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THE GREAT SPHINX

19 Day Egypt & Jordan Combined

Day 1: Monday - Depart Australia

Say goodbye to Australia! We’ll let you know what time your flights are and where you need to catch them from. Get ready to begin your memorable journey. Make sure you take lots of photos especially to make your Facebook friends jealous!

Please note: Depending on flight availability, you may leave Australia early morning on Day 2 and arrive the same day. Don't worry though, you won’t miss out on anything!

Day 2: Tuesday - Arrive Cairo

Okay - long-haul flight over. Hopefully you’ve had a little sleep on-board, otherwise you’re going to get to have one soon. Guess what? You’re in Egypt! As the Egyptians say, ahlan wa sahlan – which means welcome! Your time here is going to be filled with culture, history and so much fun. Step off the plane, take a short walk and you will see us! Our tour guides will be holding a sign to identify themselves. This is where your 5 star service begins. They will direct you through customs and immigrations then assist you with your luggage. Off to the hotel we go. You will have some time to relax. Please note: Hotel check in is generally around 2pm however we will do our best to get you a room as soon as you arrive.

 

Day 3: Wednesday - Cairo

Try some traditional ful medames at breakfast this morning! You’ll have a huge selection of foods and Egyptian-style delights, so we’re absolutely positive you’ll find something you want to smuggle home with you.

 

Start your adventure with an understanding of Egypt history at the famous Egyptian Museum. You’ll have a chance to view major historical pieces discovered literally thousands of years ago, dating back to 3000BC - there are approximately 1,200 items in the Museum, including the 11kg Gold Mask of Tutankhamun. If you want to pay a little extra you’ll also have a chance to enter the Mummy’s Room. (We don’t make any promises you won’t get homesick, seeing the mummy there.)

 

This afternoon you’ll get a chance to check out Old Cairo! Our guide will help you to ensure you’re respectful of the religious gatherings and ceremonies going on as you visit the beautiful Muhammed Ali mosque, as well as the breathtaking Hanging Church of the Virgin Mary.

 

End the day with a visit to Khan El Khalil Bazaar, where you can smoke watermelon shisha, drink an Egyptian coffee (that’s strong!), go shopping, or ... Well, all of the above.

 

Evening Option: Sound & Light Show Cairo/ Pyramids & Sphinx AUD$95

Day 4: Thursday - Cairo

You’re probably going to be up at 5:00am today - which is either the jetlag or your excitement, like a kid before Christmas. Today’s going to be awesome!  You’re going to visit the pyramids today - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

 

Beginning with the ancient necropolis, Saqqara, we’ll visit one of the oldest stone structures in the world: the Step Pyramid! You’ll get to learn that the secrets of this desert world have been forgotten over the years, buried in the expansive sands - excavation is underway all year ‘round, making progress towards new discoveries every day.


From here you’ll have a bit of free time for lunch before arriving at The Great Pyramids to witness the beautiful architecture and appreciate all the work

that really went into making this marvels.

 

Today you’ll also have a chance to get up close to the Sphinx. Your tour guide will give you a rundown of the history and cultural significance of the things you’re seeing - you’ll get a true taste of what it was like in Ancient Egypt. 

 

Day 5: Friday - Cairo to Alexandria

Today we’re going to be travelling from Cairo to Alexandria - it’s a truly beautiful city. Pack your bags and pop them outside your door so that our porters can pick ‘em up and get them delivered straight onto your transfer vehicle for you! How’s that for 5-star service?

 

Alexandria is a 3-hour drive from Cairo, so buckle up. Don’t worry though, the drive’s not without entertainment - don’t be surprised if our Egyptologist give you an impromptu belly dance up during your journey. Just try to stop them. Really. Please. We can’t!

 

Tonight you can check out the Alexandria night life, do some shopping, walk the Mediterranean shore or jump on the local tram - truly like one of the locals! Just mind that crazy traffic! Ask our tour guide for suggestions if you’re not sure where to go!

 

(Side note: Belly dancing is at the discretion of the Egyptologist and cannot be guaranteed. Just saying.)

