Best Egypt Tour Packages from India

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Egypt is a bucket list destination for many people, and it's easier than you may think to travel to Egypt from India. At Inside Egypt we offer amazing Egypt tour packages from India, allowing you to take in the magnificent sights of Egypt, and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this beautiful country.


Our Egypt tour packages are jam-packed with many interesting sites and attractions included. Travel from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan, and visit the sites and monuments you studied in school history lessons. However, there's no need to rush around; our cruise along the Nile River allows you to relax while taking in the temples and cities around you.


Inside Egypt's luxury tours can be booked as part of a small group tour, or can be arranged as a private tour. Whichever Egypt tours from India you choose, you can be sure that our Egypt luxury tours will give you the best opportunity to see the most important Egyptian museums and monuments located in various parts of Egypt, as well as learn about Egyptian culture and become part of it!


Our Egypt tours from India also include several VIP experiences that are unavailable to general tourists. These are private tours of the Great Pyramid and the Great Sphinx of Giza, or private access to the interiors of historical palaces in Cairo and Alexandria, which are normally closed to visitors. It will make you feel special, like a celebrity or a Royal family member, on our Egypt tours from India.


If food is your thing, you will be able to enjoy the most exquisite Egyptian dishes as well as European cuisine on our Egypt tours from India. Take your time to admire the amazing sunsets on the river Nile from a luxury cruise ship, experience nature on the banks of the river, and get to know all about Egyptian folklore. When joining one of our Egypt tour packages from India you will get to stay at five-star hotels in Cairo, that are famous in their own right, with celebrities and royalty being previous guests. The location of the hotels is perfect, with them each having their character, and offering a high standard of service.


The Egypt tour packages from India organized by Inside Egypt are not to be missed. Our small group Egypt tours are limited to a maximum of 20 participants, allowing you to discover Egypt in a truly enjoyable and comfortable way!


Our team at Inside Egypt is passionate and are expert in the history, culture, and traditions of Egypt. Their number one priority is your enjoyment and safety, and they prepare your Egypt tours from India with great care and attention. Our Egypt tours packages from India are organized to make the most of your time in Egypt, focusing on the most important sites, while ensuring your comfort at all times. We have the best guides on our Egypt guided tours who speak perfect English. They have a vast amount of knowledge they love to share with our guests.


Our Egypt tours packages from India can all be extended with a five-day Jordan tour, which means that you can visit two Middle Eastern countries that are rich in historical monuments, in just one trip. Our Egypt and Jordan private tour from India allows you to make the most of your vacation.


Discover the land of the Pharaohs and experience a unique adventure, making memories to last forever! Contact our team today to plan your trip of a lifetime!






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17 Days in Egypt on a Long Nile Cruise
Maximum group size:  20

Join Inside Egypt for a captivating luxurious long cruise on the Nile showcasing ancient Egyptian temples and serene stops across Egypt. Explore iconic sites like Saqqara and Giza before setting sail from Cairo to Beni Suef. Discover remote archaeological wonders like Tuna el-Gebel, Beni Hasan, Abydos, and Dendera during scenic stops along the Nile. Deepen your understanding of Egypt's history through interactive sessions and personal encounters with historic landmarks. Conclude your journey with visits to Abu Simbel, Philae Temple, Cairo's highlights, and the vibrant Khan el Khalili Bazaar. Experience unparalleled access to Egypt's treasures on this unforgettable Nile cruise adventure with Inside Egypt. Enhance your exploration with a 17-day Egypt tour.

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15 Day Egypt Tour with Siwa Oasis
Maximum group size:  20

Embark on a luxury 15-day Egypt tour, discovering hidden treasures from Siwa Oasis to Luxor and beyond. Begin in Cairo with the Step Pyramid, Giza Plateau, and the Grand Egyptian Museum. Explore Alexandria's historical gems and relax at Siwa's palm-fringed springs. Return to Cairo for iconic sights before flying to Luxor for temples and a Nile cruise to Aswan. Luxuriate on board for four nights, visiting the Valley of the Kings and Abu Simbel. Immerse yourself in Egypt's history and culture on this unforgettable journey. Book now for a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the wonders of Egypt.

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14 Days in Egypt Tour
Maximum group size:  20

Our signature Egypt Vacation takes you on an enthralling 14-day Egypt tour from Cairo to visit Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Au Simbel, and back again, exploring Egypt's most iconic landmarks. Vacation the Egypt pyramids ahead of the crowds and enjoy a peaceful moment to drink in the atmosphere of the Pyramid tours of Khufu and the Great Sphinx at the Giza Plateau before tourists are admitted for the day. You’ll also discover the country’s hidden gems with exclusive access to rooms and locations normally off-limits to the public, and sail down the Nile in style aboard our well-appointed cruise ship to delve further into the mysteries of Southern Egypt. Our 14 day Egypt pyramids vacation offers the most in-depth experience of our Egypt vacation tour packages. 

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12 Day Red Sea Tour
Maximum group size:  20

Embark on a 12-day Egypt tour from Cairo to the Red Sea, starting with the Pyramid of Djoser and historic Saqqara. Explore the Giza Plateau, the Sphinx, and the Grand Pyramid of Khufu, followed by a visit to the Great Egyptian Museum. Witness Abu Simbel Temples' grandeur and cruise from Aswan to Luxor, unveiling royal tombs and temples. Luxor showcases Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple. Continue to Hurghada for a Red Sea vacation, filled with marine adventures and sun-soaked beaches. Conclude the trip in Cairo with the Citadel, El-Khalili Bazaar, and a deep dive into Egypt's rich history and culture.

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10 Day Tour of Egypt
Maximum group size:  20

This 10 day Egypt travel package vacation offers a unique tour of Egypt that is custom designed to highlight the attractions of four Egyptian cities: Cairo, Giza, Luxor, and Aswan. See the Step Pyramid, Egypt’s first pyramid; tour some of the most notable monuments on Earth at the Giza Plateau; enjoy a comfortable 4-night stay on our exquisite cruise ship as it sails down the Nile; explore ancient temples; and marvel at the stunning artifacts that chronicle a compelling history at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. You’ll enjoy all the exclusivity and luxury of our signature Egypt trip tours on a briefer timetable.

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8 Day Egypt Tour
Maximum group size:  20

Don’t let an expedient schedule prevent you from getting a premium Cairo Egypt vacation to experience of the best of this mystical realm. This 8 day Egypt tour and vacation to Egypt is planned with efficiency in mind. You’ll wander through the halls of the Egyptian Museum, see awe-inspiring views of Cairo, and try your hand at bartering with local merchants before spending 3 nights abroad on a first-class trip down the Nile to see historic temples and the Valley of the Kings. Upon returning to Cairo, you’ll tour the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and enjoy an intimate visit to the Giza Plateau before it’s open to other tourists, drinking in the majesty of the Sphinx and the great pyramids with every comfort our luxury Egypt vacation have to offer. 

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7-Day Egypt Total Solar Eclipse Tour
Maximum group size:  20

Embark on a 7-day Egypt tour to witness the rare 2027 total solar eclipse across Luxor. Experience the longest land eclipse at 6 minutes and 23 seconds on August 2, 2027, against Luxor's clear skies. Explore Giza Plateau, Sphinx, Great Pyramid, Karnak, and Luxor temples, with exclusive tours of Valley of Kings and Queens. Visit Citadel of Salah Din and El-Khalili Bazaar in Old Cairo for a historic finale. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime journey blending ancient history and celestial phenomena. Enjoy top-tier service, luxury accommodations, and personalized cultural tours for an unforgettable experience in Egypt's mesmerizing landscape.


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How to Fly from India to Egypt

 Best Egypt Tour Packages from India

One of the first things you should think about when booking the Egypt tour packages from India is how you will travel to Egypt from India. Unfortunately, international return flights from India to Cairo are not included in our tour packages. However, the team at Inside Egypt is happy to assist you with booking your India-to-Egypt flight, making your experience as seamless as possible, when joining our Egypt tour packages from India.

