OCTOBER 9-26, 2022
18 DAYS $7,999per person
Day 1 October 09, 2022
International flight to Jordan
Take the international flight to Amman, Jordan. This is typically an overnight flight arriving on day 2. Please know that Jordan requires negative PCR test results to enter.
Day 2 October 10, 2022
Amman Arrival (D)
Reception at the Amman international airport. Reception by your English speaking guide, and then transfer to your hotel.
Tonight, a beautiful welcome dinner at the Sufra Restaurant is arranged, with transfers.
REQUIREMENTS FOR JORDAN:
-Visa is required, and is included and prepaid by Sated Ventures
-Travel Insurance required
-Negative Covid19 PCR test results (120 hours or less)
-Indemnity Form filled out
-prepay online for the 2nd PCR test that will be done on arrival at Amman Airport $40
Four Seasons Amman or similar, premium rooms
Day 3 October 11, 2022
Amman (B, L)
Full Day Private Tour of Amman Citadel and Jerash - Morning city tour of Amman including Citadel, Archaeological Museum and Jordan New Museum. Enjoy a private guided tour of Amman. It was called Rabbath Ammon or Rabat Amon by the Ammonites. It was later conquered by the Assyrians, followed by the Persians, and then the Greek Macedonians. Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the Macedonian ruler of Egypt, renamed it Philadelphia. Main Sites are Citadel and the Archeological Museum, Roman Theatre and the Folklore Museum, as well as a walking tour downtown followed by a panoramic tour of the new modern parts of Amman.
Then visit Jerash the site of the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, also referred to as Antioch on the Golden River. Remains in the Greco-Roman Jerash include The Corinthium column, Hadrian's Arch, The circus-hippodrome, and the two large temples (dedicated to Zeus and Artemis). Also visit the nearly unique oval Forum, which is surrounded by a fine colonnade, The long colonnaded street or cardo, Two theatres, and a scattering of small temples and an almost complete circuit of city walls. Lunch at Khayl & Layl Restaurant near Jerash. Then return to your hotel.
Day 4 - October 12, 2022
Amman - Petra (B, L, D)
After breakfast, meet with your guide to travel to Petra. En route, we will stop at the mosaic town of Madaba, as well as the sacred site of Nebo. Upon arrival to Madaba, meet your local guide at the Food Basket Restaurant for a welcome tea or coffee. Learn about the house, architecture and the day’s activity. Begin your walking tour of Madaba starting with a visit to the Church of St. George where the famed mosaic map of the Holy Land lies. Continue to the Burnt Palace, passing by the local shops along the way. Stop for a fresh juice before visiting the Archeological Park, then explore the downtown/souq area. Other attractions include the John the Baptist Church, a number of old houses. Meet locals throughout your tour. Return to Food Basket Restaurant and begin preparations for lunch and learn to make several popular dishes. Enjoy your home-cooked lunch.
Afterwards, drive to nearby Mount Nebo site for a visit, before heading south to Petra. On Mt. Nebo, the site from which is it believed that Moses saw the Promised Land, enjoy the spectacular view over the Jordan River Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and the hills of Judea. Tonight, head to Little Petra for seated dinner at one of the Bedouin Camps under the stars.
Petra Movenpick Hotel or similar, superior rooms
Day 5 October 13, 2022
Petra (B, L, D)
A day fully dedicated to Petra! With your guide, visit the site and explore the vast area, with multiple options for hikes and overlooks. Buggy rides, camels and donkeys are all available for rent throughout the huge park. Lunch included on site.
Petra is a historical and archaeological city famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved. Known as the capital city of the Nabateans and currently a symbol of Jordan. In 1812, Petra was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage. The impressive eastern entrance leads steeply down through a dark, narrow gorge called the Siq ("the shaft"), a
natural geological feature formed from a deep split in the sandstone rocks and serving as a waterway flowing into Wadi Musa. At the end of the narrow gorge stands Petra's most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh (popularly known as "the Treasury"). Lunch at the Basin hotel inside the sanctuary.
