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Ancient Egypt: 13-Day Luxury Small Group Tour with Nile Cruise and International Flights

Step back in time to an ancient land of pharaohs and pyramids, taking in the priceless treasures of Egypt on a 13-day luxury, small group tour (max.16 travellers). Uncover thousands of years of history at the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings (including the tomb of Tutankhamun) and countless more ancient marvels. Includes return international flights from Australia, internal flights, five-star accommodation throughout – including a hotel with Giza Pyramid views – a Nile cruise including all meals on-board, daily breakfast and additional dining experiences, private airport transfers and transportation and so much more.

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Step back in time to an ancient land where pharaohs were entombed with unimaginable treasures and daily life played out along the banks of the Nile.

The most unforgettable of sights await on this 13-day luxury, small group tour (max.16 travellers), during which you’ll uncover the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tomb and treasures and Tutankhamun, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of the Kings, the Red Sea coast and much more, with a three-night Nile cruise and international flights from Australia included.

Want to make the most of your time in the Middle East extend your stay and discover the scared sites of Israel and Jordan? See the optional tour extension details below.

What You’ll Love…

The Experiences – Ancient pyramids, priceless treasures, bustling cities and river vistas

Lose yourself in Egypt’s captivating capital, Cairo, where you’ll peruse bustling bazaars, see beautiful old mosques and churches, and delve into ancient history at the Egyptian Museum; a treasure trove of priceless artefacts including the fabled Mask of Tutankhamun.

One of the last remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World unfolds before you at the awe-inspiring Giza pyramid complex, home to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza. This incredible historic site, built by the hand of ancient Egyptians and once buried beneath the desert sweeping sands, truly defies belief.

Explore the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, a site of incredible archaeological significance which houses tombs of pharaohs and nobles dating between the 16th and 11th century BC, including that of the legendary Tutankhamun.

Board the M/S Esmerelda Nile Cruiser to discover the famous river which has been the life-blood of the Egyptian people for millennia. Explore the ancient temples of Luxor nestled on the east bank of the river, believed to be where the kings of Egypt were crowned; discover Egypt’s best-preserved temple at Edfu, whose ancient hieroglyphs and original ceilings can still be seen to this day; explore the double Temple of Kom Ombo; mingle with the locals as you peruse the markets that line the banks and discover the riverside city of Aswan with its colossal dam.

Relax in the beach resort town of Hurghada on the Red Sea coast, best known for its excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. Explore the Old Town of El Dahar with its souks and Egyptian coffee shops, indulge at the plentiful restaurants and bars and soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches.

Your Accommodation – Stay in five-star style in the shadow of the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings, and beside the beautiful beaches of the Red Sea

After busy days exploring, unwind in five-star comfort at a range of hand-selected hotels.

Aside from priceless views over the Giza pyramids, Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa’s fabulous facilities include a beautiful swimming pool with waterfalls and hydro-jets, a spa with a steam room and whirlpool, and Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and international dining on-site.

Soak up the beauty of the Red Sea at Mövenpick Resort Soma Bay, nestled within 15 hectares of exotic gardens alongside a white sandy beach. Take advantage of three swimming pools, a huge spa, a selection of restaurants and bars serving regional and international cuisine - including Mövenpick's famous ice creams and sweet treats - on-site shopping, a gym with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam and more.

Relax in luxury aboard the M/S Esmerelda Nile Cruiser, a five-star ship with an on-site restaurant serving international cuisine, a bar, sundeck, swimming pool, spa, gym and more, plus air-conditioned cabins equipped with private bathrooms and LED TVs.

Your Package Includes:

  • Return international flights with Emirates or Etihad from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth or Brisbane (Adelaide departures available for a surcharge)
  • Internal flights from Cairo to Aswan and Hurghada to Cairo
  • Five-star accommodation throughout the tour, including Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa in the shadow of the pyramids and Mövenpick Resort Soma Bay on the shores of the Red Sea
  • Three-night Nile cruise aboard the five-star M/S Esmerelda Nile Cruiser, with all meals included on board
  • Daily breakfast, plus select additional dining experiences including a welcome and farewell dinner
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout the tour
  • The services of local tour leaders
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

Optional Tour Extension – See the sacred sites of Jordan and Israel, including Jerusalem and Petra

Make the most of your time in the Middle East by upgrading to the 24-day tour, during which you can enjoy the unforgettable experiences listed above in Egypt, plus a 12-day extension to neighbouring Israel and Jordan. Soak up unforgettable sights of ancient cities, sweeping desert, the Dead Sea and countless sacred sites, all whilst staying in five-star luxury.

