WONDERS JORDAN & EGYPT SMALL GROUP

    February/March 2022 - WONDERS OF THE MIDDLE EAST - JORDAN & EGYPT GROUP

    WONDERS OF THE MIDDLE EAST - JORDAN & EGYPT GROUP

    Photo: Gorgeous beach and palm trees, Egypt

    JORDAN TOUR INCLUSIONS:

    • 2-Nights’ accommodation in Amman
    • 2-Nights’ accommodation in Petra
    • 1-Nights’ accommodation in the Wadi Rum Desert
    • 2-Nights’ accommodation in the Dead Sea
    • All transfers in an A/C vehicle, as mentioned in the program
    • All entrance fees to the mentioned sites, as per itinerary
    • 2-hour jeep tour at Wadi Rum
    • Meals per itinerary
    • Services of English Speaking Guide Throughout
    • Water on board the vehicle with our compliments on touring days
    • 1-Hour Camel Ride at Wadi Rum
    • Meals as per itinerary
    • Porterage at Hotels.
    • Visa for Jordan

    EGYPT TOUR INCLUSIONS:

    • 3-Nights’ accommodation in Cairo at the Steinberger Pyramids Hotel
    • 1-Nights’ accommodation at the end of the Egypt Tour at the Le Meridien Cairo Airport Hotel
    • 4-Nights' accommodation aboard a Nile Cruise including all sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary (Sonesta St George)
    • 2-Night accommodation in Aswan
    • 1-Nights’ accommodation in Luxor
    • Meals per itinerary
    • Comprehensive sightseeing in Cairo guided by a licensed Egyptologist
    • All Transfers and Luggage handling within Egypt
    • All transportation provided by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
    • All hotel Taxes and services charges
    • All Entrance fees as per itinerary
    • Domestic flights within Egypt: Amman/Cairo/Luxor /// Aswan/Abu Simbel Aswan and Aswan/Cairo
    • Visa Fees

    Photo: Monastery, Petra  

    NOT INLCUDED:

    • Travel and baggage Insurance
    • Carriages in Petra
    • All items of a personal nature such as tips for meals, gratuities to driver/guides, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
    • All services not mentioned as “included” in the itinerary
    • Wi-Fi on cruise and some hotels may have a charge.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return
    • You need a visa to enter Jordan & Egypt. This is obtained on arrival. Cost $30.00-$50.00 USD per county

    See the tabs below for more information


    Photo: Sunrise in Amman, Egypt

    DAY 1, Wednesday, 23 FEBRUARY 2022

    DEPART NORTH AMERICA AND FLY TO AMMAN JORAN.

    Overnight flight with inflight meals.

    DAY 2, THURSDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2022

    ARRIVAL IN AMMAN

    Welcome to Jordan. On arrival we will clear immigration and customs. After completing formalities, we will be transferred to the hotel where we will spend the next two nights.   . 

    Overnight: Landmark Amman Hotel or similar


    DAY 3, FRIDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2022

    AMMAN- CITY TOUR & JERASH

    After Breakfast we will be picked for a City Tour of Amman & Jerash.

    Visit Amman’s Roman Theater, which was built during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (169-177 AD).  The large and steeply raked structure could seat about 6,000 people: built into the hillside, it was oriented north to keep the sun off the spectators.  It was divided into three horizontal sections.  Side entrances (paradoi) existed at ground level, one leading to the orchestra and the other to the stage.  Rooms behind these entrances now house the Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions on the one side, and the Amman Folklore Museum on the other side.  The highest section of seats in a theater was (and still is) called “The Gods”.  Although far from the stage, even there the sightlines are excellent, and the actors could be clearly heard, owing to the steepness of the cavea.  

    Visit the citadel, a national historic site at the center of downtown Amman, Jordan.  It represents significant civilizations that stretched across continents and prospered for centuries, as one empire gave rise to the next.  It also symbolizes the birth of the three great monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  The settlement at the Citadel extends over 7,000 years.  The site represents a passage in time with an astounding open-air museum to explore as a part of the heritage of mankind. 

    After Lunch at a local restaurant we will visit Jerash, situated in the foothills of the mountain of Gilead, the ancient city is reminiscent of the Roman Empire. Being one of the largest and well-preserved sites of Roman Architecture outside of Italy its grandeur can be seen in the colonnaded streets, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis.

    Return to Amman and enjoy dinner at a Local Restaurant.

    Overnight: Landmark Amman Hotel or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 4, SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2022

    MADABA/MT NEBO/PETRA

    Depart after breakfast for our journey to Petra.

