Best of Egypt and Jordan | Egypt Tours | Ciconia Travel

Best of Egypt & Jordan

from $2896/per person

Explore the incredible treasures of Egypt and Jordan on an exquisite 18-day adventure. Roam the bustling bazaars and astounding museums of Cairo before witnessing the mighty Pyramids. Soak in the marvellous wonders scattered along the Nile as you sail in style on a 5-star Nile Cruiser for 4 days. Fly back to Cairo and to Amman to launch the Jordan leg of your tour, saving much-valuable time and energy. Uncover the amazing gems of Jordan as the capital Amman, ruins of Jerash, Petra and Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea.

Duration
16 Day
Destination(s)
Egypt / Jordan
Starts in / Ends in
Cairo / Amman
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
5 Star Hotels
18-30

Sight Visited

  • Ajloun
    Ajloun

    Home of Ajlun Castle built in 1184 shows great examples of Islamic architecture. Ajlun Archaeological Museum has all sorts of artefacts from the region.

  • Amman
    Amman

    The modern and ancient capital of Jordan is one of the oldest inhabited cities. The city's modern buildings blend amazingly with the remnants of ancient civilizations.

  • Alexandria
    Alexandria

    Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt, it's more Mediterranean city than middle-east, it was also an important port town during the hellenistic time, most popular tourist attractive mark is it's Library.

  • Aswan
    Aswan

    Sunniest city of Egypt and a popular touristic stop for many cruises. The local market here is an excellent place to do some shopping and the best place to find Egyptian fresh spices.

  • Cairo
    Cairo

    With the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient temples, magnificent monuments, and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo offers an experience of a lifetime.

  • Dead Sea
    Dead Sea

    With a 30 minute drive from Amman you reach this unique spot in Jordan. Dead Sea brings a sense of unreality to any traveler passing through.

  • Edfu
    Edfu

    Edfu has the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, which was constructed between 237 BC and 57 BC

  • Giza
    Giza

    The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one still remaining to this day. An absolute must see.

  • Jerash
    Jerash

    Less than an hour drive from Amman takes you 2000 years back in time. Jerash hosts the best preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside of Italy.

  • Kom Ombo
    Kom Ombo

    Kom Ombo means ‘hill of the gold’ crowned with Temple of Komombo. The temple is unusual as one side is dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek.

  • Luxor
    Luxor

    A top travel destination in Egypt with a wealth of historic monuments and buildings bringing Egypt’s fabled past to life. Luxor is called the world’s greatest open air museum.

  • Petra
    Petra

    Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is described as ‘one of the most precious cultural properties of mankind's cultural heritage'. Simply amazing.

  • Philae Temple
    Philae Temple

    This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. It sits on Aglika Island just south of the old Aswan Dam.

  • Sakkara
    Sakkara

    The oldest complete stone building complex in history was built as Djoser's step pyramid and it is located in Sakkara.

  • Shobak Castle
    Shobak Castle

  • Unfinished Obelisk
    Unfinished Obelisk

    The 42m long obelisk was left unfinished when some cracks appeared, but had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest, weighing nearly 1100 tons!

  • Wadi Rum
    Wadi Rum

    Absolutely stunning in its natural beauty, Wadi Rum summarizes the romance of the desert. You may meet some friendly Bedouins living close by at the desert.