If you search for an India to Egypt flight on your own, you will find that there is only one direct flight from Mumbai to Cairo with EgyptAir (Egypt tour packages from Mumbai). The flight from Cairo, Egypt to Mumbai, India takes 5h 10m, and from Mumbai, India to Cairo, Egypt 6h 30m and there are flights several times a week. From other major Indian cities, you can fly to Egypt with one stop. Below are some examples of the best flight connections from major Indian cities.
Delhi to Cairo (Egypt tour packages from Delhi)
Etihad Airways has one stop in Abu Dhabi (from Delhi to Abu Dhabi, and then from Abu Dhabi to Cairo) – a daily flight.
Qatar Airways has one stop in Doha (from Delhi to Doha, and then from Doha to Cairo) - a daily flight.
Bangalore to Cairo
Qatar Airways has one stop in Doha (from Bengaluru to Doha, and then from Doha to Cairo) - a daily flight.
Kolkata to Cairo (Egypt tour package from Kolkata)
Qatar Airways has one stop in Doha (from Kolkata to Doha, and then from Doha to Cairo) - a daily flight.
Chennai to Cairo (Egypt tour packages from Chennai)
Etihad Airways has one stop in Abu Dhabi (from Chennai to Abu Dhabi, and then from Abu Dhabi to Cairo) - a daily flight.
Ahmedabad to Cairo
Etihad Airways has one stop in Abu Dhabi (from Ahmedabad to Abu Dhabi, and then from Abu Dhabi to Cairo) - a daily flight.
Hyderabad to Cairo
Qatar Airways has one stop in Doha (from Hyderabad to Doha, and then from Doha to Cairo) - a daily flight.

When booking your India to Egypt flight, it is best to book your airline tickets from India to Egypt directly through the websites of airlines offering a trip to Egypt from India. To get the best rate, book your flights in advance; for example, two to six months before your planned trip to Egypt from India.

Does Inside Egypt Have Tour Guides?

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During our Egypt tours from India, Inside Egypt provides experienced guides who speak fluent English and are very knowledgeable in Egyptian traditions, history and culture. Many of our guides on our Egypt tours from India are qualified Egyptologists. Our guides on our Egypt guided tours have extensive and detailed knowledge and provide you with the most important information. They know the history of the visited places along with the most interesting legends, anecdotes and events. Our guides can be compared to experts specializing in Egypt - their role on our Egypt guided tours is to provide information about tourist attractions in the most accessible way for our guests. It is impossible to surprise our guides with your questions, and the curiosity on the faces of the guests of our Egypt tours from India is the greatest distinction for them. Our professional guides on our Egypt tour packages are great travel companions and bring all of the Egypt sites to life! Our Egypt guided tours are very exclusive due to the high-class guides, among other factors.

During our trip to Egypt from India, your tour leader (travel concierge) will accompany you and will be responsible for all organizational matters. They are responsible for coordinating the Egypt tour packages from India so that all elements run smoothly. They will also make sure that the safety and well-being of the participants on our Egypt luxury tours are their number one priority.

Highlights of our Egypt Tours from India

 Best Egypt Tour Packages from India

Our team of knowledgeable Egypt travel specialists designs our Egypt tours from India to immerse you deep into a world of Egypt wonder without sacrificing an ounce of comfort during the duration of your holiday. 
Our Egypt tour packages from India allow you to visit the most important ancient and modern attractions of Egypt in a very convenient way. You will also see Africa's longest river, the Nile River with your own eyes, and join a luxury ship cruise along the river. A luxury cruise on the Nile is a very important and unique part of your Egypt tours from India, and it is a great attraction in itself.

Each of our trips to Egypt from India, even the shortest of our Egypt luxury tours, includes visits to the following iconic monuments in its itinerary:
- The Great Pyramids with the Great Sphinx of Giza
- The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
- The Citadel of Salah El Din with Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque in Cairo
- Al-Muizz Street with Khan el-Khalili bazaar in Cairo 
- The Saqqara necropolis with the Step Pyramid of King Djoser and the mastaba of Kagemni in Cairo 
- The Temple of Ramesses II the Great (great temple) and  the Temple of Nefertari (little temple) in Abu Simbel 
- The Temple of Philae in Aswan
- The Temple of Sobek and Horus at Kom Ombo
- The Temple of Horus in Edfu 
- The Valley of the Kings in Luxor
- The Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor
- The Colossi of Memnon in Luxor
- The Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor

Not only that, but each of our Egypt tours from India includes a VIP Egypt travel experience. Our long-term cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities results in exclusive itineraries you won't find anywhere else. Each of our Egypt tour packages from India includes private entry to Giza Plateau, private entry to Great Pyramid and special access to the Great Sphinx enclosure. 

Ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of Egypt and our Egypt luxury tours? Leave the hard work to us. Simply email or phone us to plan your trip of a lifetime!

Stay in 5-star Hotels

 Best Egypt Tour Packages from India

If you book one of our Egypt tour packages, you can be sure that you will spend your holiday in Egypt staying in the best five-star hotels in Cairo. These hotels are characterized by their great location and first-class service. In addition to this, they serve tasty and varied food.

Four Seasons Cairo in the First Residence
With a prime location in Giza, the Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo at The First Residence offers everything the city has to offer for our Egypt tours from India. Providing various facilities and services, the hotel guarantees everything our clients need for a great stay in Cairo. The hotel features free Wi-Fi in all rooms, a casino, a 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, express check-in and check-out. Flat-screen television, air conditioning, heating, wake-up service, and a desk are also available in selected rooms. Access to attractions such as hot tubs, a fitness center, a sauna, an outdoor pool, and a spa will enhance your stay.

Marriott Mena House
Surrounded by lush gardens, the Marriott Mena House, Cairo offers participants of our Egypt tour packages from Mumbai luxurious accommodation overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza. All rooms have a private bathroom, modern furniture, and air conditioning. The spacious rooms feature a dining table, safe, cable TV, bathrobe, slippers, minibar, and tea/coffee-making facilities. Marriott Mena House, Cairo features a heated outdoor swimming pool set in landscaped gardens. The hotel has a private golf course overlooking the pyramids of Giza. A modern fitness center and spa facilities are available to the hotel guests. Five excellent restaurants are on-site, offering both Eastern and Western cuisine and casual and formal dining options. The hotel has two bars and terraces where you can enjoy cocktails when joining our Egypt tour.

MS Le Fayan is a luxury ship sailing on the Nile River which is basically a floating 5-star hotel. This ship has exterior air-conditioned cabins with large windows and each cabin has a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, minibar, and tea/coffee-making facilities. Participants of our trip to Egypt from India can enjoy the ship's upper deck with deck chairs, tables and chairs, a small swimming pool, and a bar. From this deck you can observe life on the banks of the Nile and on the river itself, admiring the beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the Nile. In the evenings, participants of our Egypt tour packages from Chennai can enjoy live music, animation programs and Egyptian folklore. The food is exquisite and as well as international dishes, includes many typical Egyptian dishes, allowing you to sample the specialties of Egyptian cuisine on your trip to Egypt from India.

A luxurious holiday in the land of Pharaohs awaits all of the participants on our Egypt tour package from Kolkata. The comfort of staying in the best 5-star hotels adds a little extra luxury to your holiday when you come along on our Egypt tour packages. 

An Unforgettable Cruise on the Nile

 Best Egypt Tour Packages from India

Enjoy the views of southern Egypt from the deck of a luxury ship by taking a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan or vice versa, on our Egypt tour packages from India. A cruise on the Nile is part of each of our Egypt tours from India. The cruise ship stops at the shores of ancient cities such as Edfu, Kom Ombo, Esna, Thebes (Luxor) and Aswan, and allows you to visit the sites in or around these cities. Along this section of the Nile there are a huge number of monuments and lots of different types: temples, palaces, and ancient tombs, from the distant past to monuments from the Arab times.

