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Egypt Revisited

Tour Dates: October 19 - November 3, 2019 (16 days)

Tour Leader(s): Stephen Harvey ,

You are invited to discover Egypt on a brand-new, custom-designed tour in the company of AIA lecturer/host Stephen Harvey, Egyptology guide Enass Salah, and a professional tour manager.

Highlights are many and varied:

  • Gain inside access to the Red Pyramid at Dahshur, enter the burial chamber of the collapsed pyramid at Meidum, and visit two mud-brick pyramids (Illahun and Hawara) at the Fayoum Oasis.
  • Go behind-the-scenes at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara to see some of the new and remarkable excavations that are not open to the public, including (pending final confirmation) special access to the newly-discovered, 5th-dynasty Tomb of Wah Ti.
  • Make a special, private visit (permission pending) to the new Grand Egyptian Museum.
  • Explore the necropoli of Beni Hasan, known for its 39 rock-cut tombs with well-preserved paintings of dancing, acrobatics, juggling, fishing, hunting, and weaving; and Tuna el-Gebel, with huge catacombs for thousands of mummified ibises and baboons, and much more.
  • Visit Tell el-Amarna, which replaced Thebes (modern Luxor) as capital of Egypt under the heretic, 18th-dynasty pharaoh Akhenaton and was significant for its monotheism and distinctive artistic style.
  • Enjoy two in-depth visits to Abydos, where Stephen Harvey has worked for over 25 years, including visits to the spectacular Temple of Seti I, with its invaluable “Abydos King List” and chapels with exquisite reliefs; and special access to descend into the tomb of Senwosret III, one of the largest ever built and the first known example of a hidden royal tomb.
  • Discover two interesting and lesser-visited sites near Luxor: the Temple of Montu (the falcon-headed god of war) at El-Tod, and the tomb of Ankhtifi, a provincial governor and warlord, at El-Mo’alla.
  • See what is perhaps a different side of Cairo: have lunch at Al-Azhar Park, a glorious public space with splendid views of Islamic Cairo; and visit the 9th-century Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the city’s oldest mosque in its original form and its largest mosque in terms of area.
  • Enjoy luxurious and best available accommodations throughout, with two to four nights at each property except our final night at an ideally-located, 5-star airport hotel.
  • Extend your adventure with a pre-tour program in Egypt’s Siwa Oasis and Alexandria (accompanied by Steve Harvey), and/or a post-tour program to Jordan, including Petra, Jerash, Madaba, and Wadi Rum.

Reserve your space today by calling 800-748-6262 or emailing aia@studytours.org. There are only 16 spaces available!

Ramesses II in Luxor Temple ©Mohammed Moussa

Boundary stela A, located on the approach to Tuna el-Gebel © Roland Unger

Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III © Rhikal

Temple at El-Tod © Marc Ryckaert

Ramesseum, Luxor © Marc Ryckaert

Seti I Temple at Abydos © Olaf Tausch

Black Pyramid of Amenemhat_III © Tekisch

Red Pyramid © Olaf Tausch

Siwa Oracle Temple © Sara Nabih

Petra, Jordan © Brad Mering

Itinerary


Saturday, October 19, 2019: Fly to Cairo, Egypt
Sunday, October 20: Arrive in Cairo | Welcome dinner
Monday, October 21: Cairo: Grand Egyptian Museum, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Tuesday, October 22: Dahshur: Bent & Red Pyramids | Saqqara excavations
Wednesday, October 23: Meidum | Fayoum (Faiyum) Oasis: Illahun & Hawara
Thursday, October 24: Wadi el-Hitan (Valley of the Whales)
Friday, October 25: Al Minya | Beni Hasan
Saturday, October 26: Tuna el-Gebel
Sunday, October 27: Tell el-Amarna | Abydos
Monday, October 28: Abydos: Shunet es-Zebib, Great Osiris Temple, Seti I Temple
Tuesday, October 29: Abydos: Tomb of Senwosret III | Luxor
Wednesday, October 30: Ramesseum | Medinet Habu
Thursday, October 31: El-Tod | El-Mo’alla
Friday, November 1: Luxor: At leisure
Saturday, November 2: Fly to Cairo | Al-Azhar Park | Mosque of Ibn Tulun | Khan el-Khalili bazaar | Farewell dinner
Sunday, November 3: Fly Home or Fly to Amman, Jordan


