Monthly Archives: April 2013

13 Days Egypt Tour visiting Cairo, Sharm, St Catherine, Fayoum with Nile Cruise


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If you are thinking about visiting Egypt we suggest the following itinerary:

Day 1: Cairo Airport – Cairo Hotel

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport you will be met after the passport control by your tour manager who will help you through your customs formalities then escort you to your hotel for check in and overnight.

Day 2: Memphis – Sakkara – Giza Pyramids – Sphinx – Cairo Hotel – Sound & Light Show (B) 

Breakfast, meet your Egyptologist guide (8:30 AM) drive to Memphis at the edge of the western desert (35 min. drive) the capital of Egypt until the end of the first Kingdom about 2270 BC, one of the most important cities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt. You will be visiting Memphis open air Museum the most important piece is Ramses the second statue about 20 meters long. Close to Memphis you will drive to Sakkara the City of the dead with the famous step Pyramid of Zoser the greatest Pharaoh of the 3rd Dynasty 2650 BC, the step pyramids is known to be the first stone building ever build in the world. Then you will be visiting a Mastaba (Tomb) for the Nobel Mereruka from the old kingdom the tomb have beautiful colored paintings about life in Egypt during the old Kingdom. Drive to the Pyramids of Giza, in front of Kefren Pyramid stands the alabaster Sphinx, which was discovered in 1912 carved from a single piece of stone, it is a lion with a portrait of a Pharaoh’s head, it is also believed by many to be a likeness of Pharaoh Kefren. Drive back to your hotel (16:00). Evening drive to Giza Pyramids to attend the Sound and light show at Giza pyramids; the show narrates part of the Pharaonic history in an artistic musical show, the show lasts for 45 minutes.

Day 3: Meidum – Hawara – Fayoum – Karanis – Cairo Hotel (B, L)

Breakfast, 08:30 meet your Egyptologist guide, drive to Meidum to visit the eight-stepped pyramid. It is a huge structure and is surrounded by the debris from the casing that collapsed. Drive to visit the pyramid of Hawara and the remains of the temple built by Amenemhet III. Drive to Fayoum Egypt’s largest oasis, overlooking Lake Qarun, a popular spot for hunting and fishing. You will have the chance to see the old way of irrigation by water wheels. Lunch overlooking the lake, on the way back visit the Roman site of Karanis that poses an ancient market and ancient oven for backing which gives a good idea about normal life in the Roman period the city once housed two limestone temples and a large agora. Return transfer to your Cairo hotel, you reach about 17:00.

Day 4: Egyptian Museum – Old Cairo – Khan El Kalili Bazaar – Cairo Hotel (B)

Breakfast, 09:00 meet your Egyptologist guide and drive to Down Town visit the Egyptian Museum (2 hours tour), which contains a vast collection of Pharaonic antiquities including the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. Continue your tour to Old Cairo visiting the old Coptic Churches the Hanging Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary built in the 3rd century and the Church of St. Sergius built in the 4th century and visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Ben Ezra. Drive to visit the medieval Citadel of Salah El-Din, built in the 12th century and contains many structures, the most impressive of which is the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali. It was designed in the early 19th Century by a Greek Architect from Turkey the style is based on the Ottoman mosques of Istanbul. In the afternoon visit Khan El Kalili bazaar (the old market), drive back to your hotel.

Day 5: Cairo Hotel – Flight to Aswan – Nile Cruise – Philae Temple – Kom Ombo (B, L, D)

Breakfast, meet your tour manger, transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival to Aswan meet your representative who will transfer you to embark your Nile Cruise ship. Embark your Nile Cruise ship, start your tour visiting the Philae Temple, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk at the Granite Quarries, lunch on board. Sail to Kom Ombo. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple shared by the two Gods Sobek and Horus in Kom Ombo. Sail to Edfu, afternoon tea, dinner on board & Nubian folkloric show.

Please note that entertainment schedules & sailing times are subject to change but all sights in the itinerary will be visited. Check in time is early morning.

Day 6: Nile Cruise: Temple of Horus – Luxor (B, L, D)

Breakfasts on board visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu, the best preserved Egyptian Temple, sail to Luxor. Lunch on board, afternoon tea, dinner on board & Galabeya party, overnight in Luxor.

Day 7: Nile Cruise: Valley of Kings & Queens – Luxor & Karnak Temple (B, L, D)

Breakfast on board, cross to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings and Queenswhere tombs of 64 Pharaohs and 57 Queens have been discovered, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El Deir el El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile, lunch on board, visit the Karnak Temple, which is considered the World’s largest religious complex, and then visit Luxor Temple which was started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II. Return to the cruise, afternoon tea, dinner on board & belly Dance show, overnight in Luxor.