A cruise on the Nile, especially the longer version of the Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan, is also a great way to relax when joining our Egypt tour packages from India. It is impossible to get bored during a cruise on the Nile. During the day you will visit the monuments, and your evenings will be filled with a rich entertainment program. In the onboard restaurant, the chef serves participants of our Egypt tour packages three main meals each daily, consisting of both European and Egyptian dishes, prepared with fresh Egyptian vegetables, fruits and other high-quality foods. The dishes are delicious and varied.

Participants of our Egypt tours from India will sail on the luxury ship MS Le Fayan, or another ship of the same standard. MS Le Fayan is a replica of the steamer that once sailed the Nile. It is also one of the newest cruise ships available on the River Nile. Its 57 exterior cabins have large panoramic windows overlooking the beautiful scenery along the Nile. The ship offers a world-class standard and provides personalized service. In your free time, you can sip cocktails at the ship's bar, use the gym or relax on the sun terrace, where there are tables and chairs along with sun loungers, a bar, a jacuzzi and a plunge pool. A luxury cruise on the Nile is always an unforgettable experience. It is also the most convenient way to travel on your trip to Egypt from India when visiting the most famous temples, tombs and other monuments of Upper Egypt.

Are These Tours Appropriate for Family Holidays?

 Best Egypt Tour Packages from India

Our Egypt tours from India are family-friendly (Egypt tours family) and are tailored for small groups. Indian families with children 12 years of age and older are welcome on our luxury Egypt tours family style. Our Egypt tour packages from Chennai families' expectations and will allow you to enjoy your family holiday in Egypt fully. A rich itinerary, pleasant weather, safety and comfort when traveling around Egypt, along with personalized service, luxury accommodation, tasty and varied food and small group tours, are the elements that will guarantee a dream vacation for the whole family.

Our Egypt tour packages from India are limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Therefore, they are more personal and authentic, giving you an exclusive vacation. Groups of this size provide great travel comfort, allowing for a more relaxed, in-depth and intimate touring experience on our Egypt tour packages.

A small group is a comfort for both participants of Egypt our packages from Delhi and the Egyptian tour guide. Our luxury small-group Egypt tours allow you to travel with like-minded travelers. This is conducive to making new acquaintances and friendships, as you have a better chance of making friends when traveling with a group of 20 than with a group of 40. During our Egypt tours from India you can meet people from all over the world, learn about their cultures and customs.

On our Egypt guided tours you will also be in closer contact with your tour guide. This will allow you to learn much more about the places you visit, ask your tour guide questions, and exchange views with him on various topics about Egypt, during our Egypt tour packages from India.

If you like the idea of our Egypt small group tours but would still prefer to travel exclusively with just family or close friends as a private group. We have great Egypt luxury tour options for you. We offer tailor-made travel packages, suitable for everyone on our Egypt tour packages. Contact us today to find the right trip to Egypt from India for you!

What Should I Pack Before Going to Egypt?

 Best Egypt Tour Packages from India

So, you’ve made your decision to visit Egypt from India – that’s great! A trip to Egypt from India is booked and in just a moment you will fly to Cairo. You start to pack for your trip to Egypt from India and ask yourself  the following questions: what to pack for a trip to Egypt, when joining our Egypt tour packages from India? What clothes to take with you? How hot will it be? Or maybe it's worth thinking about cool mornings and evenings? How should you dress to visit mosques or Coptic churches? It's good that you think this way - this inquisitiveness will allow you to prepare well for your trip and enjoy the longed-for holidays without major moral mishaps, or problems with clothing or your health.

Take a look at our guide on what to bring to Egypt when you join our Egypt tour packages.

In Egypt, airy cotton and linen clothes in bright colors work perfectly. Preferably loose clothing that's not tight to the body. Comfortable shoes that are designed for sports or trekking are a necessity and you should make sure that your footwear should not be new for the Egypt tour packages. A lot of walking around temples, tombs and museums awaits you. Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat or cap will certainly come in handy for shading you from the hot sun. A jacket or hoodie should also be in your suitcase if you are going to Egypt during the winter months, i.e. from early December to mid-March.

