This Egypt and Jordan tour combines the best of history, tradition, and nature from two of the most fascinating countries in the Arab world. Due to their geographical proximity, they share many similarities, yet each retains its own unique monuments and secrets, ready to be unveiled and admired by travelers like yourself. Here, we provide a comprehensive overview of the highlights of this tour package and the daily itinerary from start to finish.
Discovering the best of Egypt in just one week may seem challenging, but with the resources and expertise of our agency, it becomes an achievable and enjoyable experience. Over the course of 7 days, this tour will take you through the Egyptian territory, with one spectacular and famous attraction after another.
The program begins with the Pyramids of Giza, complemented by the newly created Grand Egyptian Museum at the foot of the necropolis. From Cairo, we will venture to Upper Egypt in the south, where equally impressive monuments await, such as Abu Simbel, the Karnak Temple Complex, and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. And between these destinations, a serene Nile River cruise awaits, providing a peaceful journey.
In this Egypt and Jordan tour, the second country serves as the perfect complement to the first. In just over 4 days, we will explore destinations and monuments that are equally enticing as the Egyptian ones. Of course, Petra cannot be missed, with its fascinating rock-carved structures. But there’s also Wadi Rum, the desert immortalized by Lawrence of Arabia, which has captivated both locals and foreigners since time immemorial.
To reach these destinations from the capital city of Amman, we will travel along the King’s Highway, adorned with biblical sites such as Mount Nebo, Byzantine art gems like the Madaba mosaic map, and legendary crusader castles. For all these reasons and more, completing a tour of Egypt with Jordan is always a wise choice.
11 days and 10 nights, with arrival at Cairo International Airport and departure from Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, as well as three intermediate flights: one from Cairo to Aswan, another from Luxor to Cairo, and one from Cairo to Amman. These are the main highlights of this Egypt and Jordan tour, which has a duration of 11 days and 10 nights, distributed as follows:
After the long journey that brings you to Egypt from home, our agency staff will greet you at the terminal and assist you with the initial arrival procedures at the airport. Once completed, you will be transferred to the hotel in a private vehicle. Before the free time (if the arrival time allows) and overnight rest in the rooms, an informative briefing will be provided about the important aspects of this Egypt and Jordan tour, as well as practical information about both countries.
The Pyramids of Giza take center stage on this second day of the Egypt and Jordan tour. After breakfast at the hotel, our driver will pick you up to transfer you to this great necropolis that was formed over four millennia ago.
In Giza, the guided tour of the site will begin, exploring the most symbolic areas from the outside, and, of course, enjoying privileged views (up close and from a distance) of the three pyramids (Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure), as well as the smaller pyramids of the queens and the Great Sphinx, as the eternal sentinel of the ensemble. All of this is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in addition to being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World… and the Modern World.
But to truly understand the importance and historical value of these pyramids and ancient Egypt as a whole, it is essential to visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, which was recently created next to the site. This monumental construction houses some of the best and most symbolic pieces of that civilization, such as the funerary treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Lunch is included on this day and will be served at a local restaurant at the most appropriate time based on the order and duration of the visits. The afternoon will be free to spend according to your own preferences, such as taking a stroll in Cairo before returning to the hotel to rest in the rooms for the night.
On the third day of this Egypt and Jordan tour, you will take the first domestic flight that is part of the program. After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer you with a chauffeur to Cairo Airport, where you will fly to Aswan.
In Aswan, another representative from our agency will be waiting for you, along with the corresponding private vehicle for your transfer from this airport. But upon arrival in Aswan, we will take you to discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Temple of Isis at Philae, often referred to as “the last great construction of the Egyptian civilization.”
After the guided tour of the temple, we will move to Aswan, where you will check in at the unique accommodation that will host you for the next three nights: the Nile cruise ship, which will be docked at the city’s port. However, the cruise does not begin just yet. There will be free time to explore the charms of this city on your own (Unfinished Obelisk, Elephantine Island, etc.). Afterward, the ship will welcome you for dinner and overnight stay in your cabins.
