Women only holidays, cruising the River Nile, Egypt & Jordan tour

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Cruising on the River Nile, Egypt

Egypt Nile Cruise, Sahara & Jordan

Take a cruise on the Nile, sleep under a starry Arabian sky in the magnificent White Desert, stand before the Pyramids of Giza, and explore the beautiful pink and orange lost city of Petra.

These are just some of the many incredible things we do along the way. Egypt and Jordan are two amazing countries with fascinating cultures, awe-inspiring landscapes and friendly locals. Come with us on a journey back in time, full of culture, adventure and fun!

Egypt & Jordan Highlights

  • visiting the amazing Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Cairo: exploring the bustling bazaar of Khan el Khalili, and visiting the incredible Egyptian museum
  • Luxor: the Valley of the Kings, Mummification Museum, Hatshepsuts Temple, Karnak and Luxor Temples
  • Aswan: we take a sunset felucca trip on the Nile, visit a Nubian village, the fascinating Nubian Museum, the bustling souq, and watch a beautiful sunset from a Nubian restaurant
  • Abu Simbel: see it to believe it: Ramses II temple and Neferatiti's Temple
  • cruising in style down the Nile on board a beautiful ship
  • enjoy a belly dancing lesson to learn the secrets of swinging and shaking those hips! A coffee cup reader will tell you what your future holds . . .
  • jeep safari out into the White Desert in the Sahara and sleeping under an African sky
  • explore the infamous lost city of Petra in Jordan
  • float in the Dead Sea
  • visit places of Biblical significance in Jordan

OPTIONAL EXTRA: Red Sea and Sinai - if you have some time BEFORE the start of this trip, how about joining us in the Sinai (part of Egypt), a beautiful, desert peninsula surrounded by the tropical waters of the Red Sea. We will spend a week doing some lovely hikes in the desert wadis (valleys) near St Katherines village, go on safari to explore the desert with local Bedouins and learn about their culture, and relax in the seaside town of Dahab, where there is world-class snorkelling. This is a very special, authentic and personal trip! Just email us for more information and cost.

Trip Itinerary

Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt

Day 1 Cairo

Welcome to Africa's biggest city, with over 20 million inhabitants! You will be met at Cairo airport and transferred to your hotel. Free afternoon to relax and get used to the heat or take a stroll and visit some of the sights nearby. Dinner at hotel.

Meals - D

Day 2 Cairo

Cairo is an incredible city with so much to see and do, so we have a pretty full day today: our first stop today is Memphis and the cemetery of Saqqara, famous for deceased Pharaohs, generals and sacred animals. We visit the Step Pyramid and other interesting sights.

The afternoon takes us to the infamous Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, situated on the edge of the city. It is quite fantastic to actually be there in person and to try to imagine how these things were built. If you like, you can try out a camel ride here. There will also be some time for some relaxing shopping nearby - exotic perfumes and papyrus are just some of the wonderful things you can buy.

Tonight we have dinner at an Arabesque restaurant to sample typical Egyptian food - after dinner a coffee reader will read your cup to see what your future holds . . .

Meals - B,L,D

Mummy, museum, Egypt

Day 3 Cairo - Aswan

This morning we take in the amazing sights at the Egyptian Museum, a treasure-trove of Egyptian antiquities. We will have a delicious lunch to sustain us for the afternoon.

Next we go to the Citadel, former home to Egypt's rulers. At the Citadel we visit a mosque and take in the grand views of Cairo. There might be time for a bit of shopping before we board our overnight train to Aswan, dinner on board.

Meals - B, L, D

Aswan, Egypt

Day 4 Aswan

We arrive in Aswan and get taken to our hotel out on an island in the middle of the Nile, and then take a leisurely lunch on the Corniche, overlooking the Nile. The afternoon sun is very hot, so you have time out to swim or rest, until things cool off a little.

In the evening we go to the Nubian Museum to learn about how the temples of Abu Simbel were rescued from being forever hidden under the waters of Lake Nasser, behind the High Dam. We have a wonderful sunset dinner from a vantage point overlooking the Nile.

Meals - all B, L, D

Camel riding, Egypt

Day 5 Aswan/Abu Simbel

This morning we take a boat to a Nubian village. In former times Nubia was the land that lay between Aswan and Khartoum - Nubians are distinctively different to Arabic Egyptians, being tall and black.

If you would like to ride a camel, you can hop off the boat and ride across the sand along the banks of the Nile to the village. After a look around this colourful village we have lunch in a Nubian home. If you like you can get a temporary henna tattoo from a local Nubian lady.

Once again you have a free afternoon to avoid the heat of the day - swim, relax, or whatever you like! When in Aswan, a felucca trip is a must - and one of the best ways to enjoy the balmy Egyptian sunset is on a felucca, sailing on the Nile (optional).

Tonight we get up very early to take the 3.30am convoy to the amazing Abu Simbel, a real highlight of the tour.

Meals - B, L, D

Weaver in the souq, Egypt

Day 6 Aswan

We arrive back at the hotel from Abu Simbel around midday - thus you have a free day to do as you please. It is fun to go into town and visit the souq (market) full of all sorts of exotic goodies like spices, scarves, jewellery and much more.

Even if you don't want to buy anything, the atmosphere is great, and you will also meet lots of locals here . Stop off in someone's shop and have a cup of tea and a chat! You can also take a horse and cart ride around town if you don't want to walk.

Meals - B

Cruising the river Nile, Egypt

Day 7 Nile Cruise - Aswan to Luxor

Today we board our beautiful cruise ship after breakfast and check into our rooms. We visit some more local sights, like the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple and the Botanical Gardens. Lunch on board.

