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Petra and the Nile OVERVIEW

TOUR SUMMARY

13 days

Amman to Cairo

From $2870.00

$2585 (p/p)

Country(ies): Egypt , Jordan

Tour type: Small Group

Group size: Min: 2 | Max: 18

Accommodation: 3 to 5-star hotels, Bedouin camp, 5-star Nile cruise boat

Meals:

Transport: A/C car/minibus/coach, Bedouin jeep, domestic flights, Nile cruise boat

Highlights: Jerash, Kings Highway, Madaba mosaics, Wadi Rum safari & camp, Petra, Dead Sea, Pyramids & Sphinx, Karnak & Luxor temples, Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut temple, Edfu & Komombo temples, Boat trip to Philae Temple, Nile Cruise.

Spent 2 weeks in Jordan and Egypt with us on our Petra and the Nile tour, seeing all the main sites in Jordan including Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, followed by the Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo and a luxury Nile Cruise. 

We begin in Amman in Jordan and visit the Greco-Roman site of Jerash just outside the city, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the Middle East. We'll then head south on the scenic Kings Highway through central Jordan, stopping on the way to see the mosaic map of the Holy Land in Madaba, enjoy the views over Israel from Mount Nebo, and to marvel at the huge valley of Wadi Mujib. After a final stop for lunch and to explore the huge crusader castle at Kerak we continue on to Petra where you have the option of taking the Petra by Candlelight option during the evening. We'll start early the next morning to explore Jordan's most famous attraction, the hidden 'Rose Red' Nabatean city of Petra. The morning will be spent with a guided tour through the Siq to the Treasury and into the heart of the site. After lunch you then have time to explore independently and perhaps hike up to the impressive Monastery, and to see the incredible views over Wadi Araba. Late in the afternoon we then drive to the nearby deserts at Wadi Rum, arriving in time for an optional sunset camel ride. We spend the night in a comfortable Bedoin camp here, and spend a couple of hours on a jeep safari through the sands and around the cliffs the next morning before heading north again back to Amman. Our final stop is for a swim, or float, in the incredibly salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. 

After traveling on to Cairo, you'll visit the Pyramids, Sphinx and the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. You then take a short internal flight to Luxor to enjoy a 4-night cruise through the Nile Valley on a 5-star cruise ship from Luxor to Aswan. En-route you'll visit the temples at Edfu and Komombo while watching typical rural Egyptian life pass you by from the sun deck of the boat. From Aswan you will visit the beautiful island temple of Philae and enjoy a felucca sailboat trip on the Nile before we fly you back to Cairo. We end in Cairo with a trip to the famous Egyptian Museum which holds the treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb. 

Accommodation is in comfortable mid-range hotels in JOrdan, Bedouin tents with proper beds in Wadi Rum, 5 star hotels in Cairo and a 5-star NIle cruise between Luxor and Aswan. 

Private tour option
If our scheduled departure dates don't work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.

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Day 1:   Arrival in Amman: Hotel Transfers and City Exploration

Upon your arrival in Amman, our staff will warmly welcome you and assist with your hotel transfer. After settling in, we'll provide you with a brief orientation of the local area, including nearby shops, cafés, and restaurants. You'll then have some free time to explore the city on your own and get a feel for its unique vibe before the official start of the tour tomorrow.

OVERNIGHT:

Amman 3-star hotel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

Single room supplement (JOSHJA)
Single room supplement - Standard Hotels (JOSHJS)
Extra day in Amman - pre tour
As-Salt and Bethany tour


Day 2:   Discovering Ancient Roman Ruins and Amman's Historical Sites

We will take you on a journey through time, beginning with a visit to the ancient ruined city of Jerash. Marvel at the stunning Roman architecture that was once hidden beneath the sand. You will explore some of the city's most impressive ruins, including the theatres, baths, fountains, winding paved streets, and striking hilltop temples.

After Jerash, we'll return to Amman for a city tour. Known as the "white city," Amman boasts a vast collection of white limestone buildings that are simply stunning to behold. Your knowledgeable guide will provide insight into the city's rich history, pointing out excavations and renovations from the Neolithic period, the Hellenistic period, and the late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages.

One of the highlights of the city tour is the Citadel, where you'll discover the ancient temple of Hercules, the 8th century Umayyad Palace, the Byzantine Church, and the 6,000-seat Roman theatre that dates back to the 2nd century. Despite its age, the theatre is still in use today for cultural events, providing an unforgettable experience of Amman's cultural heritage.

OVERNIGHT:

Amman hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:


Day 3:   Discovering Madaba, Mount Nebo, Kerak Castle, and Petra

Embark on a scenic drive along the King's Highway to Petra today, taking in breathtaking views of Jordan's wadis, olive groves, and rural villages. Along the way, we'll make stops at historic landmarks, starting with Madaba, where we'll visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. Admire the famous 6th-century Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land, along with other biblical sites.

Our journey continues to Mount Nebo, where you'll marvel at the stunning panoramic views of the Holy Land from its summit. As we make our way towards Petra, we'll cross the impressive Wadi al-Mujib and stop at the 12th-century Kerak Castle, a massive fortress built by the Crusader King Baldwin along the ancient Egypt-Syrian caravan route.

Finally, we'll arrive at Petra and help you check into your hotel for the night. You'll have some free time to explore the city on your own, but we highly recommend taking the Petra by Candlelight tour through the Siq to the Treasury, a magical experience not to be missed.

OVERNIGHT:

Petra hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:


Day 4:   Discovering Petra and camping under the stars in Wadi Rum

Today, we embark on a full-day adventure to discover the wonders of Petra, the renowned Nabatean site. Dating back to the 1st century AD, Petra was once the bustling capital of the Nabatean commercial empire. It was forgotten for centuries until rediscovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. Accessible only through a narrow passage called the Siq, Petra is perched on the edge of Wadi Aruba, surrounded by towering canyon walls and hills.

Our guided tour takes us through the winding Siq, rising 200m above and only 2m wide. We'll pass by the terracotta pipes that once brought water into the city and the ancient Nabatean water channel. As we emerge from the Siq, we'll be awestruck by the sight of the Khazneh, also known as the Treasury, one of Petra's most impressive landmarks. We'll also explore the Roman amphitheater, colonnaded streets, and the multi-colored sandstone cliffs leading to the Monastery, Petra's biggest carved monument, standing 50 meters high and 45 meters wide. The views of Wadi Aruba and the Jordan Valley from this point are simply breathtaking.

After an unforgettable day in Petra, we head to Wadi Rum, a stunning desert landscape of towering rocks and cliffs. Here, we'll be welcomed by friendly Bedouin hosts and settle into a comfortable campsite beneath the starry sky. We'll indulge in a delicious traditional Jordanian meal and spend the evening relaxing by the campfire, gazing at the stars, and enjoying the tranquility of this breathtaking desert setting.

OVERNIGHT:

Wadi Rum Bedouin camp

MEALS:

Breakfast, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 5:   Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum & Swim in the Dead Sea

Our day begins with an exciting jeep safari through Wadi Rum's magnificent desert landscape. With sharp cliffs and intriguing rock formations, this area's enormous rust-colored rocky 'jebels' were made famous by the film Lawrence of Arabia. We'll traverse the desert terrain and marvel at the stunning vistas that stretch out before us.

