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The Glory of Egypt & Jordan

Experience the dramatic ancient lands of legends within the glory of Egypt and Jordan

Dates

Tue Mar 2 – Sat Mar 13, 2021

Location

Egypt & Jordan

Cost

$4749/Person

Deposit

$1049/Person

DISCOVER ANCIENT LANDS OF LEGENDS

Experience a dramatic world beyond one’s imagination into the ancient lands of legends, relics, and indescribable beauty, and witness the glory of Egypt and Jordan. Visit the famous Pyramids of Giza and the stoic Sphinx. Unwind on a 3-night cruise on the Nile, the world’s longest river. Take in Petra, the “Rose Red City” that appears as if it emerged straight from the rock bed. Participate in an Arabic cooking class, where you’ll use fresh ingredients from local markets to create delectable flavors. Admire the ethereal landscape of the desert city of Wadi Rum, the “Valley of the Moon.” Indulge at a deluxe spa resort on the Northern shore of the Dead Sea. Eons of history and iconic wonders, mouthwatering bites of savory cuisine, and stretching sunsets fading against the desert horizon – this is the glorious essence of Egypt and Jordan.

This is a private THIRDHOME small-group tour with a maximum occupancy of 19.  Our group size is kept small, allowing this Adventure to be a more engaging and rewarding experience for participants. On this active, immersive journey, travelers will connect with the culture of the extraordinary destinations of Egypt & Jordan in an authentic and more intimate way. 

Who Can Participate

Exchange Club & Adventure Club Members, along with their family & friends ● Age requirement 12+ 

Activity Level

To experience this unique destination, you will need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and various time-period lengths of standing (between 1-2 hrs). You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb onboard various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk/rickshaw, cable car, camel, etc), and adapt to changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days with your expert guide team, balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own to explore as you wish. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included group activities in addition to occasional meals with your group.

Egypt & Jordan Highlights

  • Encounter the glory and mysticism of Egypt & Jordan
  • Behold the ancient Temple of Luxor, a creation of Kings
  • Marvel at the seventh Ancient Wonders of the World – the Pyramids of Giza – including the Sphinx
  • Discover the beauty of the Nile River on-board a leisurely paced 3-Night exploration to Aswan, Edfu, Luxor, and Kom Ombo
  • Experience an exclusive viewing of the tombs of King Tut and Ramses VI during a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings
  • Take high tea at the Old Winter Palace with incomparable views of the Nile
  • View an extraordinary Sound & Light Show at the Karnak Temple
  • Journey through the striking landscape of history from Amman to Wadi Rum, the “Valley of the Moon” on an informative exploration
  • Meander through the ancient “Rose Red City” of Petra
  • Soak in the healing waters of The Dead Sea and relax at a spa resort
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch cooked by locals and discuss Arabic literature and poetry with a philanthropic entrepreneur
  • Partake in an authentic Arabic Cooking Class and prepare a local family-style feast
  • Engage with local artists at a woman’s rug-weaving cooperative
  • Choose to add an optional Premium Experience – Enjoy a sensory-immersive full-day exploration of Abu Simbel Temple. Details can be found in the Adventure Itinerary expanded version and in the Adventure Optional Premium Experience section.

ADVENTURE ROUTE MAP

Itinerary

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ARRIVAL INTO CAIRO – TOUR BEGINS

Your adventure starts in Cairo, the capital of Egypt – feel as if you’ve stepped back into another time as you enter a world of legends, relics, and indescribable beauty. Eons of history and iconic wonders, mouthwatering bites of savory cuisine, and stretching sunsets fading against the desert horizon – discover the essence of Egypt and Jordan. Upon arrival at the group hotel, begin exploring Cairo on your own (depending on your flight arrival time). Located strategically along the banks of the Nile, generations of wanderers have traversed its vibrant city streets, beckoning you now to join in their footpaths. Relax and overnight at the Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City.

