Jordan & egypt At A Glance
With ancient temples, mystic tales, and golden desert sunsets, this Jordan and Egypt adventure will turn you into a story teller.
From under a million stars in Petra to floating above the lowest point on earth at The Dead Sea, we will make our way to the Great Pyramids, mystical temples, and the bright blue beauty of The Red Sea. Imagine spending the afternoon with Bedouin women who welcome you into their world – openly chatting about their lives and learning about yours. Learn to read hieroglyphics, sail down the Nile, and float above the temples at sunrise. Here, you don’t just read about history in textbooks – you experience it in real life.
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Your flight from Jordan to Egypt is included in the cost of this Meetup Tour. Please ensure that your passport details are filled out in your Traveler Portal as soon as you book. We will send you your flight details no later than 90 days before your Meetup Tour.
Weather in Jordan and Egypt can reach high temperatures, especially in summer. All of our accommodation and transportation is air conditioned, but some sites have little shade. Be aware that exposure to the elements is at times unavoidable.
In Jordan, there’s some relief from the heat from March to November. Temperatures can dip quite low and there’s also a greater chance of rain. Be sure to pack layers and rain gear if you’ll be visiting during Jordan’s colder season.
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Welcome to Amman!
Airport pickup & welcome dinner
Welcome to Jordan! Our driver will meet you at the airport with a sign and a smile to bring you to the hotel to meet the rest of the group. We’ll pick you up from the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman anytime today according to your arrival time, but we recommend arriving before 4pm. In the evening, your guide will take you to dinner at a local restaurant for your first introduction to delicious Jordanian food. Meet your fellow travelers and talk about the adventure ahead! Meals: dinner
Walking tour and women's co-op visit with a handicraft workshop
This morning, we will walk around the old city of Amman with our expert local guide. Marvel at the Citadel, The Roman Theatre, and the Jordan Folklore Museum. Explore one of Amman’s oldest neighborhoods, Jabal al-Weibdeh, known for its stunning architecture, art galleries, and handcraft shops. Then we will visit a women’s cooperative where you can learn a local craft practice while sharing lunch together. You’ll have free time in the evening to explore Amman’s markets or sample some local restaurants specializing in Jordanian cuisine. Meals: breakfast, lunch
Amman to Petra
Take your first steps into the lost city of Petra
After breakfast, we’ll drive south to explore a town half as old as time -The Red Rose City of Petra. Transport to another era exploring the many caves and tombs of this “lost city”. Walk through ancient Nabatean, one of the modern 7 wonders of the world. Our guide will walk with us to see Qasr Al-Bint or the Royal Tombs. Meals: breakfast. Drive time: approx. 3 hours
bedouin life at petra
Get ready for a very special day. In the morning, we will meet with the family members of a Bedouin female shepherd as they lead us on a desert hike to High Place of Sacrifice and Al Khubtha mountain. Along the way, we will also stop at a remote section of Petra called the Treasury to get the most Instagrammable shots of this Wonder of the World. Today’s hike is strenuous at times but the secluded mountain scenery makes it worth the effort! We will meet a Bedouin family who will tell us about their lives and serve us a traditional Bedouin meal. Then the female shepherd will walk with us toward Petra herding her flock along the way. Meals: breakfast, lunch
Head into the desert today as we drive 2 hours to Wadi Rum. This otherworldly red desert will blow you away with its natural beauty as you take a jeep tour through the sand. Along the way, we will visit the Disi Women’s Cooperative, whose aim is to revive Bedouin culture through authentic cultural experiences. If you’re up for a little exercise, join on a short hike through Barrah Canyon, the most beautiful canyon in Wadi Rum. Rest after a great day at our glamp site under the stars! Meals: breakfast, dinner
wadi rum to dead sea
Wake up early for sunrise in Wadi Rum to catch a truly spectacular array of colors. If you’re not an early riser, sleep in enjoying the silence of the desert. After a leisurely morning at camp, we will drive approximately 3 hours on the Jordan Valley Highway until we reach the Dead Sea. This is the lowest point on earth and the brined waters are well-known for their healing properties. Spend your free afternoon floating in the sea, booking a spa appointment, or applying some healing mud for a full body mask. Meals: breakfast, dinner
Relax with a leisurely morning at our Dead Sea resort. If you haven’t had time to book a treatment at the spa or soak in the salty waters, now is the perfect time. We will depart back to Amman in the early afternoon. You’ll have a few hours to walk around Amman on your own before the group’s last night together. Test your skills in the kitchen with a cooking class with at a mother + daughter cooking school. Learn classics like tabbouleh, flat bread, and lentil soup from recipes created many generations ago before sitting down to eat your delicious creations for dinner. We’ll also share a wine tasting from a local winery, a perfect way to end the week together. Meals: breakfast, dinner
goodbye jordan, hello egypt!
Flight to Egypt and city food tour.
After breakfast, it’s off the airport to catch our flight to Egypt! Your adventure continues with an airport greeting and our VIP escort. You will be transferred to our beautiful Cairo hotel before heading out to the best introduction to Egypt: a food tour! Here, our expert Egyptologist guide will lead us through favorite local food hangouts, and we’ll get our first taste of Cairo cuisine. Meals: breakfast, dinner.
