Adventures In Amazing Egypt & Jordan

Your Escape Details

Join us for a wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures, offering the perfect combination of guided excursions, interacting with locals and free time to explore on your own. Our expert local leaders will share with you the archaeological and historical secrets of the ancient sites of Petra, Luxor, and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Whether it’s haggling in Cairo’s bustling bazaars or snapping a desert sunset, Egypt and Jordan will be etched into your memory like a hieroglyph.

15 amazing days

Our small group tours are specifically curated to bring you deeply into the destination. Food, drink, people, customs and soft adventure activities to get you close to the natural surroundings. Specifically on this trip you will enjoy home cooked meals with locals, sail in a traditional Felucca, and bath in the Dead Sea or a Turkish Bath.

Our service is second to none, from your decision to join our tour, throughout the trip and when you get home, we will be there for you.

Each escape brings you experiences you wouldn’t find on your own.

Tour begins on March 1, 2020 returning on March 15th

Get ready for a wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures, offering the perfect combination of guided excursions with free time to explore at your own pace. Visiting amazing archaeological and historic sites like the Great Pyramids of Giza, Luxor and others, ancient marvels, like Petra, and natural wonders like the Dead Sea will take your breath away. But add to that a home cooked dinner with a Nubian family, sailing down the Nile in a traditional Felucca, and staying in a Bedouin camp overnight. Whether it’s haggling in Cairo’s bustling bazaars or snapping a desert sunset, Egypt and Jordan will be the ultimate bucket list trip with memories that last the rest of your life!

Local Living:

  • Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal, Aswān
  • Lunch with a Local Family, Luxor
  • Bedouin Camp Overnight, Wadi Rum.

Highlights:

  • Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum guided tour.
  • Felucca overnight sailing excursion with support boat.
  • Karnak and Kom Ombo temples guided tour.
  • Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings guided tour.
  • Colossi of Memnon visit.
  • Wadi Rum jeep excursion.
  • Petra guided tour.
  • Karak castles and Madaba mosaics visit.
  • Dead Sea visit.
  • Relax at the Red Sea
  • Bargain in bazaars

Escape With Us

Our escapes are unique in offering you an adventure filled itinerary with a local flavor. We work with local guides, planners and connections to make sure you do, see and even eat and drink things you may not have even thought of on your own.

Small Groups

We keep our groups small so we get to know each other and travel together, unified by the destination and our experiences.  Often lifelong friendships are forged. If anything, our growing group of like minded travelers start traveling together on future trips. “Where should we go next?” is often the last question asked as we depart for home.

Are you traveling solo? It is our pleasure to welcome you to our small group. We will match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If you wish, you may choose to pay a solo supplement to have your own room. Please check for availability.

For each trip, you will be invited to our Facebook group so you can chat with fellow travelers, dream about the upcoming trip together, maybe prepare together, hiking, practice a useful skill, etc. Usually, we also organize a get together about a month before the trip to share information, pass out travel documents, and ‘break the ice’ so when we embark on our trip we already know each other a bit. If you don’t live in the area, no worries, we will Skype you into the party and mail you your travel documents.

Why negotiate and plan yourself. Even the best guidebook can’t give you the freedom to embrace and immerse yourself in the destination. Enjoy the pleasure of travel without having to think about the details, leave the planning to us, your job is to fully embrace the journey without the hassles! We are so happy you are considering being our guest and can’t wait to deliver your fantastic experience!

Our Itinerary

DAY 1

Cairo

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, we will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation – Santana Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2

Cairo/Aswān(Breakfast | Dinner)

Tour the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx before a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Then catch an overnight train to Aswan.

Enjoy a tour of the magnificent great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. No matter how many photos or documentaries you have seen, the first glimpse of these marvels of the ancient world will take your breath away. As a qualified Egyptologist, our tour leader has all the facts about of these massive structures.

Later, visit the Egyptian Museum to see more ancient artifacts. With over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun, this massive museum is a fantastic place to learn about the country. Our tour leader will direct you to the most important and magnificent items. There is also plenty of free time for you to explore on your own.

In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan. The overnight train is a modern air-conditioned sleeper, with twin-berth beds. There is no shower in the cabin, but each cabin does have a sink. The shared toilet is at the end of each carriage. A basic airline-style tray meal for dinner and breakfast is included. Attendants can serve drinks in your compartment at extra cost or there is a bar car for socializing.

