Our head office
Egypt Uncovered
Uncover the World Travel Ltd
Leigh House
Varley Street
Leeds, LS28 6AN
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
+44 203 725 8921
tours@utwtravel.com
Agent log in

CLASSIC EGYPT & JORDAN

Price from
On Request
(per person)
Duration
16
Days
Tour Type
Tailor-made

HIGHLIGHTS

Pyramids & Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Luxury Nile Cruise, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Karnak, Abu Simbel option, time at the Red Sea, rose city of Petra, float in the Dead Sea, Roman Jerash, Wadi Rum safari & camp
COUNTRIES : Egypt, Jordan

Egypt has a wealth of important and fascinating historical sites, which this tour visits during a luxury Nile Cruise and time in Cairo. The Pharaonic history is then balanced with some time by the Red Sea, and a journey through Jordan visiting a range of sites from other eras including the Nabatean city of Petra, Kerak crusader castle, the Roman ruins at Jerash and a jeep safari and deluxe camp in Wadi Rum.

We begin this comprehensive tour of Egypt and Jordan in Cairo where we visit the pyramids and sphinx at Gisa, learning about the history of pyramid building and the early Egyptian Pharaohs. We also visit the famous Egyptian Museum, home of Tutankhamun's relics, and a huge collection of statues, mummies, papyrus scrolls and other artefacts.

After an overnight sleeper train (or flight) journey south to Luxor, the next feature of the tour is a 5 day/4 night luxury Nile Cruise on an Egyptian 5-star deluxe level boat. In Luxor we explore both banks of the Nile, visiting the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples on the West Bank, and the immense Luxor and Karnak temples on the East Bank.

The relaxing journey up-river on the boat is broken up with an overnight stop at Edfu to visit the temple there, and also a stop to visit the temple at Komombo. You'll also watch traditional rural Egyptian life pass you by as you sail up the Nile.

The cruise finishes in Aswan where we take a boat trip to the beautiful island Philae temple, and have the option of visiting the remarkable temples to Ramses II at Abu Simbel.

A short flight takes us back to Cairo where we tour the Citadel, some beautiful mosques and the bustling Khan-el-Khalili bazaar before flying to Jordan's capital city, Amman.

Our journey through Jordan starts by exploring Amman itself, and the extensive Roman ruins at nearby Jerash. Next, en-route south to the Red Sea at Aqaba we stop to view some beautifully preserved Roman mosaics at Madaba. We have some free time in Aqaba to catch our breath and relax, or do an optional snorkelling trip by boat.

The next highlight of the tour is some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, as we enjoy a short camel ride and a jeep safari through the huge cliffs and rock formations amid the deserts of Wadi Rum. The hidden city of Petra is our next stop, and we allow plenty of time for a guided tour and free time to explore the site fully. We also visit Little Petra before driving north up the King's Highway to the Dead Sea, stopping at the immense crusader castle at Kerak, and crossing several huge valleys such as Wadi Mujib on the way.

The tour finishes with a night at a luxury spa resort by the Dead Sea where you can swim in the strange salty waters, and enjoy a mud bath if you wish. Options are available to extend the tour with optional day trips to the Baptism Site at Bethany and Ajloun castle, or a tour into Israel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

We meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to a deluxe 5-star hotel (normally the Mena House). The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Cairo hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Nile dinner cruise in Cairo, Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - pre-tour, Single room supplement (EGTMEJ)

We enjoy a full day tour today to the majestic Pyramids and Sphinx at Gisa, and also to the famous Egyptian Museum. In the evening we transfer to the airport for an internal flight to Luxor where we check into our 5-star hotel by the Nile.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Luxor hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We board our luxury Nile cruise boat today and visiting the huge temple complex at Karnak. The afternoon is free to relax or explore Luxor. In the evening we visit Luxor temple in the centre of town while it is beautifully lit up.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Nile cruiseboat
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we tour the West Bank of the Nile and explore the Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon we sail up-river and cross through the lock on the Nile at Esna before continuing to Edfu. Before the tour starts this morning, you also have the option of a spectacular hot air balloon flight to see the sun rise over the West Bank of the Nile.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Nile cruise boat
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • EXTRAS:
    Hot air balloon in Luxor

We visit Edfu temple this morning, before continuing to sail up the Nile to Aswan, breaking the journey at the temple at Komombo en-route.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Nile cruiseboat
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Nile is at its most picturesque in Aswan, and we have this morning free to explore the town, its markets, and to walk along the Corniche or visit the Nubian Museum. In the afternoon we take a felucca sailboat trip around Kitchener and Elephantine islands.

