Own Forum on Egypt and Jordan
A Monthly Roundtable on Middle East History,
Politics, Economics and Beliefs Egypt
and Jordan in 14 Days
Space is limited to a maximum of 6 guests in each departure
You couldn't squeeze more adventure into a 14 -day journey: Cairo, Fayoum
Oases , Luxor and
a trek to the mysterious ruins of Petra in Jordan. Tour
starts monthly in Cairo .
Add Syria Magic
of the Arabian Empire : Syria,
Jordan & Egypt . Compare with the Alexandria
version : 9 Days ?
- CAIRO - Sunday :
Monthly arrival. Tour starts on the First Sunday of each month
except : June, July and Aug
Our staff meets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel.
Transfers are always in a private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur.
will be issued upon arrival.
As you exit the gate, you will pass through a door or two , down some
stairs , then walk for 2-5 minutes , until you pass the duty free shops,
at the end of a wide corridor , you will see the security officers. There
you will be met by a local representative, who will be holding a sign
with the name you prefer to use for the sign .
Our local representative will then take your passport to obtain a stamp
from the cashier / bank window and escort you to speak with the passport
officer. He will escort you through another last check on your passport
as you exit the passport control, into customs area, he will assist you
in collecting your luggage and clearing customs . After exiting the terminal,
our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel
: Cairo Grand Hyatt or Cairo Conrad Hotel
- CAIRO (BLD) - Monday
We start with the best of Cairo: the Egyptian Museum, including the Mummies
room and King Tut's gold treasure room , Citadel of Saladin and
its Alabaster Mosque. After lunch
at Hadaik El-Azhar or Naguib Mahfouz restaurant, your guide will point
out two of the most important mosques on the local and regional Islamic
scene : Al-Azhar Mosque / University as well as Al-Hussein Mosque.
We wander through the alleys of Khan el-Khalili
bazaar in search of souvenirs before we head back to the hotel . Dinner
is included at La Bodega restaurant.
- CAIRO (BLD) - Islam in Egypt - The Coptic Church in Egypt - Home Hosted
Dinner - Tuesday
After breakfast we had to one of the local universities to attend
an open forum on Islam in Egypt , as Top local professors including some
who will be from Al-Azhar University will be on hand to answer any of
You will get to meet the local under-graduates who will participate as
well in this open forum.
speakers will be invited to join us for lunch at a charming local Restaurant
Head back to the hotel for a brief siesta. The afternoon seminar
will be at one of the local churches , as we learn about the history of
the Egyptian Coptic Church . Return
to the hotel early evening . After a brief rest off to
Meet the locals: you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with
the host family ( T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town):
This evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . .
. right into the homes of some of the people of Cairo l! You'll be invited
to a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties,
you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way of
life of your hosts.
Be assured, as curious as you may be about your new friends, they're sure
to have questions about your own background. Once the ice is broken, you'll
enjoy a lively afternoon , and find that you have more in common than
you ever suspected. This is a people to people event , not a tourist trap
as some have inquired . The whole point is for you to get to meet real
Arabs, real Egyptians, not the ones that are stereotyped on the media.
4 - CAIRO (BL) - Wednesday
After breakfast we drive to where it all began: the old Roman fort
at Babylon, the site where it is said that " Baby Moses " was
found by the Pharaoh' s wife. We walk the narrow streets
of Old Cairo, once a Roman quarter , later the Jewish Quarter, then becoming
the Coptic Christian Quarter. We visit the Coptic
churches of Abu Serghius and Al Molaka, the Coptic
Museum, and Ben Ezra synagogue.
5 - CAIRO- Thursday (BLD)
In the morning, we visit the majestic pyramids
of Giza, the Valley Temple and the timeless Sphinx.
are fit and adventurous enough may wish to penetrate into the heart of
the Great Pyramid, to the King's Chamber your ticket is included with
our compliments (or the interior of Kephren Pyramid). Taking a camel ride
(Included) is entirely your own choice!
lunch at the Mena House Oberoi or Meridien Pyramids , we drive to Dahshour,
the newly-opened pyramid field south of Cairo. We visit the great pyramid
of Senfru, father of Cheops, and other structure:
The "Discovery" of Dahshour : For almost half a century, the great
field of huge pyramids near the desert village of Dahshour, 25 miles south
of Cairo, has been off limits to the public. Confined within the perimeter
of a military base were many pyramids, including the great 4500-year-old
pyramid built by Senfru, father of Cheops. Senfru's pyramid, the largest
in Egypt until his son built Giza's Great Pyramid, is rhomboidal in shape:
it tapers more distinctly on its upper half. All the pyramids were coated
in thick plaster at one time. Most have lost these protective, decorative
sheaths, but Senfru's--miraculously--is still in place.
with folk show on the Hyatt cruise or similar.
