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 visits to dusty tombs in 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
  Discover 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 £3,000 pp

Plus international flights from £600

A two-week holiday in Jordan and Egypt for a family of four usually costs from £12,000 plus flights.

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Egypt & Jordan Highlights day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Cairo
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!

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Day 6 Felucca Cruise – Luxor
Watch the sunrise 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.

Day 7 Luxor
It’s an early start this morning to avoid the heat of the day….before dawn you will cross the Nile, driving through small villages and past fields of sugar cane to the Colossi of Memnon, from where you will be transported to the Valley of the Kings, where the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were buried in intricately painted tombs.

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
In the morning visit 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.

The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool.

Day 9 Luxor – Amman
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.

Day 10 Jerash – Ajlun
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 the 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.

Day 11 Dead Sea – Petra
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 nor 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!

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
A full day to enjoy the Nabatean ruins of Petra with a guide. These are truly breathtaking 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. 

Day 13 Wadi Rum
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.

Later in the day transfer to a Bedouin-style camp for the night; watch the sunset over the desert before congregating around the campfire under the stars.

Day 14 Wadi Rum – Aqaba
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.

Day 15 Aqaba
Transfer back to Amman airport in time for your flight home.


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