You also have the option this morning to visit the spectacular temples to Ramses II at Abu Simbel.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Nile cruiseboat
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We take a boat trip this morning to the beautiful island temple of Philae and the huge Aswan Dam. In the afternoon we take an internal flight with Egypt Air back to Cairo.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Cairo hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Nile dinner cruise in Cairo

Our tour of Cairo today includes the Citadel overlooking the city, some important and beautiful mosques, Coptic Cairo, and time to explore and shop in the busy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. This afternoon we say farewell to Egypt and fly to Jordan. On arrival we transfer you from the airport to your 5-star hotel in central Amman.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We explore central Amman this morning, visiting the Roman amphitheatre and other sites. In the afternoon we take a short tour out of the city to see the impressive and extensive Roman ruins at Jerash, some of the best preserved in the whole of the Middle East.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We have a full day trip out of Amman today, heading east into the desert to explore some of Jordan's strange 'Desert Castles'. More combinations of forts and palaces than castles, the remains of some of these are very impressive and atmospheric. We will also visit a desert nature reserve before returning to Amman.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

Today's first stop is the town of Madaba which is home to some incredibly well preserved and important Roman mosaics. We then continue south along the Desert Highway until we reach Aqaba and the Red Sea. The afternoon is free to relax in your 5-star beach resort or to do a snorkelling trip by boat to one of the nearby offshore islands.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Aqaba hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Snorkelling in the Red Sea

Your have some more welcome free time this morning which you can spend in your hotel, or use to take advantage of the Red Sea on your doorstep. Aqaba's market and castle are also worth a visit if you prefer. After lunch we make the short drive to the incredible spectacular desert landscape of Wadi Rum. Here we take a jeep safari around the cliffs and rock formations before a short camel ride brings us to remote Bedouin camp, located right inside the desert reserve. We'll stay in comfortable tents with amenities and enjoy a traditional Bedouin style meal under the stars. A sunset camel ride is also included.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Bedouin camp
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast and time to explore our surroundings a little more, we leave Wadi Rum and head to Petra. This afternoon we visit 'Little Petra' which forms a great introduction to the main site we'll explore tomorrow. In the evening there is an optional Petra by Candlelight tour.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Petra hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Petra by night

We have a full day in Petra today, with a guided tour in the morning followed by plenty of free time to explore more of the site, perhaps to walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice and the huge Monastery, carved into the cliffs and overlooking the Jordan valley.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Petra hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

We leave Petra early today and drive north up the scenic King's Highway, stopping to explore the impressive crusader castle at Kerak en-route. We also stop to admire the huge and colourful valley of Wadi Mujib, and to hopefully enjoy great views towards Jericho and Israel from Mt. Nebo. We finish the day by arriving at our Dead Sea resort in time for a swim and possible mud bath in the Dead Sea.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Dead Sea hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Your time is free to relax at your hotel today, and perhaps enjoy some of the spa facilities, before we transfer you to the airport for your departure. Alternatively you can extend your stay and add a visit into Israel or to the nearby Baptism site at Bethany.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles (except Bedouin jeep in Wadi Rum)
  • Flights from Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo & Cairo-Amman
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a local Egyptologist guide in Egypt
  • Services of professional guides and tour escort in Jordan
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (available on arrival for most nationalities)
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory, available on request)
  • Entrance fees to sites not mentioned (mummy room etc..)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see Tour notes)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

Notes:

Hotel Gala Dinners
Many of Egypt'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 may be compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$50 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 above, but will be added to your booking if they become required. More information is available on request.

Classic Egypt & Jordan accommodation
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often 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.
mena-house-cairo.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Mena House Hotel
Cairo, Egypt

Overlooking the Pyramids, this luxury hotel is split into the tradition Palace wing and more modern Garden wing, and includes a full range of ...


Note: The following information is provided from our own visits & research, the hotel itself, and our clients' experience of using the hotel.

Introduction:

The Mena House is a luxurious palace hotel which was originally built in 1869 as a hunting lodge by the King of Egypt. It is a very historic hotel which is reflected in the traditional Arabesque furnishings, original artwork and antiques found throughout. It has a newly rennovated garden wing and the largest swimming pool in Cairo with unrivalled views of the Pyramids in the background. There is a variety of international and Egyptian cuisine on offer at the many restaurants and bars within the hotel.

