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This action-packed journey across Jordan and Egypt through the Sinai Peninsula takes in some of the world's most significant archaeological sites, including the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza, as well as the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. Packed full of highlights we will sleep like a Bedouin in Wadi Rum, snorkel and relax in the Red Sea, explore the Valley of the Kings and experience the buzz of Cairo.
Explore Tour Leader
4 nights premium hotel
8 nights comfortable hotel
1 nights comfortable overnight train
1 nights comfortable tented camp
Trip maximum 16 Explore average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Our tour of Jordan starts in Amman, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Home to almost half of Jordan's entire population, Amman is a fascinating city of contrasts, where the ancient and the modern collide. Get lost in the bustling souks of downtown, where you'll be tempted by falafel and baklawa stalls, or visit the hillside Roman Theatre for a taster of the city's varied history.
There are no activities planned for today, so you are free to arrive in Amman at any time. If you would like an airport transfer, you'll need to arrive at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), a 30-minute drive from our hotel.
Due to most flights arriving late in the evening, our Tour Leader will meet you for a welcome meeting the next morning. You'll find the meeting information on the notice board in the hotel reception.
Al-Qasr Metropole Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast and our introductory meeting, we'll head north of Amman to ancient Jerash. Inhabited for 6,500 years, the city's golden age was in Roman times when it became part of the Decapolis League - a confederation of important Middle Eastern cities.
One of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world, only 10% of the city has been uncovered since excavation began more than a century ago. Walk the colonnaded streets, visit the hilltop temples, explore the chariot-racing stadium, and hear your voice amplified in the ancient theatre.
We'll travel back to Amman where we can enjoy some delicious street food and soak up the energetic atmosphere of the Capital's souk and smell the aroma of the spices before spending the afternoon exploring the historical sites of the city. Our first stop is the Citadel Jabal al-Qal-a, the highest point in Amman, giving us panoramic views across the sprawling capital. Artifacts found here indicate that the area has been a royal city for thousands of years. Whilst earthquakes and invasions have taken their toll, two pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules still stand strong alongside parts of the 7th-century Umayyad Palace.
We'll finish up in an old-style café that transports us back to Amman's early days.
Today, we'll cover a lot of ground on our journey to Petra. Setting off early, we'll stop in Madaba. Aptly dubbed the City of Mosaics, Madaba is home to hundreds of Byzantine-era mosaics, the most famous of these is a 6th-century map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, created with two million pieces of stone.
Continuing on, we'll head to the Dead Sea. This unique body of water is the lowest point on the earth's surface. With a salt content of 33%, it's almost impossible to sink and we'll take a dip to experience the mysterious floating sensation. While we're there, you can cover yourself in the water's rejuvenating mud, famous for its healing properties. After your dip, feel free to unwind by the pool or at the bar - there are shower facilities to freshen up in, too.
Next, we'll journey south along the King's Highway to Kerak. This ancient Crusader stronghold is the most famous in a chain of fortresses built for the Holy War against Islam. We'll stop to learn about its history and explore the maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways.
Our day of sightseeing ends in Petra, a short drive from Kerak. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the world, the ancient rose city is Jordan's most valuable treasure.
La Maison Hotel (or similar)
Today we explore Jordan's gem, Petra. This ancient city, carved into pink sandstone cliffs, has to be seen to be believed but poet John Burgon beautifully described it as 'A rose-red city half as old as time'.
Our Tour Leader will guide us on a tour through Petra's highlights before a free afternoon to wander at our own pace. As you enter the site, you're led down a kilometre-long chasm (known as the Siq) where the towering canyon walls reach up to 200 metres high. At the end of the Siq sits the beating heart of the city, the Treasury - miraculously well-preserved, the façade stands at 43-metres-high. Beyond the Treasury, the ancient city becomes a sprawl of tombs and temples waiting to be explored. The Bedouin community who still live within Petra sell their wares and offer refreshments along the colonnaded streets. In the afternoon you can choose to climb the steep path to the High Place of Sacrifice for a panorama over Wadi Araba and the Negev Desert or trek up to the Monastery - Petra's largest monument.
This evening there is the option to witness Petra by night. Follow the candlelit Siq trail and watch how the light plays against the high canyon rocks, blanketed by stars, before coming upon the Treasury, lit up by night. Settle into the sands in front of the ancient temple and listen to a welcome speech from the Bedouin community that still calls the city home.
