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|Itinerary at a Glance
Pyramids & Petra
|5||Cairo, Amman & Petra|
|6||Petra & Amman|
|8||Amman & USA|
|Dead Sea Spa Extension|
|8||Amman & Dead Sea|
|Highlights||Cairo, Petra, Amman. The lost city of Petra plus Pyramid of Cheops and the Sphinx. Optional extension to the Dead Sea Spa.|
Join us on a voyage of discovery, to visit, in one inspired and awesome trip, the Pyramids of Egypt, the oldest and only Ancient Wonder of the World still standing, and the remarkable lost city of Petra in Jordan, one of the Seven New Ancient Wonders of the World. These two great sites are testimony to the perfection of design, architecture, engineering and artistry of two glorious and ingenious cultures. Then, take advantage of a fabulous Dead Sea extension, where you'll revel in the luxury of a 5-star spa hotel at the shore of the world's lowest body of water. This is one amazing vacation you won't want to miss!
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Day 2: Cairo. Arrival in Cairo, where East and West come together in a wonderful and chaotic mix of old and new. You'll be met by our representatives in Cairo and transferred to your hotel.
Proceed to check in at your hotel and enjoy time to explore Cairo independently, including downtown shopping districts, restaurants, and the famous Egyptian Museum. Or rest from your flight and enjoy the facilities at your hotel. Accommodations: Ramses Hilton. Breakfast provided.
Day 3: Cairo. After breakfast, board your touring coach for a full day of visits, beginning at the most famous of all sites, the Pyramids of Cheops and Chephren. These monuments have stood for 46 centuries and are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, possibly the most visited monuments of Egypt. The Sphinx, a feline character with the body of a lion and the face of Khufu (Cheops in Greek) is 50 meters long and 22 meters high. Carved from a single stone, it lies just before the Pyramids, and even today its meaning and origin remain shrouded in mystery.
Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant, then continue to Cairo and a visit to the world-famous Khan El Khalili bazaars, where the sights, sounds, spices and exotic clothing and jewelry, hand-hammered copper, ceramic ware and other treasures are waiting for your deft bargaining to win them at astounding prices. Tonight, an optional excursion takes you to a spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids at Giza. Breakfast & lunch provided.
Day 4: Cairo. There is plenty to see and do in Cairo during your full day at leisure. Or, why not take advantage of a full day of touring that includes the Coptic Quarter, centerpiece of Old Cairo, the Christian and Jewish Quarters of the Old City, the Hanging Church, the St. Sergius Church, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Citadel of Mohamed Ali, built on the remains of a Crusader-style fortress dating from the time of Saladin, and the amazing Egyptian Museum. This museum houses the world's greatest collections of Egyptian artifacts, with more than 136,000 objects from every period of pre-Islamic Egyptian history as well as the Mummy Museum (additional charge) containing the petrified remains of some of Egypt's greatest Pharaohs. Conclude your special optional touring day this evening with a dinner cruise on the Nile River including entertainment! Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Cairo, Amman & Petra. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Amman, Jordan. Arrival early this afternoon. After customs formalities, board your touring coach and drive via the Kings Highway south, to Petra. Arrive at your deluxe hotel, located only 9 km from the archeological site of Petra, where you'll enjoy a spectacular view of the ancient site and surrounding mountains. Time permitting, enjoy some of the amenities at your hotel, including a Turkish Bath, museum and Souk (market) where pottery, weaving and other crafts are produced on site. Accommodations: Taybet Zaman. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 6: Petra & Amman. After breakfast, head for a spectacular day of exploration of the lost city of Petra. Your guided tour begins with a ride on horseback and then a walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked by huge cliffs. As you reach the end of the Siq, you'll behold the breathtaking sight of the Treasury, its elaborately carved facade looming high above you. Spend the rest of the morning touring the various tombs and structures in this site and marveling at the artistry and creativity that must have inspired the Nabateans to construct so marvelous and dramatic a city.
Later this afternoon, drive north to Amman, Jordan's modern capital. Accommodations: Landmark Hotel. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Amman. Spend the day exploring one of the region's most progressive cities, Amman. Your deluxe hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Amman's diplomatic and business districts, just minutes away from the vibrant city center and close to major historical sites including the Citadel and the Roman amphitheatre.
Or, join an optional day tour to Jerash, located 48 kilometers north of Amman and considered one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. To this day, its colonnaded streets, baths, theaters, plazas and arches remain in exceptional condition. Within the remaining city walls, archaeologists have found the ruins of settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age, indicating human occupation at this location for more than 6500 years. This evening, we suggest an optional dinner at a popular local restaurant. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Amman & USA. Today you'll be escorted to the airport as you bid farewell to Amman and board your return flight to the USA. Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your stay at the luxurious Movenpick Resort and Spa, Dead Sea.
