Egypt & Jordan Highlights
Egypt and Jordan are two of our favourite countries in the Middle East. Everyone has heard of the treasures of the Pharaohs but equally impressive are the Nabatean ruins at Petra in Jordan and the Roman ruins of Jerash. This isn’t a place for a dry introduction to history, instead you will fire the children’s imaginations with donkey rides to the Valley of the Kings, horse-drawn carts through the narrow siq en route to Petra, overnight in the vast desert at Wadi Rum and a float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. This is a real adventure that will thrill children of all ages.
Sunset ride around the Pyramids
Overnight on a Nile sailing boat
Ride donkeys to ancient tombs
Explore the desert ruins at Petra
Jeep ride through Wadi Rum
Snorkel in the Red Sea
Float in the Dead Sea
15 days from £2,150 pp
Plus international flights from £600
A two-week holiday in Jordan and Egypt for a family of four usually costs from £8,500 plus flights.
Egypt is one of our less expensive destinations and it is possible to arrange a very competitively priced tour here. However, there is an enormous variation in price depending on where you stay.
Our standard Egypt holidays will start from around £3,800 for a 9-day trip for a family of four based on simple hotels (some with pools). This excludes international flights. These hotels will be adequate but no more; fine if you just need a place to rest your head at the end of the night, but unsuitable if you like to have somewhere a bit more comfortable in the evening.
If you upgrade to nicer 4-star (ish) hotels, the price will start from around £5,000 for a 9-day trip, again excluding international flights.
There are also a number of beautiful heritage hotels. If you would prefer to stay in these, the price will start from around £7,000 (for a 9-day holiday for a family of four).
If you would like to combine Egypt with Jordan, this works really well as the two destinations complement each other. However, this can be more expensive that you might expect. A two week trip would start from £8,500 for a family of four, based on simple hotels and excluding international flights.
One thing to consider for a tour in Egypt is whether you would like to be accompanied by one of our specialist tour leaders. Although we do not include a tour leader in most countries, in Egypt we find that they are invaluable in helping to make arrangements and ensuring the smooth running of the tour. They are always brilliant with children and add a great deal to your experience. However, if you are travelling on a budget we can avoid this and use the services of local reps as needed throughout the tour to keep the price down.
All prices exclude international flights. These start from £350 per person if you fly indirect. Direct flights with British Airways or EgyptAir usually start from £450. We will be very happy to provide a flight quote for you from your nearest airport. Please ask us for details.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
We don’t impose any age limits on our tours and can accommodate even the youngest children on a trip to Egypt. We will tailor the itinerary to ensure that it is suitable for the ages of your children.
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with Stubborn Mule Travel. This is guaranteed through our membership of the Travel Trust Association (membership number Q0176) and our ATOL membership (number T7608). Further details can be found on our Financial Protection page.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. After a chat to understand more about you, we can produce an itinerary as a starting point and you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Egypt & Jordan Highlights day-by-day itinerary
Arrive in Cairo where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Cairo
A morning tour of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. This is a veritable treasure trove and your guide will take you around the highlights. The most impressive are undoubtedly the artefacts found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. These include the gold and turquoise death mask and beautifully intricately embellished coffins, but there are numerous less well known but exquisite treasures to be discovered.
In the afternoon head to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the ancient wonders of the world, and a true highlight of the tour. After exploring the site and getting up close to the Sphinx you will take a camel ride around the site as the sun starts to set over the desert.
Day 3 Cairo – Aswan
After breakfast head for the Citadel for a wonderful view over the city. Then follow the backstreets of Old Cairo into the Khan El Khalili bazaar, one of the largest in the Middle East. Hone your haggling skills as you bargain for souvenirs!
In the evening board the overnight train south for Aswan. You will travel first class, in two person cabins with comfortable fold-down beds.
Day 4 Aswan
Arrive in Aswan, a beautiful laid-back town spread along the banks of the Nile. After time to freshen up you will take a boat to visit the impressive ruins of Philae Temple, situated on a picturesque island. The afternoon is free for you to explore the bazaar or perhaps enjoy the pool.
In the evening join a local Nubian family for dinner in their home.
Day 5 Aswan
This morning there is the option to visit the temples of Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive temples of Ancient Egypt. This was moved, slab by slab, after the Aswan High Dam was built and the original site was flooded. You can either fly to the site or you can drive (which takes around 3 hours each way). Please let us know if you would like further details.
In the afternoon board your felucca (a traditional Nile sailing boat) and start cruising up the Nile towards Luxor. Spend the night on board the felucca accompanied by local Nubian sailors. You can try your hand at the tiller or just lie back, relax and watch the world go by!