Take sunscreen with SPF 50 with you and apply it regularly, on your face, shoulders and neck. If you want to protect yourself further from the sun's rays, you can wear a long-sleeved shirt and long trousers, made of airy linen.

Mosquitoes can be a nuisance while cruising the Nile, especially when you watch the beautiful sunsets on the Nile from the ship's upper deck. To keep away mosquitoes, collect lemongrass oil, cedar or clove oil and rub it on your hands and feet. You can also buy mosquito repellent sprays from the pharmacy and take them with you, when you travel to Egypt from India.

Have you ever heard the phrase Pharaoh's Revenge? It's a gastrointestinal ailment that affects many tourists. Gastrointestinal ailments manifest themselves as abdominal pain, acute diarrhea and vomiting. Take antidiarrheal drugs and electrolytes with you from India as they can save your vacation.

Don't forget to purchase travel insurance for your Egypt and Petra tours. If you have health problems or have an accident during the Egypt and Jordan private tour without travel insurance or your financial resources, you will not be able to count on professional medical assistance. We advise you to take out a travel policy that covers all possibilities, and especially covers the costs of medical treatment and hospitalization, as this is a very expensive service in Egypt and Jordan.

An amount of the appropriate currency in cash will also come in handy, especially US dollars in low denominations. US Dollars will come in handy when tipping. In Egypt, the tipping culture is very developed. Read our guide about tipping in Egypt.

Now you can travel to Egypt from India and join our Egypt tour packages with peace of mind, looking forward to your trip of a lifetime.

How Much Do Your Tours Cost?

The prices of our Egypt tour packages from India are very reasonable and are quoted in US Dollars. The Egypt tours from India can be paid online with Mastercard or Visa. When paying by card for a trip to Egypt from India, your account will be debited with the amount straight away. Our price is shown in US dollars rather than Indian rupees, which means that when making a transaction, it will be converted.

You also have the option to pay for your Egypt and Jordan private tour by international transfer in US dollars. The costs and commissions of an international transfer are fully covered by the person arranging the transfer. If your Egypt tour departure date from India is more than ninety days away, you can pay the deposit ($ 1000 per person) or the full amount. However, if there is less than three months until your departure you will need to pay the full amount on confirmation.

Our 4 best Egypt tour packages from India:
The price of our 17 Days in Egypt on a Long Nile Cruise is $6,895. If you would like to stay in a single room on the trip, the supplement for this is $3,285.

The price of our Around Egypt in 14-day tour (Egypt tour from India) is $5895. If you would like to stay in a single room on the trip, the supplement for this is $1550.

The price of a 10-day tour of Egypt (trip to Egypt from India) is $5385. If you are traveling alone and you would like to stay in a single room on your Egypt trip from India, the supplement for this is $1180.

The price of the 8-day Egypt tour (Egypt tour package from India) is $4495. If you would like to have a room to yourself during your Egypt tour from India, the single supplement for this is $940.

When booking one of our Egypt tour packages, you will have the opportunity to extend each of our Egypt tours from India with a Jordan 5-day add-on, and join the Egypt and Jordan private tour from India. Just add the Jordan 5-day add-on when registering for one of our Egypt tours from India. The trip to Jordan costs $3655 per person for a double/twin room, and the deposit is only $500 per person during the booking process; full payment is due 90 days before the tour. If you are traveling alone, and would you like to have a single room, the single supplement costs an extra $1265.

