Petra & Dubai

Petra & Dubai

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Petra & Dubai

10 Days Starting in 31.949381,35.932911 and ending in 25.204849,55.270783

Visiting: Amman, Wadi Musa, Wadi Rum Village, Dubai

Tour operator:

Encounters Travel

Tour code:

316

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 18

Physical rating:

Medium, All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

8-95

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

This 10-day tour of Petra & Dubai starts in Jordan's capital city of Amman - a modern city with numerous ancient ruins. From Amman, you'll make our way to the 'Rose City' of Petra - but before arriving, you'll have the chance to witness the Roman Mosaics at Madaba, take in wonderful views of Israel from the towering Mt. Nebo and visit the spectacular Kerak Castle - one of Jordan's largest Crusader castles. The ancient Nabatean site of Petra is famed for the carvings of buildings deep in its rose-red coloured sandstone hills and you'll enjoy a guided tour of the area with plenty of free time to explore on your own. From Petra, you'll spend time in the Wadi Rum desert enjoying Bedouin hospitality before we head back to Amman to explore the city further and visit the ancient Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash. Next we board a plane to the United Arab Emirates ultra-modern city of Dubai (flight not included). Your stay in Dubai includes a tour of this fast-changing city and even enjoy a spectacular Dhow cruise on the Dubai Creek, where you'll feast onboard while listening to live music and watch the mesmerising Tanura dancers. Your Dubai adventure ends with some fun on its dunes, with dune riding, sunset photography, belly dancing just a few things on the menu.

Highlights

  • Madaba Roman mosaics, views over Israel from Mt. Nebo, scenic drive along the King's Highway, Kerak crusader castle, full day in Petra, Little Petra, Wadi Rum jeep safari, Dubai city tour, Dhow Cruise on Dubai creek

  • Views over Israel from Mt. Nebo

  • Scenic drive along the King's Highway

  • Kerak crusader castle

  • Full day in Petra

  • Little Petra

  • Wadi Rum jeep safari

  • Dubai city tour

  • Dhow Cruise on Dubai creek

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Amman. Hotel Transfers Included

Location: Amman

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Amman Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Upon arrival in Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, one of our staff members will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Jordan's bustling capital city.

You'll have some time to settle in and the rest of the day is then free to explore your new surroundings independently, or rest after your journey to Jordan.

Day 2 : A City Tour Of Amman And Exploring Jerash

Location: Amman

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Amman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We start today by heading out of Amman and driving to nearby Jerash - one of the world's most well-preserved Roman architecture sites outside of Italy. Hidden away from the world underneath sand for centuries, archaeological work over the past 70 years have revealed that Jerash was a fine example of Roman urbanism, with its paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, impressive theatres, public squares and plazas.

In the afternoon we return to Amman for a short tour of the city. Jordan's capital city is rich in history, dating back many millennia. Archaeological discoveries have uncovered remains from the Neolithic period as well as the Hellenistic and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages. After heading downtown, we'll make our way to the Citadel - the former home of the ancient Temple of Hercules, The Umayyad Palace, and the Byzantine Church, before we make our way to the 6000-seater Roman theatre, which was built during the Roman Period. The ancient theatre is still in use today, playing host to numerous cultural events.

Day 3 : King's Highway To Petra With Stops At Madaba & Kerak Castle

Location: Wadi Musa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Petra Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We leave Amman behind us today as we drive along the scenic King's Highway to Petra. The drive is a beautiful one as we cross deep wadis, pass through olive groves and remote rural villages, giving you a unique insight into the daily lives of the locals.

Our first stop will be at Madaba, as we visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George - famed for its 6th century Byzantine Mosaic map of the Holy Land and other biblical sites. Next, we'll venture up Mount Nebo, which offers breath-taking views of the Holy Land.

We'll hit the road once more, this time crossing the beautiful Wadi al-Mujib, which winds through olive groves before it traverses up over a deep canyon until we reach Kerak Castle, which forms part of several Crusader castles built during the 12th century on the Egypt-Syrian caravan route.

Upon arrival in Petra, we'll check into the hotel and the evening is free for you to relax and explore. An option is available to get a first taste of Petra itself with the atmospheric Petra by Candlelight tour through the Siq to the Treasury.

