Exploration in Egypt, Jordan, Israel & the Palestine
Cairo, Egypt - Jerusalem, Israel
Luxor Temple

Details

22 Days | 21 Nights

Tour Type: Group Tour
Runs: Friday
Accommodation: 3* Hotel, Sleeper Train, Felucca, Camp
Minimum Age: 18

Tour Description


Explore the top ancient attractions and lost cities in the Middle East region that has surpassed many centuries. In Egypt, have an adventure while discovering the sites along the Nile River such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Philae temple in Aswan, and tombs, and monuments in Luxor. Continue to visit Jordan and wander around the ruined city of Jerash, stay overnight at the beautiful Wadi Rum desert, marvel at the famous Wonder of the World, Petra, and relax by the shores of the salty Dead Sea beach. The last league of this trip will take you to the historic towns of Jerusalem and Nazareth, and the modern and bustling Tel Aviv.

Highlights

  • Egypt: Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Sail on a felucca boat in Aswan, Kom Ombo Temple, Karnak of Temple, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon in Luxor
  • Jordan: Jerash, float at the Dead Sea beach, drive along the King's Highway, explore the red rose city of Petra, visit the protected area of Wadi Rum and Aqaba
  • Israel & the Palestine: Tel Aviv, Haifa, visit the childhood home of Jesus - Nazareth, take a boat ride Sea of Galilee, Jericho, stroll at the Old City Jerusalem.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo    

Welcome to Egypt! You may arrive at any time in Cairo. Check in at your hotel, remaining time of the day free leisure on your own. Overnight at Cairo Hotel.


AraCan Pyramids or similar

Day 2: Pyramid of Giza & the Sphinx - Egyptian Museum - Train from Cairo to Aswan    

Breakfast at hotel. You will be picked up by our representative and transferred to enjoy a tour of 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. Tour to the Valley Temple. 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. In the evening, hop in a sleeper train bound to Aswan.


Sleeper Train
Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Aswan Morning Free Leisure - Nubian Village Visit - Dinner with Local Family - Aswan Hotel    

Arrive in Aswan in the morning and you will have a free day of leisure on your own to enjoy and explore other historical sites or add an optional tour. In the afternoon, You will take a fantastic tour of the Nubian Village that allows you to meet and interact with a Nubian family while learning about their simple lifestyle, culture, and traditions. In the evening, join a Nubian family to have some local home-cooked meals. Overnight in Aswan.


Hapi Hotel Aswan or similar
Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Aswan Free Leisure    

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.


Hapi Hotel Aswan or similar
Breakfast

Day 5: Aswan Hotel - Embark on Felucca - Sail to Kom Ombo - Overnight Felucca    

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 breath some fresh air. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and overnight on board.


Felucca
Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Disembark Felucca - Kom Ombo Temple - Karnak Temple - Luxor Hotel    

Breakfast and disembark at the felucca boat. The tour begins by visiting the double temple of the Hellenistic period on the eastern bank, the Temple of Kom Ombo. You’ll learn about the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus, whose monuments decorate each half of the temple. Next, you will discover the East bank of Luxor including Karnak Temples, which are the largest structures ever built in the history of mankind. The principal building is that of the god Amun Ra. Transfer to your hotel in Luxor, check in and overnight.


Pyramids Hotel Luxor or similar
Breakfast

Day 7: West Bank Luxor (Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut & Colossi of Memnon) - Luxor Hotel    

Our representative will meet you and the 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. Continue to visit the Hatshepsut temple built and named after the powerful Queen Hatshepsut the only woman who ascended the throne of Egypt in ancient times. This temple is located at Deir el-Bahari, a steep cliff in the shape of a horseshoe forms a natural background to two monumental buildings standing side by side, each belonging to a different period. Lunch at a local restaurant in Luxor. Last stop you will pay a visit 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.


Pyramids Hotel Luxor or similar
Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8: Fly from Luxor Airport to Cairo Airport - Amman Airport - Amman Hotel    

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Luxor Airport for your 1-hour flight back to Cairo. Take a flight going 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.