Check Out Our Egypt and Jordan Private Tour

 Best Egypt Tour Packages from India

Jordan is a country at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, known for its ancient cities, desert wilderness and healing salt lake. Jordan is rich in history and culture. It is not to be missed. Inside Egypt gives you the opportunity to visit Jordan's top attractions after one of our Egypt tours from India. Here are some of the most interesting places you will visit on our Egypt and Jordan private tour

Amman is the capital of Jordan and its largest city, as well as the main cultural and commercial center. It is also one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The first settlers appeared here in the Neolithic period, around 8500 B.C. Over the centuries, the city has been ruled by, among others, Assyrians, Persians, Macedonians, and Romans, and traces of their presence are visible everywhere in the city. Today, this thriving metropolis is one of the most liberal cities in the Middle East. In the heart of Amman, you can see the second-century A.D. Roman Theater, the largest of its kind in Jordan, which could have accommodated 6,000 spectators. It is also worth visiting the Citadel, a collection of monuments dating from a variety of times: the remains of Bronze Age walls; the Roman Temple of Hercules, built during the reign of Marcus Aurelius; the eighth-century Arab Umayyad Palace; and the modern Jordan Archeological Museum, where you can admire artifacts from all over the country. 

Petra is one of the great cities of the ancient world, mysterious and beautiful, and definitely deserves a spot on anyone’s bucket list. In 2007, Petra was included in the New Seven Wonders of the World. The whole city is carved into the rose-red rock, and there is only one road leading to it, through the narrow canyon of es-Sik. Established over 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans, Petra was an important point on the Silk Road that connected the trade networks between Europe and Asia. The city was abandoned in the Middle Ages as a result of numerous earthquakes and gradually fell into ruin. Petra was not rediscovered by the Western world until 1812. There are many stunning buildings in Petra, including the best-known al-Khazna, or the Treasury, so named by Bedouins who believed it contained hidden wealth. This multistory building was carved into the cliff in the first or second century B.C., and its purpose is not fully known. Some historians and archaeologists believe it was the tomb of one of the rulers of Petra and his wife, but there are also opinions that it was a temple in honor of one of the gods. Other buildings worth visiting are the Nabatean Theater, one of the largest buildings in Petra, which can accommodate several thousand spectators; the temple of the god Duszara; and numerous royal tombs.

In desert areas, occasional fierce rainstorms flood otherwise dry valleys, creating swift and winding rivers. These valleys are called wadis, and the largest in Jordan is Wadi Rum. It is located in the southern part of the country and is known for its breathtaking scenery. Rock paintings and petroglyphs date back 12,000 years. The Nabatean culture ruled the area from at least the second century B.C. to the second century A.D., leaving behind their famous stunning rock-cut tombs and temples. Currently, only Bedouin groups live here. Wadi Rum is different from other deserts. Instead of vast dunes, here you will find sandstone mountains and high granite cliffs, and the landscape, according to many, resembles the surface of the moon. There are many reasons to visit Wadi Rum, including its unique rock formations and the remnants of ancient cultures.

In the western part of Jordan, a short distance from the Dead Sea, you will find Mount Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land – but he was not permitted to enter with the tribes of Israel. At the dawn of Christianity, a sanctuary dedicated to Moses, which still operates under the protection of the Franciscan Order, was established on top of the mountain. There is also an archaeological park there. From the top of Mount Nebo, you will have a fantastic view of the Jordan Valley and much of the Holy Land, and in the distance, if visibility is good, you can see the walls of Jericho and Jerusalem.

The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world and is the lowest land point on Earth, surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Negev Desert. Geologically speaking, it is not a sea at all, but a drainless lake, which explains why it has been drying up over the years – the rate of evaporation is not matched by any incoming water. The sea was named “dead” because, due to its high salinity (22%-36%), there is almost no organic life in it, but the water is used to obtain significant amounts of table salt and potassium. The unusual concentration of salt makes it easy for people who are unable to swim to float on the surface.The waters of the Dead Sea are credited with extraordinary health and healing properties. Its water and mud are said to heal skin diseases, and the highly oxygenated air at this low elevation has a calming effect and may offer relief from allergies. According to legend, the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah lie deep at the bottom. 

With so much to see and do in Jordan, it would be a shame to miss out on our Egypt and Petra tours. Why not join us to catch a glimpse of this small country and its long history, its thousands of archaeological sites and its beautiful landscapes?


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