On the fourth day of this Egypt and Jordan tour, the alarm will go off early in the morning. It is advisable to leave the ship early to embark on a road trip to Abu Simbel. Therefore, breakfast will be in the form of a Breakfast Box to enjoy on the way.
In the first hours of the day, we will visit one of the most spectacular monuments of Ancient Egypt: Abu Simbel. These temples, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, represent the zenith of Ramses II’s reign, with one temple dedicated to him as a deity and the other to his inseparable queen, Nefertari. It is awe-inspiring to know that they were moved stone by stone to this location to prevent their submersion after the construction of the Aswan Dam in the mid-20th century. Therefore, they are located on the shore of the immense Lake Nasser.
After the visit to Abu Simbel, we will return by road to Aswan and then embark on the cruise ship for lunch and the start of the Nile cruise. The first destination of the river journey is Kom Ombo, where one of the most unique temples in Upper Egypt is located. The temple is dedicated, among other gods, to Sobek, the deity of fertility represented as a crocodile. These animals, abundant during the Ptolemaic period, were mummified by the city’s inhabitants and offered as votive offerings. Today, these mummified crocodiles, along with other historically significant pieces featuring this animal, are displayed in a museum that complements the visit to the temple.
The cruise continues to Edfu, another city with a spectacular temple that we will explore the following day. For the rest of the day, dinner will be served on board, followed by rest in the ship’s cabins.
On this fifth day of the Egypt and Jordan tour, you will wake up on the cruise ship, which will be docked in the port. Breakfast will be served on board before proceeding with the visit to the impressive Temple of Edfu, one of the largest temples in Ancient Egypt.
Built in the last centuries of that civilization and dedicated to the god Horus, the temple’s grandeur leaves a great impact on anyone who visits. Numerous references to Horus, embodied as a falcon, can be found, and the surviving architectural elements such as the hypostyle hall and the grand entrance pylons are spectacular.
The visit will allow us to learn all the details of its construction and the symbolism that surrounded it during the final years of the pharaonic civilization. Upon returning to the ship, it will be time to have lunch on board and continue the peaceful navigation to the final destination of the cruise: Luxor.
However, the ship will still be our home for one more night, and until then, there will be time in the afternoon to visit the East Bank of this city, formerly known as Thebes. During this visit, we will enter the Karnak Temple complex and the Luxor Temple, two of the most majestic monuments of Ancient Egypt connected by the Avenue of the Sphinxes. After immersing ourselves in such splendor and magnificence, we will return to the ship for dinner and spend the night in our cabins, docked in the port of this ancient city.
On the sixth day of this Egypt and Jordan tour, the services on the cruise ship will conclude. Breakfast will be served, and check-out will be done. At that time, our staff will transfer you in a private vehicle to embark on an excursion to the East Bank of Luxor, where some must-visit sites are located.
For example, the Valley of the Kings, which served as the royal necropolis from the Middle Kingdom. We will enter and explore some of the most spectacular and iconic tombs that are open at that time. Additionally, we will not miss the opportunity to discover other imposing monuments, such as the Colossi of Memnon and, most notably, the temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari.
Directly from the West Bank of Luxor, we will transfer you to Luxor Airport to catch a flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at the capital’s airport, representatives from our agency will be waiting to take you to the hotel where you will spend the night on the sixth day.
The seventh day of the Egypt and Jordan tour is dedicated to the country change. After breakfast at the hotel and at the agreed time, our staff will pick you up for a private transfer to Cairo Airport, from where you will fly to Amman Queen Alia Airport.
Upon arrival at the airport in the Jordanian capital, representatives from our agency in this country will greet you to assist with visa procedures and then head to your hotel in Amman. If the arrival at the hotel is before 9:00 PM, dinner will be served at the hotel, and you can then retire to your rooms. Depending on the timing of the Cairo – Amman flight, there may be some free time in either city.
The eighth day of this Egypt and Jordan tour is also the first day of the journey through Jordanian lands. It is conceived as one of the most legendary road trips that can be taken in our days: we will travel along the King’s Highway, which was the route Moses and his followers took from Egypt to the Promised Land. We will cover a portion of that journey, but in reverse.
