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Egypt's Oasis to Jordan's Petra plus Abu Simbel Sun Passes

A wonderful opportunity to explore Egypt with a group of like minded people, escorted by a native of Egypt who has been an 'Aussie' for 38 years.

Gamal Darwish is a recently retired secondary school teacher in Melbourne and now a sports medicine masseur. He is seen here (below) in Sai'ide clothes at a Cairo themed restaurant. This costume is from the central areas of Egypt around Luxor region.

It is an interesting comparative note in that more Egyptian monuments are open for viewing today than when the great Greek historian Herodotus visited the Nile valley in the 2nd century BC.  And of course we all know his famous travel guide book, don't we!?

Many attractions are off the beaten track. The Nile Valley and Delta, where most Egyptians live, makes up less than 10% of Egypt's total land mass. The rest is desert, which offers charms of its own.


Egypt’s Oasis to Jordan’s Petra &

Abu Simbel Sun Passes - Small Group Tour October

22 days – 21 nights

Cairo, Siwa, Alexandria , Luxor, Aswan, Customized with Nile Cruise, Amman, Petra and the Dead Sea,

ITINERARY & INCLUSIONS

 

Day 00 : Australia – Cairo,Egypt:

 

Clients are free to arrange their own Airfare to Cairo using one of many Airline options including our suggested option with Singapore Airlines which departs Melbourne at 1920pm and arrives in Cairo at 0800am on 18 October.

 

Day 1: Cairo – Sakkara Half Day Tour:

On your arrival at Cairo Airport  our representative will meet and assist you through customs and immigration. Once you have claimed your baggage, you will then be transferred to your selected hotel to freshen up (N.B. early check- in is subject to availability). Today you will be transported back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. Our friendly guide will accompany you to Sakkara to see the first pyramid ever built - the Step Pyramid of Zosser. Back to your hotel and overnight. 

 

Accommodation: Menahouse Hotel. 

Meals: (No Meals included)

 

Day 2: Cairo – Giza Pyramids & Sphinx Day Tour:

Today our friendly guide will accompany you on a full day’s tour of  the awe-inspiring Pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx at Giza.(Overnight at your Hotel).  

Evening :  Optional Sound & Light  show at Pyramids.

 

Accommodation: Menahouse Hotel. 

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

Day 3 :Cairo – Egyptian museum and City Tour:

Today you will explore the legendary treasures of the Egyptian Museum including some of the most exquisite and ancient artefacts and statues from the Ancient world.  Later you can experience a 30 minute  walking tour in Tahrir square in the heart of Cairo close to  the Egyptian museum  and the site of the 25 January revolution. From here you will travel to the Islamic areas of Cairo including the Citadel of Saladdin – which boasts the famous Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali.  Later we will visit  the Coptic area of Cairo where the Romans constructed the fortress of Babylon which is built over the ruins of two towers of the fortress, the Church of St Mary,  more commonly known as the Hanging Church. Finally we will visit  St Sergio’s, which is said to have been the resting place for the Holy Family.  (Overnight at your Hotel).   

 

Accommodation: Menahouse Hotel. 

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

Day 4 :  Cairo - Aswan - Abu Simbel:
Morning check out from your hotel in Cairo and transfer to Cairo airport to board your flight to Abu Simbel via Aswan. On arrival you will transfer to  your hotel in Abu Simbel. This, evening you will have the option to attend one of the best sound & light shows in Egypt.

(Overnight at your hotel).

Accommodation: Seti Abu Simbel Hotel. 

Meals: (Breakfast & Dinner included)

 

Day 5 :   Abu Simbel  Sun Passes - Aswan :
Today is the great event of the Sun passes on Ramses II Temple in Abu Simbel. We will rise early to secure the best places to get a good view for the even and will then proceed to visit the Temple of Ramses II and his beautiful wife Nefertari. In the afternoon we will transfer to the airport to board our flight back to Aswan. On arrival we will transfer to our hotel in Aswan. Tonight you are free to explore Aswan and its restaurants at your leisure.

(Overnight at your hotel) 

 

Accommodation: Moevenpick Resort Aswan.

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

Day 6 : Aswan - Philae Temple – Unfinished Obelisk – High Dam:
This morning  we will visit the high dam in Aswan and  then  continue on to the Romantic and Majestic Philae Temple before eventually concluding with a visit the famous Aswan Un finished Obelisk, The rest of the day is free for clients  to explore the colourful souks of Aswan with your tour guide.(Overnight at your Hotel).

 

Accommodation: Moevenpick Resort Aswan.

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

Day 7 : Felucca Ride – Elephantine Island - Nile Cruise Boat:
This morning clients are free to explore Aswan at their leisure before we check out from our hotel at  Lunch time and transfer to our Cruise boat.  This afternoon we will take short excursion in a traditional felucca to visit Elephantine and Kitchner Island’s. Tonight clients are free to further  explore the many bazaars and small streets of Aswan at their leisure.