Day 8: Valley of the Nobles – Habu Temple – Valley of the Artisans – Luxor Hotel (B)

Disembark your Nile cruise after breakfast. 07:00 meet your Egyptologist guide and visit in the west bank the valley of the Nobles, the tombs of the great dignitaries from the middle and the new kingdom dynasties. You will enter Menna’s tomb and Nakht’s tomb. Continue to the Habu temple the mortuary of Ramses the 3rd one of the world’s largest monuments, is the second in importance and size to Karnak temple. Proceed to the valley of the artisans that used to be village and necropolis of all the workmen who built and decorated the royal tombs in Thebes, it is the only place in Egypt where you can see normal Egyptian ancient houses from the Pharaoh’s period. The tombs of the Artisans is among the best tombs  not in its size but for the quality of the painting material and the accuracy it was painted with. Transfer to your Luxor hotel about 15:00.

Day 9: Luxor – Flight to Sharm El Sheikh – Sharm Hotel (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel, dependent on departure time transfer to Luxor Airport for your flight to Sharm El Sheikh. Meet your representative and drive to your hotel for check in.

Day 10: Sharm El Sheikh Leisure (B, L, D)

Free Day in Sharm (Breakfast Lunch, Dinner+Soft Drinks).

Day 11: Sharm El Sheikh Leisure (B, L, D)

Free Day in Sharm (Breakfast Lunch, Dinner+Soft Drinks).

Day 12: Sharm El Sheikh Hotel – St Catherine Hotel (B, D)

Check out from hotel, drive 2.5 hours to St. Catherine. Check in your hotel, free time, dinner and early rest.

Day 13: Mount Sinai – St Catherine Monastery – Nuweibah Port – Aqaba Port (B)

2:00 AM wake up call, drive 10 minutes to Mount Sinai, climb about 2 hours the mountain where it is believed that God delivered his 10 commandments to Moses. Watch the sunrise from the summit, return to the hotel for breakfast. Then visit St. Catherine Monastery. The monastic order was founded in the 4th century AD by the Roman Empress Helena who had a small chapel built beside what was believed to be the Burning Bush from witch God spoke to Moses. The chapel is dedicated to St. Katherine the legendary martyr of Alexandria. The monastery houses many  Icons from 6th century to the 18th century, and an important library that poses many historical hand written bibles and many important historical messages and agreement. Transfer to Nuweibah Port for taking the fast boat to Aqaba in Jordan.

Contact Petra Nights Tours for a quote and book your Egypt & Jordan Tour with us.

Facts about Private Tours in Jordan


What is a private package tour?

Private package tour are private travel with expert driver/escort who will manage all the details and share fascinating history while on the road. These packages typically includes hotel accommodation, meals, private transportation, activities and sightseeing around the country.

Can I afford a private tour?

Our package price ranges from standard to luxury and all gives a good value on every penny you spend for a private tour.

Why are tours labeled as 3*, 4* or 5*?

Price range of the tour varies according to the hotel category of the accommodation. The more amenities, facilities and services a hotel has, the higher the rating.

How long do these tour packages last?

Our tour packages range from one day trip to one week or longer.

Is airfare included in tour price?

We do not offer airfare/ticketing to be added to our packages. The prices shown on our site are tours and hotel accommodation only. You must call one of your travel agents for a quote on airfare from your home airport to your getaway destination or you can check online for flight ticket rates.

Will I need a passport and visa?

A valid passport is required. Visa can obtain upon arrival but some nationalities are required to arrange it prior departure. It’s your responsibility to arrange it. For more details check our blog post Visa and Passport Requirements. 

What about travelers who need special assistance?

Any disability requiring special attention should be stated when making a reservation. We will design a customized package that will accommodate the specific special needs of the disabled tour participant. Check our Accessible Tour Program offer.

Are these vacations suitable for families with kids?

Yes it will surely suits travelers with kids. We have packages that will surely fit the need of families with kids. Visit Family Holidays Program for more information.

Are tours suitable for single travelers?

Our packages are suitable for single(solo) traveler. For the past years we have noticed the grow of single traveler who wants flexibility and freedom while on tour. Tailor Made Tour request are very much welcome and rates for single traveler is available upon request.

Jordan Accessible Travel Packages


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We offer a special travel package tour for travelers with wheels, canes and crutches. This arrangement is carefully customized to address the needs without sacrificing the comfort and enjoyment of the disabled guests.

We will share accessible travel tips and useful information about accessibility and travelling in a wheelchair.

Accessible Travel Tips:

  1. Make sure your wheelchair is in good working condition before leaving your home.
  2. Bring repair kit containing necessary items to change tires (for wheelchairs equipped with pneumatic tires).
  3. Consider putting label on your wheelchair and on all removable parts if you travel domestic or international.

Contact us for your Accessible Travel in Jordan and check the sample itinerary of Jordan Accessible Tours.