After breakfast at the hotel in Amman, we will head to Madaba, an important city during the Byzantine era, where numerous churches from that period are still preserved. The best example is the Church of St. George, which houses a spectacular mosaic map inside, depicting the Holy Land in a schematic and artistic way.
From Madaba, we will visit Mount Nebo, precisely the final stop on Moses’ mentioned journey. From its summit, the prophet glimpsed the Promised Land but was unable to enter it, eventually passing away at this very location. Today, it houses a site that commemorates that biblical episode, with a viewpoint, a church from the Byzantine era, and other monuments in its memory.
With the image of that biblical landscape still fresh in our minds, where we can see the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley, and even Jerusalem in the distance, we will continue our journey that will take us through kilometers and kilometers along this mythical road. One of the most important, albeit brief, stops will be at Shobak Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 12th century under the name of Montreal. We will see it from the outside, and its sight is equally captivating.
Shortly afterward, at the end of the day, we will arrive at Wadi Musa, where it is believed that Moses struck the rock with his staff to quench his thirst and that of his followers. But what is important is that this location is now the town where establishments catering to visitors of Petra are situated. Here, our hotel awaits, offering dinner and overnight rest, in preparation for the visit to this extraordinary rock-carved city the next day.
If you were not satisfied with exploring the land of the pharaohs and opted for this Egypt and Jordan tour, the visit to Petra surely influenced your decision. That’s why we dedicate a full day in the itinerary to this extraordinary tourist destination, also known as the Rose City, the ancient capital of the Nabatean Empire.
After breakfast at the hotel and visiting the Visitor Center, we will enter the site and walk through the spectacular Siq (rocky canyon), which leads us directly to the Treasury: the most famous building in the complex, possibly a royal tomb, and renowned for its appearance in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
But Petra is much more than that, and you will discover it as we continue the journey: the route takes us along the Street of Facades, the Nabatean Theater, pagan temples, the Roman city with its Colonnaded Street, and finally, the Monastery Al-Deir, which culminates after climbing hundreds of steps.
Undoubtedly, it will be a very special day that allows us to uncover all the secrets of this UNESCO World Heritage site. After the visit, we will return to the hotel in Wadi Musa for dinner and rest in the rooms.
This Egypt and Jordan tour still has two important surprises in store. Therefore, after breakfast at the hotel in Wadi Musa, we will hit the road again to make the most of this penultimate day of the journey.
The first surprise is Little Petra, named so because it appears as a smaller-scale reproduction of Petra itself. Arranged around a central canyon with rock-carved spaces, it was inhabited since ancient times, likely serving as an outpost for the nearby Nabatean capital.
And the second surprise is the Wadi Rum desert, declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for its stunning natural beauty. Its lunar-like landscape has inspired travelers of all kinds, and today it is a natural reserve that can be explored on foot, by camel, or in 4×4 vehicles. We will choose the latter option to make the most of the day’s time and reach remote areas away from the central camp.
Precisely there, in a Bedouin camp, we will spend the last night of this Egypt and Jordan tour. The overnight experience will be something special, surrounded by the magical lights of the sunset and the shimmering stars of the night sky. This camp, where dinner will be served, provides tents equipped with all the comforts for sleeping.
This Egypt and Jordan tour comes to an end on this eleventh day, but its first hours will be very special: witnessing the sunrise in the desert is always a mystical and enchanting experience. And in that ambiance, breakfast will be served, included as part of the Bedouin camp service.
After leaving the camp, we will head directly to Amman Queen Alia International Airport, from where your return flight home will take off. Our staff will accompany and assist you until the very last moment, ensuring that everything is in order before boarding. It will be the time for a heartfelt farewell on behalf of the agency, thanking you for trusting us as organizers and travel companions.
To fully enjoy these 11 days of the Egypt and Jordan tour, the travel package includes the following services:
The following services are not included in the package as they are at the traveler’s discretion or due to personal reasons: