After a successful return to Egypt / Jordan, we again offer a similar itinerary for 2020.
This escorted tour begins in Cairo, the heart of Egypt, with time to discover the Pyramids, Sphinx, tombs and temples of the valleys of the Kings and Queens and immerse yourself in history that dates back centuries. Relax on the river Nile as life slowly passes by on your three-night cruise, stopping off at the must-see temples and communities along the way to Luxor. Travel north to the Mediterranean city of Alexandria to see the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. Visit the war cemeteries and museums in El Alamein where WWII battles took place. Jordan offers a different experience – the highlight being Petra and the Siq that opens onto the Treasury. Enjoy Amman and visit the Roman ruins in Jerash. Travel the Old Kings Road and stay near the Dead Sea where floating is one of the must-do activities.
An evening departure on Emirates Airlines. Change planes in Dubai.
Arrive Cairo mid-morning and transfer to your hotel located close to the pyramids.
Check in and enjoy at late lunch. Afternoon at rest before dinner in the hotel.
Cairo - has been the heart of Egypt for more than 1000 years and it demonstrates the dichotomy of all things Egyptian. Cairo is where the medieval world and the contemporary western world come together. Each of the Pagan, Christian and Muslim civilisations which Cairo has hosted, left their imprint on the city in the form of customs, celebrations, monuments and artefacts. Monuments such as the Pyramids, Sphinx, lively bazaars, famous Islamic mosques and ancient Coptic churches’ open a window of a glorious past. Cairo will strike one as a land of vivid contrasts. Its ancient civilisation, unique history and culture blend harmoniously with the modern refinements of the 21st century
A full day touring the Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic figure of the Sphinx. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before we continue onto the famous Egyptian Museum which includes the Tut Ankh Amu Collection. This evening you will be amazed by the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza.
Today we visit old Cairo including the Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Abu Serga Church and the Hanging Church all within the Khan El Khalili area. After lunch, overlooking the old city, we take a moment to explore the Grand Bazzar before returning to our hotel for dinner.
Early morning flight to Abu Simbel in the south of Egypt. In the afternoon tour the Temples of Abu Simbel. Tonight enjoy the Sound & light show.
Abu Simbel - of all the temples of Egyptian antiquity, amongst the most spectacular and best preserved are the Temples of Abu Simbel. The master builder was Ramses II, one of Egypt’s greatest Pharaohs. The larger temple celebrates the Pharaoh himself while the smaller one honours his wife Queen Nefertari. When the new Lake Nasser Dam was built in the 1960s, the temples were moved to save them from a watery grave. In an amazing feat of engineering, the temples were hewn into huge blocks of thirty tonnes each and relocated 180m further inland.
Morning drive across the desert to Aswan and perhaps even see a mirage! Visit the Nubian Museum and learn about Nubian culture and former kingdom.
Late afternoon enjoy a traditional Felucca sail on the Nile.
Today visit the Philae temple then board your river cruise boat in time for lunch. This afternoon there is time to visit the local souk and a Papyrus shop. Overnight Aswan.
Cruise up river to the agricultural town of Kom Ombo to visit the temple completed during the reign of Ptolemy 146 – 181BC. Sail into Edfu to visit the remains of the Old Kingdom as well as houses and the temple of the Byzantine period. Sail onto Luxor.
This morning visit the East bank and drive to the Karnak and Luxor temple.
Luxor - has often been called the world’s greatest open-air museum - as indeed it is and much more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world that we know of. Actually, most people think of Luxor as three different areas, consisting of the City of Luxor on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak just north of Luxor and Thebes, which the ancient Egyptians called Waset, on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor.
Luxor has been a tourist destination since the beginning of tourism. Even in ancient times, during the late Dynasties of the Greek and Roman periods, the area drew tourists and has been doing so ever since
An early visit to the Western Bank and the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple and the Colossi of Memnon that faces the Nile.
Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Cairo. On arrival transfer to your overnight hotel.
After breakfast we drive north to El Alamein, site of the famous WWII battle. Visit the allied cemetery and the museum. Continue onto Alexandria for a late lunch before a visit to the Kom El Shoqafa tombs.
Alexandria – founded by Alexander the Great in 332BC, is one of the 34 cities named after the great conqueror. Alexandria soon found its true vocation - becoming the cultural centre of the Mediterranean region. It was called the ‘African Athens’ and became the capital of Egypt during the reign of the Ptolemaic dynasty, named after its founder Ptolemy I (305-282BC), who took power after the death of Alexander the Great. The city retained this role until the death of the last sovereign, Cleopatra VII, in 30BC, when Egypt became a Roman province.
With a population of over five million, Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt and the country’s leading port, as well as a leading tourist attraction. It has also been the scene of many archaeological excavations in recent years, both on land and in the sea, which have yielded important discoveries.
A day to explore this northern-most city including the Roman Theatre, The Alexandria Library (the oldest and most significant Libraries in the world) and the site of the Lighthouse and Pompeii’s Pillar. A farewell dinner tonight.
After a leisurely breakfast return to Cairo International Airport. Mid-afternoon flight to Amman – on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
A morning tour of the Citadel and museum. Continue on to Jerash, known as the city of the thousand columns and widely regarded as one of the most-beautifully preserved and forgotten Greco-Roman cities in the world. Enjoy lunch before returning to Amman.
Drive via the King’s Highway, the ancient road that was once part of the Silk Road to Petra. En-route visit Madaba where you can view the oldest-known map of the Holy land in mosaics and Mt Nebo where Moses looked out over the ‘Promised Land.’ Continue to the valley of Wadi Al Mujib and the city of Kerak before arriving in Petra for a two night stay.
Today explore Petra, one of the world’s architectural wonders, described as “The Rose - Red City as half as old as time.” Entry is via a narrow siq reaching hundreds of feet high. Time to walk the valley and see Petra’s most-famous monument ‘The Treasury.’ Lunch included. Return to the hotel this afternoon before a cuisine evening in a Petra kitchen. Prepare an evening meal in a relaxed atmosphere, learning how to prepare local food.
Drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest land elevation on earth at 423m below sea level,
with an opportunity to float in the hypersaline waters. Time at leisure before dinner.
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Dubai for a one night stay at an airport hotel
This morning is our flight back to Auckland
Morning arrival in Auckland
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|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Business Class Upgrade||+$6,825|
|Mixed Class Upgrade||+$4,692|
|Early Booking Discount ( 02-08-2019 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
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Climate/Temperatures – The weather will be dry and warm to hot. Temperatures will range from 17°c at night to 30°c during the day.
The hottest will be Abu Simbel with a high of 36°c and a low of 20°c.
Clothes – Modest lightweight, comfortable clothes are the order of the day – Ladies no sleeveless blouses, men no shorts above the knee. The laundry service in the hotels is inexpensive. Hats, sunglasses and comfortable sandals are a must. A scarf or pareu is handy for temples and the sun. A small umbrella is useful as a sun shade.
Water – Bottled water is available while touring.
Food – Meals are reasonably priced – western food is more expensive and available at the hotels. The local food is Middle Eastern with couscous and kebabs, falafels, chickpeas, rice, tomatoes, cucumber and yoghurt.
Currency/Money – The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound. This currency is not available outside the country. Credit cards are widely accepted and EFTPOS is available in all main tourist centres. USD or Euros are always useful. In Jordan USD is accepted or the Jordanian dinar.
Shopping – This could be a shoppers’ paradise. The old bazaar in Cairo sells everything from spices to reproductions of antiques, cloth and jewellery and leather goods.
Cultural – Egypt and Jordan are 90% Muslim although in the land of Cleopatra (Egypt), women are more emancipated than many other countries in the Arab world.
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* Itinerary subject to change