After our adventure in Wadi Rum, we'll travel up north to the banks of the Dead Sea. This body of water is the lowest point on earth, at over 400 meters below sea level. The sea receives a variety of incoming rivers, including the Jordan River, and when the rivers merge together, they leave behind a unique blend of salts and minerals that supply local industries with high-quality products.

We'll stop for a swim in the Dead Sea, which is unlike any other swimming experience. Due to its high salt concentration, you'll float effortlessly, making it a truly unique and memorable experience. Remember to avoid getting the water in your eyes, as it can be quite uncomfortable.

After enjoying the unique swimming experience in the Dead Sea, we'll make our way back to Amman, taking in the scenic views of the hills of Jerusalem along the way. This area is believed to have been the home of five biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin, and Zoar (Bela). If you'd like some additional time at the Dead Sea for spa treatments and/or relaxation, we also offer the option of spending your final night in Jordan here instead of returning to Amman. 

OVERNIGHT:

Amman hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:


Day 6:   From Amman to Cairo: Hotel Transfer and Optional Nile Dinner Cruise

Transfer to Amman airport for your flight to Cairo, where we'll meet you upon arrival. Our team will assist you in obtaining your visa and luggage before transferring you to your Cairo hotel for check-in. Take some free time to explore the city on your own or relax at the hotel. An optional Nile dinner cruise is available tonight for those interested in a unique dining experience.

Note: The cost of the Amman-Cairo flight is not included in the tour price. To provide flexibility, you may include this flight as part of your main international ticket, or we can assist you in booking it separately. Both Egypt Air and Royal Jordanian Airlines offer direct flights at any time during the day. All transfers in Amman and Cairo are included, and we are happy to arrange all of your international flights upon request.

Note: the Amman-Cairo flight is left out of the set tour price as it is often more cost effective for you to include this flight as part of your main international flight ticket. We are happy to book all your international flights, just this Amman-Cairo flight, or none of them at all, whichever works best for you. Direct flights are available with both Egypt Air and Royal Jordanian Airlines. You can fly at any time during the day - all transfers in Amman and Cairo are included.

OVERNIGHT:

Cairo 5-star hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

Request a quote for Amman to Cairo flight


Day 7:   Exploring the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza and Saqqara

Begin your Egyptian adventure by visiting the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza, located on the outskirts of Cairo. Built by the Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure around 2500 years BC, these pyramids are among the most recognizable ancient buildings in the world. Your Egyptologist guide will introduce you to the history of the Pharaohs and provide insights into why and how these pyramids were constructed. For the adventurous, there is even the option to climb inside one of the pyramids (subject to availability).

Next, visit the majestic Sphinx, which was fully uncovered only in the 1920s and sits nearby the pyramids.

Later, we'll visit the ancient capital of Memphis to see the statue of Ramses II and the Step-Pyramid in Saqqara.

OVERNIGHT:

Cairo 5-star hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

None


Day 8:   Fly to Luxor, west bank tour, Luxor temple

This morning we transfer to Cairo airport of an early morning flight to Luxor. We begin our tour of the West bank of the Nile starting at the Colossi of Memnon we then get to explore the dusty Pharaonic tombs located at the world famous Valley of the Kings. We also visit the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut and see the colourful hieroglyphics at Medinat Habu temple before crossing back into Luxor. Your afternoon is free to relax on board your 5-star Nile cruise boat or to explore Luxor's markets. In the evening we take a walking tour of the beautiful Luxor Temple which is spectacularly lit up at night.

OVERNIGHT:

Luxor - 5-star Nile cruise boat

MEALS:

Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

EXTRAS:

None


Day 9:   Luxor, Karnak Temple, sail to Edfu

This morning you have the chance to take a spectacular sunrise hot air balloon flight over the West bank of the Nile. After breakfast, our tour of Luxor today is to the huge temple complex of Karnak which features towering columns and numerous temples and structures - rightly justifying Luxor's reputation as the largest open air museum in the world! In the afternoon the boat starts sailing up the Nile, through the lock at Esna and on to Edfu where we overnight.

OVERNIGHT:

Edfu - 5-star Nile cruise boat

MEALS:

Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

EXTRAS:

Hot air balloon in Luxor


Day 10:   Edfu, cruise to Kom Ombo & Aswan

After breakfast we visit the nearby Edfu Temple which is dedicated to the god Horus. We then continue upriver towards Kom Ombo, watching traditional rural Egyptian life pass us by on the banks of the Nile. You may want to enjoy a relaxing soak in the plunge pool on the boat's sun deck. At Kom Omombo we tour the temple which sits scenicly by the banks of the Nile and is home to mummified crocodiles amongst other things! The cruise then continues onwards to Aswan.

OVERNIGHT:

Aswan - 5-star Nile cruise boat

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Hot air balloon in Luxor


Day 11:   Aswan, Abu Simbel option. Philae Temple & Aswan Dam

An option is available this morning to visit the temples built by Ramses II at the amazing UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel. We depart very early with the aim of seeing the rising sun over the temples. If you don't visit Abu Simbel, then this morning is free.
Our tours in Aswan include a trip to the beautiful island temple complex of Philae which we visit by boat. The Philae temple remains one of Egypt’s most romantic and picturesque sites having been completely relocated following work on the Dam. We'll also see the impressive Aswan High Dam which was constructed to form Lake Nasser.

OVERNIGHT:

Aswan - 5-star Nile cruise boat

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Abu Simbel overland


Day 12:   Fly to Cairo, Egyptian Museum & optional tours

This morning we transfer to Aswan airport for a flight back to Cairo. We start our tour of Cairo with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, the world-renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Accompanied by your certified Egyptologist, you'll stroll through the halls highlighting each historical period of this ancient land. This afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure, or to take an optional half day tour to discover Cairo's old churches and synagogues in Coptic Cairo, visit the Citadel overlooking the city, and explore the narrow streets of the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Finally, an optional dinner cruise on the Nile is available this evening.

OVERNIGHT:

Cairo 5-star hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

None


Day 13:   Cairo, Free time. Departure airport transfer

Your time is free today until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Extensions are available to add onto the end of the tour to spend some time by the Red Sea, add some day trips to Alexandria or visit the World Heritage Site of Wadi Rayan and the Valley of the Whales.

OVERNIGHT:

N/A

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

Alexandria day trip
Cairo city tour
Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales)
Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - post-tour


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Included:
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3 to 4-star hotels in Jordan (upgrade available)
  • 3 nights accommodation in 5-star hotels in Egypt
  • 1 night in comfortable Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum
  • 4 nights on 5-star Nile cruise boat from Luxor to Aswan
  • All transport and transfers in AC vehicles (plus Bedouin jeeps in Wadi Rum)
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • 4x4 jeep safari in Wadi Rum
  • Services of specialist tour guides for sightseeing tours
  • Domestic flights (Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Amman-Cairo flight (available on request or bookable with your international flight ticket)
  • Visa fees (Free Jordan visa included in the Jordan Pass; Egypt US$25)
  • Entrance fees in Jordan (included in the Jordan Pass, to be purchased in advance, JD70 / USD99)
  • Entrance fees in Egypt (allow approx. US$137)
  • Tipping kitty in Egypt (allow US$70)
  • Guide Tips in Jordan and Egypt
  • Tips in Jordan
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available from Encounters Travel)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Hotel gala dinners (see Tour notes)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above
Notes:

Hotel Gala Dinners
Many of Egypt and Jordan's hotels arrange a very special gala dinner with entertainment in the evening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Payment for these is often optional on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) but normally compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$50 to over US$180 per person in 5-star hotels. Final decisions on prices and whether dinners are compulsory are made relatively close to the time. We aim to always select hotels that make their Gala Dinners optional, though this is not always possible, especially for New Year's Eve. Gala dinner prices are therefore not included in our prices above, but will be added to your booking if they become required. Please budget accordingly. More information is available on request.

