Wondering what to choose for your next epic destination between Egypt and Jordan? Pyramids or Petra? Curious to know the different characteristics of two special Arabic countries who have seen some of the most interesting examples of ancient civilizations?
Egypt and Jordan are looking at each other through the Red Sea and they have some historical and cultural characteristics in common. However, there are also so many differences and they have been home to unique ancient populations in the past, who left unique treasures for us to admire. Why choose just one among the two? Explore both!
With our 10 day itinerary through Jordan and Egypt, you combine visits to the highlights – with camping with the Bedouins and Petra and exploring the magnificent city of Cairo and eternal pyramids.
Day 1: Arrival in Cairo – Welcome to Egypt
Start without rush in the land of Pharaons; your tour manager will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport (Arrival procedures) and will then escort you to your hotel in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. At the hotel, your tour manager will assist you with a smooth check-in and review your vacation itinerary to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour.
Day 2: Pyramids and Cairo Sightseeing
After breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, you will be accompanied by your personal guide to Giza Plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren, and Mykerinus, along with the famous Sphinx and Valley Temple. Then, head out to the Egyptian Museum, with the room of its treasures for the child king Tutankhamen, alongside many other fascinating artefacts. Here it is possible to have an additional visit to the mummies room at the museum (extra ticket on spot).
Enjoy delicious traditional food for lunch at a local restaurant in Cairo. Then you can continue moving to visit Salah Addin Citadel including Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside. Discover the coexistence of faiths here visiting Coptic Cairo to see Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Another must-see of the capital is Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s oldest and most alluring bazaar, the perfect way for your most memorable souvenirs. Here, there are also old cafè, like al Fishawy cafe. Here, famous writers where used to write their masterpieces.
Day 3: Fly from Cairo to Luxor – Valley of the Kings Tour
Check out from hotel in the morning then transfer to Cairo Airport for a flight to Luxor. Meet your guide there! Then you start visiting the West Bank to the Valley of the Kings. The magnificence of the grandeur of architecture here was used for burial, there are many kings buried in this valley. The most known tombs are King Tutmosis I, Tutmosis III, Tut-Ankh-Amon, King Ramssess VI, King Mrenptah and AmonhotepII.
Move on to visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which was built by Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmosis I. She ruled Egypt about 20 years during the 18th Dynasty (approximately 1490-1469 B.C). Did you know? She is the only pharaonic woman who reigned ancient Egypt. Then, pass by the colossi of Memnon which are remains of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. After lunch, you will go back to your hotel for some rest. Then you can enjoy the Luxor Markets.
Day 4: Karna temples, Luxor Sightseeing and Flight to Cairo
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, you will see two of the most impressive temples in Upper Egypt – Karnak and Luxor.
Start your day with the Temples of Karnak. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex learning about the impressive story on how the massive facade was constructed. On entering the Temples of Karnak you will see each legacy left by the various pharaohs as the complex grew even larger. The deeper you go into the complex, the further back in time you will travel, with the oldest ruins dating back over 3,000 years. Walking through the Great Court into the Great Hypostyle Hall, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the 134 columns towering above you like an ancient forest.
Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by a two-kilometer long Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. Dominated by statues of the great warrior pharaoh Ramses II, Luxor Temple has survived Nile floods, foreign invasion and thousands of years exposed to the elements. Find out how Alexander the Great wrote himself into Luxor Temple’s history. See one of the original pair of obelisks, the second of which now stands on the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
After your trip to the temples, you will be driven to the Luxor airport for your flight to Cairo, where you will be met and assisted at the airport and taken to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 5: Cairo – Fly to Amman
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, after which you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for departure, to reach your next destination, Jordan.
Once you land, your Jordanian driver will await you in the arrivals hall and take you to your hotel in Amman, where you can get some rest. If you like you can have a tour of the highlights of the capital with your driver. Some of the most famous are the Amman citadel, Roman theater in the city centre and the King Abdullah I Mosque in Amman. You can also explore by yourself. For inspirations for an alternative discovery of Jordan capital, check out our article here!
Day 6: From the Dead Sea to Petra
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up and take you to the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea! Here, you can spend the day floating in the salty waters. Go for a full body mud treatment and relax in the sun. In the late afternoon, continue south via the scenic Dead Sea Highway to reach Petra, where you will spend the night.
Day 7: Full day discovering Petra
Today you have a full day to visit world heritage and UNESCO site. Walk your way through the mystic Siq to enter Jordan’s archaeological crown jewel: the ancient ruins of Petra.
Known as the Rose City for its distinctive red sandstone, it’s easy to see why Petra was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Its intricate architectural design, cut directly into the region’s naturally occurring rock walls, is hundreds of years old and remarkably well-preserved. Enter through the Siq! It’s dramatically narrow gorge flanked by towering cliffs. Spend your day wandering at your leisure through the vast maze of elaborate temples, tombs, and collonaded streets.
Spend the afternoon earning your dinner with a hike to one of the many stunning viewpoints in the area. If you like, head to the equally impressive High Place of Sacrifice for a close-up look at the ceremonial platform.
Day 8 Backdoor hike in Petra and tour in Wadi Rum
Today you will enter Petra via the back-road. Early morning a local guide will pick you up and take you towards the starting point of this hike. This scenic trail brings you towards the biggest and best preserved monument of Petra – The Monastery. From there, you can continue exploring by yourself: Walk down to Qasr al Bint, explore the collonnaded street. Then make your way out via the Siq.
In the afternoon, your driver is ready to take you towards Wadi Rum, an amazing Martian landscape. Enjoy a jeep tour of the highlights! Nabatean inscriptions, canyons, red sand dunes and rock bridges are some of them. The cherry on top will be admiring the unique sunset there, with the sun resting among red rocks. Then, you will arrive at your camp for the night, where a traditional dinner is waiting for you. You don’t know which accommodations you would prefer, check our favorites here.
Day 9: Aqaba: the perfect final after Egypt an Jordan
After breakfast, you will go back to the village of Wadi Rum, where your driver will await you. He will take you further south to the seaside town of Aqaba. After all your exploration and history, this is the perfect way to conclude your combined trip of Jordan and Egypt. The Red Sea and its reef is one of the things Egypt and Jordan have in common. Here you are so close to your previous destination! You can spend a free afternoon and evening. Head to the beach, go swimming, snorkelling or diving in the amazing Red Sea. You can also explore the quirky little city centre and its markets. To find out more things to do in Aqaba, click here.
Note: There are many great seafood restaurants in Aqaba, Al Shami (near the mosque) is one of them!
Day 10: Fly back home
It’s time to say goodbye! After breakfast, you will head back up to the airport for your flight from Amman Airport (4 hours drive). You can also depart more conveniently from the King Hussein International Airport of Aqaba.