    En route visit the following:

    Madaba:

    Here we get to visit St George’s Church home to the Mosaic Map.  Unearthed in 1864, the mosaic was once a clear map with 157 captions (in Greek) of all major biblical sites from Lebanon to Egypt. The mosaic was constructed around AD 560 and once contained more than 2 million pieces - only about 1/3 of it survived. You will have lunch in Madaba.

    Mt Nebo:

    Mount Nebo, where it is believed that Moses died. It is here where Moses stood on the windswept summit of Mount Nebo and viewed the Promised Land of Canaan after having been told by God “you shall not cross over there”. On a clear day one can see the panorama Moses must have seen: The Dead Sea, The Jordan River Valley and even Jericho, Bethlehem and the hills of Jerusalem.

    Lunch stop included. The drive continues to Petra where we will spend the next two nights.  

    Overnight: Movenpick Petra Hotel or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 5, SUNDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2022

    PETRA

    Breakfast at the hotel. We depart for a tour of Petra, Jordan’s most valuable treasure and a world wonder! You will take a walk through the Siq a narrow gorge, over 1km in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80m high cliffs that will eventually lead you to the Rose City of Petra. The Treasury offal-Khazneh appears dramatically at the end of the Siq.  Petra is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious people who settled there more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.  Today you also visit little Petra.

    Overnight: Movenpick Petra Hotel or similar.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 6, MONDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2022

    Photo: Seeing the sights, Egypt 

    PETRA/WADI RUM

    Following breakfast, we depart for Wadi Rum.  “Vast, echoing and God-like are the words T.E. Lawrence used in describing Wadi Rum, the largest of Jordan’s desert landscapes.  Here, a maze of monolithic rocks rises up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750 meters. Home to canyons, water holes and 4000 year old rock drawings, Wadi Rum will leave you mesmerized.  Your visit to Wadi Rum includes a jeep safari into the desert. En-suite tented accommodation is provided. Enjoy lunch & Dinner at the camp.

    Overnight: Sun City Desert Camp or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 7, TUESDAY, 01 MARCH 2022

    WADI RUM/DEAD SEA

    This morning enjoy a Camel ride. Following breakfast you will be transferred to the Dead Sea. On arrival you will check in and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. 

    Overnight: Marriott Dead Sea Hotel or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 8, WEDNESDAY, 02 MARCH, 2022

    DEAD SEA 

    After breakfast Visit Iraq-al-amir Coop https://www.treadright.org/projects/iraq-al-amir-womens-cooperative/. The Coop aims to make the women in the area financially independent and to raise their standard of living by increasing their income and preserving local heritage. The cooperative, which is managed and run by local women, has provided training projects for more than 150 women from all villages of Wadi Seer on a variety of handicrafts. Return to hotel for lunch and at the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. Time to enjoy a float in the dead sea!!

    Overnight: Marriott Dead Sea Hotel or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 9, THURSDAY, 03 MARCH 2022  

    DEAD SEA/AMMAN-CAIRO

    Check out of the hotel after breakfast. Transfer to the Amman airport for your flight to Cairo, 

    Ahlan WA sahlan! (Welcome in Arabic). Welcome to Egypt, the birth of civilization.  After meeting our guide, we will be transferred to our hotel for check-in. This Evening enjoy a special ELEVATION TRAVEL & TOURS event this evening!!! 

    Overnight: Steinberger Pyramids Hotel,  or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 10, FRIDAY, 04 MARCH 2022  

    FULL DAY CAIRO CITY TOUR

    Breakfast at Hotel.

    This morning you will be picked up for your full day tour to visit the Egyptian Museum ,Old Cairo, the Ben Ezra Synagogue and Saint Sergius Church, Citadel of Saladin and visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque.

    After breakfast, We begin our day with a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum where you will find artifacts of the Pharaonic era and the treasures of King Tutankhamen's tomb. Drive to Old Cairo, where early Judaism and Christianity flourished in Egypt. Visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue and Saint Sergius Church. After lunch (included), drive to the Citadel of Saladin and visit the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque. Return to the hotel for Dinner. 

    Overnight: Steinberger Pyramids Hotel, or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 11, SATURDAY, 05 MARCH 2022  

    CAIRO - PYRAMIDS & SPHINX GIZA TOUR

    After breakfast, you will be picked up for a private full day tour that includes: Pyramids and Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara. We go back in time and visit the most famous of the Egyptian sphinxes, the Great Sphinx of Gizah, followed by the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). Completed around 2600 BC, this pyramid was 146m (478ft) high and consisted of over 2 million limestone blocks weighing over 2 tons each. We also examine the Chephren and Mycerinus Pyramids. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Memphis. Memphis is considered the most ancient capital of Egypt established by King Mina. Of its monuments are the Colossal statue of Ramses II exhibited in the museum; the Alabaster statue of the Sphinx for King Tuthmosis and the Serapeum temple of mummification of Apis the sacred bull. Continue to Saqqara the ancient site of Memphis city which abounds in monuments, antiques and tombs. It is the most ancient burial ground in ancient Egypt. It is situated on a desert plateau crowned by Zoser step pyramid and its funerary complex including temples and tombs distinguished by glamorous wall engravings established by the architect Imhotep for King Zoser (III dynasty). It is the most ancient stone building in the world. The most important place to visit in Saqqara is the pyramid of unas, the Serapeum and mastabas which are known as the tombs of Nobles, the most famous of which is the tomb of Ptah Hotep, the tomb of Kagemni and the tomb of Mereruka. Return to the hotel. 

