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A Billion Shades of Sand

Trip Length

Trip Code

17 days GEEJ

Countries Visited

Egypt, Jordan

Start City

End City

Cairo Amman
A Billion Shades of Sand

Start your adventure in legendary Cairo. Next, you’re off to Aswan for a Nile River Cruise finishing in Luxor (Valley of the Kings), head back to Cairo and on to Dahab for some Red Sea action. Then Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Petra (for desert play and ancient stuff). Finish up in Jerash.

Over 60 pharaohs' tombs were found in the Valley of the Kings. Loads of exciting treasures were found buried with them, like King Tut's golden mask. But there was also other stuff like spare undies, wine and pet baboons - essentials for any stint in the afterlife.


** Please note this trip is operating on an alternative itinerary until 30 September 2014. Please see trip notes for further details ***




A Billion Shades of Sand

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Cairo

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

There’s more to Cairo than the pyramids. For example, there’s the 4000-year old boat which was buried in its entirety so the pharaoh could have something to cruise around on in the next life.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3-6: Aswan - Nile Cruise

Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

You have our permission to laugh at other groups on their tiny boats. Because you've got pimped out cabins with air-con and ensuites, a restaurant, a sundeck, a rooftop lounge and fully stocked bar. You're practically Jay Z.

Day 3

Day 4

Days 5-6

Day 7: Luxor - Valley of the Kings

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

The Valley of the Kings was somewhat of a burial hotspot. All the big name pharaohs are here, including King Tut and Ramses IV.

Day 8: Cairo

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Back in Cairo, the Khan el-Khalili bazaar is mad but it's the perfect place to buy some awfully cheap trinkets for the gang back home.

Day 9-12: Cairo - Dahab - Aqaba

Meals included: 4 breakfasts

Drive to Dahab for the next three nights with the chance to climb Mount Sinai. If Moses managed to drag himself up there at dawn to receive the Ten Commandments from God, so can you. Well, you won't get any commandments but you might get a freshly squeezed juice from one of the vendors.

Dahab is the coolest town on the Red Sea coast. Unwind, swim or snorkel; the coral reefs and tropical fish off the beach at Dahab are stunning. On the third day, there's an optional excursion to climb Mount Sinai and visit St Katherine's monastery. Continue into Jordan to begin the next stretch of the journey

Day 13-14: Aqaba - Wadi Rum - Petra

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Lawrence of Arabia spent a fair chunk of time in Wadi Rum. Follow his lead and don a headdress and robe for this next bit. Go on, we dare you.

Day 14

Day 15: Petra - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Tick off magnificent Petra, then in Amman head to Reem for a shawarma fix. It's on 2nd Circle, just up the street from your hotel. What's a shawarma, you ask? It's a Turkish version of a souvlaki/kebab/universal hangover cure.

Day 16-17: Jerash

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

It feels a bit weird at first, but once you've got the hang of floating in the Dead Sea you'll never want to leave. Make sure you coat yourself in mineral-rich mud; it's meant to give you a natural high so saying goodbye won't be so sad.

Day 16

Day 17

Your Trip

What to know

Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.

Nuts and Bolts

• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guides throughout the tour, and professional local site guides at some sites.

• Sightseeing ( Entrance fees are not included): Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, pyramids, Sphinx and Valley Temple of King Khafre (Chephren); Kom Ombo; Edfu; ancient village of Dana; crusader castle at Shobak; Greek Orthodox church of St. George at Madaba; Petra; and Roman city of Jerash.

• 3 night Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor. Accommodation onboard Gecko’s comfortable vessel and sightseeing stops along the way.

• Horse-drawn carriage ride to explore the complex at Karnak.

• Donkey ride to explore the Valley of the Kings.

• Jeep safari in the Wadi Rum.

• Full day exploring Petra’s old Roman road, amphitheatre, tombs and the ‘Monastery’.

• Free time to explore Aswan, Luxor, Cairo, Aqaba and Amman.

• Overnight sleeper trains from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo. Accommodation in an air-conditioned carriage, with a simple dinner and breakfast served on board.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals




Not Included

International flights, arrival & departure transfers, entrance fees, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Entrance fees are not included and are paid as you go along.

Important Information


Due to the increased unrest in the Sinai area we have been liaising with our local operations team in Cairo to ensure the safety of our passengers currently traveling or due to travel on trips to Egypt. With this in mind we have re-routed this trip on days 11-12 to avoid this area.

Days 1-2: Cairo Day 3 -5: Aswan Day 6: Nile Cruise Day 7: Luxor Day 8-9: Cairo Day 10 -12: Amman Day 13: Wadi Rum Day 14: Petra Day 15: Petra/Amman Day 16: Amman/ Dead Sea / Jerash / Amman Day 17: Amman



In the case of an on ground issue or problem, Gecko's local Cairo Office can be reached on: +201 (9681) 1067

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

27 August 2014

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