(Petra, Dead Sea)
Explore the Pyramids, Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum with its incredible Tutankhamen exhibit, and the bustling bazaars. Then fly to Luxor/Aswan to board your deluxe Nile cruiser, this will be your floating hotel moving from city to city while you explore the river's edge temples and monuments including; the Valley of Kings & Queens and Karnak temple in Luxor, the ancient monuments in Edfu and Kom Ombo, and the High Dam and Philae in Aswan. Combining private tours and transfers with enjoyable group outings, you will experience the absolute best that Egypt has to offer. Fly to Jordan and drive to the ghost city of Petra carved into the sheer sandstone cliffs echoes the Nambatean culture that once controlled the trade routes in the area.
NOTE; Travel in Egypt often involves early-morning starts, designed to avoid crowds and the hottest midday hours. It can be hot, especially in June, July and August, but there is virtually no humidity and evening temperatures cool off dramatically. Egypt is a moderate secular state, well used to hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. While you will want to avoid revealing clothing, loose shorts and short-sleeved shirts are fine for both genders on board your Nile cruise and while sightseeing.
A transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver between Cairo and the airport is provided.
You will be met in the tunnel by an airport representative who will in turn facilitate the visa process (included in tour cost), escort you through customs and immigration, off to baggage claim and finally to passenger pick up. It is here that you will connect with a representative associate who will arrange airport transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy this tour which explores the relics of past ages, and includes visits to the ancient Memphis, Saqqara, the Solar Boat, Chephren Pyramid and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Already millennia old by the birth of Christ, the elaborate statues and astonishing scale of these sites will amaze all who visit. This tour also features the famous Sphinx, whose constructor still remains unknown, but its sheer beauty and allure has mystified the likes of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte. This tour includes a private vehicle, a driver, a trained Egyptologist, and entry to either the Chephren (Khafre) or Menkaure (Mycerinus) pyramids, as well as the Solar Boat. Entrance to the Pyramids is not included. Be aware that a limited number of people are allowed inside the Pyramids daily.
Enjoy a buffet lunch at a great local restaurant.
You will be picked up before sunrise (or sunset) from your hotel and transferred to the desert to meet your guide. The guide will lead you out into the desert on your choice of camel or horse, where you can enjoy watching the sunset with a panoramic view of the Pyramids of Giza. This evening includes a stop for dinner at a Bedouin restaurant adjacent to the desert before returning to your hotel.
Take your flight from Cairo to Luxor. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Airport transfer with a private vehicle and English-speaking driver in Luxor.
Enjoy a private tour with a qualified Egyptologist guide exploring the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the most impressive temples of Karnak and Luxor, while learning about ancient Egyptian history from your own personal guide. Start your day with a visit to the Temples of Karnak. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex as your guide explains how the massive facade was constructed. Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by a two-kilometre long Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. Your private guide will offer interpretation and guide you through the most important parts of the temples.
Enjoy an evening of entertainment including local music.
Transfer to the West Bank and explore the West Bank of the ancient Thebes. Visit the Valley of the Kings to see the royal tombs of King Tutankhamun and Ramses, the sixth. This is followed by a visit to the Temple of Madinat Habu and a stop at the Colossus of Memnon.
Visit a unique Greco-Roman temple dedicated to two gods: Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haroeris, the sun god. The Temple in Kom Ombo (also known simply as Kom Ombo Temple) dates from about 180 BC, during a period known as the Ptolemaic era, and had some additions built on to it during Roman times. It stands right on the bank of the Nile between Edfu and Aswan. The temple is unusual in that it is a double temple, with one side dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek. The design is almost perfectly symmetrical, with two side-by-side sanctuaries and two parallel passageways leading through the outer parts of the temple. The right side is dedicated to Sobek-Re (the crocodile god combined with the sun god Re), along with his wife (a form of Hathor) and their son Khonsu-Hor. Sobek is associated with Seth, the enemy of Horus. In the myth of Horus and Osiris, Seth and his followers changed themselves into crocodiles to escape. The ancient Egyptians believed that by honouring the fearsome crocodile as a god, they would be safe from attacks. The left side is dedicated to Haroeris, the "Good Doctor" (a form of the falcon-headed god Horus the Elder) along with his consort Ta-Sent-Nefer, the "Good Sister" (another form of Hathor).
This half day tour begins with a visit to the impressive Aswan High Dam. The water which was collected behind created Lake Nasser, the world's largest artificial lake. View the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the Goddess Iris, on the island of Agilika, stopping at the “unfinished obelisk,” a practical demonstration of the methods used by ancient craftsmen to create impressive monuments.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver in Aswan.