ITINERARY

1
Day 1: Cairo
Our fascinating journey into the depths of Egyptian culture and history begins at the vibrant capital, Cairo. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Savour the exotic and delicious Egyptian cuisine tonight on a group dinner.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Optional Experiences: Group Dinner
2
Day 2: Cairo
Prepare your lenses for an exceptional moment of cultural discovery, it’s time to soak in the glorious Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza plateau. Take a mental picture to engrave this unique sight in your memory and continue your adventure through the heart of Cairo frequenting all the hot-spots of cultural, historical, architectural and aesthetic importance. Following our comprehensive discovery, you can enjoy your personal leisure time to relax or continue your in-depth journey at your own pace.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Giza Pyramids
3
Day 3: Cairo, Luxor (by flight) , Nile Cruise
Following a hefty breakfast, transfer to the airport for a seamless journey to Luxor, where you will start your discovery of marvellous monuments of various civilizations of the Nile. Walk the remnants of much-fabled ancient Thebes through the Avenue of the Sphinx and visit Temple of Amun nearby Luxor. Embark your 5-star Nile Cruise – with premium facilities including an outdoor pool on-board – and continue your discovery at the remarkable Luxor Museum. Here you can find an astonishing display of artefacts and items from various era, including pieces from Tutankhamun’s famed tomb. Your comfortable room aboard awaits you tonight as we dock at Luxor, where you may enjoy a sound & light show at Karnak Temple.
  • Hotel: Nile Cruiser 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Temple of Amun, Luxor Museum
  • Optional Experiences: Sound & Light Show
4
Day 4: Nile Cruise
Rising up to the breeze of the Nile, you will have the chance to float over Luxor valley in a hot air balloon today! Discover the stunning Valley of the Kings and savour the extravagant efforts to honour pharaohs of Egypt in eternity. Enjoy a locally prepared meal by our crew on board. Diving deep into ancient history, uncover the remnants of eras that have shaped the fertile banks of the Nile as we visit the Luxor Temple, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Board your premium cruise to sail towards charming Edfu.
  • Hotel: Nile Cruiser 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Valley of the Kings, Luxor Temple
  • Optional Experiences: Hot-air Balloon Ride
5
Day 5: Nile Cruise
Start the day by discovering the treasures of ancient Edfu. Sail upstream to where time almost hasn’t moved for a thousand years, Kom-Ombo. Experience the traditional architecture and way of living as you stroll the charming village with your Travel Director. We will sample local delicacies over a traditional dinner on board our cruise.
  • Hotel: Nile Cruiser 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Edfu, Kom-Ombo
6
Day 6: Nile Cruise
Sailing to Aswan in deluxe style, it is time to experience the unique traditional feluccas that were used for transport on the Nile for centuries. Changing to our charming felucca in Aswan, we set sail toward the impressive Kitchener islands to visit the lifeful Botanical Gardens, mighty Aswan Dam and the splendid monuments scattered around. Sampling sights as the Temple of Isis – the divine mother of the pharaohs, the semi-carved Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple, we dock ashore for an authentic evening. Watch the sun set behind the shimmering reflections of feluccas on the Nile. Join the optional Sound and Light Show at the stunning Philae Temple. Prepare for a unique dining experience served by the locals, accompanied by live music.
  • Hotel: Nile Cruiser 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Felucca Cruise, Aswan Sightseeing, Kitchener Islands, Philae Temple
  • Optional Experiences: Traditional Nubian Village Visit, Philae Temple Sound And Light Performance
7
Day 7: Nile Cruise, Abu Simbel (by flight), Aswan, Cairo (by flight)
Explore the marvellous Abu Simbel on a fantastic excursion. Referred to as a must-see for all history and archaeology enthusiasts, discover the two massive temples carved into the bedrock in impressive detail to honour the rule of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Transfer to the airport and fly off to Cairo in comfort, leaving you time to rest following your astounding cultural adventure.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Abu Simbel
8
Day 8: Cairo
After a relaxing rest, we continue our in-depth discovery into vibrant Cairo and its countless treasures - allowing plenty of time for you to savour your adventure at ease. Stroll the city with our expert local guide on the second leg of our sightseeing tour. Visit the immense collection of ancient artefacts at the Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohammed Ali, Hanging Church, and the buzzing famous bazaar of Khan el-Khalili. Late in the afternoon, you may discover the city on your own terms to have a final visit to your preferred sights and cement your favourite moments. Your seat for dinner is reserved at your hotel in the evening.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Egyptian Museum,  Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohammed Ali, Hanging Church & Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
