Petra to the Pyramids & a Nile Yacht Cruise - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

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.

Journey Overview

Experience the best of Jordan and Egypt on an intimate journey from Petra and Wadi Rum to Luxor and Cairo, exploring the region’s most iconic sites and relaxing in elegant accommodations, like the bespoke dahabeah ‘Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau,’ your home for a three-night cruise along the Nile.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore Petra, the ancient desert city in Jordan carved into solid rock, viewing its famed, pillared Treasury and learning its myriad secrets 
  • Roam by 4x4 through Jordan’s Wadi Rum, watching the sun set over red-hued stone outcroppings and dining like Bedouins beneath desert stars 
  • Float with ease in the buoyant, mineral-rich waters of the restorative Dead Sea 
  • Cruise the Nile on intimate, exclusively chartered ‘Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau,’ visiting many iconic sites, including the Temple of Luxor and the tomb of Tutankhamun 
  • Enter one of the pyramids, ride a camel and view the enigmatic Great Sphinx on the Giza Plateau 
  • Discover the stunning temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari in Abu Simbel 
  • Overnight at the historic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, where Agatha Christie stayed on the visit to Egypt that inspired her to write Death on the Nile 

Click Here to read Susan Kurosawa's account of her Nile journey aboard Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Amman | Jordan

Arrive in Amman, where you are met by an A&K representative and privately transferred to your hotel.
The St. Regis Amman 

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 coloured 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 members-only Royal Yacht Club.
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Wadi Rum | In the Valley of the Moon

After a morning at leisure in Aqaba, travel to Wadi Rum — the “Valley of the Moon” — which you explore by 4x4, traversing rose-tinted vistas and visiting a place where Lawrence of Arabia once lived. Tonight, embrace Bedouin life with a Chef’s Table dinner beneath twinkling desert skies before returning to your hotel.
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea | Meals: BD

Day 4: Petra | The “Rose-Red” City

Explore stunning Petra, the ancient Nabataean city carved from solid rock. Enter through a narrow gap, the Siq, to view the majestic Treasury, Temple of the Winged Lions and Palace Tomb. Once a stop for camel caravans bearing spices and silk, Petra was lost for 1,000 years, until being rediscovered in 1812 by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. After lunch, relax on a drive to your hotel along the shore of the Dead Sea.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea | Meals: BLD

Day 5: The Dead Sea | Design Your Day

This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day options. 

  • Explore Third-Century Jerash, “Pompeii of the Middle East,” with its well-preserved Roman ruins, on foot. 
  • Explore Amman, visiting its historic downtown, the Citadel and the impressive Roman Theater 
  • Visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan on the eastern bank of the Jordan River, known as the baptism site of Jesus. 

Enjoy time at leisure, free to float in the restorative waters of the Dead Sea.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea | Meals: BL

Day 6: Cairo, Egypt | Land of the Pharaohs

Fly to Cairo, Egypt’s bustling capital city. This afternoon, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to a vast collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza | Meals: B

Day 7: Luxor | Cruising the Nile, World’s Longest River

This morning, fly to Luxor, where you board ‘Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau.’ Embark on a three-night cruise where you 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.
'Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau' | Meals: BLD

Days 8–9: Nile Cruise | Storied Structures

Discover the Valley of the Kings, the legendary burial ground of the pharaohs, including entrance into the tomb of “the boy king,” Tutankhamun. 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 the Temple of Horus, the falcon-headed god. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III, and having spent much of the modern era buried in sand and debris, this well-preserved and colourful structure reveals what temple worship in ancient Egypt was like. Sail toward Aswan while enjoying a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the Nile.
'Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau' | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Aswan | Riverine Heritage

Disembark in Aswan and ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika. 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, included this Victorian palace. Board a felucca and sail around Elephantine Island, and dine in the famed 1902 restaurant.
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan | Meals: BD

Day 11: 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. Located on the banks of Lake Nasser, this site is both an ancient and a modern engineering marvel. 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 | Meals: B