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Accommodation

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we most often use on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.

La Casa Hotel

La Casa Hotel

Amman

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 La Casa Hotel La Casa Hotel

The hotel offers comfortable guest rooms which feature private bathroom, air-conditioning, writing desk, kettle, minibar, safety deposit box and flat-screen TV's. Other facilities available at the hotel include an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and wellness centre.

The hotel offers comfortable guest rooms which feature private bathroom, air-conditioning, writing desk, kettle, minibar, safety deposit box and flat-screen TV's. Other facilities available at the hotel include an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and wellness centre.

Olive Hotel

Olive Hotel

Amman

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Our rating

 Olive Hotel Olive Hotel

Situated on a hilltop, allowing fantastic views of the surrounding area, the Olive Hotel offers 3-star accommodation 1km from downtown Amman. The hotel has a good variety of room types, all offering free WiFi and a comfortable design. 

GUEST ROOMS

Olive Hotel Amman offers free Wi-Fi. The rooms are airy, tranquil and distinguished with a comfy design. Each room is fully furnished and equipped with a refrigerator, air-conditioning, a microwave, hair dryer, kettle, a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box.

FACILITIES

Situated on a hill top, allowing for unobstructed views, Olive Hotel Amman is positioned in a prime lively location specifically at Jabal Amman the third circle area and just behind Al-Khalidi hospital, 1 Km away from tourist attractions in the downtown and nearby the main hospitals and the medical centers.
Olive Hotel Amman features a major restaurant which serves a breakfast buffet and a selective menu of both international and Arabian specialties for lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy snacks and beverages in the open air at Olive cafe’s splendid terrace.

Situated on a hilltop, allowing fantastic views of the surrounding area, the Olive Hotel offers 3-star accommodation 1km from downtown Amman. The hotel has a good variety of room types, all offering free WiFi and a comfortable design. 

GUEST ROOMS

Olive Hotel Amman offers free Wi-Fi. The rooms are airy, tranquil and distinguished with a comfy design. Each room is fully furnished and equipped with a refrigerator, air-conditioning, a microwave, hair dryer, kettle, a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box.

FACILITIES

Situated on a hill top, allowing for unobstructed views, Olive Hotel Amman is positioned in a prime lively location specifically at Jabal Amman the third circle area and just behind Al-Khalidi hospital, 1 Km away from tourist attractions in the downtown and nearby the main hospitals and the medical centers.
Olive Hotel Amman features a major restaurant which serves a breakfast buffet and a selective menu of both international and Arabian specialties for lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy snacks and beverages in the open air at Olive cafe’s splendid terrace.

Amra Palace Hotel

Amra Palace Hotel

Petra

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 Amra Palace Hotel Amra Palace Hotel

Located in Petra next to the Wadi Musa Souk, this hotel offers panoramic views of the Petra Mountains. It has a spa with indoor heated pool surrounded by loungers. The Hotel is within a walking distance from the Petra Gate.

All rooms at the Amra Palace International Hotel are decorated in warm colours. They offer flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, a minibar and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Guests of the Amra Palace can enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa. Guests can enjoy a drink and admire the sunset on the terrace overlooking the hotel's garden.

Each morning a breakfast buffet is served in Hotel Amra’s dining room. In the evening, the à la carte restaurant serves a wide variety of Arabic and international cuisine. In the summertime, the hotel offers an outdoor Bedouin Restaurant, which serves a traditional barbecue.

Located in Petra next to the Wadi Musa Souk, this hotel offers panoramic views of the Petra Mountains. It has a spa with indoor heated pool surrounded by loungers. The Hotel is within a walking distance from the Petra Gate.

All rooms at the Amra Palace International Hotel are decorated in warm colours. They offer flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, a minibar and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Guests of the Amra Palace can enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa. Guests can enjoy a drink and admire the sunset on the terrace overlooking the hotel's garden.

Each morning a breakfast buffet is served in Hotel Amra’s dining room. In the evening, the à la carte restaurant serves a wide variety of Arabic and international cuisine. In the summertime, the hotel offers an outdoor Bedouin Restaurant, which serves a traditional barbecue.

Petra Palace Hotel

Petra Palace Hotel

Petra

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 Petra Palace Hotel Petra Palace Hotel

The Petra Palace Hotel is well located, just a short walk from the Petra Visitors Centre, in the heart of the town of Wadi Musa, where you'll find a good choice of local shops and restaurants. The hotel features 2 outdoor swimming pools, sun terrace, spa facilities and an on-site restaurant and bar.

GUEST ROOMS

The rooms have a warm decor and overlook either the Petra mountains or one of the two pools. Rooms feature a seating area with a satellite TV and a minibar. You'll also find a safety deposit box within your room and free WiFi. The bathroom has a shower and includes free toiletries.

FACILITIES

At the Petra Palace Hotel, you can look forward to a free breakfast buffet, a poolside bar and a terrace. For some rest and relaxation, visit the sauna or steam room, and indulge in a massage. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with a garden and dry cleaning/laundry services. Other facilities include:

  • 2 outdoor pools with sunloungers
  • Free self-parking
  • Laundry services, coffee/tea in reception and multilingual staff
  • A lift, a 24-hour front desk and a front desk safe
  • Guest reviews say good things about the helpful staff and walkable location

The Petra Palace Hotel is well located, just a short walk from the Petra Visitors Centre, in the heart of the town of Wadi Musa, where you'll find a good choice of local shops and restaurants. The hotel features 2 outdoor swimming pools, sun terrace, spa facilities and an on-site restaurant and bar.

GUEST ROOMS

The rooms have a warm decor and overlook either the Petra mountains or one of the two pools. Rooms feature a seating area with a satellite TV and a minibar. You'll also find a safety deposit box within your room and free WiFi. The bathroom has a shower and includes free toiletries.

FACILITIES

At the Petra Palace Hotel, you can look forward to a free breakfast buffet, a poolside bar and a terrace. For some rest and relaxation, visit the sauna or steam room, and indulge in a massage. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with a garden and dry cleaning/laundry services. Other facilities include:

  • 2 outdoor pools with sunloungers
  • Free self-parking
  • Laundry services, coffee/tea in reception and multilingual staff
  • A lift, a 24-hour front desk and a front desk safe
  • Guest reviews say good things about the helpful staff and walkable location

Edom Hotel

Edom Hotel

Petra

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 Edom Hotel Edom Hotel

Located just a few hundred meters from the Petra Vistors Centre, the Edom Hotel is ideally located for those looking to explore the ancient site of Petra. The bedouin town of Wadi Musa is also on the doorstep of the hotel where you'll find a good choice of restaurants and local shops. The hotel offers well appointed rooms and an on-site sauna and restaurant. 