Discover the Holy Land of Israel, home to the Holy City of Jerusalem, one of the oldest in the world. Stop at the Mount of Olives, a site where Jesus is said to have recited the Lord’s Prayer, the Old City and Mount Zion with the room of the last supper, Bethlehem and Jesus’ childhood home of Nazareth.

Tread in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and enjoy an open jeep tour at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum, a valley carved into sandstone and granite that has featured in many movies.

Stay in Petra overnight and witness the spectacle of 1,800 candles alight with a walk through the ancient city. Walk or ride horseback through the canyon of the modern village of Petra, where the treasury and field of tombs and obelisks await.

Soak up views of the Dead Sea with a stay in a luxury hotel right on the shores and head into Israeli wine country and discover fine and rare wines during a special tasting experience and vineyard tour.

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for select departure dates:

2018

10 October 2018 - SOLD OUT

24 October 2018 - SOLD OUT

7 November 2018 - SOLD OUT

14 November 2018 - SOLD OUT

21 November 2018 - SOLD OUT

2019

20 February 2019 - SOLD OUT

6 March 2019 - SOLD OUT

20 March 2019 - SOLD OUT

27 March 2019 - SOLD OUT

8 May 2019 - SOLD OUT

22 May 2019 - SECOND DEPARTURE ADDED

14 August 2019 - SOLD OUT

28 August 2019 - NEW DEPARTURE - LIMITED AVAILABILITY

11 September 2019 - SECOND DEPARTURE ADDED

9 October 2019 - SOLD OUT

16 October 2019 - SOLD OUT

23 October 2019 - SECOND DEPARTURE ADDED

6 November 2019 - SOLD OUT

20 November 2019 - LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Flights: Return international full-service flights with either Emirates or Etihad (dependent on availability and scheduling) from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane are included in you package. A surcharge of AU$250 per person will apply for departures from Adelaide and needs to be paid before tickets can be arranged. A surcharge of AU$250 per person will apply for any changes to the arrival or departure date or stopover, subject to availability at time of booking and will be invoiced accordingly if available.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-Share Package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum four travellers - surcharges apply).

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa

Steigenberger Luxor Hotel

Mövenpick Resort Soma Bay

M/S Esmeralda Nile Cruiser

Plus the following hotels for the tour extension:

Dan Pamorama

Kibbutz Kfar Giladi Hotel - Boutique

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Millennium Hotel

Dead Sea Grand East Hotel

Mövenpick Resort Petra

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Optional activities (can be pre-booked):

Early morning Abu Simbel excursion, including return airport transfers, return flights, tour guide and entrance fees: AU$450 per person

Hot air balloon over Luxor at sunrise, including return transfers and hot air balloon flight: AU$270 per person

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

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DAY 1 - FLY TO EGYPT

Today you depart Australia for Egypt (your departure city will determine your time of travel).

DAY 2 – ARRIVAL IN CAIRO

Arrive in Cairo and as the Egyptians say, ahlan wa sahlan – which means welcome. As you come off your flight you will be met by our local representatives who will direct you through customs and immigrations then assist you with your luggage. Arriving at the hotel you will have some time to freshen up from your travels. This evening meet with the rest of your group for a welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 3 - CAIRO TO ASWAN

After breakfast, head to the airport to board a short flight to Aswan. Aswan is a beautiful city, with gorgeous greenery accompanied by the calm of the Nile River, which flows right through the city. Visit the Aswan high dam, which is considered an engineering marvel. You’ll also have a chance to see the Philae Temple, which is dedicated to the Goddess Isis.

Next, check into our five-star Nile cruiser, which will be your home for the next three nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drink to toast the start of your Nile adventure.

Accommodation: M/S Esmeralda Nile Cruiser

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 4 - ASWAN TO KOM OMBO - ESNA - EDFU

This morning you have the opportunity to visit Abu Simbel by flight. Abu Simbel is a temple built by Ramses II in ancient Nubia, where he wished to demonstrate his power and his divine nature. One of the most magnificent monuments in the world, its removal and reconstruction was a historic event in itself (optional excursion at an additional cost).