Take your flight from Aswan to Cairo. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and a half.
Delve into the ancient Christian enclave of Cairo, with its Coptic iconography and architecture. Your private guide will also take you through the hanging church, Ben Ezra Synagogue. The synagogue was originally a Christian church, which the Coptic Christians of Cairo had to sell to the Jews in 882 AD in order to pay the annual taxes imposed by the Muslim rulers of the time. The synagogue was a place of pilgrimage for North African Jews and the site of major festival celebrations. Numerous restorations and renovations were made over the centuries, and the present building dates from 1892. It is a faithful reconstruction of the original, which had collapsed. During the reconstruction, a medieval Geniza (a hiding place for sacred books and worn-out Torah scrolls) was discovered, revealing thousands of original documents from the Middle Ages. Your tour also includes mosques of old Islamic Cairo -Ibn Toloun, Amr Ibn El As and Sultan Hassan.
Delve into the historical background of Egypt on a half day private tour with a trained Egyptologist guide through the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and its Mummy Room, which houses a priceless treasure of archaeological finds. This location holds the tomb of the King Tut, Egypt's most famous teenage King! Entrance to the mummies’ room is included.
During this evening tour, enjoy a delicious Egyptian dinner at Naguib Mafouz, located in the heart of the Khan Khalili bazaar in Cairo. Stroll down the newly opened Al Moaz Street and view the largest concentration of medieval architectural treasures from the Islamic world. Also included in this tour is entrance to Beit El Seheimy. Normally, this location would be closed to the public during the evening, but this exclusive tour allows for entrance inside. This tour includes a private vehicle, driver and english speaking guide.
Take your flight from Cairo to Amman. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
A Jordanian Tourism tax will be paid on your behalf to cover public liability insurance on equipment such as Jeeps, camels and horses.
You will be met by an airport representative , then it is off to baggage claim and finally to passenger pick up. It is here that you will connect with our Kensington associate who will arrange airport transfer to your hotel. Porter charges and tourist visa are included in the per person rate.
Sit back and relax on your 3 hour transfer from Amman to Petra.
Petra is the treasure of the ancient world, and the rock-carved rose-red city is full of mysterious charm. Indeed, it was "designed to strike wonder into all who entered it". Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, this remarkable city of grand buildings carved into massive cliffs evokes wonder to this day.
Sit back and relax on your 3 hour transfer from Petra to the Dead Sea.
This evening spend time at leisure or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa is beautifully set in its own landscaped gardens with an unrivaled and time-honored location, less than one kilometer from the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, one of the seven ancient wonders of the World and only twenty minutes from Cairo's city center. With optimum taste and comfort in mind, the state of the art rooms and suites are generously sized, offering the latest in-room facilities and services. Non-smoking rooms and rooms modified for disabled guests are also available. Recreation and entertainment facilities include a health and fitness center, a heated outdoor pool (seasonal), tanning beds and live entertainment.
The completely air-conditioned Movenpick M/S Royal Lily has noticeable Swiss hospitality in its tone. These cabins provide guests with a special opportunity to get to know the wonderful water-scape of Egypt, along with its history. The cruise features a range of dining options and snacking choices on the sundeck, at the bars, and in the restaurant. The built-in gym is available for those who want to get a little exercise in the middle of luxury. The Mövenpick MS Royal Lily offers a great chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the banks of the Nile and see the temples and tombs of the ancient world. Work out in the on-board gym, dine in the restaurant and pick you special souvenirs in the gift-shop.
The Fairmont Nile City Hotel provides guests with a delightful series of contrasts, from its Ancient Egyptian inspired stylings and furnishings to the most advanced architectural designs and technological equipment and amenities, the ideal accommodation choice to serve the needs of the discerning traveler. The hotel is intimately attuned to its surroundings, due to its dynamic location on the banks of the famed Nile River and its situation in the city center renowned for its Egyptian culture and commerce. The properties guest rooms boast sweeping view of the Nile River and of the Giza pyramids complex in the distance, allowing guests to keep Cairo’s natural beauty and history within their sight. All of the rooms at the Fairmont Nile City offer interactive TV, complimentary coffee/tea, 24-hour on call butler service, access to an executive business meeting room and access to the spectacular Fairmont Gold Lounge that provides complimentary buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and evening honor bar service. Added to this array of wonders are some truly special features including some wonderful culinary adventures at the hotels and city’s finest restaurants, an opportunity to bask in the sun on the rooftop by the poolside sky bar and the pampering indulgence provided by the full-service treatments at the Willow Stream Spa. The Fairmont Nile City will ensure that your stay in Cairo is certain to be an experience that is memorable and utterly magnificent.