Day 12: Cairo | Giza Plateau by Camel Back

This morning, join your expert A&K Egyptologist and discover the pyramids built for Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus on the Giza Plateau. Then, Ride Like a Local, on camel back, as you take in the panorama of the Giza Plateau backdropped by the soaring pyramids. Also see the fabled Great Sphinx, a monumental limestone statue. Next, 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 farewell dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza | Meals: BLD

Day 13: Depart Cairo

Transfer to the airport and board your flight home.
Meals:B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Amman/Cairo/Luxor; Aswan/Abu Simbel/Aswan/Cairo
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 10:30 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 12.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
This journey contains some active elements.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

The St. Regis Amman

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Embracing the sophistication and timeless heritage of the world-famous St. Regis New York, The St. Regis Amman is now an established luxu ... Read more

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea

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Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea sits directly on the beach. All rooms and suites feature luxurious bathrooms, plenty of living space and ... Read more

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

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In true Kempinski style, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is elegant and contemporary in design with direct access to the Dead Sea. Q ... Read more

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo

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The majestic Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza is a beacon of sophisticated hospitality on the legendary Corniche along the bank of ... Read more

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau

Petra to the Pyramids & a Nile Yacht Cruise - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

The first 'dahabiya' (sailing boat) built to international luxury standards, complete with air conditioning and expansive windows ... Read more

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

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A favourite hotel in Egypt for old world charm with a delightful old world elegance. Positioned on a pink granite outcrop overlooking the ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 13, 2021 - Jan 25, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 1 - Deluxe Cabin Price AU$21,295pp Single Supplement AU$4,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 2 - Napoleon Suite Price AU$22,960pp Single Supplement AU$6,160 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 3 - Farouk Suite Price AU$24,625pp Single Supplement AU$7,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 3, 2021 - Feb 15, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 1 - Deluxe Cabin Price AU$21,295pp Single Supplement AU$4,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 2 - Napoleon Suite Price AU$22,960pp Single Supplement AU$6,160 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 3 - Farouk Suite Price AU$24,625pp Single Supplement AU$7,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Mar 17, 2021 - Mar 29, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 1 - Deluxe Cabin Price AU$21,295pp Single Supplement AU$4,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 2 - Napoleon Suite Price AU$22,960pp Single Supplement AU$6,160 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 3 - Farouk Suite Price AU$24,625pp Single Supplement AU$7,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Apr 7, 2021 - Apr 19, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 1 - Deluxe Cabin Price AU$21,295pp Single Supplement AU$4,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 2 - Napoleon Suite Price AU$22,960pp Single Supplement AU$6,160 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 3 - Farouk Suite Price AU$24,625pp Single Supplement AU$7,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Sep 8, 2021 - Sep 20, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 1 - Deluxe Cabin Price AU$21,295pp Single Supplement AU$4,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 2 - Napoleon Suite Price AU$22,960pp Single Supplement AU$6,160 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 3 - Farouk Suite Price AU$24,625pp Single Supplement AU$7,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Oct 6, 2021 - Oct 18, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 1 - Deluxe Cabin Price AU$21,295pp Single Supplement AU$4,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 2 - Napoleon Suite Price AU$22,960pp Single Supplement AU$6,160 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 3 - Farouk Suite Price AU$24,625pp Single Supplement AU$7,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Nov 3, 2021 - Nov 15, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 1 - Deluxe Cabin Price AU$21,295pp Single Supplement AU$4,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 2 - Napoleon Suite Price AU$22,960pp Single Supplement AU$6,160 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 3 - Farouk Suite Price AU$24,625pp Single Supplement AU$7,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Dec 1, 2021 - Dec 13, 2021
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 1 - Deluxe Cabin Price AU$21,295pp Single Supplement AU$4,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 2 - Napoleon Suite Price AU$22,960pp Single Supplement AU$6,160 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau: Category 3 - Farouk Suite Price AU$24,625pp Single Supplement AU$7,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire