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Petra to the Pyramids & a Nile Yacht Cruise 2017


14 Days from $9,995

Limited to 12 guests

Float down the Nile aboard the luxurious, boutique Sanctuary 'Zein Nile Chateau'; discover an Egyptian pyramid from the inside out; and explore ancient Petra, a fabled "rose-red city" with well-preserved Roman ruins.

A&K Advantages

Discover the archeological icons of ancient Egypt and Jordan, with your own private Egyptologist and expert local guides

Embark on a leisurely Nile cruise aboard the intimate, exclusive 12-passenger Sanctuary 'Zein Nile Chateau'

Enjoy guaranteed entry into one of Egypt's legendary pyramids and discover Egypt's ancient capital of Memphis

Explore Petra, the city "half as old as time," and take a four-wheel-drive vehicle excursion through Jordan's Wadi Rum, a desert of otherworldly proportions

Relax at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, which hosted international heroes and legends from Lord Wellington to Omar Sharif

Take a dip in the buoyant, mineral-rich waters of the restorative Dead Sea

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Amman, Jordan
DAY 2
Aqaba | “City of Mosaics”
DAY 3
Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon
DAY 4
Petra | The “Rose Red” City
DAY 5
Jerash | “Pompeii of the Middle East”
DAY 6
Cairo, Egypt | Land of the Pharaohs
DAY 7
Luxor | Cruising the Nile, World’s Longest River
DAYS 8–9
Nile Cruise | Storied Structures
DAY 10
Aswan | Impressive Island Temple
DAY 11
Aswan | Sailing by Felucca
DAY 12
Abu Simbel/Cairo | Twin Temples
DAY 13
Cairo | Giza Plateau by Camel Back
DAY 14
Depart Cairo
DAY 1
Arrive Amman, Jordan

Arrive in Amman. After clearing customs and immigration, meet your A&K representative and privately transfer to your hotel at the Dead Sea.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
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DAY 2
Aqaba | “City of Mosaics”

Proceed to Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land he would never enter. Just beyond, Madaba — the “City of Mosaics” — reveals the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Land. Composed of two million pieces of colored stone, it informed scholars about Jerusalem’s layout after its destruction and rebuilding in AD 70. Continue to Aqaba and check in to your hotel. Tonight, sit down to a special welcome dinner at the Royal Yacht Club.

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon

After a morning at leisure in Aqaba, travel to Wadi Rum — the “Valley of the Moon” — and explore by 4x4 vehicle the rose-tinted mountains and desert vistas where Lawrence of Arabia once lived. Then, experience this wondrous region from another perspective — travelling on camel back. Dine beneath twinkling desert skies before returning to your hotel.

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4
Petra | The “Rose Red” City

Spend a full day exploring the once-thriving capital of Petra, a stunning city carved from its surrounding mountains. Pass through the Siq, the main entrance to the ancient city, to view the majestic Treasury, Temple of the Winged Lions and Palace Tomb. Sit down to an authentic, local lunch before driving to your hotel by the Dead Sea.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
Jerash | “Pompeii of the Middle East”

Following breakfast, travel to Jerash, the third-century “Pompeii of the Middle East,” with its well-preserved Roman ruins. Next, tour Amman, visiting its historic downtown. Stop at the ancient Citadel, the remains of a small Byzantine basilica and the Great Temple of Amman. Later, enjoy an evening dip in the restorative waters of the Dead Sea.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6
Cairo, Egypt | Land of the Pharaohs

Transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo. Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, where the treasures of Tutankhamun — and artifacts dating back to 4000 BC — reveal Egypt’s artistic and architectural heritage. View the famous Mummy Room, housing the remains of many kings and queens of ancient Egypt, including Ramses II, Egypt’s longest-ruling pharaoh.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7
Luxor | Cruising the Nile, World’s Longest River

Transfer to the airport and fly to Luxor, where you board the posh Sanctuary ‘Zein Nile Chateau.’ Embark on a three-night cruise where you will discover the Nile’s significant impact on ancient Egyptian civilization. After lunch on board, visit the striking Temple of Luxor. Along the front of the temple pylons, there were six large statues of Ramses II (of which three remain), while behind the East Tower is the Courtyard of Ramses II. Marvel at the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, which consists of 14 papyrus-headed columns, leading to the Court of Amenhotep III. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, followed by dinner.

'Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 8–9
Nile Cruise | Storied Structures

Discover the Valley of the Kings, the legendary burial ground of the pharaohs. Journey to the Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall with its expertly aligned columns, a sight to behold. Continue cruising to Edfu and the Temple of Horus, the falcon-headed god. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III, and spending much of the modern era buried in sand and debris, this stunningly well-preserved and colorful structure reveals what temple worship in ancient Egypt was like.

'Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
Aswan | Impressive Island Temple

Disembark in Aswan and visit the High Dam to learn about its role in Egyptian history. Ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika, painstakingly moved and reconstructed here to avoid flood damage from Aswan’s High Dam. Afterward, continue to the impressive granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk, thought to have belonged to Queen Hatshepsut or Queen Nefertiti. Arrive at your historic luxury hotel. Dating back to 1899, the property was built by Thomas Cook to house European travellers, among them Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Agatha Christie, whose novel, Death on the Nile, was set at this Victorian palace. This evening, sit down to dinner at the famed 1902 French restaurant.

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11
Aswan | Sailing by Felucca

Pay a morning visit to the Nubian Museum to see its vast collection of artifacts that showcase Nubian history, art and culture. Enjoy time at leisure. Then, in the late afternoon, board a felucca and cruise around Elephantine Island, seeing Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum.

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 12
Abu Simbel/Cairo | Twin Temples

Fly to Abu Simbel and discover the commanding twin temples of Ramses II — Egypt’s longest-ruling pharaoh — and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The entire site was disassembled and moved to its present location to save it from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam. Return to the airport and fly to Cairo via Aswan. Check in to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13
Cairo | Giza Plateau by Camel Back

This morning, join your Egyptologist and discover the pyramids built for Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus on the Giza Plateau. Continue to the Solar Boat Museum, which houses the funerary boat of King Cheops. By camel back, take in the panorama of the Giza Plateau, where the soaring pyramids rise from the sands. Then, see the fabled Great Sphinx, a monumental limestone statue. Visit the ancient capital of Memphis, the city of Menes; as well as the necropolis of Sakkara, site of the storied Step Pyramid of King Djoser and the oldest-known Egyptian pyramid. Tonight, toast to your travels with fellow guests at a special farewell dinner hosted by Abercrombie & Kent.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 14
Depart Cairo

Transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Oct 08 - Oct 21
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    Deluxe Cabin
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    $9,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,795
    Internal Air From
    $995
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    Napoleon Suite
    Price
    $10,695
    Single Supplement
    $3,495
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    $995
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    Farouk Suite
    Price
    $11,495
    Single Supplement
    $4,295
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    $995
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    Deluxe Cabin price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $12,795 per person double occupancy.

    Napoleon price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $13,495 per person double occupancy.

    Farouk Suite price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $14,295 per person double occupancy.

  • Nov 05 - Nov 18
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    Single Supplement
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    Cabin Class
    Deluxe Cabin
    Price
    $9,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,795
    Internal Air From
    $995
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    Cabin Class
    Napoleon Suite
    Price
    $10,695
    Single Supplement
    $3,495
    Internal Air From
    $995
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    Cabin Class
    Farouk Suite
    Price
    $11,495
    Single Supplement
    $4,295
    Internal Air From
    $995
    Availability
    Call for Availability

    Deluxe Cabin price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $12,795 per person double occupancy.

    Napoleon price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $13,495 per person double occupancy.

    Farouk Suite price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $14,295 per person double occupancy.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Amman/Cairo/Luxor; Aswan/Abu Simbel/Cairo (from $995)

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 13.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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