Egypt, Jordan & Israel

Highlights:

  •  Great Pyramids
  •  The Egyptian Museum
  •  Three nights Nile Cruise
  •  Aswan High Dam
  •  Unfinished Obelisk
  •  Philae Temple
  •  Luxor East Bank
  •  Luxor West Bank
  •  Amman
  •  Jerash
  •  Ajlun
  •  Madaba
  •  Dead Sea
  •  Wadi Rum
  •  Petra
  •  Jerusalem
  •  Bethlehem

** Rates are valid from October 1st, 2019 till April 30th, 2020 excluding Christmas, New year & Easter.

** Rate per person traveling alone in Single room in 5 stars standard Hotels in Egypt + 5 stars standard Hotels in Jordan + 3 stars Hotel in Israel: $ 4,890

** Rate per person traveling alone in Single room in 5 stars deluxe Hotels in Egypt + 5 stars deluxe Hotels in Jordan + 4 stars Hotel in Israel: $ 6,480

ITINERARY

Day 1: Monday

Upon landing in Egypt, purchase your visa in USD cash per person.

Once finished you will meet our Representative who will assist you with the transfer to your Cairo Hotel.

Overnight in Cairo.

  • Meals included today: No Meals.
Day 2: Cairo

After breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby and be ready to start day tour visiting The Great Pyramids one of the most famous sites in Egypt and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world which was built in 2550 Before Christ, it took approximately 20 years to build using 2.3 million stone blocks and it weigh 5.9 million tons, it also has three burials chambers inside (entrance to one of the pyramids inside is available at an extra fee), after that visit The Sphinx, a statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human, it is a symbol that has represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Then head to visit The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Dating back to 1902 and includes 120,000 of the most pharaonic items. The highlights are the famous Tutankhamun collection with its outstanding gold death mask and sarcophagus. (Entrance to the mummy’s room is available at an extra fee). Overnight in Cairo.

(Optional at night: Sound and light show at the pyramids)

  • Meals included today: Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Sights to be visited: The Great pyramids, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum.                   

 

Day 3: Flight to Aswan / Embark Nile cruise

Breakfast, check out and transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival, meet and assist and transfer to visit The High Dam, the world’s largest dam which was constructed in 1970, this dam borders Egypt and Sudan, then head to visit the largest known Egyptian obelisk is called the “unfinished obelisk”, which today can be found exactly where it was once semi-carved from the solid bedrock. This stone block was intended to be a 120ft / 36m tall obelisk. It is estimated that a block of granite this size would easily weigh more than a 1000 tons, some geologists have suggested a figure in the region of 1100 tons – 1150 tons.

Unfortunately this obelisk was never finished because during the process to remove the block of stone from its mother bedrock, a huge crack appeared that made the stone unusable. Then continue to visit one of Nubia’s most important monument sites, the Temples of Philae, 12 kilometers south of Aswan, was an ancient pilgrimage center for the cult of Isis and dazzled travelers with its power for centuries. This sacred site was venerated from the Pharaonic era up to the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods with each ruler adding their own stamp onto the stones here. Saved from a watery grave by UNESCO’s rescue project, which transferred the monuments block by block from Philae Island to Agilika Island, today, the temples continue to work their charm on all who visit. Transfer to cruise for embarkation before lunch. After lunch enjoy a felucca ride around Kitchener’s Island and Agha Khan Musoleum. Back to the cruise, have dinner. Overnight onboard in Aswan.

  •   Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: The High Dam, Unfinished obelisk, Philae Temple, Felucca ride around Kitchener’s Island and Agha Khan Musoleum.                                                                                                                     

 

Day 4: Nile cruise

Breakfast, sail to Kom ombo and visit kom ombo Temple, which is an unusual double temple. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC, then back to Nile cruise and have lunch during sailing to Edfu.  Visit Edfu Temple also known as Horus Temple, This temple has one of the best surviving pylons among temples in Egypt today. It is 37m high and decorated with battle scenes, representing King Ptolemy VIII smiting his enemies before the god Horus. Next, there is an open courtyard that contains columns with floral capitals on three sides. This court was open to the public and was known as the court of the offerings, the place where people could give their offering to the statue of the god, then sail to Luxor.

Dinner and overnight onboard in Luxor.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Kom Ombo Temple and Edfu Temple.

