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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.

Overview: Egypt & The Nile | 8 - 12 Days
Trip Dates: On Fridays
Group Size:  Max 16 Participants
Price From: $3600 per person

Full Itinerary

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Journey Overview & Trip Highlights
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Discover the wonders of the Ancient World by visiting Egypt and Jordan. This region is bursting with rich history and countless adventures. On your journey you’ll visit the ancient pyramids, cruise along the Nile, and gaze upon the Dead Sea.

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

Day 1 Arrival to Cairo
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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 2Cairo
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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 3 Cairo
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This morning 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 4 Cairo to Luxor
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Start the day early with a short flight from Cairo to Luxor. Transfer to your 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 5 Luxor
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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 cruiser

Day 6 Luxor
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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. Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by activities aboard the cruiser Accommodation: Nile cruiser

Day 7 Luxor to Aswan
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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 a busy day, we’ll have a special farewell gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. Accommodation: Nile cruiser

Day 8 Departure from Aswan
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After an unforgettable 4 days sailing the Nile River, it’s time to move on. Head to the Aswan International Airport for the flight home or join us on a extension to Jordan and Israel.

Departure Airport: Aswan International Airport

Optional 4-Day Jordan Extension

Day 8: 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

Optional 5-Day Extension to Israel

Day 8: After breakfast and checking out of our Cairo hotel, we will take a short flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival and after going through customs, our driver will take us to our hotel in Tel Aviv. Enjoy the rest of the day to get acquainted with our new destination. Accommodation: Tal Hotel or similar

Day 9: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then we will head out with our guide to explore Jaffa and Caesarea. Start the day with a walking tour in Old Jaffa! Jaffa is a southern ancient port city in Israel. The flea market here is a well known attraction in the area, with vendors selling a wide range of products. The Old City’s ancient Clock Tower is an iconic feature and an impressive sight. The small alleyways and streets that wind through the city are lined with artist galleries and studios, as well as boutiques and craft shops. Biblically, the city of Jaffa is well known for its association with stories of Jonah, Solomon and Saint Peter, as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus. In the afternoon, make the drive to old Caesarea (1hr). Caesarea was originally called Stratton’s Tower after its founder, Stratton, who was a ruler of Sidon during the 4th Century BCE. Herod built up Stratton’s Tower into a city second only to Jerusalem over the course of 12 years and renamed it “Caesarea” in honor of the emperor. After arriving, enjoy a short film that walks you through the site’s history in its entirety. Take a seat in the Colosseum stadium and enjoy the remarkable architecture before we make our way back to TEl Aviv. Accommodation: Tal Hotel or similar

Day 10: This morning we will begin with a short drive to Jerusalem (1hr) for a full day tour where we will get to visit several important historic sites that have great meaning to several different religions. Climb to the top of the Mt. of Olives, walk through the Garden of Gethsemane, visit Golgotha/The Hill of Calvary, tour the Christian and Jewish Quarters,stop by Mt. Zion, and visit the Muslim Quarter with the Dome of the Rock. Accommodation: Dan Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 11: Today it’s off to the Dead Sea and Masada. We will meet up with our driver and guide for a scenic drive through the Judean desert as we journey to Masada (1.5 hrs). Masada is a fortress built by King Herod between 37-31 BCE in the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascend by cable car (or by foot) and explore the ancient palace with its water cisterns, ritual baths (mikvah), and synagogue ruins. This incredible site has been claimed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is brimming with beauty and history. After a break for lunch, experience floating in the Dead Sea!. The Dead Sea is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. Its famously hypersaline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments at local resorts. After a relaxing day by the water, dry off and drive back to Jerusalem (1.5 hrs). Accommodation: Dan Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 12: After an unforgettable 5 days explorning Israel, it’s time to move on. Head to the Tel Aviv International Airport for the flight home. Departure Airport: Tel Aviv International Airport

Dates & Prices:

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Your deposit is flexible up to 60 days prior to departure, at which time your deposit becomes final and full payment is due.  If you are interested in a Trip Extension, extensions become available as add-ons after you select Book Now and Continue.

+ 5 Day Extension to Israel: starting from $2400 / person

4-Day Extension to Jordan & Petra: from $1600/ person

+ Single Supplement: $600/per person (Solo travelers are required to choose a single room)

Please note: A $150 nonrefundable flight between Cairo and Luxor is required to reserve your space during your travel dates, this will be added to your deposit upon booking.

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.

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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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