9
Day 9: Cairo, Amman ( By Flight )
After breakfast, transfer to Amman Airport for your flight to Jordan. Prepare to witness the stunning cultural and natural wonders of Jordan on a premium adventure. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Greet the exotic and diverse Jordanian cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for amazing desserts of the Middle-East.
      • Hotel: Amman Marriott Hotel 5*
      • Optional Experiences: Group Dinner
      • Meals: Breakfast
10
Day 10: Amman City Tour
Start your cultural adventure on a guided tour with our local experts to uncover the highlights of the white stone city, Amman. Vsit impressive sights including the Citadel, Roman Amphitheatre, Archaeological and Folklore Museums. Feel the beating heart of Jordan around the vibrant city on your personal leisure time in the afternoon. You can continue to discover on your own terms or rest up after dinner at your hotel, an epic adventure awaits.
  • Hotel: Amman Marriott Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Citadel, Roman Amphitheatre
11
Day 11: Amman, Jerash, Ajloun, Dead Sea
Following a filling breakfast, drive northbound to visit the impressive Ajloun Castle and the marvellous ancient ruins of Jerash. An important site frequently settled in and abandoned due to natural disasters and battles throughout various eras, the still standing Greco-Roman ruins of the Bronze Age treat all history and archaeology enthusiasts. An exclusive experience awaits next in our adventure, the Dead Sea. Enjoy your personal leisure time after we check into our hotel in time for dinner.
  • Hotel: Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Jerash, Ajloun Castle
12
Day 12: Dead Sea, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Shobak, Petra
Situated hundreds of metres below sea level, the incredibly salty waters allow a unique floating experience, with absolutely zero effort. Bathe yourself in the regenerating mud of the Dead Sea to cleanse, and soak in the warming sun. Our cultural discovery brings us to Mount Nebo, where Moses was believed to see the promised land, as well as his final resting place. Explore the city of mosaics, Madaba and the Greek Orthodox Church displaying astounding mosaics of Byzantine era, travel through fruit trees towards the impressive Shobak Castle, a 12th century haven for crusaders. We stay overnight in Petra. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the enchanting Petra flowers in the midst of Wadi Rum desert with stunning grace and serenity ornamented by unique nature.
  • Hotel: Petra Marriott Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Dead Sea, Mt. Nebo, Madaba, Shobak Castle
13
Day 13: Petra
The ultimate travel attraction in the Middle-East, your local expert will guide you through the gorgeous Rose City whilst providing valuable insights. With only a small portion of the city excavated, Petra spans over an enormous area presenting countless marvels, including the famed Treasury. The unique rose-coloured geology in our background, discover the Pharaoh’s Castle, the Triumphal Arch and the Amphitheatre. You will have plenty of time to discover Petra on your own pace, even with so much to see and epic viewpoints to hike up to. In the afternoon, enjoy your personal leisure time and try to catch the best shot of the Rose City painted in crimson by the setting sun. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel and a comfortable night’s stay after a full day of intense discovery.
  • Hotel: Petra Marriott Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Petra
14
Day 14: Petra, Wadi Rum
Prepare to travel to the alien landscape of Wadi Rum preserving a prime beauty of nature in its vastness decorated by immense boulders. Adventure through the breath-taking desert on a jeep safari and embrace the lifestyle as you greet the nomads hosting our stay at a permanent luxury camp. Brace for a locally prepared feast, warm around the campfire sharing stories with fellows and bonding with the desert culture.
  • Hotel: Memories Aicha Luxury Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Wadi Rum, Jeep Safari
15
Day 15: Wadi Rum, Amman
Get a full taste of the magical Wadi Rum this morning. Shape your adventure to your will over a half day at the desert. In the afternoon, we depart for the capital, where you can revisit your favourite sights. Enjoy a local meal at your hotel while commemorating your favourite moments from an incredible adventure.
  • Hotel: Amman Marriott Hotel 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Wadi Rum
16
Day 16: Amman
Our unforgettable journey into the mystical lands of Jordan ends after breakfast. Bid farewell to your newfound friends and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey!
  • Meals: Breakfast
Start
Price ($)

What is included ?

5 Star Characteristic Hotels

Accommodation in authentic, comfortable and ideally located hotels and luxury camp site at Wadi Rum.

Luxury Transportation

Deluxe air-conditioned coach with restroom and complimentary bottled water. Domestic Flights between Cairo & Luxor and between Aswan & Cairo , International flight between Cairo and Amman, Wadi Rum Jeep Safari

5 Star Nile Cruiser

5-star Nile Cruise – with premium facilities including an outdoor pool on-board.

Exceptional Authentic Dining

15 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 13 Dinners

Egyptologist Travel Director

Local & Expert Egyptologist Travel Director throughout your trip.

Journey Highlights

Must see sights, hidden gems & authentic experiences. Unique itineraries, more inclusions.

All Entrance Fees To All Sights

Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

Private Airport Transfer

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

Baggage Handling

Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges

Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.

Personal Radio Headsets

Personal radio headsets on tours with 8 or more guests.

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel and coach Wi-Fi (where available).

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Ajloun
    Ajloun

    Home of Ajlun Castle built in 1184 shows great examples of Islamic architecture. Ajlun Archaeological Museum has all sorts of artefacts from the region.

  • Amman
    Amman

    The modern and ancient capital of Jordan is one of the oldest inhabited cities. The city's modern buildings blend amazingly with the remnants of ancient civilizations.

  • Alexandria
    Alexandria

    Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt, it's more Mediterranean city than middle-east, it was also an important port town during the hellenistic time, most popular tourist attractive mark is it's Library.

  • Aswan
    Aswan

    Sunniest city of Egypt and a popular touristic stop for many cruises. The local market here is an excellent place to do some shopping and the best place to find Egyptian fresh spices.

  • Cairo
    Cairo

    With the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient temples, magnificent monuments, and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo offers an experience of a lifetime.

  • Dead Sea
    Dead Sea

    With a 30 minute drive from Amman you reach this unique spot in Jordan. Dead Sea brings a sense of unreality to any traveler passing through.

  • Edfu
    Edfu

    Edfu has the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, which was constructed between 237 BC and 57 BC

  • Giza
    Giza

    The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one still remaining to this day. An absolute must see.

  • Jerash
    Jerash

    Less than an hour drive from Amman takes you 2000 years back in time. Jerash hosts the best preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside of Italy.

  • Kom Ombo
    Kom Ombo

    Kom Ombo means ‘hill of the gold’ crowned with Temple of Komombo. The temple is unusual as one side is dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek.

  • Luxor
    Luxor

    A top travel destination in Egypt with a wealth of historic monuments and buildings bringing Egypt’s fabled past to life. Luxor is called the world’s greatest open air museum.

  • Petra
    Petra

    Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is described as ‘one of the most precious cultural properties of mankind's cultural heritage'. Simply amazing.

  • Philae Temple
    Philae Temple

    This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. It sits on Aglika Island just south of the old Aswan Dam.

  • Sakkara
    Sakkara

    The oldest complete stone building complex in history was built as Djoser's step pyramid and it is located in Sakkara.

  • Shobak Castle
    Shobak Castle

  • Unfinished Obelisk
    Unfinished Obelisk

    The 42m long obelisk was left unfinished when some cracks appeared, but had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest, weighing nearly 1100 tons!

  • Wadi Rum
    Wadi Rum

    Absolutely stunning in its natural beauty, Wadi Rum summarizes the romance of the desert. You may meet some friendly Bedouins living close by at the desert.

Cairo: Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau, Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohammed Ali, the Hanging Church and Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
Luxor: Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple , Luxor Temple,
Aswan: Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, Komombo Temple, Edfu Temple, Abu Simbel
Amman: Citadel, Roman Amphitheatre
Petra: Treasury, Pharaoh’s Castle, the Triumphal Arch and the Amphitheatre.
Jerash: Greco-Roman ruins of the Bronze Age
Ajloun: Ajloun Castle
Mt. Nebo, Shobak Castle, Madaba, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea

 

Stay in Style

Knowing that your accommodation may separate a great holiday from a perfect one, we have carefully selected the below 5-Star hotels of comfort and style:

Please view the “Hotels” section for more details about your accommodation on this trip.