This hotel is one of our favourites in the whole of Egypt, and we use it on many of our tours with our Luxury comfort rating. 

Location:

The hotel is set in 40 acres of gardens just a few hundred metres from the Pyramid of Cheops and only 15 kilometers from Cairo. It is about a 30-45 minute drive to the city centre and a 45 minute drive to the airport.

Accommodation:

The Mena House has 498 rooms located in the Palace and Garden wings and  25 Cabana style rooms by the pool. All rooms are spacious and are furnished in traditional Arabesque style. 15 of the palace rooms and 145 of the garden rooms have views of the Pyramids. We use Garden Wing rooms as the standard option when we use this hotel, but rooms in the Palace Wing and/or Pyramid View rooms are available on request at a supplement. There are also non-smoking rooms available.
All rooms have either king-size or twin beds, are air-conditioned and have their own balcony and en-suite marble bathrooms equipped with a full range of personal toiletries, bathrobes and king size bathtubs.  There is also a mini-bar, satellite TV, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone and electrical sockets in every room for charging cameras, phones etc.. 24 hour room service is also available.

Bars & Restaurants:

There are a number of restaurants to choose from within the hotel including the famous Moghul Room which offers the very best in Indian cuisine and the Khan el Khalili, named after the famous Cairo bazaar which serves both Egyptian and continental dishes and is open 24-hours a day.

The Al Rubayyat restaurant was built in 1869 and was the original hunting lodge. It is a fantastic room to eat in, and serves Continental cuisine and has live entertainment every evening. There is also the Greenery which is a Mediterranean style restaurant situated in the Garden Wing offering buffet style breakfast and dinner. For snacks and light refreshments there is the Oasis poolside coffee shop.
Also within the hotel are several bars. There is the Sultan lounge where you can enjoy cocktails along with views of the Pyramids and the Mamlouk bar which is open from 5pm until 2am. You can then finish off the evening at either the Saddle disco or Abu Nawars nightclub both of which are open until 2am.

Facilities & Services:

The hotel has a very large outdoor pool with views of the Pyramids and is also the only hotel in Cairo to have its own 18-hole golf course. There is a fitness centre, 2 floodlit tennis courts, jogging track and horseback riding available from the stables. Within the hotel there is also a bank, hair & beauty salon, shopping arcade and a casino. This hotel is not best suited for families with younger children as the pool doesn't have many shallow areas and there are not many children's facilities available (we recommend Le Meridien Pyramids for families with children).

Other services include:

  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Luggage Store Room
  • Doctor (on call)
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning
  • Ironing service
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge Desk
  • Wheelchair access
  • Babysitting (on request)
sonesta-st-george-luxor.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Sonesta St. George
Luxor, Egypt

Located in Luxor and overlooking the Nile, Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor offers contemporary accommodations with free Wi-Fi in public areas, ...


Located in Luxor and overlooking the Nile, Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor offers contemporary accommodations with free Wi-Fi in public areas, a health spa and fine dining in its restaurant.

Decorated with luxurious bedding and elegant furnishings, all rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a TV and mini bar. Most rooms have stunning city or river views.

Guests can unwind in the hotel's sauna or go for a swim in the large outdoor pool.

A variety of local and international dishes are available at Sonesta St. George's restaurant.

Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor is a short drive away from the shops and restaurants of Luxor. It is close to Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum. Luxor International Airport is 6.2 miles away.

nile-cruiseboat-luxor.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Nile Cruiseboat
Luxor, Egypt

A luxury Nile Cruise boat is a superbly appointed, floating, 5-star hotel. The cruise boat has many of the facilities of a normal hotel, inclu...


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.

le-meridien-amman.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Le Meridien
Amman, Jordan

This 5-star hotel in the heart of Amman is located in the Shmeisani commercial district. It has indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and spa facili...


This 5-star hotel in the heart of Amman is located in the Shmeisani commercial district. It has indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and spa facilities. The 8 restaurants feature cuisines from the far east to the americas.

Le Meridien Amman Hotel's guest rooms and suites are furnished in warm colours and classical decor. They feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a seating area and luxury bathrooms.

Guests can enjoy Chinese cuisine at the China Town Restaurant, or have Lebanese dishes at Al Mukhtar, which is decorated in Andalusian-style furnishings. Guests can also visit Sushi and Teppanyaki at Benihana or relax at The Tiffany Bar and Lounge which serves cocktails and premium liquors.

movenpick-tala-bay-jordan.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Movenpick Tala Bay
Aqaba, Jordan

This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. This beachfront, 5-star Tala Bay resort has a dive centre, lagoon-style pool with waterfalls a...


This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. This beachfront, 5-star Tala Bay resort has a dive centre, lagoon-style pool with waterfalls and 1,200 m2 spa and wellness centre . All rooms include a private balcony and free minibar. It features Wi-Fi in all areas.

Al fresco dining overlooking Tala Bay is available at Movenpick Resort & Spa Aqaba's restaurant Selan. Other dining options include Italian cuisine and a pub serving light meals. Poolside and beachside bars are also available.

Movenpick Resort Tala Bay Aqaba's spacious rooms are decorated with light colours and have floor-to-ceiling windows. Twenty-four hour room service is available, and some rooms have Red Sea views.

On-site leisure options include a watersports centre, several pools including a lazy river, and a nightclub. Zara Spa Tala Bay features a scented relaxation room, and younger guests can enjoy the Movenpick Aqaba’s children's club.

bedouin-camp-wadi-rum.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp
Wadi Rum, Jordan

In Wadi Rum we use a small Bedouin camp located inside the Wadi Rum Reserve. Typically the camp will sleep up to around 30 people....


In Wadi Rum we use a small Bedouin camp located inside the Wadi Rum Reserve. Typically the camp will sleep up to around 30 people, and you will normally share the camp with other travellers (though when our camps are nearly full we will aim to arrange a private camp just for us). Our Bedouin crew will set up camp and cook our meals before we fall asleep under the stars. Mattresses and blankets are provided, together with basic toilet facilities. You may sleep inside one of the tents, or outside under the stars if you prefer (we recommend bringing a sleeping bag if you want to sleep outside, and for extra warmth in the winter months).

movenpick-resort-petra.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Movenpick Resort Petra
Wadi Musa, Jordan

Featuring free Wi-Fi, the 5-star Movenpick Resort Petra is located directly at the entrance to the ancient city of Petra. The hotel's rooftop ...


Featuring free Wi-Fi, the 5-star Movenpick Resort Petra is located directly at the entrance to the ancient city of Petra. The hotel's rooftop garden terrace offers views of the hills.

The newly renovated rooms at Movenpick Petra each have a private outdoor balcony. They feature white linens and bright windows. Each has a work desk and is equipped with air conditioning and satellite TV.

The Al Saraya all-day-dining restaurant and Mediterranean Al Iwan restaurant offer a large selection of dishes. The Al Maqa'ad Bar features carved wooden screens, while the Al Ghadeer roof Garden boasts views over Petra's hills. Guest can also enjoy desserts in The Al Baraka Tea Room or get a takeaway from the Caravan Stop Shop.

Guests can workout in the well-equipped fitness centre or enjoy a cocktail in the hotel's stately lobby.

The centre of Wadi Musa nearby and offers many restaurants and shops.

movenpick-resort-spa-dead-sea.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Movenpick Resort & Spa
Dead Sea, Jordan

The Movenpick Dead Sea is a 5-star Resort and Spa with panoramic views of the Dead Sea. The resort offers a luxurious setting with private acc...


The Movenpick Dead Sea is a 5-star Resort and Spa with panoramic views of the Dead Sea. The resort offers a luxurious setting with private access to the northern shore of the Dead Sea. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

The rooms at the Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea are well-decorated and feature air conditioning and satellite TVs. All of the luxuriously decorated rooms have a view over the sea, pool, or garden.

The Movenpick Resort & Spa offers private beach access and several swimming pools including an infinity pool and a heated winter pool. For children, there is a full-service a kids' club.

ZARA, the Movenpick's onsite spa, offers a wealth of relaxation and wellness treatments in its modern 6000 m² facility. Zara offers steam rooms, tropical scent showers and massages.

Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea's restaurant offers all-day a la carte and buffet dining. Breakfast is served daily.

The resort is less than a 1-hour drive from Queen Alia International Airport.

Classic Egypt & Jordan 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 (EGTMEJ)
Price from
US$419
per person



Single room supplement (EGTMEJ)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares are not available on this tour, so if you are single..


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares are not available on this tour, so if you are single traveller then you will need to add this option to your booking.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - pre-tour
Price from
On
Request

per person



Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

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 air..


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: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Nile dinner cruise in Cairo
Price from
On
Request

per person



Nile dinner cruise in Cairo
Min numbers: 1 person

Egyptian entertainment and food while cruising the Nile...