ATV ride past the pyramids at sunset
After our welcome meeting and breakfast this morning, we’ll listen to stories of ancient Egypt on the short drive to the famous Pyramids of Giza! Learn why these stunning tombs exist, and how they are so well preserved. There’s time to wander solo and absorb the grandeur before we tuck into a traditional Egyptian feast at a beloved SoFe lunch spot. Don’t give into that food coma just yet though, because it’s time to see the Sphinx (and maybe give him a kiss for a photo!). From here, we satisfy our inner adrenaline junkies and hop onto an ATV to watch the sun set behind the pyramids. Your leader will step in to assist with capturing photos that will surely make you the star of every dinner party for the rest of the year. We end the day with a drink at a nearby rooftop restaurant. Meals: breakfast & lunch.
Flight to Aswan, Philae Temple & solo afternoon
We’ll hop on an early morning flight to Aswan, approximately 2 hours flying time. After landing, we visit Philae Temple located on an island in the middle of the mighty Nile River. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, we’ll wander through the temple learning about women’s roles in ancient Egypt. Before we go, say hello to the many cats hanging out like locals at the cafe (which has excellent lemon mint juice). We check into our beautiful hotel for a free evening. There are many amenities to enjoy at your leisure, including a refreshing pool. Meals: breakfast.
Abu Simbel & float down The Nile on a felucca
Today our small existence impresses upon us as we stand next to the giant carvings at Abu Simbel, which is first on the agenda. Next to the pyramids, it’s arguably one of the most impressive Egyptian sites. It’s not to be missed, and is totally worth the longer distance to visit. Afterwards, we settle in onboard a felucca, and float the day away as we cruise down the Nile river with a delicious lunch and dinner spread generously prepared by Nubian villagers. There’s no better way to watch the sun set than drink in hand, new friends all around and the glimmering Nile waters before you. Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner | Drive time: 5 hours
Train ride to Luxor, Karnak & Luxor Temples
This morning we set off on a train journey past villages and lush farms on our way to Luxor. Once in Luxor, we take the opportunity to marvel at the second largest temple complex in the world – the awesome Temple of Karnak. The massive engraved columns, towering obelisk and offering table room are highlights of this magnificent temple. Once the sun goes down, the Temple of Luxor lights up beautifully. We’ll do a night walking tour to see some of the most important carvings in ancient Egypt. Meals: breakfast & lunch | Train journey: 3 hours
Valley of the Kings & Hatshepsut Temple
This morning, choose between waking up for sunrise and doing an optional hot air balloon ride (when in Egypt…) or sleeping in and enjoying a more genteel start to the day. We’ll meet up for a tour to Luxor’s best ancient wonders: the Valley of Kings! We’ll see hieroglyphic covered tombs belonging to famous pharaohs. Following the Valley of Kings, we visit the female-focused Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the few female Egyptian rulers. Meals: breakfast.
Flight to Cairo, Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili Market
After a short flight back to Cairo, visit the Egyptian Museum packed full of artifacts, mummies, tombs, statues, hieroglyphics, and much more. Before you wander off to explore all the nooks and crannies, our Egyptologist guide will describe fascinating aspects of Egyptian history. For lunch, we recommend one of Egypt’s most beloved dishes – koshary. Bellies full, we visit the Mosque of Ibn Tulun and learn about Islam from a female NGO representative whose mission is to describe the beauty of Islam and how women fit into the religion. She will gladly answer any questions that we may have. Climb the stairs to the minaret to be rewarded with views over Cairo, or simply enjoy the intricate details of this beautiful mosque. We’ll finish the afternoon by exploring the biggest market in Egypt: Khan El Khalili Market. The winding alleyways of the market house souvenirs, gifts and Egyptian food. Meals: breakfast & lunch.
farewell for now
It’s the last day of The Jordan & Egypt Meetup Tour, but it doesn’t have to end! Either check out any time today (your guide can help you arrange transportation to the airport) for your flight home, or stay on with us as we continue to Dahab for a full-blown beach vacation. Dahab details below!
add 5 days in dahab
Dahab is a beachy paradise on The Red Sea. It’s the darling seaside escape for both Egyptian and international visitors, but isn’t so built up that it loses any of its charm. The town is small and colorful. Seaside restaurants abound, and make for ideal sunset hangouts and refueling spots in-between dives. On that note, the snorkeling and diving in Dahab is some of the very best- and most affordable- in the world.
How it works: when the Jordan & Egypt Meetup Tour ends, we hop onto a flight to Sharm el-Sheik and arrive in Dahab in time for a welcome lunch and afternoon chill session. The next few days have a range of activities planned, from snorkeling to a 4×4 desert tour and stargazing at a Bedouin camp. There’ll be plenty time to kick back and soak up the glorious Egyptian sun, dive, read or hangout with new friends. Note that this extension starts on the last day of The Egypt Meetup Tour, so adds 4 days, not 5, to your whole trip.