    Overnight: Steinberger Pyramids Hotel, or similar

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

    Photo: The Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt

    DAY 12, SUNDAY, 06 MARCH 2022  

    CAIRO/LUXOR

    After breakfast we will check out and be transferred to the airport for our flight to Luxor. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight enjoy Dinner at the Lebanese Restaurant in the Hotel.

    Overnight: Steinberger Nile Palace Luxor or similar                

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner or similar

    DAY 13, MONDAY, 07 MARCH 2022  

    LUXOR-CRUISE BOARDING

    After breakfast we will check out and be transferred to the cruise ship for a 4 night Nile cruise. This afternoon we will discover the complexes of Karnak and Luxor temples with your guide. The Karnak Temple Complex—usually called Karnak—comprises a vast conglomeration of ruined temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings, notably the Great Temple of Amen and a massive structure begun by Pharaoh Ramses II (ca. 1391–1351 BC). An ancient sacred lake is part of the site as well.  The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut ("The Most Selected of Places") and the main place of worship of the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun as its head. It is part of the monumental city of Thebes. The Karnak complex takes its name from the nearby and partly surrounded, modern village of el-Karnak, and some 2.5 km north of Luxor.

    Luxor Temple is a great temple complex in modern Luxor dedicated to Amun, a creator God often fused with the sun-God Ra into Amun-Ra. Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the River Nile and was founded in1400 B.C.E. Known in the Egyptian language as ipet resyt, or "the southern sanctuary", the temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was built during the New Kingdom. 

    The earliest parts of the temple still standing are the barque chapels. They were built by Hatshepsut and appropriated by Tuthmosis III. The main part of the temple - the colonnade and the sun court were built by Amenhotep III and a later addition by Rameses II.  Rameses II built the entrance pylon and the two obelisks (one of which was taken to France, and is now at the center of the Place de la Concorde) linked the Hatshepsut buildings with the main temple. During the Roman era, the temple and its surroundings were a legionary fortress and the home of the Roman government in the area.  Return to the boat for afternoon tea and dinner on board. In the evening enjoy night entertainment on board.

    Overnight: Sonesta St George Nile cruise 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 14, TUESDAY, 08 MARCH 2022 

    LUXOR/ESNA

    Breakfast on board. This morning we depart to visit Luxor’s West bank. Visit the burial places of the Pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.  Then visit Thebes Necropolis, El Deir El Bahari of Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. Lunch on board, Sailing to Edfu via Esna and enjoy Afternoon tea and later dinner on board. In the evening enjoy night entertainment.  You will also have an opportunity to enter the Tomb of King Tut.

    Overnight: Sonesta St George Nile cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 15, WEDNESDAY, 09 MARCH 2022 

    ESNA/EDFU/KOM OMBO

    Breakfast on board.

    This morning visit the Horus Temple in Edfu dedicated to the falcon headed God. It was built during the reigns of six Ptolemies. It was begun in 237 BC by Ptolemy III Euergetes I and was finished in 57 BC. Most of the work continued throughout this period with a brief interlude of 20 years while there was unrest during the period of Ptolemy IV and Ptolemy V Epiphanes. This is not only the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but the second largest after Karnak. It was believed that the temple was built on the site of the great battle between Horus and Seth. Hence, the current temple was the last in a long series of temples built on this location. It is said that the original structure housing a statue of Horus was a grass hut built in prehistoric times.  

    Included is a visit to the newly opened Crocodile Museum. The museum displays 22 mummified crocodiles of various sizes out of forty to have been unearthed in Aswan. The crocodiles can be seen inside a large glass showcase, allowing visitors to see how crocodiles passed their days in ancient Egypt. A collection of crocodile coffins and wooden sarcophagi, along with crocodile foetuses and eggs, are also on display.

    Sail to Kom Ombo and enjoy lunch on board. On arrival visit Kom Ombo Temple.  Located in the town of Kom-Ombo, about 28 miles north of Aswan, the Temple, dating to the Ptolemies, is built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. The actual temple was started by Ptolemy VI Philometor in the early second century BC. Ptolemy XIII built the outer and inner hypostyle halls. 

