Cairo to Amman tour & Ancient Egypt River Cruise

15 Days
Cairo to Amman
From (GBP)
£ 4,320
£ 3,820
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Cairo > Amman

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you trace the steps of daring explorers on a journey to the heart of ancient Egypt.

Travelling from Cairo on a momentous 10-day roundtrip, cruise the timeless waters of the Nile as you marvel at the incredible antiquities of Luxor, Dendera, Aswan and Abu Simbel. Historic treasures abound as you explore the Valley of the Kings, Aswan Dam and the World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II, while a collection of EmeraldPLUS experiences immerse you more deeply in the spirit and heritage of this evocative country.
Our Journey Planners have crafted the ultimate luxury adventure, helping you experience the incredible sights of Egyptian antiquity in complete comfort. Daily excursions mean you’ll see more of every destination, and the discovery starts immediately with a guided tour of the Great Pyramids, complemented by an EmeraldPLUS home-hosted dinner with a local Egyptian family. Cruising from Cairo to Luxor, marvel at the colourful hieroglyphics that adorn the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, and see the awe-inspiring Monument of Queen Hatshepsut. Cruising the Nile southward, glimpse daily life on the river against the backdrop of Egypt’s ancient desert landscapes, and experience a performance of Nubian music and dance with EmeraldPLUS. See Aswan Dam and the majestic temples of Ramses II and Nefertari, and pay a special visit to the legendary Botanical Gardens of Aswan with DiscoverMORE. From Aswan, return to Cairo, where you’ll say a final farewell to your fellow travellers and return home with wonderful memories to share. *DiscoverMORE available at additional cost
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15 Day Itinerary

  1. 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.

  2. Day 2 - Cairo

    Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids before marvelling at the 20-metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx.
    EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted dinner with local family

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Day 15 - Amman Farewell

    Today farewell Jordan and transfer to Amman International airport for you onward flight or take part on a DiscoverMORE (optional tour, extra expense) to visit the Bethany Beyond the Jordan to see where Jesus was baptized (please book flights to depart after 4pm).

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 4 nights on board of MS Hamees
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of a Tour Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • Visit to the Pyramids & Great Sphinx
  • Visit to the Egyptian Museum
  • Visit to the Khan-El-Khalili Market
  • Visit to the Monument of Queen Hatshepsut & Statues of Colossi of Memnon
  • Tour of vast open-air temple of Karnak
  • Cruise to Dendera & visit to Hathor Temple
  • Visit to Luxor Temple
  • Visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Visit to the Osiris Temple Complex of Philae
  • Felucca cruise on the Nile
  • Visit to Temples of Ramses II & Nefertari
  • City Tour of Amman
  • Visit to Mount Nebo
  • City Tour of Petra
  • Visit to Wadi Rum

  • Home-Hosted Cooking Demonstration & Dinner with Local Family
  • Nubian show on board of cruise
  • Visit to Nubian Village to meet Local School Children
  • Home-hosted Dinner with a Local Family in Amman
  • Walk Through a Local Market with Lunch & visit to the Ruins of Jerash

DiscoverMORE (extra Expense)
  • Evening light display and entertaining show at the Pyramids
  • Visit to Botanical Gardens
  • Visit to the Treasury and Chasms lit by candlelight
  • Visit to Bethany Beyond the Jordan

  • 28 superb meals including 14 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
  • Complimentary 2 drinks served with lunch and dinner on board of ship

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