Discover two fascinating and historical countries in one exciting journey. Take a cruise down the legendary River Nile, experience the bustling capital of Egypt and marvel at the amazing Pyramids and Sphinx. Journey onwards to Jordan and explore the wonders of Petra and relax at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba.
- 7 nights Nile Cruise
- 3 nights Cairo
- 2 nights Petra
- 3 nights Aqaba
Day 1: Fly from Heathrow to Luxor. Upon arrival transfer to your Nile cruise boat for a seven night cruise. Customers choosing Alexander the Great* will spend their first night at the Old Winter Palace in Luxor and then start the tour the following day.
Day 2: Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings - the site of Tutankhamen's tomb, the Temple of Queen Hatsheput and the Valley of the Queens. Final stop of the day will be at the Colossi of Memnon before arriving back at the boat in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure whilst the boat sails to Edfu via the Esna lock.
Day 3: Morning visit to the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the god Horus and the largest, most preserved temple in Egypt. Afternoon set sail for Aswan.
Day 4: Morning excursion to the High Dam, the Old Granite Quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk. There is also a trip by boat to the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis and occupying a picturesque location on an island.
Day 5: Today can be spent at leisure wandering around Aswan or on optional excursions. The most popular excursion is to the temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt's greatest ancient treasure after the Pyramids. Late afternoon sail to Kom-Ombo and a visit to the Ptolemic Temple. Overnight either in Kom Ombo or Edfu.
Day 6: All day at leisure sailing downstream to Luxor via the Esna Lock.
Day 7: Morning visit to the Temple of Karnak and the papyrus museum. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Luxor after which there is time to explore the markets of Luxor. That evening there is an optional excursion to the Sound and Light show at the Karnak temple.
Day 8: Fly from Luxor to Cairo for a 3 night stay at your chosen hotel.
Day 9: Morning visit to see the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx followed by a tour of the Egyptian Museum.
Day 10: Day at leisure or you may want to take one of our optional tours to the stunning mosques of Islamic Cairo and the intriguing early churches of Coptic Cairo. In the evening, enjoy an optional dinner cruise on the Nile whilst watching a traditional folklore show.
Day 11: Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Amman. Upon arrival in Jordan transfer to Petra to stay of 2 nights.
Day 12: Full day exploring Petra known as the Rose Red City. The day will include visits to the Siq a long winding canyon that leads to the dramatic Treasury, Petra's most famous monument plus the Street of Facades, the Court House and the Amphitheatre. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: After breakfast, depart to Wadi Rum, the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. Experience this vast wilderness aboard 4x4 vehicles driven by local Bedouins. The trip is around 2 hours before heading to Aqaba for a stay of 3 nights.
Days 14-15: The popular resort of Aqaba rests at the southern-most tip of Jordan between the desert and the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea and offers shops, bars and restaurants for all to enjoy. There is plenty of opportunity to explore with a range of optional excursions available including boat trips and snorkelling or simply relax by the pool.
Day 16: Transfer after breakfast to Aqaba airport for the return flight via Amman to the UK.
Please note the Nile cruise itineraries can be subject to alteration locally at short notice. All optional excursions can be booked and paid for locally.