This 10-day itinerary covers the highlights of Jordan and Egypt, with a mix of fun cultural activities and guided tours. Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and say hello to the legendary Sphinx, camp with the Bedouins in the dunes of Wadi Rum, and explore the ancient city of Petra in a single trip filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Highlights

  • Walk the streets of Cairo and visit the Pyramids
  • Float in the salty Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth
  • Explore the ancient rock city of Petra
  • Camp in the Wadi Rum desert and explore the dunes on a Jeep safari

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Pyramids and Sphinx Tour Cairo
Day 3 Cairo Sightseeing Cairo
Day 4 Amman City Tour Amman
Day 5 Exploring the Ruins of Jerash and Ajloun Castle Amman
Day 6 Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea Dead Sea
Day 7 Following the Ancient King's Highway to Petra Petra
Day 8 Full day in Petra Wadi Rum
Day 9 The Red Dunes of Wadi Rum Amman
Day 10 Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cairo

Cairo seen from above

Welcome to Egypt! Once you land at Cairo International Airport (CAI), your tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. There you can go over your itinerary together and confirm pick-up times for each tour. 

If you aren't too tired from your flight, you'll have the option to visit Khan El Khalili, a famous bazaar in the center of Cairo, in the evening. 

Day 2: Pyramids and Sphinx Tour

Come see the famous Sphinx of Egypt

After breakfast, your guide will take you to the Giza Plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Great Pyramids Cheops, Chefren, and Mykerinus. You'll also see the famous Sphinx and the nearby Valley Temple

In the afternoon, your guide will take you back to your hotel, and you'll have some free time to explore Cairo or relax.

Day 3: Cairo Sightseeing

Wander the bustling streets of Cairo

Start your day with breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, where your guide will meet you to take you on a full-day private tour. You'll visit the Egyptian Museum, where you can see many artifacts from ancient Egypt, and have the option to visit the museum's mummies room (an extra ticket needs to be purchased at the door).

Then, stop for lunch at a local restaurant, before continuing on to visit the Saladin Citadel, including the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque located inside. 

Next, your guide will take you to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue, before driving you back to your hotel. 

Day 4: Amman City Tour

Temple of Hercules in the Citadel
Temple of Hercules in the Citadel

Today, you'll catch an early flight to Jordan. When you land at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), a driver will meet you at the arrival hall and take you on a tour of Amman. The tour includes a visit to the Citadel, the Roman Theater, and the downtown souks. Finally, your driver will drop you off at your hotel in Amman in the evening. 

Day 5: Exploring the Ruins of Jerash and Ajloun Castle

Colonnaded street in Jerash
Colonnaded street in Jerash

This morning, you'll drive north to see the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Jerash, where you'll walk along the Colonnaded Street, visit the Temples of Artemis and Zeus, and sit for a break in the enormous Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held.

Grab lunch in Jerash, then continue north to Aljoun Castle, a 12th-century Muslim castle, which was built on the site of an old monastery. At the end of the day, your guide will drive you back to your hotel in Amman. 

Day 6: Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea

Float on the surface of the Dead Sea

After breakfast, your driver will take you to Madaba, an ancient town known for the mosaic map of the Holy Land located in its Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. Afterward, you'll travel to Mount Nebo, from where Moses saw the Promised Land he was not allowed to enter. 

Finally, continue on to the Dead Sea, famous for its salty waters and for being the lowest point on Earth. You can float on the salty surface, get a full-body mud treatment, or relax by your hotel's pool. Have dinner and spend the night at your resort. 

Day 7: Following the Ancient King's Highway to Petra

Kerak Castle
Kerak Castle

Spend the morning on the shores of the Dead Sea, then meet your driver around noon to travel down the Dead Sea Highway, past some beautiful viewpoints. 

Then, you'll drive into the mountains to the Crusader Castle of Kerak. Grab lunch in town, and continue along the King's Highway, an ancient trade route to Petra

Once you arrive in the Petra, you have the option of experiencing Petra by Night (only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) or join a local family for a traditional homemade meal. 

Day 8: Full Day in Petra

The soft lights of Petra by Night

Spend the full day exploring Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll walk through the mystic Siq, admire the Treasury, stroll down the Colonnaded Street, and visit the Theater. If you have the energy, visit the High Place of Sacrifice or the Monastery to make the most of your day. 

After your visit, your driver will take you to a Bedouin camp out in the Wadi Rum desert, where you'll enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars. 

Day 9: The Red Dunes of Wadi Rum

Explore Wadi Rum on a Jeep safari

Start the day with breakfast at the camp, then hop in a Jeep for a 3-hour tour that includes all of the highlights of the desert: you'll see ancient inscriptions, impressive rock formations, and lots of red sand dunes. You'll also have the option to go on a one-hour camel ride. 

Enjoy the martian landscape of the desert before heading back to Rum Village, where your driver will pick you up and take you back to Amman for your final night in Jordan. 

Day 10: Departure

Amman at night
Say goodbye to Amman! 

It's time to say goodbye to Jordan! When it's time to catch your flight, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport. 

Map

Map of Jordan & Egypt: Cairo, Amman, Petra, and Wadi Rum - 10 Days
Map of Jordan & Egypt: Cairo, Amman, Petra, and Wadi Rum - 10 Days