Trip Overview

Cruise the River Nile and walk among the pyramids, ancient temples, and archeological sites of captivating Egypt and Jordan. Join one of AdventureWomen’s all-time most popular trips in Cairo in October 2021!

Egypt is one of the most intoxicating destinations in the world, unequaled in its contributions to world culture, and Jordan’s cultural treasures shine as early examples of human ingenuity. From hieroglyphs and temples to the ruins of Petra, walk with wonder among artifacts created by two of the world’s oldest societies, from 2,500 BC to Year One.

Regardless of what intrigues sparked your desire to travel here, exploring with women will enrich every moment of your cultural odyssey. Get to know your fellow AdventureWomen travelers over a savory welcome dinner and begin imagining the days ahead.

What drew you to Egypt? The frescoes and pyramids? Carved stone and tombs? Your Egyptologist guide will explain myths, interpret hieroglyphs, and reveal facts about Egypt’s greatest feats at every stop on this adventure. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as your reach beyond your comfort zone to take one new challenges in your own unique way!

Witness the enduring genius of Egypt’s stone cutters, builders, and artisans with a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built over 4,500 years ago. No trip to Egypt is complete without a ride on a “ship of the desert,” so hop on a camel and ride across the sands of Giza to visit The Sphinx. The enigmatic Sphinx sits nearby the pyramids.

Next, take a short flight to Luxor where you board the boat you will call home for the next four nights as you cruise the Nile River. This allows for daily walks among the enormous temples of the East and West Bank, and includes an afternoon on a ‘felucca,’ a wooden Egyptian sailboat!

A special flight to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel, UNESCO-protected site. Carved directly into the face of a cliff, Ramses II Temple is guarded by four enormous 65-foot figures of the pharaoh and depicts his most celebrated triumphs in battle. Later that afternoon, enjoy a shopping trip into the labyrinthine Khan El-Khalili Bazaar. Reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East, it was originally founded as a watering stop for caravans in the 14th century.

Fly to Jordan to see the real 6th century village map mosaic and the first Christian church ever built. Jordan’s greatest marvel of engineering, art, and pure grit is fabled Petra, a city only accessed by a ‘siq’, a narrow gorge in a rock wall. Around this siq, stone artisans carved colossal faux columns, stairs, and false windows, while deep inside a rose-red city was built, including an ingenious complex of dams and water channels.

No Middle Eastern journey is complete without a trip out into the vast sand dunes, of course. The trip into Wadi Rum and Valley of the Moon is simply breathtaking. Spend a night in a comfortable desert camp to take full advantage of your time in Wadi Rum. On your last day, relax at a luxurious resort on the Dead Sea, enjoying the rare air and an amazing farewell dinner during which you’ll all reminisce about your greatest discoveries and make a toast to this rewarding adventure you took together.

For thousands of years, Egypt and Jordan have cast a spell upon all those who visit. Feel that same mystique as you travel with AdventureWomen to explore two of the world’s most amazing destinations.

Main Attractions

  • Cruise through Egypt on the Nile River for 3 days, then sail on a ‘felucca’
  • Visit the Giza Pyramids famous for the great Sphinx of Egypt and the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World
  • Tour the historic sites of Petra, Jordan and discover the “Rose City”
  • Enjoy an evening at a luxurious camp, indulging on local delicacies, and stargazing to heart’s content

What You'll See and Do

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Boat Cruising
  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site
  • Walking
  • Wine Tasting

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Cairo
Egypt is one of the most intoxicating destinations in the world, unequaled in its prodigious contributions to world culture. Jordan’s cultural treasures shine as early examples of human ingenuity. From hieroglyphs and temples to the ruins of Petra, walk with wonder among artifacts created by two of the world’s oldest societies, from 2,500 BC to Year One.

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your expert Egyptologist and Jordanian guides, who will help you learn about the history, culture, and ancient buildings of the region. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be met at the Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. One group transfer is included (time TBD); private transfers at other times are available for an additional fee.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Egypt & Jordan!
Dinner

Overnight: Marriott Mena House

Day 2

Cairo
Visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, also known as the Giza Museum, is home to artifacts of ancient Egypt. Explore the museum to learn about the history of the area.

Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built over 4,500 years ago. These giant tombs were built to house the mummies of the Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. Khufu’s is the largest, made out of more than two million blocks.

Enjoy lunch at your hotel, complete with views of the pyramids.

No trip to Egypt is complete without a ride on a “ship of the desert”. Hop on a camel and ride across the sands of Giza to visit the Sphinx. The enigmatic Sphinx sits nearby the pyramids. It has the body of a lion and the face of a man wearing a royal head cloth. About a thousand years after the Sphinx was built, it was covered in sand, until a young prince had a dream in which the Sphinx told him if he cleared the sand away, he would become Pharaoh.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Marriott Mena House

Day 3

Cairo to the Nile River
Transfer to the airport for your short flight from Cairo to Luxor. Board the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, your home for the next four nights on the Nile. Settle into your cabin.