GUEST ROOMS

All rooms are the Edom Hotel are fully airconditioned with private bathrooms and modern amenities, such as satellite TV and minibar. Some rooms also include Wi-Fi access. Tea and Coffee making facilities are also available within the guest rooms.

FACILITIES

The hotel offers a free buffet breakfast, a terrace, and an on-site coffee shop/cafe. For those looking to be more active, the hotel also offers a bicycle hire service. After spending the day exploring Petra, why not relax in the sauna. The Edoms onsite restaurant, Majles, features international cuisine. In addition to a hair salon and dry cleaning/laundry services, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
 

Located just a few hundred meters from the Petra Vistors Centre, the Edom Hotel is ideally located for those looking to explore the ancient site of Petra. The bedouin town of Wadi Musa is also on the doorstep of the hotel where you'll find a good choice of restaurants and local shops. The hotel offers well appointed rooms and an on-site sauna and restaurant. 

GUEST ROOMS

All rooms are the Edom Hotel are fully airconditioned with private bathrooms and modern amenities, such as satellite TV and minibar. Some rooms also include Wi-Fi access. Tea and Coffee making facilities are also available within the guest rooms.

FACILITIES

The hotel offers a free buffet breakfast, a terrace, and an on-site coffee shop/cafe. For those looking to be more active, the hotel also offers a bicycle hire service. After spending the day exploring Petra, why not relax in the sauna. The Edoms onsite restaurant, Majles, features international cuisine. In addition to a hair salon and dry cleaning/laundry services, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
 

Rahayeb Camp

Rahayeb Camp

Wadi Rum

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This Wadi Rum desert camp has a fantastic location and setting on the desert sands right up against the cliffs within the Wadi Rum Protected Area. We like it for its spectacular and remote location well away from the main road, and for the excellent food and friendly welcome the Bedouin hosts always provide.

Accommodation is in permanent traditional goat hair tents with their own bathroom, proper beds and all bedding provided. You can also bring a sleeping bag if you wish, and find a sheltered spot on the rocks on the edge of the camp and sleep under the stars. 

WiFi is available throughout the camp. Meals are traditionally cooked, with a delicious underground 'BBQ' prepared nearly every night. Alcohol is not available.

Sunrise and sunset camel rides are available to book locally (around US$30).

This Wadi Rum desert camp has a fantastic location and setting on the desert sands right up against the cliffs within the Wadi Rum Protected Area. We like it for its spectacular and remote location well away from the main road, and for the excellent food and friendly welcome the Bedouin hosts always provide.

Accommodation is in permanent traditional goat hair tents with their own bathroom, proper beds and all bedding provided. You can also bring a sleeping bag if you wish, and find a sheltered spot on the rocks on the edge of the camp and sleep under the stars. 

WiFi is available throughout the camp. Meals are traditionally cooked, with a delicious underground 'BBQ' prepared nearly every night. Alcohol is not available.

Sunrise and sunset camel rides are available to book locally (around US$30).

Crowne Plaza West Cairo - Arkan

Crowne Plaza West Cairo - Arkan

Cairo

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Located in the modern 6th October District, the Crowne Plaza West Cairo - Arkan is a fantastic addition to Cairo's accommodation portfolio, offering luxury accommodation with a choice of dining experiences on site. The Arkan Plaza shopping and dining precinct is located beside the hotel which offers a selection of bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment opportunities. All within an easy reach of the Pyramids, Sphinx and downtown Cairo.

GUEST ROOMS

At the hotel all rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Every room has a coffee machine, while some rooms come with a kitchenette with a fridge. At Crowne Plaza - West Cairo Arkan, an IHG Hotel the rooms come with bed linen and towels.

FACILITIES

A buffet, continental or Italian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. At the accommodation you will find a restaurant serving Mediterranean, Asian and international cuisine. Vegetarian, dairy-free and halal options can also be requested.
The property features a year-round outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna and shared lounge.

Located in the modern 6th October District, the Crowne Plaza West Cairo - Arkan is a fantastic addition to Cairo's accommodation portfolio, offering luxury accommodation with a choice of dining experiences on site. The Arkan Plaza shopping and dining precinct is located beside the hotel which offers a selection of bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment opportunities. All within an easy reach of the Pyramids, Sphinx and downtown Cairo.

GUEST ROOMS

At the hotel all rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Every room has a coffee machine, while some rooms come with a kitchenette with a fridge. At Crowne Plaza - West Cairo Arkan, an IHG Hotel the rooms come with bed linen and towels.

FACILITIES

A buffet, continental or Italian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. At the accommodation you will find a restaurant serving Mediterranean, Asian and international cuisine. Vegetarian, dairy-free and halal options can also be requested.
The property features a year-round outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna and shared lounge.

Conrad Hotel

Conrad Hotel

Cairo

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The Conrad Cairo is located in the bustling heart of downtown Cairo, overlooking the majestic River Nile. The hotel is in close proximity to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and just a few minutes walk from the Nile City shopping mall. A choice of worldwide cuisines are available in the on-site restaurants, a full service spa, gym and swimming are also available. 

GUEST ROOMS

This luxury property offers premium rooms, many featuring a balcony with Nile views. Each room has a comfortable seating area, desk, flat-screen TV with movie channels, DVD player, marble bathroom with shower or bath tub, exclusive amentities, bathrobe, slipper, hair dryer. All rooms also have access to free WiFi.   

FACILITIES

Facilities include a heated outdoor pool, Room Service is available around the clock, a glamorous international casino and bar is available 24/7, and a health club with modern fitness equipment, 24-hour gym, sauna, steam, massage rooms, and on-site shops.

The hotel offers 6 restaurants and bars round the clock dining and entertainment; Savor the modern Italian cuisine at Oak Restaurant. Experience Pan Asian flavors at Kamala Asian Bar & Dining, sample the extensive breakfast buffet or choose from the delectable à la carte menu for lunch at Solana Restaurant or enjoy Egyptian Lebanese cuisine t Jayda Nile Terrace, serving in a stunning outdoor setting. Unwind in the glitz and glamour of Stage One Lounge & Bar and soak up the multi-cultural vibes of Cairo.

The Conrad Cairo is located in the bustling heart of downtown Cairo, overlooking the majestic River Nile. The hotel is in close proximity to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and just a few minutes walk from the Nile City shopping mall. A choice of worldwide cuisines are available in the on-site restaurants, a full service spa, gym and swimming are also available. 

GUEST ROOMS

This luxury property offers premium rooms, many featuring a balcony with Nile views. Each room has a comfortable seating area, desk, flat-screen TV with movie channels, DVD player, marble bathroom with shower or bath tub, exclusive amentities, bathrobe, slipper, hair dryer. All rooms also have access to free WiFi.   

FACILITIES

Facilities include a heated outdoor pool, Room Service is available around the clock, a glamorous international casino and bar is available 24/7, and a health club with modern fitness equipment, 24-hour gym, sauna, steam, massage rooms, and on-site shops.

