Egypt and Jordan

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10 reviews
Nov 2 - 15, 2023
Group size: 10 - 26
Egypt and Jordan
Egypt

10 reviews

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Nov 2 - 15, 2023
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 3, 2024

For couples or traveling companions.

Price is per person based on double occupancy.

$4,595
Deposit: $600
Single Traveler
Available until August 3, 2024only 3 left

For individuals traveling alone, paying the Single Supplement.

$5,395
Deposit: $600
Single Willing to Share
Available until August 3, 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.

$4,595
Deposit: $600

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Itinerary

Egypt and Jordan
Itinerary

 Day 1  Cairo
We will gather for our get-acquainted meeting in our Cairo hotel and have dinner together.
Oasis Hotel (3 nights) http://www.oasis.com.eg/

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
Dahshur
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
Karnak
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)  http://www.suncitycamp.com/

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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Reviews

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By Melanie Sue R for Southern Africa on 22 Sep, 2022
I had a fantastic time. The group was wonderfully welcoming, which was especially nice since this was my 2nd trip ever going abroad and my 1st strictly for pleasure. I wasn't sure what to expect from a tour group - but had a very positive experience and felt included the entire trip, even though I was travelling by myself. I now have several new friends and possibly new travel buddies! I felt like we really got a great overview of Iceland going all around the ring road. The experiences were great. Our Iceland guide was fantastic - very knowledgeable and always willing to answer questions and help figure things out. Having free time and his help to fill it was also a nice bonus as I wasn't at all familiar or comfortable with how/where to book experiences. The place we went horseback riding (a group of 6 of us on Friday) was one of the highlights of the trip for me - the trail guide was wonderful and being able to experience the unique "tolt" gait of the Icelandic horses was truly amazing. The food was very good. The accommodations were very comfortable. My only suggestion to improve the trip would be to have a larger bus as we were very crammed and had quite a bit of road time. THANK YOU for a delightful experience I will never forget!
By Sheila D for Iceland on 21 Sep, 2022
I loved the trip. Iceland is a beautiful country and we saw many wonderful sites. The overall schedule and sites visited were a good balance. The local guide was great, though it took a bit of time to understand his accent. He has a great sense of humor and is an excellent driver. Even though we were advised about the small vehicle, it was very uncomfortable. The two wheel well seats were terrible. and to sit with 4 across the back seat was extremely tight. Unfortunately it was very difficult to hear and understand the driver/local guide when sitting in the back two rows. Many persons did not move around the bus so some people sat in compromised seats most of the trip. The accommodations in Akureyri were a big disappointment largely because of the distance from the central business district. We spent a lot of money on cabs in addition to walking the 3 miles one time, one way to spend our free day. The hotel was not what was expected and not the same quality as others but would have been "ok" if close to the core area of town. the town was charming and fun to explore. Even with these two disappointments, vehicle and hotel location in Akureyri, the trip was lovely. The physical beauty and grandeur of Iceland did not disappoint. Also the food was a happy surprise and the Icelandic people are lovely. Imprint does a great job of building an interesting and thorough itinerary. we covered a lot of territory.
By Kathleen S for Iceland on 20 Sep, 2022
We liked the small group and enjoyed our tour-mates. We wanted to drive the ring road and this tour provided that experience. We were disappointed in several of the hotels because they were primarily outside of towns, and even in Reykjavik the hotel was well outside the city center. When our hotel for Ankureyri was changed at the last minute to a hotel outside of the town, it changed our free day quite negatively. We were then subject to arranging transportation with our guide or paying for a taxi and this changed what we did and the time we had. We were disappointed in the lack of variety in food options available, when we had group meals. It seemed that we were only offered lamb or fish. I was really disappointed when at our final meal a couple of group members were able to select other options but these were not offered to the group. The biggest negative issue was the "bus" that we had. It supposedly sat 15 people, but that would have been impossible. No matter where you sat, the bus was cramped and uncomfortable. The local guide/driver was great. He obviously knew Iceland and had contacts throughout the country. He had and gave us a wealth of good information. Overall, we enjoyed this trip and our opportunity to explore Iceland. We would definitely travel with Imprint Tours again.
By Teresa K for Iceland on 20 Sep, 2022
Overall, it was a delightful trip, made possible by Laris our in-country guide's knowledge and humor, and the other tour participants. First trip to Iceland, and sites were spectacular. Transportation: the vehicle in which we traveled was much too small for our group. 2 seats over the wheel wells were useless, as passengers in those seats had to sit for long rides with their knees to their chest! There were couples who were unwilling to be separated during long drives, so they always took the front row seats, leaving the smaller seats to the rest of us. the back row of seats are nearly impossible to enter and exit, not to mention that the rear shocks on the vehicle were so shot that when we hit bumps the rear bumper grazed the pavement. Accommodations: We understood by the itinerary that we would stay right in heart of Akureyri. This was not the case. We thought we'd be able to easily walk about town. instead, we were over 3 miles from town and had to take a $25 taxi ride each way for 2 days. resulting in $100 additional cost and hassle. The hotel in which were stayed was old, lacked hot water, drafty rooms, and poor service, only 1 towel for 2 roommates despite our repeated request for more towels. We understand this change of hotels to be a last-minute issue, but expectations and explanations were not managed at all by the Imprint Guide, Neil Coen. On several occasions, he admitted it was his first trip and he didn't know how to manage the situation. by Day 2 in Akureyri, Niel took off before 8 am for a fly-fishing trip, without telling anyone, and didn't return until after 9 pm, leaving tour participants to fend for ourselves to resolve questions and issues. He did not even participate in the group dinner. Meals: Our group dinner in Reykjavik was sorely disappointing. We arrived at a buffet restaurant to find that much of the fresh fruit & vegetables were already depleted and not replenished. Salad bowl was empty and cheeses had melted onto the serving plate. Service was poor, we had to ask multiple times for water, flatware and drinks. The meal at the sheep ranch was limited to lamb, with only a small salad as the alternative. glad I had bought fish and chips at a food truck earlier in the day. Activities: Most were incredibly breathtaking and wonderful. I recommend skipping Lake Myvatn. The flies/bugs were unbearable even with face mask bug protection. When we stayed at the sheep farm, we were given the second day as a "free day." Not much one can do when you're out in the middle of nowhere. A "free day" needs options for guests. We had to query Laris, our in-country guide to think of activities for us. Atmosphere: All of the above issues were made tolerable by the comradery of our group participants, and our in-country guide, Laris, who seemed to recognize that expectations were not met on several occasions and that Niels abdicated his role as guide in lieu of waffling between playing tourist and over-excited school teacher. At times, Niels treated us as if we were in the detention bus, defaulting to yelling at adults, which only made us ignore him more. Conclusion: it was a great trip. we saw some of the most impressive sites in the world, we met great people, had many laughs, and made many fond memories. Kuddos to Laris for stepping up to the challenges our crew presented.
By Lois B for Iceland on 15 Sep, 2022
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