 

Day 5: Nile cruise

Breakfast, and then join your guide to visit The West Bank (Colossi of Memnun, which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII, then visit valley of The Kings, it was part of the ancient city of Thebes and was the burial site of almost all the kings (Pharaohs) of the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties (1539–1075 BC), from Thutmose I to Ramses X . Located in the hills behind Dayr al-Baḥrī, the 62 known tombs exhibit variety both in plan and in decoration. In 1979 UNESCO  designated the valley part of the World Heritage Site of ancient Thebes, which also includes Luxor, the valley of the Queens and Karnak. After that visit Hatchepsut Temple at El Deir El Bahari where the eyes first focus on the dramatic rugged limestone cliffs that rise nearly 300m above the desert plain, only to realize that at the foot of all this immense beauty lies a monument even more extraordinary. The almost-modern-looking temple blends in beautifully with the cliffs from which it is partly cut. Back to Nile cruise for lunch. Dinner and overnight onboard in Luxor.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Colossi of Memnun, Valley of the Kings and Hatchepsut Temple at El Deir El Bahari.

 

Day 6: Disembark Nile cruise – Flight to Cairo

Breakfast, disembark the cruise and join your guide to start visiting The East Bank (Luxor Temple, it was built by Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC) but completed by Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC) and then added to by Rameses II (1279-13 BC). Toward the rear is a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great (332-305 BC), then proceed to visit Karnak Temple, Cult temple dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu. The largest religious building ever constructed. The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isu—or “most select of places”—by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring. After that transfer to Luxor Airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, meet and assist by our representative and transfer to your hotel in Cairo.

(Optional early morning: Hot Air Balloon ride in Luxor)

  • Meals included today: Breakfast.
  • Sights to be visited: Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple.

 

Day 7: Flight to Amman

Breakfast, check out and transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Amman. Upon landing in Jordan, meet our Representative who will assist you with the transfer to your Amman Hotel. After that transfer to visit Jerash, which is a city north of the capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it’s known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa just outside the modern city. These include the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the huge Forum’s oval colonnade, then proceed to visit Ajloun which is a 12th-century Muslim castle situated in northwestern Jordan. It is placed on a hilltop belonging to the Jabal Ajlun (“Mount Ajlun”) district, also known as Jabal ‘Auf after a Bedouin tribe which had captured the area in the 12th century. It was built by the Ayyubids in the 12th century and enlarged by the Mamluks in the 13th century. Ajlun Castle is located on the site of an old monastery. It was renovated as a fort in 1184. Transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Amman.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast.
  • Sights to be visited: Jesrash and Ajloun.

 

Day 8: Amman – Wadi Rum

Breakfast, depart to Madaba the “City of Mosaics” where you will visit the church of St. George which houses the map of the Holy Land made ​​in 571 D.C. Continue to Mount Nebo, known as the tomb of Moses, from whose summit a magnificent view of the Jordan Valley. Then free time at the Dead Sea Tourist Beach Rest house for a short swim before proceeding to Wadi Rum, called the valley of moon where the movie Lawrence of Arabia was filmed for a classic 2 hours visit of Wadi Rum in a 4×4 local jeeps. Wadi Rum is a uniquely shaped massive mountain that rose amongst the rosy red sand of the desert with towering cliffs of various brownish, reddish, and golden colors. Then arrive at your camp, Folklore party & Dinner. Overnight under private Bedouin tents in Wadi Rum.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast and Dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Madaba, Mount Nebo, Dead Sea and Wadi Rum.  

 

Day 9: Petra – Amman

Breakfast; depart to Petra to visit the Nabatean Red Rose City of Petra, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A city carved in stone more than 2000 years ago to dominate the trade routes of ancient Arabia. First, you will walk the “siq”, a narrow path of 1.2 kilometers, which is the main entrance to the city. At the end of the “siq”, you will see the treasury which was believed to hold countless treasures. The first view of the treasury is breath-taking. Other monuments you will visit are the Theatre, and the Royal Tombs.  Drive back to Amman. Overnight in Amman.