DAY 3

Aswān(Breakfast | Dinner)

Explore Aswan before visiting a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.

Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, trains can often be delayed. Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile.

Later, board a felucca (local boat) to reach Elephantine Island and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.

Accommodation – Nile Hotel (or similar)

DAY 4

Aswān(Breakfast)

Spend the day exploring Aswan.

One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. There are optional tours available if you choose not to explore on your own. The unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple or the fascinating Temple of Abu Simbel are options. Or visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan’s local people.

Accommodation – Nile Hotel (or similar)

DAY 5

Aswān/Kom Ombo(Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Sail the Nile on a traditional felucca. Sleep onboard under the stars.

Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river. Feluccas are a basic, traditional Nile sailboat and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep, open-air on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided, but if you prefer something between you and the blankets, you will need to bring a sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner of your own). The Felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, however we will have access to a private support boat, traveling in close proximity to our Felucca. This support boat is equipped with toilets and a shower (please bring a towel) and an area to eat your meals, leaving you stress free to enjoy this tranquil and traditional experience on the Nile.

DAY 6

Kom Ombo/Luxor(Breakfast)

Enjoy a visit to Kom Ombo Temple located in a scenic spot, right on the banks of the Nile. It was dedicated to the crocodile god, and you can still see the remains of an ancient mummified crocodile that was worshiped here thousands of years ago.

Then travel by private vehicle to Luxor.  Stop en route to visit the Karnak Temple. The Karnak Temple, was once the center of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, admire the amazing architecture, massive columns, and painted hieroglyphs.

In the afternoon you have free time to explore Luxor.

DAY 7

Luxor (Breakfast | Lunch)

Enjoy a full day guided excursion to the famous Valley of the Kings. Rise early to catch the sunrise from the motorboat that will take you across the Nile to the West Bank. From here, ride through farmer’s fields to reach the Valley of the Kings.

Descend the narrow, rock-hewn corridors and take in the magnificent decoration and designs of the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. While the treasure has now all gone, the tombs contain the most incredible paintings of the life of their incumbent and stories from the Book of the Dead; visit three tombs in total, and opt to visit the famous tomb of King (‘Tut’) Tutankhamun. Then visit to the impressive Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops — it’s a reminder of the power women held in the Ancient Kingdom. Last stop is to the two mammoth statues of Amenophis II at the Colossi of Memnon before returning to your hotel.

In your free time, enjoy Luxor, exploring more ruins or just relaxing.

Accommodation – Susanna Hotel (or similar)

DAY 8

Luxor/Amman(Breakfast)

Say goodbye to our Egyptian guide at the Cairo Airport, upon landing you will meet our Jordanian rep at the Amman airport who will assist with immigration and visas. After transfer to the hotel where your Jordanian guide will meet us.

Take some time to explore Jordan’s capital.

Accommodation – Retaj Hotel (or similar)

Day 9

 

Amman/Jerash/Dead Sea/Amman(Breakfast)

Enjoy the scenery as we head to the Dead Sea in a private vehicle stopping first at the ancient Roman town of Jerash.

Take a step back in time visiting Jerash, one of the most well-preserved Roman sites outside of Italy. Wander amid its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains, and city walls pierced by towers and gates – all in exceptional condition.

Then discover the legendary healing qualities of the Dead Sea, famous for its unique mineral makeup and salinity. Spot salt chunks drifting by like icebergs on the water’s surface. Take a dip yourself and float like a buoy or cover yourself in the mud along the shore, believed to have medicinal and therapeutic benefits. There are showers nearby to wash off after.

Accommodation – Retaj Hotel (or similar)

Day 10

Amman/Karak/Petra(Breakfast)

Depart early for the first stop, Mt Nebo, a historic site believed by many to be the location of Moses’ death and has thus been a center for pilgrimage since the earliest Christian times. Trek to the summit (817m or 2,680 ft), and be rewarded with views of the stunning surrounding countryside and Israel in the distance.

Continue on to Madaba to explore its long history on this guided tour, including its role as the center of early Christianity. See some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world, including the famous sixth-century mosaic map of the Middle East. Tour churches, the Archaeological Park, and the local museum that’s housed in several old Madaba residences.

Then take a walk through history on this guided tour of Karak Castle, the largest late-Islamic castle in Jordan. Explore its unique construction – initially built in the Crusader period, it was expanded and refortified during the Ayyubid and Mamluk eras.

