Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great — and later, Mark Antony and Cleopatra — with a visit to the great port city he founded in 331 BC. Often called the “Pearl of the Mediterranean,” both its coastal and cultural climate set it apart from the Egyptian destinations you’ve visited thus far. And thanks to its storied past, Alexandria boasts a wealth of cultural and historic sites — many of which you’ll tour during your sojourn here. Explore its rich past as a center of learning at the celebrated Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Discover the mysterious underground world of its ancient Greco-Roman catacombs. You’ll also enjoy visits to the Alexandria National Museum, Roman Amphitheatre, and Pompey’s Pillar.
Panoramic tour of Alexandria
Upon arrival in the celebrated city of Alexander the Great, have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you’ll visit the world-renowned Bibliotheca Alexandrina — a discus-shaped, contemporary library, cultural center, and museum complex built to reincarnate what was once among the ancient world’s most important libraries. After checking into your hotel, enjoy a panoramic city tour showcasing its highlights. Your evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own.
Alexandria’s ancient architectural marvels
This morning, visit the ancient Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, an extensive underground burial site from the Greco-Roman era that’s considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. According to legend, the great archaeological site was discovered in 1900 when a donkey working the farmland above fell into one of the shafts. You’ll also visit Alexandria’s tallest monument — Pompey’s Pillar. Constructed from a single block of red granite from Aswan, this massive Romanesque column is the largest of its kind ever found outside of ancient Rome and Constantinople. Then, explore the 15th-century Qaitbay Citadel, splendidly set on the Mediterranean Sea. Following lunch at a local dining establishment, your tour continues at the Roman Amphitheatre and National Museum. Your evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own.
Return to Cairo
We’ll conclude our explorations of Alexandria with a visit to the Royal Jewelry Museum, home to the vast collections of jewelry and acquired by the royals of Egypt’s Muhammad Ali Dynasty. After, transfer back to Cairo, stopping en route at a local restaurant for lunch. Spend your final evening in Egypt at leisure, and seek out dinner on your own.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Cairo airport for your flight home to the U.S.
Once lost to time, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra is now a not-to-be missed icon, whose beauty is as spellbinding as the history that surrounds it. Here, intricate temples, treasuries, and palaces dating to the ancient Nabataeans still stand, hewn into the red rock of the jebels, or desert hills. Walk through the dim, narrow gorge of the Siq to reach Petra's elaborate ruins and explore the many highlights of the Rose City. Your Jordan stay also includes a chance to swim in the Dead Sea; visits to the ancient cities of Madaba and Jerash; a night in Jordan’s capital, Amman; and more. Make the most of your time in the Middle East by adding these travel milestones, at a great value.
Fly overnight to Amman
Depart the U.S. for an overnight flight to Amman, Jordan.
Arrive in Amman
Arrive in Amman this morning. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist you in transferring to your centrally-located hotel. Settle in and enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure to soak in Jordan’s capital—from its thriving art scene to its many beautiful churches and mosques.
Explore Amman and transfer to the Dead Sea
After breakfast, continue to Amman for a city tour and lunch at a local restaurant before traveling to Jerash. Often called the “Pompeii of the East,” this prehistoric Jordanian city boasts well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins that reflect its illustrious past. Next, depart for the Dead Sea — the famed lake set at the world’s lowest elevation on land. For millennia, people have come to soak in these salty waters known for their therapeutic properties. A remarkably high salt concentration makes these waters among the most buoyant on Earth, and you’ll have a chance to experience the sensation of effortless floating during your stay. Dinner is included at your hotel tonight.
Visit the Dead Sea Museum and transfer to Petra
This morning after breakfast, visit the Dead Sea Museum to learn about the area’s geological and cultural history before lunch in a local restaurant. Then, transfer to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and check into your hotel. The evening is at your leisure
Uncover Petra, a World Wonder
Today, you’ll set out for a guided walking tour of Jordan’s greatest archaeological treasure — awe-inspiring Petra. Petra’s strategic location at an important trade crossroads prompted the nomadic Arab Nabataeans to establish a settlement here around 300 BC. Carving beautiful buildings directly into the rose-red rock, they also applied ingenious methods to control the water supply, creating a prosperous oasis. The city declined under Roman rule and was eventually abandoned, falling into obscurity until its rediscovery by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. As you explore Petra’s intricately carved Treasury, Great Temple, and tombs, your Adventure Leader will share some of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site’s long and intriguing history. Dinner is at your hotel this evening.
Fly to Cairo, Egypt and begin your main journey
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Cairo, making stops en route for lunch and to visit the ancient town of Madaba on Mt. Nebo — tradition tells us Moses was buried here, and this is also the site of the ruins of crusader-era castles.
Upon arrival in Cairo, check in to your hotel and join your fellow travelers for your main journey.