Optional, Pre-Tour Extension:  Siwa Oasis & Alexandria
October 13-20, 2019 (8 days) with Stephen Harvey

Sunday, October 13, 2019: Fly to Cairo, Egypt
Tuesday, October 15: Cairo | El-Alamein War Museum and cemeteries | Marsa Matruh
Wednesday, October 16: Siwa Oasis
Thursday, October 17: Siwa: Oracle of Amun, Gebel Al Mawta, Shali
Friday, October 18: Drive to Alexandria
Saturday, October 19: Alexandria: National Museum, Kom al-Dikka, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Sunday, October 20: Alexandria | Cairo


Optional, Post-Tour Extension: Jordan
November 3-7, 2019 (5 days) with an expert local guide

Sunday, November 3, 2019: Cairo | Fly to Amman, Jordan | Jordan Archaeological Museum | Amman city tour | ACOR
Monday, November 4: Jerash | Ajloun Castle | Amman
Tuesday, November 5: Mt. Nebo | Madaba | Lunch at a local home | Um er-Rasas | Petra
Wednesday, November 6: Petra
Thursday, November 7: Wadi Rum | Amman | Fly Home

View Detailed Itinerary

Saturday, October 19, 2019: Fly to Cairo, Egypt

Sunday, October 20: Arrive in Cairo | Welcome dinner
You will be met upon arrival at Cairo International Airport (CAI) and transferred to the historic Mena House, a palatial hotel set amid 40 acres of gardens, with magnificent views of the adjacent Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). This evening we gather (including travelers from the optional, pre-trip extension) for a welcome reception and dinner with your three expert trip leaders: AIA lecturer/host, Egyptology guide, and Trip Manager. Overnight at the 5-star Marriott Mena House (Pyramid View rooms) for three nights. (R,D)

Monday, October 21: Cairo: Grand Egyptian Museum, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Today we enjoy a special private visit (permission pending) to the new Grand Egyptian Museum (scheduled to officially open in 2020) that claims to be the world’s largest archaeological museum. Spend the balance of the day either relaxing at the splendid Mena House, or visiting the historic Egyptian Museum (Museum of Egyptian Antiquities) to see treasures that most visitors missed during their previous visits. Return to our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, October 22: Dahshur: Bent & Red Pyramids | Saqqara excavations
Drive to Dahshur, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur,” where we will learn firsthand about the transition from step-sided to smooth-sided pyramids. See 4th-dynasty Pharaoh Snefru’s Bent Pyramid, whose appearance is due to miscalculations on the structural weight and slope of the blocks. Learning from these mistakes, Snefru went on to build the shorter North (Red) Pyramid, which was the first completed true pyramid. We will have inside access to the Red Pyramid. At Dahshur, we can see from a distance both the remains of Amenemhet III’s pyramid, known as the ‘Black Pyramid’ due to the exposed dark color of its mudbrick core, as well as the remains of the pyramid of Senwosret III of the 12th dynasty, where the Metropolitan Museum of Art currently conducts excavation and restoration.
After lunch we enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to the vast, ancient burial ground of Saqqara to see the some of the new excavations (not open to the public) dating to the Old and New Kingdoms. Pending final confirmation, we will also gain special access to the newly-discovered, 5th-dynasty Tomb of Wah Ti. The condition of this tomb is exceptional, especially for its age, and the two-story structure contains dozens of sculptures as well as scenes of daily life. Return to our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, October 23: Meidum | Fayoum (Faiyum) Oasis: Illahun & Hawara
This morning we drive south to visit 4th-dynasty Pharaoh Snefru’s collapsed pyramid at Meidum, which represents the transition between step pyramids and true pyramids. Its construction began as a stepped pyramid, but nearer completion the steps were filled in and it was cased with limestone. At some point in (probably) the New Kingdom, it began to collapse and today stands only its three-stepped core amid a pile of rubble from its exterior. We will enter its burial chamber through a corridor that descends 177 feet. Continue driving to the southern edge of the Fayoum Oasis, a region that was popular with Middle Kingdom pharaohs and high officials for hunting and fishing. Here we will visit the mud-brick Illahun pyramid built for 12th-dynasty Pharaoh Senwosret II, and the mud-brick Hawara pyramid built for 12th-dynasty Pharaoh Amenemhet III. Check-in to our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. Overnight at the 5-star Helnan Auberge Fayoum for two nights. (B,L,D)

