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Ancient Wonders of Egypt & Jordan

22 Days  |  Departing Thursday 4th November 2021 and returning Thursday 25th November 2021

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Adventure awaits! Return with us to Egypt & Jordan!

Highlights

  • Visit the Awe Inspiring Sphinx and Giza Pyramids
  • Light & Sound Show at the Pyramids of Giza
  • See the Valley Temple of King Cheops
  • Explore the Large Open Air Desert Area of Sakkara and Visit the Open Air Museum of Memphis
  • Stop & Shop at an Oriental Carpet School
  • City Tour of Cairo
  • Visit the Cairo Citadel & Mohamad Aly Mosque
  • Demonstration at a Papyrus Institute with Souvenir Buying Opportunity
  • Belly Dancing Lesson in Cairo
  • Visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Shopping at Khan Khalily Souk
  • 4 Night Luxury Nile River Cruise
  • Visit Historic Luxor Temple
  • Guided Tour of Valley the Kings and Nefertari Tomb at the Valley of the Queens
  • Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut 
  • Visit to Alabaster Factory & Shop
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight over Luxor 
  • Visit Edfu & the Famous Temple of Horus
  • Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Visit the Temple of Philae on an Island
  • Felucca Ride around Elephantine Island in Aswan
  • High Tea at Old Cataract Hotel Aswan 
  • Explore the Famous Temples at Abu Simbel
  • 4X4 Journey to the White Desert
  • Ovenight Camping Experience in the White Desert
  • Explore Crystal Mountain and the Black Desert
  • Guided tour of the Golden Mummies Museum at Bahariya Oasis
  • Day Tour of Amman including a Visit to Amman Citadel, Mt Nebo & Jerash
  • A Cook & Dine Experience at Beit Sitti
  • Visit Kerak & the Famous Crusaders Castle
  • Full Day Tour to the Red Rose City Petra
  • Horse Ride into Petra (Optional)
  • A Jordanian Folklore Show  
  • Visit Miniature Little Petra
  • Dinner at a Bedouin Camp
  • Visit Wadi Rum by Bedouin Jeep Tour
  • A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Float in the Dead Sea
  • Immerse in the Theraputic Properties of the Dead Sea Mud 
  • Two Nights of Luxury in a Dead Sea Resort 
  • Small Group - Friends for Company!

Inclusions

  • Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Womens Travel Tour Hostess who is on hand to ensure your holiday is a memorable one
  • Return Economy airfares ex Melbourne inc taxes (other departure cities available on request / Business Class Upgrade available on request)
  • Professional English Speaking Guides throughout Itinerary
  • Quality Accommodation as Specified
  • All Transportation as per Itinerary
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • All Sightseeing as per Itinerary
  • Egyptian Visa
  • Jordanian Visa
  • Willing to Share Option (subject to availability)
  • Meet and Greet prior to departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)


 

**TIPPING**

Local tipping is customary and expected in Egypt and Jordan.  Sisterhood Womens Travel  tipping system on all Group Tours involves passengers contributing to a kitty which is  paid to the tour hostess at the beginning of the tour who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. The estimated amount for your tour is USD270.00 and this will be confirmed in your final documentation.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday 4 November 2021

Melbourne - Cairo (Meals in flight)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel!  Meet with your Sisterhood Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairo.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airline as we make our way towards Egypt.

Day 2 - Friday 5 November 2021

Welcome to Cairo (D)

Upon arrival in Cairo we will be met by a representative who will provide assistance with airport & visa formalities, we then transfer to the hotel for check-in and meet with the Tour Guide for a briefing.

The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Early evening we will regroup for a welcome meeting and tour briefing before our dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight:    Conrad Cairo or similar

Day 3 - Saturday 6 November 2021

Cairo (B,L,D)

Today after breakfast, we visit the awe-inspiring Sphinx and Giza Pyramids.

The Pyramids are the only present-day survivors of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We will stop at the Ancient Pyramid of Cheops and then make our way to the other two Pyramids of Chephren and Mykerinos (entry into one of the Pyramids can be available at an approximate additional cost of USD30 depending on which ones are open).