Leaving Petra behind, today we'll embrace the nomadic lifestyle of the Bedouin and head into the dunes of Wadi Rum. We'll travel to the Wadi Rum visitor centre by bus, where we'll meet our 4WD vehicles to journey onwards through the desert. Our drive along the sands will lead us through untouched parts of Wadi Rum and our Tour Leader will stop to tell us more about the history of the desert.
Described by T.E. Lawrence as vast, echoing and God-like…, Wadi Rum occupies 74,000 acres with its monolithic outcrops of granite rock and sandstone rising out of the blankets of sand. The Bedouins learned to live within this hostile environment 3000 years ago, adapting to the elements to perfect their nomadic way of life.
Once we have watched the sun go down, setting the dunes aglow with fiery red and orange light, we'll head back to camp to experience Bedouin hospitality. We'll be served a traditional Zarb, a BBQ of chicken or goat meat (vegetarian options will be available) cooked under the desert sand and served alongside a selection of mezze.
Tonight, we'll sleep in traditional Bedouin tents, crafted from goat hair which offers the best protection against the extreme desert climate. Each individual tent comes with rugs, mattresses, pillows, and blankets provided. There's a toilet and shower block at the end of the site.
Salim Camp (or similar)
Comfortable Tented Camp
Departing our Wadi Rum camp at first light, we drive to the Red Sea port of Aqaba where we board a 'sea cat' ferry for the short hour-long journey to Taba in Egypt. After clearing customs and immigration formalities at the port, it's a further two hours to get to Dahab, our base for the next two nights.
Dahab was a former sleepy Bedouin fishing village. Whilst the town has grown in recent years, unlike many of the other resort towns in Egypt, it has retained a lot of its charm, known as one of the best diving sites in the Red Sea.
Our hotel for the next two nights has a wonderful setting, facing the Red Sea on one side and the mountains of South Sinai on the other. The hotel features an excellent choice of restaurants, outdoor swimming pool and direct beach access. It's the perfect place to unwind and enjoy all the facilities on offer. Dinner is included at the hotel for the next two nights.
Swiss Inn Dahab (or similar)
We include a full day's boat trip to the coral reefs around Dahab. With over 400 varieties of coral and 1500 species of fish, the Red Sea is a hard act to follow. There are reef fish of every shade and hue, living amongst the corals, and turtles, rays and small sharks abound in these rich waters. With a light lunch taken on board, we will enjoy some leisurely hours swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing, before returning to our hotel for the afternoon.
Qualified open-water divers may choose to take advantage of the numerous dive operators, please bring your certification and log book.
The morning is free to relax on the beach, take a dip in the pool or stroll around the seaside town of Dahab.
This afternoon we drive, climbing steadily to 1,600 metres above sea level, through the spectacular mountainous desert to St Catherine's Monastery, situated at the foot of Mount Sinai. On arrival, we check into our hotel and take a late afternoon stroll to visit the site that is famed as the home of the Burning Bush. According to the Bible, Mount Sinai is where the Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God. After watching the sun set over the desert we head out for an early dinner (tonight's evening meal is not included) and bed, in preparation for an early start tomorrow morning.
Morgan Land Village (or similar)
For those that wish to, there is the opportunity to trek to the summit of Mount Sinai to witness sunrise. The trek is on a wide trail, rocky underfoot with numerous steps cut into the rock as we approach the summit. The total ascent from St Catherine's Monastery is 2,375 feet (715 metres) to get to the highest point at 7,497ft (2,285m). Typically it takes three hours to reach the top, for this reason we set off at 2am with an aim to reach the summit around thirty minutes before sunrise. There are a number of shelters along the way where you can buy snacks and hot drinks. A head torch and sturdy walking boots with good ankle support are essential. The trek is graded moderate to challenging.
Following time at the summit to watch the sunrise, we descend back down to St Catherine's Monastery, taking around two hours (depending on the group's walking pace) and have a late breakfast - joining the rest of the group who opted not to do the trek.
The rest of the day is spent driving to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, a journey of six to seven hours with additional time for rest stops and lunch. Travelling through the Sinai desert, the route takes us under the Suez canal, the dividing line between the Middle East and Africa. The 193 km long canal, completed in 1869, is one of the world's most heavily used shipping routes. Arriving into Cairo early evening we head directly to our centrally-located hotel with panoramic views over the Nile.
