Jordan & Egypt Uncovered

Jordan & Egypt Uncovered

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Jordan & Egypt Uncovered

22 Days Starting in Amman and ending in Cairo

Visiting: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Nuweiba , Dahab, Cairo, Aswan, Nubian Homestay , Nile Felucca, Luxor, Hurghada, Alexandria

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

EERCC

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Medium

Age range:

15-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

4WD, Boat/Cruise Excursion

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$3430
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Tour Overview

Take an epic adventure through Jordan and Egypt and see not one but two of the Seven Wonders of the World – now this is a trip for the bucket list! Wander the ancient city of Petra, relax along the Gulf of Aqaba coastline and be greeted by the legendary hospitality of local Bedouin people at a Wadi Rum desert camp. Discover the underwater worlds beneath the azure waters of the Red Sea, explore bustling Cairo and cruise along the Nile in a traditional felucca. Wander through Luxor, Alexandria and coastal Hurghada. Gaze at the grandeur of the pyramids, step back in time at magnificent tombs and chill out on deck while you watch rural Egyptian life pass you by along the Nile. If you want a trip packed with unforgettable experience, this one’s for you.

Highlights

  • Spend a whole day uncovering the majesty and mystery of Petra. Follow your local leader down the narrow path of the Siq for your first unforgettable glimpse of the hand-carved Treasury.

  • Spend the night at a Bedouin desert camp in Wadi Rum an enjoy a traditional meal, cooked underground and served al fresco beneath a starry sky.

  • Set sail on one of the world’s most iconic rivers with an included felucca trip down the Nile. Relax and soak up the landscapes as scenes of everyday Egyptian life pass you by.

  • Unwind in the vibrant beach resort of Hurghada and take a day trip to explore the extraordinary ecosystem and coral reefs off Giftun Island.

  • Uncover one of the greatest cities in antiquity, Alexandria, reborn as Egypt’s alternative capital, and pay your respects at El Alamein – an important WWII battle site.

  • Explore not one, but two of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World – spend a whole day traversing Petra’s Treasury in Jordan and then heads to fascinating Cairo to witness the Great Pyramids of Giza.

  • Join Bedouin locals at a desert camp in Wadi Rum for a night of traditional hospitality, good food and epic starry skies. You’ll learn about the Bedouin way of life and fall asleep in the eerie silence of the desert.

  • Bask in the unique atmosphere of Aswan and experience not only the warmth and charm of Nubian hospitality but also some delicious traditional cuisine at a local homestay.

  • Swim in the balmy Red Sea on a snorkelling adventure in Hurghada – sharing a tasty lunch aboard the yacht and looking out for clownfish, turtles and manta rays among the kaleidoscopic coral.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Amman

Location: Amman

Accommodation: Hotel

Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan – cosmopolitan, contemporary and teeming with biblical history. Your trip begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm today, where you’ll meet your local leader and travel crew. If you do happen to arrive early, be sure to take in the sweeping views of Amman from the citadel, explore the Jordan Museum that’s home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, or take a trip out to the ruins of Jerash – an ancient walled town that remarkably recalls life 2000 years ago. After meeting up for your briefing, head out on the town, perhaps feasting on ara’yes – Jordan’s answer to a toasted sandwich, packed full of spiced meat.

Optional Activities:
-Amman - Citadel (entrance fee)
-Amman - Roman Theatre (entrance fee)
-Madaba - Al-Maghtas Bethany Baptism site (entrance fee)
-Jerash - Roman ruins - Entry Fee
-Amman - Jordan Archaeological Museum (entrance fee)
-Amman - King Abdullah I Mosque (entrance fee)

Day 2: Petra

Location: Petra

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, travel by minibus to Mt Nebo. Mt Nebo is the place where the prophet Moses is supposedly buried and is said to have seen the 'Promised Land'. Explore this sanctuary, checking out the remarkable mosaics inside its fourth-century church. On a clear day, the views over the Dead Sea to Israel and the Palestinian Territories are spectacular. Afterwards, take a 30-minute drive to the super salty Dead Sea. Technically sitting below sea level, it’s perfect for swimming and floating in, and the mud on the sea floor is said to have healing properties – so lather up! Continue on to the crusader castle of Kerak, sitting in a commanding position on top of a cliff overlooking Kerak town and the valley below. Spend time exploring the seven-level fortress and learn the legends of 12th-century battles between Crusaders and Muslim armies. Continue on to Petra for the night.

