Essence of Egypt & Jordan

19 Days
Cairo to Amman
From (USD)
$ 10,595
Dates & Pricing

2021 Cairo > Amman

Ancient and natural wonders

Explore the incredible legacy of these two intriguing countries, from magnificent monuments immortalising the pharaohs in Egypt, to the footsteps of the Romans and Nabataeans in Jordan.
Delve into the wonders of Egypt and discover the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza before marvelling at the ancient temples, tombs and monuments at Luxor. Glide along the Nile on a luxury cruise to Aswan and stand in awe before the extraordinary temples of Abu Simbel, then top it all off with the treasures of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. In the Kingdom of Jordan, discover the capital Amman before travelling the moon-like desertscape of Wadi Rum. Marvel at the World-Heritage listed city of Petra for a spine-tingling and explore the incredible Treasury and ruins before floating in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
MEEJ
Duration:
19 days
Departure City:
Cairo
Return City:
Amman

19 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Giza (Cairo)

    Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a two night Special Stay. You’ll be able to soak up stunning views of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony. Please book flights to arrive into Cairo by 2pm.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Giza

    Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC, before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Visit the ancient site of Saqqara in the afternoon. At dusk, prepare for an exclusive night of historical discoveries as the doors of the new Grand Museum open just for you, long after they have closed to the general public.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Giza > Luxor

    Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of your Special Stay hotel for tonight. Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by the the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Luxor > Nile Cruise

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the ancient sites (additional cost, please book on tour.)

    Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor and embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III as you settle into your elegantly appointed cabin.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Nile Cruise

    Relax on the Sun Deck and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor Temple.
    This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and a Nubian Dance performance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Nile Cruise

    Follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo Temple, perched high on the east bank, dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God.
    A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Nile Cruise

    Cruise south to charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board and take a felucca cruise on the Nile. Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nile Cruise > Aswan

    Freechoice

    Visit a Nubian village or the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, take a motorboat ride to the upper reaches of the Nile.

    Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract and admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony. Discover the history of the hotel and follow in the footsteps of icons like Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Aswan

    Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Aswan > Cairo

    Fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and the collection of Royal Mummies. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Cairo

    Freechoice

    Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Cairo > Amman

    Fly to Amman and enjoy a two night stay. This afternoon join your Tour Director for a walk through the food and produce markets and stop to taste some traditional Jordanian sweets. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a dinner of local delicacies.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Amman

    Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age, and explore the impressive ruins.

    Freechoice

    Visit the Royal Automobile Museum and see the fascinating collection of cars belonging to the Royal Family. Alternatively, experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abdali walking district.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  14. Day 14 - Amman > Wadi Rum

    At Madaba, discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land and visit the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration. Continue to the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum where you will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp.

    Sundowners

    Witness the dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Wadi Rum > Petra

    Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover Wadi Rum. Explore Lawrence Road and marvel at the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the pink and white sands. Continue to the Rose Red City of Petra for your two night stay. An unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury and chasms lit by candlelight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  16. Day 16 - Petra

    This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Petra > Dead Sea

    At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, see where Jesus was baptised, then view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Travel north to your Special Stay resort for the next two nights on the shores of the Dead Sea. Relax and enjoy sweeping views over the Dead Sea and across to Israel from your balcony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  18. Day 18 - Dead Sea

    Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to lather you in therapeutic mud, or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or newspaper. This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

    Sundowners

    Join your Tour Director and toast the end of a wonderful Jordanian journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Dead Sea > Amman

    Say farewell as you transfer to Amman airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Stay in all three of the iconic Palace Hotels in Egypt for exclusive luxurious stays that will be memories of a lifetime
  • Witness the amazing temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari at Abu Simbel
  • At the palatial Marriott Mena House, enjoy beverages and canapés against the backdrop of the Great Pyramids of Giza at an exclusive Scenic Sundowners event
  • In Jordan, discover the hidden secrets and architectural marvels of the ancient ghost city of Petra

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Group sizes of no more than 34 guests
  • Your choice of 7 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 3 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 5 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 43 meals – 18 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director, expert Egyptologist and knowledgeable local guides
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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