(Overnight on board Cruise boat).

 

Accommodation: M/S 5 Stars Deluxe Cruise Boat.   

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

 

Day 8: :  Cruise Boat to Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples :
This morning, while you are enjoying breakfast,  we will  begin our journey cruising  down the Nile.  Along the way we will stop at various significant sites such as the intricate temple of Kom Ombo, which is dedicated to two gods – Harveris the Sun God and Sobek the Crocodile God, (don’t miss the mummified crocodiles!) and Edfu Temple where you can leave the boat for an exploratory excursion accompanied by your own Egyptologist.

( Overnight on board  your cruise boat)  

 

Accommodation: M/S 5 Stars Deluxe Cruise Boat.   

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

 

Day 9 : Luxor - East Bank :
Today we continue sailing to Luxor. In the afternoon we will disembark and  visit the East bank of Luxor including the impressive Karnak and Luxor temples before returning to our cruise boat for dinner. (Overnight on board)

 

Accommodation: M/S 5 Stars Deluxe Cruise Boat.   

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

 

Day 10 : Luxor – West Bank:

After an early breakfast,  we will check out from the Cruise boat and  cross to the West side of the Nile to visit the extraordinary Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Hatshepsut temple and the Colossi of Memnon, Mid afternoon we will return  to Luxor and check in at our Hotel. Clients will have the evening free to explore Luxor and its culinary delights at their leisure. (Overnight at your hotel in Luxor)

 

Accommodation: Steignberger Nile Palace Hotel Luxor.

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

Day 11 :  Domestic Flight from Luxor - Cairo:

Today we check out from our Hotel in Luxor and transfer to Luxor airport for the short flight to Cairo. On arrival, we wil transfer to our hotel and clients will the remainder of the day to explore Cairo at their leisure. (Overnight at your hotel)

 

Accommodation: Menahouse Hotel.

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

Day 12 :  Cairo – El Alamein – Siwa:

This morning we will depart our hotel at 07.00am and drive North-west toward the Mediterranean coastline to the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. In 1942 the Allies under Britain’s field Marshal Montgomery halted the German- Italian advance towards the River Nile. Marked as a major victory for the Allies, the battle was not without significant loss of life, with some 11,000 killed and 60,000 wounded. We visit the Commonwealth cemetery and recently erected memorials funded by the Australian and New Zealand governments. Through the arches and beyond the gardens, 7,000 white headstones commemorate the Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers who fought and died. After visiting El Alamein, we will stop for lunch at  Marsa Matrouh before continuing on to Siwa. Here we can enjoy an evening walk and the opportunity for dinner in a typical Siwan style restaurant. (Overnight in hotel at Siwa)  

 

Accommodation: Siwa Paradise Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

  

 

Day 13:  Siwa:

This morning we take a leisurely bicycle ride through the verdant date palm groves, visiting the local sights en-route to our first stop at the Temple of the Oracle, dating back to near 570BC, whose most famous petitioner was Alexander the Great.  Alexander visited Siwa in the spring of 331BC, seeking confirmation from the Oracle that he was the son of Zeus (whom the Greek’s identified with Amun – the Sun god and creator of all life in Pharaonic history). We cycle to Cleopatra Spring for a dip in the pool as the spring fed warm water bubbles to the surface. The afternoon is free time or one can opt for (book/pay locally)a sunset dinner, a swim and campfire at the ‘Great Saltwater Lake’.  (Overnight at Siwa)     

 

Accommodation: Siwa Paradise Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

 

Day 14 : Siwa::

Today we visit the Mountain of the Dead and explore Old Shali. Old Shali is the old city abandoned in 1926 after 3 days of rain that literally’ melted’ the mud brick city. A hermetic labyrinth of secret corridors, homes, shops, granaries and mosques are all waiting to be explored. This afternoon we undertake a Desert Safari in 4x4 vehicles through the massive sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, stopping off at an amazing natural spring fed lake surrounded by miles of sandy desert. We also visit the site of an ancient ocean abundant with marine fossils and finish the day at the hot spring of Bir Wahed for a swim and sunset dinner.

(Overnight at Siwa Oasis)

 

Accommodation: Siwa Paradise Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

 

Day 15: Siwa – Marsa Matrouh – Alexandria:

After an early start, we drive along the north coast to Marsa Matrouh . The city has a large Libyan/Berber population distinctive in custom and dress. We stop there for lunch, swim in the Mediterranean Sea and have time to explore the Libyan souk (market) before driving onward to Alexandria. Total - 9hrs drive. (Overnight in hotel at Alexandria)    

 

Accommodation: Helnan Palestine Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast and Lunch included)

 

Day 16: Alexandria:

Today we will explore Alexandria by coach stopping to visit the famous library of Alexandria, the Catacomb and various other sights as well as picking up some Lunch enroute.

