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Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: A Travel Mosaic

Traveling with Abercrombie & Kent in Jordan after an 8-day cruise tour in Egypt, it did not take long to see why this pairing was offered by the leading luxury travel company.  In four days, we experienced 21 different places and events ranging from Roman ruins to a vibrant country eager for tourism.  We visited UNESCO World Heritage sites on foot, took in a Wonder of the World with our own eyes and expanded our minds with local connections.  Reflecting on the trip while still here, I would not change a thing and would gladly do the entire trip all over again, exactly as we did.  There are a number of surprising takeaways from this A&K Small Group Journey that added up to a remarkable travel experience, many of which occurred or culminated in Jordan.


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If you had told me in advance that I would be sitting here on the last day of this trip at 4AM, hoping to record the first daily call to prayer to make into my iPhone ring tone I would never have believed it.  Yet here I sit at the Movenpick Dead Sea resort with my bungalow patio door open, hoping not to miss it. Broadcast over loudspeakers from area mosques both in Egypt and Jordan, five times a day, it’s a reminder for those of the Islamic faith to pray.  It’s also a bit of a theme that has weaved its way through this entire journey, from our first day on the ground in Egypt.


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The older I get, the more I like to keep things simple in my life.  My first thought about the call to prayer was ‘Hey, any religion that prays five times a day can’t be all bad…unless they are praying for me to die’.  Very quickly I found that those prayers do not include any ill wishes for anyone.  Over the course of the trip, we learned a great amount about the Islamic faith from locals who live it.  That’s an interesting topic for another post but a part of our experience that weaved itself through every day.


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Going through locks on Sanctuary Resorts Sun Boat IV early one morning, another traveler in our group and I were perched on the front of the ship to capture the moment, and the call to prayer was heard.


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Waking the first day in Cairo at the Mena House Hotel, the stunning view of a pyramid from my balcony was accompanied by the call to prayer.


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At the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo, the Grand Hyatt Amman and two Movenpick hotels in Jordan, the call to prayer was present as it was throughout the day visiting iconic landmarks, and interesting places ranging from airports to restaurants, shops and on the street.


Jordan Sun - 40

I know memories of this part of the world will endure and am a bit sad to leave. I know that upon returning to my world these memories and my partial assimilation into the daily life of this land will pass.  Considering all we have done here, I feel as though I have been a bit overly generous with the term ‘lifetime-quality experience’ in the past.  There is simply nothing in my travel history that compares to being here.


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No cruise ship was involved in our Jordan extension which began in Amman after a flight on Royal Jordanian Airlines with the Grand Hyatt Amman as a base.  Upcoming posts will get more into the experience of flying with Royal Jordanian and being a guest of the Grand Hyatt; both highlighting a new term for us: Arab Hospitality.


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Stay tuned for detailed information on places we visited in Jordan like Little Petra as well as the expansive Ancient City of Petra, Crusader Castle, Mount Nebo, Wadi Rum and more.  Right now, let’s consider one stop on our visit the central Jordanian city of Madaba.


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Driving along Jordan’s scenic Kings Highway we had already stopped by Mount Nebo, where Moses had been allowed to see the Holy Land…but not allowed to enter it. Even though the sky was a bit hazy we could still see the Dead Sea and Israel from our vantage point.


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On the way to lunch with locals at the Hikayet Sitti Restaurant in Madaba, we stopped by St Georges Greek Orthodox Church known for its 6th century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites.  But first, we made a bonus stop by Jordan Jewel’s Mosaic Workshop where the process of producing the famed Jordanian mosaics was explained and we toured their showroom.

In the gallery below, we have a number of the interesting mosaic pieces as well as the artisans who were making them that day.

Follow Along On Our Abercrombie & Kent Journey

Chris Taking Photo

At ChrisCruises.com via these previous posts:

  1. Social Egypt And Jordan, A&K Style: Your Guide To Our Journey
  2. Our Luxury Small Group Journey: Detailed Itinerary
  3. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Arriving In Egypt
  4. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: They Do Your Homework
  5. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: They Can Turn On A Dime
  6. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Speaking Of Kings And Queens
  7. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: And Then He Paused
  8. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Chris Wears A Dress
  9. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Interesting, Unique, Beautiful
  10. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: The Right Tool For The Job
  11. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Exceeding Expectations
  12. Tips And Tricks For Travel In Egypt
  13. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Signed, Sealed, Delivered: It’s Yours
  14. Abercrombie & Kent Luxury: Front Row Seats To Amazing Places

On Facebook– see ChrisCruises for updates and these image collections, added to as time and Internet connection permit (so check back later too):

  1. Photo Album: A Day In Egypt With Abercrombie & Kent
  2. Photo Album: The Temple Of Luxor
  3. Photo Album: Favorite Images From Egypt
  4. Photo Album: The Temples Of Abu Simbel
  5. Photo Album: The Cairo Bazaar
  6. Photo Album: The Citadel, Amman Jordan
  7. Photo Album: Little Petra
  8. Photo Album: The Lost City Of Petra

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  1. Mena House Hotel Cairo
  2. On The Streets Of Cairo
  3. Egyptian Museum Of Antiquities
  4. Lunch On The Nile
  5. Karnak Bazar
  6. Cairo Street Scenes
  7. Mit Rahina Museum
  8. Step Pyramid
  9. Tomb of Ka Gimni
  10. Carpet School
  11. Aboushakra Egyptian Lunch
  12. Giza Pyramids
  13. The Solar Boat
  14. A Camel Ride In Egypt
  15. The Iconic Sphinx
  16. Valley of the Kings
  17. Mena House Dinner
  18. Luxor
  19. Temple Of Karnak
  20. Sanctuary Resorts Sun Boat IV
  21. Seen On The Nile
  22. Sun Boat IV Culinary 
  23. Egyptian Night
  24. Sunrise On The Nile
  25. Scenic Cruising On The Nile
  26. Luxor By Day
  27. Temple Of Goddess Hathor At Denderah
  28. Nile Dining On Deck
  29. Sundown On The Nile
  30. Luxor At Night
  31. Going Through Locks On The Nile
  32. Edfu Temple
  33. Egyptian Cooking Lesson
  34. Ptolemaic Temple At Kom Ombo
  35. Egyptian Night On Sun Boat IV
  36. Philae Temple
  37. Beautiful Flowers Of Egypt
  38. The Unfinished Obelisk
  39. A Felucca Sailboat Ride On The Nile
  40. Abu Simbel Temples
  41. Egypt Air
  42. Cairo Revisited- the pretty side of town
  43. The Four Seasons Cairo
  44. Cairo Mosques
  45. Cairo Bazzar
  46. Royal Jordanian Airlines
  47. Amman Jordan
  48. The Jordan Museum
  49. Amman Bazaars
  50. Amman Roman Theatre
  51. Lebanese House Lunch
  52. The Citadel
  53. More to come- check back often

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