Cairo is Africa's second largest capital city. It's a vibrant, exhilarating and welcoming city; home to the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sites in Egypt. Centrally located, our hotel is within short walking distance of the Egyptian Museum, making it an ideal base for the next two nights.
Novotel Cairo El Borg (or similar)
This morning we make our way to Giza, where we see the Pyramids and Sphinx; among the most impressive man-made spectacles in the world. We explore the pyramid complex, which includes the Sphinx, a crouching lion with a human head carved from solid rock and the splendid Granite Temple, with a local guide. After the Pyramids, we visit a papyrus institute, where we will learn about the ancient methods of paper making in the Egypt of the Pharaohs.
We'll then have a picnic lunch before visiting the new Egyptian Museum in Giza; a spectacular repository of over 120,000 items encompassing all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, including ornate jewellery and towering granite statues, mummified remains and, of course, the remarkable golden treasures of Tutankhamun himself.
Returning to our hotel in the city centre, there is time to take a stroll to visit the capital's medieval market at Khan el Khalili or relax next to the pool overlooking the Nile.
Today is a free day for optional trips in the capital. This morning there is the opportunity to visit Saqqara, the impressive steppe pyramid/necropolis of Zozer (Djoser), the earliest of the pyramids of Egypt. In the afternoon you can take a trip to Islamic Cairo to visit the illustrious Citadel, one of Saladin's many strongholds during the Crusades. There will also be the chance to enter one or more of the medieval mosques of Cairo, where there is a requirement to dress modestly with looser fitting clothing that covers the arms and legs. Shorts or sleeveless shirts are not permitted. Alternatively you could use this free time to revisit the vast Egyptian Museum.
Later this afternoon we will transfer to the station to catch the overnight sleeper train to Luxor. The individual compartments feature a bench seat which converts into two bunk beds. The carriage steward sets this up and provides bed linen, blankets and pillows. Each cabin is lockable and has a night light and cupboard that houses a small sink, shelf, mirror, towel and power socket plus there is a removable table top that folds into the wall. Dinner and breakfast are provided by the carriage steward who delivers the meals directly to you. Two western style toilets are located at the end of each carriage and there is a communal lounge carriage with a bar serving soft drinks.
Overnight Train: Cairo/Luxor
Comfortable Overnight Train
Arriving in Luxor around 6am, we head to the hotel to drop off bags, freshen up and have breakfast then drive to the stunning Temple of Karnak. Dating from around 2000 BC, the scale and grandeur of Karnak is amazing, covering an area the size of ten European cathedrals. The 134 pillars of its Hypostyle Hall are a wonder to behold.
This afternoon we head onto the mighty Nile river on a traditional felucca cruise.
A felucca is a traditional sailboat used in Egypt, the primary mode of transport on the mighty Nile river and unchanged over the centuries. Feluccas rely entirely on the breeze to make their way up the Nile, typically the breeze picks up during the day and tails off at night, making for a relaxing and tranquil way to travel as we watch life unfold along the river banks.
Pyramisa Isis Luxor (or similar)
Arguably Egypt's most well-known site, this morning we visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. Pharaoh Hatshepsut is believed to be the most successful reigning female power of Egypt (no mean feat during Ancient Egyptian times) and was buried alongside her male counterparts in the Valley of the Kings. Historians throughout modern history offer contrasting information about her reign but walking into the shadow of Hatshepsut's immense temple, which is built into the limestone rock face on Luxor's West Bank, is a key symbol of her achievements. The structure is unexpectedly modern by design and was once linked directly with Karnak Temple on the East Bank.
We will then transfer on to the world-famous Valley of the Kings, best known as the burial site of Tutankhamun - discovered in 1922 by British Egyptology Howard Carter along with another 62 royal tombs. Our visit includes entrance to three of the tombs which will be decided on the day, as many are periodically closed for resting and renovation to protect them. Afterwards, there will be an option to pay a supplement to visit Tutankhamun's mask.
We arrive back to our hotel in time to relax for the rest of the afternoon, or you may like to take a stroll to the Luxor Temple and museum, both of which are within easy walking distance of our hotel.
Today is free to relax after a busy few days. You may like to visit the Workers Tombs and Habu Temple or the Temple of Hathor in Dendera, one of Egypt's best preserved temples. Alternatively, simply enjoy your time by the pool or wander through Luxor's bazaar before enjoying a final group meal together.
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Luxor.