Hashem Restaurant in Amman


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Located in a side alley in downtown Amman, you find the famous, small restaurant Hashem. Clients are mostly locals wanting a fresh meal like falafel, hummus, ful, bread and hot sweet mint tea. The food is delicious and the rates are incredible cheap with 1.5 to 3 JOD. Watch the cooks making falafel and chat with the friendly waiters. Location is at Amir Mohammed Street, for tourists not easy to find, ask the locals for the direction in downtown area.

Hashem Restaurant Amman

Hashem Restaurant Amman

Hashem Restaurant

Hashem Restaurant

Hashem Restaurant

Hashem Restaurant

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Places to visit in Jordan: Jerash Ruins


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Jerash is the best example of a Roman provincial city in the Middle East, located 50 kms north of Amman. It was initially built by Alexander the Great in 332 BC and started to prosper after conquered by the Roman general Pompey in 63 BC. Jerash, also known as Gerasa, was made a city of the Decapolis. The Decapolis was a prosperous confederation of ten Roman cities formed during the first century BC as centers of Greek and Roman culture with strong commercial, political and cultural interests. 

Recent excavations showed that Jerash was already inhabited during the Bronze Age, so its heydays had been in the 2nd century with a population of minimum 20,000. The Roman Emperor Trajan constructed roads throughout the provinces, more trade came to Jerash and the town prospered. To honor the visit of Emperor Hadrian in 130 AD, a triumphal arch was built. The so called Hadrian’ Arch is from where visitors start the Jerash tour. 

You pass the Hippodrome offering space for up to 15.000 spectators and the impressing Oval Plaza with 56 Ionic columns. From here you can walk to the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Artemis, the goddess of nature and hunt, which columns are 12 meters high and each drum weighs 20-40 tons. In Jerash you find also an 800 meters long Colonnaded Street, two theatres and a Nymphaeum, the main fountain. 

Jerash

Jerash, Jordan

In the year 330, Emperor Constantine proclaimed Christianity as the state religion of the Byzantine Empire. As consequence numerous churches were constructed in Jerash and from 350 AD, a large Christian community lived in Jerash, and more than thirteen churches were built, often with mosaic floors, some of them are still to see.

Due to the Persian invasion in 614 AD Jerash declined. The city continued to flourish during the Umayyad Period, but in 746 AD, a major earthquake destroyed much of Jerash. During the period of the Crusades, some of the monuments like the Temple of Artemis, were used as fortresses.

Live Camera in Petra Jordan


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To get an idea of the rock city Petra before you arrive you can visit the Live Cam

http://www.petralivecam.com/

 

 

Places to visit in Jordan: The Amman Citadel


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Amman is the capital and largest city in Jordan. Amman serves as the country’s cultural, political, and commercial center. It has a long history and was inhibited by several civilization. 

During 13th century BC, Amman was called Rabbath Ammon by the Ammonites.  It was later conquered by the Assyrians, followed by the Persians, and then the Macedonians. Ptolemy II, the Macedonian ruler of Egypt, renamed it Philadelphia. The city became part of the Nabatean Kingdom until 106 AD when Philadelphia came under Roman control and joined the Decapolis.

You can start your tour by visiting  the Amman Citadel, also called Jabal al-Qal’a it was occupied as early as the Neolithic period, and fortified during the Bronze Age. Here you can see ruins from the Roman through early Islamic Era. 

Amman Citadel

The Amman Citadel

Places of interest in Citadel:

* Umayyad Palace Complex built between 720-750 AD. 

* Temple of Hercules built between 161-180 AD.

* Byzantine Church built between 6th or 7th century AD. 

The Citadel opening and closing schedules:

Saturday-Thursday –> 08:00 am – 04:00 pm (Winter Time)

Saturday-Thursday –> 08:00 am – 07:00 pm (Summer Time)

Fridays –> 10:00  am – 04:00 pm

Places to visit in Jordan: The Dead Sea


Located in the Jordan Valley and approximately 55 km southeast of Amman you can find the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. The name Dead Sea refers to the fact, that no organic life can exist to its waters due to high salinity. The lake is 75 kms long and 6 to 16 kms wide, mainly supplied by water from the Jordan River, but has no outlet, so the waters evaporate, leaving behind a dense mix of salts and minerals. The warm, soothing, salty water itself is ten times saltier than sea water. It is rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium and bromine.

Dead Sea Beach Floating with Sunset

Floating at the lowest point on earth… Dead Sea Jordan

Dead Sea is believed to be the site of five biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Zora. This area is also popular for its health effects since ancient time and it was one of the first spas in the world. From Herold the Great up to Queen Cleopatra who enjoyed the health benefits of this amazing place.

Dead Sea Spa Relaxing Massage

Relaxing massage at a Spa in Dead Sea Jordan

Today the Dead Sea is well known and one of the greatest attraction for health and leisure tourism in Jordan. There are several hotels with spa gathered at Sweimeh.  Public beaches are also available for those who want to experience floating at the Dead Sea for a couple of hours. 

Dead Sea - Kempinski Ishtar

Vew from Kempinski Ishtar Spa