Explore the striking and graceful Temple of Luxor, which is dedicated to the God Amun. Your guide will explain the details of the temple. Enjoy lunch on the boat.

Visit the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. You’ll have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens, as well as the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument.

On the way back to the river Nile, the road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. This is a great photo stop.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Day 4

The Nile River
Start your day on the East Bank by visiting the Temple of Karnak, built over a period of more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Relax on board as you cruise along the Nile. Enjoy a swim in the pool, or just watch the scenery as you pass by the banks. Have lunch on the way.

Later today, your Egyptologist will guide you around the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius. It was excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods and is about nine meters below present-day street level.

Enjoy afternoon tea on board as you cruise to Edfu. Have a delicious dinner on board this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Day 5

The Nile River
Visit the largest and most completely preserved ancient temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus, the falcon god. It is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak and was built between 305 and 30 B.C. Depictions of New Year’s celebrations can still be seen on the walls along the staircases.

Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Kom Ombo.

Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, a lovely Greco-Roman temple uniquely double-dedicated to Haroeris, the sun god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. Here the ancient pharaohs kept a chamber of mummified crocodiles. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank.

Take an Egyptian cooking class on board while the boat cruises to Aswan. You’ll learn to make three authentic dishes.

Tonight’s dinner on board will be an “Egyptian Night” costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyyas.” Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by traditional music and dancing for everyone.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Day 6

The Nile River
Enjoy a morning to relax on the boat. Take a dip, read a book on the deck, or sip coffee and enjoy the view!

Visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka. Philae Temple was dismantled and reassembled (on Agilika Island about 550 meters from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the High Dam. The temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting which has been landscaped to match its original site.

Head to the granite quarries where the pink-colored granite used in building pyramids and temples in ancient Egypt came from. The quarries still hold a huge unfinished obelisk that the guides can use to give a lesson in the methods used by ancient engineers to create the monuments you have viewed.

If the weather cooperates, take a felucca (a typical Egyptian sailboat) around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum.

Celebrate your last evening on the boat with a gala dinner, complete with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. Enjoy a folkloric and Dervish show after dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Day 7

The Nile River to Cairo
Transfer to the Aswan airport for a short flight to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel. Carved directly into the face of a cliff, Ramses II Temple is guarded by four enormous 65-foot figures of the pharaoh and depicts his most celebrated triumphs in battle. Nearby is the graceful Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of love and built in honor of Ramses’ favorite wife, Queen Nefertari. An international rescue effort from 1966-68 saved the temples from the rising waters of the Nile caused by the building of the great Aswan Dam. UNESCO organized the campaign, with the temples being cut into blocks, raised piece-by-piece, and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside. However, even with modern technology, the engineers were unable to duplicate the efforts of the ancient Egyptians. The temple was originally built so the sun’s rays would penetrate deep into the temple to illuminate the Holy of Holies on the morning of Ramses II name day. In repositioning the temple, the modern-day engineers missed this event by one day.

Fly back to Cairo and enjoy lunch on your own.

Enjoy an evening visit to the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravans in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets, stopping to look in workshops and stalls that sell everything from woodwork, glassware, and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics, and Pharaonic curiosities. Remember to bargain hard!
Breakfast

Overnight: Heliopolis Towers

Day 8

Cairo to Amman
Transfer to the airport in Cairo and board your flight to Amman, Jordan.

When you arrive in Amman, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Explore the area around your hotel this afternoon and enjoy lunch and dinner on your own.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Amman

Day 9

Amman
Take a city tour of Amman that includes the Citadel, the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Theater, the Folklore Museum, and then a walk downtown through the bazaars and the Gold Market. High above the city, at the ancient Citadel, study the traces of Amman’s many lives: the regal columns of a Roman temple in silhouette against the sky; the elegant capitals of a Byzantine church; endlessly inventive carvings in the Umayyad Palace; fascinating displays in the Archaeological Museum; and digs and ruins everywhere you step. At the foot of the Citadel is the Roman Theater, a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and still used for cultural events.

Drive to Jerash, where you will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, take some time to explore Jerash. Second only to Petra in tourist appeal, the ancient Roman city of Jerash is an archaeological masterpiece, and remarkable for its long chain of human occupation. Here at a well-watered site framed by the hills of Gilead, remains from Neolithic times have been found, as well as ruins from other civilizations: Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best-preserved province cities of the Roman Empire.

Enjoy a Jordanian wine tasting this evening.

Head back to Amman and have dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Amman

Day 10

Amman to Petra
Today you will drive to the Royal Stables for an exclusive visit and breakfast. Enjoy breakfast in the gardens of the Royal Stables and watch a show of the thoroughbred Arabian horses, which belong to the Jordanian royal family.

Mount Nebo is the mountain where Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land and not allowed to enter it. Nowadays the mountain is a memorial site, where you can find the “Church of Moses” which was built by the first Christians. Enjoy a great view over Jordan, the Dead Sea, and Israel. When the weather is clear, you should even be able to see Jerusalem, which is about 35 miles away.

Travel to Madaba, known as the City of Mosaics. The main attraction is a vivid, 6th century mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. With two million pieces of colored stone and measuring 25×25 meters in its original state (most of which can still be seen today), the map depicts hills, valleys, villages, and towns as far away as the Nile Delta.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to Petra this afternoon.

Learn how to prepare every detail of an authentic Jordanian three-course meal. The chef will introduce you to the special elements of local cuisine by explaining the culinary traditions and ingredients.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Movenpick Petra Resort

Day 11

Petra
Start the morning with a walk or an optional horse ride from the main gate of Petra to the entrance of the old city. At the entrance, head along the “Siq” on foot until you reach the rose-red city.

The ancient city of Petra was carved from solid red sandstone in the 3rd century BC. In this era, Petra was a fortress, carved out of craggy rocks, in an area that was virtually inaccessible. It was the capital of the Nabataens, a nomadic Arabian tribe who ruled the Trans-Jordan area in pre-Roman times and derived their great wealth and power from the passing trade caravans. Enjoy lunch with your group.

Take some time to rest at your hotel this afternoon.

The special aura of the ancient Nabatean trading empire comes to life as you enjoy a stroll through the mysterious Siq of Petra at night.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Movenpick Petra Resort

Day 12

Petra to Wadi Rum
Visit Little Petra, or Al Beidha, a smaller version of Petra literally hidden away in the center of a mountain. The miniature version of Petra contains several notable tombs.

Bedouin camps are evident in the Wadi and are still home to a number of Bedouin families who welcome visitors with the hospitality and generosity that Bedouins are so famous for. Explore the desert with a 4×4 driven by a local Bedouin for two hours. Enjoy lunch under a Bedouin tent.

Transfer to your desert camp for a unique overnight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Memories Aicha Camp

Day 13

Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea
Leave your camp and drive about four hours to the Dead Sea.

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Take advantage of the pools, make an appointment at the spa, or just relax today.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular country.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Day 14

Depart Jordan
Enjoy one last morning in Jordan before heading home. Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home. One group transfer is included; private transfers at other times can be arranged for an additional fee.
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

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Traveling to Egypt



Arrival and Departure Information

October 11th Departure:

Arrive in Cairo, Egypt (CAI) October 11, 2021 before 2:00pm. One group transfer is included (time TBD); private transfers at other times are available for an additional fee.

Departure Information: Depart Amman, Jordan (AMM) October 24, 2021. One group transfer is included; private transfers at other times can be arranged for an additional fee.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

US Passport holders will need a visa to visit Egypt. We will provide detailed information before your departure on how to obtain your visa.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate. Our Moderate adventures exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Egypt or Jordan, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the pages about Egypt and Jordan.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

October 11th Departure Final Payment Due Date: July 13, 2021

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Domestic airfare (priced separately from the main trip)
  • One group transfer on arrival and departure days
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking Egyptologist guide in Egypt
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinking water in vehicles
  • Gratuities for baggage handling, waitstaff, hotel staff

Not Included

  • International airfare to Egypt and from Jordan
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Accommodations

Marriott Mena House

The Mena House is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colorful history. Surrounded by 40 acres of verdant green gardens, this palatial hotel is in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo.

Amenities:
Coming soon

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Furnished in a contemporary style with an art deco influence, the modern fittings and cutting edge technology on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat IV are combined with sophisticated public areas with luxurious teak flooring for an elegant finish. Each spacious en suite room features air conditioning, a mini bar, and LCD television with satellite. All cabins have Nile views and are fully air-conditioned with individual control.

Amenities:
Coming soon

Heliopolis Towers

Heliopolis Towers offers a convenient location close to the Cairo International Airport. Heliopolis is a tree lined suburb of Cairo that is home to Egypt’s Diplomatic and Presidential offices.

Amenities: Coming soon

Fairmont Hotel Amman

Fairmont Amman offers travelers luxury accommodations in spacious guest rooms. With a modern, beautiful architectural design and stunning interiors, the hotel makes use of the finest wood and marble, and the rooms and hotel interiors combine classic luxury with contemporary design, all housed in spacious rooms.

Amenities: Coming soon

Movenpick Petra Resort

The Movenpick is located directly at the entrance to the historic Jordanian city of Petra. This resort features a combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood, and Middle Eastern fabrics and textures.

Amenities: Coming soon

Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea Resort

Situated on the edge of the famous salt lake, 434 feet below sea level and close to Jordan’s top attractions, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is a brilliant ode to the hanging gardens of Babel, featuring a private sandy beach and a 5 star spa that provides luxury experiences infused with Dead Sea rich minerals. The rooms are located in three luxurious enclaves set amidst gardens dotted with lagoons, waterfalls and swimming pools, providing you with absolute privacy by the Dead Sea.

Amenities: Coming soon

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What to Bring

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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