How to Plan a Trip to Egypt and Jordan in 2024/2025

By Vicky Leng | Updated Jul. 7, 2023

Egypt and Jordan are both popular destinations in the Middle East, known for their charming sightseeing spots and breathtaking natural beauty that attracts many travelers, particularly families with teenagers and retired couples. Egypt and Jordan are conveniently located close to each other, with just a 1½-hour flight from Cairo in Egypt to Amman in Jordan. We suggest that you spend 2 weeks exploring the two countries: 7 days in Egypt and 7 days in Jordan.

In Egypt, you have the opportunity to visit the magnificent and awesome Giza pyramid complex, take a memorable Nile cruise to witness the scenic spots from a different perspective, and ride a camel through the desert. In Jordan, you could see the incredible sandstone city of Petra, embark on a desert safari in Wadi Rum, and experience floating effortlessly on the Dead Sea, which is a unique natural phenomenon.

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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Egypt and Jordan?

Most countries, including the United States, Britain, Canada, and Australia, require a visa to visit Egypt and Jordan, allowing a stay in these two countries for up to 30 days. Travelers can obtain visas for Egypt and Jordan online to save time — you can enter both the Egypt official visa website and Jordan official visa website to apply.

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Where to Go in Egypt and Jordan?

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Due to the amazing scenic spots and natural beauty of Egypt and Jordan, both countries are suitable for a family or couple's vacation.

Top Destinations in Egypt

  • Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan are the top destinations you shouldn't miss in Egypt.

1) Experience the spectacular pyramids and rich Egyptian history in Cairo: immerse yourself in the wonder of the incredible Giza pyramid complex and the Sphinx, discover Egypt's ancient past at the Egyptian Museum to deepen your understanding of Egypt's history, experience the cultural atmosphere at the lively local Khan el-Khalili to find unique souvenirs, and create an authentic experience by riding a camel through the desert.

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2) Cruise along the Nile to see the ancient cities of Luxor and Aswan: immerse yourself in the largest and holiest temple complex in ancient Egypt – Karnak – which has impressive structures and intricate carvings, explore the Luxor Temple, which bears witness to the long history and cultural significance of Egypt, enjoy the beautiful light show in the evening, and visit the remarkable Philae temple complex, which was built more than 2,000 years ago according to ancient Egyptian mythology.

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Top Destinations in Jordan

  • Amman, Petra, and the Dead Sea are must-see destinations in Jordan for first-timers.

1) Place yourself in the Roman ruins filled with history in Amman: explore the Citadel and Roman amphitheater to experience the captivating ambiance of the Roman era. It is the only Roman complex in Jordan.

2) Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring and mysterious Rose City of Petra: visit the splendid Treasury and Al Siq, which is carved into the majestic sandstone cliffs, and have a day trip in Wadi Rum (Moon Valley) to indulge in an adventurous desert safari where the area is renowned for its otherworldly landscapes that resemble the surface of the moon.

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3) Experience floating effortlessly on the Dead Sea: as the saltiest lake in the world and the only one where you can effortlessly float, the Dead Sea offers a truly unique experience that you shouldn't miss.

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How Much Does It Cost to Tour Egypt and Jordan?

  • A private tour in Egypt costs about US$200 per day per person, and the cost in Jordan is about US$200–300 per day per person, including 4-star hotels, full-day itineraries, tickets for attractions, a private car, and a private guide.
  • Direct flights from Cairo in Egypt to Amman in Jordan are about US$180–250.
  • Travel costs at Christmas and New Year can be double, especially the airfares and hotels. Therefore, we suggest you make reservations at least 6 months in advance.

How Long to Spend in Egypt and Jordan?

Enjoy a hot air balloon ride in Luxor.Enjoy a hot air balloon ride in Luxor.

To have a memorable trip with the must-see cities in Egypt and Jordan, you need to stay for at least 2 weeks in both countries: 7 days in Egypt and 7 days in Jordan is recommended.

Below is a well-organized Egypt–Jordan itinerary, for inspiration. It's especially perfect for families with teenagers:

  • Days 1–3: Cairo (the Giza pyramid complex, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and Khan el-Khalili)
  • Days 4–7: Nile cruise (Luxor Temple, Philae temple complex, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Temple of Horus)
  • Days 8–9: Amman (the Citadel and the Roman Theater)
  • Days 10–11: The Dead Sea (Hadrian's Arch and Bethany Beyond the Jordan)
  • Days 12–14: Petra (the Treasury, the Monastery, and a desert safari in Wadi Rum)

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Extending your Egypt-Jordan tour to Israel is a good idea as well, and you could check our hand-picked itinerary options, especially for families and couples.

You can get more details from How Long to Spend in the Middle East.

Best Times to Travel to Egypt and Jordan

The best time period to visit Egypt is from October to April, and the best times to visit Jordan are from March to May and September to November, when the pleasant temperatures in both countries range from 23–27°C (75–81°F). During these months, there is less rainfall and more clear weather.

When planning your trip across Egypt and Jordan, we recommend considering the best time to visit Egypt as a basis for your travel duration. Egypt has distinct seasonal changes, with comfortable temperatures from October to April. However, from May to September, Egypt reaches its hottest temperatures, with highs ranging from 35–42°C (95–108°F).

On the other hand, Jordan is suitable to visit year-round. Even during the winter from December to February, the temperatures in Jordan hover around 15°C (59°F), which doesn't significantly affect your trip. For trips during Christmas and the New Year, departing before December 20th is beneficial for obtaining cheaper international flight tickets.

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Are Egypt and Jordan Safe to Visit?

Generally speaking, both Egypt and Jordan are considered relatively safe countries to travel to. The main tourist areas, which include Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Hurghada in Egypt, as well as Amman, Petra, the Dead Sea, and Wadi Rum in Jordan, are known to be reliably safe for travelers.

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