Captivating legends dance across Egypt and Jordan telling of pharaohs entombed in gold, cities carved into sandstone mountains, deserts where time has no meaning, and pyramids that glisten in the sun. These two countries have an abundance of riches, from those left behind by ancient civilizations to those continuously shaped by nature’s hand. This 2-week privately-guided adventure tour of Egypt and Jordan connects them and includes Luxor, Cairo, Sinai, Wadi Rum, Petra, Amman, and all their secrets...
Luxor – Arriving in Egypt
The River Nile welcomes you to Egypt, flowing elegantly between the remains of Thebes and the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt. Monuments are everywhere, and you can see them rising in the distance still proudly alive in the present. It is a short aerial connection from Cairo to Luxor, and you will be greeted at the airport by your private guide. Driving through the streets, you will get your first glimpse at the grandeur of lost civilizations. The world’s finest open-air museum will fully engage your senses, and you will have the next several days to explore it. So relax, admire the lush gardens that rise on the riverbanks, and settle into this multi-country adventure.
Luxor – Wonders of the East Bank
Luxor – The Fabulous Valley of the Kings and Hidden Temple of Dendarah
Cairo – Memphis, Saqqara, and Sunset at the Great Pyramids of Giza
Cairo – The Old and New of Egypt’s Captivating Capital
Mount Sinai – Glorious Sunset Views and the Walled Monastery of St. Katherine
Dahab – Exotic Tones of Egypt’s Red Sea
Day 8 - 9
Wadi Rum – Luxury Camping Adventure in a Silent Desert Landscape
Petra – First Impressions of the Sandstone City
Petra – Full Day Amongst Petra’s Mystical Sights
Madaba – Along King’s Highway to the Ottoman Empire
Amman – Floating in the Dead Sea and the Teahouses of Amman
Amman – Departure
- Wander through the Valley of the Kings and lose yourself in the grandeur of Ancient Egypt’s 18th dynasty
- Spend two days in the surreal solitude of Wadi Rum, a desert landscape of spectacular colors and stunning escarpments
- Watch the sun set over the Great Pyramids of Giza and discover the ancient wonders of Memphis and Saqqara
- Explore the mystical city of Petra and admire the imposing facades and tombs that have been carved into the mountains
- Marvel at the intricate details of Ancient Egypt’s biggest temples, including Karnak, Luxor, and the phantasmal Dendarah
- Float in the Dead Sea, explore crumbling castles and uncover Jordan’s secrets with a journey along the King’s Highway
- Climb to the summit of Mount Sinai for sunset and journey to the walled monastery of St. Katherine
- Soak up the captivating culture of Egypt and Jordan during private outings to exotic markets and fragrant teahouses
- Spend a day to enjoy the charms of the Red Sea, far from the tourist crowds of Egypt’s resort towns
Time appears to stand still in Egypt and Jordan as remarkable odes to antiquity have been perfectly preserved. Ancient cities evoke a grandeur from long-lost millennia while pyramids and temples stand majestically in the desert as castles dominate distant hilltops. The natural beauty has its own grandeur with dramatic landscapes of dunes and cliffs, oases along the River Nile, crumbling sandstone peaks standing above the Red Sea and salt rising from the Dead Sea. These two countries hold some of the world’s oldest wonders, from redolent landscapes to the legends that ancient civilizations left behind and your 2-week multi-country tour will connect their magic and mystery.
Spend your first week in Egypt beginning with the unmissable wonders of Luxor. Explore the East Bank as temple columns rise impossibly high and sculpted sphinxes are just the beginning of the incredible detail. Hieroglyphs and wall paintings stand proud after 3,500 years while the tombs of pharaohs continue to be wrapped in enigma. Spend a day in the Valley of the Kings, where Tutankhamen’s tomb is just one of many remarkable stories left behind. You will then fly to Cairo for sunset at the Great Pyramids of Giza and the lesser-known story of Saqqara and Memphis. Cairo fascinates with the old and new, and your guide will tailor a private tour to unravel the secrets of its past and the verve of its present.
From Cairo, you will begin your overland adventure as you travel into the Sinai Peninsula. The awe-inspiring Mount Sinai introduces the surreal solitude found in this part of the world. You will visit the walled monastery of St. Katherine, and then spend a day in the exotic Red Sea town of Dahab, a far cry from resort destinations like Shark El-Sheik. Your time in Jordan starts with a couple of nights of luxury camping in Wadi Rim. Enigmatic dunes rise and fall, semi-nomadic berbers walk past, and you will be deep within one of the world’s greatest desert landscapes.
Nearby Petra is equally atmospheric and will engage you entirely. Stretching for miles across the valley, this ancient carved city seems to dance with different colors as the sun crosses the sky. Spend your day exploring the famous central sights, and then visit its corners to meet a family that still lives in the old city’s caves. Complete this luxury tour by following the King’s Highway and stopping at Jordan’s expressive destinations, including the Dead Sea, Shobak Castle, the Ottoman houses of Madaba, and the teahouses of Amman. As in the Sinai, you will find an ebullient local ambiance that will encourage you to explore further and uncover the lifestyle of an ancient civilization that has survived into the 21st century. Throughout these two weeks, all tours will be privately guided, and you will travel at a relaxed pace.
$3,775 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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