10 days

The Sands of Time

The Sands of Time

2000 year-old ruins of Jerash

Jordan's capital Amman

Wadi Rum's red earth desertscapes

Desert camping with the Bedouin

The Dead Sea

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Petra

Red Sea resort of Aqaba

Crusader castle at Shobak

Trip rating
  • This trip follows in the footsteps of Moses, from Cairo across the Sinai Desert to Mount Sinai and on through Jordan to end in Amman. Including spectacular sites such as Wadi Rum, Petra and Jerash, this is a fascinating overland journey back in time.

    Why we love it

    • This trip follows in the footsteps of Moses, from Cairo across the Sinai Desert to Mount Sinai and on through Jordan to end in Amman.
    • Including spectacular sites such as Wadi Rum, Petra and Jerash, this is a fascinating overland journey back in time.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Cairo

    • Arrive in Cairo to a warm Egyptian welcome from your local representative who will transfer you to the hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Cairo at any time.
    • Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The rest of the day is at leisure - the hotel is only 15 minutes from the pyramids, if you haven't seen them already.
    • Your tour leader will hold a group meeting around 6pm when you will meet your fellow travellers.
    Grand Pyramids Hotel

    Day 2 - Cairo - Dahab

    • This morning you will be transferred to the airport to take a short flight to Sharm el Sheik, before being taken on to Dahab. You will have time to relax and unwind on the beaches of the Red Sea here.
    • Dahab has some spectacular coral drop-offs just off the beach, so an hour of snorkelling will reveal the incredible and unexpected world that lies underwater.
    • Finish the day with some delicious seafood in one of the restaurants that line the waterfront.
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Dahab - Mt Sinai

    • You will drive two hours or so to Mount Sinai this morning. After checking in to your hotel at the base, you'll have the rest of the afternoon to climb to the top.
    • It's a steady climb, mostly along a well-defined gravel path, with some steep sections of stairs nearer the top; most people take two to three hours to reach the summit.
    • The view is undeniably worth the effort – the countless granite folds of the Sinai Mountains glowing in the gathering dusk are hauntingly beautiful. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel for a well-earned dinner. Note that during winter months (October to March) it can get very cold on the mountain and may even snow during the height of winter. Please ensure you have warm thermal clothes during this period.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 4 - St Catherine's - Aqaba

    • St Catherine's monastery is usually open for visitors, but sometimes it isn't. If you're in luck, you will visit after breakfast.
    • Founded in the 4th century, St Catherine's is considered one of the oldest continually functioning monasteries in the world, and it's chapel is one of early Christianity's oldest surviving churches.
    • Following this, you will embark on a two to three-hour drive to Nuweiba to board the hydrofoil to Aqaba. It is important that you read the notes regarding the ferry journey. On arrival in Aqaba you will be transferred to your hotel for your first night in Jordan.
    My Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 5 - Aqaba - Wadi Rum

    • You will go on a brief orientation tour of Aqaba with your guide, Jordan’s principal Red Sea resort. You can visit the old castle (time permitting) before driving to spellbinding Wadi Rum, a landscape of rugged sandstone mountains standing tall among an ochre desert floor.
    • You will head into this desolate, romantic protected area in rather rickety old jeeps, operated by the local Bedouin community. This is an attempt by the Jordanian Government to bring much-needed income into this region - an initiative we also support.
    • After you enjoy lunch and a browse around the excellent and informative visitor’s centre in the small village of Rum, you will visit several of Wadi Rum’s distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place with towering sandstone mountains.
    • It is very deserving of the amount of time you spend here, with the wind-sculpted rock formations changing hue throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. You will also meet your Bedouin friends and ride camels to your traditional Bedouin tent situated deep within Wadi Rum. The Bedouins live in scattered camps throughout the area.
    • You will enjoy an evening with them at one of their camps, which is set in an amazing location. Wadi Rum is probably best known because of its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18. Much of David Lean’s movie on his exploits, 'Lawrence of Arabia', was actually filmed in Wadi Rum.
    Camping
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 6 - Wadi Rum - Petra

    • It’s well worth rising early and watching the cliffs change colour as the sun comes up today. You will enjoy a walk in the morning (the length of the walk will depend on how energetic you're feeling), and you will scale one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area. Keen photographers will be delighted.
    • Take 4WDs from your camp back to the main entrance. The visitors centre is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and knick-knacks, mostly made by a women’s co-operative which is aimed at supporting traditional local industries.
    • You will then continue your journey to Petra. On arrival, you will have time in the afternoon to check out the town, withdraw or change money, and just relax…ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.
    Amra Palace Hotel
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 7 - Petra

    • A regular and fully justified contender for the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ title, the iconic Petra view – the Treasury’s glorious façade, glimpsed from the narrow cleft known as the Siq – is arguably the single most striking sight of the entire region.
    • The first sight of the exquisite craftsmanship among such stark scenery is a moment that manages to be both eagerly anticipated and also an unlikely and almost surreal surprise. Petra’s greatest surprise, however, is its size.
    • With your guide you will explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs. You will also climb up to the Monastery – the site’s second beautiful façade – from where you will have a magnificent view of the entire site.
    • This is a memorable day exploring a truly extraordinary destination and sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. There is a cafeteria on the site, where you can enjoy a light lunch.
    • In the mid-afternoon you will return to the hotel where your tour leader will to persuade you to take a Turkish bath! It is perfect timing after a long day exploring Petra, and a memorable experience in and of itself. Petra is an excellent and safe place to try this tradition of the region.
    • The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
    Amra Palace Hotel
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Petra - Amman

    • This morning you will drive along the King’s Highway, a road that pre-dates Old Testament times.
    • You'll reach Shobak Castle first, originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189.
    • You will stroll through the site and continue to the ancient village at Dana, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms. Madaba is next, where you'll visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George that houses an ancient mosaic map. This is of particular interest as it clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD.
    • You can expect to arrive in Amman in the late afternoon, where in the evening you can try one of its several fine restaurants.
    Golden Palace Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 9 - Amman

    • The Roman city of Jerash is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world, its archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets constitute a striking collection and make it a beautiful place to explore.
    • Grand ionic columns encircle the city’s centrepiece, the Oval Plaza, a wonderfully atmospheric place to linger after exploring Jerash’s riches. You will visit the site in the morning and later drive down to spend the afternoon at the Dead Sea. Relax on the shore or take a dip like no other – the warm, highly saline waters make swimming difficult but bobbing on the water’s surface a unique pleasure.
    • Afterwards you will return to Amman for the night.
    Golden Palace Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 10 - Amman

    • Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon and you are free to leave at any time.
    • If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Amman.
    Golden Palace Hotel or similar
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine local tour leader
    • Arrival transfer
    • Transport
    • Sightseeing and entrance fees

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance (compulsory on all trips)
    • Meals not listed (lunches and dinners)
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Camera fees
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PGSS
Group size 6 - 16
Start City: Cairo
End City: Amman

What to know

A good level of fitness is required to be able to enjoy the Mount Sinai climb to the fullest. You will be walking on a well-defined path and on stairs, mostly either ascending or descending.

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