This option offers an evening of cruising up and down the Nile through the centre of Cairo on a 5-star riverboat while enjoying some middle eastern cuisine as well as a traditional Egyptian Sufi and Belly Dancing show. A great way to spend a free evening in Cairo and see some more of the city. Transfers to and from your hotel are included.

Hot air balloon in Luxor
Price from
US$99
per person



Hot air balloon in Luxor
Min numbers: 1 person

A trully memorable, approx 1-hour, early morning flight over the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor...


This popular optional tour starts early in the morning so that you experience the sunrise over the Valleys of the Kings & Queens, temples and desert. We endeavour to use the earliest flights of the day as they are timed to fit with the rising sun, this means that times may vary. You get around 1 hour in the air.

Abu Simbel overland
Price from
US$99
per person



Abu Simbel overland
Min numbers: 1 person

This option takes you from Aswan to see the amazing temples built by Ramses II at Aswan. We travel overland and return to Aswan by midday...


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 early in the morning to join an escorted convoy which departs Aswan at around 04.30. This gets us to Abu Simbel to see the temples in the light of the rising sun, and we then have a guided tour with one of our Egyptologists and some free time before we drive back to Aswan (approx. 3 hours drive each way, with around 2 hours at the temples). All transfers, guide, and entrance fees are included. 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.

Snorkelling in the Red Sea
Price from
On
Request

per person



Snorkelling in the Red Sea
Min numbers: 1 person

This snorkelling boat trip is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Red Sea's colourful coral reefs and fish...


This snorkelling trip takes around 3-4 hours by boat, and gives you a chance to swim over some of the Red Sea's beautiful coral reefs. All transfers, snorkelling equipment and lunch are included.

Petra by night
Price from
US$29
per person



Petra by night
Min numbers: 1 person

This magical experience takes you in through the narrow and winding Siq to the Treasury at the entrance to Petra. The whole route and the sand..


This magical experience takes you in through the narrow and winding Siq to the Treasury at the entrance to Petra. The whole route and the sand in front of the Treasury is lit up by numerous candles creating a beautiful and atmospheric sight. While at the Treasury you'll also enjoy some traditional Bedouin music and tea.

classic-egypt-jordan-map.jpg
Classic Egypt & Jordan 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.

We use good quality internationally rated 5-star hotels on this tour. Accommodation is based on twin, triple or double en-suite rooms with air conditioning. Please visit the accommodation tab of this tour for examples of the hotels normally used on this tour. If you have any specific accommodation requests please let us know and we'll be happy to provide you with a customised quotation.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you're really experiencing the country you're travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour. In Egypt and Jordan we do not use any public tourist buses or overnight coach journeys as we know that people don't sleep on board and end up very tired for the following few days. All the vehicles we use are air-conditioned and in Egypt many are fitted with speed limiters. All are inspected and checked daily. 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.

This tour also avoids any overnight train journeys, featuring domestic flights with Egypt Air between Cairo-Luxor and Aswan-Cairo. An international flight from Cairo to Amman is also included.

Nile cruise boat itineraries are subject to alterations depending on local conditions at the time of travel. Some sailing may be done after dark. Boats may moor up alongside each other at night, requiring you to cross through other boats to reach the shore. On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve the cruise boats normally run a special Gala Dinner. The cost of this is normally compulsory, whether you attend or not, and is included in our group tour prices, and will be added to private and tailor-made tour quotes as required.

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

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.

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.

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.

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, except for on some Escorted Tours, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you, and hold an ATOL (UK flight sales license - No. 10467) which provides protection to UK customers buying flights from us.

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 day of your tour with us, whether you book your flights independently or through us.

As we don't offer guaranteed group departures on this tour we can run the itinerary for however many people you happen to be travelling with, starting from 1 upwards. The prices given for this tour are based on a minimum of 2 passengers travelling, so if you have a different number of passengers in your group please contact us for a customised quotation.

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 all the towns and cities en-route are also at your service, and will be handling all the practical arrangements for the tour. In Jordan we provide fully trained, local English-speaking guides for all of the sightseeing tours. We also use local Bedouin guides for tours through the desert. At Encounters Travel we only use local guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing. Please check our website for more details and profiles of some of our most famous guides.

The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary. If you visit any sites not mentioned in the itinerary then you will need to cover the entrance fee costs.

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$3-8 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. Your guide will manage this as the tour goes along and ask one or more of the group members to assist and make some of the payments. 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.  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$3-8 per person per day would be appropriate.

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.

