Jewels of Jordan
Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation.
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
2 to 20
|26 Jun 2018||13 Jul 2018||Fully Booked||AUD $7,970|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Jordan! This evening we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]
Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle. [B,D]
Heading out of Amman, we make our way to Madaba and visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George. We'll also stop at the biblical site of Mt Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land. This afternoon we visit 'Little Petra'. With a history dating back some 9,000 years, it is one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East. [B,D]
Today we discover the famous Lost City of Petra, a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago. [B,D]
Special Experience: We'll enter Petra through the Siq, a narrow, 800-metre long gorge flanked on either side by soaring 80-metre high cliffs, before we reach the incredible Treasury, hewn into the sandstone cliff face.
Why not return to Petra for an optional second visit this morning? We'll then venture south to Wadi Rum, one of the most stunning desertscapes in the world. We'll enjoy an exciting jeep tour, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen. Later we'll take a camel ride through the uniquely shaped mountains and see traces of ancient civilisations in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area. The most spectacular monuments in Wadi Rum, however, are those carved by nature - the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and vast peaks. We'll spend the night in a basic Bedouin desert camp underneath a blanket of stars. [B,D]
Heading north, we reach the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. The salt content of the water here is four times that of most oceans, so you can float without even trying, making swimming here a truly unique experience. Later this afternoon we travel back to Amman. [B,L,D]
Today we bid farewell to Jordan and take a short flight to Cairo, where we'll enjoy a group dinner to welcome us to Egypt. [B,D]
Our touring in Egypt begins at the oldest structures in existence, the amazing Great Pyramids of Giza, where construction began approximately 4,500 years ago. We'll then visit the nearby Great Sphinx, discover the ancient capital of Memphis and the Step Pyramid of Sakkara, believed to have been designed by the vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep. [B]
Today we take a short flight to Aswan, gateway to the incredible history, temples and monuments of Upper Egypt. Here we'll visit the High Dam, the magnificent Temple of Isis on Philae Island and the Unfinished Obelisk. This afternoon we'll relax on a cruise on board a traditional felucca sailboat. [B]
Special Experience: An early start this morning to cross the desert. Our destination is the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel. The temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari. [B,L,D]
Embark Cruise: Later this morning we'll return to Aswan and board our Nile River cruise ship. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
After breakfast we set sail for the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Harris. We'll then cruise onward to Edfu where we'll visit the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. Continuing our journey, we cross the lock at Esna and sail on towards Luxor. Tonight we'll enjoy a galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]
We'll arrive in Luxor after breakfast and explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. We'll then visit Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by an Avenue of Sphinxes. [B,L,D]
Disembark Cruise: We disembark and set off to explore the West Bank - the world's largest open-air museum!
Special Experience: Our first stop is the Valley of the Kings. Carved deep into the limestone rock, each tomb has a similar pattern of three corridors, an antechamber and a sarcophagus chamber. We'll be able to descend into some of the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and incredibly well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings.
Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. [B]
The morning is at leisure for you to explore Luxor or simply relax before our afternoon flight back to Cairo. [B]
Today begins with a visit to the Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. We'll then discover the 14th century souk, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Famous for its handmade crafts, it's also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Arabic coffee. This afternoon we'll continue into the lively heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures. This evening we'll enjoy
a group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]