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Cairo to Amman Tour & Ancient Egypt River Cruise 2019-2020

15 days with Emerald Waterways   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1 Arrival Cairo
Welcome to the bustling city of Cairo. Your journey begins as you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director for a tour briefing. Included is a three-night stay in Cairo.

Day 2 Cairo
Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids before marvelling at the 20-metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. As part of EmeraldPLUS this evening, enjoy a home-hosted cooking demonstration and dinner with an Egyptian family.

EmeraldPLUS: Home-Hosted Cooking Demonstration & Dinner with Local Family

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Cairo
This morning you will discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb as part of your included tour. Continue to be amazed, as we take you to visit one of the most fascinating and ancient markets in Cairo, the Khan-El-Khalil market. This colourful market has stocks of everything from soap powder to semiprecious stones. In your free time, perhaps explore the Fortress of Babylon.

DiscoverMORE: Evening light display and entertaining show at the Pyramids (extra expenses)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Cairo – Luxor Embarkation
Today, you will fly to Luxor where you will have a chance to visit the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. You will begin your journey in Luxor with a visit to the Monument of Queen Hatshepsut, and statues of the Colossi of Memnon. Then, embark on your cruise ship privately chartered for Emerald Waterways and settle into your cabin. Later, visit the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Nile Cruising
Relax on one of the Sun Decks and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera. Once in Dendera, you will have a chance to marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of the Hathor’s Temple during your included visit. Return to Luxor and tour the temple complex of Luxor straddling the banks of the Nile. This evening, on board entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and the mesmerizing moves of a belly dancer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Nile Cruising
Follow the course of the ancient Pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south, where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. Discover the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the most completely preserved complex in Egypt. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. A fun night awaits on board with a lively Galabeyya party themed with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Nile Cruising
Cruise south to reach charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. This afternoon, take a Felucca cruise on the Nile (weather dependent). Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner, followed by a Nubian show.

EmeraldPLUS: Nubian Show on board of the ship

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Nile Cruise Disembarkation – Abu Simbel - Aswan
This morning, bid farewell to your crew as you disembark your ship. You will fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments. Marvel at the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Return to Aswan where you will spend one-night.

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Botanical Gardens in Aswan (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Aswan – Cairo
Start your day with a visit to a traditional Nubian village. Meet the school children and learn about life on an island in the Nile. In the afternoon, you will fly to Cairo, then join your tour director for a farewell dinner. Included is a one-night stay in Cairo.

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Nubian Village to meet Local School Children

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Cairo Farewell - Amman
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your flight to Amman.  The capital of the Kingdom of Jordan is a modern city with numerous ancient ruins, including the historic Citadel with the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules. This evening, you will be invited to a home-hosted dinner with a local Jordanian family for a fascinating insight into their lifestyle. Included is a two-night stay in Amman.

EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted Dinner with a Local Family

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Amman
During your included city tour, experience all the highlights of this bustling Capital including the impressive Citadel. In the afternoon, as part of your EmeraldPLUS experience, take a walking tour through the lively local markets with your Tour Director to get a glimpse of life in the capital.  Then, enjoy a delicious lunch of Jordanian specialties before exploring the impressive ruins of the ancient Roman city of Jerash.

EmeraldPLUS: Walk Through a Local Market with Lunch & visit to the Ruins of Jerash

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 Amman - Petra
Today, on route from Amman to Petra, visit Mount Nebo, the burial site of John the Baptist. Continue to discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Lands. Included is a two-night stay in Petra.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Petra
Today, enjoy a guided city tour of Petra. This magnificent World Heritage-listed city, is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 meters high.

DiscoverMORE:  Visit to the Treasury and Chasms lit by candlelight (extra expenses)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 Petra – Dead Sea
Today, your day will begin with an incredible journey as you will take part on a Jeep Adventure in Wadi Rum. Then, you will travel to the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is known for its hypersaline, therapeutic waters and charming landscape. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight at the hotel with your Tour Director and fellow travellers. Included is a one-night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 Amman Farewell
This morning you have a choice to either continue to enjoy your hotel at the Dead Sea or take part on a DiscoverMORE (optional tour, extra expense) to visit the Bethany Beyond the Jordan to see where Jesus was baptized. Later, it is time to say good bye to fellow passengers and transfer to Amman airport for your homebound flight.

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Bethany Beyond the Jordan (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast

Map
All This Included
  • 28 meals including 14 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 9 Dinners
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.