Set sail to Kom Ombo, where we visit the Kom Ombo Temple, the double temple of Egypt. Before heading back on board, be sure to visit the markets along the Nile – you can find all sorts of treasures and souvenirs here. Enjoy lunch back on board and a relaxing afternoon as we cruise to Edfu via the Esna lock. Getting through the lock might take a while so you can occupy your time with some shopping from the local villagers. You won’t have a chance to disembark, but the Egyptian merchants will still try and entice you - they’ll paddle right up to you in paddle boats. Good fun to watch, even if you’re not looking to buy anything.

We make a stop at the Edfu Temple to marvel at Egypt’s best-preserved temple, the Temple of Horus, with its ancient hieroglyphs and original ceilings. It’s remarkable to think that someone hand-drew those things thousands of years ago, and we can still see them today. Finish the night with a Galabia Party - an Egyptian dress-up party.

Accommodation: M/S Esmeralda Nile Cruiser

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 5 – EDFU TO LUXOR

This morning we explore Luxor’s amazing temples: The Temple of Complex Karnak (Egypt’s largest), and the Luxor Temple, known as the Southern Shrine. Luxor Temple is unique in that it’s one of the few temples which wasn’t built for the sake of a God or for any proper divine reason - in fact, it was built to celebrate the rejuvenation of kingship. Some archaeologists think that many of the Kings of Egypt were crowned here.

Enjoy an afternoon relaxing on deck.

Accommodation: M/S Esmeralda Nile Cruiser

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 6 – LUXOR

After breakfast, we check out of our cruiser and set out to visit the west bank in Luxor. You’ll visit the famous Valley of the Kings followed by a visit to the remarkable Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. You’ll also see the Colossi of Memnon - breathtaking stone statues which guarded the gates of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes.

This afternoon, we check into our hotel for the night. Luxor is full of amazing temples but it also has such a lively nightlife, so tonight you will have the opportunity to go out and explore and make your own discoveries.

Accommodation: Steigenberger Luxor Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 – LUXOR - HURGHADA

Enjoy breakfast before we head to Hurghada and the Red Sea. It’s a three-hour drive, so a good opportunity to rest up from a busy few days.

On arrival in Hurghada we check in to our beachfront resort – and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Accommodation: Mövenpick Resort Soma Bay

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAYS 8 & 9 – HURGHADA

The next couple of days are at your leisure in Hurghada. Situated on the Red Sea, Hurghada is a fantastic spot for those seeking a little extra R&R, snorkeling or to go on a desert safari. Some of the best sea life is found here in the Red Sea.

Accommodation: Mövenpick Resort Soma Bay

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 10 - HURGHADA TO CAIRO

Today we fly back to Cairo and check in to our hotel – our base for the next three nights.

Accommodation: Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 - CAIRO

Today you get to experience one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the extraordinary pyramids. Beginning with the ancient necropolis, Saqqara, we’ll visit one of the oldest stone structures in the world: The Step Pyramid. You’ll get to learn the secrets of this desert world which have been forgotten over the years, buried in the expansive sands. With excavation underway all year round, progress towards new discoveries is made every day.

From here you’ll have a bit of free time for lunch (not included) before arriving at The Great Pyramids to witness the beautiful architecture and appreciate all the work that really went into making these marvels. You’ll also have a chance to get up close to the Sphinx. Your tour guide will give you a rundown of the history and cultural significance of the things you’re seeing, and you’ll get a true taste of what it was like in Ancient Egypt. The evening is at your leisure.

Accommodation: Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 12 - CAIRO

After breakfast you start your adventure with an understanding of Egypt’s history at the famous Egyptian Museum. You’ll have a chance to view major historical pieces discovered literally thousands of years ago, dating back to 3000BC. There are approximately 1,200 items in the Museum, including the 11kg Gold Mask of Tutankhamun.

This afternoon you’ll get a chance to discover Old Cairo. Our guide will help you to ensure you’re respectful of the religious gatherings and ceremonies going on as you visit the beautiful Muhammed Ali mosque, as well as the breathtaking Hanging Church of the Virgin Mary. End the day with a visit to Khan El Khalil Bazaar, where you can smoke watermelon shisha, drink an Egyptian coffee, go shopping, or all of the above.

Tonight we enjoy a last dinner together as a group and relive our stories from the adventure just had.

Accommodation: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 13 – TOUR ENDS

Today you’ll transfer to Cairo Airport to catch your flight back home – depending on your flight time the day will be at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENSION – ISRAEL AND JORDAN

DAY 13 – CAIRO – TEL AVIV – JERUSALEM

Today you’ll transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Tel Aviv. On arrival you meet our local guides who will transfer you to your hotel in Jerusalem.