- LUXOR- Friday (B)
Very early morning breakfast before we head for the airport and fly to
Luxor . Upon arrival, we proceed to cross the
Nile by ferry to visit the Valley of the Kings , Queen
Hatshepsut, Medinet Habu , the Ramesseum, and the Colossi of Memnon.
In the afternoon , we visit one of the local high schools ( if closed
due to a holiday then , we will visit one of the local charities.
We will then enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the local souks
of Luxor . Please take note of the mosque at the street level , built
on top of the Luxor Amon -Ra Temple, we will discuss later today , Egypt
change of religions . After you return to your hotel, we will have a round
table discussion with your guides(s) on the Ancient Egyptian beliefs ,
particularly Isis and the impact of such beliefs on Egypt as well as the
rest of the world.
- LUXOR - CAIRO - Saturday (BLD)
we tour the Great Temple of Amon at Karnak, and visit the
Sacred Lake and red granite quarries with their unfinished obelisk. We
tour the great temple of Amon Ra at Luxor before we head for the
airport for our flight back to Cairo, and our hotel. The
J. W. Marriott or Sonesta Hotel . Dinner is included at the hotel
- Cairo- Fayoum Oases - A Gift from Joseph to the Pharaoh ?? - Sunday
Whales in the Egyptian Desert !!!
of the desert begin right on the outskirts of Cairo, and continue for
hundreds of miles to the east and west, through sands, rock, mountains,
oases, and a surprising variety of scenery and inhabitants.
Join us for
a day ranging across the desert like modern nomads. In place of camels,
we’ll travel in comfortable, reliable four-by-four Toyota Land Cruisers.
Your guide and drivers will meet you at your hotel, and soon you’ll
leave bustling Cairo behind as you undertake the drive toward the Oasis
of El Fayoum, 150 kilometers to the southwest. Hard as it is to believe,
a great inland sea once covered these sands. It was a holy reserve of
sacred crocodiles, symbolized by the god Sobek.
visit the temple of Kom Oshim, drive over ancient lake beds, and alongside
the waters of today’s Fayoum Lake to reach the fishermen’s
village of Chak Chouk. There we’ll stop for a lunch of fish caught
fresh that morning. There will be time to wander the village lanes and
discreetly watch the everyday activities of baking flatbread, irrigating
crops from the lake’s waters, and bringing in the catch. We’ll
also include the craft and pottery museum where the best works of local
artisans are on display.
into our four-by-fours again, for an off-road adventure! We’ll head
alongside and across desert washes, between dunes, and over ancient lake
beds for 35 kilometers to the Valley of the Whales. Incredibly, these
great mammals once thrived in waters surrounded by sands. We’ll
stop and gaze in amazement at their fossilized remains alongside smaller
sea creatures that remain in stone.
In the evening,
you’ll return to your hotel in Cairo. Land
transportation in air-conditioned four-wheel-drive Toyota Land Cruiser
with the services of driver and English-speaking driver. Lunch is included
- CAIRO - A Very Full day on the Middle East - Monday (BL)
Breakfast roundtable: Women in Egypt, Women in Islam
MEET AMERICAN & EUROPEAN WOMEN IN CAIRO
In the morning, and as we enjoy a late breakfast , we'll have a group
discussion , that will include an American and /or a European woman /women
who settled in Cairo to share their own insight on/about the Egyptian
Society and Egyptian Women.
After a short
break, we resume , we continue with our next topic, with the possible
participation of local Egyptian diplomats, professors in political science
, and others : How The Middle East Was Lost ... by the West !
This is not an in-depth presentation, there is no way to do it in such
We will try to offer a very brief intro to topics such as :
invasion of Egypt , and how England had to chase him out of it to protect
her routes to India.
- The collapse
of the Ottoman Empire and how Egypt fits in the big jigsaw of the Middle
East during WWI and WWII
- The Egyptian
revolution of 1952 . And how Israel reacted to it with fear , attacking
Egypt in Gaza in 1954, forcing Egypt to seek modern weapons, which the
West was never willing now to sell to Egypt.
- How Egypt
was forced to go to the Soviets, for weapons and help building the High
- How the
Soviets were only glad to oblige, and how this lead to a chain reaction
that placed Egypt at the heart of the cold war between the Soviets and
the West , this resulted in 1956 as well as 1976 wars
Policy in the Middle East , particularly in Egypt and Saudia Arabia.