(Optional: Petra by night (every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday) it depend on the weather in Petra)

  • Meals included today: Breakfast
  • Sights to be visited: Petra  

 

Day 10: Allenby – Jerusalem

Breakfast, head to Allenby Bridge, after arriving take the shuttle bus to be transferred to Jerusalem. After crossing to Jerusalem, you will head to the Mount of Olives for a wonderful view of Jerusalem, and then go to the Pater Noster with the Lord’s Prayer in different languages. From the Mount of Olives the traditional Palm Sunday route takes you to the foot of the hill where you can see the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees. Then visit The Church of all nations.  Enter the Old City through the Dung gate to visit the Wailing (or western) Wall and view the Haram Al Sharif with the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.  Walk the Via Dolorosa with its Stations of the Cross till you arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified and buried, and then rose again.  Leave the city through the bazaars to the west by Jaffa Gate.  Drive through West Jerusalem to see the various landmarks.  Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast
  • Sights to be visited: Mount of Olives, Pater Noster, Gethsemane, Church of all nations and Church of the Holy Sepulchre.   

 

Day 11: Jerusalem – Bethlehem – Jerusalem

Breakfast, depart from your hotel to Bethlehem, crossing into the West Bank and stopping at the separation wall. Then into Bethlehem to see Mt. Zion, last supper room, the Church of Nativity. Onto the Shepherd’s Field in BeitSahour. A chance to visit a site such as Mahane Yehuda Market, YadVashem (the Holocaust Museum), or the Israel Museum (where you can see the Dead Sea Scrolls). Milk Grotto. Then drive through the New City of Jerusalem and visit the various landmarks. Drive back to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast
  • Sights to be visited: Zion, Church of Nativity, Shepherd’s Field and Milk Grotto.   

 

Day 12: Jerusalem – Allenby – departure

Breakfast, visit Jericho city, Mount of Temptations, Sycamore tree then transfer to Allenby to cross to Jordan, continue to Amman Airport for final departure or Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for final departure.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast
  • Sights to be visited: Jericho City, Mount of Temptations and Sycamore tree

Note: Departure flight must be at night and not on Saturday or Friday because the border closes early.

Egypt part inclusions

  • Three nights accommodation in Cairo including breakfast.
  • Three nights onboard Nile River Cruise including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Visit the Grand Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx.
  • Visit Cairo Egyptian Museum .
  • Visit Aswan’s High Dam.
  • Visit Philae Temple.
  • Visit The Unfinished obelisk.
  • Felucca Ride in Aswan.
  • Visit Edfu Temple.
  • Visit Kom ombo Temple.
  • Visit East Bank.
  • Visit West Bank.
  • Lunch during your sightseeing tour in Cairo.
  • Meet and assist representative services.
  • Transfers airport – Hotel – airport.
  • Transfers airport – Cruise – airport.
  • Domestic flight Cairo/Aswan – Luxor/Cairo.
  • Transportation for all sightseeing excursions in Cairo.
  • Transportation for all sightseeing excursions during your Nile River Cruise.
  • All entrance fees (except entrance of pyramids from inside and the Mummies room inside the Egyptian Museum).
  • All sightseeing tours are provided by English speaking Licensed Egyptologist.
  • All taxes.

Jordan and Israel inclusions

  • Meet and assist upon arrival and departure by our tour representative.
  • Transportation by modern A/C  Car/Van / Bus.
  • English speaking driver during the tour in Jordan ( 2 – 6 persons)
  • English speaking guide during the tour in Jordan ( 8 – 15 persons)
  • Local guide in Petra 2-3 hours .
  • English speaking guide during the tour in Israel.
  • Two nights accommodation in Amman including breakfast.
  • Two nights accommodation in Jerusalem including breakfast.
  • One night camping in Wadi Rum Desert under Tent (with Dinner & Breakfast)
  • Dinner in Wadi Rum Desert at the Camp with Life Bedouin Show.
  • Entrance Fees to the mentioned sites in the above program.
  • Horse Ridding in Petra for 600 meters from the visitor center till the beginning of the SIQ. Horse boys expect a tip around $ 4 per way.
  • 2 hours tour in Wadi Rum Desert by open bedouin trucks.
  • One Bottle of Mineral Water per person in each day of the tour in Jordan.
  • Entry visa to Jordan.

Egypt part exclusions:

  • International flight ticket.
  • Egypt Visa Fee.
  • Customary tips to driver, guides, cruise staff, etc.
  • Drinks during meals.
  • Any optional tours.

Jordan and Israel exclusions:

  • Private guide in Jordan 2-6 pax.
  • Departure tax from Jordan & Israel $ 15 + $ 50.
  • Shuttle bus between two borders
  • International flight ticket.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Lunches, dinners, other meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Carriages in Petra.
  • Tips for the driver, guide, hotels staff
  • Extras or any unmentioned items.
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