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Indiana Jones & the Movie Reference

Trip Length

Trip Code

10 days GERP

Countries Visited

Egypt, Jordan

Start City

End City

Cairo Amman
Indiana Jones & the Movie Reference

Start in Cairo, head to Dahab to soak up the Red Sea. Leave Egypt for Jordan and visit Aqaba, Wadi Rum and Petra (ie desert adventures, ancient ruins and Turkish Bathing, meow).  Next up Dana, Amman and Jerash for ancient villages, craft centres, partying and Dead Sea. Yeeehaaaaa.

Arabic for dummies:

-          hello السلام عليكم

-          how are you? كيف حالك؟

-          I don’t understand لا أفهم

-          Would you like to dance with me? هل تحبْ أن ترقص؟

-          My hovercraft is full of eels حَوّامتي مُمْتِلئة بِأَنْقَلَيْسون

Got that?

 

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

Indiana Jones & the Movie Reference


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo

Cairo, like someone you already know, needs no introduction. Spend time here walking (like an Egyptian, if you want), and getting to grips with this legendary city.

Today is just an arrival day and no activites are planned until there is a group meeting around 6pm. Keep an eye out on the hotel lobby confirming the when and the where.

Day 2: Dahab

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Drive from Cairo to Dahab, and stay the next three nights in a little bungalow, with the sound of the Red Sea to lull you off to sleep.

It's a 9-hour drive (and not always scenic) so bring a deck of cards.

Day 3-4: Dahab

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Whooaahh, wind down and ease yourself into the slow lane in Dahab. The snorkelling is excellent; here's your chance to see Nemo live on stage. On Day 4 there's an optional excursion to St Katherine's Monastery and climb Mount Sinai.

Day 3

Cool your jets and adjust to Dahab time

Day 4

It's a tough slog up Mount Sinai, but nothing too strenuous. Reach the summit for sunset 

Day 5: Dahab - Aqaba

Meals included: 1 breakfast

You might want to wake up early this morning for a final dip in the Red Sea before heading off to Jordan, where you'll meet your new local guide.

Short drive to Nuweiba where you take the ferry to Aqaba in Jordan. Unreliable ferry timetables mean you could be waiting in the ferry terminal for a few hours so bring a book. Ferry staff will collect your passports and return them on arrival in Aqaba with your free Jordanian visa.

On disembarking in Aqaba, you'll meet your Jordanian tour leader.

Day 6: Wadi Rum - Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Look up ‘desert’ in the dictionary and you might find a picture of Wadi Rum. Unless there’s a picture of a chocolate cake, which means you can’t spell.

Day 7: Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Petra (the Indiana Jones bit) is huge. After a long day of exploring you should indulge in a Turkish bath back at the hotel. They’ll slap, slather, slough and scrub until you’re as shiny as a billiard ball.

Day 8: Dana - Kings Highway - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

There’s evidence of Paleolithic, Egyptian, Edomite, Assyrian, Nabataean and Roman civilisations at Dana. So, you could say it’s been around for a while.

Day 9: Jerash

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Obviously you're not meant to taste the water in the Dead Sea, but it's kind of hard to resist. It's like licking the inside of an empty salt packet, but saltier.

Day 10: Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

See if you can find Al-Quds Falafel on Rainbow Street, and order their famous falafel sandwich. The recipe has been around for over 40 years. Can you guess the secret ingredients?

Trip ends after breakfast


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 in both countries.

• Sightseeing (Entrance fees not inlcuded ): Kings Highway; Dana ancient village; Petra ; Crusader castle at Shobak; Madaba's Greek Orthodox Church of St. George; and Roman city of Jerash.

• Jeep safari in the Wadi Rum.

• Three nights in Dahab, opportunity to climb Mt Sinai.

• Free time to explore Amman.

• Hydrofoil from Egypt (Nuweiba) to Jordan (Aqaba).

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

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

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


Important Information

*** Alternate Itinerary*** 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 travelling or due to travel on trips to Egypt. With this in mind we have decided to re-route all passengers to avoid this area

Day 1-2 Cairo Day 3-4 Amman Day 5 Aqaba Day 6 Wadi Rum Day 7-8 Petra Day 9 -10 Amman

EMERGENCY CONTACT:

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

In the case of an on ground issue or problem, Gecko's Jordan Office can be reached on: +962 79 554 7137

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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