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Highlights of Egypt & Jordan

Solo Travellers 40 yrs and over
Tuesday 24 October - Friday 10 November 2017

Itinerary

SNAPSHOT OF THE HIGLIGHTS

  • Visit the Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash
  • Discover the magical Lost City of Petra
  • Tour breathtaking Wadi Rum by jeep and camel • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Witness the incredible Great Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx
  • Visit the stunning temples of Abu Simbel
  • Explore the tombs and temples of Upper Egypt

 

DAY 1 -  TUESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2017
Depart Australia

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2017
Arrive in Amman

Welcome to Jordan! This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. 

Meals: Dinner 

DAY 3 – THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017
Jerash Excursion

Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 – FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER 2017
Amman - Petra

Heading out of Amman, we make our way to Madaba and visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George. We’ll also stop at the biblical site of Mt Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land. This afternoon we visit ‘Little Petra’. With a history dating back some 9,000 years, it is one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 – SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2017
Petra

Today we discover the famous Lost City of Petra, a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago.

Special Experience: We’ll enter Petra through the Siq, a narrow, 800-metre long gorge flanked on either side by soaring 80-metre high cliffs, before we reach the incredible Treasury, hewn into the sandstone cliff face.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 – SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2017
Petra – Wadi Rum

Why not return to Petra for an optional second visit this morning? We’ll then venture south to Wadi Rum, one of the most stunning desert landscapes in the world. We’ll enjoy an exciting jeep tour, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen. Later we’ll take a camel ride through the uniquely shaped mountains and see traces of ancient civilisations in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area. The most spectacular monuments in Wadi Rum, however, are those carved by nature - the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and vast peaks.  

We’ll spend the night in a typical Bedouin desert camp underneath a blanket of stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 – MONDAY 30 OCTOBER 2017
Wadi Rum – Dead Sea - Amman

Heading north, we reach the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. The salt content of the water here is four times that of most oceans, so you can float without even trying, making swimming here a truly unique experience. Later this afternoon we travel back to Amman.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2017
Amman - Cairo

Today we bid farewell to Jordan and take a short flight to Cairo, where we’ll enjoy a group dinner to welcome us to Egypt.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2017
Cairo

Our touring in Egypt begins at the oldest structures in existence, the amazing Great Pyramids of Giza, where construction began approximately 4500 years ago. We’ll then visit the nearby Great Sphinx, discover the ancient capital of Memphis and the Step Pyramid of Sakkara, believed to have been designed by the vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2017
Cairo - Aswan

Today we take a short flight to Aswan, gateway to the incredible history, temples and monuments of Upper Egypt. Here we’ll visit the High Dam, the magnificent Temple of Isis on Philae Island and the Unfinished Obelisk. This afternoon we’ll relax on a cruise on board a traditional felucca sailboat.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 – FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2017
Aswan – Abu Simbel – Nile Cruise

Special Experience: An early start this morning to cross the desert. Our destination is the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel. The temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari.

Embark Cruise: Later this morning we’ll return to Aswan and board our Nile River cruise ship. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note: The luxury Nile cruises (5-star Egyptian standard) featured on all itineraries to Egypt operate between the cities of Luxor and Aswan. These cities lie only 240km apart which means this distance could easily be covered in only 1 or 2 days without stops. However, our extended journey times allow us to spend more time sightseeing along the way stopping at amazing sites including the Luxor and Karnak Temples, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Valley of the Kings or Aswan. Additionally, each cruise itinerary will have an element of day-time cruising allowing you to relax and see life along the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 – SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2017
Nile Cruise

After breakfast we set sail for the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris. We’ll then cruise onward to Edfu where we’ll visit the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. Continuing our journey, we cross the lock at Esna and sail on towards Luxor. Tonight we’ll enjoy a galabeya party on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 – SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2017
Nile Cruise

We’ll arrive in Luxor after breakfast and explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. We’ll then visit Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by an Avenue of Sphinxes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 – MONDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2017
Nile Cruise - Luxor

Disembark Cruise: We disembark and set off to explore the West Bank - the world’s largest open-air museum!

Special Experience: Our first stop is the Valley of the Kings. Carved deep into the limestone rock, each tomb has a similar pattern of three corridors, an antechamber and a sarcophagus chamber. We’ll be able to descend into some of the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and incredibly well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings.

Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 – TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2017
Luxor - Cairo

The morning is at leisure for you to explore Luxor or simply relax before our afternoon flight back to Cairo.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16 – WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2017
Cairo

Today begins with a visit to the Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. We’ll then discover the 14th century souk, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Famous for its handmade crafts, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Arabic coffee. This afternoon we’ll continue into the lively heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures. This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner  

DAY 17 – THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2017
Depart Cairo

Today we begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18 – FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017
Arrive in Australia

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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