The evening is at your leisure to unwind from your day of travel.

Accommodation: Dan Panorama

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 14 – JERUSALEM

We’ll start the day with something worth waking up for - a panoramic view of Jerusalem from Mount Olivet (or the Mount of Olives)! We’ll then stop in at the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony, whose name does not match its prettiness. We’ll also visit the Israel Museum, with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. It also houses the Shrine of the Book, which holds the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Next we’ll visit Yad Vashem, the official memorial established for the Jewish Victims on the Holocaust. After a visit to the picturesque village of Eln Karem (the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist), we’ll head to Mahane Yehuda in the heart of downtown Jerusalem, to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders’ interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel.

Accommodation: Dan Panorama

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 15 – JERUSALEM

To defend the treasures of this ancient place, the Old City of Jerusalem is protected on all sides by tall walls. We’ll enter through one of the gates today, to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter, the Temple area, the Western Wall and, of course, the colourful bazaars. We’ll make sure you see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, too, located at the end of the winding Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross.

From there we’re headed to Mt Zion, to see the tomb of King David. Although most historians don’t consider the tomb of King David to be the actual resting place of King David himself, it’s a culturally significant site located in the ruins of a beautiful byzantine church. The Abbey of Dormition (or ‘sleep’) is just a short distance from here, so we’ll visit the site where the Blessed Virgin Mary is said to have died - and, of course, we’ll see the Room of the Last Supper.

Next we head to Bethlehem. See the Church of Nativity, and - depending on conditions set by the Palestinian Authority* - a spectacular view of the Shepherd’s Fields (* Site under the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction so visit subject to situation). Arriving back in Jerusalem the evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: Dan Panorama

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 16 – BEIT SHEAN - NAZARETH - GALILEE

Today we’ll leave Jerusalem and head north, passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travelling through the Jordan Valley, we’ll reach Beit Shean, where you can visit excavations of the beautifully preserved Roman City - the bible records that the bodies of King Saul and his son Jonathon were strung up on this city’s ancient walls.

Continuing on to Nazareth, we visit the Church of the Annunciation (thought by some to be built atop the house of the Virgin Mary), and the carpentry workshop of Joseph. Walk through the mystic alleys and visit the artists’ colony of Safed, the city of the Kabala. Safed is the highest-elevated city in all of Israel - it is so high up it can experience cold, even snowy, winters. We’ll be staying in a Kibbutz hotel tonight.

Accommodation: Kibbutz Kfar Giladi Hotel - Boutique

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 17 – GOLAN HEIGHTS AND AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE

Today is a full day - you’ll see the Golan Heights, pass a Syrian fortification and see Banias, the source of the Jordan River.

Afterwards we head to the Israeli wine country, with vineyards stretching into spectacular views. You’ll have a chance to become … ‘acquainted’ with the collection of fine and rare wines with a special wine tasting experience, as well as being offered a tour of the vineyard and shown the wine production process, end-to-end.

We’ll then descend to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where we’ll visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins of the ancient synagogue (and Peter’s house) at Capernaum. Then Tabgha, where the miracle of the fish and bread is said to have taken place. Continue to Tiberias for a short tour of the old center of Jewish learning, before some of the group (optional - own cost) departs on a sailing boat across the Sea of Galilee, to experience the tranquility of the scenery which has remained majorly the same during the past 2000 years.

Accommodation: Kibbutz Kfar Giladi Hotel - Boutique

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 18 - ACRE - HAIFA - CEASAREA - TEL AVIV - JAFFA

After breakfast we’ll drive west towards Acre, for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. We’ll continue to Haifa, for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden, Mount Carmel and Haifa bay.

We continue on to Caesarea to visit the ancient port, the Roman Theater and the Hippodrome (the place for Ancient Roman chariot races!). It’s an explosion of history and culture today and once you’ve taken in the sights, we’ll proceed to Tel Aviv.

We enjoy a short city tour of Jaffa before checking in to our hotel for the night. Jaffa is a beautiful town full of picturesque alleys and a rich cultural history - as well as appearing in biblical stories, Jaffa is famous for its oranges.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 19 – TEL AVIV – AMMAN

After breakfast today we’ll drive to the Sheikh Hussein border-crossing. Make sure to bring relevant documentation, as we’ll be crossing into Jordan and proceeding to Amman for a panoramic tour of the Jordanian capital, then check into your hotel.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 20 – JERASH

The Jerash ruins of Jordan are rumored to be the best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Inhabited since the Bronze Age and home to The Temple of Artemis, you won’t want to miss this one.

