March 01 - 20, 2019
Tour Status - Available
This small group departure is HOSTED by Garth Layden of Select Holidays. As you journey along the lifeline of Egyptian civilization, experiencing incredible sights that include ancient temples, tombs, and local villages. Cruise both the fertile Nile River Delta and Lake Nasser. No visit would be complete without viewing the great pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. Travel onto the Kingdom of Jordan. Visit the ancient hidden city of Petra, a journey through a winding passageway between rock walls. Step back 2000 years in time with visits to Jerash, Mount Nebo, which looks down on Moses' "Promised Land" plus visit the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.
*Please Note: For this departure to be guaranteed and operated by Select Holidays, there must be a minimum of 10 confirmed passengers.
EARLY BOOKING BONUS:
FOR A LIMITED TIME
- Return airfare from North America
- ALL meals on tour
- 4 Star Hotel accommodations
- 4-night 4 Star Nile River Cruise
- Visiting temples of Kom Ombo; Edfu; Luxor; Karnak; Hatshepsut
- Visiting Valley of the Kings; Colossi of Memnon
- Visit Aswan High Dam
- View the unfinished obelisk
- Sailing on a felucca around Elephant Island
- Botanical Gardens
- High Tea in Aswan
- 3-Night 4 Star Lake Nasser Cruise
- Visit temples Kalabsha; Beit El Wadi; Kiosk of Kertassi above Aswan High Dam
- Visit temples at Amada; Derr; Wadi El Seboua along Lake Nasser
- Cross Tropic of Cancer
- Visit Ramses II Temple at Abu Simbel, a UNESCO Site
- Sound & Lights Show at Abu Simbel
- Visiting the Great Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza
- Desert farming visit near Fayoum
- Visit to Valley of the Whales
- Visit to Cairo Museum and King Tut Treasures
- Tour of Amman & Jerash, Jordan
- Visit Dairy & Vegetable farms in Jordan
- Visit "Hidden City" of Petra, Jordan
- Jeep Safari on Wadi Rum in Jordan
- Visit Dead Sea on the Jordanian side
- Escorted by Select Holidays
Day 1: Mar 01, 2019: Depart North America [IFM]
Depart North America on an overnight flight to Egypt.
Day 2: Mar 02, 2019: Cairo, Egypt [D]
Arrival in Egypt, with visa arrangements and assistance then transfer to your airport hotel for the night. Enjoy a buffet dinner this evening.
Day 3: Mar 03, 2019: Luxor [B/L/D]
A morning flight from Cairo to Luxor. Transfer to hotel then enjoy lunch. Luxor was the ancient city of Thebes in Bible times. This afternoon visit Luxor Temple a large ancient temple on the east bank of the Nile and was constructed in 1400 BC. Later this afternoon watch the sunset over the Nile from the hotel terrace.
Day 4: Mar 04, 2019: Luxor [B/L/D]
This morning, enjoy an excursion to the Karnak Temple. This amazing temple was like the Vatican of the Pharaonic Era. Here everything is large with monumental gates, enormous halls with pillars and beautiful wall carvings. Check into your very luxurious Nile River Cruise Ship in time for lunch and to acquaint yourselves with your home for the next 4 nights. This evening you return to the Karnak Temple for the Sound and Light Show.
Day 5: Mar 05, 2019: Luxor – Nile River Cruise [B/L/D]
Depart for the western bank of the Nile River to visit the Colossus of Memnon. Queen Hatshepsut Temple and the Valley of Kings. You will visit three tombs, including the Tomb of Tutankhamen. (King Tut). Return across the river to the east back and start cruising on the Nile river towards the Esna locks. Enjoy the panoramic view from the sundeck as not much has changed along the Nile since the time of the pharaohs. The farmers and family are working hard in the fields. The green color stands in sharp contrast to the surrounding dry brown desert. Enjoy afternoon tea onboard. The ship has to wait for its turn in the lock of Esna and will pass through during the late afternoon and continue to Edfu.
Day 6: Mar 06, 2019: Cruising Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan [B/L/D]
Visit the Edfu Temple, built in 200 BC and perfectly preserved. Continue to sail to Kom Ombo where there is a short walk from the ship to visit this double temple before continuing towards Aswan in the afternoon. Once more enjoy afternoon tea as you view life along the river.
Day 7: Mar 07, 2019: Aswan [B/L/D]
Your day starts with a sailing trip around the archipelago of Aswan in a felucca, a small classic sailing boat. Walk around the Botanical Garden and take a walk among the 100 year old trees of all kinds. After lunch you will visit the Philae Temple situated on a small island between the old Aswan Dam and the High Dam as well as the unfinished obelisk in the granite quarry. You are back onboard in the late afternoon for your last night onboard.
