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Premium Egypt & Jordan

From the Valley of the Kings to the awe-inspiring ruins of Petra, this 16-day Premium adventure through Egypt and Jordan reveals the sphinxes and tombs of your childhood imagination and then some. Cruise down the Nile, visit traditional Nubian communities, dig for obscure treasure in ancient marketplaces and float in the Dead Sea. Be guided by a passionate Egyptologist and a Jordanian local, respectively, for the most immersive possible experiences in two fascinating nations. This tour reveals the iconic sites that you’ve seen on film plus plenty of intimate moments with locals who are proud to invite you into their world.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip includes domestic and international flights as indicated on the trip map. The luggage allowance is 23kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on.
4. Petra By Night is offered as an optional activity. This activity is currently scheduled to operate on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please check your departure date if you are planning this activity as it is not available on all departures.
5. The Feature Stay in Jordan on XEPJC231001 will be Rahayeb Desert Camp.
6. On the 15th March departure (XEPJC240315), the group will fly from Cairo to Aswan on the evening of Day 2 instead of Day 3. All day 2 activities will remain the same.

Tour details
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$10,170
Number of Days
16
Start Location
Cairo, Egypt
End Location
Amman, Jordan
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Cairo! On arrival at the airport, take an included transfer to your hotel. You are free to arrive at any time today before an important welcome meeting, held at 6 pm. If you do arrive early, perhaps get out and explore the busy streets, finding a hole-in-the-wall eatery for a snack like ta’ameya – Egypt’s take on falafel. Or you may wish to make the most of your hotel – the pool area offers magnificent pyramid views. After your welcome meeting, where you will meet your local leader and fellow travellers, head out for an included dinner with the group. Here your leader will introduce you to the dazzling variety of Egyptian cuisine, known for being fresh, delicious and unique to the country. Best enjoyed when shared, tuck into an array of traditional dishes like fatta, a dish made with rice, bread and meat in a garlic and vinegar sauce, and kushari, a tantalising mixture of pasta, rice, lentils and fried onions.
Day 2: Cairo
This morning, tour the mighty Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx with your small group and expert leader, who is a trained Egyptologist. Seeing these ancient and iconic structures up close is a memory that will stay with you long after your time in Egypt is over. For an additional charge, you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops). After stopping to purchase some lunch, your adventure continues to the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the world's great collections of ancient artefacts. The masses of gleaming artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun are an impressive sight – from jewellery to the famous golden death mask and his gilded sarcophagi, this pharaoh was certainly prepared for the afterlife. Your leader will take you through some of Egypt’s dynastic history, and you will have plenty of time to explore on your own – home to almost 100,000 artefacts, there’s a whole ancient world to uncover.
Day 3: Aswan
Catch a morning flight to Aswan – Egypt’s southernmost city. Its relaxed charm is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Check in to your hotel then travel to Philae Island and visit the beautiful Temple of Isis – the goddess of health, marriage and wisdom – rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated here. Your leader will share stories of the history and changing landscape of the island. Then, take a boat to a Nubian village on an island in the middle of the Nile. Walk through the village before sitting down to dinner with a local Nubian family in their home. Enjoy traditional Nubian food, swap stories with your friendly hosts and gain a unique perspective into their way of life.
Day 4: Aswan - Nile Cruise
After breakfast, you may like to take a stroll around Aswan or join an optional tour of Abu Simbel, a temple complex that was dismantled and moved to make way for the Aswan High Dam, before you board a Nile riverboat, your Feature Stay accommodation for the next three nights. Travelling by riverboat allows you to get to the heart of each destination while ensuring the journeys in between are every bit as interesting. In the afternoon, board a traditional felucca sailing boat where you can sit back and relax with some drinks as the sun sets over your beautiful surroundings. Return to your riverboat for dinner.
