Ancient Encounters

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  • duration 17 days
  • tour type Group
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Amman, Jordan
  • Ends Cairo, Egypt
  • +17
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Jordan's desert castles
  • Jerash Roman ruins
  • Ajloun & Shobak castles
  • Dead Sea swim
The Ancient Encounters trip starts in Amman and ends in Cairo. The Ancient Encounters trip is an active and outdoor tour that takes 17 days. You will travel through jordan, Jordan and Egypt and visit Dead Sea, Edfu, Ajloun and 16 other destinations. This is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Recently redesigned, this two week Jordan and Egypt tour takes you to some of the most popular attractions in both of these beautiful countries, with activities and experience geared to giving you an authentic Middle Eastern experience.

The Jordan leg of the tour takes you to the capital city of Amman, where we explore its 'desert castles', before we explore downtown Amman on foot, tasting all of its unique foods and exploring its bustling markets. We'll the make our way to the ancient city of Jerash, visit the towering Aljoun Castle and its surrounding forest and hills, searching for the towering Bronze Age Dolmens.We'll spend the night in a friendly local village homestay follows before we descend to the Dead Sea for a swim and float in its incredibly salty waters.

We'll explore the hills around the restored Dana village amidst the Dana Biosphere Reserve en-route to Jordan's biggest highlight, the hidden city of Petra. After spending some time in the rose-red city, we'll head into the Wadi Rum Desert, where we'll camp underneath the stars with the local Bedouins, learning about their nomadic desert lifestyle.

The Egypt leg of the tour starts in Cairo, as we explore its Great Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum, before we take a boat trip on the Nile River towards the island Philae Temple. We'll spend a night on the Nile River in a traditional felucca sailboat sleeping on the deck of the boat, with a hotel upgrade available for those who want some more comfort.

Next we explore Luxor, home to one of the largest concentrations of ancient monuments on the planet. We'll see the huge columned temples and halls at Karnak, delve into the Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, see the imposing temple of Queen Hatchepsut and walk around Luxor temple as it is beautifully lit up at night.

Our last stop is at the Red Sea for some well-earned relaxation time in a 5-star resort on the coast. Options for snorkelling, scuba-diving and other water sports are available before we fly back to Cairo. Here you have a little free time to explore independently or take an extra optional guided tour, before we take a guided walk through the back streets of the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar and Islamic Cairo.
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Amman, airport to hotel transfer included
  • Day 2 - Visiting Jordan's Desert Castles & touring Amman
  • Day 3 - Explore ancient Jerash & hike to Bronze Age dolmens
  • Day 4 - From Ajloun to Madaba, Mount Nebo & the Dead Sea
  • Day 5 - Dana Biosphere Reserve & Shobak Castle en-route to Petra
  • Day 6 - A full day in Petra & overnight Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp
  • Day 7 - A jeep safari and Bedouin experience in Wadi Rum, travel to Amman
  • Day 8 - Fly to Cairo, free time
  • Day 9 - Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour
  • Day 10 - Aswan, Nubian Village and Philae Temple
  • Day 11 - Abu Simbel option. Nile Felucca Cruise
  • Day 12 - Edfu temple, Luxor temple at night
  • Day 13 - Luxor, West bank tour, Karnak temple
  • Day 14 - Luxor to the Red Sea at Hurghada
  • Day 15 - Red Sea at Hurghada, free day
  • Day 16 - Drive to Cairo, Old Cairo & Khan-el-Khalili bazzar tour
  • Day 17 - Cairo, free time, departure airport transfer
  • 5 nights in 3 to 4-star hotels in Jordan
  • 6 nights in 5-star hotels in Egypt
  • 1 night on sleeper train in private twin-berth cabins (flight/hotel upgrade available)
  • 1 night on Nile felucca sailboat with accompanying support boat (hotel upgrade available)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles (plus Bedouin jeeps in Wadi Rum)
  • Services of an English speaking tour leader and local guides in Jordan
  • Services of a local Egyptologist guide in Egypt
  • Jordan village homestay in Rasoun, and Bedouin desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Amman to Cairo flight (available on request or bookable with your international flight ticket)
  • Jordan Visa fees (included in the Jordan Pass, see tour notes)
  • Egypt Visa fees (available on arrival for US$25 for most nationalities)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees in Jordan (included in the Jordan Pass, see tour notes, budget approx. US$99)
  • Entrance fees in Egypt (allow approx. US$105)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tipping kitty in Egypt (allow US$45) plus tour guide tips
  • Tips in Jordan
  • Hotel gala dinners on 24 and/or 31 Dec (budget up to $180 p/p, see Tour notes)
  • Any other items not mentioned above
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ancient Encounters tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.


A deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 55 days before departure. For any departures within 18 December 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

Ancient Encounters tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Ancient Encounters tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Tours will be reduced to smaller group sizes to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This package trip adheres to protocols which are in line with the recommendations from the World Travel & Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travel’ guidelines.
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