Optional Activities:
-Mt Nebo - Mt Nebo Visit
-Dead Sea - Dead Sea visit
-Kerak - Kerak Castle (entrance fee)
-Petra - Petra By Night

Day 3: Petra

Location: Petra

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

The jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabateans, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – Petra is a magical hand-carved wonder. Today, you’ll have the chance to discover this sixth century BC masterpiece with your small group. Be dwarfed by the towering rock formations as you squeeze through a narrow path called the Siq until you reach the grand entrance of the iconic Treasury. Gaze up at the intricate carvings and details, and spend the afternoon exploring the site at your own pace. There’s the old Roman road, other temples and old tombs, as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre to explore. For those feeling more adventurous, take a challenging hike up a set of stairs to the smaller but no less impressive monastery, taking approximately one hour. After arriving back at your accommodation, why not find a traditional bathhouse to rejuvenate after a day of incredible sightseeing.

Included Activities:
-Petra - Guided tour (One day pass included)

Optional Activities:
-Petra - Additional Petra day pass

Day 4: Wadi Rum

Location: Wadi Rum

Accommodation: Desert camp

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia with a short drive to the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum – a rugged lunar-like landscape framed by huge sandstone mountains. Head on a half-day jeep safari, taking you through some sublime scenery and uncovering traces of ancient civilisations seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum are those carved by nature – natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks. Spend the night sleeping in a simple desert camp under a camel hair tent. Enjoy a delicious dinner cooked in an earthen oven by your desert dwelling Bedouin hosts, and soak in your truly unforgettable surroundings.

Included Activities:
-Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari
-Wadi Rum - Bedouin Desert Camp
-Wadi Rum - Zarb Local Dinner

Day 5: Nuweiba

Location: Nuweiba

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, leave Wadi Rum and make tracks for Aqaba. You’ll have some free time in Aqaba today, and have the option of day-use rooms to freshen up and store your luggage. Early in the evening, bid your Jordan local leader farewell and transfer to Aqaba port to board a comfortable air-conditioned ferry bound for Nuweiba. Depending on timing, weather conditions and delays, this journey over the Gulf of Aqaba can take between 2.5 and 5 hours, so be sure to have a good book or device with you to kill the time. When you arrive, meet your Egyptian group leader and transfer to your accommodation for a well-earned rest.

Included Activities:
-Aqaba - Visit

Day 6: Dahab

Location: Dahab

Accommodation: Hotel

It's a short drive to the laidback resort area of Dahab – your base for the next two nights. Dahab, meaning 'gold' in Arabic, has gone from a Bedouin fishing village to a popular tourist town, thanks to the excellent conditions for activities like diving, windsurfing and rock climbing. However, the town hasn't lost its authenticity and lowkey appeal that’s attracted visitors since the 1970s. The rest of the day is free for you to take in the many treats this spot has to offer – cafes, seafood or some snorkelling in the Red Sea. Dahab is well known for its drop-offs – spectacular coral reef shelves that plunge into the vast blue depths of the ocean below. There are also plenty of relaxed bars and restaurants to sit back and enjoy good local food and some sheesha.

Day 7: Dahab

Location: Dahab

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

In the morning, why not strap on a mask and head to the Blue Hole for some snorkelling at one of the best diving spots in the world. The area gets its name from a submarine sinkhole about 94 metres deep, with an arch in the coral reef down at 54 metres – a challenge that’s only open to highly experienced technical divers. Snorkellers can enjoy one of the greatest spots in the Red Sea here. Float on the surface and look down into an endless world of blue, then make your way around to ‘the Bridge’, where the visibility is always great and the untouched coral swarms with all different types of colourful fish and marine life. After you’ve had your fill of snorkelling, return to Dahab for an evening feast at a waterside restaurant, or perhaps head inland to Assalah, where local joints serve up plates of roast chicken and falafel with some cold regional beer.

