Egypt and Jordan

      34 reviews
      Nov 7 - 20, 2024
      Group size: 10 - 26
      Egypt and Jordan

      34 reviews

      Nov 7 - 20, 2024
      Group size: 10 - 26

      About this trip

      Egypt, the “Land of the Pharaohs”, should be a bucket-list destination for every westerner.  Of all Imprint’s offerings, this is the most “sight-rich” itinerary.  The list is impressive and long:  the great pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, mighty Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the temples of Edfu and Kom-Ombo, and finally, the wondrous Abu Simbel.  This is an iconic checklist that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in the world.  We also add the amazing experiences of a classic Nile Cruise, an evening of Nubian gastronomy and entertainment, the great mosques of Islamic Cairo, Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, and more.  And, were this not enough, the tour continues with the pre-eminent sight in the region, the hidden city of Petra and concludes in magical Wadi Rum in next-door Jordan. 

      Available Packages

      Double or Twin
      Available until August 9, 2024

      For couples or traveling companions.

      Price is per person based on double occupancy.

      Deposit: $600
      Single Traveler
      Available until August 9, 20246 left

      For individuals traveling alone, paying the Single Supplement.

      Deposit: $600
      Single Willing to Share
      Available until August 9, 2024

      For the individual who doesn't want to pay the Single Supplement and is willing to share a room with a traveler of the same gender.

      Note - If Imprint is unable to find a traveler willing to share you will be required to pay the Single Supplement.

      Deposit: $600

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      Egypt and Jordan

       Day 1  Cairo
      We will gather for our get-acquainted meeting in our Cairo hotel and have dinner together.
      Oasis Hotel (3 nights)

      Day 2  Cairo
      Egyptian Museum; Pyramids
      This morning will start with a visit to the magnificent Egyptian Museum. This collection boasts an astonishing array of archaeological finds including the exquisite riches of Tutankhamun.  After lunch together we drive to Giza to explore the mysteries of the Great Pyramids and the mighty Sphinx, with plenty of photo opportunities as sunset approaches.

      Day 3  Cairo
      Khan el Khalili; Wikala al-Ghouri
      Today we begin with the Citadel of Saladin and Mohamed Ali Mosque.  Then a guided visit to the Gayer-Anderson Museum.  In the afternoon we’ll visit Islamic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest. We’ll have free time for shopping, and take a break for tea at the iconic Feshawi Café. Additionally, if time allows, we’ll pop into another of Cairo’s impressive mosques.

      Day 4  Luxor
      An early morning departure brings us to Dahshur where we will see the unique Red and Bent Pyramids. They are among the largest and most accessible in Egypt but attract fewer visitors and are therefore less chaotic than those at Giza. Later we transfer to the airport for a short flight to Luxor.  Upon arrival we will be taken to our hotel.
      Etab El-Luxor Hotel (1 night)

      Day 5  Nile Cruise
      Valley of Kings; Hatshepsut; Valley of Queens
      Today begins with a visit of three tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Valley of the Queens.  We’ll finish with a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon.  [Note:  The many temples, tombs, and monuments of the West Bank are constantly being restored leading to sporadic closures.  Specific sites are not guaranteed.  Imprint will endeavor to arrange visits to the most significant and interesting sites available at the time of our visit.]  At the end of the morning we transfer to our 5-Star Cruise boat, our home for the next 4 nights.
      Dolphin 5-Star Cruise (4 nights)

      Day 6 Nile Cruise
      This morning we have a leisurely visit mighty Karnak Temple, greatest on the Nile.  After lunch on board we begin our relaxing sail up the Nile.

      Day 7  Nile Cruise
      Edfu; Kom-Ombo
      After breakfast on board, we will enjoy a visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu, the best preserved temple on the Nile. Then we sail on to Kom-Ombo to visit the unique double temple, dedicated to both Horus the falcon god and Sobek the crocodile god. The rest of the day is a beautiful sail to the garden city of Aswan.

      Day 8  Nile Cruise
      Market; Falucca; Nubian village
      Today is our day on the Nile.  In the morning we will visit the market of Aswan.  In the afternoon, as the sun wanes, we travel by felucca (traditional Nile sailing boat) to Elephantine Island and a visit to a Nubian Village.  We’ll learn about the contemporary lives of the Nubian people and enjoy dinner in a Nubian home.

      Day 9  Abu Simbel
      Abu Simbel; Sound & Light show
      A late morning departure sends us across the desert to Abu Simbel.  Late this afternoon we’ll visit the magnificent temples of Ramses II and his Queen Nefertari. These temples received global attention in 1968 when they were completely dismantled and relocated to avoid inundation. This evening we’ll enjoy Egypt’s best Sound & Light Show.
      Seti Abu Simbel Hotel (1 night)

      Day 10  Cairo
      This morning we transfer to Abu Simbel airport for our flight to Cairo (via Aswan).  The ambitious among us have the option of sunrise at the temples before our departure.  Upon arrival in Cairo we will check into our hotel for some rest and relaxation.
      La Passage Hotel (1 night)

      Day 11  Petra, Jordan
      Dead Sea
      Our day begins with a transfer to Cairo airport for our flight to Amman.  Upon arrival at Queen Alia airport we'll be met by our Jordanian guide who will assist us through immigration and customs, and escort us to the Dead Sea for a quick "bob” in the saline waters.  In the afternoon we will continue our journey south to Petra.
      Petra Guest House (2 nights)

      Day 12  Petra
      This entire day is dedicated to exploring the lost Nabatean city of Petra. The morning starts with a journey through the fabled SIQ, the deep and narrow sandstone cleft which opens to reveal the iconic Treasury.  The day continues with our exploration of ancient Temples, Royal Tombs, a Roman theater, houses, and more.  For those interested, there is an optional night visit available.  Walk the siq by candlelight and emerge to find the space before the iconic Treasury filled with hundreds of oil lamps.

      Day 13 Wadi Rum
      We depart in the morning for the magical desert region of Wadi Rum, the filming location for many movies including The Martian and Lawrence of Arabia.  Upon arrival we’ll enjoy a mint tea or cardamom coffee before touring this moon-like desert landscape in a Bedouin driven jeep.  After sunset we’ll enjoy a classic Bedouin dinner.
      Sun City Camp (1 night)

      Day 13  Amman
      Tour over today.  Included transfer to Amman or Amman airport for flight home.  Please note, we will not arrive back in Amman until early to mid afternoon.  For those continuing to Imprint’s Jerusalem extension, transportation to the Allenby Bridge border crossing is included today.

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