The hotel offers 6 restaurants and bars round the clock dining and entertainment; Savor the modern Italian cuisine at Oak Restaurant. Experience Pan Asian flavors at Kamala Asian Bar & Dining, sample the extensive breakfast buffet or choose from the delectable à la carte menu for lunch at Solana Restaurant or enjoy Egyptian Lebanese cuisine t Jayda Nile Terrace, serving in a stunning outdoor setting. Unwind in the glitz and glamour of Stage One Lounge & Bar and soak up the multi-cultural vibes of Cairo.

Sonesta Hotel Tower & Casino

Sonesta Hotel Tower & Casino

Cairo

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Located in Nasr City, a short distance from Cairo International Airport, the Sonesta Hotel Tower offers the choice of 5 restaurants and 2 bars, along with an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace.

GUEST ROOMS

All rooms at the Sonesta are fully air-conditioned, spacious and tastefully decorated. In room facilities include Satellite TV, minibar and free WiFi.

FACILITIES

The poolside bar and full-service spa with hammam are havens for relaxation. After the pampering, guests are offered a varied choice of dining options at the hotel’s gourmet restaurants.

The Bien Vivre Spa and Fitness Center offers massage treatments, hydrotherapy, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam bath, a fully-equipped gym, aerobics classes and an outdoor swimming pool.

State-of-the-art British-Indian colonial-style casino located on the ground floor of the hotel, offering Blackjack, American Roulette, Stud Poker and loose Slot machines. Open 24 hours - 7 days a week.

A news and gift shop is located in the hotel lobby. Shopping centers, as well as the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, are nearby.

Located in Nasr City, a short distance from Cairo International Airport, the Sonesta Hotel Tower offers the choice of 5 restaurants and 2 bars, along with an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace.

GUEST ROOMS

All rooms at the Sonesta are fully air-conditioned, spacious and tastefully decorated. In room facilities include Satellite TV, minibar and free WiFi.

FACILITIES

The poolside bar and full-service spa with hammam are havens for relaxation. After the pampering, guests are offered a varied choice of dining options at the hotel’s gourmet restaurants.

The Bien Vivre Spa and Fitness Center offers massage treatments, hydrotherapy, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam bath, a fully-equipped gym, aerobics classes and an outdoor swimming pool.

State-of-the-art British-Indian colonial-style casino located on the ground floor of the hotel, offering Blackjack, American Roulette, Stud Poker and loose Slot machines. Open 24 hours - 7 days a week.

A news and gift shop is located in the hotel lobby. Shopping centers, as well as the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, are nearby.

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Cairo

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Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel is a 5-star establishment located on the doorstep of one of the most famous landmarks in the world: the Great Pyramids of Giza. Modern yet classic, the hotel is set amongst leafy gardens. It has been recently taken over and upgraded by Steigenberger, and now offers improved service and standards. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel, and there are two swimming pools. Several bars and restaurants are situated on site, serving a variety of flavours from around the world, as well as offering a taste of local cuisine. A wellness centre features modern fitness equipment and machines, while the spa offers a variety of treatments to help you relax after a day of touring.

Accommodation is offered in the form of classic rooms, as well as family suites. The classic rooms are available with either double or twin beds, and look out onto the gardens. The family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Amenities in all rooms include en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, safes, and air-conditioning. There are also several bungalow-style rooms set within the gardens.

The hotel’s location is ideal, just 3km from the Pyramids and the Sphinx and directly opposite the New Egyptian Grand Museum. Two international airports are within driving distance, and a shuttle service is available on request. Choose from a variety of landmarks and sites to visit in the surrounding regions.

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel is a 5-star establishment located on the doorstep of one of the most famous landmarks in the world: the Great Pyramids of Giza. Modern yet classic, the hotel is set amongst leafy gardens. It has been recently taken over and upgraded by Steigenberger, and now offers improved service and standards. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel, and there are two swimming pools. Several bars and restaurants are situated on site, serving a variety of flavours from around the world, as well as offering a taste of local cuisine. A wellness centre features modern fitness equipment and machines, while the spa offers a variety of treatments to help you relax after a day of touring.

Accommodation is offered in the form of classic rooms, as well as family suites. The classic rooms are available with either double or twin beds, and look out onto the gardens. The family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Amenities in all rooms include en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, safes, and air-conditioning. There are also several bungalow-style rooms set within the gardens.

The hotel’s location is ideal, just 3km from the Pyramids and the Sphinx and directly opposite the New Egyptian Grand Museum. Two international airports are within driving distance, and a shuttle service is available on request. Choose from a variety of landmarks and sites to visit in the surrounding regions.

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino

Cairo

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Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino is a 5-star establishment found in the Dokki district of Cairo. A number of attractions are close by, including the Egyptian Museum. Included among the many facilities and amenities are a spa, fitness centre, sauna, library, and indoor and outdoor pools. Rooms are fully-equipped and feature mini bars, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers several services, including 24-hour room service, a turndown service, and a paid airport shuttle.

 

Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino is a 5-star establishment found in the Dokki district of Cairo. A number of attractions are close by, including the Egyptian Museum. Included among the many facilities and amenities are a spa, fitness centre, sauna, library, and indoor and outdoor pools. Rooms are fully-equipped and feature mini bars, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers several services, including 24-hour room service, a turndown service, and a paid airport shuttle.

 

Nile Cruiseboat

Nile Cruiseboat

Luxor

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Nile Cruise boats are superbly appointed, floating, 5-star hotels featuring a restaurant, bars, shops, a relaxing sun deck and small swimming pool. Buffet breakfasts, lunches and evening meals featuring different cuisines are all included (though beverages and bottled water are not). You will have your own en-suite, AC cabin with large, panoramic opening windows to enjoy the view of the river while you sail. Single cabin supplements apply.

Our Egyptologist guides travel on board with you. This means you do the sightseeing tours in a small group with travellers and a guide you know, rather than joining one of the large boat groups. The guide can also help with any problems with your cabin, dietary requirements, or just to sit and talk about Egypt with you. They will often volunteer to give short lectures about both ancient and modern Egypt in the evenings to those interested.

Nile cruise itineraries are slightly flexible, mainly depending on the time passing through the lock at Esna. Some sailing may be done after dark, and boats may need to moor alongside each other at night. Gala dinner supplements may be added to our prices if you are on board on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve.

Deluxe 5-star level boats, all-suite boats, and Dahabiyas are also available on private and tailor-made tours. Please contact us for details. 

Nile Cruise boats are superbly appointed, floating, 5-star hotels featuring a restaurant, bars, shops, a relaxing sun deck and small swimming pool. Buffet breakfasts, lunches and evening meals featuring different cuisines are all included (though beverages and bottled water are not). You will have your own en-suite, AC cabin with large, panoramic opening windows to enjoy the view of the river while you sail. Single cabin supplements apply.

Our Egyptologist guides travel on board with you. This means you do the sightseeing tours in a small group with travellers and a guide you know, rather than joining one of the large boat groups. The guide can also help with any problems with your cabin, dietary requirements, or just to sit and talk about Egypt with you. They will often volunteer to give short lectures about both ancient and modern Egypt in the evenings to those interested.

Nile cruise itineraries are slightly flexible, mainly depending on the time passing through the lock at Esna. Some sailing may be done after dark, and boats may need to moor alongside each other at night. Gala dinner supplements may be added to our prices if you are on board on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve.