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Luxor at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel, if you wish to explore more of the city before you depart. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Luxor International Airport (LXR), which is 20 minutes drive from the hotel.
Egypt's climate is hot and dry, typical of a desert environment. In summer it can be very hot and remains hot overnight whereas winter days are milder by comparison and temperatures can drop considerably at night. The mildest area is along the Mediterranean coast with temperatures ranging from 23-31°C in summer and 10-17°C in winter. In the desert region temperatures fluctuate in summer dropping as low as 7°C at night and up to 40°C during the day and in winter it can vary from 0°C at night to 18°C in the day. Aswan is one of the hottest cities with Cairo and Alexandria generally slightly cooler. Egypt receives very little rainfall annually and rainfall in summer is very rare.
2 Pin Round
During April to November days are generally sunny and hot without rain with temperatures around 32°C. In spring and autumn evenings can be cool and night temperatures can drop suddenly especially in the desert. Expect cold nights in winter (December to February) when temperatures can drop to around 0 degrees. Some rain should also be expected at this time of year.
Petra Day 4: Petra by night JD17.00 pp Day 4: Ottoman bath JD25.00 pp Wadi Rum Day 5: Camel trek JD20.00 pp, approx. one hour Cairo Day 11: Saqqara and Unas Pyramids $30 USD per person including transportation. Day 11: Half day Islamic Cairo, the tour includes the Citadel, Sultan Hannan mosque and Khan El Khalili bazaar. $30 USD per person including transportation. Luxor Day 13: Entry to Tutankhamun's Tomb at Valley of the Kings 360LE per person (entrance ticket only) Day 13: Entry to Tomb of Seti I (KV17) in the Valley of the Kings 1400LE per person (entrance ticket only) Day 13 or 14: Karnak Sound and Light Show 500LE per person (entrance ticket only, transport not included) Day 13 or 14: Luxor Museum 200LE per person, Luxor Mummification Museum 140LE per person Please note that all optional prices in Egypt are in either US Dollars or in a small number of cases, LE Egyptian Pounds. Please note prices are subject to change and all payments need to be made in cash.
In Jordan and Egypt lightweight clothing is essential in mid- summer, with a sun-hat and neck protection, though a sweater and light jacket are advisable for Wadi Rum and St Catherine's. Early mornings can be very cold when camping in the desert. Winters in Egypt and Jordan can be cold, so please bring suitable warm clothing. We recommend a waterproof jacket in winter. Women are advised not to wear shorts or dresses that are too revealing as this can attract unwelcome attention in the streets of Moslem towns - loose fitting trousers or slacks are ideal. Women should also cover their head and shoulders when entering a mosque and men should wear long trousers.
If you are looking to undertake the Mount Sinai trek it is essential to bring lightweight walking boots with ankle support and make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. We also recommend brining trainers or sandals for relaxing and general wear, please note that trainers are NOT suitable for the Mount Sinai trek. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.
One main piece of baggage and a day sack. Hotel porters are generally available, however don't overload yourself. Please note you will only carry what you need to the camp in Wadi Rum and main luggage will be stored.
We recommend the following Sunglasses Sun cream Head Torch / Small Torch (with spare batteries and bulb) Camera Walking poles (if you usually use them) Personal toiletries (including anti-bacterial hand sanitiser and/or wash) Insect repellent Small waterproof dry bag (for items such as your mobile phone) Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - Get 15% discount on a Water-to-Go bottle www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel/water-to-go-discount-with-explore Sleeping bag liner for the overnight train and Wadi Rum camp (fleece will add warmth) In Wadi Rum, blankets and mattresses are provided, but we suggest you bring your own sleeping sheet.
