Wonders of the Nile, Jordan & Oman

26 Days
Cairo to Muscat
From (CAD)
$ 25,035
Dates & Pricing

2021 Cairo > Muscat

Exploring the lands locked in time

From towering pyramids to seemingly bottomless sinkholes, your journey will be filled with astonishing wonders – natural and man-made, old and new.
The Nile with all her wondrous riverside treasures beckons for an unforgettable journey through the land of the pharaohs. Visit the 20-metre monolith of the Sphinx, take a six day cruise down the life-giving waters of the Nile and examine the priceless artefacts from King Tut’s tomb. In Jordan, give in to your sense of wonder as you take in the Martian landscape of Wadi Rum, admire the Rose Red city of Petra, visit Jesus’ baptism site and float in the Dead Sea. Explore the quiet beauty of Oman with its spectacular natural beauty, shimmering coastlines and impeccable Bedouin hospitality.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
MCDO
Duration:
26 days
Departure City:
Cairo
Return City:
Muscat

Selected Itinerary

26 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Giza (Cairo)

    Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a two night Special Stay. You’ll soak up stunning views of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony. Please book flights to arrive into Cairo by 2pm.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Giza

    Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC, before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Visit the ancient site of Saqqara in the afternoon. At dusk, prepare for an exclusive night of historical discoveries as the doors of the new Grand Museum open just for you, long after they have closed to the general public.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Giza > Aswan

    Fly to Aswan.

    Freechoice

    Visit a Nubian village or the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser. Alternatively, take a motorboat ride to the upper reaches of the Nile.

    Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay and admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony. Discover the history of the hotel and follow in the footsteps of icons like Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Abu Simbel > Nile Cruise

    Fly early to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam.
    Embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III and settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. This evening enjoy a display of Nubian dancing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Nile Cruise

    Discover the granite quarries of ancient Egypt, learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. Later, enjoy a traditional felucca cruise on the Nile, then discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae. Follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise north.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Nile Cruise

    Cruise north along the Nile where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo Temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God. Arrive into Luxor and discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by a walk through the colourful local markets. A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Nile Cruise

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the ancient sites (additional cost, please book on tour.)

    Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut.
    Late in the afternoon, tour the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nile Cruise

    Relax on the Sun Deck and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s Temple before returning to Luxor. This evening’s entertainment will delight you with the colours of the whirling dervishes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Nile Cruise

    Cruise south to return to charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board. Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Nile Cruise > Cairo

    Fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and a selection of the Royal Mummies. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Cairo

    Freechoice

    Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Cairo > Amman

    Welcome to Jordan, where you’ll enjoy a two night stay. This afternoon, join your Tour Director for a walk through the food and produce markets and stop to taste some traditional Jordanian sweets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Amman

    Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age, and explore the impressive ruins.

    Freechoice

    Visit the Royal Automobile Museum and see the fascinating collection of cars belonging to the Royal Family. Alternatively, experience Jordan’s wine heritage with a wine and food tasting in the Abdali walking district.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  14. Day 14 - Amman > Wadi Rum

    At Madaba, discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land and visit the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration. Continue to the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum where you will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp.

    Sundowners

    Witness the dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Wadi Rum > Petra

    Travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover Wadi Rum. Explore Lawrence Road and marvel at the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the pink and white sands. Continue to the Rose Red City of Petra for your two night stay. An unforgettable sight awaits as you visit the Treasury and chasms lit by candlelight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  16. Day 16 - Petra

    This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Petra > Dead Sea

    At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, see where Jesus was baptised, then view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Travel north to your Special Stay resort for the next two nights on the shores of the Dead Sea. Relax and enjoy sweeping views over the Dead Sea and across to Israel from your balcony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  18. Day 18 - Dead Sea

    Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to lather you in therapeutic mud, or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or newspaper. This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

    Sundowners

    Join your Tour Director and toast the end of a wonderful Jordanian journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Dead Sea > Muscat

    Fly to Muscat and check in for your three night Special Stay your iconic hotel, with views of the ocean from your room. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome to Oman dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Muscat

    Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman has a history dating over 900 years. Set between the Hajar Mountains on one side and the sparkling waters of the Gulf on the other, this important port city has a colourful history with past rulers including the Persians and the Portuguese Empire. Your exploration of this city starts with a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. Marvel at the features including the enormous hand woven prayer carpet, chandeliers and stained glass windows.

    Enrich

    Be welcomed by the owner of the Bait Adam Museum and enjoy traditional Omani coffee with dates, and a tour of his private collection.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  21. Day 21 - Muscat

    Freechoice

    Immerse yourself in this beautiful city and its monuments and discover Muscat in-depth by visiting the Opera House and National Museum before driving along the waterfront Corniche, then finish off at the bustling Muttrah Souq. Alternatively, spot wild dolphins along Muscat’s rugged coast on a fun dolphin-watching cruise.

    Later, see Muscat’s coast through the eyes of ancient seafarers who plied this route for centuries on a traditional Dhow cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Muscat > Wahiba Sands

    Board your 4WD vehicles for your adventure into the vast mass of undulating dunes of Oman. En route, drive past the fishing village of Quriyat to spot flamingos and stop at the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater filled with shimmering blue green water.
    Later, experience the thrills of dune driving and observe the surprisingly wide array of flora and fauna found in the desert sands before visiting a Bedouin home to enjoy a cup of Omani coffee and learn about local life. Arrive at your tented Bedouin camp for the night in time to see the changing colours of the desert during a golden sunset, a photographers’ delight.

    Sundowners

    Late afternoon, depart on a desert drive across the dunes for sunset drinks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Wahiba > Jebel Akhdar

    Escape to cool mountain climes, stopping in Birkat Al Mawz, an uninhibited, abandoned village full of date and banana orchards and old brick houses. Continue on to Jebel Akhdar. Located on the fabled Green Mountain, elevated luxury reveals dramatic canyon views at one of the world’s highest resorts. Your two night Special Stay, offers Omani splendour in the most breathtaking of natural settings.

    Enrich

    Dine in the most stunning of settings reserved just for you – a canyon-edge platform where Princess Diana took in panoramic views in 1986. Toast as the sun sets over the canyon and constellations shine overhead.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Nizwa

    Enjoy the stark beauty of the Wahiba Desert from your room, as sunrise over the desert paints the landscape in pastel shades. Enjoy an early breakfast and depart for Nizwa Old Town, a former
    capital of Oman. Immerse yourself in the lively souq and explore the well preserved, World Heritage-listed Bahla Fort – the finest of Oman’s castles – which displays beautiful Omani ceiling paintings and beautifully executed woodcarvings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Jebel Akhdar > Muscat

    Discover the 400-year-old village of Al Hamra, one of the best preserved old towns in Oman. Stroll past the honey coloured Yemeni-style old mud-brick houses and the lush, green date plantations. Proceed to Misfat Al Abriyeen, before venturing on a fun-filled and adventurous drive crossing Oman’s quaint villages, patchwork terraces and traditional houses laid out against the rocky slopes. Continue to Muscat and return to your hotel for another Special Stay. This evening. join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Muscat

    Say farewell as you transfer to Muscat airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 9 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 4 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 7 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 58 meals – 25 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches and 19 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by handpicked Scenic Tour Directors, expert Egyptologists and local guides
  • All internal flights
  • Porterage throughout
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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