Arrive in the early evening to Wadi Musa, the town just outside Petra.

Accommodation – Seven Wonders Hotel (or similar)

Day 11

 

Petra(Breakfast)

Journey to Petra to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Wind your way through the Siq, a narrow, 1km-long (.6 mi) gorge flanked by soaring 80m-high (262 ft) sandstone walls. Take in the astounding colors and patterns of the rock, and, at the end of this passage, catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh, the famed treasury of Petra.

Explore in depth with your guide and get a brief history of the city, one of the greatest attractions in the Middle East. The Nabateans carved this capital from the living rock of the surrounding mountains in Petra. Visit monuments that include the Pharaoh’s Castle, the triumphal arch, the amphitheatre, and the monastery.

Accommodation – Seven Wonders Hotel (or similar)

Day 12

Petra/Wadi Rum(Breakfast | Dinner)

Opt to visit Little Petra in the morning before continuing to Wadi Rum.

Drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan’s desert landscapes. Head deep into the desert by 4×4. Make stops along the way to get out and explore, learn about the region or scramble up rocks or sand dunes. Reach the Bedouin camp for nightfall to learn about a new culture and eat traditional food beneath the starry skies.  There is a large, central tent that is traditionally decorated and perfect for relaxing or escaping the cold nights in winter. Our dinner is prepared in traditional fashion, with the meat and vegetables cooked in an underground oven. Soft drinks and water are available for purchase. Lanterns light the way but we do suggest you bring a flashlight.

Accommodation in the desert is in one large goat-hair tent divided into “rooms” with curtains. Basic linens are provided but many travelers prefer to bring a sleep sheet for extra comfort. There are shared, unisex facilities. For religious reasons, no alcohol is permitted at the camp.

Day 13

Wadi Rum/Aqaba(Breakfast)

Opt to take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise for incredible views of the desert. After, journey to the red sea, where you can opt to snorkel, relax at the beach or enjoy a relaxing boat trip. Check out the city. Make sure to try some fresh seafood for dinner. Free time is yours to use any way you want.

Accommodation – Rae’d Suites Hotel (or similar)

Day 14

Aqaba/Amman(Breakfast | Lunch)

Journey back to Amman.

We will stop at a cafe in support of Numeira Environmental Association, a nonprofit organization working in the South Ghour region, south of the Dead Sea, to create a sustainable future for the community. They engage children in environmental education, promote sustainable farming practices, while creating jobs and training opportunities through their work. Their tourism program is key to the expansion of their environmental and social mission.

Upon arrival in Amman, enjoy a final night out in the city.

Accommodation – Retaj Hotel (or similar)

Day 15

Amman(Breakfast)

Depart at any time.

Your Investment

Your Investment starts at $2499 per person based on double occupancy. (we will match same gender roommates) Single room, $489 additional, space is limited.

The deposit to hold your space is $250 per person.  Final Payment is on January 3, 2020.

If you prefer to make payments, please contact us and we will arrange a plan that works.

Your Trip Includes

  • Hotels (11 nts), sleeper trains (1 nt), felucca (1 nt), desert camping (1 nt)
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Private air-con van, train, plane, felucca, 4×4 pickup truck
  • Local Living: Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal, Aswān
    Local Living: Lunch with a Local Family, Luxor
    Local Living: Bedouin Camp Overnight, Wadi Rum. Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum guided tour. Felucca overnight sailing excursion with support boat. Karnak and Kom Ombo temples guided tour. Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings guided tour. Colossi of Memnon visit. Wadi Rum jeep excursion. Petra guided tour. Karak castles and Madaba mosaics visit. Dead Sea visit. Internal flight. All entrance fees. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Round trip airport transfers

Your Trip Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Optional tours in locations (a list can be provided, just give us a call)
  • Gratuities for tour guides and drivers

How We Make Your Escape Awesome!

We are ready to answer your questions throughout the process via phone or email.

Once you sign up and pay your deposit:

  • We will send you a link to your My Trips account. You can view your trip details any time from your PC or Mobile Phone.
  • We will send you arrival and departure details so you can make your flight arrangements.
  • We will email you your final payment reminder about 1 week before it is due.
  • About two-three months before the trip we will send significant details like packing lists, further itinerary details, etc.
  • One month before the trip we will mail you your travel documents (or pass them out at a gathering for those local).
  • Hassle free arrivals, once you have collected your luggage and entered the airport arrivals hall, simply look for the PlanUrEscape sign. We will get you to your boat and started on the journey.

