Cairo – Giza pyramids    

Petra, Jordan-the Treasury

Petra, Jordan-the Treasury

Aswan man in white

Aswan man in white

Aswan Painted Column

Aswan-Painted Column

Aswan Temple of Philae

Aswan-Temple of Philae

Nile felucca

Felucca on the Nile

Nile at Sunset

Nile at Sunset

Luxor – Deir el-Medina

Luxor – Deir el-Medina

Luxor – Deir el-Medina mummy

Luxor – Deir el-Medina Tomb Painting

Valley of the Kings tomb painting

Valley of the Kings Tomb Painting

Edfu – Falcon God

Edfu – Statue of Horus

Edfu – temple carving

Edfu – Temple Carving

Man with donkey on the Nile

Man with Donkey on Nile

Nile Village

Nile Village

White Desert Natural Sculpture

White Desert Natural Sculpture

White Desert Landscape

White Desert Landscape

Amman, Jordan

View of Amman, Jordan

Roman temple at Jerush, Jordan

Roman temple at Jerush, Jordan

Petra-entrance to city carved into cliff

Petra - Entrance to city carved into cliff

Egypt and Jordan 2015
Tentative Itinerary

Day 1

  • Depart from USA

Day 2

  • Arrive in Egypt in the afternoon
  • Met at airport by English speaking guide for transfer to Oberoi Mena House Hotel
  • Dinner on your own

Day 3

  • Day of visiting one of the Great Wonders of the World, Egypt’s huge and magnificent pyramids, including Giza and Sakkara, the Stepped Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, and Memphis, Egypt’s earliest capital
  • Lunch included
  • Return to hotel mid-afternoon for a rest
  • Dinner included at the hotel

Day 4

  • Tour Islamic and Coptic Cairo, including Salah El Din Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, the Hanging Church, Abu Sirga Church and Synagogue.
  • Lunch included
  • Return to hotel about mid-afternoon for a rest
  • Depart at dusk to see the spectacular sound and light show at the Pyramids
  • Dinner on your own after the show

Day 5

  • Fly to Abu Simbel in Nubia, far southern Egypt, to see two magnificent temples originally carved out of the cliffs by Ramses II and raised to the plain above before the waters of the rising Lake Nasser covered them
  • Fly to Aswan after seeing the temples to meet the Sonesta Moon Goddess, our cruise ship and home for the next 4 days
  • Lunch on the Moon Goddess
  • All meals included throughout cruise
  • After dinner aboard the Moon Goddess, stroll through the winding alleyways and bazaars of the old city of Aswan

Day 6

  • Begin our Nile cruise with a guided tour of the wonders of Aswan, including the Aswan High Dam, the enormous Unfinished Obelisk, and the lovely Temple of Philae, moved to its current location when the original Aswan Dam (the Low Dam) was built

Day 7

  • Continue our cruise down the Nile, stopping to see the Temple of Sobek at Komombo, the huge and magnificent Temple of Horus at Edfu, the Esna Lock, which we will traverse, before sailing on to the fabled city of Luxor.

Day 8

  • In Luxor, we will visit the Valley of the Kings, with its unbelievable tombs and gorgeous (and original) paintings of Egyptian gods and goddesses and their daily lives. We will continue on to Deir el Medina, the village where the artisans who painted the tombs lived, to see their own remarkably decorated tombs with scenes of the daily lives of ordinary people.
  • Afternoon visit to the temples of Luxor and Karnak and the Colossi of Memnon, all colossal in their size and magnificent in their artistry.
  • Time in the evening to wander around Luxor.

Day 9

  • Depart from the Moon Goddess in the morning for our flight to Cairo
  • Upon arrival in Cairo, board our chartered coach for the drive to Egypt’s magnificent Western Desert and the Bahareya Oasis, one of a string of large oases along a huge fault zone in the desert.
  • Lunch included
  • Check in to the Desert Rose Eco-lodge
  • Dinner included

Day 10

  • Spend the day in four wheel drive vehicles touring the fantastical White Desert, Black Desert, Crystal Mountain and sand dunes.
  • Picnic lunch included
  • Overnight at Shahrazad Luxury Camp in the desert, sleeping in comfortable tents (with ensuite toilet and hot water showers)
  • Dinner included at the camp

Day 11

  • Spend the morning visiting the area around the Bahareya Oasis, including Black Mountains, dunes, palm groves, temples and Mummies Hall
  • Return to Cairo in the afternoon by chartered coach
  • Lunch included
  • Check in to Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel
    (by the airport)
  • Dinner on your own