A little farther from the Treasury is a massive theatre, so placed as to bring the greatest number of tombs within view. At the point where the valley opens out into the plain, the site of the city is revealed with striking effect. The amphitheatre has been cut into the hillside and into several of the tombs during its construction. Here are hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings. There are obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets, and high above, overlooking the valley, is the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery – a flight of 800 rock cut steps takes you there. Return to hotel and rest.
At sundown, we return to Petra for a very special one mile hike by candlelight. Upon arrival, enjoy tea and a musical performance at the treasury. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only. After the visit, enjoy an authentic Jordanian dinner in Wadi Musa.
Day 6 October 14, 2022
Petra - Wadi Rum (B, L, D)
After breakfast, depart Petra and head to Wadi Rum, the amazing moonlike Desert. On the way, visit Little Petra - after a 10 minutes drive, you find Al Beidha, better known as Little Petra. Enter the site through a narrow gorge called Siq al-Barid, the "cold Siq". The name refers to the circumstance that the high walls prevent sunlight from entering
the canyon and warming it. The Siq is 350 meters long with three wider areas inside.
Upon arrival to Wadi Rum, start with a Jeep ride in the desert touring various sites, including a stop at a Local Bedouin Family’s house to enjoy lunch.
After lunch, learn about the Bedouin coffee, how it is prepared, roasted and offered. Check in to your Wadi Rum Camp – here you can enjoy a camel ride, dinner, and a Star Gazing Experience.
Sun City Camp Wadi Rum or similar, Martian Dome Tents
Day 7 - October 15, 2022
Wadi Rum - Dead Sea (B, L)
After breakfast and any morning activities, continue with your private driver to the Dead Sea. Take the Wadi Araba Scenic Road to Dead Sea with a stop at Al Numeira Environmental Association - here we can choose a soft hike in the canyon, a biking excursion, or other activities, along with a lovely local meal. Then continue to your Dead Sea Hotel for check in and overnight.
En route, we will stop in a lab in Aqaba for a quick Covid19 test, that will be needed for your entry to Egypt.
Movenpick Dead Sea or similar, classic sea view rooms
Day 8 October 16, 2022
Dead Sea (B)
Take this day to rest and enjoy the Dead Sea - your hotel includes everything you need to enjoy a mud and salt experience.
Day 9 October 17, 2022
Dead Sea - Cairo (B, D)
Check out and enjoy a private 2 hour drive to the Amman airport. Here, board your international flight to Egypt. This flight is 1.5 hour long. Reception at the airport and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel. Tonight, a welcome dinner included.
REQUIREMENTS FOR EGYPT:
- Visa is required - included and prepaid by Sated Ventures
-Travel Insurance is recommended
-Negative Covid19 PCR test (72 hours)
Mena House Hotel or similar, pyramids view rooms
Day 10 October 18, 2022
Cairo and the Pyramids (B, L)
After breakfast, meet with your private guide to explore the highlights. Visit to Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx, one of the great Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Go off the beaten path with your guide, ride camels beneath the pyramids, and dedicate as much time to this sacred site as needed. Then go to Memphis, the first capital of the ancient Egyptians, to visit Sakkara where you can find the first pyramid ever built in Egypt. A typical lunch arranged at Saqqara restaurant nearby the pyramid.
Day 11 October 19, 2022
Cairo City (B, L)
Today after breakfast, meet with your guide again and we will go for a full day tour of Cairo. Starting the day with a morning visit to the Egyptian Museum - home of the magnificent ancient Egyptian antiquities from different periods throughout ancient history. The magnificent treasure of King Tutankhamen, whose tomb was recently discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, had been moved to this museum along with his famous 11 kg mask of gold.
After the museum, we head to the Citadel to see the once glorious medieval fortification, as well as the Mosque of Mohamed Ali. Lunch included at Andrea restaurant. To complete the day, head to the famous Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar for a bit of bartering and exploring, followed by a traditional tea at the market’s outdoor lounge.
