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Pyramids & Petra - Family Holiday
Transport - Minibus, boat, on foot, camel, 4WD.
Accommodation - Comfortable Hotels (9nts), Bedouin-style camp (2nts, multi-share)
Meals - 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 4 dinners.
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Fly to Cairo
Following your flight you transfer to your first night’s accommodation and check in. This family friendly hotel is close to the pyramids, so while it is a fair way from the airport, there is less distance to cover for the sightseeing the next day. The rooms are comfortable and spacious with air conditioning. The swimming pool is one of the largest in Cairo and if you fancy a stroll, why not go for a wander in the hotel's beautiful garden.
Oasis Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool
With a population of around 18 million people, Cairo is Africa’s largest city by far. Yet despite its size, Cairo retains a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Its long and colourful history dates from the 7th century AD, when it was established by the Arab leader Amr ibn al-As, and called Fustat (the tent). Today you’ll enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of two of the city’s most celebrated sights, that provide a link between the ancient and the modern faces of Egypt and its culture. At Giza, to the west of the city, the enigmatic Sphinx and great pyramids still stand on the edge of the empty desert overlooking the city. More than 4000 years old, the pyramids are the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that remain intact – a testimony to the ingenuity and skill of their builders. You’ll visit the famed Egyptian Museum which holds many thousands of exhibits; your local guide will focus on the Tutankhamun collection – probably the world’s greatest archaeological find. You’ll see the treasure found in the tomb of the boy-king: the jewel-encrusted golden mask, the golden sarcophagus and throne, plus many everyday articles, which were entombed with him to be used in the afterlife. The remainder of the day is left free for exploration; Cairo is a city full of wonders - your group leader will advise on what you can see or do to make the most of your stay. (B)
Into The Sinai
Early this morning you set off east towards the Suez Canal, where huge ships appear to sail across the desert, and take the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel under the canal to enter the Sinai Peninsula. It’s a full day’s journey to St. Catherines’s today (total 7-8 hours) but with a stop at Ein Musa en route. Few descriptions of this remote corner of Egypt do it justice. Sliced through by deep wadis, its mountains of sandstone and granite change colour throughout the day. As the fierce desert sun crosses the sky the views are never less than incredible; the sunsets are particularly spectacular. The mountains are almost entirely devoid of vegetation; indeed this harsh landscape offers little sustenance but is, nevertheless, the traditional land of the Bedouin, who have mastered the art of survival in such extreme conditions. Although many have now settled in the towns that lie scattered along the Sinai coastline, they still cling to their nomadic ways and keep their traditions very much alive.
Turning south from the Suez Canal you continue along the coast. When you’re about 45 minutes away from St Catherine’s – your final destination today – you’ll start to see the walled valley of the Feiran Oasis, home to some 12,000 date palms and the site of Sinai’s earliest Christian community.
The final leg of the drive brings you to St. Catherine’s village. Nestling in a valley at the foot of Mount Sinai (also known as Jebel Musa, or Mount Moses) it’s said to be the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the world.
Moon Camp - Bedouin camp (CC) multi-share – 1 night (BD)
Mt Sinai & St Catherine’s
Egypt’s highest mountains - Mount Sinai (2285m) and Jebel Katerin (Mount St. Catherine - 2642m), both overlook the monastery. You'll start the trek up Mt Sinai around 2am, making your way by torchlight up the track that leads to the summit of Mount Sinai. Soon after dawn has broken, the jagged peaks of the nearby mountains flush red and orange with the first rays of the rising sun; it’s well worth the early start to savour these views, something that will live long in the memory.
The hike to the summit is fairly demanding and it takes around 2.5hrs to get to the plateau of Elias Garden, just beneath the summit. There will be a lot of other people also hiking up to watch the sunrise, so it is important to follow your tour leader and not get seperated from the group. Your tour leader will arrange the group's pace so that it suits everyone. Upon reaching Elias Garden you can enjoy some refreshments in the Bedouin cafe before continuing up the 720 Steps of Repentence to the summit.
It can be windy so care may need to be taken, although camels can be hired to take you most of the way up the mountain. However, you will need to dismount in order to reach the summit as they are unable to climb the steps! This is a beautiful climb though, which offers a taste of the serenity and magnificence of Southern Sinai's high mountain region. You descend by the stepped path, which is a shorter route of 3750 rock steps back down to the village. Care needs to be taken as each step dates back to the 6th century AD, when they were cut by monks and are mis-shaped and random.