If we are lucky there may be a belly-dancer on board to give us a lesson on how to swing those hips and get that belly moving! During the night we set sail for Kom Ombo.

Meals - B, L, D

Sailing on the river Nile, Egypt

Day 8 Nile Cruise - Kom Ombo

It is just bliss cruising along on the Nile, watching Egyptian life, as we sail past villages and fishermen and women washing clothes in the Nile. We visit the temple of Kom Ombo, or more precisely the Temple of Sobek, the crocodile God.

Our local guide will give us an interesting explanation about the hieroglyphics and history. We continue sailing on to Edfu, where we visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon God, and the most completely preserved Egyptian temple. Dinner on board.

Meals - B, L, D

Nile cruise, Luxor, Egypt

Day 9 Nile Cruise - Luxor

Just when you might think you have seen enough temples and tombs to last you a lifetime, we visit the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, and the infamous Valley of the Kings. See where the Kings of Egypt were once mummified and laid to rest with all their treasures. Amazing. Lunch on board.

In the afternoon we visit the incredible temples of Karnak and Luxor. You will be gob-smacked by the huge columns at Karnak, and by the fascinating history of Luxor temple, having been home to both Muslims and Christians.

In the evening it is highly recommended to visit the Mummification Museum (optional), where you will see not only mummified humans, but also cats, crocodiles, monkeys and other animals, and learn about the fascinating mummification process.

Meals - B, L, D

Sunset over the River Nile, Egypt

Day 10 Luxor - Cairo

Disembarkation after breakfast and morning flight to Cairo. We spend the afternoon at Khan el Khalili Bazaar, shopping for exotic treasures, soaking in the atmosphere, the spicey smells and the unusual sights. Time for a coffee/karkade/tea in a café to do some people-watching.

Meals - B, L, D

White Desert, Cairo, Egypt

Day 11 Cairo - White Desert

We leave Cairo early, stopping for a short break on the 365km drive before continuing on to Bahariyya, an oasis town in the Sahara desert, where we have a leisurely lunch.

Time for a little adventure! In the afternoon we begin our jeep safari into the spectacular Western Sahara - the desert changes dramatically at every turn - we visit the "black" desert, some natural springs, an old oasis, crystal mountain and the beautiful white Aqqabat dunes. Our guide cooks us a tasty meal over the camp fire as the sun sinks behind the mysterious white rock formations. The night is spent sleeping out in the White Desert under a wonderfully, starry African sky. Life does not get much more exotic than this!

Meals - BLD

jeep safari in the White Desert, Egypt

Day 12 White Desert - Bahariyya

Waking up in the Sahara is truly magic - not an everyday experience! We complete our jeep safari in the desert, then back to Bahariyya for lunch. There is time to relax for a couple of hours during the heat of the day at our hotel in Bahariyya, before heading off around 5pm to watch the sun set over the desert from a fantastic vantage point. There will also be time to take a dip in the natural springs at the hotel.

Meals - BLD

Day 13 Bahariyya - Cairo

We complete our visit in Bahariyya with a visit to the local tombs and the museum containing the famous Golden Mummies. We then have lunch and head back to Cairo for our farewell dinner.

Meals - BLD

Cairo, Egypt

Day 14 Cairo, Egypt to Amman, Jordan

Another day, another country! Today we fly from Egypt to Jordan, ready for our next adventure. Our local rep will meet us at the Amman airport and transfer us to our hotel for the night. Time permitting, we may go and see some sights.

Meals - B,L,D

Float in the buoyant Dead Sea waters, Jordan

Day 15 Amman - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Dead Sea - Petra

After breakfast we depart to Mt. Nebo. This is the place where Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died and it is also believed to be his burial place. We visit the old monastery overlooking the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem. We proceed to Madaba, to view the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St. George's church.

Afterwards we drive to the Dead Sea to enjoy a float in the it's salty waters, not to mention smothering our skins with the mineral rich mud to be found on the shores. Wash it off and you will feel like a newborn baby! Probably one of the best beauty treatments you have ever had. We spend the night at the gateway town to Petra.

Meals - B,L,D

Petra, Jordan

Day 16 Petra

Today we visit the red rose city of Petra, the biggest attraction in Jordan, and one of the wonders of the world. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and founded a commercial empire. We walk through the long, colourful Siq (canyon) until the most beautiful monument appears before us: the Treasury. Prepare to be amazed! From here you can explore the city by yourself; see the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle. Overnight in Petra

Meals - B

Petra, Jordan

Day 17 Petra - Amman

After breakfast, spend a free morning at your leisure - maybe go back into Petra to sit and take in its magnificence again, because it really is a place so sit and behold - then choose a local café or restaurant for your lunch. In the afternoon we drive back to Amman for the night.

Meals - B,D

Women only tours to Jordan

Day 18 Jerash - Amman City Tour - Queen Alia Airport

In the morning we drive 45 min from Amman to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East, Visit Oval Plaza, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis.. We then head back to Amman for a short City Tour to visit the Roman Amphitheatre, Amman Citadel, two museums with a panoramic tour to the old and new parts in Amman. Once finished we drive to Queen Alia Airport to say farewell and board your flight.

Meals - B

Next trip to be advised . . . . .

Irene, Australia

"I thought the trip on the whole was well thought out and suitable to women of my age-group who wish to travel in a reasonable degree of comfort. Highlights were meeting the locals, the night under the stars in the White Desert, cruising the Nile, and the significant historical aspects". (Egypt)

Irene, Australia

"The best way to see Egypt in the heat!"

Monica, Switzerland

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