- 2020 River Cruises: Free Airfare
Book by April 30, 2019 and receive free economy round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe or Egypt on select 2020 departures. Book a Diamond Deck suite on itineraries 15 days or longer and receive free roundtrip premium economy airfare.
Offer is subject to availability and valid for new bookings only, and may not be combined with other promotions. Please call for details.
- Experience the rhythms of daily life along the Nile River while cruising from Luxor to Aswân, past ancient temples and villages.
- Join a National Geographic expert to discover some of the greatest wonders of the ancient world, from the Pyramids at Giza to the elaborate tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
- Meet National Geographic grantees working to excavate the ancient stone quarries of Gebel el Silsila.
- Discover bustling souks and world-famous antiquities museums, and enjoy dynamic performances of traditional Egyptian dance and music.
- Jordan Extension9 days from $4,200
Discover the stunning desert landscapes, ancient monuments, and cosmopolitan cities of Jordan on this ten-day extension. Step into history in the multicultural city of Jerash, home to some of the best-preserved Roman architecture outside Italy. Trace the paths of nomads and explorers through the red canyons of Wadi Rum, and gaze up at the awe-inspiring facade of the Treasury at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra. Cap off your trip with a relaxing float on the Dead Sea.
Arrive in Amman and settle into your hotel. Meet fellow travelers at a welcome dinner of local specialties.
Set out for the ancient city of Jerash, one of the best-preserved cities of the Roman Empire. Stroll down a broad colonnaded street and stand before the striking ruins of the Temple of Artemis and the triumphal Arch of Hadrian. Witness an exciting reenactment of a Roman chariot race in the historic hippodrome.
Explore the Royal Automobile Museum in Amman, which features rare and classic vehicles from the collection of the late King Hussein. Then, head to Madaba, the “city of mosaics.” On the floor of the Byzantine church of St. George, marvel at the famous 6th-century Madaba map depicting the region of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in over two million pieces of colored stone. Continue on to the rose-red city of Petra.
Wind through a narrow passage between red canyon walls and emerge into the spectacular ancient stronghold of Petra, built by Nabataean nomads more than 2,000 years ago. Countless rock-cut tombs and temples line the sandstone corridors including the legendary 130-foot-high facade of Al Khazneh, known as the Treasury. Examine intricate stone carvings and learn about the sophisticated water collection systems that turned Petra into an oasis city.
Follow in the footsteps of Bedouin nomads and famed explorers as you delve into the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Set out by 4x4 amid weathered sandstone mountains and rolling red dunes. Look for ancient petroglyphs and take in lunar-like vistas featured in Hollywood films such as The Martian. Settle into our comfortable desert camp situated below striking rock formations. Later, enjoy cocktails while the sunset paints the horizon in dazzling hues of pink and orange.
Rise early and savor the stillness of the desert at sunrise before continuing south to Aqaba, Jordan’s only coastal city. In 1917, the historic Battle of Aqaba saw T. E. Lawrence, or “Lawrence of Arabia”, lead Arab forces to victory against the Ottoman army. Relax on your balcony overlooking the Red Sea or wander the waterfront streets lined with swaying palm trees.
Discover the rich and vivid marine world off the coast of Aqaba on a cruise or a snorkeling excursion. Encounter colorful corals, clownfish, moray eels, and sea turtles in this protected area. Or, choose to unwind with a soothing treatment at the hotel spa. Spend a free afternoon venturing into Aqaba on your own or enjoying the hotel’s amenities.
Today, explore a number of remarkable sites on the way north to the Dead Sea. Stop at Bethany Beyond the Jordan—believed to be the location where Jesus was baptized—and discover the remnants of ancient churches, chapels, and monasteries at this active pilgrimage site. Stand atop Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have viewed the Promised Land before he died. This evening, settle into our hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea.
Experience the famous healing powers of the Dead Sea while floating in its hypersaline waters or relaxing in a therapeutic mud bath. Toast our journey with sundowners at a restaurant offering spectacular views of the sea.
Return to Amman to catch your flight home.