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Treasures of Egypt, Hidden Jordan and Israel

Cairo to Amman

Trip Code: EGTJI19
19 Days
34 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • Four nights cruising the River Nile on the MS Royal Lily
  • 14 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and local guides
  • 34 meals - Enjoy 18 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 10 Dinners
  • Daily bottled water, as well as soft drinks, beer or wine with dinner on board the MS Royal Lily
  • Entrance fees to all included sites
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping
  • All flights within Egypt and Jordan

Travel & Accommodation

Ship cruising through the ocean

Cruising the River Nile

The perfect way to absorb the secrets of this historic waterway and its surroundings is aboard a River Nile cruise.

Large pyramid with carved windows and blue sky in background, Jordan

Phenomenal Petra

Forgotten for centuries, hidden within the deserts of Jordan, enjoy a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder.

Large open forecourt

Jerusalem Old City

See the magnificent Temple Mount area and discover the wonders of the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • On all departures, extra charges apply to enter the Pyramids, the Mummies Room in the Egyptian Museum and certain tombs at the Valley of the Kings and Queens
  • Limited water bottles are provided on a daily basis and limited soft drink and alcohol is provided on the cruise with dinner
  • Please note, some restaurants and hotels do not serve alcohol in Egypt, Jordan and Israel
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only
Middle East Map EGTJI19 2019-20
Cairo to Amman

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Insider Experience

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Today marks the beginning of your incredible Egypt and Jordan adventure as you arrive in Cairo. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Stay: Three Nights, Marriott Cairo Hotel

After breakfast, take in the imposing sights of Cairo on a full-day tour including the Great Pyramid of Giza and Great Sphinx of Giza. With the head of a human and body of a lion, the mythical Sphinx is the most recognisable statue associated with ancient Egypt. Walk through the emerald green gardens of Al Azhar Park before enjoying lunch overlooking the views of Cairo. Later, take in a tour of the Egyptian Museum. Home to the world’s most extensive collection of pharaonic artifacts, with more than 160,000 pieces on display, come face-to-face with genuine Tutankhamen treasures and antiquities. Later, take a stroll through the colourful Khan el-Khalili Bazaars, where you may stumble upon memorable keepsakes.

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The day is yours to discover Cairo. Perhaps take in a tour of the concentration of historic churches and museums in Coptic Cairo, including the Church of St. Sergius - believed to be built upon a shelter the Holy Family used during their time in Egypt. Alternatively, admire the imposing size and beauty of the Sultan Hassan Mosque, before enjoying a tour of the Al-Rifa’i Mosque and Islamic Museum. Or, marvel at a mesh of design influences, glorious elegance and lavish architecture within the Manial Palace Museum.

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Take an included flight from Cairo to Luxor and embark the MS Royal Lily. Enhancing the sights of your River Nile cruise, you will enjoy an intimate experience with great service. After settling in and enjoying lunch, this afternoon you will discover Karnak Temple, the largest religious building ever constructed. You’ll also explore the impressive Luxor Temple. Constructed approximately 1400 BC and once the capital of Egypt, Luxor Temple was dedicated to the veneration of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu and held Egypt’s most important religious festival – the annual Opet Festival. Tonight, indulge in a Captain’s Welcome Reception on board.

Stay: Four Nights, MS Royal Lily

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Today, visit the monumental Colossi of Memnon statues before taking in the West Bank of the Nile, the world’s largest open-air museum. Here, you’ll journey to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Also known as the “Gateway to the Afterlife”, the Valley of the Kings and Queens was once a royal burial ground for pharaohs, queens, priests, and chosen elects. Relax in comfort, with afternoon tea, as you sail to Edfu via Esna. As the sun sets, enjoy dinner before an entertaining game of trivia.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

On the bank of the Nile this morning, be escorted to the Temple of Edfu by stepping �oard a horse drawn carriage, a distinctly unique mode of transport.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Attend a Galabeya party on board your ship tonight. Popular in the Egyptian culture, you’ll enjoy authentic music and food whilst perhaps wearing traditional pharaonic attire.


Visit the Temple of Edfu today, a sandstone temple dedicated to the falcon god Horus, this temple is fabled to be the site of historic festivals and celebrations. You’ll then cruise onwards to Kom Ombo, where you’ll enjoy lunch on board. Afterwards, visit the Kom Ombo Temple, an unusual double temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, the lcon god. Back on board, enjoy afternoon tea en route to Aswan.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Sail around Kitchener’s Island by felucca. Board a traditional wooden sailing boat and drift alongside this island home, turned botanical garden. Keep an eye out for the beautiful trees and luscious plants native to Aswan.