CAIRO – ANCIENT HISTORY & ART

After breakfast, spend the morning with a fascinating Egyptologist for a lecture on ancient Egypt. Your look into the past continues at the Egyptian Museum, to view a collection featuring some of the area’s oldest artifacts. Late afternoon you will have some free time. This evening, reconnect with your fellow adventurers at a welcome dinner featuring local specialties. Overnight accommodations at the Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City. (Breakfast and dinner included)

CAIRO & GIZA PYRAMIDS EXPLORATION

After breakfast, venture out on a full-day exploration to nearby Giza and embrace the Egypt you have always imagined at the iconic Pyramids. Stand in awe before the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Continue onward to marvel at the Great Sphinx’s stoicism, a colossal structure jutting out of the desert sand, full of mystery and intrigue. Return back to Cairo to relax or enjoy the evening as you wish. Overnight accommodations at the Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City. (Breakfast included)

FLY TO ASWAN & EMBARK ON NILE RIVER CRUISE

After breakfast depart the hotel to the local airport, for a 2-hour flight to Aswan, a breathtaking port city up the Nile. You may choose to partake in an optional tour to Abu Simbel Temple (refer to Premium Experience Add-On details below) and see the extraordinary temples of Ramses II relocated there during the construction of the High Dam. For those not exploring the Abu Simbel Temple, this afternoon discover the mysteries of the ancient Philae’s temple. Located on a small island, you will journey by motorboat on the Nile. Afterwards everyone meets to begin embarkation on The Sonesta St George, your home for the next three nights. Late afternoon the ship will glide along the Nile, as you enjoy tea on the deck and watch the Egyptian sunset paint the landscape in gorgeous hues as you slowly drift down the river. After a captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner, connect with Egypt’s culture at an ancient Nubian show. Overnight in Aswan on-board The Sonesta St George ship in Deluxe Cabin accommodations. (Breakfast and dinner on ship)

KOM OMBU – EDFU – ESNA ON THE NILE

This morning wake to a beautiful new landscape while enjoying breakfast. Coast along on the Nile to Kom Ombo and visit a rare ancient double temple. Continue onward along the river and enjoy lunch. Stop to explore the mesmerizing Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the ancient God Horus and serving as one of Egypt’s best-preserved temples. Continue onward to Esna, where our group will enjoy dinner on-board followed by a festive Galabeya Party. It is a tradition on Nile River Cruises to have a party honoring how the ancient Egyptians dressed for festival celebrations, in which one buys and wears a Galabeya, a traditional Egyptian gown. Overnight in Esna on-board The Sonesta St George in Deluxe Cabin accommodations. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner on ship)

LUXOR – WEST & EAST BANKS

In the morning following breakfast, the ship sails towards Luxor’s West Bank, where you will explore the elaborate tombs in the Valley of the Kings & Queens. Delve even further into Egyptian legends with an exclusive viewing of the tombs of King Tutankhamun and Ramses VI. Continue on the river with a visit to a local farm nestled along the banks of the Nile. At the farm, discuss this Egyptian way of life between sips of freshly brewed tea. After lunch on-board, this afternoon choose to either behold the Luxor Temple, a creation of kings Amenhotep III and Ramses II -OR- admire incomparable views of the Nile while you enjoy high tea at the Old Winter Palace which hosted esteemed guests such as Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, and the great Egyptologist Howard Carter, who discovered King Tut’s tomb here. This evening, enjoy the sound and light show at Karnak Temple. Return to the ship to enjoy a late evening belly-dancing performance. Overnight in Luxor on-board The Sonesta St George in Deluxe Cabin accommodations. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner on ship)

DISEMBARK CRUISE – AMMAN, JORDAN

Following breakfast, say goodbye to the land of the pyramids as you fly from Luxor to Amman, the capital of Jordan. Get a peek into this innovative city housing both modern technologies and ancient relics before getting settled into the group hotel. Tonight’s dinner will be a treat – nibble and taste authentic Middle Eastern street food specialties as you walk through the marketplaces. Return to the group hotel for overnight accommodations at the Amman Marriott Hotel. (Breakfast on ship; Dinner in Amman)

WADI RUM & PETRA EXPLORATION

MAR 9 – This morning enjoy breakfast and set out to explore this extraordinary region. You will journey across Jordan all the way to the south as you leave Amman for the isolated desert of Wadi Rum. Nicknamed the Valley of the Moon, this ethereal landscape resembles nothing found on earth. Cruise through the reserve on an open-air vehicle tour. Enjoy lunch at a local camp before venturing onward to the extraordinary and fabled “Rose Red City” of Petra. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Petra is an archaeological wonder. Half built and have carved, Petra combines ears of various architectural styles all emerging out of its rock bed. The city served as a crossroads between The Red Sea and The Dead Sea and has been a part of trade routes since its creation. In the evening, our group will stroll down the street to an authentic Arabic cooking class. We will roll up our sleeves and prepare an authentic family-style meal, featuring fresh ingredients from local markets and traditional Jordanian recipes. Return to the hotel for an indulging “Chocolate Hour” – a Movenpick Hotels & Resorts tradition available to guests each day, showcasing a delightful selection of chocolate handmade specialties to enjoy complimentary. Overnight accommodations at the Movenpick Resort Petra. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

MAR 10 – Following breakfast, step out to further explore Petra! Weave along sandstone carvings as you tour the archaeological site of Petra with your expert guide. Stand within its mysticism, intrigue and wonderment as you explore the city which also houses tombs and temples carved by the Nabataeans in the 4th century B.C. Petra contains ages of hidden wonders just waiting to be discovered. Enjoy leisure time in the late afternoon and evening to explore the area further on your own if you wish or relax at the resort and spa. Return to the hotel for “Chocolate Hour” for more cocoa indulging. Overnight accommodations at Movenpick Resort Petra. (Breakfast included)

THE DEAD SEA & EXCURSION TO MADABA

MAR 11 – After breakfast this morning, our group will depart the hotel and journey towards The Dead Sea. En route, you will have the wonderful opportunity to connect with the local community at a women’s rug weaving cooperative, where you’ll be able to peruse the rugs designed in traditional styles. Continue onward and arrive at your hotel in the Dead Sea and take advantage of the surreal vistas and gain access to the healing properties of this legendary sea. Enjoy a soak, swim and relax before our group dinner and possibly indulge yourself at “Chocolate Hour”. Overnight at the Movenpick Dead Sea Resort & Spa. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

MAR 12 – Following breakfast this morning, depart on a guided tour of Madaba. Get a glimpse into the foundation of Christian reverence at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the venerated site of Jesus Christ’s baptism. In Madaba, delve deep into St. George’s Church and its famous Byzantine mosaics. Then, connect with an inspiring native who encourages literacy through his bookstore. At the store, you’ll enjoy a traditional farewell lunch cooked by locals as you chat with the philanthropic entrepreneur, discussing Arabic literature and culture. A stop en route back to your hotel will offer stunning views and time to reflect upon the Promised Land at Mount Nebo. This evening allows you some free time to relax or dine out on your own. Return to the hotel to indulge if you wish once last time in “Chocolate Hour”. Overnight at Movenpick Dead Sea Resort & Spa. (Breakfast and lunch included)

DEPARTURE FROM AMMAN

Depart the hotel this morning after breakfast for group ground transportation back to Amman International Airport (time to be determined). Although your epic adventure has come to close, may it provide you a lifetime of many fond memories while having gained a new understanding of these mystical ancient lands. Please note – we recommend that your onward flight arrangements occur anytime after 2-3PM. (Breakfast included)

EXPLORE CAIRO & AMMAN LONGER

Would you like to extend the Adventure with an additional night on either end of the tour ?  Please inquire for pre and post nights accommodations pricing at the noted group hotels in the above itinerary.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Enjoy 4 & 5-star boutique accommodations throughout the Egypt & Jordan Adventure at the following properties:

  • Kempinksi Nile Garden City Hotel (Cairo)
  • Sonesta St George (Nile Cruise)
  • Amman Marriott (Jordan)
  • Movenpick Petra Resort (Petra)
  • Movenpick Dead Sea Resort & Spa (The Dead Sea)