Deluxe 5-star level boats, all-suite boats, and Dahabiyas are also available on private and tailor-made tours. Please contact us for details. 

Options

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you‘re visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single Room Supplement (SSJOPN)

From $875*

Single Room Supplement (SSJOPN)

Min numbers: 1 *Based on 1 person/s


The tour price is based on 2 people sharing twin/double rooms. This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller and would be happy to share a room, let us know and we will see if we can pair you up with another single traveller of the same sex. If a room share is not available when you book then we will add the single room supplement to your booking and it will be payable with your balance payment unless we have arranged a room share for you by then. If a room share is arranged after you have paid the supplement then we will refund it to you. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.

Extra day in Amman - pre-tour - Standard level

From $60*

Extra day in Amman - pre-tour - Standard level

Min numbers: 1 *Based on 2 person/s


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: This option is applicable to those who have booked the standard level of accommodation. If you have booked the superior accommodation package, please select the superior extra night option.
Note
: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

As-Salt and Bethany tour

From $120*

As-Salt and Bethany tour

Min numbers: 1 *Based on 2 person/s


Our first visit today is to the hilltop town of As-Salt, around 40 minutes drive from Amman. As-Salt was an important trading link between the Jordan Valley and Eastern Desert, and once the capital of Amman. The town developed its old Islamic architecture using yellow limestone, which was the finest at the time and many impressive buildings can still be seen today, as well as tiny narrow streets packed with shops and stalls. Today the town provides an example of religious and cultural friendship between the local Muslim and Christian population and we take a walking tour on its self-designed 'Harmony Trail' to learn more about the town and local life in Jordan. We'll also take lunch with a local family for a first taste of Jordan's delicious cuisine (if groups are over 10 people or no families have availability that day we will eat in a local restaurant instead).

After lunch we descend out of the hills to the Baptism Site at Bethany. This is a relatively recently excavated site believed to be the biblical 'Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan' where John baptised Jesus Christ. Several churches, caves and pools dating from Roman and Byzantine periods have been discovered here. Both Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI have visited. An electric minibus takes you from the visitor centre to the three sites: Tell Mar Elias, the Baptism Pools and John the Baptist's Church. After a busy day, we'll return to our hotel in Amman where we'll spend the night.

This tour runs on Day 1 of the tour, so an extra night needs to be added in the hotel in Amman before the tour starts. A supplement will apply if there is only one person on the tour.

Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - post-tour

From $135*

Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - post-tour

Min numbers: 1 *Based on 2 person/s


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Alexandria day trip

From $120*

Alexandria day trip

Min numbers: 1 *Based on 2 person/s


Alexandria is about 2.5 hours drive, north of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. This ex colonial city is the second largest in Egypt and our visit will include the Roman amphitheatre with its twelve semi-circular marble tiers, the Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa which is the largest Roman cemetery in Alexandria, Pompey's Pillar, Fort Qaitbey (from outside), the famous modern library before returning to Cairo. If time allows you can tour inside Fort Qaitbey and we may also visit the Montazah Palace gardens. Lunch at a seafood restaurant is included. As the tour takes a full day you will either need a late evening flight departure on the last day of the tour to accommodated it, or to add an extra day to the start or end of your trip. 

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 travellers choosing the option. Solo traveller supplements apply. Entrance fees to sites visited are not included (budget approx. USD 20) 

Cairo city tour

From $75*

Cairo city tour

Min numbers: 1 *Based on 2 person/s


This half day guided tour of Cairo tour begins with Islamic areas including the Citadel of Saladdin, boasting the famous Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Then we head onto the Coptic area of Cairo where the Romans constructed the fortress of Babylon. The church of St. Mary was built over the ruins of two towers of the fortress whilst it is more commonly known as the Hanging Church next stop is St. Sergius which is said to be the resting place of the Holy Family. The tour finishes at the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. The entrance fees budget covers the Coptic Museum, the Citadel and the Sultan Hassan Mosque. Depending on your day, you may not have time to visit all of these.
Entrance fees to sites visited are not included (budget approx. USD 20)

Prices shown are based on a minimum of 2 people travelling. Solo traveller supplements apply.

Abu Simbel overland

From $150*

Abu Simbel overland

Min numbers: 2 *Based on 2 person/s


The temples built by Ramses II at Abu Simbel are one of Egypt's highlights, and have a fascinating story behind them to go with their impressive size. When Lake Nasser was flooded, the final water level was going to submerge several temples, the most important of which being Abu Simbel. The temple was therefore dismantled completely and rebuilt further up the hillside where it sits today. The temple stands today as a testament to Ramses II and the great building prowess of the ancient Egyptians, as well as to modern engineering. We depart Aswan very early in the morning (around 4am), with the aim of getting to Abu Simbel to see the temples in the light of the rising sun. We then have a guided tour with one of our Egyptologists and some free time before we drive back to Aswan (approx. 3 1/2 hours drive each way, with around 2 hours at the temples). The tour itinerary is designed so you will not miss any other activities if you choose this option.
Note - we choose the overland route to get to Abu Simbel as the flight times there are unreliable and the journey using the flight is much more segmented (you get more rest on the coach), not to mention it is much more expensive to fly.
Entrance fees to the site (approx. US$20, 50% for children) are not included in the option price and should be paid locally. . A minimum of 2 people is required to operate this option. 

Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales)

From $170*

Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales)

Min numbers: 1 *Based on 2 person/s


This tour provides a great contrast to the Pharaonic sites you have visited on the rest of your tour. We leave Cairo and head to the Fayoum region where we head for the Wadi Rayan Protected Area, which surrounds a fresh-water lake in the middle of the desert, filled by the remaining irrigation water from the Fayoum area. There are several waterfalls here (popular in Egyptian pop music videos), and a bird hide which gives good views of the lakes birdlife, particularly in the winter months when the lake is an important stop for migrating water-birds. We also visit the Springs Oasis area, a rare example of an uninhabited Saharan oasis, and host to many different plants and animals, including Dorcas Gazelle, Ruppell's Sand Fox and Fennec Fox. Before lunch, we'll make a stop in the sand dunes surrounding Wadi Rayan to have a go at Sandboarding. After a stop for a packed lunch, we then drive into the stunning desert & mountain scenery of Wadi Hitan (Valley of the Whales). This World Heritage Site is accepted as the most significant site in the world to demonstrate the evolution of whales, and we take a 2-3km walk here to see several specimens of fossilised whales of different types sitting on the surface of the sand, as well as fossilised mangroves and the remains of crab holes. 

This tour requires a full free day in Cairo, but can also be arranged straight after you arrive back in Cairo from Luxor/Aswan from the overnight sleeper train. We can also arrange it on any tour if you add extra days before and after your main tour. Prices shown are based on 2 or more people travelling, with an additional supplement due for solo travellers. 

Price includes lunch whilst in Wadi Hitan and entrance fees.

Final Night at Dead Sea (instead of Amman) (OPJODS)

From $90*

Final Night at Dead Sea (instead of Amman) (OPJODS)

Min numbers: 1 *Based on 2 person/s


This option allows you to spend your final night in Jordan with a night at a resort on the shores of the Dead Sea. After visiting the Dead Sea during the day you will be transferred to your resort where you will spend the night, you'll have the opportunity to partake in spa treatments, relax by the pool or spend more time floating in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. 