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. In practice however, many nationalities (including British and European, Australian, New Zealand, USA, Canadian) can and do generally obtain their visas on arrival in Cairo airport. 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.

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.

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 is currently waiving Visa fees for certain nationalities (including UK, USA, CA, EU, AU, NZ, SA). When confirming your reservation with us, please could you complete all passport details on your travellers information sheet and return it to us promptly and at least 4 weeks prior to departure so that we can take steps to arrange your free arrival visa if available. The free visa offer requires a stay in Jordan of at least 2 nights if you are arriving by air, or 3 nights if you are arriving by land.

Multiple 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.

If you wish to arrange your visa in advance or your stay will be shorter than described above, then a visa fee of 40JD (approx. USD 57) will be due.

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.

The time in Egypt, Jordan and Israel is GMT plus 2 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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

This tour is designed as a sample tailor-made tour itinerary. As such we do not offer set group departure dates that you can join. Rather, the tour is available for you to do privately starting on any date of the year (subject to fitting in with Nile Cruise schedules which do not operate every day). Guideline seasonal prices are given below, based on 2 people travelling. If you would like to adjust the tour itinerary, or there will be more or less people travelling, please contact us and we will customise a price for you.

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 can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. 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.

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.

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.

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.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through a financial failure insurance policy provided by Affirma for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

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 Egypt Uncovered 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).

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.
www.facebook.com/EgyptUncovered
www.twitter.com/encounterstravl (yes, without the 'e')

Travel Aware campaign

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

Classic Egypt & Jordan dates & prices

Some error occured. Please try later.

tripadvisor winner 2014 and 2015
EGYPT Reviews
Service

Posted Oct 24, 2016
Very informative and smooth transaction with booking!
Service

Product

Posted Oct 14, 2016
Service rating : I had a wonderful time on my encounters adventure. I felt safe and the tour guides did their best to accommodate us on the tour. The trip was above my expectations.

Product : Discover Egypt was very educational. I learned so much about Egypt that left me yearning for more. I would love to visit again. Thank you Encounters
Service

Posted Oct 09, 2016
Service rating : Excellent service

Product : Wonderful holiday
Service

Product

Posted Oct 09, 2016
Great time in Egypt, thanks especially to Waleed
Service

Product

Posted Oct 06, 2016
I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!
Service

Product

Posted Oct 06, 2016
Service rating : I've traveled extensively and never had a better trip. They met my son and I at the gate coming off the plane and stayed with us til we were at our gate leaving and everything in between. Completely satisfied! Egypt is a safe place to travel now and your crazy not to book this trip. You will thoroughly enjoy it. Egypt Uncovered is a very professional company and so easy to deal with. We are already looking for another trip and doing it with Encounters. Thanks for a great experience!!

Product : I've traveled extensively and never had a better trip. They met my son and I at the gate coming off the plane and stayed with us til we were at our gate leaving and everything in between. Sheriff was an excellent guide and much fun. I can say I will never go back to Egypt because I was shown everything I wanted to see and more, and I was expecting a lot. Completely satisfied! Egypt is a safe place to travel now and your crazy not to book this trip. The Egyptian people are friendly and fun. You will thoroughly enjoy it.
Service

Posted Oct 06, 2016
The customer service agents have been responsive to my emails and questions. But last time I contacted them about the Egypt trip and was told the deal will end in 9 days (back on Sep 20th) and they will be able to provide confirmation, now it's been 17 days and I haven't heard from them. It would be helpful to be informed of the status of the tour. Overall everyone was competent and pleasant.
Service

Posted Oct 06, 2016
This was one of the best experiences that I have ever had working with a travel group! I would quickly recommend Egypt Uncovered to friends and family.
Service

Product

Posted Oct 06, 2016
Service rating : Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. My only issue was, it seemed like staff members were trying to prevent us from being taken advantage of by merchants, however, they would take us to stores, who they clearly had a personal relationship with, and expect us to spend money there.

Product : The time spent with the locals was the most enjoyable portion of the trip. I feel there was entirely too much packed into a short amount of time. The vacation felt more like a school trip as opposed to a vacation. I did not enjoy the 4-5am wake-up calls and obligations during vacation.
Service

Posted Sep 18, 2016
The alternative dates I needed were provided. Payment and booking was straight forward and filled with ease.
Service

Posted Sep 18, 2016
Help with sorting out a flight at competitive rate
Service

Posted Sep 13, 2016
The staff were very helpful, incorporating all our wishes for extra nights and excursions. The actual booking process was very straightforward.