Our accommodation is carefully chosen to give you the best combination of comfort, location, and style. These are photos from our collection of favorite hotels to give you a sense of the accommodation you can expect with us. All of our accommodation is 4 and 5 star with many beautiful views in prime locations.
Kempinski Resort, Dead Sea
Situated on the shores 434 feet below sea level, this 5 star Dead Sea resort is the perfect place to relax after a busy few days exploring Jordan. The design pays homage to the hanging gardens of Babel. The resort features a private sandy beach and luxury spa which provides guests with an array of treatments infused with Dead Sea rich minerals.
Hasan Zawaideh Camp
Surrounded by sand dunes, this glamp site offers both traditional Bedouin tents and modern geodesic domes. This is the perfect spot to see the stars and experience Bedouin hospitality. Each tent has a private bathroom and AC
Tolip Hotel, Aswan
Sweeping views of the Nile and a beautiful outdoor lounge area are ideal backdrops for those sundowners with new friends.
Arrival: Fly into Queen Alia International Airport (code: AMM). Airport pickup is included if you arrive any time on Day 1 of the tour, but we recommend arriving before 4:00pm on the tour start date so that you’ll have time to get refreshed before your welcome meeting and dinner that evening.
An airport pickup is not included if you arrive a day or two before the tour begins, but we can arrange one for you at an extra cost.
Departure: Depart from Cairo International Airport (code: CAI). You can depart anytime on our tour end date, but we recommend staying for breakfast and departing around check out time.
Departure transfer is not included, but your guide will be happy to help you arrange this.
*Please note that your arrival and departure airports are not the same.
On rare occasions, any domestic flight that we include in this trip may be changed or canceled with little notice. Remember, we cannot control the decisions that airlines make, so sometimes amendments will need to be made to our mode of transportation. Rest assured that if this happens, we will still get you to your destination. Part of the unique experience of traveling in any form is having the flexibility and grace to embrace detours.
Most countries, including the USA, are able to visit Jordan and Egypt with a tourist visa upon arrival. In fact, we recommend getting the visa on arrival because the process is straightforward and fast.
When our group transfers to Egypt, our airport escort will walk you through the entire process. All you need to get an Egyptian visa on arrival is your passport, $25 USD in cash, and your negative COVID test.
If you are not a US passport holder, please check to be sure your country qualifies for a visa upon arrival, but the majority of them do.
New Advice for Canadians entering Egypt after October 1st, 2023:
Change 1: As of 3rd Sep 2023, all Canadian travelers to Egypt will not be eligible to Visa on Arrival in Egypt and are required to apply for pre-entry visa in advance. Evisa is still valid for Canadian travelers until 30 Sep, however, it’s recommended that you obtain a visa from the nearest Egyptian Embassy or consulate prior to your departure.
Change 2: Starting October 1, 2023, Canadian passport holders will not be able to obtain a visa online before travelling to or upon arrival in Egypt. Visitors will be required to obtain a visa from an Egyptian embassy or consulate abroad.
If visitors travel to Egypt on an electronic visa on or after October 1, 2023, their visa will be considered void, and they will be denied boarding and/or entry into Egypt.
Canadian travelers should contact the nearest Egyptian embassy or consulate before travel
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of clarity on exactly what is needed for Canadians to apply for a paper visa with the embassy or consulate but the contact details of the Egypt embassy and consulate in Canada can be found here.
The itinerary is subject to change due for any reason – weather, unexpected cancellations, impromptu local opportunities, or surprise additions.
All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.
Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory or you may be refused to join the tour. See our guide for help choosing a plan.
The baggage allowance for our internal flights is 1 check in suitcase that is a maximum of 50lbs/23kg and 1 carryon. An additional fee applies to bags that exceeds this.
What our travelers say
amazing sense of community
“Our tour guide Jihan was FANTASTIC!!! I mean, she went above and beyond. She literally has a special place in my heart, a truly good person. If you’re on the fence about going to Jordan with SoFe, go with them! You won’t regret it and you never know unless you try. Have fun!” Kaleigh S. | Jordan
“I’m 100% going to book another trip, although this one will be hard to beat. This trip was everything and more I could ever ask for. I saw places I only ever saw in photos, experienced “Egyptian Hospitality” first hand, had stereotypes of the middle east shattered, watched the sunrise over the Sahara, swam in the Nile AND the Red Sea, and danced to the sound of Nubian drums on a felucca at sunset on the Nile. How could a girl ever ask for more? This trip was the perfect blend of history and education, culture, great food, bucket list items completed, and topped off with even better company.” Dani B. | Egypt
just what I didn't know I needed!
“I rode a mule for the first time up a mountain to The Monastery and went stargazing where I saw the sparkling diamond-like Vega. I also got a Dead Sea mud massage that was amazing! I felt very comfortable travelling with other SoFe travellers. I felt like we could really be ourselves and be in spaces with the local women where they could let their guard down and share their culture and personality with us. There are so many moments I will cherish forever.” Ericka M. | Jordan
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