(Overnight in hotel at Alexandria)    

 

Accommodation: Helnan Palestine Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 17: Alexandria - Cairo – Amman:
This morning we return by coach to Cairo where you will be transferred to the International Airport for your flight to Amman. Upon arrival at Amman you will be assisted through customs and transferred to your hotel. (Overnight in hotel).

 

Accommodation: Marriott Amman Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

 

Day 18: Amman – Jerash - Petra:  

After breakfast we will travel by coach to Petra and enroute will stop at Jerash, which was known as the city of a 1,000 Pillars. Here you will also see the Triple Arched Gate, the Huge Hippodrome, The Theatre, and the only Roman Forum surrounded by 63  Ionic columns. On arrival in Petra we wil check in to our hotel.(Overnight at your hotel)

 

Accommodation: Movenpick Petra Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

Day 19: Petra:  

Today clients are advised to wear good walking shoes as we begin our tour at The Rose Red- City of the Edomites and later the Nabateans, who carved a breathtaking empire out of the solid mountain rock. Hidden in a canyon, Petra reveals ruins of Nabatean, Roman and Christian centres of worship. The tomb of Aaron, the brother of Moses, is located nearby, as well as Wadi Mousa, " the Spring of Moses". To discover this ancient attraction you will take a horse back ride through the Siq, the only access to this city is via a canyon carved out of the Rose Colored Rock. Here you will visit the Treasury, Theatre Tombs, Hall of Justice and Palaces. Late in the afternoon we will return to our hotel. (Overnight in hotel).

 

Accommodation: Movenpick Petra Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

Day 20: Madaba, Mount Nebo, Dead Sea: 

After an early breakfast, we will first visit Madaba and Madaba’s church and then. Mount Nebo before we continue on to the Dead Sea. After checking in to our hotel, the afternoon allows clients free time for a swim or float in the water of the lowest and saltiest sea in the world. You can’t drown here even if you tried to!!!  (Overnight in your hotel)     

 

Accommodation:  Dead Sea Spa Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast and Dinner included)

 

Day 21: Dead Sea – Amman – Cairo:

Today we transfer to Amman’s  QA International Airport for our return flight to Cairo. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. (Overnight at your hotel)    

 

Accommodation: Menahouse Hotel.  

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

Day 22: Departure Day:

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, clients will then be transferred to Cairo International Airport for their applicable Return flight to Australia.

 

Accommodation: Home Sweet Home

Meals: (Breakfast included)

 

 

Tour Cost (Land only):   AUDPOA per person twin share

                                           Single supplement AUD$POA

N.B. We will offer to introduce people who wish to share with others with a similar aim.

Above Cost Includes:

05 nights accommodation in Cairo at Menahouse hotel (Garden view Standard Room)

(First, Second & Third Stay).

01 night accommodation in Abu Simbel at Seti Abu Simbel Hotel (Standard Room)

02 nights accommodation in Aswan at Moevenpick Resort Aswan (standard Room)

03 nights Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor M/S TU YA – M/S TU YI - or similar. 

01 Nights accommodation in Luxor at Steignberger Nile palace Luxor (standard Room).

03 Nights accommodation in Siwa at Siwa Paradise Hotel.  

02 Night accommodation in Alexandria at Helnan Palestine hotel or similar.

01 Night accommodation in Amman at Marriott Amman hotel.

02 Nights accommodation in Petra at Movenpick hotel (Standard room)

01 Night accommodation in Dead Sea at Dead Sea spa hotel.

Domestic flight ticket from Cairo / Aswan / Abu Simbel / Aswan – Luxor - Cairo.

International Flight ticket Cairo / Amman / Cairo.

Free collective Visa in Jordan.

All transfers as per the above mentioned itinerary.

All entrance fees for the above mentioned sightseeing.

English speaking tour guide during sightseeing Egypt & Jordan.

Escorted Australian Tour leader during the Whole Trip.

 

 

Above Cost Excludes:

International Airfare including Fuel Surcharge & Taxes – Australia/Cairo/Australia

Visa entry to Egypt

Tipping.

Any personal expenses such as drinks, laundry ETC...

Any optional trips or unmentioned items above.

 

Other Costs:

No doubt you have all heard about the famous 'baksheesh' (tipping) in Egypt. This is endemic and has existed since the time of the Pharaohs. Gamal will operate a 'tipping kitty' which will minimise the impact of this 'condition'.

 Flight Options

Who really knows (this far in advance) what flight deals will be available for this time in 2014. Previous tours have used Singapore Airlines as the designated group flight. We will set a designated airline and those that arrive on this can avail themselves of the included transfers. You can book other airlines - some may wish to use frequent flyer points. The start point for those people would then be the first night hotel. You can get an idea of what flights will be by using our web flight enquiry/booking engine. Take the link that says 'Advanced Search' and then enter your Australian city to Cairo and the return being Cairo to your home port. At present we favour Singapore Airlines due to the ease of their connection allowing for a short transit stop in Singapore. However, Emirates offers another favourable option. Clients can also arrange stopovers in Singapore or in Dubai with these airlines if desired.

                                                   

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