Optional Activities:
-Dahab - Blue Hole snorkelling

Day 8: Cairo

Location: Cairo

Accommodation: Hotel

Today, jump on a flight to Egypt's chaotic capital. Cairo is one of the great ancient cities and its history can be symbolised by two imposing landmarks – the Pyramids of Giza and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. You’ll have a second meeting at 6 pm tonight to get to know your new group. Beforehand, maybe explore the Mosque of Mohammed Ali at your own pace or head out to explore the local markets. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, the Christian Coptic sector is well worth a visit. Tonight, why not get dinner with your group and celebrate the next stage of an epic journey?

Optional Activities:
-Cairo - The Citadel (entrance fee)
-Cairo - Coptic Museum (entrance fee)
-Cairo - Islamic Art Museum (entrance fee)

Day 9: Cairo

Location: Cairo

Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

After breakfast, set out to see some of Egypt’s most renowned sights. Visit Giza’s pyramids and Sphinx – instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power. Explore these structures that have stood tall for 4500 years, and you may even be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu for an additional charge. Afterwards, perhaps make your way to the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the world's great collections of antiquities. Wander the treasure-filled halls of the museum, and check out the optional Mummies Hall for a close encounter with some of the country’s most important queens and pharaohs. Later in the evening, meet your leader and travel to Giza train station, where you will board a sleeper train to Aswan (approximately 13 hours).

Included Activities:
-Cairo - Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

Optional Activities:
-Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops (entrance fee)
-Cairo - The 3rd Pyramid of Menkawre (entrance fee)
-Cairo - The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization & The Royal Mummy Room (entrance fee)
-Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
-Cairo - Saqqara and Memphis Afternoon Tour (minimum 2 persons) (entrance, guide & transport)

Day 10: Aswan

Location: Aswan

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

The Nile, Elephantine Island and white-sailed feluccas, welcome to Aswan, Egypt's southernmost city. Today is a free day so take the opportunity to see such Aswan sites as the unfinished obelisk or the High Dam. The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is top of many visitors’ lists. Highly recommended is the beautiful Temple of Isis (goddess of health, marriage and wisdom), which was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated to Philae Island. It's a marvel of decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings – definitely one of the real gems of Upper Egypt. The waterfront promenade, or corniche, runs alongside one of the Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea. Watch the waterfront come alive at dusk, with families out strolling, socialising and relaxing along the corniche.

Optional Activities:
-Aswan - Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple
-Aswan - Nubian Museum (entrance fee)
-Aswan - Tomb of the Nobles (entrance fee)
-Aswan - Philae Temple (entrance fee)
-Aswan - Monastery of St. Simeon (entrance fee)
-Aswan - Philae Temple Tour (minimum 2 persons)
-Aswan - High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk Tour (minimum 2 persons) (entrance, guide & transport)
-Aswan - Philae Temple Sound and Light Show (entrance fee)
-Aswan - Philae Temple, High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk Tour

Day 11: Aswan

Location: Aswan

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning is your best chance to head out of Aswan and visit stunning Abu Simbel, if you choose to. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights. Otherwise, the day is free for you to make your own discoveries. A popular afternoon option in Aswan is a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island. Your local leader will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. You may prefer to just relax and take in the beauty of the Nile, or do some shopping in the vibrant bazaar.

Optional Activities:
-Aswan - Abu Simbel Tour (minimum 4 people)
-Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner
-Aswan - Abu Simbel by Air - subject to availability - from

Day 12: Nubian Homestay

Location: Nubian Homestay

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

This morning, jump on a traditional Egyptian sailboat – or felucca – for a morning sail until lunch. After lunch on board the felucca, arrive at a Nubian homestay on the west bank of the Nile. Here, you’ll learn about the local way of life with a walk through the surrounding countryside and agriculture fields to reach the homestay. The house is in traditional Nubian style, with a sandy courtyard in the middle where the family gathers for meals, and bedrooms to the side – this is where you’ll be staying for the night. Get into the swing of Egyptian life by lending a hand in the kitchen to help cook dinner, or maybe kick around a football in the courtyard with the kids. There are few better ways to understand a country and its people than with a local homestay, and you’ll have the chance tonight to soak it all up.