Thursday, October 24: Wadi el-Hitan (Valley of the Whales)
Explore Wadi el-Hitan, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Egypt’s Western Desert, where erosion by wind and water has produced spectacular cliffs and buttes. This paleontological site has yielded invaluable fossil remains of the earliest suborder of whales, Archaeoceti, now extinct. These fossils tell the story of the whale’s evolutionary transition from land-based to ocean-going mammal. Other fossil material from the site makes it possible to reconstruct the surrounding environmental and ecological conditions of the time. The site features a series of innovative walking paths with information about the important fossil discoveries made here. Return to our hotel in the Fayoum and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Friday, October 25: Al Minya | Beni Hasan
This morning we drive to Al Minya, about 150 miles south of Cairo, which offers a glimpse into the unhurried, traditional life along the Nile that has persisted for millennia. Arrive at our hotel, have lunch, and then drive to the east bank to visit the necropolis of Beni Hasan, known for its 39 rock-cut tombs of 11th- and 12th-dynasty officials. We will undertake an invigorating climb up broad, deep steps to explore some of the tombs in the limestone cliff face. Some of the tombs feature well-preserved paintings of dancing, acrobatics, juggling, fishing, hunting, and weaving. Return to our hotel in Al Minya, and gather for dinner this evening. Overnight at the 4-star Grand Aton Hotel for two nights. (B,L,D)

Saturday, October 26: Tuna el-Gebel
Drive south this morning to Tuna el-Gebel, a necropolis with tombs that date from the Late Period to the Ptolemaic era, as well as huge catacombs for thousands of mummified ibises and baboons, both of which were considered incarnations of Thoth, the god of writing and wisdom. One of its more fascinating tombs is that of Petosiris, which features lively scenes of daily life and ritual that combine Egyptian, Greek, and Persian artistic styles. The site also includes the ruins of a Christian basilica, and Roman waterworks with a 100-foot-deep well and a waterwheel. Recent excavations by a joint Egyptian-German team have uncovered a series of tombs and a mud-brick structure from the Ptolemaic era with more than 50 rooms. Return to our hotel in Al Minya, and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Sunday, October 27: Tell el-Amarna | Abydos
Set out today for Abydos, stopping along the way to visit Tell el-Amarna, once called Akhetaton (“horizon of the sun”). The controversial pharaoh Akhenaton (Amenhotep IV) built the city on the Nile’s east bank in the late 18th dynasty, to replace Thebes (modern Luxor) as capital. He established Amarna as the first monotheistic community in ancient Egypt, worshipping the god Aton (the sun). The site today comprises temples, palaces, houses, and more than 25 tombs at the base of a cliff. We will visit some of the richly-decorated rock-cut tombs of the nobles which feature scenes of life in the ancient city, represented in the lively style of the Amarna period. Continue driving south to Abydos and check-in to our simple but conveniently-located hotel. Overnight at the House of Life Abydos hotel for two nights. (B,L,D)