 

Day 6: Saturday - Alexandria

Alexandria is a beautiful city situated right on the Mediterranean Sea. After a calorie packed breakfast, we start exploring Alexandria with Pompey’s Pillar - this is the biggest memorial column in Egypt, which was constructed in honour of Emperor Diocletian. You’ll also have a chance to explore the Catacombs, discovered in the 1900s by pure chance when a donkey-drawn cart fell smack-bang into a pit. How’s that for a bit of luck?

 

Continue to the well-preserved Roman-Graeco Theatre where decades of excavation efforts have led to the discovery of evidence of Roman lifestyle and culture, with marble seats for up to 800 spectators, galleries, and sections of mosaic-flooring. Take in the grandeur of what it was like to live as a Roman in a world ruled by Rome!

 

Finally we finish up at Alexandria’s Great Library, a newly completed structure built after the old Alexandria fires.

 

Day 7: Sunday - Alexandria to Luxor via Cairo                                                                                      

Alexandria, we came, we saw, we conquered and we are off to temple heaven, Luxor! But not without another fun-filled drive back to Cairo. 

 

Once you get to Cairo airport, we’ll take care of all your luggage and check it all in for you. All part of the service! Enjoy a short flight to Luxor. 

 

You’ll check into your luxury (Luxory?) hotel with time to relax and explore Luxor on your own, at your own pace.

 

Day 8: Monday -  Luxor / Nile Cruise

Early morning option: Hot Air Balloon over Luxor AUD$230

This morning we check out of our hotel and begin our day by seeing some amazing temples: the Temple of Complex Karnak (Egypt’s largest!), and the Luxor Temple, known as the Southern Shrine.  Luxor Temple is unique in that it’s one of the few temples which wasn’t built for the sake of a God or for any proper divine reason - in fact, it was built to celebrate the rejuvenation of kingship. Some archaeologists think that many of the Kings of Egypt were crowned here! 

 

Next check into our 5-star Nile cruiser - it will be your home for the next 4 nights. All meals are included on the cruise so brace yourself for the added kilos! This food is delicious.

 

Tonight enjoy a welcome drink and some not so welcome drinks, and relax :) It’s been a big day.

 

Evening option: Sound & Light Show Karnak AUD$95

Day 9: Tuesday - Luxor to Edfu via Esna / Nile Cruise

Did you have a few too many welcome drinks? We understand. Hopefully our guide will have something to help, or you can get a quick fix at the breakfast buffet.

 

Today we visit the west bank in Luxor. You’ll visit the famous Valley of the Kings followed by a visit to the remarkable Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. You’ll also see the Colossi of Memnon - breathtaking stone statues which guarded the gates of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes.

 

In the afternoon we’ll sail to Edfu, via the Esna Lock. This is heaps of fun! Getting through the Lock might take some time so make sure you make some purchases from the local villagers - you won’t have a chance to disembark but that won’t stop the Egyptian merchants! They’ll paddle right up to you in paddle boats - how do you make a purchase? Toss some money down to them! Super fun environment, even if you’re not looking to (literally) splash some cash!

Day 10: Wednesday – Edfu to Kom Ombo then Aswan/ Nile Cruise

This morning we make a stop at the Edfu Temple to marvel at Egypt’s best-preserved temple, the Temple of Horus, with its ancient hieroglyphs and original ceilings. Isn’t it weird to think that someone hand-drew those things thousands of years ago, and we can still see them today?

 

Have lunch back on the cruise and have some free time either to catch up on sleep or bathe on the sundeck in the beautiful Egyptian sun! This afternoon check out Kom Ombo Temple, the double temple of Egypt.

 

Finish the night with a Galabia Party - an Egyptian dress-up party. Fellas, you can finally fulfil your life-long dream of wearing a dress - ladies, have a go at Nefertiti. Whoever you want to dress as, have fun! Take a video and tag us in it, we’d love to see – facebook.com.au/toptoursandtravel or Instagram/toptoursandtravel

 

Day 11: Thursday - Aswan / Nile Cruise

Early Morning Option: Abu Simbel AUD$410

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and let us know how you went in your galabia - was it a hit? You can check out the photos from last night at the cruise shop.

