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Jordan & Egypt with Dead Sea Extension Winter 2017-2018

16 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 Arrive Amman
On arrival in Amman, transfer to the Dead Sea for its warm, soothing mineral-rich waters. The likes of Cleopatra have luxuriated in its stimulating black mud. Pamper yourself at your resort which offers a wide range of treatments to rejuvenate both body and mind. (D)

Day 3 Dead Sea at Leisure
(Relaxed Start) The entire day is yours to relax as you will. Lying more than 400m below sea level, this is Earth's lowest point on dry land. Its famously hypersaline water makes floating easy. The surrounding desert offers many oases and historic sites. (BB / D)

Day 4 Dead Sea to Amman
After breakfast, you are transferred to your hotel. Later, join your Jordanian Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, drinks and a Welcome Dinner. (BB / WD)

Day 5 Jerash, the Pompeii of the East and on to Petra
The journey 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 sightseeing of the huge Roman Amphitheatre and the Citadel Hill. After some free time, continue south to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra – voted one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World’. (BB / WD)

Day 6 Exploring the Lost City of Petra
This day is devoted to the beautiful 'rose red city, half as old as time’. You enter this lost city through a narrow gorge, the Siq, with walls that rise up to 200 metres. Emerge from the path to see the magnificent Treasury, carved out of solid rock and standing over 40 metres high. Wind your way through the canyon to explore the Roman Amphitheatre, which once seated 3,000 spectators, and the ancient tombs. (BB / D)

Day 7 To the Crusader Castle of Shobak, Mt. Nebo and back to Amman
Follow the King's Highway to visit Shobak, an authentic 12th century 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. Later, return to the Jordanian capital where you are at leisure. (BB / D)

Day 8 Welcome 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. (BB)

Day 9 The Egyptian Museum and Citadel
Begin your city sightseeing with your Egyptologist at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring 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 is the next stop. Later, you will have free time to enjoy as you wish. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Afterwards, 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. (BB / WR)

Day 10 The Great Pyramids of Giza
Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World during a visit to Giza with your Egyptologist. 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, where you can see the colossal statue of Rameses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I; dating from 2,686 BC, it's the oldest in the world. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. (BB)

Day 11 Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile
Fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. Transfer to your cruise ship. After lunch on-board, visit Luxor Temple which was unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s. (BB / L / D)

Day 12 Valley of the Kings to Edfu
(Relaxed Start) Travel by air-conditioned coach to the west bank of the Nile to see the Colossi of Memnon, and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried. Next, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread. Return to your cruise boat and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu. (BB / L / D)

Day 13 From the Temple of Horus to Aswan
Visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God. After exploring this magnificent site, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only temple in Egypt dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder. Cruise to Aswan and in the evening, don your galabeyas (traditional Egyptian attire), for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party. (BB / L / SE)

Day 14 Aswan’s High Dam and Nile Felucca
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, visit the Aswan High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. Later, on a traditional Nile Felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient craft. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel. (BB / L / AT / D)

Day 15 Free Time in Aswan and back to Cairo
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy time at leisure in Aswan. 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 are many points of interest 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. (BB)

Day 16 Depart Cairo
(Relaxed Start) Your journey ends after breakfast with transfers to the airport. (BB)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
  • Jerash: Feel like you have stepped 2,000 years back in time as your Tour Director guides you through this marvelous ancient metropolis - now the finest surviving example of a Greco-Roman city in the world!
  • Petra: To visit the ancient and hidden 'rose red' city, journey with your Tour Director, through the winding, dark passageway, between rock walls 90-180 metres high.
  • Madaba: Guided by your Tour Director, admire the detail of the Madaba Map - a fascinating mosaic that is believed to be the earliest surviving map of the Holy land.
  • Cairo: Guided by your Local Expert, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasures.
  • Giza: With your Egyptologist, 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.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man, as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
  • Amman: See the Roman Amphitheatre and Citadel Hill.
  • Petra: See the Treasury and explore the Roman Amphitheater and ancient tombs.
  • Shobak: Explore the Crusader fortress seeing the Crusader chapel.
  • Cairo: Sightseeing includes sweeping vies over the city from the Citadel and a visit to the Great Alabaster Mosque.
  • Memphis: See the statue of Rameses II along with the Alabaster Sphinx.
  • Sakkara: View the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of Zoser I, existing for over 4,500 years.
  • Karnak: Walk the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, see the of Rameses II and the Hypostyle Hall.
  • Edfu: Explore the Temple of Horus.
  • Kom Ombo: Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.
  • Aswan: visit the High Dam and Granite Quarries.
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mount Nebo: Take in the astounding view of Moses' Promised Land, where the ruins are truly a site to behold.
  • Dead Sea: For thousands of years people have travelled to the Dead Sea to rejuvenate mind, body and soul by enjoying a swim in this hyper-saline lake and being pampered with treatments using its mineral-rich black mud.
  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids.
  • Kom Ombo: Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.
  • Philae Island: Rising from the waters, on the Island of Philae, is the amazing Temple of Isis. You will journey by motorboat to get there.
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. 

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
  • Jordan: Enjoy complete convenience with all breakfasts and dinners included.
  • Amman: Get to know your fellow travelers and Tour Director over a drink at your Welcome Reception.
  • Nile Cruise: Dress in traditional attire and join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Aswan: In true tradition, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy high tea in true colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel, as the sun begins to set.
  • Included Quality Dining: 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT), 1 Welcome Drink (WR) and 5 Three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffets (D) with tea or coffee; plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) with wine and tea or coffee. While Cruising: 4 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) 4 Lunches (L), 3 Buffet Dinners (D) and 1 Signature Evening (SE) all with bottled water, tea or coffee.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
  • Amman: The 5-star Amman Marriott Hotel is located in one of the capital's busiest centres, with easy access to all historical sites.
  • Petra: The Petra Marriott Hotel is majestically situated to overlook the dramatic and picturesque rose-red city. It combines the warmest Arabian hospitality with the splendour of the ancient city of Petra.
  • Dead Sea: The Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa is perfectly positioned on the shores of the mineral rich Dead Sea, set against the backdrop of rugged mountains.
  • Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style, on-board your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.
  • Cairo: The luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.
OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES
  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director and an expert Insight professional, multilingual Egyptologist/Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with an on-board restroom (alternative coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities, may be used on occasion).
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary (available for groups of 8 or more).
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are 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.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers are available from Amman Airport on arrival and to Cairo Airport departure days, or when additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Scheduled air travel between Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo with included airport transfers. A 4-night Nile cruise on MS Medea/MS Miriam/MS Giselle/MS La Boheme (or similar). Please note that gratuities are not included for the Tour Director, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts. Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
Accommodations on this Tour
Dead Sea: Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa
Amman: Amman Marriott Hotel
Petra: Marriott Hotel
Cairo: Marriott Hotel
Cruising: MS Medea (or similar)
Notes
  • 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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