Read More Day 6 Felucca Cruise – Luxor Day 7 Luxor Once at the Valley of the Kings you will have a tour around the site, taking in three different tombs. There is also the option to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun; having heard so much about it many children are keen to see the tomb but are a little surprised to see that it is tiny compared to the others that you visit….the mind boggles at how impressive the treasures of the other tombs must have been! You will also visit the impressive Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and Deir El Madina, the village where ancient workers lived and built their own tombs. There is quite a lot of sightseeing on this day but you can do things at your own pace, stopping for refreshment and relaxation as needed. If it is too much, you can return to Luxor at any time. The afternoon is free for you to relax. Day 8 Luxor The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool. Day 9 Luxor – Amman Day 10 Jerash – Ajlun Day 11 Dead Sea – Petra Older children may enjoy a dramatic (but relatively easy) bike ride from Madaba to the Dead Sea, looping down a series of hairpin bends to the Dead Sea Valley. You will end the day in the small town of Wadi Musa, near the ancient city of Petra. Day 12 Petra Day 13 Wadi Rum Later in the day transfer to a Bedouin style camp for the night; watch sunset over the desert before congregating around the camp fire under the stars. Day 14 Wadi Rum – Aqaba Day 15 Aqaba
Watch the sun rise over the Nile and then continue by road to Luxor. Along the way you can stop at the picturesque temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu, perched on the banks of the Nile.
It’s an early start this morning to avoid the heat of the day….before dawn you will cross the Nile by boat to meet the trusty donkeys that will be your transport for the morning! You will ride through small villages and past fields of sugar cane to the Valley of the Kings, where the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were buried in intricately painted tombs.
In the morning ride in a horse drawn carriage to Karnak Temple, just outside Luxor. The temple itself is magnificent and very extensive; you can spend hours exploring the various sections of the temple, gazing up at the vast columns and intricate carvings. You will also visit Luxor Temple, which is smaller but also very impressive.
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Cairo and on to Amman. When you arrive in Amman you will transfer to your hotel. If time permits perhaps visit the vast amphitheatre in the centre of downtown Amman this evening.
Drive about an hour north of Amman to the Roman ruins of Jerash. These are wonderfully preserved and extremely picturesque and it is great fun to explore some of outlying areas of the site, clambering over the ruins. Later, drive into the hills for a picnic lunch before visiting the beautiful and little visited crusader fortress of Ajlun with magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. Return to Amman for the night.
This morning visit Madaba, home to some of the finest Byzantine mosaics anywhere in the Middle East. From here continue to Mount Nebo from where Moses surveyed the promised land. There are fabulous views from here out over the Dead Sea Valley towards Jerusalem. Neither Madaba or Mount Nebo will necessarily thrill the kids but they will love visiting the Dead Sea. Here you can cover yourselves in thick gloopy black mud (supposed to have therapeutic properties) before washing this off in the buoyant waters of the sea. Prepare for baby-soft skin!
A full day to enjoy the Nabatean ruins of Petra with a guide. These are truly breath-taking and a real highlight of your trip. Accessed through a narrow canyon called the ‘siq’, your first glimpse is of the Treasury, an exquisite façade with incredibly intricate carvings. Here the canyon opens out and you soon find yourselves following the old Nabatean road past endless rock carved facades and the vast amphitheatre. The ruins are very extensive and it is great fun exploring the more remote parts of the site, clambering up to little-visited caves and following small tracks through the desert.
Drive to Wadi Rum where you take a 4×4 jeep ride into the desert. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here and the massive rock outcrops, chiselled by the wind into weird and wonderful shapes, will fire the imagination. You will stop in many different places where you can climb up the sand-dunes, explore narrow canyons in the cliffs, climb onto rock bridges and so on.
Take a morning camel ride into the desert before transferring to Aqaba on the Red Sea Coast. This afternoon head out of town to a beach where you can take a snorkelling excursion in the Red Sea and get a glimpse of the marine life and coral for which the area is famous.
Transfer back to Amman airport in time for your flight home.
Day 6 Felucca Cruise – Luxor
Day 7 Luxor
Once at the Valley of the Kings you will have a tour around the site, taking in three different tombs. There is also the option to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun; having heard so much about it many children are keen to see the tomb but are a little surprised to see that it is tiny compared to the others that you visit….the mind boggles at how impressive the treasures of the other tombs must have been!
You will also visit the impressive Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and Deir El Madina, the village where ancient workers lived and built their own tombs. There is quite a lot of sightseeing on this day but you can do things at your own pace, stopping for refreshment and relaxation as needed. If it is too much, you can return to Luxor at any time.
The afternoon is free for you to relax.
Day 8 Luxor
The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool.
Day 9 Luxor – Amman
Day 10 Jerash – Ajlun
Day 11 Dead Sea – Petra
Older children may enjoy a dramatic (but relatively easy) bike ride from Madaba to the Dead Sea, looping down a series of hairpin bends to the Dead Sea Valley.
You will end the day in the small town of Wadi Musa, near the ancient city of Petra.
Day 12 Petra
Day 13 Wadi Rum
Later in the day transfer to a Bedouin style camp for the night; watch sunset over the desert before congregating around the camp fire under the stars.
Day 14 Wadi Rum – Aqaba
Day 15 Aqaba
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Egypt in pictures
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