Facebook Group

You will be invited to a private Facebook group where you can meet, virtually, your fellow travelers, discuss the trip, make any preparation plans together, and share your excitement.

Our groups are typically 10-15 travelers. We aren’t a ‘big bus’ tour and don’t want to be. We don’t just look out the window and drive by the sights. Typically, our tours are custom and private. The advantage is, we can say, ‘stop here, we want to see this’ and we can stop and explore, even if it isn’t in the plan. Yes, we have an itinerary, but we also feel it’s important to take advantage of unexpected moments that arise. We attract travelers who are flexible and adventurous. A bit of spontaneity is a good thing!

(Please note, some tours lend themselves to a bit larger group so at times, we may expand the group to a maximum size of 25. We make group size decisions with the commitment that none of the spontaneity or sense of adventure will be impacted by the group size.)

You should know, our travelers are like you, they don’t want a canned tour, they like a sense of freedom on their trip, they understand the value of flexibility in travel, and they love the idea of working with a planning team that understands and respects their travel values.

So, Is this Trip for You?

  • You love traveling with like minded people and a tour company that is focused on traveling deeply into a destination, knowing how to read the group and make the best decisions for a perfect trip.
  • You find joy in trying new things, food, activities, etc.
  • Plans are good, and important to a great trip, however, flexibility sometimes brings a deeper experience and it’s OK with you.
  • You enjoy meeting and traveling with new people.
  • Some moderate physical activity will bring you the memories that make your trip special.

This Trip is Not for You If…

  • Travel is stressful and sometimes you find yourself anxious and frustrated when things don’t go perfectly as planned.
  • New things, new situations, aren’t really your thing.
  • You don’t like trying unusual local foods.
  • You feel uncomfortable and unsafe in places that are ‘foreign’ to Western culture.
  • Too much walking for long distances is tough.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I change accommodations during the trip?

Please refer to the itinerary. Accommodations change often and include hotel, Felucca, tent, etc.

Can I extend my stay?

Absolutely, adding a pre or post stay always enhances a trip. You spent the money to get there, why not stay a while? We will be happy to help you make plans.

What airport do I fly into and out of?

You will fly into Cairo and home from Amman.

What are VISA requirements for these countries?

EGYPT
Many nationalities including all Western European and Arab countries, USA, Australia and New Zealand are able to obtain a one-month single entry visa on arrival at Cairo International airport or at the Egyptian land border. On arrival if you plan to purchase an entry visa you must pay in cash. You will have the option of paying with US Dollars (USD), the British Pound (GBP) or in Euro’s (EUR). The visa fee is 25 USD or the equivalent to your currency.

JORDAN
Jordan visa can be obtained on arrival at land and airport borders for most nationalities for a fee of 40 JOD. While most travelers are not required to obtain their visa in advance, there are exceptions and you must check the requirements of your particular passport. While we provide this information in good faith, your visa is your responsibility. When departing Jordan by land then you will be required to pay an 8 JOD departure tax.

What type of currency is used in these countries?

The currency used in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD).

Who do I contact for other questions and travel advice?

Call us at 860-779-6531 or send an email to lwhittemore@cruiseplanners.com

What is the age group of my potential fellow travelers?

Our guests typically range in age from 45-75. They tend to be of an age where they are either already retired and traveling is an objective for them, or are getting close. There are some tours that attract a younger group, sometimes adult children of a traveler in the group will join the tour.

Groups tend to be predominantly female, although we are wanting a good mix of men and woman, solo and couples traveling.

In any case, our travelers are in good health, active and adventurous.

I’m not a tour person, will this be too much of a standard tour for me?

No worries here, your fellow travelers feel exactly the same way and so do we, your tour curators. Of course there are some parts of our tours that are standard, we travel often by a van or motor coach, we eat together and do activities together. What makes us different, are two critical things, we don’t like traditional touring either, we work hard to be different. And two, you will always have the opportunity to choose. If you want to do something on your own or different than the group plan, you are welcome to do that.

We would love to have you join us! We will do our best to provide the opportunities and activities that allow you to make amazing memories and lasting friendships. We are looking forward to traveling with you.

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