Day 12 October 20, 2022
Cairo - Abu Simbel - Aswan (B, L)
After Breakfast transfer to Cairo Airport for a short flight to Abu Simbel (stops in Aswan - this flight is often cancelled. If that happens, we will simply drive from Aswan to Abu Simbel, a 2-3 hour drive).
Reception and enjoy a tour of The Abu Simbel Temple which consists of two huge temples (the Great Temple and the Small Temple) that were carved into the mountainside. The temple complex was commissioned by Ramesses II, one
of ancient Egypt's most renowned pharaohs. After the tour, enjoy lunch, then a 2-3 hour drive to your hotel in Aswan.
On the way back to your hotel, we stop at the Old Cataract Hotel for a traditional tea. Then return to hotel to rest and enjoy the amenities.
Mövenpick Resort Aswan or similar, river view rooms
Day 13 October 21, 2022
Aswan - Nile River Cruise (B, L, D) This cruise departs Fridays only
Enjoy breakfast, then head out with your guide for a tour to the Nubian village by motor boat. Here we will taste the experience at a local Nubian family home. Enjoy a casual cooking class and learn how to make a traditional Nubian meal. After the cooking presentation, enjoy lunch, before returning to the Aswan cruise dock. Board your Nile River cruise and check into your cabin.
A private guide will accompany you for the duration of the cruise, so that all the daily activities are done privately and at your pace. Dinner onboard tonight.
M/S Nile Zeina Cruise 5 star boat or similar, private cabins
Day 14 October 22, 2022
Nile River Cruise (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we get off the boat and start sightseeing at the High Dam, Philae Temple and unfinished Obelisk. Lunch on board, then afternoon Sail to KomOmbo, where we will visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek and Haeroris in KomOmbo. Then the cruise sails to Edfu, where we will visit Edfu Temple. Tea Time and dinner on board while we sail to Luxor. Tonight, Egyptian Galabeya event onboard.
Day 15 October 23, 2022
Nile River Cruise (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we get off the boat and visit the East Bank (Karnak and Luxor Temples). Lunch on board with a free afternoon. Dinner on board.
Day 16 October 24, 2022
Cruise - Luxor (B, L)
Return for breakfast on board and Disembarkation. With your guide, visit the West Bank, valley of the Kings and Queens, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir El-Bahari, and the Colossi Memnon.
Lunch in Luxor’s Restaurant Peace abu Zaid. Then check into your hotel.
Sonesta St George Hotel or similar, river view rooms
Day 17 October 25, 2022
Before sunrise, enjoy a magical hot air balloon over the valley of kings & queens. Then return to the hotel to rest and enjoy the amenities. Today we will arrange a visit to a lab to perform a PCR Covid19 test for your flight home.
Tonight, return to the site to enjoy the valley come alive with lights and sounds. Watch the carvings and columns at the Temple of Karnak come to life with tickets to the Luxor Sound and Light Show, which tells the story of ancient Thebes' gods, kings, and legends. You'll hear voices from the past as you walk through the vast temple complex, which is even more atmospheric in the cooler, evening hours.
Day 18 October 26, 2022
Luxor - Cairo - Home (B)
Continue to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. Connect with your flight home.
PRICING AND DETAILS:
Round trip flights within the itinerary; all airport and land transfers, English speaking guide throughout, accommodation as specified, meals as specified (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), entrance fees to visitor sites specified.
Price does not include:
international airfare to Peru and back; meals not specified, alcoholic drinks, mandatory travel insurance, personal expenses, and tips.
Requirements to enter Ecuador & Galapagos:
Passport valid for minimum 6 months on the day of departure
Covid19 Vaccination Certificate and a Negative Covid19 Test Result less than 72 hours old
Non refundable deposit ($2,999) per person is required at booking
Balance due 90 days prior to departure