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The Sands of Time

Trip Length

Trip Code

10 days PGSS

Minimum Passengers

6 people

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Egypt, Jordan

Start City

End City

Cairo Amman
The Sands of Time

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:

The Sands of Time


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo

Accommodation: Grand Pyramids Hotel

Activities:

Day 2: Cairo - Dahab

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:

Day 3: Dahab - Mt Sinai

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 4: St Catherine's - Aqaba

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: My Hotel or similar, Aqaba

Activities:

Day 5: Aqaba - Wadi Rum

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Activities:

Day 6: Wadi Rum - Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Amra Palace Hotel, Petra

Activities:

Day 7: Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Amra Palace Hotel, Petra

Activities:

Day 8: Petra - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Golden Palace Hotel or similar, Amman

Activities:

Day 9: Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Golden Palace Hotel or similar, Amman

Activities:

Day 10: Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Golden Palace Hotel or similar, Amman

Activities:


Your Trip

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.

What's Included

Transport

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Fitness

A good level of fitness is required to be able to enjoy all activities

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Egypt
Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, British and Canadians require a visa for Egypt. All other nationalities should check with the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information. If you require a double entry visa for Egypt you will need to obtain this from an overseas embassy prior to arrival. Single entry visas for most nationalities can be obtained on arrival at Cairo Airport. The current cost for most nationalities is US$25. You must pay in cash in US dollars, UK pounds, euros, Japanese yen or any other convertible currency to a bank located next to immigration. If you are arriving in Egypt by land from Israel you must obtain your visa beforehand.

If you are arriving in Egypt by ferry from Aqaba, Jordan, a single entry visa can be obtained upon arrival and costs approximately US$25.

All travellers departing Egypt at the Port of Nuweiba must pay a 50 Egyptian pound departure tax (subject to change). Your tour leader will collect this amount from you to pay at immigration control.

Jordan
Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, British and Canadians require a visa for Jordan. All other nationalities should check with the Jordanian Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information.

Visas are available on arrival at the airport in Amman for approximately US$58 however this must be paid for in Jordanian dinar appx JOD40. As the process can sometimes be time consuming, you may wish to consider obtaining your visa prior to arrival.

If you are arriving in Jordan by ferry at the port of Aqaba it is possible to obtain a Jordanian visa on board, either as an individual or as a group. There is normally no charge for this visa.

Important For those continuing on to Israel after Jordan please ensure that you obtain an individual visa only. Do not enter Jordan on a group visa, as you will find entry to Israel at the Allenby Bridge border difficult. If you obtain your Jordanian visa on the ferry boat from Nuweiba keep your passport separate from your group and obtain the visa individually.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Egypt

In an Antique Land-Amitav Ghosh Islands of the Blest-Cassandra Vivian Death on the Nile-Agatha Christie The English Patient-Michael Ondaatje

Jordan

Seven Pillars of Wisdom-TE Lawrence Desert Queen-Janet Wallach A Winter in Arabia-Freya Stark Leap of Faith-Queen Noor


Important Information

EMERGENCY CONTACT:

 

In the case of an on ground issue or problem, Peregrine's Cairo Office can be reached on: +201 (9681) 1067 In the case of an on ground issue or problem, our local Jordan based Office can be reached on: +962 79 554 7137


Summertime Schedules/Climate
As the days get warmer, temperatures can start to soar. From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, some days start very early (eg at 0500). Please be prepared for this: we try to make things as comfortable for you as possible. Your tour leader will keep you fully informed. Note also, that in the winter months (Oct-Mar) it can become quite cold in the desert at night. Please bring warm (thermal) clothing at this time.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

28 May 2014


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