Day 4 : Full Day Exploration Of Petra: Camping Underneath The Stars In Wadi Rum

Location: Wadi Musa

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Wadi Rum Bedouin camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is all about exploring the Nabatean site of Petra. It was once the ancient capital of the Nabataean commercial empire until the Romans finally took over in 106AD. For a long period of time, Petra was forgotten - except by the local Bedouins - before it was rediscovered in 1812 by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Petra can be found at the edge of the Wadi Aruba desert, where canyon walls and towering hills make it virtually impossible to reach, except via a narrow cleft in the rock, known as the Siq. There are very few free-standing buildings in Petra, as the Nabateans chose to carve their dwellings into the multi coloured sandstone cliffs. Petra has become one of Jordan's main tourist attractions and the Jordanian Government is well aware of this. The tourism infrastructure in the adjoining village of Wadi Musa is booming, though, thankfully, once you enter through the Siq, the site is protected, there aren't that many touts or souvenir sellers, and all the building feels miles away.

We have most of the day available today to explore this ancient city (2-3 hour guided tour, then free time to explore independently). We start by making our way through the Siq, which rises to 200 metres above us and narrows to just 2 metres wide in certain sections. Keep an eye out for the ancient Nabatean water channel which is still visible on one wall and there are remnants of the terracotta pipes that brought water into the city as well. We'll turn a corner and suddenly - one of the most familiar sights of Petra will be in front of you - The Khazneh (Treasury) comes into view. Our guide will explain how this, and the other buildings here, are mainly elaborate facades carved into the rock from the top down, and also discuss the spiritual significance of the building style.

From the Treasury, the valley opens out, and you'll see tombs carved into the rock on both sides. You'll get a glimpse of the ruined Roman amphitheatre and colonnaded streets and during your free time, you can walk up a steep and narrow winding gorge to the towering 'Monastery' - which is 50 metres high and 45 metres wide, giving you breath-taking views of the Wadi Aruba desert and the Jordan Valley. Another climb takes you to the High Place of Sacrifice, and Lion Fountain. All in all, this is a full and tiring exercise, but hugely rewarding day touring one of the world's most famous ancient sites.

Walking distances today are an absolute minimum of 3km through the Siq to the Treasury and back and to see a few tombs, 8km to take the trail on as far as the main basin, plus an additional few km to the Monastery and back (over 800 steps up and down). For those with less mobility or who are worried about the distance, horse carriages are available for around 20JD (USD 28) to take you on the 1.2km journey through the Siq to the Treasury and back again at an agreed time. They will also take you further in through the site for an extra fee. We do not recommend riding the horses that are available. Donkeys are available for the steps up to the Monastery - if you want to use them, we'd reommend doing this on the way up, not on the way down.

Later in the afternoon, we leave Petra and drive into the spectacular desert scenery of Wadi Rum where friendly Bedouin hosts are ready to greet us at a comfortable camp beneath the towering rocks and cliffs. We spend the evening and night relaxing at the camp, watching the stars and enjoying a delicious traditional Jordanian meal.

Day 5 : A Jeep Safari In Wadi Rum & Dead Sea Swim

Location: Wadi Rum Village

Accommodation: Hotel, Wadi Rum jeep safari Dead Sea swim We spend more time amidst the desert scenery of Wadi Rum today on a jeep safari that passes by more sharp cliffs and intriguing rock formations. This area and its huge rust coloured rocky 'jebels' was made famous

Accommodation Name: Amman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We start the day exploring the beautiful desert and mountain scenery of Wadi Rum. Keep an eye out for the copper-coloured rocky 'jebels', which mesmerised TE Lawrence during his visits to the desert during the Arab Revolt and was later famed in the movie Lawrence of Arabia. We'll take a jeep safari through the beautiful desert scenery, seeing more of the sheer cliffs and bizarre rock formations.

We say goodbye to Wadi Rum later today and head north towards the Dead Sea, one of the planet's most spectacular destinations. Not only is it the lowest point on earth, coming in at 400 metres below sea level, it's also considered to be one of the world's most spiritual landscapes, filled with dramatic, natural wonders.

The Dead Sea is fed by numerous rivers, including the River Jordan. Once the waters reach the Dead Sea they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals that supply industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products.

The Dead Sea is flanked by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west, giving it an almost otherworldly beauty. Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Bela).

We'll stop along the way to enjoy a 'swim', though the intensely salty waters lead to a very strange swimming experience. In fact, normal swimming is not possible, and it is easier (and more photogenic!) just to float, sitting or lying in the water. Be careful not to get any water in your eyes, as it will sting.

We finish the day back at our hotel in Amman.

Day 6 : Fly From Amman To Dubai - Transfers Included: But Flight Not Included

Location: Dubai

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dubai Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We say our final goodbye to Jordan, as we make our way to Amman's Queen Alia International Airport to catch your flight to Dubai.

