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Egypt, Israel & Jordan
     
Holiday Length: 24 days
Departs: Tuesday
Start: Cairo or Amman
End: Amman or Cairo
Type of Holiday: Private Tour & Cruise
    A journey through ancient kingdoms, history and the birthplace of religions.  This tour combines ancient ruins and archaeological sites, the natural wonderland of the Dead and the Red Sea, a Nile Cruise and Biblical sites in a comprehensive exploration of the region.


       
ITINERARY      
Day 1 (EGYPT)

    Cairo
Arrival transfer and transfer to your Pyramids area hotel.
       
Day 2

    Cairo
Full day tour to Memphis, Sakkara, the awesome Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. (B)
       
Day 3

    Cairo
Full day tour to the Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mosque and Cairo Bazaar. (B)
       
Day 4


    Cairo - Aswan
Fly to Aswan and board your Nile cruise boat.  This afternoon sail on a traditional felucca. (B,L,D)
       
Day 5


    Aswan - Kom Ombo - Edfu
See the Aswan High Dam, Temple of Philae and sail to Kom Ombo Temple.  Later sail to Edfu. (B,L,D)
       
Day 6

    Edfu - Esna - Luxor
Visit the mysterious Temple of Horus at Edfu, then sail via Esna Lock to Luxor. (B,L,D)
       
Day 7


    Luxor
Unforgettable sights today include the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor and Karnak Temples. (B,L,D)
       
Day 8


    Luxor - Sharm El Sheikh
Disembark cruise, visit Culturama and the Mummy Museum before transferring to the airport for your flight to Sharm El Sheikh. (B)
       
Day 9

    Sharm El Sheikh
Day at leisure to snorkel, dive or relax. (B)
       
Day 10


    Sharm El Sheikh - St. Catherine's Monastery
Drive along the desert to the foot of Mt Sinai.  Visit St. Catherine's Monastery, view the Burning Bush and later have the option of climbing Mt Sinai for sunset or sunrise. (B,D)
       
Day 11 (ISRAEL)

    St. Catherine's - Eilat
Transfer to the Taba border to cross into Israel and onto the seaside city of Eilat. (B)
       
Day 12

    Eilat
Free day in Eilat to relax or explore at your own pace. (B)
       
Day 13


    Eilat - Tel Aviv
Fly to Tel Aviv.  On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel to meet fellow passengers on your Israel coach tour. (B)
       
Day 14




    Coastal Plain
Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea/  Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct.  Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon.  Drive to Haifa, visit the Persian Gardens at the Gahai Temple.  From Haifa, drive to Acra to visit the ancient city and harbour. (B,D)
       
Day 15





    Sea of Galilee - Golan Heights
Take a boat ride from Tiberias in a traditional wooden sailing vessel.  Explore the centre of Jesus' ministry at Capermaum.  Visit the site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor.  Ascend the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee.  Drive to Caesarea and then tour the Golan Heights. (B,D)
       
Day 16



    Lower Galilee - Jerusalem
Visit Nazareth to see St. Joseph's workshop.  Mary's Well and the Church of Annunciation.  Drive by the Wedding Church at Cana.  Visit the baptismal site on the Jordan River at Yardenit and the excavations of Beith Shean.  Continue to Jerusalem. (B,D)
       
Day 17





    Jerusalem - Old City
View the city from the Mount of Olives.  Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and then to Mount Zion to see King David's Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper.  Explore the Old City, and ascend the Temple Mount (subject to security).  Continue on to walk the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  later, explore the colourful Oriental Bazaars and visit the Garden Tomb. (B,D)
       
Day 18



    Jerusalem - New city and Bethlehem 
Explore the quaint village of Ein Karem.  Proceed to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.  Visit the Shrine of the Book to see the original Dead Sea Scrolls.  Proceed to Bethlehem (subject to security) to visit the church of Nativity and manger Square. (B,D)
       
Day 19




    Dead Sea 
Descent to the lowest place on earth.  Visit the ancient city of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.  Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to the magnificent cliff top fortress of Masada.  Ascent via cable car to explore the remains of King Herod's Palace.  "Take the chance to experience a float in the mineral waters. (B,D)
       
Day 20 (JORDAN)


    Jerusalem - Jerash - Amman 
Transfer to the Sheikh Hussain Bridge border crossing and meet your Jordanian driver.  Continue to Jerash. (B,D)
       
Day 21



    Amman - Kings Highway - Petra 
Begin your discovery of this spectacular and friendly country with a drive along the ancient "Kings Highway".  Visit Mount Nebo's "promised Land" church, the superb Holy Land mosaic at Madaba and the grand crusader castle at Kerak.  Continue to Petra. (B)
       
Day 22



    Petra 
Enter into one of the world;s architectural wonders, the rose-red city of Petra, hewn out of solid rock by the ancient Nabateans.  Pass through the narrow "siq", towering hundreds of feet above.  Marvel at the many temples and tombs spread across this immense site. (B)
       
Day 23



    Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea 
Depart Petra and drive through Wadi Rum Desert (with a short ride in a 4x4 vehicle) and its awesome moon-like landscape, where the film "Lawrence of Arabia" was shot.  Continue to the Dead Sea for an optional spa treatment or a swim. (B)
       
Day 24

    Amman
Transfer from the Dead Sea to Amman for your onward flight. (B) 
       
TOUR INCLUSIONS









   
  • Accommodation with private facilities
  • A/C transportation throughout
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flights: Cairo-Aswan; Luxor-Sharm El Sheikh; Eilat-Tel Aviv
  • Private transfers and sightseeing in Cairo (except for Nile Cruise)
  • Small group sightseeing on the Nile Cruise
  • Private transfers in Eilat
  • 8 day coach tour in Israel
  • Private touring with local guides in Jordan
NOTES



   
  • This itinerary can operate in reverse.  Slight variations to inclusions and sightseeing may occur.
  • A shortened version is available, with alternative touring in Israel & Jordan.

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