 

Today we discover the breathtaking city of Aswan. Aswan is a beautiful city - you’ll see the gorgeous greenery matched against the calm of the Nile River, which flows right through the city. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing felucca ride on the Nile, a traditional wooden sailing boat. Heaven!

 

Afternoon option: Nubian Village

 (Own expense. To be booked with your tour guide)

Sail by felucca around the islands in Aswan. We stop at the Nubian Villages, situated at the bottom of Elephantine Island.  Here you will discover the simple and natural life of the very kind and hospitable Nubian people.

 

Day 12:  Friday - Aswan back to Cairo

Once you’ve eaten breaky, we’ll check out of our cruiser and visit the Aswan high dam, which is considered an engineering marvel. You’ll also have a chance to see the Philae Temple, which is dedicated to the Goddess Isis.

 

This afternoon you’ll transfer to Aswan airport to head back to Cairo - but hey, you can always come back! Check into our Cairo hotel and relax!

 

Day 13:  Saturday – Cairo to Amman

Egypt isn’t going anywhere. You know that, but it was so beautiful - it’s sad to leave but you can finally tick it off your bucket list and know your passport been stamped by an Egyptian whose ancestors built the pyramids. Wow, that’s mind boggling!

 

Next stop – Jordan! Today you’ll transfer to Cairo Airport to catch your flight to Amman, Jordan. It’s only a short flight so you will be there in no time. Upon arrival you’ll spot our friendly representative before immigration and they’ll help you obtain your visa and take you to collect your luggage. The rest of the day is yours to discover Amman.

 

Day 14:  Sunday – Amman to the Dead Sea

This morning, you’ll get to explore the sprawling city of Amman, which reaches across 19 ‘jebels’ (or ‘hills’). Capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Amman has been around since the Iron Age - once it was even known as Philadelphia, the ancient city forming part of the Decapolis League.

 

Amman’s long history means there are a number of exciting excavations and renovations going on all throughout the city. During the tour you’ll want to keep an eye out for the ancient site known as the Citadel, home to the remains of the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the fantastic Byzantine Church. The Citadel has been the focus of archaeologists since the early 1920s, but a large portion of the site remains unexcavated - there’s a lot left to discover!

 

Later in the day head down to the foot of the Citadel to find the 6000-seat Roman Theatre, an impressive bowl carved into the hill which continues to be used for concerts, ceremonies and fairs, today. We’ll have time to pop into one of Amman’s impressive archaeological museums before heading into downtown Amman, for a proper taste (literally, if that’s up your alley - there’s street food galore!) of true Jordanian culture.

 

This afternoon you’ll take a drive to Dead Sea and check-in to your luxury hotel which is located on the shores of the Dead Sea.

 

Boasting 410 metres deep of water so salty you’d float just trying to step into it (and you’re welcome to try!), the Dead Sea is the lowest point on planet Earth. Take in those spectacular views - the place hasn’t changed much in thousands of years, so it’s the same view that’s been enjoyed by the kings, emperors, traders and prophets of antiquity. Did you know it’s called the Dead Sea because it’s too salty for anything to grow and thrive there? Enjoy your time here and take advantage of the massages and spa treatments offered by local Dead Sea hotels

 

Day 15:  Monday – Dead Sea to Wadi Rum then Petra

Good morning! We’re headed out to Petra (via Wadi Rum) on an open Bedouin Jeep tour this morning, so make sure you have your camera on hand. You’ll need it to snap pics of those beautiful panoramic views, scenic canyons, Nabatean sites and awe-inspiring rock arches. Wadi Rum’s landscape is as unique as it is beautiful - often compared to the moon itself, the endless desert of Wadi Rum is dotted with mountains made out in shades of red, yellow and orange - hues which spill into the horizon. It’s really a special treat to be travelling through such a breathtaking country. We’ll take sand dunes over skyscrapers, any day.

 

This afternoon we head to Petra for an overnight stay.

 

Evening option: Petra by Night AUD$70

You know those incredible pictures that you would have seen of the treasury lit up by candles? That’s what you will see – but in person! To visit Petra during daylight is awe-inspiring! However, to experience it at night by the light of 1,800 candles is an out-of-this-world experience.  Petra by Night is an after-dark guided excursion into the ancient city that adds an entirely new dimension to your experience in Petra; the candlelit walk, leaving the lights of Wadi Musa behind to enter the split of the siq in silence is magical. This 2 km walk is an experience you will never forget!      