Upon arrival, one of our staff members will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Dubai - a city known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and eclectic nightlife.

You have the rest of the day free to explore your new surroundings, or rest after your journey to the United Arab Emirates.

Note: The international flight from Amman to Dubai is not included in the price of the tour. It is normally most cost effective to purchase this flight as part of your main international flight ticket. However if you would like us to arrange a single ticket for you, we will be happy to book this for you. Please contact us for current prices.

Day 7 : A City Tour Of Dubai And An Optional Desert Safari

Location: Dubai

Accommodation Name: Dubai Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is all about exploring the beautiful city of Dubai - as we head out on a shared half-day guided city tour starting at Jumeirah Public Beach and Burj Al Arab, whose sail-shaped design and 321 metre height has made it one of the signature sights in Dubai. We'll also drive through the plush district of Jumeirah full of hotels and villas, before heading into the old Al Bastakiya quarter to discover Dubai's past. Here we'll navigate mudbrick courtyards and houses with wind towers to catch the cooling breeze. The tour also visits the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in Dubai and home to the Dubai Museum. A boat trip on an abra follows as we cross Dubai Creek to Deira and the bustling and vibrant Spice Souk, full of colourful stalls of herbs, spices and sweets. Finally there is time to explore the nearby Gold Souk before you are dropped back at your hotel.

This afternoon there is an optional desert safari tour available. For this tour, you'll be collected in a 4x4 and make your way to the desert along the Al Awir Road for some fun on the dunes, including dune riding, sunset photography, belly dancing, a fire and Tanura dancing show and lots more before you enjoy a barbecue dinner underneath the starry sky. The tour lasts around 6 hours in total before you are dropped back at your hotel in the evening.

Day 8 : Free Time In Dubai. Evening Dhow Dinner Cruise

Location: Dubai

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dubai Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner,

You have the morning free to sleep in a little later, relax by the pool or explore Dubai independently, perhaps purchasing some gifts from one of the many malls. Later in the afternoon, you'll be picked up from your hotel and make your way to the Dubai Creek for a dhow cruise, where you enjoy dinner and enjoy entertainment such as live music and a Tanura dance show.

Day 9 : Free Day In Dubai.

Location: Dubai

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dubai Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your day is completely free today to relax or explore Dubai further. There are great beaches to enjoy the sun and swim from, and a wealth of great shopping opportunities available. Alternatively for the more adventurous, there are fascinating day trips available to nearby Abu Dhabi.

Day 10 : Free Time In Dubai. Hotel To Airport Transfers Included

Location: Dubai

Meals Included: Breakfast

You have some free time to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping before we collect you and transfer you to the airport to board your flight back home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    6*

    • All accommodation in locally rated 3-star hotels (upgrades available)
    • All transport and transfers in AC vehicles
    • 4x4 Bedouin jeep safari in Wadi Rum
    • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
    • Services

      • 8 nights' accommodation in mid-range hotels (superior level upgrade available)
      • 1 night's accommodation a comfortable Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum
      • All transport and transfers
      • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service<

What's Not Included

    • International flights (available on request)
    • Amman to Dubai flight (can often be included in your main international flight ticket)
    • Jordan visa fees (currently waived for most nationalities)
    • Dubai visa fees (currently free

    • Amman to Dubai flight

      (can often be included in your main international flight ticket)

    • Jordan visa & site entrance fees

      To promote tourism to the country, the Jordanian government has designed the Jordan Pass.

      This provides adults of most nationalities with a free single entry Jordan visa (for stays of 3 nights or more), a discounted package of entrance fees, and free digital brochures for the various sites in Jordan.

      Please check the Jordan Pass tour note for more information.

      Double or multi entry visas for Jordan are no longer available and you will need to arrange two visas if you are doing a combination tour (eg.

      with Egypt and/or Israel) that visits Jordan more than once.

      Exceptions may occur if you are crossing to and from Israel via the King Hussein Bridge - please contact us for details.

      If you wish to arrange your visa separately in advance, or if your stay will be shorter than four days/3 nights, then a visa fee of 40JD (approx.

      USD 57) will be due.