Monday, October 28: Abydos: Shunet es-Zebib, Great Osiris Temple, Seti I Temple
Abydos is one of the oldest and most important ancient cities in Egypt, and AIA lecturer Stephen Harvey has worked here for over 25 years. We will take an in-depth look at this vast site today and tomorrow. Begin today with a visit to Shunet es-Zebib, one of the oldest standing massive brick structures in the world, the architecture of which points to some features of later structures, like the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara. Next explore Kom el-Sultan, another large, Early Dynastic Period mud-brick structure, which includes an early Temple of Osiris where excavations have revealed hundreds of stelae yielding information about the cult of Osiris. The only known statue of Khufu was found here, and recently a portal temple to Ramesses II was excavated.
After lunch we will visit the spectacular Temple of Seti I, where was discovered the “Abydos King List”—the long, invaluable list of pharaohs of the principal dynasties (as recognized by Seti) that was inscribed on a wall. The temple also has seven chapels with exquisite reliefs. Time-permitting we will also visit the Temple of Ramesses II, with the impressive reliefs of the Battle of Kadesh on its exterior walls and delicately preserved paint colors. Return to our hotel and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, October 29: Abydos: Tomb of Senwosret III | Luxor
Return to Abydos this morning and gain special entry to the tomb of 12th-dynasty pharaoh Senwosret III which, although excavated in 1902, was only recently re-excavated and restored. The extraordinary tomb, one of the largest ever built in Egypt, is considered the first known example of a hidden royal tomb, akin to the later, subterranean royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Descend into the underground chambers to admire the well-dressed masonry of Tura limestone and red Aswan quartzite, as well as stone blocks weighing more than 50 tons that were intended to keep out tomb robbers. After lunch we drive to Luxor and settle in at our hotel. Gather for dinner this evening. Overnight at the 5-star Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor Hotel (Old Wing) for four nights. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, October 30: Ramesseum | Medinet Habu
This morning we drive across the Nile to the west bank to visit the Ramesseum, the funerary temple of Ramesses II (“The Great”). It is known for its 57-foot-tall seated statue of Ramesses II (of which huge fragments remain), the subject of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias.” It is also renowned for its reliefs, including those depicting the Battle of Kadesh, the Syrian wars, and the Festival of Min. Continue to the best-preserved temple of ancient Thebes: Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III. It dates from the early 18th dynasty and, besides its impressive size and architectural features, it includes famous reliefs depicting the defeat of the Sea Peoples during Ramesses III’s reign. A Coptic church was later established in the second courtyard of the mortuary temple. Return to Luxor and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Thursday, October 31: El-Tod | El-Mo’alla
A short drive along the east bank of the Nile brings us to a lesser-visited site, the Temple of Montu (the falcon-headed god of war) at El-Tod. Its surviving monuments date back to the New Kingdom and Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The main temple was begun by Ptolemy VIII and consists of a columned court and hall with various chambers, several with excellent reliefs, as well as a hidden treasury room above the chapel. The Tod Treasure, discovered in 1936 and today in the Louvre Museum in Paris, features a series of silver vessels, many in Aegean style, which demonstrate connections to the Bronze Age Minoan culture, as well as exotic items made of lapis lazuli. Another short drive south takes us to a desolate, windswept desert cliff along the Nile’s east bank with many ancient tombs. Here, at El-Mo’alla, the small, decorated tomb of Ankhtifi, a 9th-dynasty provincial governor and warlord, features an important autobiographical inscription as well as interesting scenes painted in a charming provincial style that reflect the collapse of central government. Return to Luxor and gather for dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Friday, November 1: Luxor: At leisure
After a morning lecture, the day is at leisure for independent pursuits. You might enjoy the property and amenities of our historic hotel (there are lovely gardens and a swimming pool); visit Luxor Temple, adjacent to our hotel; and/or explore the nearby Luxor bazaar. (B,L,D)

Saturday, November 2: Fly to Cairo | Al-Azhar Park | Mosque of Ibn Tulun | Khan el-Khalili bazaar | Farewell dinner
Transfer to Luxor’s airport this morning in time for our flight to Cairo. Upon arrival we will check-in to our luxurious and convenient airport hotel. Enjoy lunch at Al-Azhar Park, created by the Aga Khan Foundation, a glorious public space with green areas, lakes, fountains, and views of Islamic Cairo. Next visit the 9th-century Mosque of Ibn Tulun, which is both Cairo’s largest mosque in terms of area and oldest mosque in its original form. You may choose to return directly to our hotel, or join your guide at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar for some last-minute shopping. This evening we gather with our AIA lecturer, Egyptology guide, and Trip Manager for a cocktail and farewell dinner. Overnight at the 5-star Le Méridien Cairo Airport Hotel. (B,L,D)

Sunday, November 3: Fly Home or Fly to Amman, Jordan
Check out this morning and enter the airport (our hotel has direct access to Terminal 3 via footbridge) to catch flights homeward OR to Amman, Jordan (for those on the post-trip extension). (B)


Optional, Pre-Tour Extension:  Siwa Oasis & Alexandria
October 13-20, 2019 (8 days) with Stephen Harvey

Sunday, October 13, 2019: Fly to Cairo, Egypt
Monday, October 14: Arrive in Cairo | Welcome dinner
You will be met upon arrival at Cairo International Airport (CAI) and transferred to the historic Mena House, a palatial hotel set amid 40 acres of gardens, with magnificent views of the adjacent Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). This evening we gather for a welcome reception and dinner with your three expert trip leaders: AIA lecturer/host, Egyptology guide, and Trip Manager. Overnight at the 5-star Marriott Mena House (Pyramid View rooms). (R,D)

Tuesday, October 15: Cairo | El-Alamein War Museum and cemeteries | Marsa Matruh
Depart Cairo, driving north and then along the Mediterranean to the seaside resort town of Marsa Matruh, stopping along the way at El-Alamein. Two major battles were fought here in 1942 between British and Axis forces, and the Allies won a decisive victory in November of that year, preventing Germany from penetrating any farther into Egypt. We will visit the War Museum, which is an excellent overall introduction to WWII’s North Africa campaigns as well as the Battle of El-Alamein itself, plus the Italian and German military cemeteries. Continue on to Marsa Matruh, which boasts a beautiful, 4.5-mile white sand beach and turquoise waters. Alexander the Great is said to have stopped here on his way to Siwa Oasis (our next destination), and Cleopatra reputedly came here to bathe. Marsa Matruh was also an important stopping point for trade in the ancient Mediterranean. Just offshore is Bates’s Island, which has provided much evidence for 2nd millennium B.C. trade between the Levant, Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt. Check-in to our opulent resort hotel and gather this evening for dinner. Overnight at the 5-star Carols Beau Rivage hotel. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, October 16: Siwa Oasis
Drive south through miles and miles of sand until suddenly a huge lake appears, surrounded by date palms. Here at Siwa Oasis we find our unique and beautiful eco-lodge, built of kershef (a mixture of mud and rock salt) in the indigenous style, which has been featured in many international publications. At night it is lit by hundreds of beeswax candles and oil lamps, and a flat-edged pool bubbles up from Roman springs. Float in the lake, which is as salty as the Dead Sea and said to be good for the skin. Dinner is served under the stars this evening. Overnight at the 4-star Adrère Amellal Desert Eco Lodge for two nights. (B,L,D)

Thursday, October 17: Siwa: Oracle of Amun, Gebel Al Mawta, Shali
The town of Siwa is Egypt’s most remote oasis town, located on the northwest edge of the Great Sand Sea. The very traditional Siwans have held fast to their own distinct Berber culture and language, and are known for their exquisite jewelry and crafts. In the 4th century B.C., Alexander the Great visited this area to consult the Oracle of Amun, which is said to have confirmed that he was a god and a king of Egypt. We visit the ruins of the oracle temple; Gebel Al Mawta (Mountain of the Dead), a small hill with rock-cut tombs that have wall paintings and date from the 26th dynasty and the Ptolemaic and Romans periods; and Shali, the old village of Siwa, with houses dating back to the 13th century. Return to our eco-lodge for dinner. (B,L,D)

Friday, October 18: Drive to Alexandria
We depart Siwa Oasis this morning, driving north through the desert and east along the Mediterranean Sea for about 6.5 hours, to reach the port city of Alexandria. Founded in 332 B.C. under the reign of Alexander the Great, Alexandria was the capital of Egypt until A.D. 642. An important center of learning in the ancient world, today the cosmopolitan city has a more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern feel. Check-in to our historic hotel, which overlooks the Mediterranean, and gather for dinner this evening. Overnight at the 4-star Steigenberger Cecil Hotel for two nights. (B,L,D)

Saturday, October 19: Alexandria: National Museum, Kom al-Dikka, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
This morning is dedicated to exploring some of the jewels of Alexandria beginning with the Alexandria National Museum, which exhibits collections that span the city’s history from antiquity to the modern period. In recent years many significant finds have been recovered from Alexandria’s harbor through underwater archaeology, and we will see some of these portions of monumental sculpture and architecture at Kom al-Dikka, where we will also see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater (the only one in Egypt).
This afternoon we visit the architecturally stunning Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a recently completed modern interpretation of the famous ancient library. Here, in addition to the innovative building, are extraordinary documents and artifacts, and an excellent museum that displays finds made during the construction of the Library, including an extraordinary mosaic. Gather this evening for dinner. (B,L,D)

