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Egypt & Jordan Tour with All One WorldAuthor: Dileep
Date of Trip: November 2010
Karnak Temple opens at 6am. The privilege of being there before the crowds arrive in the clear morning light at sunrise is like nothing else. We also visited the Open Air Museum, where we see the Red Chapel of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III, the Middle Kingdom White Chapel and a number of other well-preserved artifacts. Here we found some of the most exquisite carvings of hieroglyphs. Back to the hotel about 9am. There was time for a late breakfast before packing up for the next day’s ride to Aswan.
Finished Photographers sightseeing Tour and shared photographs with our group. We walked over to the Luxor temple for sunset pictures on the Nile. We spent an additional night in Luxor at the Sonesta St George, Luxor.
Sun, Nov 21 -- Luxor-Aswan by road with guide. Sightseeing at Edfu Temple & Kom Ombo Temple. Overnight in Aswan at Basma Hotel, Aswan. Free internet in the lobby was our first opportunity to catch up on email. We took a motorboat in the early evening to visit a Nubian village.
Mon, Nov 22 -- Visited Philae Temple in the morning at 8:00am. Drove from Aswan to Abu Simbel at 11:00am with the convoy. Interesting desert view including mirages! Arrived in Abu Simbel after 3 hours and visited the temples in the afternoon. Saw the Sound & Light show in the evening followed by dinner at the rustic Seti First Hotel.
Tues, Nov 23 -- Drove back to Aswan via convoy by road and went directly to Aswan airport for flight to Cairo. Overnight at Iberotel Hotel & Casino
Wed, Nov 24 -- start Petra Tour-2 Day 1. Flight Cairo, Egypt/Amman, Jordan. MS 719, 8:30/10:05am.
Leaving the Amman airport and driving southward toward Petra, your first visit was to Madaba where the St George's Greek Orthodox Church has a famous 6th century AD mosaic on the floor, showing the pilgrimage from the surrounding areas to the Holy Land.
Our next visit was to a mosaic factory followed by Mount Nebo where there is a Memorial for Musa (Moses) and a 4th century church which Italian Franciscan priests excavated and restored in 1933. The panoramic view overlooks the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem.
We then drove to the Dead Sea, one of the world's true natural wonders and a unique destination. At 417 meters (1,373 ft.) below sea level, the mineral-rich waters and mud flows have natural health and beauty benefits acclaimed globally. The unparalleled buoyancy and warmth of the water has everyone floating. Its health-promoting thermo-mineral springs and famous cosmetic black mud have been praised by visitors for millennia. The drive from the Dead Sea to Petra through the mountains was very scenic. We reached Petra after viewing a spectacular sunset in Dana. Room service for dinner after a long day! Hotel: The 5 star Movenpick Resort Petra Hotel located at the entrance of the Petra site.
Thurs, Nov 25 -- A full 6 hours of sightseeing in the Red Rose City of Petra starting at 7 am with a local guide. Breakfast at the hotel followed by the tour of the Rose Red City of Petra. The city is thought to have been first established in the 6th century BC by Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. Petra remained largely in Nabataean hands until around 100 AD, when the Romans diverted to the north the caravan routes that had brought Petra its wealth.
The approach to Petra is unforgettable, made on horseback through the Outer Siq and then on foot through the Siq itself. The Siq ends in an open space which is dominated by the Treasury, Petra’s most famous building. You also saw Pharaoh's Castle, the Triumphal Arch, the Amphitheater and Monastery before returning to our hotel. We had a very relaxing Turkish Bath in the afternoon, followed by room service again!
Friday, Nov 26 (Day 3 of PT-2) Petra -- QAI Airport -- Cairo (B):
You had some time this morning for an excursion to Wadi Rum before leaving about 2:00 PM for the airport in Amman. A two hour tour by 4-wheel drive jeep through the desert to see Lawrence's spring. Continued driving past majestic mountains, explored a gorge and saw some ancient rock drawings. Flight from Amman to Cairo, 7:10/8:40pm. Hotel: Iberotel Hotel & Casino
Saturday, Nov 27 --Depart for Amsterdam. Egyptair # 757: Cairo International (CAI) to Amsterdam-Schiphol (AMS) at 10 am.
Sunday, Nov 28 to Tuesday, Nov 30 -- Amsterdam
Tuesday, Nov 30 Leave Amsterdam at 11 am on KLM for Seattle via LAX.
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