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Jordan & Egypt

14 days with Insight  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight (not included).
    
Day 2 Welcome to Amman
Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a landscape that has changed little in the last 2,000 years. On arrival at Amman Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Later, join your Jordanian Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, drinks and a Welcome Dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception and Dinner)

Day 3 Jerash the Pompeii of the East & on to Petra
The trip to Jerash reveals the most beautifully preserved example of a Greco-Roman city still in existence. Enter through Hadrian's Arch, to explore the grand ruins of the temples of Artemis and Zeus, where you can listen to the Whispering Column, and overlook the vast Oval Plaza, and Cardo Maximus, the main Roman road. Return to Amman for a city tour seeing the huge Roman Amphitheatre and the Citadel Hill. After some free time, continue south to the UNESCO listed site of Petra - voted as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World'. (Buffet Breakfast, Dinner)
    
Day 4 Exploring the Lost City of Petra
Today is devoted to this beautiful ‘rose red city, half as old as time'. The approach to this lost city is through a narrow gorge, the Siq, whose walls rise up 200 metres. Emerge from the path to see the magnificent Treasury, carved out of solid rock and standing over 40 meters high. Wind your way through the canyon to explore the Roman Amphitheatre, which once seated 3,000 spectators, and the ancient tombs. (Buffet Breakfast, Dinner)
    
Day 5 To the Crusader Castle of Shobak, Mt. Nebo and back to Amman
Follow the King's Highway to visit Shobak, an authentic 12C crusader fortress, perched on the side of a rocky mountain, standing guard over a barren and desolate land. Admire the Arabic calligraphy on the external walls and towers before discovering the original Crusader chapel, palace complex and even a set of secret passages! Continue to Mt Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan, where Moses stood and saw before him the Promised Land. At Madaba visit the famous Greek Orthodox Church of St. George with its amazing 6th century mosaic map depicting the entire Holy Land - from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south. Now return to the Jordanian capital where you are at leisure. (Buffet Breakfast, Dinner)
    
Day 6 Depart Amman and on to Cairo
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Egypt, a country rich in wonders and mysteries. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. (Buffet Breakfast)
    
Day 7 The Citadel & Egyptian Museum
Begin your city sightseeing at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Star among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Sightseeing continues at the Citadel where you enjoy breathtaking views over the whole city. Salah El Din started the Citadel in the 12th Century, but it owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose Great Alabaster Mosque you visit next. Then free time to enjoy as you wish! Later, take your seats at the magical Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids which literally illuminates the history of Giza - an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt! In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. (Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception)

Day 8 Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza Experience
Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World during a visit to Giza with a Local Expert! Meet the enigmatic Sphinx crouching at the foot of Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent Pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, see the colossal statue of Rameses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I; dating from 2686BC, it's the oldest in the world. Then free time afternoon. (Buffet Breakfast)
 
Day 9 to 12 Fly to Luxor for your Nile Cruise to Aswan
Fly to Luxor and transfer to your cruise ship. After lunch onboard, visit Luxor Temple unearthed by Mariette in the 1860's. Continue to the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of Ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. The next morning relax as you gently cruise along the Nile, past palm fringed villages and irrigated fields, to exotic Aswan. But before leaving Luxor, there is an excursion by coach to the westbank, which includes a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon and visits to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut as well as some of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings before visiting a working bakery to witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. As you drift up-stream stops are made at ancient sites along the way. These include Kom Ombo Temple and a delightful horse and carriage ride to the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God in Edfu. On arrival in Aswan, an included sightseeing tour shows you the High Dam and unfinished obelisk in the granite quarries. It also includes a motorboat ride to the Philae Island Temple complex and sailing in a traditional wooden Nile felucca. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea on the terrace at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who is said to have penned "Death on the Nile" over the café's signature drink. While cruising breakfast (BB), lunch (L) and dinner (D) are served daily and one night you get to celebrate Egyptian-style at a galabeya party and dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Signature Evening)
    
Day 13 Free Time in Aswan and back to Cairo
(Relaxed Start) Why not join an optional experience by air to the magnificent Temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel? Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. There is lots to enjoy; the Botanic Gardens, Elephantine Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum or soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night. (Buffet Breakfast)
    
Day 14 Depart Cairo

Your journey ends after breakfast with transfers to the airport. (Buffet Breakfast)
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River Cruise Highlights

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING

  • Jerash: Step back 2,000 years in time at this marvellous ancient city, the finest surviving example of a Greco-Roman city in the world.
  • Petra: Visit the ‘rose red' city and journey through the winding dark passageway between rock walls 300 and 600 ft high to the ancient hidden city.
  • Mount Nebo: Look down upon Moses's Promised Land. The view is amazing and the ruins are a site to behold!
  • Mabada: View the mosaic that is believed to be the earliest surviving map of the Holy Land.
  • Cairo: The full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne, precious jewellery; gaze upon the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt - Tutankhamun's treasure!
  • Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the Pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the great Pyramids.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
  • West Bank: Embark on an excursion to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating delicious bread.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
  • Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract hotel.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet the captain and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
All This Included
From Jordan's Crusader forts, to the world's oldest pyramid, this tour is a virtual time machine, catapulting you on through history with each and every visit.

INCLUDED QUALITY DINING
  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • 1 Welcome Drink (WR), 12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 4 lunches (L), 1 High Tea (AT), 3 dinners (D) plus bottled water, tea or coffee while cruising and 3 three-course table d'hôte Dinners, or Buffets, plus tea or coffees (D).
INCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES
  • An expert Insight professional multilingual Egyptologist/Tour Director, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges’, expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers to and from your Insight Vacations hotel.
  • Deluxe hotel in Cairo.
  • 4 night Nile cruise on MS Medea or MS Sapphire or MS La Boheme (or similar) including all cruise boat gratuities.

 

Accommodations on this Tour
Petra: Marriott
Amman: Marriott
Cairo: Cairo Marriott Hotel
Nile River: Cabin onboard Ms Medea, Ms Miriam or MS La Boheme (or similar)
Notes
  • Insight's room mate matching is not available on this tour.
  • There are no triples available on the cruise.
  • Smaller coaches without toilet facilities and 40 seats may be used.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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