Sunday, October 20: Alexandria | Cairo
This morning we tour the impressive tombs in Alexandria, such as Kom el-Shuqafa, that reflect both Pharaonic and Roman architectural elements and painting styles; plus we see Pompey’s Pillar, a 3rd-century pink granite column set amid the remains of the acropolis of the Serapeum. At mid-day we drive to Cairo, check-in to the Mena House, and meet guests who are joining us for the main tour. (B,L,D)


Optional, Post-Tour Extension: Jordan
November 3-7, 2019 (5 days) with an expert local guide

Jordan is home to great cultural wonders, warm and hospitable people, and stunning desert and mountain landscapes. On this five-day itinerary you will explore superb ancient and early Christian sites, as well as the modern Arab city of Amman. Enjoy fine accommodations and meals, plus travel and learn with an excellent local guide, making this an exceptional opportunity to witness some of Jordan’s greatest highlights. Stephen Harvey will not accompany this post-tour extension.

Sunday, November 3, 2019: Cairo | Fly to Amman, Jordan | Jordan Archaeological Museum | Amman city tour | ACOR
Take a group flight (time TBD) from Cairo to Amman, where we are met at the airport (AMM) by an English-speaking local guide. First we explore the Jordan Archaeological Museum, which houses a collection of artifacts from all periods and sites throughout the country. Then we set out on a city tour, starting at the Citadel, visiting the 8th-century Omayyad Palace; the Temple of Hercules, which was dedicated to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the 2nd century; a small Byzantine church; and the old Roman city’s restored odeon and its theater, which seated 6,000 people. Before dinner this evening, and schedule permitting, visit the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) for a private tour with its Director. Overnight at the 5-star Intercontinental Jordan Hotel for two nights. (L,D)

Monday, November 4: Jerash | Ajloun Castle | Amman
Begin today with a drive to the impressive Roman city of Jerash, nestled in a green, fertile valley. Stroll along the city’s colonnaded streets and through ancient marketplaces, and visit imposing theaters sitting beside Roman, Christian, and Muslim houses of worship. Continue on to one of the best-preserved examples of medieval Arab military architecture in the Near East, the spectacular, 12th-century Ajloun Castle. Return to Amman in time for dinner. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, November 5: Mt. Nebo | Madaba | Lunch at a local home | Um er-Rasas | Petra
After breakfast, depart for Mt. Nebo, from where we will have a clear view of the surrounding terrain, including the mountains of Moab, Jerusalem, and Judea. Continue on to Madaba, which has been inhabited for about 4,000 years and contains the most impressive work of art to survive from the mid-6th century: a mosaic map of the ancient Holy Land, the oldest one in existence, located in St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church. Visit the site’s ruins of the 6th-century basilica, the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, and the monastery; as well as the Church of Saints Lot and Procopius, Martyrs, which contains a masterpiece of the Madaba School of mosaics. After a cooking demonstration and lunch at a local home we set out for Petra, stopping along the way to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Um er-Rasas, a walled site with several well-preserved churches and mosaics. Arrive in Petra, check-in to our hotel, and gather for dinner this evening. Overnight at the 5-star Mövenpick Resort Petra for two nights. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, November 6: Petra
Early this morning we will walk about a mile through the siq (gorge) that takes us into (and, later, out of) the splendid Nabataean capital city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our first view of the rose-red city of Petra, carved almost 2,500 years ago, is the dazzling Al-Khasneh Farun (Treasury). From there we walk along the Streets of Façades and view the magnificent tombs, theater, markets, Petra Church (with its glorious mosaics), and Great Temple. Late this afternoon we visit the small site museum and then return to our hotel, where we dine tonight. (B,L,D)

Thursday, November 7: Wadi Rum | Amman | Fly Home
Depart Petra early this morning, driving through Wadi Rum Protected Area, which is a mixed natural and cultural UNESCO World Heritage site. Wadi Rum’s desert landscape varies from narrow gorges to natural arches and towering cliffs, and 12,000 years of human occupation are evidenced by petroglyphs and archaeological ruins. After a simple, traditional lunch served in the shade of a Bedouin tent, we drive to Amman and enjoy dinner. Private transfers to the airport (AMM) late this evening and early tomorrow are provided to catch independent flights homeward. Overnight at the 5-star Intercontinental Jordan Hotel. (B,L,D)

 


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