Day 5: Nile Cruise - Edfu
Enjoy a peaceful morning on board your riverboat, then set out in the afternoon along the river, relaxing in the sun on deck and taking in the desert hills forming a backdrop over the lush riverbanks. Arrive at Kom Ombo Temple, sitting spectacularly on the river’s edge. Your leader will let you in on the secrets of this ancient temple. Built in approximately 181 BC, Kom Ombo is dedicated to two gods – Horus (god of protection) and Sobek (god of fertility, linked to the Nile’s water). Each god has a dedicated section – north or south – and there have been recent discoveries of mummified crocodiles in the Sobek section. Afterwards, return to your riverboat and continue to Edfu where you will dock for the evening.
Day 6: Nile Cruise - Luxor
This morning, you will be moored near Edfu and may have the option to venture independently into town to see the nearby temple. Sail towards Luxor passing through the Esna Locks. You may have to queue to proceed through the locks, but this is a great opportunity to sit back with a drink in hand and observe life on the Nile – listen to the shouts of the many captains as they navigate their way through the various small boats of merchants selling their wares to a captive audience. Arrive at the open-air museum of Luxor – from the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs. Today you'll explore the Karnak Temple. One of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, Karnak is a house of the gods built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of this vast temple of impressive pylons, obelisks and chapels will reveal its finest sections, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun.
Day 7: Luxor
Disembark your riverboat and travel to the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. With your leader, explore this place, where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (16th to 11th century BC) were secretly interred for all eternity, and where discoveries are still being made. Your leader will explain the history and legends of these remarkable people, and the significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics, still well preserved in the deepest tombs. Entry is included to three tombs of your choosing, as well as access to the tomb of Tutankhamun. The unearthing of the young Pharaoh’s resting place is one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, and today you will have the chance to explore the painted chamber and marvel at his famous golden sarcophagus. Continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut – a colonnaded building set against high cliffs that create a spectacular natural amphitheatre, then view the Colossi of Memnon – two 17-metre-high statues on Luxor's west bank.
Day 8: Cairo
Board a flight bound for Cairo this morning. On arrival, settle in to your hotel then head with your group to the Al-Azhar neighbourhood to visit Khan al-Khalili Bazaar – a sprawling maze of alleyways including the gold market, cloth market, 'perfume street' and the spice market. Continue to the 9th-century Al-Azhar Mosque – one of the oldest and largest in Egypt. Its perfectly proportioned courtyard and distinctive minaret make it a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Stop off in Cairo’s oldest coffeeshop for an Arabic coffee or mint tea as you watch the world go by. It’s a known fact that the very best food in Cairo is made inside local homes, but few visitors get the chance to experience this for themselves. This afternoon, you will be one of the lucky few as you are welcomed into the home of a local family for a meal. Sit down to a wonderful meal of traditional dishes which you’ll share with your friendly hosts and gain an inside look at modern Egyptian life.
Day 9: Amman
Welcome to Jordan – cosmopolitan and contemporary yet steeped in biblical history. You will be met by an Intrepid representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel where there will be an important welcome meeting with your group and local leader at 6pm. If you arrive early, perhaps visit a local cafe and pick up a coffee and ara’yes – a pita filled with spiced meats. Otherwise, head to the Old Town’s Roman Amphitheatre or find some culture at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. After your meeting, head out to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner with your group and leader. Sharing food is a huge part of Jordanian culture and eating out is a social affair that’s packed with flavour. Tonight your leader will introduce you to some of the country’s most beloved dishes, like mansaf, a dish made with lamb, yoghurt and rice, and kunafa, a delicious dessert made with pastry and cheese.
Day 10: Amman
This morning, leave Amman for a short drive north to Jerash where you’ll find some of the world’s best Greco-Roman ruins. Reaching its peak as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian, Jerash is home to a collection of archways, theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets. Your leader will share the incredible history of the ruins and help you imagine what life once looked like in this glorious Roman city. Grand columns encircle the city's centrepiece of the Oval Plaza – a great place to linger after exploring Jerash's riches. After, return to Amman and head to a cooking school for a look behind the scenes of Jordanian cuisine. During this hands-on activity, you will learn how to make some classic dishes like Maqlubeh, Mutabbal and Baba Ghanouj before sitting down as a group to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Day 11: Dead Sea
Today you will make the journey from Amman to the Dead Sea. Named for the lack of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the water density makes swimming very difficult, but bobbing on the water's surface is a truly fun and one-off experience. En route, stop off at Mount Nebo and hear the story of how Moses saw the Promised Land before he died from what is believed to be this very spot, and St Georges Church, best known for its Byzantine mosaic depicting a map of the Holy Land. On arrival, enjoy some time to float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, relax on your hotel’s beachfront or take a dip in one of three swimming pools or jacuzzi.
Day 12: Petra
Depart the Dead Sea and drive to the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak – your leader will explain how this ancient castle was originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189. Enjoy superb scenery and stop off at the viewpoint overlooking the Dana Nature Reserve before arriving in the late afternoon to your Petra accommodation. Petra dates back to the sixth century BC and is considered the crown jewel of Jordan, featuring an impressive series of tombs and dwellings carved directly into the rock. On arrival, there is time to check out the town that has grown around the site and to relax, ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.
Day 13: Petra
Today will be spent uncovering the secrets of Petra with the knowledgeable guidance of your leader. The iconic view of the Treasury's glorious facade, glimpsed from a narrow cleft known as the Siq, is perhaps the single-most striking sight of the entire region. The Siq leads through the rock and is at points only a few metres wide, with walls soaring up to 180 metres on either side. Explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several ancient tombs. You will also have time to climb to the Monastery if you wish, providing a magnificent view of the entire site. There is a cafeteria on the site, where you can enjoy your own light lunch. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. This evening, perhaps take the chance to witness Petra by night if your dates align. Seeing the Treasury plaza lit up by candlelight while Bedouin music plays is a truly memorable experience.
Day 14: Wadi Rum
For another glimpse at Petra, rise very early for an unguided morning visit, if you wish. Then, drive to Wadi Rum, a protected area of desert that impresses with sandstone mountains, canyons and arches. Enjoy some lunch in the small village of Rum and browse the informative visitor’s centre. Afterwards, jump into a local jeep and journey into Wadi Rum with your Bedouin hosts. Visit several of the area’s distinctive rock formations and appreciate the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. These landscapes are home to hardy Bedouin communities that live in scattered camps. You will gain a deeper understanding of their way of life as you join them for a zarb (underground oven) dinner at one of their camps, set in an amazing location deep in the desert. Tonight’s Feature Stay accommodation is a luxury camp that offers a splendid base among remote and wild surroundings. Spacious tents are fitted out with creature comforts like king-sized beds, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms, and all furniture is made by hand with décor inspired by Bedouin culture. Fall asleep in your tent after witnessing a magnificent canopy of stars outside, and wake up to a sunrise over the red-hued landscape.
Day 15: Amman
After waking up in the unique surrounds of your Bedouin camp this morning, take a walk around the area – the length of which depends on the group’s desires – before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy panoramic views of your surrounds. Afterwards, return to Amman for the evening. Tonight you may like to join your group for a final dinner to round off your adventure – speak to your leader about the best restaurants in the city that are popular with the locals.
Day 16: Amman
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12pm and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer, you will be advised of the pick-up time. If you would like to spend more time in Amman, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Inclusions
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 12 dinners.
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Plane, Riverboat, Felucca, Jeep.
  • Accommodation: Comfortable hotel (11 nights), Feature Stay (4 nights).
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer.
  • Cairo - Welcome Dinner.
  • Cairo - Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum.
  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner.
  • Aswan - Philae Temple.
  • Aswan - Sunset drinks on a felucca.
  • Izbat Al Bayyarah - Kom Ombo Temple.
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple.
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple.
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (entrance to 3 tombs).
  • Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun.
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon.
  • Cairo - Home-Cooked Dinner.
  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili Bazaar.
  • Cairo - Al-Azhar Mosque.
  • Cairo - Coffee/tea in a local cafe.
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer.
  • Amman - Welcome Dinner.
  • Jerash - Roman ruins.
  • Amman - cooking class and dinner.
  • Madaba - St Georges Church.
  • Mt Nebo - Site visit.
  • Shobak - Shobak Castle.
  • Petra - Leader-led tour of Petra.
  • Petra - Petra second day visit (unguided).
  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour.
  • Wadi Rum - Zarb Local Dinner.
  • Wadi Rum - Desert and dunes walk.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
09 Aug 2024 24 Aug 2024 5 $10,170
10 Sep 2024 25 Sep 2024 8 $11,620
22 Sep 2024 07 Oct 2024 2 $12,425
24 Sep 2024 09 Oct 2024 2 $11,735
08 Oct 2024 23 Oct 2024 6 $11,620
18 Oct 2024 02 Nov 2024 6 $11,620
25 Oct 2024 09 Nov 2024 7 $11,620
27 Oct 2024 11 Nov 2024 5 $11,735
01 Nov 2024 16 Nov 2024 7 $11,410
05 Nov 2024 20 Nov 2024 2 $12,180
12 Nov 2024 27 Nov 2024 9 $11,080
17 Nov 2024 02 Dec 2024 7 $11,190
19 Nov 2024 04 Dec 2024 6 $11,300
22 Nov 2024 07 Dec 2024 7 $11,190
03 Dec 2024 18 Dec 2024 8 $10,655
13 Dec 2024 28 Dec 2024 4 $11,715
20 Dec 2024 04 Jan 2025 2 $11,715
27 Dec 2024 11 Jan 2025 2 $11,715
03 Jan 2025 18 Jan 2025 9 $11,185
10 Jan 2025 25 Jan 2025 10 $11,185
17 Jan 2025 01 Feb 2025 11 $11,185
21 Jan 2025 05 Feb 2025 12 $11,185
24 Jan 2025 08 Feb 2025 12 $11,185
28 Jan 2025 12 Feb 2025 12 $11,185
31 Jan 2025 15 Feb 2025 12 $11,185
04 Feb 2025 19 Feb 2025 12 $11,185
07 Feb 2025 22 Feb 2025 11 $11,185
11 Feb 2025 26 Feb 2025 10 $11,185
14 Feb 2025 01 Mar 2025 10 $11,185
18 Feb 2025 05 Mar 2025 12 $11,185
21 Feb 2025 08 Mar 2025 12 $11,185
23 Feb 2025 10 Mar 2025 12 $11,185
28 Feb 2025 15 Mar 2025 11 $11,185
02 Mar 2025 17 Mar 2025 12 $11,630
04 Mar 2025 19 Mar 2025 12 $11,630
07 Mar 2025 22 Mar 2025 12 $11,630
09 Mar 2025 24 Mar 2025 12 $11,630
11 Mar 2025 26 Mar 2025 12 $11,630
14 Mar 2025 29 Mar 2025 12 $11,630
16 Mar 2025 31 Mar 2025 12 $11,630
18 Mar 2025 02 Apr 2025 12 $11,630
21 Mar 2025 05 Apr 2025 12 $11,630
23 Mar 2025 07 Apr 2025 12 $11,630
25 Mar 2025 09 Apr 2025 12 $11,630
28 Mar 2025 12 Apr 2025 10 $11,630
30 Mar 2025 14 Apr 2025 12 $11,630
01 Apr 2025 16 Apr 2025 12 $11,630
04 Apr 2025 19 Apr 2025 8 $11,630
06 Apr 2025 21 Apr 2025 11 $11,630
08 Apr 2025 23 Apr 2025 9 $11,630