We then drive down to the Sphinx.  The Sphinx is a one block carved statue of limestone made for King Cheops representing him as a sitting lion with human head.  Just next to the Sphinx we will see the valley temple of King Cheops. It’s a small temple built of the red granite stone of Aswan. Egyptologists believe that this temple was the mummification place of the royal body.  Located just behind the Cheops Pyramid, is a small boat-shaped museum called the Solar Boat Museum where we can have an optional visit (extra cost). Here we will see a large wooden boat belonging to King Cheops himself. It’s one of five boats that were buried around his Pyramid for the afterlife.

Proceed to Sakkara, it is a large open air desert area, about half an hour drive from Giza Pyramids through the countryside. This rich archaeological necropolis houses the funeral complex of King Zoser including his step pyramid, the oldest pyramid in Egypt.  See one or more of the Noble’s tombs.  They show the beauty and excellence of ancient Egyptian art and give an insight into the daily life of ancient Egypt as shown on the walls of these tombs in beautiful coloured scenes.

See the Pyramid of King Teti (subject to it being open), it’s a small pyramid of limestone in an external bad condition, but when you go inside it, you will be surprised by its marvellous decorations and the famous religious texts written in beautiful hieroglyphic vertical columns.  

Then we continue for a short visit to an oriental carpet school before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch we will proceed to Memphis, an open air museum built on the ruins of the oldest capital city in ancient Egypt. See a collection of antiques, especially the colossal of King Ramses II, carved of one block of limestone weighing 80 tons and measuring 12 metres high.  You may also see the famous alabaster Sphinx of Memphis as well as many other monuments.

Finally we will make a stop at a papyrus institute to attend a demonstration on how ancient Egyptians used to make papyrus and you will have a chance to buy some souvenirs.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight:    Conrad Cairo or similar

Day 4 - Sunday 7 November 2021

Cairo (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast, we will enjoy a guided tour of Cairo.  Visit the Citadel and Mohamed Aly Mosque. The Citadel is an old fortress originally built by Salah El-Din (Saladin) in 1176 to fortify the city against the crusaders.  It is a complex which houses a number of museums, mosques and other sites, located on a spur of limestone that had been detached from its parent Mokattam Hills by quarrying.  The most famous mosque to be visited at the Citadel is the alabaster mosque of Mohamed Ali the Great, built in 1850.

We then continue on to visit Old Cairo (The Hanging Church, Amr Ibn Elass mosque and Ben Ezra synagogue), then we proceed to visit the new Egyptian Museum, which is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2020.

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), also known as the Giza Museum, is a planned museum of artefacts of ancient Egypt.  Described as the largest archaeological museum in the world, exhibiting the full Tutankhamun collection with many pieces to be displayed for the first time.  The museum is sited on 50 hectares of land approximately two kilometres from the Giza pyramids and is part of a new master plan for the plateau. 

If the new museum is not open to the public we will visit the Old Egyptian Museum. The museum was built in 1900 and contains 107 halls.  On the ground floor there are the huge statues and the upper floor houses small statues, jewels, the golden treasures of the boy-king Tut Ankh Amun.  It also houses the royal mummies room (optional admission USD23 approx).

We will have lunch at a local restaurant and then visit Khan El Khalily souk (old market) for the remainder of the afternoon.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight:    Conrad Cairo or similar

Day 5 - Monday 8 November 2021

Cairo - Luxor (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast we will be transferred to Cairo Airport for our flight to Luxor.

We arrive early morning in Luxor.  A representative will meet us and take us on a tour of the Karnak temple, a gigantic temple complex which is over 3,500 years old and is dedicated to the greatly powerful Ram Headed God Amun. 

At the end of the tour we will be transferred to the boat for the 4 night cruise.  All meals starting with lunch today and ending with breakfast the last day will be served on board. 

In the evening we visit the historic Luxor Temple. Luxor Temple is an important temple in that it was dedicated to three Gods; Amun, his wife Mut and his son Khons.  Together these temples and Gods are key players into the great Opet Festival which was held during the flood season.