    • Dubai visa fees

      (currently free or not required for most nationalities)

    • Dubai tourism tax

      (payable at the hotel - AUD 15 per room per night)

    • Travel insurance

      (compulsory, available from Encounters Travel)

    • Meals not indicated in the itinerary

    • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses

      (eg.

      laundry)

    • Any other items not mentioned above

More Info

This 10-day tour of Petra & Dubai starts in Jordan's capital city of Amman - a modern city with numerous ancient ruins. From Amman, you'll make our way to the 'Rose City' of Petra - but before arriving, you'll have the chance to witness the Roman Mosaics at Madaba, take in wonderful views of Israel from the towering Mt. Nebo and visit the spectacular Kerak Castle - one of Jordan's largest Crusader castles. The ancient Nabatean site of Petra is famed for the carvings of buildings deep in its rose-red coloured sandstone hills and you'll enjoy a guided tour of the area with plenty of free time to explore on your own. From Petra, you'll spend time in the Wadi Rum desert enjoying Bedouin hospitality before we head back to Amman to explore the city further and visit the ancient Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash. Next we board a plane to the United Arab Emirates ultra-modern city of Dubai (flight not included). Your stay in Dubai includes a tour of this fast-changing city and even enjoy a spectacular Dhow cruise on the Dubai Creek, where you'll feast onboard while listening to live music and watch the mesmerising Tanura dancers. Your Dubai adventure ends with some fun on its dunes, with dune riding, sunset photography, belly dancing just a few things on the menu.

Accommodation

3 & 4-star hotels and Bedouin camp (upgrades available)

Mode of Transport

Private AC car/minibus & Bedouin jeep

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    As one of our Small-Group tours, maximum group sizes are restricted to 18 people, while the tour is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of just 2. A professional licensed guide accompanies all groups of 5 or more throughout the time in Jordan. For groups of 2-4, one of our experienced English speaking drivers will escort the group with specialist local site guides used for the tours in Jerash, Amman (Citadel), and Petra. At Encounters Travel we aim to only use local Jordanian guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing as well as supporting the local population and economy. Whilst in Dubai your time is more independent and there will not be an escort guide or tour leader with you. Instead our local representative will greet you at the airport and be available if required. The tours and activities are then on a shared 'Seat in Coach' basis and you may be with a different group of passengers on each of the tours whilst in Dubai.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. Your airport transfers are also included at either end of the Amman-Dubai flight. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days. On our Shoestring group tours we do offer optional hotel upgrades. This may mean that additional pick-up and drop-offs are required each day. We do endeavour to ensure that all hotels used are close to each other and to streamline and time arrangements to limit any extra driving time as much as possible. The sightseeing tours and activities in Dubai are on a 'seat in coach' basis and may involve several hotel pick ups and drop offs at either end of the trip.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities. UK, EU, US, Canadian, Austrlian and New Zealand citizens can normally obtain a free tourist visa upon arrival into the United Arab Emirates, valid for a stay of up to 30 days. However, we recommend that you contact your closest UAE consulate or embassy and check your own government's travel advice for current information for your nationality. Previous travel to Israel UAE immigration authorities have advised that British nationals with valid or expired Israeli visas or stamps in their passports should not face any difficulties entering the UAE as long as they don’t intend to work.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    The tour price does not include entrance fees to the sites visited on the tour in Jordan. Any entrances fees in Dubai are included. We strongly recommend that you purchase a Jordan Pass prior to your travel to Jordan. This is a special package that has been designed by the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for tourists visiting Jordan. As well as including a discounted package of entrance fees covering all the sites in Jordan that you will visit on this tour (plus many others), the Jordan Pass also provides free downloadable digital brochures on each attraction, plus a free tourist visa for entering the country (40JD if obtained on arrival in Jordan). It also allows us to speed up our entry to each site as if everyone has the Jordan Pass we won't need to queue for tickets. A handful of sites that we visit on our tours are not covered by the Jordan Pass (eg. Mt. Nebo, St. George's Church at Madaba, and the Shawmuri & Azraq Reserves), so to keep things simple for you while you are in Jordan, where these are visited in our itineraries, the entry fees are included in your tour price. If you visit any other sites not covered by the Jordan Pass during your free time or on additional tours you arrange while in Jordan, you will need to pay the entrance fee at the site. The cost for the Jordan Wanderer Pass which is suitable for all our tours which visit Petra on one day is JD70 (approx. US$99). You should also check if your tour visits the Baptism Site at Bethany and if it does, add on the supplement for this site (an extra JD8, discounted from the JD12 payable at the site). Passes are available by completing a simple online form before you travel, taking care to make sure your passport details are entered correctly as this doubles as your visa application. Your Jordan Pass will then be emailed to you as a pdf document, which you should print out and bring with you. You will then need to show this print out at the immigration desk on arrival in Jordan to obtain your free entry visa, and also at each attraction where it will be scanned to confirm your entry. Obtain your Jordan Pass here If you do not obtain the Jordan Pass before arriving in Jordan, you will need to pay the entry fees when you arrive at each site and also pay JD40 for your Jordan visa when you enter the country (or arrange your visa in advance).