Enjoy one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient Nabatean city of Petra carved from the rock over a thousand years ago. Embracing traditional hospitality and overlooking Jordan's timeless wonder, the Petra Marriott Hotel offers anticipatory & traditional service designed to exceed all expectations.
The Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa, Jordan's hospitality ambassador of life's healing grounds is surrounded by rugged purple mountains that subtly change in color as the day unfolds. This is where the spirit of Jordan fills the air and the pulse of history resonates in culture with an endless celebration of life and traditions. The Resort offers anticipatory and warm service that revives the soul, as well as a self contained blend of modern décor and generous space. Service is unparalleled, anticipating every need and the culinary delights are a pleasure to enjoy. The "Spa" is an integral part of the resort. It offers a retreat for guests to unwind, relax and rejuvenate and is designed to offer guests a unique experience and to help rebalance the body, mind and spirit. The treatments are specially prepared to invigorate the body and soul. In addition, the Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa is proud to be the first hotel in the Middle East to switch to solar panel energy for hot water.
Egypt to India
Kirsten Boucher ,
November 04, 2013
"I want to tell you what a great trip you arranged for us. We are having an amazing time and have very good guides. "
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Ann Schiller ,
October 29, 2013
"I wanted to write to you this week to express my sincere thanks for the trip of a lifetime to India. My son, David, and I had the most incredible time in the Golden Triangle, thanks to you! The entire tour went without a hitch. We saw so many attractions on our short journey. We were enamored with the Indian culture, architecture and artistry. The hotels were fantastic, like you promised. The hospitality was unmatched. We appreciated the Kensington staff who met us at the airport and at each destination, and made sure that our checkouts went smoothly, as well."
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Sharon Lombardi ,
November 04, 2013
"Bhutan guide and driver were excellent...loved them so much!"
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Deborah Eastland ,
October 29, 2013
"My husband and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Egypt. The sites were amazing and overwhelming. Everything was as promised. We had the most amazing pyramid view and Nile view from our hotels. Our itinerary included the most magnificent sites and we were accompanied by the most informative and friendly people. I highly recommend visiting Egypt. It is totally safe. Thank you to everyone at Kensington for this experience. It was so beyond our expectations!"
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Arnold Levine ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you so much for everything.
You planned an outstanding trip that met all our interests and requirements.
Another wonderful tailored vacation by Kensington. I've completed the survey, but wanted to let you know personally how thankful we are to you."
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Carolann MacGregor ,
June 14, 2013
"I’m back and I had an AMAZING trip from beginning to end – trip of a lifetime to be sure. Aseem, I wanted to thank you for all your help, advice and fantastic planning for this trip. The itinerary, accommodations and guides were phenomenal! As a single woman travelling alone, I have to be willing to get on that plane and have the faith there will be dependable, competent people at the other end for me when I arrive. And with both of my Kensington trips, my hopes were surpassed. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about this trip."
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Mark Hickman ,
June 26, 2013
"Mohammed, our main guide throughout this itinerary was excellent and made sure every part of our experience was safe and entertaining. He often called ahead when we arrived at our next destination to talk to us by cell phone about our arrival and safety...we greatly appreciated his expertise and professionalism. Likewise, Mohammed (our driver in Cairo) became a good friend and was kind and courteous throughout.
The other guides during the trip....Sam in Luxor during the Nile trip and Samya in Sharm....could not have been any better. Great people, excellent guides and travel companions. I will think about them and this entire trip with great fondness. I will surely recommend Egypt and the Sinai to others who are considering a trip to the middle east in the future. With so much bad press lately, it was reassuring to have these people planning our every move and making things feel secure, inspiring and entertaining."
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Elisabeth Greene ,
April 19, 2013
"Everything was extremely smooth and really appreciated how everything was taken care.The hotels were wonderful and the Taj Mahal exceeded her expectations and was very nice."
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Angela Gentile ,
April 02, 2013
"Just a note of heartfelt thanks for organizing such a wonderful adventure to Jordan for MaryAnn and me. Our time in Jordan was spectacular and each day full of endless blessings. Our guide, Zaid Sakarneh, was kind, professional, intelligent and embraced each day with a fresh passion that was contagious. Thank you for all that you did to ensure we had a week full of memories that will last a lifetime!
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Lilly and Roy Brown ,
April 05, 2013
"We were very happy with the trip,and would very highly recommend our travel agent to every one.They delivered all that we wanted and also what they promised.We saw all the pyramids,temples and other ancient ruins both in Egypt and also Jordan.. even rode a camel,did horseback riding and enjoyed floatingin the salty Dead Sea."
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