The ship will be moored in Luxor for the night.

Overnight: MS Nile Premium or similar 

Day 6 - Tuesday 9 November 2021

Luxor - Esna - Edfu (B,L,D)

Early this morning after breakfast, we will tour the West Bank of Luxor.  Start the tour off with the world famous Valley of the Kings and enter some of the incredible tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs, then onto the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. We finish with the great Colossi of Memnon.

From there we continue to the famous Nefertari tomb in the Valley of the Queens.  Nefertari, also known as Nefertari Meritmut, was an Egyptian queen and the first of the Great Royal Wives of Ramesses the Great.  She is one of the best known Egyptian queens, next to Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and Hatshepshut.  She was highly educated and able to both read and write hieroglyphs, a very rare skill at the time.  She used these skills in her diplomatic work, corresponding with other prominent royals of the time.  Her lavishly decorated tomb, QV66, is one of the largest and most spectacular in the Valley of the Queens.  Ramesses also constructed a temple for her at Abu Simbel next to his colossal monument there.

Finally we visit the Alabaster Factory and Shop for a small demonstration of how they use the stone to make many household items.

Return to the boat for lunch.  Sail to Esna and pass its lock.  Then sail to Edfu for overnight.

Overnight: MS Nile Premium or similar 

**Early this morning we have the chance to go on an Optional Hot Air Balloon trip - from USD$180 per person (approx. AUD$277) paid directly on the tour. Transfer from the cruise vessel to the West Bank and Balloon launch site. After a safety briefing, final inflation of the balloon will take place and passengers will board for their one hour balloon flight over Luxor.  We will enjoy breathtaking views of the temples and tombs and their relationship to each other.  See farmers starting work in their fields before landing and transferring back to the launch site and cruise boat. This is an experience of a lifetime.

Day 7 - Wednesday 10 November 2021

Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan (B,L,D)

After breakfast we visit Edfu.  The city of Edfu contains the famous Temple of Horus.  The 2,000 year old Temple was dedicated to the Son of Osiris, Horus the Falcon Headed God, and is the best preserved and most complete temple in Egypt.

Later return to the boat and sail up the Nile to Kom Ombo.  In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. This is a Dual Greco-Roman Egyptian Temple dedicated to the Evil Crocodile god Sobek and the Good Falcon God Haroeris, which stands overseeing the Nile and had sacred crocodiles kept as pets.  Later we sail to Aswan where the ship will be moored for the night.

Overnight: MS Nile Premium or similar 

Day 8 - Thursday 11 November 2021

Aswan (B,L,D)

Today we visit the Temple of Philae, a majestic Greco-Roman Egyptian temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, the goddess of love.

Enjoy lunch on board our ship.

This afternoon we will enjoy a felucca ride around Elephantine Island followed by a delectable High Tea at the Old Cataract Hotel to watch the sunset over the Nile.  Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile was filmed here so there is much memorabilia and photographs of famous celebrities who have stayed or visited.

Return back to the ship for dinner and overnight on board.

Overnight: MS Nile premium or similar 

Day 9 - Friday 12 November 2021

Aswan - Abu Simbel - Cairo (B,L,D)

This morning we disembark the ship, transfer to the airport and fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel.

Upon arrival in Abu Simbel, we will be taken on a tour.  Explore the famous temples at Abu Simbel, in the southern region of Nubia, built by the pharaoh Ramses II in about 1260 B.C. to celebrate the 13th year of his reign.  Of all the pharaohs, Ramses II was the most prolific builder of monuments and temples.  Two of his greatest temples, the Great Temple of Abu Simbel and its smaller cousin, the Temple of Hathor are at Abu Simbel.  Both temples originally sat some sixty metres below where you find them today.  They were part of a massive UNESCO operation to save Egypt's Great Temples from Lake Nasser's rising waters.  Embedded into the mountain itself, the temples had to be cut free from the rock and painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt.

Later we transfer back to the airport and fly to Cairo via Aswan.

Upon arrival we will be met and transferred to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Conrad Cairo or similar

Day 10 - Saturday 13 November 2021

Cairo – Bahariya Oasis - White Desert (B.L.D)

This morning after breakfast we make our way to Bahariya Oasis (approximately 5 hours).  We depart from Bahariya Oasis in 4 x 4 jeeps for the journey to the White Desert (approximately 3 hours including stops). 

Lunch will be a safari picnic en-route. 

Before sunset we reach the White Desert and enjoy a BBQ dinner.  Tonight we will camp in tents under the stars. Clean sleeping bags are provided. This is sure to be an unforgetable and magical night in the Arabian desert!! 

Accommodation: Camping in tents – 1 night

Day 11 - Sunday 14 November 2021

White Desert - Bahariya Oasis (B,L,D)

This morning we will enjoy a breakfast picnic in the Sahara before returning to Bahariya Oasis. Along the way we explore Crystal Mountain, the area of the wonders with the desert roses, the Black Desert and Akabat Mountain (Mountain of Miracles).

Upon arrival, we will check into the hotel. This three-star hotel in Bahariya Oasis, is a famiy run hotel welcoming guests to the tranquil environment of the oasis, with its fresh air, perfect stillness and almost perpetual sunshine. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Lunch and dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight: International Hot Spring Hotel

Day 12 - Monday 15 November 2021

Bahariya Oasis - Cairo (B,D)

After breakfast we take a tour of the Golden Mummies Museum and a couple of the well-preserved ancient tombs from the 26th Dynasty.

Return to the hotel for checkout and then we board the bus for Cairo (approximately 5 hours). 

Arrive in Cairo in the evening and transfer to the hotel for an overnight.

Early this evening we will enjoy a 1 hour Belly Dancing course.  The name “belly dance” or “raks sharki” has a long and colourful history.  Belly dancing does not mean moving only the belly.  When women belly dance, they use their entire body including their head, hair, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, belly, hips, bottoms, legs and feet.  It is magic!  Belly dancing is not popular only in Egypt but in many oriental countries.  Egypt, however, is the first country to come to mind when one thinks of belly dancing.

Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Conrad Cairo or similar

Day 13 - Tuesday 16 November 2021

Cairo (B,L,D)

Today is a day at leisure.

Should you wish to further explore the wonderful exotic city of Cairo, you can join the Optional Cairo Tour (cost of $147 per person).

This tour includes a visit to El Hussein Mosque (named for the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and it is one of the holiest Islamic sites in Cairo), El Refai Mosque (the oldest mosque in the city surviving in its original form and the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of land area), El Sultan Hassan Mosque (remarkable for its fantastic size and innovative architectural components), El Moez Street (one of the most amazing streets in Islamic Cairo) and Wekalet El Ghouri (architecturally stunning arts centre). 

This evening we have a special treat with a one hour Sound & Light show near the pyramids and the Sphinx. The history is re-told by the Sphinx, telling you the most ancient secrets of the world.  In the 21st century, go back in time thousands of years ago to see how they were built and survived! The show manages to convey the great humane spirit and creativity behind their creation.

Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Overnight: Conrad Cairo or similar

Day 14 - Wednesday 17 November 2021

Cairo - Amman (B,D)

Early this morning we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Amman, Jordan.

Upon arrival at Queen Alia Airport, we will be met and assisted through customs and immigration, then transferred to the hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Overnight:  Amman International Hotel or similar

Day 15 - Thursday 18 November 2021

Amman - Jerash - Amman (B,D)

Today after breakfast we will take a city tour of Amman, Jordan’s capital.  Amman, already mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon, is a bustling modern city.  The historical places are located downtown, where we visit the Citadel with remains from the Roman to the very Islamic period.  Then we visit the Archaelogical Museum, housing an excellent collection like several Dead Sea Scrolls.  Stroll via the Souq, for an idea of everyday life, to the 6000 seat Roman Theatre from the 2nd Century.  From there we drive north to Jerash, the best example of a roman provincial city in the Middle East.  Visit the spectacular Forum, Roman colonnaded Street, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis. 

Enjoy tonight a cook and dine experience at Beit Sitti and learn how to prepare a traditional Arabic meal in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Amman, Jabal al Weibdeh.

Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Overnight: Amman International Hotel or similar

Day 16 - Friday 19 November 2021

Amman - Mount Nebo - Kerak - Petra (B,D)

This morning we depart for Mt Nebo, the place where Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died.  Visit the old monastery and overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem.  Proceed to Madaba to visit the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St Georges Church.  Afterwards drive to Kerak along the famous ancient biblical caravan route the King’s Way.  Have a short stop in Wadi Al-Mujib, a great wide valley with its breathtaking geological formations.  In Kerak, the ancient biblical capital of the Moabites, see the famous crusaders castle that was built in 1132/34 by King Baldwin, the first of Jerusalem.  

Then we head to Petra for a three night stay including breakfast.

Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Old Village Hotel or similar

Day 17 - Saturday 20 November 2021

Petra (B,D)

After breakfast we will enjoy a full day tour to the red rose city Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan.  Petra was first established around the 6th century BC by the Nabataen Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended to Syria.  After the conquest by the Romans 106AD Petra declined in importance.  The city was rediscovered in 19th century by the Swiss explorer, Johann Burchardt. 

Upon arrival we will begin an unforgettable trip on a horse back to the canyon, the so called Siq, and then by foot to the most beautiful monument – the treasury.  The local guide will give a brief history of the city.  Among other monuments we will see are the Pharaoh’s Castle, the Street of Facades and the Royal Tombs. 

Tonight's treat is the spectacle of Henna Fantasia, a show which celebrates Jordan Folklore with glamorous dances performed by the Henna men and women. Immerse your senses in the Jordanian heritage and culture. Taste Jordanian gourmet desserts popular in Jordans history.

Overnight:  Old Village Hotel or similar

Day 18 - Sunday 21 November 2021

Petra (B,D)

After breakfast, we have another day to visit Petra.  You may like to hike the 800 steps to the Monastery, also known as the Ad Deir, through the main trail.  Then visit the bizarre landscape of Little Petra, visit Siq el-Barid, a miniature Petra with its modest gorge (Siq) that leads into an area of carved tombs and monuments. 

We'll enjoy dinner at a local Bedouin camp in Little Petra before transfering back to the hotel. 

Overnight:  Old Village Hotel or similar

Day 19 - Monday 22 November 2021

Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea (B,D)

After breakfast and check out we travel southwards for 4 hours to Wadi Rum, the wild desert landscape which fascinated the British liaison officer, Lawrence of Arabia.  Embark on a 2 hour Bedouin Jeep Tour which leads to the sand dunes in Wadi Rum Ishrin where we can find Nabatean rock inscriptions. 

Drive 3½ hours to the Dead Sea for our 2 night stay inclusive of breakfast. 

Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Overnight:  Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea or similar

Day 20 - Tuesday 23 November 2021

Dead Sea (B,D)

Enjoy a day at leisure at the Dead Sea for exploring and enjoying the facilities of the resort.

With 400 metres below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and the largest natural spa in the world.  Ever since the days of Herod the Great, people have flocked to it in search of its curative secrets.  The area is characterised by high annual temperatures, low humidity and high atmospheric pressure, the air is extremely oxygen rich.  With the highest content of minerals and salts in the world, the Dead Sea water possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and the dark mud found on its shores has been used for over 2000 years for therapeutic purposes.  The resort has it's own private beach so we have the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea, which is just meteres away from our rooms and experience the feeling of not sinking in the water. 

Our farewell dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Overnight:  Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea or similar

Day 21 - Wednesday 24 November 2021

Dead Sea - Amman - Melbourne (B, Meals in flight)

After breakfast, time is at leisure until check out. Then we transfer to Amman airport (approximately 1 hour away) for our return flight to Australia. 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight hospitality of our airline as we head towards home.

Day 22 - Thursday 25 November 2021

Melbourne

Welcome Home!  Arriving back into Melbourne in the evening.  We thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and look forward to welcoming you back.

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