 

Day 16:  Tuesday – Petra to Amman

Today we’re headed out on horseback through the siq (a kilometre-long chasm we’ll need to pass through to reach Petra). Petra is a fascinating, ancient city, sometimes called the eighth wonder of the ancient world: it attracts archaeologists, geologists and architects, alike, to study the rich cultural history and gasp-inducing beauty of Petra. You’ll be awed by the multi-coloured sandstone mountains which stand, imposing and iconic, above the city; Petra is a secluded city full of rocky slopes, craggy mountaintops and breathtaking views.

 

Among the theatres, tombs and intricate carvings which have earned Petra its reputation and its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll have a chance to visit a number of archaeological wonders in Petra including the Treasury, which you may recognise from its use in the end scene of the film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Petra is free to explore at your leisure today, but we recommended checking out the 3000-seat open-air theatre, the enormous 1st-Century Monastery and the Modern Archaeological Museum. Ask your tour guide for suggestions if you’re stuck for ideas - but trust us, you won’t be :)
 

The day will end with a transfer back to Amman, where you’ll stay overnight.

 

Day 17:  Wednesday – Amman to Jerash and back

The Jerash ruins of Jordan are said to be the best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy.  Inhabited since the Bronze Age and home to The Temple of Artemis (although not the ancient wonder- that one’s in Ephesus, Turkey), Jerash is Jordan’s number two attraction. With plenty of space to wander around, try counting all the pillars. (P.S. if you don’t quite manage it- there’s 1000 of them!)

Today you will wander among the original temples, theatres, plazas, paths and colonnaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining city walls –Visit the Oval plaza, roman Theatre and stunning Byzantine churches.

Through a scenic vista of pine trees and olive groves, you’ll arrive at the Castle of Ajloun. Resting atop mount Ajloun the beautiful marvel of Islamic architecture was built during the 12th century by Salah El-din.

Continue to Umm Qais, which belonged to the famous Decapolis, a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great. Here you have an overwhelming view of the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. Incredible! Back to Amman you go, for your last night on this side of the world.

Day 18: Thursday – Amman to Australia

Today you’re headed home. Sad face! We’ll transfer you to Amman Airport for your flight. This is a beautiful, cultural part of the world, and you are always welcome here - make sure you come back one day! Maybe nab yourself a last slice of the unusual at one of the airport’s tax & duty-free stores (own cost) before you leave.

Day 19 – Friday – Hello Australia

You’ve seen so much. You’ve seen things some people could never imagine in their wildest dreams. So here’s the big question: who are you going to brag to first? ;)

2019 DATES & PRICES

DAYS             
STANDARD      
PACKAGE COST   
SINGLE SUPP   
19
4 STAR
$6,399 per person twin share  
$1,200   

2019

 06 May 2019       

20 May 2019        

10 June 2019         

08 July 2019**              

12 August 2019     

09 September 2019 

23 September 2019 ** 

07 October 2019       

21 October 2019    

04 November 2019

18 November 2019 

** $400 surcharge applies to these dates

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy airfares ex Australia to Cairo and out from Amman including taxes

  • Meet & Assist at Cairo & Amman Airport

  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary

  • English speaking local Egyptologist

  • 4 star accommodation in Egypt & Jordan

  • Breakfast & dinner daily

  • Transfers on a modern air-conditioned vehicle

  • 4 Night Nile cruise in Egypt with Full board

  • Economy domestic flights – Cairo to Luxor/ Aswan to Cairo

  • Economy international flight - Cairo to Amman

  • English speaking guide in Petra, Jerash and Amman, Jordan

  •  Horse ride in Petra as per entry ticket

  • 2 hour tour in Wadi Rum with an open Bedouin truck

  • Free entry Visa in Jordan

Tour exclusions - Tipping and gratuities (Compulsory $120 per person in Egypt - Jordan to be paid on tour), entry visa for Egypt, optional tours, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, beverages, mini bar, laundry services,  phone calls, meals not indicated in inclusions.

* subject to availability. Please refer to our terms & conditions

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