What’s Included

  • 11 nights accommodations in 4-5-star properties throughout group itinerary – 3 Nights Cairo; 3-Night Nile Cruise; 1 Night Amman; 2 Nights Petra; 2 Nights Dead Sea. Please note that accommodations on the Nile Cruise are in Deluxe Cabins with large panoramic double French-windows that open for fresh air and are located on decks 2B, 3C or 4D.
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Small-group deluxe bus transportation where applicable in each destination including any additional unique in-destination itinerary tour transportation as noted per adventure itinerary
  • Internal tour flights for our group as required per adventure itinerary
  • 23 Group Meals including 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Insider expert tour guides
  • All sightseeing experiences as noted per adventure itinerary

What’s not Included

  • International airfare and visa requirements based on nationality
  • Meals “on your own” when not provided in the scheduled group itinerary
  • Optional activities, spa treatments and hotel incidentals are on your own
  • Premium Experiences offered are optional and at additional cost as noted
  • Pre or post extensions outside of the group tour
  • Additional pre and post nights in Cairo or Amman
  • “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance (refer to pricing details)

OPTIONAL Premium Experience

Add this Premium Experience in Aswan on Nile Cruise

Abu Simbel Temple Excursion | $450 per person | Duration: 6 Hours – Venture out on this optional tour to Abu Simbel Temple to marvel at the extraordinary temples of Ramses II relocated there during the construction of the High Dam. Explore the great sun temples of Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II at the height of his New Kingdom reign. In one of the world’s greatest cooperative preservation efforts, these temples were dismantled and moved in 1968 to save them from the flooding of the Aswan Dam. The Temple of Ramses II was constructed so that the sun’s rays would illuminate four statues of Egyptian deities within the sanctuary on his birthday and on the anniversary of his coronation. The Temple is fronted by four colossal figures of Ramses II, seated with the Gods and attended by his Queen and daughters. The smaller temple is dedicated to Queen Nefertari, who was the first of Great Royal Wives, the Goddess of Love, Joy & Fertility. Please Note: This excursion requires being booked no later than Final Payment date (120-days prior), with a minimum of 10 people to operate. Transportation is included to/from The Temple to ship.

ADVENTURE PRICING

$4749 per person based on Double Occupancy

$6149 Single Occupancy

DEPOSIT REQUIRED to Confirm: $1049 per person (non-refundable)

FINAL PAYMENT DUE:  October 23rd, 2020 (120-days prior to departure)

Adventure is non-refundable after final payment. This Adventure requires 16-19 people to operate at the price quoted. An increase can occur if trip operates with less participants.

OPTIONAL “Cancel for Any Reason” Travel Insurance: $399 per person

Insurance is required to be purchased at time of deposit. Collette Tours has partnered with TripMate Travel Insurance for this Adventure, offering a special group tour rate of $399 per person for coverage. Click here to learn more about what’s covered. Collette Tours reserves the right to modify or change itinerary accommodations and/or alter tour routing if conditions beyond their control require such alterations thereof due to unforeseen circumstances.

Adventure is fully non-refundable after final payment. THIRDHOME requires all participants to purchase travel insuranceClick here to view the THIRDHOME Adventures Terms and Conditions.

THIRDHOME strongly recommends that all travelers purchase travel insurance prior to participating in a THIRDHOME Adventure and that all such insurance be purchased when a tour deposit is made. THIRDHOME travelers can purchase travel insurance through (1) the THIRDHOME preferred provider Allianz Travel or (2) the traveler’s insurance provider of choice. THIRDHOME will require proof of such travel insurance protection when a tour deposit is made.  

Any traveler that elects not to purchase travel insurance, by either of the above means, agrees to release THIRDHOME from liability for any loss of funds incurred due to the cancellation of a specific THIRDHOME Adventure as a result of, but not limited to, an act of God, a failure to purchase travel insurance, the cessation of business with respect to a tour operator/ground operator, the failure of a tour operator/ground operator to refund consumer deposits or payments within 120 days following the cancellation of a THIRDHOME Adventure or a material failure to complete performance of a THIRDHOME Adventure.

CURRENT COVID-19 UPDATE per Collette Tours

This Adventure is provided in partnership with Collette tours.

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