Day 13: Nile Felucca

Location: Nile Felucca

Accommodation: Nile Felucca

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Board another felucca today and enjoy a day out on the river, seeing rural Egyptian daily life play out on the banks before spending a night under the stars. Your sailing crew will provide all of your onboard meals, which are hearty and delicious. The felucca is a traditional wooden boat with broad canvas sails, offering some shade and protection from the elements, but there is no cabin or enclosed section – watching the sun setting over the Nile in the evening from an open deck is an experience you won't forget.

Included Activities:
-Nile - Felucca overnight sailing trip

Optional Activities:
-Aswan - Kom Ombo Temple (entrance fee)

Day 14: Luxor

Location: Luxor

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

After farewelling the felucca crew, take a private van to Luxor. Today you will explore the magnificent Karnak Temple, which is perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient pharoahs' monumental works. One of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, Karnak is a house of the gods built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of this vast temple of impressive pylons, obelisks and chapels will reveal its finest sections, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun. The rest of the day will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local teahouse.

Included Activities:
-Luxor - Karnak Temple

Optional Activities:
-Edfu - Edfu Temple (entrance fee)
-Luxor - Luxor Temple (entrance fee)
-Luxor - Luxor Museum (entrance fee)
-Luxor - Karnak Temple Sound & Light Show Tour
-Luxor - Mummification Museum (entrance fee)

Day 15: Luxor

Location: Luxor

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Rise early this morning and head into the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. With your leader, explore this sprawling and spectacular place, where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (16th to 11th century BC) were secretly interred for all eternity, and where discoveries are still being made. Your group leader will explain the history and legends of these remarkable people, their funerary rites, and the significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics, still well-preserved in the deepest tombs. Visit three of the most interesting royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut – a stunning colonnaded building set against high cliffs that create a spectacular natural amphitheatre. The legendary Hatshepsut had this mortuary temple built to signify her importance and honour her ancestors.

Included Activities:
-Luxor - Valley of the Kings (entrance to 3 tombs)
-Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple

Optional Activities:
-Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun (entrance fee)
-Luxor - Dinner with a local family
-Luxor - Hot Air Balloon over the Valley of the Kings
-Luxor - Medinat Habu Temple (entrance fee)
-Luxor - Tomb of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens (entrance fee)
-Luxor - Valley of the Queens (entrance fee)

Day 16: Hurghada

Location: Hurghada

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

This morning, farewell the Nile to drive east to the beachside town of Hurghada. The green Nile valley is soon left behind as you head out into the Eastern Desert. As you pass by rocky hills, the glittering waters of the Red Sea come into view and the rugged bulk of the Sinai Peninsula looms through the haze on the opposite shore. A vibrant beach resort, Hurghada is by no means a typical adventure destination. After checking in to your hotel, take a leader-led orientation walk to get your bearings and to scope out some of the local restaurants.

Day 17: Hurghada

Location: Hurghada

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Transfer to the Hurghada Marina and climb aboard your motor yacht for a trip around the Red Sea Marine Park where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel one of the most magnificent reefs in the Red Sea – fine reef walls, lovely fan corals and colourful fish all await. Your captain will select three separate locations to maximise your experience. Your snorkelling gear is provided. Lunch will consist of a delicious feast of kofta, salads, fish and rice and soft drinks, tea and coffee are provided throughout the day. Head back to Hurghada mid-late afternoon and transfer back to the hotel.

Included Activities:
-Hurghada – Red Sea Snorkelling Adventure

Day 18: Cairo

Location: Cairo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Check out of your hotel this morning and make the journey back to Cairo by private vehicle. When you arrive, visit the Islamic parts of the city and the frenetic backstreets of the local Khan el-Khalili bazaar with your group leader. The ‘Khan’ is one of the biggest and oldest markets in the world, sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes and a quintessentially Cairo experience. You might explore the gold market, ‘Perfume Street’ and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market!).

Included Activities:
-Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit

Optional Activities:
-Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids Tour
-Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids (entrance fee)

Day 19: Alexandria

Location: Alexandria

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Jump in a private van today and follow the ‘desert road’ to the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria. Egypt's second largest city and main port, locals call this vibrant city the Bride of the Mediterranean Sea. On arrival, take an orientation walking tour with your leader. The Greek architect Dinocrates built Alexandria in 331 BC under the orders of Alexander the Great. The city, immortalising Alexander's name, quickly flourished into a prominent cultural, intellectual, political and economic metropolis. Take some time to stroll along the corniche and take in some fresh Mediterranean air. Alexandria at night is not to be missed, with the whole city lighting up.