11 Apr 2025 26 Apr 2025 10 $11,630
13 Apr 2025 28 Apr 2025 10 $11,630
15 Apr 2025 30 Apr 2025 6 $11,740
18 Apr 2025 03 May 2025 10 $11,630
20 Apr 2025 05 May 2025 12 $11,630
22 Apr 2025 07 May 2025 11 $11,630
25 Apr 2025 10 May 2025 12 $11,630
27 Apr 2025 12 May 2025 12 $11,630
29 Apr 2025 14 May 2025 12 $11,630
02 May 2025 17 May 2025 12 $11,630
04 May 2025 19 May 2025 12 $11,630
06 May 2025 21 May 2025 12 $11,630
09 May 2025 24 May 2025 12 $11,630
11 May 2025 26 May 2025 12 $11,185
13 May 2025 28 May 2025 12 $11,185
16 May 2025 31 May 2025 12 $11,185
18 May 2025 02 Jun 2025 12 $11,185
20 May 2025 04 Jun 2025 12 $11,185
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13 Jun 2025 28 Jun 2025 12 $11,185
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27 Jun 2025 12 Jul 2025 12 $11,185
04 Jul 2025 19 Jul 2025 12 $11,185
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15 Aug 2025 30 Aug 2025 12 $11,185
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26 Aug 2025 10 Sep 2025 12 $11,185
29 Aug 2025 13 Sep 2025 12 $11,185
31 Aug 2025 15 Sep 2025 12 $11,185
02 Sep 2025 17 Sep 2025 12 $12,080
05 Sep 2025 20 Sep 2025 12 $12,080
07 Sep 2025 22 Sep 2025 12 $12,080
09 Sep 2025 24 Sep 2025 12 $12,080
12 Sep 2025 27 Sep 2025 12 $12,080
14 Sep 2025 29 Sep 2025 12 $12,080
16 Sep 2025 01 Oct 2025 11 $12,080
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28 Sep 2025 13 Oct 2025 12 $12,080
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07 Oct 2025 22 Oct 2025 12 $12,080
10 Oct 2025 25 Oct 2025 12 $12,080
12 Oct 2025 27 Oct 2025 12 $12,080
14 Oct 2025 29 Oct 2025 12 $12,080
17 Oct 2025 01 Nov 2025 12 $12,080
19 Oct 2025 03 Nov 2025 10 $12,080
21 Oct 2025 05 Nov 2025 12 $12,080
24 Oct 2025 08 Nov 2025 12 $12,080
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28 Oct 2025 12 Nov 2025 12 $12,080
31 Oct 2025 15 Nov 2025 12 $12,080
02 Nov 2025 17 Nov 2025 12 $12,080
04 Nov 2025 19 Nov 2025 12 $12,080
07 Nov 2025 22 Nov 2025 12 $12,080
09 Nov 2025 24 Nov 2025 12 $12,080
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14 Nov 2025 29 Nov 2025 11 $12,080
16 Nov 2025 01 Dec 2025 12 $12,080
18 Nov 2025 03 Dec 2025 12 $12,080
21 Nov 2025 06 Dec 2025 12 $12,080
23 Nov 2025 08 Dec 2025 12 $12,080
25 Nov 2025 10 Dec 2025 12 $12,080
28 Nov 2025 13 Dec 2025 12 $12,080
30 Nov 2025 15 Dec 2025 12 $12,080
02 Dec 2025 17 Dec 2025 12 $11,630
05 Dec 2025 20 Dec 2025 12 $11,630
07 Dec 2025 22 Dec 2025 12 $11,630
09 Dec 2025 24 Dec 2025 12 $11,630
12 Dec 2025 27 Dec 2025 12 $11,630
14 Dec 2025 29 Dec 2025 12 $11,630
16 Dec 2025 31 Dec 2025 12 $11,630
19 Dec 2025 03 Jan 2026 12 $11,630
21 Dec 2025 05 Jan 2026 12 $11,630