This option includes the additional cost of a Dead Sea resort vs the included night in Amman, plus airport transfers on your departure day from here to Amman Airport. For those passengers who have booked the tour including standard level accommodation, the upgrade will include the Dead Sea Spa hotel (or similar), for those who have booked superior level the upgrade will include the Hilton Dead Sea Resort (or similar). 

Note: Single room supplements apply.

Tour Notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

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  1. Accommodation

We use good quality mid-range hotels on this tour. Accommodation is based on twin or double en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will stay in a private double room.

In Wadi Rum we use a comfortable Bedouin camp located on the desert sands, against the cliffs. Accommodation is in permanent traditional goat hair tents with their own bathroom, proper beds and all bedding provided You can also bring a sleeping bag if you wish, and find a sheltered spot on the rocks on the edge of the camp and sleep under the stars. 

In Egypt we include 5-star hotels and a 5-star Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan. 

An upgrade is also available on the Jordan section of the tour to local 5-star hotels in Amman and Petra if you would like a more luxurious stay. These can be considered basic international 5-star level in Amman, and decent 4-star level in Petra. Typical hotels used are the Landmark or Le Grand in Amman which are modern style hotels, and the Old Village Resort or Hyatt Zaman in Petra which are more traditional characterful properties.

Please check the Single Room Supplement option for details on room sharing options and charges for solo travellers on this tour.

Gala Dinners:
Many of Egypt and Jordan’s hotels and Nile cruise boats arrange a very special Gala Dinner with entertainment in the evening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Payment for these is often optional on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) but compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$30 to over US$150 per person. Final decisions on prices and whether dinners are compulsory are made relatively close to the time. We aim to always select hotels that make their Gala Dinners optional, though this is is not always possible. Gala Dinner prices are therefore not included in our prices, and will be added to your booking if required. More information is available on request.


  2. Group Size/Tour Leaders/Guides

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.
In Jordan, a professional licensed guide accompanies all groups of 5 or more throughout the whole tour. 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 As-Salt, Bethany, Jerash, Amman (Citadel), and Petra.
In Egypt we provide fully trained, local English-speaking Egyptologists to act as your tour guides for all of the sightseeing tours in Cairo and the Nile Valley.
Our local reps in towns and cities en-route are also at your service, and together with your guide will be handling all the practical arrangements for the tour. We also use local Bedouin guides for tours through the desert.
At Encounters Travel we aim to only use local Jordanian and Egyptian 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.


  3. Transport

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options and uses an air-conditioned minivan/minibus or coach subjec tto the size of the group for all the transfers, sightseeing, and journeys between cities. The jeeps used in Wadi Rum are provided by the local Bedouins we work with, and while suitable for your desert safari, they may fall below the normal safety and quality standards for vehicles we use during the rest of our tours.

Travel between Cairo and Aswan/Luxor is done by domestic flight (eg. Egypt Air, Air Cairo, Nile Air). As we may get some late bookers, occasionally not everyone in the group will be on exactly the same flights. However, all airport transfers remain included. On occasion to avoid particularly unfriendly flight times we may fly from Cairo to Luxor in the evening, rather than the next morning, and exchange a hotel night in Cairo for one in Luxor, before boarding the cruise. 

Amman-Cairo flight
The connecting flight from Amman to Cairo is not included in the price of this tour. It is left out of the set tour price as it is sometimes more cost effective for you to include this flight as part of your main international flight ticket. We are happy to assist with all your flights, just the Amman-Cairo flight, or none of them at all, whichever works best for you. Direct flights are available with both Egypt Air and Royal Jordanian Airlines. You can fly at anytime during the day - all transfers in Amman and Cairo are included.


  4. Dates & Prices

We run regular departures on this tour throughout the year, starting on Mondays. All departures are guaranteed to run with a minimum of two travellers. Departure dates & prices are on our website (please check the website for up-to-date prices & special offers).


  5. Money - Jordan

The local currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). You do not need to arrange to bring any Jordanian Dinar with you to Jordan as exchange facilities are available in the international airports and in most hotels, banks and bureau de changes in major towns. You should try to obtain and keep hold of small denomination notes or coins on you during the tour as these are useful for toilets, tips and small purchases. ATMs are readily available in major towns and many local shops will accept VISA/Mastercard or Amex, but may charge fees of up to 10% - check before you pay. Travellers cheques are not recommended as they can not be changed in many places now, and can incur high fees.

While in Jordan you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in Jordanian Dinar, though tips for guides and drivers may be paid in hard currency (GBP, USD, EUR).

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.


  6. What to take

Luggage: Suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Egypt and Jordan. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will normally be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips - you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: Most of your time in Egypt will be in a hot weather, while the climate in Jordan varies widely from hot days in the summer to cool and sometimes wet days in the winter months. However, at night, and especially in the deserts, the temperatures can drop quite dramatically. So you must pack for cool conditions. Formal dress (eg. suits & ties) is not required on the cruise boats or in 4 or 5-star hotel restaurants. Long sleeves are recommended to protect from mosquitoes if you are on the felucca. Modesty rates highly in Egypt and Jordan, especially for women, so to respect the local culture & people, please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not revealing. Shorts (not hot-pants) are OK in tourist sites, as are T-shirts, but these should not show too much bare flesh (we suggest that your shoulders should remain covered). In the centre of Cairo and Amman, and when visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: We recommend that you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, small towel, money belt, small torch, camera & charger. If you will be travelling on a felucca sailboat in Egypt then we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner all year round for comfort, and a light sleeping bag in the winter months (November to February). If your tour includes an overnight Bedouin camp in Jordan then bedding (sheets, blankets, pillow) is provided but we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner for comfort all year round (even with the best efforts, sand does find its way pretty much everywhere). In the winter months, or if you think you would like to sleep under the stars instead of in your tent, then we recommend you bring a sleeping bag with you as it can get very cold at night.

Footwear:  For tours that are going on board a felucca sailboat, or walking on the Siq Trail in Wadi Mujib, we recommend that you bring some footwear that you don't mind getting completely wet. As there is a fair amount of walking involved on many of our tours in Jordan and Egypt, whether that be just sightseeing or some hiking, we recommend you bring comfortable walking shoes with you. You do not need any smart dress shoes, unless you want to visit some fancy restaurants and to dresss up accordingly.


  7. Transfers

Our Egypt and Jordan tours include a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Amman and Cairo airports, your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.

On arrival in Jordan our representative will meet you in the immigration hall of Amman airport, before passport control. They will assist with visa formalities and then help you with your luggage and take you to your hotel.

On arrival in Egypt, our representative will meet you in the immigration hall of Cairo airport before you get to passport control. They will assist with visa formalities before helping you collect your luggage and taking you to your hotel.

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. 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 in Jordan. 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.


  8. International Flights

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to suggest flights to go with the tour. Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from.

Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour.

On tours combining Jordan and Egypt we do not include the connecting flight between the two countries in the tour price (normally between Amman (AMM) and Cairo (CAI) - see the inclusions/exclusions or extension option sections for details). This flight can often be built into your main international flight ticket, or we may be able to book this flight for you separately if you prefer - please contact us and we will advise you on available airlines, times and prices.

