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Egyptian and Jordanian Delights with Vikram Vij

Come and join Chef Vikram Vij on this once in a lifetime journey to the Middle East! Take a bite out of the best that Egypt and Jordan have to offer on this comprehensive tour that takes you to the essential sights; and many delightful authentic culinary experiences!

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$6915
Price Per Day
$461
Duration
15 Days
Avg. Group Size
22
Comfort Level
EASY

ABOUT THIS TRIP

On this exciting culinary adventure with Vikram Vij uncover the ancient secrets of Egypt and the delights of Jordan. The tour begins in Cairo, the largest city in Africa before heading to the ancient city of Luxor before you discover cruising the Nile River by Dahabiya. During the cruise, you will enjoy several shore excursions to see some of fascinating historical sites including the stunning Valley of the Kings, the Temples on the East Bank not to mention the Temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo. Upon arrival in Aswan you will have time at the High Dam and Temple of Philae before visiting Abu Simbel painstakingly moved brick by brick when Lake Nasser was created. Then fly to Jordan, first visiting the capital, Amman before exploring the Roman ruins of Jerash then travelling the 5,000 year old Kings Highway to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra. The tour culminates with a drive through the incredible desert at Wadi Rum and time at the Dead Sea before returning to Amman, where the tour comes to an end. All the while you will discover the delicacies that make Egypt and Jordan not only a cultural but a culinary highlight as well.

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14 NIGHTS
Deluxe Accommodation
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38 MEALS
Daily Breakfast
Full Board Meals on Cruise
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TRANSPORT
Deluxe AC Vehicle
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FLIGHTS
Domestic and Internal Flights Included

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Egyptian and Jordanian Delights with Vikram Vij

HOSTED BY VIKRAM VIJ

In September 1994, Vikram opened Vij’s Restaurant in Vancouver, BC and no serious foodie comes to Vancouver without visiting the restaurant. Vij’s Restaurant has become infamous in Vancouver, across Canada and now globally as one of the finest Indian dining experiences in the world. In 2003, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman said of Vij’s that it was: “…easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.”  2014 saw the opening of a new concept restaurant in South Surrey called My Shanti and December 2015 saw the move of Vij’s Restaurant to a larger location on Cambie Street. Vij’s Restaurant has become renowned in Vancouver, across Canada and now globally as one of the finest Indian dining experiences in the world. In 2003, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman said of Vij’s that it was: “…easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.”

 

Vikram has been involved with the Chef’s Table Society of British Columbia, Farm Folk City Folk Organization, Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood, UBC Farm fundraisers and the Green Table Society. As well, Vikram’s dedication to the work done at UBC resulted in the funding and opening of Vij’s Kitchen, a state-of-the-art culinary learning facility at the University of British Columbia, dedicated to teaching the chefs and nutritionists of the future about ethnic food and cuisine.

 

Vikram was a guest judge on Top Chef Canada in 2011 and 2012 and the guest of honour in a 2013 Top Chef Canada episode dedicated to Indian cuisine. He was also a judge on the first ever Chopped Canada show, which premiered on Food Network Canada. and he appeared weekly on CBC’s Recipe to Riches which began in February of 2014. October 2014 saw Vikram make his debut as the first Indo-Canadian Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. He took his place in the Den alongside esteemed entrepreneurs: Jim Treliving, Arlene Dickenson, David Chilton and Michael Wekerle. During Vikram’s time in the Den, he invested in a number of new businesses and continues to work with the entrepreneurs involved.

 

In March 2013, Vikram hosted the world’s first ever live-streamed cook-along, Cook Live with Vikram Vij. As part of Vikram’s goal, to make Indian cuisine accessible to all, people were encouraged to join him live online and cook a family meal at the same time, taking instruction from an award-winning chef. They were able to Tweet questions and photos as the curry was being prepared. The first cook-along received more than 10,000 hits.

 

In April 2015, Vikram was named Chef of the Year in Vancouver Magazine’s prestigious Restaurant Awards. Vij’s Restaurant also received the magazine’s Best Indian Award in 2015; and in 2016, My Shanti won the Gold award in that category. In 2014, My Shanti was named Best New Restaurant by the Globe and Mail. The Surrey Board of Trade named Vikram as Surrey’s Businessperson of the Year in 2014, and Drishti Magazine gave Vij’s the Innovation in Gastronomy Award in 2015. Vikram received the Chevrolet Ingenuity Award for exceptional creativity and skill at RBC’s 2015 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.  My Shanti has also received a nomination from Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine as one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants. It is the second year in a row a Vij’s establishment has been nominated, having won the People’s Choice award in 2013 with Vij’s Railway Express.

 

In 2018 Vikram released his autobiography, entitled Vij: A Chef’s One-Way Ticket to Canada With Indian Spices in His Suitcase. It tells the story of his journey to Canada thanks to his mentor Ivor Petrak, former manager of the Banff Springs Hotel, and the growth of his businesses over the past 30 years.

STYLE

Private Cultural & Culinary group tour with Vikram Vij

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit Cairo, Afica's largest city and cultural center of the Arab World
  • Spend the day at the Great Pyramids, one of the Ancient Wonders of the World
  • Explore the Valley of the Kings and Queens in Luxor
  • Sail on board a unique Dahabiya 
  • See the Aswan High Dam and Philae Temple in Aswan
  • Tour the Temple of Rameses II
  • Discover the ancient cities of Jerash and Petra
  • Enjoy a Jeep Ride in the desert of Wadi Rum 
  • Hands on cooking classes in Egypt & Jordan
INCLUSIONS
  • 14 nights accommodation at listed hotels or similar
  • On arrival meeting & Assistance by our company Representative
  • Meals as outlined on the itinerary
  • Full board while on the Dahabiya 
  • 2 soft drinks/bottles of water per person with lunch & dinner
  • Return Airport transfers Transportation/Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Abu Simbel Excursion
  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager in Egypt & a separate one in Jordan
  • Domestic Airfare: Cairo – Luxor, Aswan – Cairo
  • Internal Flight: Cairo – Amman
  • Tipping to local guides etc
  • All currently applicable taxes
EXCLUSIONS
  • Meals not mentioned as being included
  • Beverages with meals
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & Gratuities to the drivers & Tour Guides
  • Visa fees (approx. 28 USD in Egypt & 58 USD in Jordan)
  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items not mentioned as being included

Egyptian and Jordanian Delights with Vikram Vij

Pricing for this tour is based on per person, on twin/double sharing rooms.

Single supplement is available from C$2380 per person.

Egyptian and Jordanian Delights with Vikram Vij

Egyptian and Jordanian Delights with Vikram Vij

Egyptian and Jordanian Delights with Vikram Vij

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Egyptian and Jordanian Delights with Vikram Vij

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