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation. Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are: Egypt: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A Jordan: Tetanus, Hepatitis A Israel: Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis Lebanon: Dipheria, Hepatitis A Malaria is not generally present unless it has been contracted abroad; you do not need to take malaria prophylactics. More information is available here: Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon Note: We are aware of some places in Egypt using 'black henna' instead of pure brown henna. Black henna contains a chemical dye PPD (paraphenylenediamine) which can result in severe allergic reactions and resultant scarring. To be safe we recommend avoiding any henna tattoos while in Egypt unless you are certain they are using pure brown henna.

  • Is travel insurance compulsory?

    Yes! Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event).

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are always able to change your travel date. However, some charges may apply depending on how long before your departure you make the change. Our flexible booking conditions and reduced charges will apply if you are changing date because of a Covid-19 reason or because your government is advising against travel to your destination. Please check our detailed booking conditions for full details.

  • When is my balance payment due?

    60 days prior to departure

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    On most of our group tours, solo travellers may choose to form a temporary 'tour bubble' and share a room with another traveller of the same sex in the group. If a room share is not available then a single room supplement may be payable, with the costs for these kept as low as possible. We have also removed compulsory single supplements from many of our tours, and are reducing the cost by 50% on s

  • Can I transfer my booking to someone else?

    Customers may transfer their booking or any Credit on File to another person who satisfies all the relevant conditions to the tour, provided that we are notified not less than 7 days before departure, and the transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of the contract between us. The Client and new booker are jointly and severally responsible for any outstanding payments and a transfer administration fee of GBP50 / USD75 / CAD100 / AUD100 / NZD100 / EUR75 / ZAR1000 / INR5000 or GBP100 / USD150 / CAD200 / AUD200 / NZD200 / EUR150 / ZAR2000 / INR10,000 if the transfer is made less than 60 days before departure. Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended or transferred after they have been confirmed (for example flight tickets, Gorilla Permits) and any alteration could incur a cancellation and rebooking charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Pauline M  

Dream come true!

01-Oct-2023

This was a solo trip for me and it started in Jordan with my guide, Omar Almansi. Omar had such an amazing presence and spirit and I knew it was going to be as amazing as I was dreaming. Little Petra, Petra, camping in Wadi Rum… it was all incredible. Omar knew the significance of people seeing such incredible sites and his guiding did not disappoint! My trip then went in to Egypt. WOW. It’s hard to find the words. The pyramids, tombs, temples, Abu Simbel, all of it was unreal. My guide there, Ayman Kenawy, was unbelievable. His vast knowledge was inspiring but his way of navigating and making the trip memorable for everyone he guided was his true gift! As a solo female traveler people worry about me but I never felt worried at all. Both Omar and Ayman looked out for me and made me feel so welcome. They never steered me wrong. Cairo was much busier than Amman so I was grateful for all the extra effort that made my trip so easy I could focus on the magic all around me. This was a very deep and profound journey for me and it exceeded my expectations.

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Anwar A  

Egypt

01-Jul-2023

My wife and I did a tour with Encounters Travel in July 2023. We had an amazing experience. Our tour Guide - Ayman Kenawy - was very knowledgeable. He did his best to explain and share history, culture and customs of the area. We could not have enjoyed our tour without Ayman.

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Annie H   Apple Valley, CA

Amazing adventure

October 2023

This trip was an adventure for sure! Visiting Jordan was amazing; however, when we got to Egypt it was a more stressful experience. Beware the extra charges for tours where they want dollars instead of pounds. Also, they rush you through places and limited time to shop for souvenirs. If you see something you want, get it because there won’t be another chance. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Omar, our guide in Jordan was amazing! Petra is a must see, camel rides in the desert a must do, a donkey ride up to the monastery a must, and sleeping on the outdoor sailboat on the Nile was so fun! I also enjoyed a swim in the Dead Sea! I’d advise you to be ready to walk a lot and get little sleep. This is a once in a lifetime trip. They change the itinerary on you a bit in Egypt so it’s hard to know what you’re doing and then they charge you extra. That’s why I gave a 4 star. Hotels are not great but comfortable.

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