Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular 15-day small group journey through antiquity begins in storied Cairo with the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, Memphis’s open-air museum, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza with their Great Sphinx. Embark on a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise from Abu Simbel to Aswan, visiting ancient Nubia’s outstanding temples and Aswan’s massive dam. Then: a classic four-night Nile voyage from Aswan to Luxor, with opportunities to sail on a traditional felucca and explore Luxor’s awe-inspiring temple complexes, before returning to Cairo. Discover fabled Petra, ancient Jerash, and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.
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- Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
Apr 3, 2023 - Apr 17, 2023
Jordan: Petra & Amman
Discover the fabled “rose-red city, half as old as time” on this exciting exploration. Plus: ancient Jerash and the capital of Amman.
Your Tour Includes
• Air transportation Cairo/Amman
• 4 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Petra at The Old Village Resort (Sup. First Class), 2 nights in Amman at Grand Hyatt Amman (Deluxe)
• 9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
• Extensive included sightseeing: Madaba (City of Mosaics), Mt. Nebo pilgrimage site, full day at Petra, Amman’s Roman theatre and Citadel, Roman ruins of Jerash
• Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
• Private motorcoach transportation
• Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
*PLEASE NOTE: Your $500 per person deposit secures your space(s) on this tour. This deposit is fully refundable up until 95 days prior to departure, when final payment will be due. Meanwhile our tour operator, Odysseys Unlimited, will be in touch with you when the tour brochure with a detailed day-by-day itinerary is available. At that time, you will have two weeks to decide whether you would like to confirm your booking or to cancel. Once your booking is confirmed, the cancellation penalties as outlined in the brochure will apply. You will then receive a complete confirmation packet.
Depart U.S. for Cairo, Egypt
We arrive in the Egyptian capital and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.
After a morning briefing, our full-day tour begins at the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital (3100 bce). We continue on to the necropolis at Sakkara then to the astounding Pyramids of Giza, the wonders of antiquity that have drawn visitors for millennia. Here, too, we encounter the enigmatic Sphinx, whose leonine body and human face were carved from a single piece of limestone. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D
Cairo/Aswan/Embark Lake Nasser Cruise
Early this morning we fly to Aswan. Upon arrival we visit the Aswan High Dam, considered a marvel of engineering when completed in 1965. Then we visit the Nubia Museum, an acclaimed showcase of Nubian art and architecture with more than 3,000 ancient relics and 90 monumental pieces. From here we board our Lake Nasser ship in time for lunch then disembark to explore the ruins of the acclaimed Temples of Philae. Tonight we dine on board as we overnight in Aswan. B,L,D
Lake Nasser Cruising – Kalabsha Temples/ Wadi el-Seboua
Today we see some sights of ancient Nubia, Egypt’s neighbor in antiquity but with a distinct culture and traditions. We stop first at “new” Kalabsha, the largest freestanding temple of them all that was moved and reconstructed on higher ground after the construction of the Aswan High Dam (and the subsequent flooding that created Lake Nasser). Then we sail on to Wadi el-Seboua, where we dock for the night. B,L,D
Lake Nasser Cruising – Wadi el-Seboua/ Amada
This morning we see two important New Kingdom temples that, like Kalabsha, were dismantled and relocated to make way for Lake Nasser. We explore Wadi el-Seboua, the next largest of all the pharaonic temples after Abu Simbel, and see the Temple of Dakka, with its huge, well-preserved pylon. Returning to our ship, we sail on to Amada, where we encounter the oldest of Nubia’s Egyptian temples, the 18th-dynasty Temple of Amada. B,L,D
Lake Nasser Cruising – Amada/Kasr Ibrim/ Abu Simbel
We sail this morning to Kasr Ibrim, the last remaining Nubian settlement in its original location. As it is forbidden to go ashore here, we learn about this ancient site while overlooking it from the ship’s sun deck. Then we continue on to Abu Simbel’s massive complex of temples guarded by statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, with well-preserved murals inside. B,L,D
Disembark/Abu Simbel/Aswan/Embark Nile Cruise Ship
We disembark then travel by coach to Aswan, where we board our Nile ship. This afternoon we take a relaxing sail aboard small feluccas, replicas of ancient Nile sailboats. B,L,D
Nile Cruising – Aswan/Kom Ombo/Edfu
We cruise today to the site of the ancient trading town at Kom Ombo, with its unusual double temple and outstanding Nile views. Then we sail on to Edfu, where tonight we attend a shipboard party. B,L,D
Nile Cruising – Edfu/Luxor/East Bank
This morning we visit Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best preserved ancient temple. Then we cruise to Luxor, the world’s “greatest open-air museum,” whose vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues dating from 2755 bce represent the pinnacle of Egyptian architecture. Today we explore the East Bank, home of Karnak, the greatest temple complex of them all, whose ruins stretch for more than a mile. We also visit Luxor Temple, whose builders included both Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great. Back on board, tonight we enjoy a show of Middle Eastern belly dancing. B,L,D
We have the choice to rise very early to see the West Bank from above on an optional hot air balloon ride. After we disembark our ship later this morning, we tour the haunting Valley
of the Kings, where 34 royal tombs feature magnificent paintings; the Valley of the Queens; and the dramatic Temple of Hatshepsut honoring one of the few female pharaohs. We also see the massive Colossi of Memnon, two 64-foot-high statues of Amenhotep III that once guarded the gates of his own tomb. B,L
We fly to Cairo today, where this afternoon we visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar. B
Our touring today begins at the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, the world’s greatest repository of ancient relics. Then we tour the Citadel of Saladin housing the alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali. B,L
This morning we encounter Old Cairo, the district where early capital cities once stood. We visit 5th-century St. Sergius Church, the Coptic church of el-Muallaqa, and Ben Ezra Synagogue, built in 882. Mid-day we return to our hotel where tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner. B,D
Depart for U.S.
Very early this morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S. B
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