Optional Activities:
-Alexandria - Qaitbay fortress (entrance fee)

Day 20: Alexandria

Location: Alexandria

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Today, head back to a more recent period in Egyptian history with a visit to El Alamein and the war museum located there. El Alamein sits on the Mediterranean Sea, 106 kilometres west of Alexandria, and it played an important role in significant World War II battles. The area was a turning point in the North African campaign, where the Allies held out against, and eventually pushed back and defeated, the Afrika Korps of Rommel. The area contains a number of memorials from the countries who lost soldiers here – Greece, South Africa, Australia, Italy – as well as a war cemetery that’s home to the graves and names of the thousands who lost their lives. In the museum, discover the story of the events that unfolded here, and then return to Alexandria. Alexandria is well known for its seafood, so don't forget to feast on some fresh fish while you're in town.

Included Activities:
-El Alamein - War Museum

Optional Activities:
-Alamein - Commonwealth Cemetery - Free

Day 21: Cairo

Location: Cairo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, head underground and delve into the mysteries of the Kom Ash Shuqqafa catacombs. This Roman burial site is the largest of its kind in Egypt and was discovered, quite accidentally, by a hapless donkey. The crypts are 20 metres below street level, and what probably began as a small family tomb grew into a labyrinth of chambers that could accommodate more than 300 bodies. Stop by the strikingly modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina, inspired by the original great library of Alexandria and built to hold over 8 million books. Afterwards, head to El Morsi Abu El Abbas Mosque, the largest in the city. During your free time, perhaps take the opportunity to see the Citadel of Qaitbay, a fortress overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, where the famous lighthouse once stood. You’ll then leave Alexandria and return to Cairo (approximately 5 hours), arriving around 4 pm. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please, and at night, why not gather together your travel crew for a celebratory kebab, kofta, or sheesha.

Included Activities:
-Alexandria - Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
-Alexandria - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
-Alexandria - Morsi Abu El Abbas Mosque

Optional Activities:
-Alexandria - Alexandria National Museum (entrance fee)
-Alexandria - Roman Amphitheatre (entrance fee)

Day 22: Cairo

Location: Cairo

Meals Included: breaksfast

Your tour finishes today after breakfast. There are no activities planned for the final day, and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time following check-out.

What's Included

  • Alexandria - Morsi Abu El Abbas Mosque

  • Petra - Guided tour (One day pass included)

  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari and desert camp

  • Luxor - Karnak Temple

  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx

  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)

  • Hurghada - Mahmya Beach Cruise ( Day trip )

  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit

  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple -Entry Fee

  • El Alamein - War Museum

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Transport

  • There are some long travel days and some rough travelling in areas away from main tourist routes. Windy roads, rough surfaces and cramped conditions make for some challenging travel experiences. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination. If you experience travel sickness we recommend you consider medication to help ease the discomfort.
  • OVERNIGHT TRAIN
  • On this itinerary, you will be travelling by overnight sleeper train. The sleeper cabins are about 2x1.5 meters and are 2 berths. There are 2 beds on top of each other. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. There is also a compartment next to the upper bed for luggage storage and a small sink. Toilets are located at the end of the carriage. Each carriage has 10 cabins which are all lockable from the inside. If you have booked a single supplement you will be assigned to your own berth.
  • During your journey dinner and breakfast are provided however the meals are very basic and you may wish to bring along your own fresh fruit, snacks and water to supplement these.
  • SECURITY WHILE TRAVELLING
  • Occasionally you may experience a Tourist Police Escort in your vehicle and whilst not common convoys between select towns or regions are possible. This practice has been implemented by local authorities to monitor the safety and security of visitors to Egypt.