We do also sometimes advertise flight inclusive packages from selected airports. Where these are shown on our website, prices are correct at the time of quoting, but are subject to continued availability of the fare used. Prices will be reconfirmed at the time of booking, and we will also provide the flight times and airline details before tickets are issued. 
Flight inclusive prices are based on the cheapest Economy ticket class available which is generally non-refundable and non-changeable unless the flight is cancelled for reasons such as Covid-19, in which case the airlines are more flexible. More flexible ticket options, as well as Premium Economy and Business Class tickets are available on request for an additional supplement. Any changes made to flight inclusive bookings will be subject to the airline rules on your ticket. 


  9. Tipping

Jordan: Tipping is common practice in Jordan, as a sign of appreciation for services provided. You may therefore wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour. You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. US$10-15 per person per day would be appropriate.

Egypt: Tipping is also very much a part of Egyptian culture and customs, and many people you meet along the way will expect and make it clear they are waiting for a tip. To make it easier for you to budget and to remove much of the stress and hassle of tipping lots of people as you go along, we collect a 'Tipping Kitty' at the start of your time in Egypt. The kitty provides tips for a wide range of people you'll meet along the tour including hotel porters, train and station staff, drivers, site guards, local reps etc. Your guide will pay some of these tips as you go along on behalf of the group, and others are paid by our local reps in each location before or after your visit (eg. hotel housekeeping staff). Please check the Excluded section below the tour itinerary for a budget for this tour. Your Egyptologist guide is not included in this kitty and you may tip them at the end of your tour subject to your satisfaction with and appreciation of the service they have provided.  Again you should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. As a guideline, approx. US$10-15 per person per day would be appropriate.
Children under the age of 12 do not need to pay this tipping kitty.


  10. Money - Egypt

The local currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound, often denoted 'LE'. The Egyptian Pound can vary significantly in value against the British Pound, but sticks fairly close to the value of the US Dollar. You do not need to arrange to bring any Egyptian Pounds with you to Egypt, as change facilities are available in all the hotels, airports and banks. You should try to obtain and keep hold of small denomination notes or coins on you during the tour as these are useful for toilets, tips and small purchases. ATMs are readily available in major towns and many local shops will accept VISA/Mastercard or Amex, but may charge fees of up to 10% - check before you pay. Travellers cheques are not recommended as they can not be changed in many places now, and can incur high fees.

While in Egypt you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in Egyptian Pounds. You may also need to pay for the tour Tipping Kitty and site Entrance Fees while you are in Egypt. Payments for these may be made to your tour guide in hard currency (USD, GBP, EUR) at the start of your tour. Please see your tour Included/Excluded details for more information and guideline amounts for these.

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.


  11. Passports and Visas - Egypt

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.

We recommend that you contact your closest Egyptian consulate or embassy for current information for your nationality.

In general official advice is that all nationalities obtain their Egypt visas in advance, as we cannot guarantee that you can get them in the airport. An online e-visa is available through visa2egypt. Please do not use any other website as there are many scam sites offering Egypt e-visas.
In practice however, many nationalities (including British and European, Australian, New Zealand, USA) can and do obtain their visas on arrival in Cairo airport. The process is much quicker and simpler, the cost is currently US$25 p/p and must be paid in hard currency (i.e. GBP, USD or EUR) - you'll be given change in local currency if necessary. There are no forms to fill in and you don't need to bring passport photos. Visas are issued at one of the bank desks in the immigration hall, before you get to passport control. Our representative will have met you by this stage and will assist with the process.

Imporant Note: Due to recent changes in the visa regime for Canadians, a visa on arrival or e-visa will no longer be possible for Canadian Citizens entering Egypt after October 1st 2023. Until further notice Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa prior to arrival, from the nearest Egyptian Consulate. 

All African & Indian nationals, and some others, will need to obtain their visas in advance.

For further information on your visa requirements, please either contact us or your local Egyptian embassy/consulate.


  12. Voltage

Sockets are two round pronged and 220 volts (Type C). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don't have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already.
If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.


  13. Time

The time in Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon is GMT plus 2 hours and in UAE GMT plus 3 hours. Daylight saving adjustments have historically been applied in some years but not others. At present it appears that there will be no daylight saving changes in Egypt 2016 and beyond, though this may change at short notice (with a resulting impact on flight times and schedules). In Jordan and Israel, daylight saving of one hour is generally applied between the end of March and the end of October, making it GMT plus 3 hours. Exact dates vary from year to year and sometimes the changes may be scrapped altogether.


  14. Passports and Visas - Jordan

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.

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.

Families with children under 12 are recommended not to purchase the Jordan Pass for the children as entrance fees are not charged in Jordan for children under 12. Instead, the adults should purchase a Jordan Pass and we will arrange a free visa for the children which you will receive when we meet you on arrival into Amman airport.

Other nationalities may require a visa prior to arrival and to obtain this in advance, please contact your local Jordanian embassy or consulate or a visa agency for details. In addition, if you plan to enter Jordan via the southern Wadi Araba crossing (Eilat-Aqaba) or the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein border with Israel in the north, you will need to obtain your Jordan visa in advance as these are not available on arrival at the border.


  15. Booking & Payment

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You may make a deposit or full payment online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer (full payments are due 8 weeks before departure). We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer, or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.


  16. Financial Security

We are a UK registered company and are committed to providing our customers with financial protection to provide peace of mind and to allow you to book with confidence.
We have therefore partnered with Trust My Travel Ltd., which provides financial protection services to over 2000 partners around the world. Funds paid to us by our customers are protected via an Insurance policy held by Trust My Travel. Each traveller and the description of services sold is declared against Trust My Travel’s insurance policy directly against our financial failure. In the event of our insolvency, you will be refunded for any unfulfilled products and/or repatriation to the UK (where applicable). Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.


  17. Responsible Tourism

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don't prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn't make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don't expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don't worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don't waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don't litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you're travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It's important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).


  18. Follow Us Online

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
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  19. Travel Insurance

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). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.
Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

Note - to comply with insurance sales regulations, our travel insurance policies are only available to customers booking directly with us. If you have booked through a travel agent you will need to arrange your own insurance.

If your tour includes car hire, ior if you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

If you are taking expensive camera gear or other electronic equipment with you then please check the coverage and the fine print of your policy to ensure that you have sufficient cover.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

Covid-19
Before purchasing any travel insurance, please check the coverage provided for situations related to Covid-19, and for the rules about government travel advice. Your normal policy may not be suitable. Details about our own policies cover levels are given on our website


  20. Before you travel

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

'Travel Aware' campaign


  21. Health and Vaccinations

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.


  22. Entrance Fees & Jordan Pass

The tour price does not include entrance fees to the sites visited on the tour.

Jordan: 
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). 
More information about the Jordan Pass

Egypt:
In Egypt, the tour price does not include entrance fees to the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary.  Please check the Exclusions section for a guide to the amount you should allow for this tour (a 50% discount for minors or ISIC card holders is often, but not always available and prices are changed from time to time). For your convenience, your guide will be normally collect payment for all the entrance fees in cash at the start of the tour, and pay them for you as you go along.

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