It’s located about 45km north of the Amman in the verdant heights of the Gilad and was a center of Greek and Roman culture. With sprawling streets lined by columns, Roman baths and beautiful temples, you will be awed by these artefacts of architecture and ancient history.

Today you will wander among the original temples, theatres, plazas, paths and colonnaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining city walls. Visit the Oval plaza, Roman Theatre and stunning Byzantine churches. Through a scenic vista of pine trees and olive groves, you’ll arrive at the Castle of Ajloun, which marks the furthest limit of Frankish incursions during the Crusades. Although the castle suffered major damage following two separate earthquakes, it is still a beautiful marvel of Islamic architecture, a picturesque ancient building perched atop a hill.

Continue to Umm Qais, which belonged to the famous Decapolis. Umm Qais is a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great. Here you have an overwhelming view of the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 21 – AMMAN TO THE DEAD SEA

Capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Amman has been around since the Iron Age - once it was even known as Philadelphia, the ancient city forming part of the Decapolis League. This morning, you’ll get to explore the sprawling city, which reaches across 19 ‘jebels’ (or ‘hills’). Amman’s long history means there are a number of exciting excavations and renovations going on all throughout the city. During the tour, keep an eye out for the ancient site known as the Citadel, which has been the focus of archaeologists since the early 1920s. A large portion of the site remains unexcavated - there’s a lot left to discover! We do know that it is home to the remains of the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and a fantastic Byzantine Church. We’ll then head down to the foot of the Citadel to find the 6000-seat Roman Theatre, an impressive bowl carved into the hill which is STILL used fairs, concerts and ceremonies, today! Once you’ve looked around we’ll pop into one of Amman’s impressive archaeological museums before heading into downtown Amman, for a proper taste of true Jordanian culture.

This afternoon we drive to the Dead Sea and check-in to our luxury hotel, which is located right on the shores of the Dead Sea. Boasting 410 metres of deep, salty water, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. Take in those spectacular views - the place hasn’t changed much in thousands of years, so it’s the same view that’s been enjoyed by the kings, emperors, traders and prophets of antiquity. Enjoy your time here and take advantage of the massages and spa treatments offered by local Dead Sea hotels.

Accommodation: Dead Sea Grand East Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 22 - DEAD SEA - PETRA (VIA WADI RUM)

Today we’re headed to Petra but on the way we stop in the Wadi Rum for an open Bedouin Jeep tour. Wadi Rum’s landscape is as unique as it is beautiful - often compared to the moon itself, the endless desert of Rum is dotted with mountains made out in all different shades of the sun, reds and yellows and oranges that spill into the horizon.

Afterwards we continue on to Petra for an overnight stay and an incredible introduction to Petra by Night. To experience Petra by the light of 1,800 candles is an out-of-this-world experience. An after-dark guided excursion into the ancient city that adds an entirely new dimension to your experience in Petra; the candlelit walk, leaving the lights of Wadi Musa behind to enter the split of the siq in silence is magical. This 2 km walk is an experience you will never forget!

Accommodation: Mövenpick Resort Petra

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 23 - PETRA

This morning visit Petra again by day. Either walk or ride horseback to the canyon and travel through the red rock city - this was the ancient capital of the Nabateans from the third century BC to the second century AD. You’ll see all of the most interesting monuments carved into the stone, including the Treasury (El Khazneh - the tomb of a Nabatean king), then the field of tombs, obelisks and the altar (Al Madhbhah), from which you can see the whole of the city.

After your visit, we return to Amman for our last night.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 24 – TOUR ENDS

Today you’ll transfer to Amman Airport to catch your flight back home – depending on your flight time the day will be at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Flights: Return international full-service flights with either Emirates or Etihad (dependent on availability and scheduling) from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane are included in your package. A surcharge of AU$250 per person will apply for departures from Adelaide and needs to be paid before tickets can be arranged. A surcharge of AU$250 per person will apply for any changes to the arrival or departure date or stopover, subject to availability at time of booking and will be invoiced accordingly if available.

You MUST complete your booking form within 48 hours of booking. Following its completion, our Tours Concierge will be in touch to assist with flight arrangements.

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