Accommodation

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.
  • OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • ACCOMMODATION STYLE
  • Some of the accommodation along the way is basic or simple, three and four-star accommodation in the Middle East (with the exception of Israel)  is often not equal to same-star facilities in some western destinations. Rooms are clean and comfortable, however, you may note some small maintenance issues that have been overlooked, please assist us by bringing these to the attention of your group leader or local representative so that we can follow up with our hosts. Many restaurants and hotels do not serve alcohol for religious reasons or due to local laws. Breakfast is included in 95% or our hotels, pleaser refer to our daily itinerary for meal inclusions.
  • TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
  • Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multi-share basis.
  • CHECK-IN TIME
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.  Standard check-in time is 1400 hours.
  • PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
  • If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (subject to availability), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
  • SHOWERS
  • Showers at some hotels only have hot water at peak times (usually morning and evening). Outside of these times, you may need to speak to reception to obtain hot water.
  • HEATING AND AIR-CONDITIONING
  • As a desert region, this part of the world has extremes of weather. Winter months (approx December to March) can be very cold. All of our hotel accommodation contains suitable bedding, and simple light bedding is provided during camping activities such as an overnight felucca, desert camps or at the Red Sea Beach camp stay. Most of our travellers find the bedding provided here adequate, but for your own comfort and if you are particularly sensitive to the cold, consider bringing your own sleeping bag, thermals, scarf, gloves and a warm jacket. Some of our guesthouses/hotels don't supply heating. In many cases, this would be a major financial and environmental strain on our hotels and the local towns. Summer (approx June to August) can be very hot everywhere we travel, which means that it can be quite uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Not all our hotels have air-conditioning, and in those that do, it's not always functioning.
  • ROOM ISSUES
  • If you have any issues with your room, please speak to the hotel and your group leader or local representative right away so that the problem can be addressed without delay.

Included Activities

  • Petra - Guided tour (One day pass included)
  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari and desert camp
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple -Entry Fee
  • Hurghada - Mahmya Beach Cruise ( Day trip )
  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit
  • El Alamein - War Museum
  • Alexandria - Catacombs of Kom Ash-Suqqafa
  • Alexandria - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Alexandria - Morsi Abu El Abbas Mosque

Important Information

  • 1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 4, Day 12 & 13 where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to an Intrepid booking agent for further information.
  • 2. On Day 8 there is an included flight from Sharm El Sheihk to Cairo. The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 23 Kg per person plus seven kilograms in hand luggage.
  • 3. The ferry to Nuweiba can be rough on occasions and those who suffer from seasickness may want to prepare themselves. Besides this the ferry is frequently delayed or even cancelled at the last minute, patience is required for this journey, you are likely not to arrive in Egypt until after midnight, please see Day 5 of the itinerary for more details.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No

  • Are internal flights included in this tour?

    Yes, Dahab to Cairo

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

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

    No

  • Is this trip right for you

    The desert camp in Wadi Rum and the Nile felucca cruise both feature basic accommodation in incredibly memorable settings. Accommodation aboard the overnight train is in two-berth cabins which convert to bunk beds. Please see the itinerary for more details on accommodation styles and facilities.

    The walkways around ruins can be uneven, dusty and rocky, so be sure to bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. At major sites such as the Pyramids of Giza, you can expect to be exposed to the elements at length, so be prepared with a hat, sunscreen and plenty of fluids.

    Some hotels in Egypt may not have lifts, so on occasion you may need to climb stairs with your luggage to reach your room.

    The temperatures in Egypt and Jordan can reach all extremes. Please familiarise yourself with the weather norms in the season you wish to travel.

    The Aqaba–Nuweiba ferry travels across the Gulf of Aqaba. It can be rough, and is a long travel day, but is the easiest way to travel between the two destinations. Your leader in Jordan will assist you until you reach the Aqaba port and you will be greeted by your new leader once you've crossed the border in Egypt. If you do experience sea sickness, please take appropriate precautions for the journey. This journey can often be held up due to scheduling or weather conditions. Please see the Day 5 ‘Special Information’ section of the trip itinerary for more details.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

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

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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Maroochy Dazza (Google Reviewer)  

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24-Aug-2023

Just leaving a review to share how much I enjoyed my Central America trip. I thought the guide, Aura was so knowledgeable and organised and clearly a great ambassador for Intrepid. She gave us lots of information on each region, helped us organise anything we needed and dealt with queries from passengers very well and diplomatically. She made the trip run smoothly. She was also keen to explain the Intrepid vision and how the company values making a difference to locals and is a credit to your company. I did Guatemala and beyond and thoroughly enjoyed it - very fast paced, lots to see and do and a great overview of the region. I would definitely recommend 👍