Day 8: Mar 08, 2019: Aswan – Lake Nasser Cruise [B/L/D]
You check out of your Nile River cruise ship after breakfast and fly to Abu Simble on Lake Nasser and see the beautiful sight of the famous Abu Simbel Temples. Transfer to your waiting cruise ship and settle in. After lunch, you visit these two magnificent temples, built by Ramses II. There is time to relax back on board and have afternoon tea. This evening go back ashore to enjoy the fantastic Sound & Light show at the temples. Back onboard for a late Welcome Dinner.
Day 9: Mar 09, 2019: Abu Simbel – Kasr Ibrim – Amada - Wadi El Seboua [B/L/D]
You set sail in the early morning with the magnificent views of the Abu Simble Temples fading in the distance. You can relax on board as you sail past Kasr Ibrim, a citadel that you view from the sundeck of the ship. After lunch on board you visit the Temples of Amada and Derr. Sail to Wadi El Seboua to overnight tied up along the shore. Enjoy cocktails this evening then let the staff entertain you with a Nubian Show.
Day 10: Mar 10, 2019: Wadi El Seboua - Wadi El Seboua – Aswan [B/L/D]
Breakfast followed by a morning visit to the Wadi El Seboua Temple, called the “Lion temple” because of all the sphinxes that are scattered around. This afternoon you cross over the Tropic of Cancer. The imaginary line that is halfway between the equator and the south Pole. Sail into Aswan in the harbour at Aswan and overnight on board.
Day 11: Mar 11, 2019: Abu Simbel – Cairo [B/L/D]
Visit the Temples of Dakka and Meharakka early in the morning if time permits then disembark the cruise ship and transfer to the airport in Aswan to fly to Cairo then transfer to the hotel in the Pyramids area in Giza for 2-night stay. This afternoon is free to relax around the pools at the hotel.
Day 12: Mar 12, 2019: Giza [B/L/D]
Today you will visit the Step Pyramid, the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Papyrus Institute before returning to the hotel later in the afternoon.
Day 13: Mar 13, 2019: Giza – Cairo [B/L/D]
Departing from Giza, you visit the Egyptian Museum, an absolute must on any tour to Egypt. A guide will take you to the galleries with the gold and treasures of Tutankhamun, before transferring to an airport hotel for an overnight stay.
(A hotel day room is available to refresh before transferring to the airport later this evening if flying back to North America.)
Day 14: Mar 14, 2019: Cairo - Amman [B/L/D]
A morning transfer to the Cairo Airport for a flight into Amman, Jordan. You will be met by a local guide and transfer to Amman hotel for an overnight stay. Amman is the capital of Jordan, and the country's economic, political and cultural centre.
Day 15: Mar 15, 2019: Amman - Dead Sea [B/L/D]
This morning visit Madaba, best known for its Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land. Visit Mount Nebo overlooking the Promise Land in the time of Moses. Continue to Earth's lowest elevation on land, the Dead Sea, which is 304 m deep and the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. Check into hotel for an overnight stay .
Day 16: Mar 16, 2019: Dead Sea – Petra [B/L/D]
Departing the Dead Sea you make your way to the “Hidden City” of Petra via the Kings Highway. Petra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Check into hotel for a 3-night stay.
Day 17: Mar 17, 2019: Petra [B/L/D]
A full day visit to Petra. You reach Petra through the awe inspiring "Siq", a winding 1km long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet over head. During the visit, you will see the beautifully carved rock monuments, such as The Treasury, famous from the film with Indiana Jones, the colored tombs, and theater. Return to hotel in late afternoon.
Day 18: Mar 18, 2019: Petra - Wadi Rum - Petra [B/L/D]
Today you drive to the Wadi Rum, a moon like landscape of ancient valleys and sandstone mountains rising out of the white and pink colored sands. Much of "Lawrence of Arabia" was filmed and is where Lawrence himself was based during the Arab revolt. Your visit is via a jeep safari. Lunch is at a Bedouin style camp. Return to Petra for the night.
Day 19: Mar 19, 2019: Petra - Amman [B/L/D]
A morning departure from Petra takes you back to the Amman International Airport for your afternoon flight into Europe. Overnight at an airport hotel.
Day 20: Mar 20, 2019: End of Tour [IFM]
Morning departure from Europe for flight back to North America and home.
Per Person, Double - from $12,400.00 Including Air
Single Occupancy - ADD $1,860.00
Plus Air/Gov't Taxes of $842.60 per person
Initial Deposit - $2,000.00 per person at time of booking
Second Deposit - $2,000.00 per person before September 28, 2018
Final Payment per person is due before November 30, 2018