    The outer enclosure wall and part of the court were built by Augustus sometime after 30 BC and are mostly gone. There are also tombs from the Old Kingdom in the vicinity of Kom-Ombo village. The Temple known as Kom Ombo is actually two temples consisting of a Temple to Sobek and a Temple of Haroeris. In ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank near here. Continue Sailing to Aswan. Tonight Enjoy Dinner on board and the evening night entertainment.

    Overnight: Sonesta St George Nile cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 16, THURSDAY, 10 MARCH 2022 

    KOM OMBO/ASWAN-ASWAN SIGHT SEEING

    Today visit the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple. The High Dam, located near Aswan, is a world famous Dam built in the 1960s. It contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops.  The Dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 364 feet tall. Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt and, together with the old Aswan Dam built by the British between 1898 and 1902, 6km down river wonderful views for visitors.  From the top of the two Mile long High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nassar, the huge reservoir created when it was built, to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north. The High Dam created a 30% increase in the cultivatable land in Egypt, and raised the water table for the Shara as far away as Algeria.  The electricity producing capability of the Dam doubled Egypt's available supply.

    Visit the Unfinished Obelisk. Much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from quarries in the Aswan area. Around these quarries are many inscriptions, many of which describe successful quarrying projects. The Unfinished Obelisk located in the Northern Quarry still lies where a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. Possibly intended as a companion to the Lateran Obelisk, originally at Karnak but now in Rome, it would have weighed over 2.3 million pounds and would have been the world’s largest piece of stone ever handled. 

    However, a crack in the stone occurred, which caused it to be abandoned. Tools left by its builders have given us much insight into how such work was performed. The site has recently been renovated and equipped with tourist facilities. Nearby is the Fatimid Cemetery. You will also visit the Philae Temple. Philae in Greek or Pilak in ancient Egyptian, meaning 'the end,' defined the southernmost limit of Egypt. It was begun by Ptolemy II and completed by the Roman Emperors.  The Temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. These three characters dominate ancient Egyptian culture and their story possesses all the drama of a Shakespearian tragedy. 

    The God Osiris is murdered and dismembered by his brother Seth. Isis searches for the fragments, collects them together and with her magic powers brings Osiris back to life. They then conceive the God Horus. Osiris becomes God of the underworld and judge of the dead. Later when Horus is grown he avenges his father by defeating Seth in combat. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board.

    Overnight: Sonesta St George Nile cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Photo: Hieroglyphs - Aswan, Egypt

    DAY 17, FRIDAY, 11 MARCH 2022

    ASWAN

    After breakfast you Disembark from the Nile cruise and transfer to your hotel in Aswan. Upon arrival you will check in and relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.  This afternoon enjoy a felucca boat ride and visit Elephantine Island.  Elephantine was known as the “door of the south,” since it was the most southerly city in Egypt and the starting point for Sudanese trade. As well as being a thriving settlement, Elephantine Island was the main cult center of the ram-headed God Khnum.  Return to the hotel for dinner.

    Overnight: Movenpick Aswan Hotel or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    DAY 18, SATURDAY, 12 MARCH 2022

    ASWAN – ABU SIMBEL – ASWAN 

    After breakfast, transfer to Aswan airport for a short flight to Abu Simbel to visit the Temple of Ramses II. For 3,000 years, this Temple sat on the west bank of the Nile River. However, in a remarkable feat of engineering, the temple complex was dismantled and rebuilt on a higher hill to make way for the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s. Built in 1244 B.C., Abu Simbel contains two temples, carved into a mountainside.  The larger of the two temples contains four colossal statues of a seated pharaoh Ramesses II (1303-1213 B.C.) at its entrance, each about 69 feet (21 meters) tall. After the tour a return flight to Aswan where you Transfer back to your hotel in Aswan.

    Overnight: Movenpick Hotel Aswan or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

    DAY 19, SUNDAY, 13 MARCH 2022 

    VISIT NEARBY NUBIAN VILLAGE – ASWAN - CAIRO

    After breakfast, you will check and be met for an excursion to the Nubian village. Sail on the Nile by a motorboat to the Nubian Village. Here you will meet a Nubian family and to learn about their simple life style, culture and traditions.

    After the tour you will be transferred to Aswan where you will depart on your flight to Cairo.  On arrival make your way to the airport hotel. Tonight you will have Dinner at the Hotel.

    Overnight: Le Meridien Cairo Airport Hotel or similar

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    DAY 20, MONDAY, 14 MARCH 2022

    DEPART CAIRO

    Early this morning you will make your way to Cairo International Airport to check in for your homebound flight. (Due to the early flight breakfast may not be available)

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    Photo: A camel ride around the paramids