Today is sure to be a highlight as you fly to Abu Simbel and visit the imposing temples. Once buried under centuries of sand, lost to the world until 1813, marvel at the two awe-inspiring temples considered masterpieces of ancient Egypt. Later, enjoy an Insider Experience. This evening, enjoy dinner followed by a Nubian Folkloric Show. Popular in Egypt, Nubian music is performed in Arabic and relies on drum beats, clapping, fiddles, lutes and various other percussion instruments.

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Today in Aswan, bid farewell to the MS Royal Lily before taking in the High Dam, Philae Temple and the unfinished Obelisk. Later, board your included flight back to Cairo. From Cairo Airport you will board an included flight to Jordan’s capital, Amman. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel for a Jordanian Welcome Reception.

Stay: Amman, Rotana Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit a popular spot to sample the Jordanian sweet kanafeh, a delicious cheese pastry soaked in a sugar syrup.


Today starts with a guided tour of Amman. Discover the historic legacy of the city at the Roman Theatre and Nymphaeum, before taking in the enchanting Citadel. You’ll then take a stroll via a traditional ‘Souq’, where the sights and smells of spices and gold are sure to delight. Afterwards, drive to the ruined city of Jerash. A once great Roman city, here you will transport some 6,500 years back in time to the ‘Pompeii of the Middle East’. On a guided tour, take in the striking arches, limestone hippodromes and elegant public squares, as well as the spacious plazas, city walls and baths. Continue to the Dead Sea this afternoon where you will check-in to your hotel.

Stay: Dead Sea, Crowne Plaza

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Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps floating on the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Later travel to Bethabara, the Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ. Arrive in Aqaba this afternoon, a picturesque port set on the Red Sea. This evening is yours to spend as you wish.

Stay: Intercontinental Aqaba

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel to Wadi Rum this afternoon where you will take an exciting 4x4 tour across the lunar-like desert landscapes.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

As the sun goes down, toast the day with a glass of champagne.


This morning is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps take advantage of the hotel facilities, go for a dip in the Red Sea or enjoy a glass bottom boat tour. Enjoy two exciting Insider Experiences in the Wadi Rum desert before continuing on to your desert camp where you will savour a unique Bedouin dinner this evening.

Stay: Wadi Rum, Captain's Desert Camp

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an evening of learning and fun, as you partake in a Jordanian hands-on dining experience at Petra Kitchen.


This morning perhaps enhance your experience in the desert with a desert trek or camel ride. Afterwards, a short drive from Petra brings you to Little Petra, an archaeological site where magnificent buildings have been carved into sandstone canyons.

Stay: Two Nights, Petra, The Old Village Hotel and Resort

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Following breakfast at your hotel, spend the morning exploring Petra. Famous for its rock-cut architecture, stone colours and formations, Petra is also known as the Rose City. Wander through a narrow gorge called the Siq and emerge to witness Petra’s most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh, also known as the Treasury. A little farther along lies the Ad-Deir Monastery. This evening, perhaps witness Petra by Night as you wander through the lit-up complex of temples.

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After breakfast, travel to Kerak and visit the largest and best preserved Crusader castle in the region. Set within the walls of the old city, the fortified castle dominates the town and has been the setting for a number of battles. Continue to Madaba, best known as the ‘City of Mosaics’, for its beautiful Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Madaba is most famous for the 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Covering the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, depicting the major biblical sights from Egypt to Palestine, witness over two million pieces of coloured stone depicting the hills and valleys, villages and towns. Afterwards, head to the mountaintop Memorial of Moses at Mount Nebo. It is here, that the Bible states, Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land that he could never enter. Atop the mountain, enjoy captivating views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and River Jordan. Continue to Amman this afternoon.

Stay: Amman, Rotana Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, experience an authentic Jewish Sabbath and dinner.


Depart Amman and travel to the Israel border. With a history stretching back almost 5,000 years, few places in the world resonate in the same way as Israel. Here you will discover inspiring sacred sites and fascinating ancient cities.

Stay: Two Nights, Jerusalem, Grand Court Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Sample a local Israeli delicacy today and learn about its role in the traditional Israeli household.


Today discover Jerusalem, considered to be one of the world’s holiest cities. Start the day at Mt. Scopus then visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Western Wall and Mount Zion.

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Today you will visit Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Afterwards, explore Ein Karem, view the Dead Sea Scrolls and visit Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.

Stay: Two Nights, Tel Aviv, Tal by the Beach

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The cosmopolitan heart of Israel, Tel Aviv boasts a picturesque waterfront promenade and an array of bustling markets. After breakfast, explore the White City of Tel Aviv and wander through the Zodiac Alleyways of Old Jaffa. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps head out on a food tour of Tel Aviv and sample Israeli street food or visit the Art Museum of world-renowned artist Ilana Goor. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.

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Transfer back to Amman today for your onward flight home.

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