amaan, known in ancient times as Philadelphia. We’ll venture into the mosaic city of Madaba, home to the oldest map on the Holy Land. As we explore the Madaba Archaeological Park, we’ll see numerous remains of once-stunning Byzantine churches. From there, we’ll continue south to Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge overlooking Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, where some believe Moses was buried. We’ll finish our day with a short hike at Wadi Hudeira, after which we’ll continue to Petra for a relaxing dinner. Accommodation: Petra Guesthouse or Seven Wonders Beduin Camp
Day 10 | Petra: The ancient city of Petra was built by the Nabataeans over 2000 years ago. This incredible architectural feat and sandstone masterpiece is considered one of the new Wonders of the World. We’ll visit Al-Khazneh, the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs, and Qasr al-Bint. Al-Khazneh, Petra’s treasury, is one of the city’s most impressive monuments and can only be viewed after traveling through the staggering Siq. In the afternoon, we’ll head out on a Jeep tour though the dramatic landscape of Wadi Rum—one of the most impressive deserts in the world and home to magnificent rock formations, canyons and Nabatean rock inscriptions. Accommodation: Petra Guesthouse or Seven Wonders Beduin Camp
Day 11 | Amman: Sadly, we’ve had our last Jordanian adventure—for now! Reflect on the region’s natural beauty and architectural masterpieces as you return to Queen Alia International Airport for your flight back home.
Departure Airport: Amman International Airport
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