A Billion Shades of Sand

2000 year-old ruins of Jerash
Nubean Aswan
Luxor's open air museum
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cairo
Nile cruise
Sunrise on Mt Sinai
The Valley of the Kings
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Petra
Wadi Rum's red earth desertscapes
Camels. They spit.
Jordan's capital Amman
Find a coffeehouse, a sheesha pipe and a game of backgammon with the locals
Karnak Temple is like history on steroids.
Hike in Dana Nature Reserve
Crusader castle at Shobak
Cairo Museum
Abu Simbel
Red Sea resort of Aqaba
Downtime and diving in Dahab
World-leading snorkelling and scuba diving on the Red Sea
Edfu and Komombo temples
The Dead Sea
The Great Pyramids and Sphinx
  • 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 ***

     

     

     

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Cairo

    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

    • Arrive in Cairo and get to know this incredible city

    Day 2

    • Pay a visit to the Egyptian Museum and learn the history and mysteries of Ancient Egypt
    • See the golden mask of King Tutankhamun and numerous other treasures
    • Drive out to the edge of the desert to explore the pyramids and the nearby Sphinx
    • Stop by the Valley Temple of King Khafre (Chephren)
    • Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Aswan
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3-6 - Aswan - Nile Cruise

    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

    • Head out to explore the Nubian bazaar
    • Perhaps visit the stunning Temple of Isis at Philae Island
    • In the afternoon, why not take a cruise on a felucca sailboat, then take a camel ride towards the Monastery of St. Simeon

    Day 4

    • Spend free time relaxing on the sundeck
    • Optional trip to Abu Simbel - a highlights of any visit to Egypt

    Days 5-6

    • Watching Egyptian life float by whilst cruising the Nile
    • Stop at Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek
    • Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu
    • Strut your stuff at a fancy-dress party
    • Arrive in Luxor and take horse-drawn carriages to the massive complex at Karnak
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Luxor - Valley of the Kings

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

    • Rise early and cross the Nile
    • Set off on donkeys into the Valley of the Kings, just as the sun begins to rise
    • Return to the east bank where the afternoon is free to explore the bazaar
    • Board an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 8 - Cairo

    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.

    Breakfast

    Day 9-12 - Cairo - Dahab - Aqaba

    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

    Breakfast

    Day 13-14 - Aqaba - Wadi Rum - Petra

    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.

    • Take a jeep tour into the incredible Wadi Rum desert
    • Press on towards Petra

    Day 14

    • Spend plenty of time exploring the many wonders of the ancient city of Petra
    • Stroll through the narrow ‘siq’ and visit the numerous tombs, temples and public buildings - as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre
    • Perhaps unwind with an optional Turkish Bath at the hotel
    Breakfast

    Day 15 - Petra - Amman

    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.

    • Follow the ancient Kings Highway, a road that dates back to the Old Testament
    • Arrive in the city of Amman and head out on the town
    Breakfast

    Day 16-17 - Jerash

    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

    • Enjoy a morning tour of the grand ancient Roman city of Jerash
    • Take an optional trip to the Dead Sea or explore Amman further

    Day 17

    • The trip ends today after breakfast, but there's a lot more on offer for those that wish to stick around
    Breakfast
  • What's Included

    • An experienced English-speaking local tour guide (leader/guide in Jordan), local site guides at some Egyptian sites, all transportation, Nile cruise boat, accommodation and meals as indicated.

    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.
  • Map Itinerary

  • Trip Dates and Prices

    Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price
    02 Sep 2014 - 18 Sep 2014 Fully Booked US $1,470 Contact Us
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    11 Nov 2014 - 27 Nov 2014 Available US $1,455 Book Now
    23 Dec 2014 - 08 Jan 2015 Available US $1,455 Book Now
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    10 Feb 2015 - 26 Feb 2015 Available US $1,415 Book Now
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    A Billion Shades of Sand

    Miranda - Australia, 5 Mar, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    Overall, I was incredibly impressed with the level of knowledge of the tour guides in both countries, however the Egypt leg of my trip was a clear stand out & I would not hesitate to recommend friends and family utilise the same tour guide for any of their upcoming adventures.

    A Billion Shades of Sand

    LILY - Australia, 5 Mar, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    I'VE TRAVELLED TO OVER 25 COUNTIES & THIS TOUR OF EGYPT HAS BEEN MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE .OF COURSE HAVING AN EGYPTOLOGIST AS A GUIDE WAS SUCH AN ADDED BONUS, ESPECIALLY ONE THAT IS SO PASSIONATE & ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT HIS COUNTRY. IT WAS INFECTIOUS, I LEARNT SO MUCH, NOT ONLY ABOUT THE COUNTRY BUT ITS PEOPLE & THEIR STRUGGLES. I FELT THE TRIP WAS VERY WELL ORGANISED & I FELT SAFE & SECURE AT ALL TIMES WHICH WAS MY PRIMARY CONCERN. AHMED BENT OVER BACKWARDS TO AID & ASSIST US AT ALL TIMES NIGHT & DAY WHICH WE APPRECIATED. WE EVEN LEARNT SOME ARABIC SO IT WAS FANTASTIC TO GO OUT & TALK TO THE LOCALS. I FELT THAT I SAW THE REAL EGYPT & INTERACTED WITH THE REAL PEOPLE, IT WAS FANTASTIC.I HAVE ALREADY STARTED TELLING PEOPLE THAT EGYPT IA A CHEAP, SAFE, BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY THAT CAN BE TRAVELLED SAFELY WITH GECKOS.

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Horse-drawn carriages, Hydrofoil, Jeep, Private bus
3 nights Riverboat, 2 nights Overnight train, 1 night Hostel, 10 nights Hotel
Cairo
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