Bus, 4WD, Ferry
Jordan's tourism infrastructure is well developed and standards are generally good. However, due to the recent considerable rise in tourism in Jordan, hotels are experiencing very high demand for rooms, particularly in and around Petra. This high demand can lead to lower levels of service and quality, as well as occurrences of overbookings, which are often notified to us at a late stage. For this reason, we would like to emphasise that hotel accommodation, including the standard of, is subject to change. Depending on your chosen departure date, your hotel location in the Petra area may vary. All the hotels we use are three star and are either located on the main road very close to the main Petra gates, or are a 25 minute walk away in the small town of Wadi Musa. For groups based in Wadi Musa transport will be provided to and from the site on day four, and on day five you can either walk or take a local taxi for around £2-£4 each way. From the hotel in Wadi Musa you can enjoy excellent views of the sprawling town and archaeological site below. Our chosen desert camp in Wadi Rum boasts a stunning location in a little visited part of the Wadi. We camp in individual Bedouin tents and all bedding is provided. Facilities are shared, privacy is thus limited but more than compensated for by the location. Red Sea: The four star Swiss Inn is located on the Red Sea in the sleepy town of Dahab with direct beach access to relax and soak the sunshine. The hotel has a choice of four in house restaurants and a large swimming pool. The board basis is half board, breakfast and dinner is included. The hotel also boasts a host of water sport activities, snorkelling and extensive health club. Cairo: The four star Novotel Cairo El Borg has a fantastic position in the heart of Cairo located on Zamalek, an island in the Nile river. There are numerous cafes and restaurants within close walking distance and the hotel boasts a rooftop restaurant with spectacular views over Cairo and the Nile. The Cairo Opera House is just 200 meters from the hotel and the original Egyptian Museum just a 15 minute walk away. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, satellite TV, a restaurant, rooftop cafe, a gym and a hot tub. Free Wi fi is available for hotel guests. Luxor: Situated on the East bank of the Nile, the four star Pyramisa Hotel Luxor is ideal for families, located in the heart of Luxor with easy access to all the main sights. The hotel has a fantastic swimming pool as well as extensive facilities including a fitness centre, free wi-fi and large terrace area overlooking the Nile promenade and river beyond. In Egypt, on the overnight train we use individual compartments, each containing a bench seat which converts into bunk beds. The carriage steward sets this up and provides bed linen, blankets and pillows. Each cabin is lockable and has a night light and cupboard that houses a small sink, shelf, mirror, towel and power socket plus there is a removable table top that folds into the wall. Dinner and breakfast is delivered by the carriage steward directly to you. Two western style toilets are located at the end of each carriage and there is a communal lounge carriage with a bar serving soft drinks. Please ask an Explore Sales Consultant or refer to your final documentation for a final hotel list.
Can you drink the water?
The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.
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Jordan: Visa fees are waivered for tourists of British, American, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian nationalities on arrival at an international Jordanian airport. There are however, certain conditions that each tourist of these nationalities must meet in order to gain the free visa. Most of these are already met by Explore trips; however flight information, passport details and arrival date into Jordan all have an effect on qualifying for the free visa. Please see below for the category that is applicable to your flight arrangements: The following information relates to the above nationalities travelling on flights to Jordan arranged by Explore arriving on the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, the above nationalities must advise their passport details at least 16 days prior to your departure date to Explore and must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process, this is already arranged by Explore as part of the transfer arrangements from the airport to the start of the tour. The following information relates to the above nationalities with Land Only arrangements arriving on the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, these tourists must advise their passport details at least 16 days prior to your departure date to Explore and must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process. Land Only customers of the above nationalities arranging their own flights to arrive in Jordan on the first day of the tour must advise their full flight details to Explore at least 16 days prior to your departure date. We will then arrange for the representative to meet you as part of the transfer arrangements from the airport to the start of the tour. The following information relates to the above nationalities arriving in Jordan prior or after the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, tourists of the above nationalities must advise their passport details at least 16 days prior to your departure date to Explore and must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process. To qualify for the free visa, you must contact Explore at least 16 days prior to your departure date to arrange and purchase a private transfer. We will then arrange for the representative to meet you as part of the transfer arrangements. Please Note: For all tourists of the above nationalities that do not advise their passport details and for all above nationalities that arrange their own travel arrangements and do not advise their flight details to Explore within the above specified timelines, the Jordanian visa fee of JD40.00 (approximately £45) will be applicable. This must be paid on arrival at an international Jordanian airport in order for individuals to gain a visa to enter the country. All other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate to determine if they are applicable for the above free visa on arrival or must gain a visa prior to departure. Egypt: An entry visa is required by all nationalities. UK citizens can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport for the current cost of 25USD. Please note, you must purchase a visa stamp at one of the nearby banks before proceeding to the immigration desk. Please ensure you read the FCO advice if you are travelling with prescribed medication.
If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.
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Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.
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An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.
Nothing compulsory but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, infectious hepatitis and polio. Though malaria does exist in Egypt it is not normally found in the areas in which we travel. Please note that all travellers aged over 9 months old will be required to supply a yellow fever certificate if you have travelled from or have transited via a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.
Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus infectious hepatitis and polio. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.