After a much-deserved breakfast at the camp, you have time to visit the monastery to learn more about its fascinating history. This Greek Orthodox foundation dates back to 337 AD, and accepts only monks of Greek origin; mostly from the monasteries of Mount Athos. Christians, Jews and Muslims all believe that this was the spot where God revealed the Ten Commandments to Moses, and the Burning Bush from whence God spoke was transplanted in the monastery, and attracts pilgrims from all over the world. After your visit, you’ll continue for about 90 minutes to the delightful resort of Dahab, where you wll enjoy a sunset camel ride.
Coral Coast Hotel (AA) – 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
Red Sea Activities
Dahab has a long history of luring travellers – and trapping them for days or weeks on end – with its ocean-side camps, golden beaches and rugged mountain backdrop. Meaning gold in Arabic, a reference to the area’s sandy coastline, Dahab also boasts some of Egypt’s most spectacular diving and trekking and remains a tranquil ocean-side refuge from the unrelenting heat of the desert. After your journey through the desert to get here, this will be a welcome rest.
The warm and relatively shallow waters of the Red Sea support a series of coral reefs unsurpassed outside Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Over the years, successive generations of minute polyps have deposited the calcium they extract from the sea as limestone external skeletons on to the fossilised remains of their predecessors. Enjoy a snorkel safari in the Southern Oasis, a remote and pristine area with a huge variety of colourful marine life and coral and get to know the brightly-coloured tropical fish that populate this wonderful undersea world.
Back in Dahab, you can dine in one of the many small, outdoor Egyptian restaurants lined along the sea-front; soaking up the atmosphere in this relaxed former hippy hangout is a great way to spend the afternoon and/or evening! Alternatively for those feeling more active, why not try an intro dive or explore the Red Sea from above by sea kayak or windsurfing (all additional charge) (B)
Cross by ferry into Jordan; drive to Aqaba
A relatively short 90-minute drive brings you to the port of Nuweiba, where you’ll say goodbye to your Egyptian leader. You'll continue through the port dock and board the ferry for the 1.5hr crossing to Aqaba in Jordan. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your Jordanian leader and continue to Aqaba where you will spend the night. Your adventure continues from here into Jordan, where the magical sights that you have seen in Egypt will continue to amaze and delight you. Taking the ferry can be a bit tedious when weather conditions or administration and immigration matters can lead to the ferry departing or arriving later than scheduled, so it's a good idea to be prepared and take a book or pack of cards and some snacks just in case.
Aqaba Hotel (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (BD)
NB: We aim to get you Aqaba in time for sunset however, if the ferry is delayed this may not always be possible.
It takes about an hour and a half to get from Aqaba to the desert. The Desert Highway offers some incredible scenery on your first journey through Jordan; upon arrival at the entrance to Rum, you’ll transfer to 4WD vehicles and head once more into the desert! You have plenty of time to explore the wadi, which offers some of the most extraordinary desert scenery. From a distance, Wadi Rum's sheer sandstone cliffs appear to hover like a shimmering mirage on the horizon. It's only from close quarters that you can fully appreciate just how large some are, rising to a height of 1800 metres. It's hard to describe the majesty of this setting without sounding too effusive; suffice to say that the beauty that captivated Lawrence of Arabia is just as evident today. To the Howeitat Bedouin, who have taken it as their own, the area is known as the Valley of the Moon. These people are reputedly the remainder of Lawrence's Arab army who marched with him from Azraq in the north, then stayed behind once battle was done.
On your jeep tour, you’ll stop to climb hills and enter narrow siqs where many inscriptions can be seen. Passing Thamud nomads from Saudi Arabia and the Nabataean people have both left their mark on the surrounding rocks. Nature provides a number of rock bridges that offer some stunning views.
During your stay you may see the black ‘beit ash shar’ tents of the hardy Bedouin who still wander throughout the Middle East, as they have for centuries. Moving between the few grazing spots which dot the parched landscape, they survive by breeding goats, sheep and camels. Although the traditional nomadic way of life is starting to disappear as some Bedouin succumb to the lure of fixed accommodation, many adhere stolidly to the old way - albeit with the occasional addition of a 4WD vehicle for transport! Living in such a hostile environment has taught them the importance of a friendly welcome and the ancient code of hospitality to travellers still survives.
You camp in the Wadi Rum protected area, surrounded by high mountains and sand dunes and in true desert fashion, you can usually sleep in a traditional Bedouin tent or under the stars. As the sun sets on the rocky outcrops, an astonishing transformation takes place; the sandstone changes hue, passing through a spectrum of yellow, gold, orange, red and finally purple, as the shadows lengthen and the stars come out; the skies are clear and stars stand out brightly. The Milky Way, satellites and shooting stars can be clearly seen; the perfect opportunity for star-gazing!
Bedouin-style private camp (CC)- communal sleeping arrangement - 1 night (BD)
Drive to Petra
Make the two-hour journey to Wadi Musa, which gives its name to the modern town that stands close to the city of Petra - perhaps the world's most famous 'lost city'. Its exact location was unknown in the West until 1812, when the Swiss explorer J.L. Burckhardt, a convert to Islam, made a short detour to sacrifice a goat at the nearby meli (tomb) of the prophet Harun. As he picked his way towards the foot of the mountain, he stumbled across the siq that leads to Petra; the rest is history. Since that day many others have made their way along the same path and, as Burckhardt must have done, gazed in awe at the splendid monuments that adorn this remote valley.
Amra Palace Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
Today is a full day to explore the fabled site of Petra, following the same path as Burckhardt, which funnels you through the banded rock walls that tower above. As you walk through the siq, you can see the different strata of the rock changing colour. At the end of the kilometre-long path, you are rewarded by a glimpse of the most beautiful building of all - the Khazneh or Treasury - so-called because the Bedouin believed that the urn crowning the edifice held a cache of gold and jewels. The first sight of this perfectly proportioned tomb, carved from the towering rock is truly unforgettable. Some 2400 years ago the Nabataeans taxed the trade caravans that plied between southern Arabia and the shores of the eastern Mediterranean and, using the proceeds built the first houses and temples here; today the Nabataean legacy includes houses, tombs, temples, a (Roman-built) amphitheatre and much more. Although it is a tiring walk, it is well worth making the hour or so ascent up the rocky path, which leads to the Monastery, a vast structure rivalling even the Treasury. Time should also allow you to climb to one of the High Places, the mountain-top alters where ritual sacrifices were made; from here there are spectacular views of the mountains, valleys and canyons below! (B)
NB - Watch out for donkeys on the walk up to the Monastery, they can be quite pushy so take care.
After a two hour drive through spectacular mountain scenery, you make your way down to the recently developed nature reserve around Dana village. The reserve aims to protect some of Jordan's endangered species, including ibex, mountain gazelle, wolf and red fox. As well as conserving wildlife, Dana has also managed to preserve the timeless traditions still practised in the village. Explore this fascinating reserve, taking a guided walk along old paths through the village and surroundings. Wadi Dana drops from 1500m above sea level to 100m below sea level as it plunges from the eastern plateau of the Great Rift Valley down to the Dead Sea. It is possible to gauge the remarkable variety of habitats ranging from semi-arid forests to sub-tropical wadis as you walk.
Leaving Dana you wend your way along the King's Highway for about two hours, a winding road which follows the contours of the rocky hills. Occasionally passing nomadic shepherds as they tend their flocks in the few areas where there is water, you reach the small town of Kerak. Here a formidable Crusader castle overlooks a long, winding road down to the Dead Sea. The Crusaders had a huge impact on the region in the 11th – 13th centuries, and fought the forces of Islam in a long campaign, which saw many atrocities committed. Their temporary successes can be attributed - at least in part - to an outstanding ability to construct impregnable defensive fortifications, of which Kerak Castle is a prime example. Amazingly - given that it is over 850 years old - a great deal of the structure remains intact, and you can explore the dungeons, passages, refectory and kitchens of the castle, which also houses a small museum. After visiting Kerak you turn west and descend lower and lower until eventually you arrive on the shores of the Dead Sea - at 400m below sea level it's the lowest place on earth.
Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort (AAAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (BD)
At the Dead Sea the mineral content of the water is so dense that anybody attempting to swim finds that they float, rather than sink! It's a remarkable feeling and one you'll be able to experience for yourself as you relax during your free day here. (B)
Transfer to Amman airport by road where the trip ends. (B)
Please note: You’ll be accompanied on your journey by a Group Leader to smooth the way; one leader will accompany you through Egypt, and a separate leader will join you for the Jordan section of your trip.
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