To take full advantage of your visit to Egypt & Jordan, we offer a special, discounted optional tours package to other "must see" sites. These are not "seat in coach" tours that pick up passengers in various hotels. All the optional tours we offer, including those in our special package, are operated for Friendly Planet groups only and are specially priced.
The special discounted optional tours package price is available when booked and prepaid in the USA.
Optional Tours Package Includes:
Package Price: $220/per person if booked and prepaid prior to departure.**
If you prefer not to book and prepay our special optionals package in advance, the package as well as individual optional tours will be available from your guides at higher prices. Payment for optionals purchased in Egypt and Jordan must be made in U.S. (or equivalent in Egyptian and Jordanian currency), in cash.
**We regret that we cannot accept bookings for the pre-paid optional tours package within 75 days from departure or after final payment has been received.
Why not take advantage of your already included airfare to extend your stay at one of the world's unique resorts, the deluxe Movenpick Resort and Spa located on the northern shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. This elegant facility features a charming design around a traditional stone village decorated throughout with an impressive collection of antiques and artwork. The resort offers a superb range of facilities, treatments, luxurious accommodations, fine dining and modern amenities, and for those who want to explore Jordan further, it's only a short drive to Amman or Aqaba on the Red Sea.
Day 8: Amman & Dead Sea. After breakfast, depart from Amman for the lowest spot on Earth, the Dead Sea, located 400 meters below sea level. With the saltiest sea in the world, year-round ultraviolet filtered sunshine, low humidity, warm climate, ozone-rich air, mineral-filled seawater, plus an atmosphere rich in bromine, magnesium and other minerals, the Dead Sea is an exciting and extraordinary place to visit. Your home for the next three nights is the luxurious Movenpick Resort and Spa, where you'll find plenty of pampering, relaxation and pure enjoyment in an elegant and lavish setting. Accommodations: Movenpick Resort and Spa, Dead Sea.. Breakfast provided.
Day 9 & 10: Dead Sea. Starting with a swim, you'll discover that at the Dead Sea, you're in another world altogether, where even non-swimmers can enjoy the water. The Movenpick Resort and Spa is a luxurious and beautiful facility whose Middle Eastern style is accented with an impressive collection of antiques and artwork. The resort has 340 guest rooms and suites and an a variety of restaurants, bars, two main swimming pools (one of which is heated), tennis courts, a fully-equiped gym and a private beach.
The rooms and suites are spread out among comfortable guest bungalows and the main building, each overlooking the landscaped gardens or the Dead Sea itself. ZARA Spa, one of the largest and most advanced Spa operations in the Middle East, has 6000 square meters dedicated to pampering, relaxing, revitalizing and refreshing your mind, body and soul. A professional team of therapists provide a variety of treatments and massages, in addition to the vast facilities of the hotel itself. This is definitely a place where you will be able to enjoy the very best a spa resort can offer. Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Dead Sea & USA. Say a reluctant goodbye to Jordan as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrival in New York later this afternoon.
Our tours may look similar to others you've seen, but we invite you to shop & compare. There are important differences that make Friendly Planet tours the best you can find.
Credit Cards or Cash:Whether you pay by check, money order or your favorite major credit card, your tour price is the same. No extra cost to charge your dream vacation to Egypt & Jordan when you travel with Friendly Planet.
No Compromise on Quality: Despite our extraordinary prices, there are no compromises on our Egypt & Jordan tours. In Cairo, you'll stay at the deluxe Cairo Sheraton Hotel & Towers on the Nile. In Amman you'll stay at the Landmark Hotel Amman or Movenpick Resort and Spa and in Petra, you'll enjoy a night at the Taybet Zaman, a very special hotel that will enhance the flavor of the destination in ways you'll soon discover.
Included Features: Your transfers are INCLUDED in our price, not sold as a very expensive options. You'll enjoy a bountiful buffet breakfast daily, one lunch in Cairo and one dinner in Petra, plus a full day of touring in Cairo and a full day of touring in Petra. A special, inexpensive optional tours package is also available at a reduction in cost.
Free Comprehensive Destination Guide: To help you prepare for your trip, you will receive a free, comprehensive Friendly Planet Egypt & Jordan destination guide - a Friendly Planet exclusive - filled with plenty of helpful information about the destination itself (including history and other fascinating facts), weather, tipping, local customs, how to dress, plus insider shopping, nightlife and restaurant suggestions, organized by cuisine and cost. Your tour host will be glad to offer even more suggestions.
Personal Service: The extra ingredient that makes our tours stand apart from others—the wonderful, personal attention you'll receive from our friendly staff in the USA and our representatives in Egypt and Jordan —is completely free of charge. Compare our Egypt & Jordan programs to others, feature for feature. You'll see for yourself that ours are the very best value for money you'll find anywhere.
The tour (Pyramids and Nile Cruise) was great. Petra was dazzling. All the guides made our trip so easy and interesting. The hotel was great, food was good. Wings made sure that we had the best all around. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
— Lillie Bavendam, Dunwoody, GA