19 Days | 18 Nights
Ahlan Wa Sahlan – welcome to Egypt! Cairo is a fascinating city and home to the mighty Nile, the longest and the most vital river in the world. If you arrive early try to check some floating restaurants and river cruise boats or experience the lively Khan El Khalili Bazaar. In the evening, you will meet your tour leader and the rest of the group. You'll have a welcome dinner to taste some local cuisine. Overnight in Cairo.
You will be picked up by our representative at your hotel and proceed to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities near Tahrir Square in Cairo. It houses the world’s largest, most precious, and rare collection of genuine artifacts, over 250,000 pieces are displayed dating back to 5000 years. Continue to enjoy a tour of the Giza Pyramids. Khufu's pyramid is the northernmost and largest of the three. In classical antiquity, it was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and is the only one to have survived. Khephren's monument can be easily identified by the casing stones that still cling to its pointed top. The much smaller pyramid of Mycerinus had not been completed by the time of the king's death. The Great Sphinx is part of the funerary complex of Khephren. Later in the evening, meet your tour leader and board an overnight sleeper train bound to Aswan. Travel to Aswan is approximately 13 hours.
Arrive in Aswan in the morning. The remaining time of the day you will have a free day of leisure on your own to explore other historical sites, add an optional tour or visit the local market or bazaar in Aswan. In the afternoon, paddle along the Nile River by kayaking adventure and enjoy the serene moments. In the evening, visit a local Nubian family to have a home-cooked dinner. Overnight at Aswan.
Another free day of leisure in Aswan. If you opt to visit Abu Simbel for an additional cost, be ready to start your day very early. You will travel 3 hours to go there and explore for about 2 hours. Then travel back to Aswan for another 3 hours. Overnight in Aswan.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Board the felucca boat. You’ll start an overnight trip along the Nile River aboard a felucca or Egyptian traditional sailboat. Enjoy your lunch and be amazed by the beauty of the Nile River and breathe some fresh air. In the afternoon, take a walk in the colorful Nubian village and see how the locals live their everyday life. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and overnight on board.
Breakfast on board felucca and disembark. Drive to Luxor where you have free leisure to visit the sites on East Bank such as the Luxor and Karnak Temples in your own phase. Overnight in Luxor
Tour starts by crossing the River Nile to Luxor West Bank. Come and see the magnificent Valley of the King. The most concentration of royal tombs in Ancient Egypt. It is where cut in rocks tombs for 62 famous kings of the New Kingdom, all are highly decorated and filled with priceless artwork. Next visit is to the Colossi of Memnon. The first monument one encounters on a visit to the west bank of Luxor is the site of the funerary temple of Amenhotep III. The temple itself has all but completely disappeared, but the colossal twin statues of the king, which once stood proudly in front of the entrance to the temple, are still there to greet the visitor. If you have more energy left, you have the option to visit the Temple of Hatshepsut. In the evening, hop in again in a sleeper train for your return to Cairo.
Upon arrival in Cairo, continue to Old Cairo which has the remains of old Babylon's fortress walls partially surrounding the Coptic Quarter with its fascinating churches, the convent of St. George, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. The tour will end by visiting Cairo’s most famous open-air market, the Khan El Khalil Grand Bazaar, located in the old area of Al-Qahira. Here you can buy souvenirs such as silverware, faux antiques, stained glass lamps, incense, and more. Overnight in Cairo. Head back to the hotel on arrival to Cairo and jump on the Metro with your leader. Head south from Bab al-Futuh, walking past the old Islamic monuments that stand watch over the bazaars. Join in some good nature haggling at the Kahan-el Khalili bazaar, then head to El Fishawy. This ramshackle 240-year-old cafe is the perfect place for a cup of tea or a glass of cold water with lemon and mint.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Amman, Jordan. Our representative welcomes you at Amman Airport. Transfer about 45 minutes to your Amman Hotel, check-in, the remainder of the day is free.
Start the day with a city tour in Jordan's capital. Amman, already mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon, is a bustling modern city. The historical places are located in downtown, where we visit the Citadel with remains from the Roman to the early Islamic period. Then we have a round in the Archaeological Museum. We stroll via the Souq, where you get an idea of everyday life, to the Roman Theatre from the 2nd century with 6000 seats. Lunch at a local restaurant and continue to drive via Desert Highway for 4 hours to Wadi Rum. Transfer to your camp and have a leisurely dinner. Overnight at Wadi Rum.
In the morning proceed to the protected area of Wadi Rum, one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. Here still Bedouins live in a traditional way, and by 4x4 Jeep tour, you discover the Lawrence Spring, the Nabataean temple, the Khazali Canyon, the Red Sand Dunes, and the Little Rock Bridge. Transfer back to your camp, have dinner and overnight at Wadi Rum.
After breakfast and check out at the camp. Drive for 1.30 hours to the red rose city of Petra, the biggest attraction in Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. Along with the guide pass the canyon, the so-called Siq, to see the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Continue via the Street of Facades to the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle. The guide says farewell to you at the restaurant area; free time to explore Petra on your own (for instance climb the 800 stairs to the Monastery El Deir). Transfer to your hotel in Petra and overnight.
Breakfast and overnight in Petra. You have another free day of leisure to visit Petra on your own. You may hike other trails such as the High Place of Sacrifice (guided tour not included) or visit the little Petra. Overnight at Petra.
After breakfast, We drive along the famous ancient caravan route the King's Way. The first stop is Kerak to visit the famous Crusader castle built in 1132/34 by King Baldwin I. of Jerusalem. Next is Mt Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died. You visit the old monastery and overlook the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and parts of the Holy Land. Visit the famous mosaic 6th-century map of Palestine in St. George’s church in Madaba. We proceed to your Madaba hotel, to check in and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel, then drive for about 50 minutes to the Allenby border. Our representative will pick you up at the Palestinian side, and transfer you to your hostel. You will visit the Machane Yehuda market and you can try some local cuisine. The rest of the day is free leisure on your own. Overnight at Jerusalem.
After breakfast, walk to the Garden of Gethsemane, with its 2000 years old olive trees and the place where Jesus was captivated. Pay a visit to the Dominus Flevit Church with its beautiful window facing the old city. We enter the walled old city through one of its gates. See the Wailing Wall, the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem, where Jews all over the world come to pray. If open, we visit the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock. Through the colorful bazaars walk to the Via Dolorosa and with the 14 Stations of the Cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Back to your hostel and overnight in Jerusalem.
Drive to Masada and learn about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the zealots of the first century made their last stand against the Romans. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. The water of the lake is so salty, that it allows you to float. Drive back to your hostel in Jerusalem for a free evening.
Breakfast at the hostel. Take a short drive to the Mt of Olives and enjoy a great view of the old city from above. Continue to Bethlehem in the West Bank, just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem. The major attraction is the ancient Church of the Nativity, where one can touch the very place where Jesus was born. You will also feel the presence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when entering the West Bank through the 700 km-long Separation Wall. Time to walk along the barrier wall and see the protest art in form of graffitis. Drive around 1-hour to Jaffa, one of the ancient gateways from the Mediterranean to the Holy Land. Through its port, the Cedar trees of Solomon’s Temple were brought. Your walking tour starts at the Clock Tower and takes you to St Peter’s Church along small alleys with artist galleries and craft shops. Transfer to your hostel in Jerusalem for a well-earned rest.
Breakfast at the hostel. Latest check out 12:00. You may depart at any time to Tel Aviv. End of service.