Crossroads of Empires: Cyprus, Israel, Egypt & Jordan

Luxor
October 22, 2021
14 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
100 Guests
From $11,990

Extension

Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary. Dates and rates are subject to change.
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel, we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

Rates for Petra & the Dead Sea are $5,490 per person, double occupancy and $6,990 per person, solo occupancy. 

Post-Trip Extension
Petra & the Dead Sea

Aqaba, Jordan / Disembark / Wadi Rum / Petra

November 3

Disembark this morning and board 4x4 vehicles for a ride through Wadi Rum, the majestic valley made famous by T.E. Lawrence and featured in the epic movie Lawrence of Arabia. Enjoy tea with a Bedouin family before tucking in to a sumptuous lunch surrounded by dramatic sandstone formations that tower over the desert floor strewn with immense boulders. Continue to Petra and check in to the Petra Marriott Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Petra

November 4

Rise early this morning for a full day at the superb ruins of Petra, capital of the Nabataean civilization. In a dramatic approach, enter the Siq, a narrow chasm between 600-foot-high rock walls, which opens into the ancient city. The spectacular rock-cut tombs, temples, and a theater are carved from vividly hued, iron-rich sandstone, which earns it the nickname “Rose-Red Petra.” The façade of the treasury, remarkably well preserved, bears testimony to Petra’s prominence as a wealthy center monopolizing the lucrative trading routes north of the Red Sea.

Petra / Dead Sea

November 5

Make a pilgrimage to Mount Nebo, the alleged site where Moses saw the Promised Land. Tour Madaba, the “City of Mosaics,” famed for its 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land made from two million vibrant pieces of stone. Lunch is served with spectacular views of the Wadi Araba in Dana Village, set at the edge of a natural gorge. Then continue to the Dead Sea Marriott Resort for a relaxing afternoon of optional spa treatments and rejuvenating floats in the Dead Sea’s mineral-rich waters.

Dead Sea / Amman

November 6

After a last morning soak, depart overland for Amman. Jordan’s cosmopolitan capital buzzes around numerous ancient ruins that lie within the city limits. Tour the Temple of Hercules at the historic citadel atop Jabal al-Qala’a Hill and the 2nd-century Roman amphitheater nearby. Roam around more Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash, one of the Middle East’s best-preserved sites, before visiting the Crusader-era Ajloun Castle. Check in to the Intercontinental Amman for dinner and overnight.

Amman / USA

November 7

Board your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.