Jo Clayton (Google Reviewer)  

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15-Mar-2024

I recently went on an 11 day tour of India with Intrepid and was impressed with every aspect of the tour, the tour leader and the organisation behind the scenes. I always travel alone so it was a big deal to join a tour, I didn't want to feel less independent or ferried about. I loved being part of a group and the things we saw and did on the tour, I would never have known about or seen if I had been by myself. I loved it from start to finish. Yes the overnight trains were not easy to sleep on, but I managed. Meeting locals on board was a high light for me. English is widely spoken in India and its amazing who you strike up a chat with. I had two problems on the tour - one my own fault and one hotel related. The support from Intrepid was amazing. I cannot thank them enough for going the extra mile to support me. I recommend Intrepid 100% and have gone from thinking an organised tour is for people who don't know about Lonely Planet and can't do solo stuff, to realising its a faster, better, more fun way to get to know a country truly and deeply whilst on a bit of a budget. I will book again and again with Intrepid. I loved it that much! Big thanks to tour leader Daddy H. Devender for his help on day one, and Nick in the Oz office for his fab customer care skills. Also the person who staffed the emergency whatsapp in India - you saved my sanity helping me get there a day late! THANK YOU ALL X

Nicole  

North American Adventure

12-Oct-2021

This was my first international solo trip, but I never felt “alone” - there was always someone to go shopping, hike, or grab a quick bite with. The itinerary was a great balance between organized activities, while still allowing free time for exploring. Each location was unique and charming in its own way. Spending the night in the holy city of Moulay Idriss and wandering the winding streets of Chefchaouen were especially memorable. Thank you Mustapha and Intrepid for an incredible adventure!

Alice Norton (Google Reviewer)  

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29-Feb-2024

I have just completed a 12 day food tour of Vietnam, and had an amazing time. Our tour leader was great, knowledgeable and kind, who helped throughout the trip with recommendations for places on our free days, and spas. All the food we tried was delicious. It is a very fast paced tour, and Bon tried to maximise our experiences for the best.

Henry Guy Robinson   United Kingdom

Cambodia Discovery

22-Jan-2024

The overall experience was fantastic. V good tour leader. All places visited had something special to do or see. I would book a tour with this company again. Only one negative tour hub is not I repeat not available to contact direct by phone.

Merouane Harkat   Uk

Explore Southern Africa

08-Mar-2024

Best trip ever was, 2 things I didn't like the black mamba stop was wasting day and village ,so 2 night I think was just wasting, I could do 2 days in Kruger, and one more night in delta

Ann  

Amazing Guatemala and beyond tour with Intrepid

13-Dec-2022

Did Guatemala and beyond trip in November 22. It was amazing, we were so well looked after by our guide Aura. She was very knowledgeable and during our bus trips she gave us the history of the 4 countries. The border crossings can be tricky but handled very well by our guide. We saw all the most interesting and beautiful places. The hotels were lovely comfortable colonial style. I will travel with intrepid again

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Hazel Rogers (Google Reviewer)  

I have just completed my...

06-Mar-2024

I have just completed my first trip with Intrepid to Southern Africa, and I loved every moment of it! We saw so much wildlife, stayed in some beautiful places, and learnt so much about the countries and people in a very short space of time. Our group leader, Admore, was exceptionally organised, coordinating every detail of our packed itinerary and keeping us informed along the way. The recruitment of a local group leader who can share their knowledge and fix the smallest of issues quickly really sets these trips apart, ensuring you feel safe and looked after at all times. I shall be booking my next trip soon!

RICHARD ALAN RODDY   England

Central American Journey

08-Feb-2024

Very enjoyable, good paced Tour. Tour Leader, Choko was helpful, knowledgeable and extremely informative.

Joanne W  

Wonderful Croatian tour

02-Dec-2022

Our tour guide,Tamara, was the highlight of our Explore Croatia tour. She was knowledgeable, organized, and so kind and fun. Croatia is a beautiful country. I loved the people, the scenery, the food, the history. I hope to go back one day. Intrepid was perfect for me. There was group time and there was plenty of free time. It wasn’t a luxury tour but all of our accommodations were clean and safe. The dinner in Hvar was SO special!

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