Travel through history as you embark on this tour of Jordan and Egypt. Start with a relaxing trip to the Dead Sea before heading to the pink stones and red sands of Petra and Wadi Rum. End your trip in Egypt, where you can experience thousands of years of ancient civilization and its wonders. Walk the streets of the stone city of Petra, float in the Dead Sea, stand in awe of the Egyptian Pyramids and Sphinx, and more on this six-day itinerary.

Highlights

  • Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth
  • Tour the incredible "Rose City" of Petra
  • Visit the Pyramids of Giza, a wonder of the ancient world
  • Spend a night sleeping under the stars in Wadi Rum

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive to Jordan - Relax in the Dead Sea - Drive to Petra Petra
Day 2 Explore the Rose City of Petra - Sleep Under the Stars in Wadi Rum Wadi Rum
Day 3 Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum - Fly to Cairo Cairo
Day 4 Sightseeing in Cairo Cairo
Day 5 A Tour of Ancient Egypt's Pyramids and Sphinx Cairo
Day 6 Depart Cairo  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Jordan - Relax in the Dead Sea - Drive to Petra

Thunderstorm over the Dead Sea
Incredible skies over the Dead Sea

Welcome to Jordan! A driver will meet you at the airport in Amman to take you to the lowest point on earth: The Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea is renowned for its healing properties, so enjoy a day of detox and relaxation as you float in the salty waters, unwind with a full-body mud treatment, or lounge by the pool. Have lunch by the Dead Sea before continuing on your journey.

In the late afternoon, you'll depart for Petra, which is a 3.5-hour drive south from the Dead Sea. Enjoy the scenic ride along the Dead Sea Highway, where you can take in the sunset and stunning views of the landscape, before you arrive in Petra for your overnight stay.

If you're interested in an alternative experience of Petra, you can choose a Petra by Night tour, where you can visit the ancient city under the myriad of stars of Jordan's desert. It is also possible to have dinner at a local family home upon your arrival in Petra as a way of immersing yourself more fully in Jordan's unique culture and cuisine.

Day 2: Explore the Rose City of Petra - Sleep under the stars in Wadi Rum

Facade of the Monastery in Petra
Facade of the Monastery in Petra

Today, you will explore Petra, one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Walk through the mystic Siq, the main entrance to the "Rose City" of Petra. Stand in awe of the Treasury, climb up the High Place of Sacrifice and wander through the Garden Temple Complex. Visit the Monastery, Petra's largest temple, where you will climb 600 steps to see this incredible example of stone-work and ingenuity. If you're interested in learning more about Petra and the Nabataean civilization that built this site, you can opt for a guided "classic tour" of Petra, which lasts two to three hours. 

You will leave Petra in the late afternoon and be driven south to the desert of Wadi Rum. There, you will spend an unforgettable night in a traditional Bedouin tent, where you can enjoy dinner and feel the magic of Wadi Rum. If you'd like a more romantic option, you can choose a private candlelit dinner instead.

Day 3: Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum - Fly to Cairo

Hop on a Jeep tour through Wadi Rum
Hop on a Jeep tour through Wadi Rum

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on a two-hour Jeep safari to explore the beauty of the desert. You'll be taken to see Nabatean inscriptions, burnt orange and bright red canyons and dunes, and Lawrence of Arabia's house.

Settle in for a four-hour drive back to the airport in Amman, where you will catch your flight to Cairo. Once you land in Cairo, you will be taken to your hotel, where our guide will discuss the details of your upcoming itinerary. Take the rest of the day off to relax and explore Cairo.

Suggested activities include:

  • Take in the incredible details of the 14th-century Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan.
  • Savor the delicious flavors of local dishes like ful medames (fava bean stew), falafel or koshary.
  • Make your way to the top of the minarets of Bab Zuweila, one of three remaining gates of Old Cairo.

Day 4: Sightseeing in Cairo

Aerial views of Cairo and the Nile
Aerial views of Cairo and the Nile

After breakfast, our local guide will take you to see the highlights of Cairo, one of the most significant cities of the ancient world and currently, the largest city of the Arab world. 

The first stop is the Egyptian Museum, which has one of the world's most important collections of ancient artifacts, including the golden mask of the boy king, Tutankhamen. Visit the Mohamed Ali Mosque, whose location on the summit of the citadel makes it one of the most visible and well-known landmarks of the city.

Continue on to Old Cairo, the historical region that predates the Fatimid founding of Cairo proper in 969 CE. There, you can visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue, before taking a short drive to Islamic Cairo. Spend some time wandering the alleys of Khan El Khalili, Cairo's oldest and most intriguing bazaar. You will be taken back to your hotel to enjoy an evening for yourself in Cairo.

Day 5: A Tour of Ancient Egypt's Pyramids and Sphinx

Camel resting by the pyramids
Camel resting by the pyramids

Have breakfast and a coffee before your guide takes you to the Giza Plateau, where you can stand in the shadows of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus

These pyramids were built in the 26th century BCE during the Fourth Dynasty of Egypt, which is known as the height of the pyramid-building age. Learn about the history of this incredible necropolis before moving on to see the Sphinx and the Valley Temple.

You will have the option to visit the Solar Boat Museum, which contains a perfectly preserved ancient ship once buried in a pit at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza as a grave offering for Khufu, an Egyptian pharaoh. 

Sit down to lunch at a local restaurant to recharge before continuing on to the Sakkara Complex, where you can see the Djoser Pyramid, Egypt's first pyramid. You'll end the tour in Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt during the Old Kingdom. You can explore Memphis' ancient necropolis before heading back to Cairo for the night.

Day 6: Depart Cairo

Magical light over Cairo and the Nile
Magical light over Cairo and the Nile

Take in any last sights or adventures before our driver takes you to the airport so you can go on to your next destination.

We hope you enjoyed the unforgettable experiences of Jordan and Egypt!

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Map of Historical Highlights of Jordan & Egypt: Dead Sea, Petra, Cairo - 6 Days
Map of Historical Highlights of Jordan & Egypt: Dead Sea, Petra, Cairo - 6 Days