  • Le Meridien Pyramids
    Le Meridien Pyramids

    Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa, nestled between the city and the wilderness, boasts unparalleled views of the majes

    Read More
  • Nile Cruiser- MS/ Miriam ( or similar )
    Nile Cruiser- MS/ Miriam ( or similar )

    This impressive boat is amongst the most luxurious of all boats on the Nile. Elegantly furnished with fabrics, wood pane

    Read More
  • Amman Marriott Hotel
    Amman Marriott Hotel

    Let Amman Marriott Hotel be your gateway to the rich cultural history and remarkable attractions that await you in Jorda

    Read More
  • The Marriott Deadsea Resort and Spa
    The Marriott Deadsea Resort and Spa

    A one-of-a-kind vacation awaits you in Jordan at Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa. You'll find our deluxe hotel nestl

    Read More
  • Petra Marriott Hotel
    Petra Marriott Hotel

    Enjoy one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient Nabatean city of Petra carved from the rock over a thousand yea

    Read More
  • Memories Aicha Luxury Camp
    Memories Aicha Luxury Camp

    With mountain views, Memories Aicha Luxury Camp is located in Wadi Rum and has a restaurant and a 24-hour front desk. S

    Read More

What is not included ?

  • Any flights not stated in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Le Meridien Pyramids


Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa, nestled between the city and the wilderness, boasts unparalleled views of the majestic, ancient splendor of the Giza Pyramids. A mere glance out a guest room window reveals one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa is surrounded by landscaped gardens, which provide a respite of greenery amidst golden sands. With 641 guest rooms, a peerless choice of restaurants and cuisines, a magnificent swimming pool and spa amenities, this 5-star hotel offers guests everything they could possibly need. The hotel is also conveniently located a mere 20 minutes from Cairo's city center. Experience a luxurious, unique and comfortable stay at the Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa.

Nile Cruiser- MS/ Miriam ( or similar )


This impressive boat is amongst the most luxurious of all boats on the Nile. Elegantly furnished with fabrics, wood paneling and classic style furniture, this boat offers a sophisticated setting for your Nile Cruise. The restaurant offers 120 covers with a combination of waiter service and buffet meals which allows you to sample both - Egyptian and international cuisine. The spacious lounge bar is tastefully furnished and offers international bar service. The main lounge has a music system and dance floor for evening entertainment which includes an Egyptian folklore show and a belly dancer. The separate bar area with comfortable Chesterfield sofas offers panoramic views of the Nile River.

Amman Marriott Hotel


Let Amman Marriott Hotel be your gateway to the rich cultural history and remarkable attractions that await you in Jordan's capital city. We offer all the hallmarks of a brilliant travel experience - from a prime location in the city center to 5-star amenities and award-winning service. Refresh and restore in elegant rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi and 'Jack Pack' plug and play systems, as well as pillowtop beds and marble bathrooms. Visit one of our outstanding restaurants to sample Italian, American and global cuisine, or stop by The Library Lounge for a cocktail and a Dominican cigar. Additional hotel amenities include a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and a 5-star spa.

The Marriott Deadsea Resort and Spa


A one-of-a-kind vacation awaits you in Jordan at Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa. You'll find our deluxe hotel nestled on the shores of the iconic Dead Sea, a short distance from attractions including Mount Nebo, The Baptism Site, Mujib Reserve and more. Gracefully designed, spacious rooms offer flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, ergonomic workspaces, high-speed Wi-Fi and incredible Dead Sea views. Savor a meal at one of our several on-site restaurants, break a sweat in the 24-hour fitness center or spend time in our signature hotel spa, which includes a Dead Sea salt pool. We also offer several indoor and outdoor pools, including a family-friendly pool that kids will love.

Petra Marriott Hotel


Enjoy one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient Nabatean city of Petra carved from the rock over a thousand years ago. Embracing traditional hospitality and overlooking Jordan's timeless wonder, the Petra Marriott Hotel offers anticipatory & traditional service designed to exceed all expectations. The hotel is a haven for comfort and luxury. Almost all the spacious rooms have spectacular views of the valley. There are several culinary choices such as Dushara Restaurant where you can start your day with an elaborate breakfast buffet or enjoy Middle Eastern specialties for lunch or dinner and L'Affresco, the Italian restaurant where you can feast on homemade pizza and pasta. For relaxation, you can swim in the outdoor pool and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Petra Mountains or rejuvenate your body with a Turkish bath, sauna or massage.

Memories Aicha Luxury Camp


With mountain views, Memories Aicha Luxury Camp is located in Wadi Rum and has a restaurant and a 24-hour front desk. Some units are air-conditioned and include a seating and/or dining area.The luxury tent offers a continental or buffet breakfast.Memories Aicha Luxury Camp has a grill, garden and sun terrace.