Day 12

  • Depart for morning flight to Amman
  • Lunch included
  • City tour in the afternoon
  • Transfer to Four Seasons Amman Hotel
  • Dinner included

Day 13

  • Depart in the morning for the drive to Jerash to see its beautiful Roman city
  • Lunch included
  • Afternoon free to shop or relax
  • Dinner on your own

Day 14

  • Depart for drive along the Desert Road of Jordan to Petra, via Wadi Rum, a stunning valley in the desert, with a 4 wheel drive tour of the rugged and colorful buttes and dunes of the desert
  • Picnic lunch in the desert included
  • Continue our drive to Petra
  • Check in to the Moevenpick Hotel, just outside the entrance to Petra
  • Dinner included

Day 15

  • Spend the day visiting the ancient city of Petra, carved into the pink and red rock walls of the narrow valley, with time to hike to the more remote ruins
  • Lunch included
  • Afternoon free to see the bazaar and the town or just relax
  • Dinner on your own

Day 16

  • Morning departure for the drive to Amman via the Dead Sea, stopping for lunch and time to swim in the buoyant waters of the Sea
  • Lunch included at the Dead Sea
  • Afternoon arrival in Amman
  • Transfer to Four Seasons Hotel
  • Closing dinner at a local restaurant

Day 17

  • Transfer to airport for flights home to USA
Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum mother camel & baby

Wadi Rum mother camel & baby

Some notes about cost (see pricing below):

We travel with small groups, usually 6 to 10 clients. Others, even top line companies, have groups of 18 to 26 or more people. Group size has the largest impact on trip cost. We offer several price points depending on group size.

We take care of all the tipping during the trip. You don't have to worry about when, whom or how much to tip.

We personally lead each trip, so you can count on us to take care of the daily details and solve any problems that may arise.

The ground cost for this trip per person (based upon double occupancy and not including international airfare) is $9675 per person if 8 people take the trip and $10,195 per person if there are fewer than 8 participants (not including Don and Gail). The single supplement is $1250.

We will need your deposit of $2500 per person when you register for the trip. The final payment will be due November 21, 2013.

The trip price includes 5-star, or the best available, hotels, the cruise, breakfast, most lunches and dinners, internal flights, ground transportation, guides, admissions, transfers, and tips. Not included are international air fare between the U.S. and Egypt/Jordan, alcoholic beverages, excess baggage charges, independent airport transfers, incidentals (such as internet access, laundry, phone and fax calls), passport and visa fees, and medical expenses. Internal flights will be coach class. We will have our own private guides and busses or vans exclusively for our group.


Egypt and Jordan require a visa for U.S. citizens. We encourage you to get your visas well in advance of our trip and will send you information on obtaining visas once you have registered for the trip. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after you leave Jordan.

Please note that we may change the itinerary based on changes in airline schedules, natural disaster, availability of hotels, or other circumstances requiring such changes.

Refund Policy

Deposits and any payments are fully refundable, less a $250 per person cancellation fee, until 120 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can be made only if the program is sold out and your place(s) can be resold, in which case a $1,000 per person cancellation fee will apply. After November 21, 2013, we cannot make any refunds unless we must cancel the trip because of circumstances outside our control (i.e., war, natural disaster). In that case, your payments are fully refundable. We recommend trip-cancellation insurance and, if the trip insurance doesn't include it, medical evacuation insurance.

Trip cancellation

We reserve the right to cancel the trip if we do not have at least 6 people participating or if circumstances beyond our control (i.e., war, quarantine, etc.) require it. In the case of cancellation by us, we will refund your entire payment. Please note that we will be watching the political situation in Egypt closely and monitoring the U.S. State Department alerts. While thousands of tourists are currently visiting Egypt, and we plan to join them in 2014, we will postpone or cancel the trip if the political situation deteriorates.

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel your reservation after November 21, 2013. You usually need to buy this insurance within 2 weeks of making your deposit if you have an “existing condition” you need to have covered. Please check with your travel insurance carrier and read the small print in the policy carefully. If you do not have a preferred insurance company, you can read and compare policy details and costs on our insurance page. We have found these sites to be very useful, with good customer service.
Petra-Roman Temple

Petra-Roman Temple

Petra Temple

Petra Temple

Farafra dunes

Desert sand dunes

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