- Why the
Dubai economic model is impossible to replicate in the Middle East even
in Israel , in our life time.
Dividends" : A Mirage that will never be seen on a dry hot day
by the majority of the Middle East inhabitants.
for lunch :Our panelist will join us for lunch
, you will be meeting Egyptian women , both moslems and coptic in another
roundtable , where you will participate in a " Q & A "
presentation on "Women in Islam " as well as "Women
- Cairo / Amman (BD)
Our staff escorts you to the airport for your flight to Amman.
Air fare is included in business class , tax included .
Upon arrival, our local rep. will assist with your visa ( visa fee is
included for a limited number of nationalities, such as USA , Canadians,
Australian, NZ, EU, Japanese etc )
Amman : Capital of the Kingdom of Jordan. You'll learn about this surprisingly
cosmopolitan city of Palestinians, Bedouins, and descendants
of migrants from the Caucasus.
Round table meeting with local professors at your hotel or at one of the
local universities with the topic covering " Peace Dividends "
and the impact on the economic fortune of the region should there be peace
between Israel and the Arabs as a whole.
Your hotel : Hyatt or Sheraton . Dinner and folk show
is included tonight .
- JERASH - Thursday- Private Guide Escorting your from Amman (BL)
Breakfast. . We drive to Jerash, among the best-preserved Roman
cities in the world, to tour its temples, theaters, churches and colonnaded
streets. Lunch is included at a charming local restaurant, back to Amman
and your hotel . Remainder of the day at leisure.
- MADABA, KERAK & Petra- Friday (BLD)
Your guide escorts the tour at all times from Amman . We drive south along
the King's Highway, an ancient caravan route, to Madaba to visit the church
containing the oldest known map of the Holy Land. Continuing to Mount
Nebo, we enjoy the panoramic view of the Promised Land the way Moses saw
it for the first time. Farther on, at Kerak, we tour the ruins of its
romantic Crusaders' castle of Renaud de Chatillon, one of a line which
stretched from Aqaba to Turkey. Lunch is included enroute at a local restaurant
. Finally, we arrive in Petra, and settle in at our hotel, where and comfortable
beds await you .
evening we will call on you for a unique experience :
Dine as a local : The Petra Kitchen is a delightful way to round out your
Jordan travel experiences. Like any home kitchen, The Petra Kitchen is
a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you’ll gather to prepare an evening
meal, working alongside local women under the supervision of our chef.
Each evening meal includes soup, cold and hot mezza ( appetizers ) and
salads, and a main course—all typical Jordanian dishes. You will have
get an inside glimpse of the secrets behind the famous regional cuisine
of the Levant.
Kitchen offers an evening of learning, fun and a very special dining experience,
with each dish gaining the special flavor of a reward well-earned. Great
care has been taken to make The Petra Kitchen a truly Jordanian experience—right
down to the furnishings, all crafted in Jordan, the tableware, all produced
by the Iraq al Amir Women’s Co-operative, and the aprons and table linens,
all hand-embroidered by the Jordan River Foundation.
tonight includes the cuisine course, meal and all non-alcoholic beverages
as well as take-home recipes for all dishes prepared that evening.
- PETRA - Amman - Saturday (B)
We'll spend the entire day at Petra, the stunning desert city hewn
by the Nabateans
from solid cliffs of pink and violet sandstone. Petra was known in
the bible as Sela, and rediscovered only in 1812.
You'll feel like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the
Lost Ark as you penetrate into the city through a narrow
sandstone gorge, the Siq, and wander among the Temple of the Winged
Lion, tombs, Roman theater, and the imposing treasury ,
late afternoon we drive back to Amman and your hotel .
- DEPARTURE FOR HOME (aB)
Our local rep. escorts you to the airport of Amman . Departure tax is
included. Bon Voyage
are per person in USD $
for Egypt & Jordan is included on a complimentary basis ( for limited
number of nationalities such as : Australian, NZ, EU , American, and Japanese
passports), you must have a passport that is valid at least for 6 month
at the time you land in Cairo.
transfers in Egypt and Jordan.
Hotel accommodation, as listed including tax.
as listed: ab:American or Buffet breakfast. L/D: pre set menu lunch/dinner.
sightseeing as indicated including all entrance fees.
Domestic air within Egypt in business class.
way : Air ticket Cairo / Amman. Business class . Tax included
air fare from/to your home country .