Toledo Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 9: Amman Hotel - Jerash - Dead Sea - Amman Hotel    

In the morning, we drive to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. The well-preserved ruins had been hidden for centuries in sand before the excavations started in 1925. Wander along the spectacular Forum, paved and colonnaded streets, the Nymphaeum, theatres, and the Temple of Artemis. Afterward, we drive to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, where you have leisure time at the beach and the chance to float on salty water and try the dark mud on the shores for healthy skin. Return to your hotel in Amman, and overnight.


Toledo Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 10: Mt. Nebo - Madaba - King's Way - Kerak Castle - Petra Hotel    

After breakfast drive to 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, Dead Sea and parts of the Holy Land. After we proceed to Madaba, where to find the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St. George’s church. Driving along the famous ancient caravan route the King's Way, we have a short stop in Wadi Al-Mujib, a great wide valley with magnificent geological formation. In Kerak visit the famous Crusader castle built in 1132/34 by King Baldwin I. of Jerusalem. Continue to Petra hotel, check in and overnight.


Petra Palace Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 11: Petra Visit - Petra Hotel    

After breakfast proceed to Petra, the spectacular rose rock city. Prepare yourself for walking over uneven terrain. Petra is the biggest attraction of Jordan and was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs. Meet your local guide who will give you an understanding of Petra’s history within the next 2.5 hours. Start with a walk to the canyon, the so called Siq, at its end you see the most beautiful monument, the Treasury. The building rises over 40 meters and is carved into the sandstone like most of Petra’s architecture. Continue via the Street of Facades, passing by the Theatre to the Royal Tombs. Your guide says farewell. Free time to uncover Petra on your own, climb for example the 800 stairs to the impressive Monastery El Deir. Return along the same trail back to the main entrance. Overnight Petra.


Petra Palace Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 12: Petra Hotel - Wadi Rum Jeep Tour - Wadi Rum Camp    

Morning time we drive to the bizarre landscape of Little Petra, visit Siq el-Barid, a miniature Petra with its modest gorge (Siq) that leads into an area of carved tombs and monuments. From here travel 1.5 hours southwards to Wadi Rum, known also as the “Valley of the Moon”. Hop in a 4x4 and with your Bedouin driver uncover more of the vast desert. The rugged landscape, the changing colours of sands and mountains, the serene atmosphere will make you understand why Wadi Rum is one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. The setting had been used for Hollywood movies. You see canyons, red sand dunes, Nabatean rock inscriptions and a natural rock bridge formed over centuries. If desired, you'll have the option to add a 1-hour camel ride at Wadi Rum at your own expense. Check into your campsite, where dinner and the desert night with a hopefully starry sky awaits you.


Sun City Camp or similar
Breakfast

Day 13: Wadi Rum (morning leisure) - Aqaba Hotel    

After breakfast at the camp, free morning leisure at Wadi Rum camp. Latest check out 12:00. Then continue to drive for about 1 hour to the southernmost and only coastal city in Jordan, Aqaba. Transfer to your hotel, check in, and overnight. The remaining time of the day you may relax, explore the duty-free shopping facilities or have fun with popular water activities like swimming, snorkeling, or diving (not included). Overnight in Aqaba.


Captain’s Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 14: Aqaba Hotel - Amman Hotel    

After breakfast, morning free leisure at Aqaba. Latest check out 12:00. Then continue to drive back via Desert Highway for about 4 hours to Amman. Transfer to your hotel and overnight in Amman.


Toledo Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 15: Amman Hotel - Allenby Border - Tel Aviv Hotel    

In the morning, drive 1 hour to Allenby Border to cross to Israel. Our representative will welcome you at the gate of the Israel border. Continue to drive and transfer for 2 hours to your hotel in Tel Aviv and overnight.


Sea Net Tel Aviv or similar
Breakfast

Day 16: Tel Aviv Hotel - Jaffa - Haifa Hotel    

In the morning, Jaffa, one of the ancient gateways at the Mediterranean to the Holy Land. Through its port the Cedar trees of Solomon’s Temple where brought. Your walking tour starts at the Clock Tower, and takes you to Mahmoudiya Mosque, St Peter’s Church along small alleys with artist galleries and craft shops. We drive to Neve Tzedek in Tel Aviv and continue our exploration on foot to see the eclectic Bauhaus style. The influence of the Bauhaus gave Tel Aviv the nickname White City and the reason for Tel Aviv to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You see the Rothschild Boulevard, Rabin Square, the Independence Hall and end the day at the vibrant Carmel Market (Saturdays closed). From here we make our way back south along the Mediterranean coastline onto Haifa. Start on Mt. Carmel with a visit of the Stella Maris Church, leading into a small cave where Prophet Elijah lived for a while. Visit the beautiful Baha’i Gardens with its 19 terraces and the Shrine of the Bab. The Baha’i faith developed in the 19th century, and this is one of their religious places. Beneath the gardens, you find the German Colony, where you have time for a stroll.


Eden Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 17: Haifa Hotel - Akko - Nazareth - Tiberias Hotel    

After breakfast, proceed to the Crusader port city of Akko (Acre). Major attractions are the Hospitaller Fortress with its underground halls, the Templar tunnel, and the largest prison during the British Mandate. Continue to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus. Visit the Church of the Annunciation, marking the spot where the angel Gabriel informed Maria about her pregnancy. See also Mary’s Well whose waters are believed to have healing powers, and if you like St Joseph’s Church, where the carpentry shop is thought to have existed. To have some local impressions time to stroll along the Souq. Continue to your hotel near the Sea of Galilee and overnight.


Bali Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 18: Sea of Galilee - Capernaum - Tabgha - Kibbutz - Jericho Hotel    

This day is dedicated to the Galilee region in the north. It is popular because of its scenic nature and the places where Jesus performed miracles like walking on water. After a two hours transfer we arrive Capernaum, once a fishing village, home to the apostles James, Peter, Andrew and John. Visit the remains of the House of Peter and the 4th century synagogue. A short ride and you reach Tabgha, where the miracle of multiplication of loaves and fishes took place. See the Church of the Multiplication and the Church of the Primacy right on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Also, visit a local Kibbutz to learn about this interesting communal lifestyle. Transfer to your hotel in Jericho and overnight.


Oasis Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 19: Jericho - Masada - Dead Sea - Jerusalem Hotel    

We use the opportunity to visit the desert fortress, Masada. Learn about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters who preferred to take their own lives instead of living under Roman rules. 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. Transfer back to your hotel in Jerusalem and overnight.


Holy Land Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 20: Old City Jerusalem - Jerusalem Hotel    

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. In the afternoon, you get to explore the Mahane Yehuda market on your own. Overnight at Jerusalem.


Holy Land Hotel or similar
Breakfast

Day 21: Bethlehem - Jerusalem Free Leisure - Jerusalem Hotel    

Today we hit the road to Bethlehem in the West Bank, just a 20 minutes 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 od 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. Return to Jerusalem where you have free leisure to explore the ancient city or visit local communities and museums on your own. Overnight at Jerusalem.


Holy Land Hotel or similar
Breakfast & Lunch

Day 22: Depart in Jerusalem    

After breakfast at the hotel, latest check-out 12:00. Depart in Jerusalem at any time. End of Service.


Breakfast

Inclusions


  • Private air-conditioned van, train, felucca, 4x4 jeep
  • Mt. Nebo, Madaba, Dead Sea beach and Kerak castle visit
  • Guided tour in Jerash
  • Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon visit
  • Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion with support boat for toilet/showers
  • Kom Ombo and Karnak Temples visit
  • Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum guided tour
  • 21 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All entrance fees to mentioned sites
  • 18 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night sleeper train, 1 night in a felucca boat, 1 night Bedouin-style desert camp
  • Services of a travel representative throughout your time in Israel, Jordan & Egypt
  • Jeep tour in Wadi Rum with Bedouin driver
  • Guided tour in Petra
  • Tel Aviv Old Port of Jaffa tour
  • Akko, Nazareth and Bethelehm visit
  • Sea of Galilee tour
  • Jerusalem Old City walking tour

Exclusions


  •   International and domestic flights  
  •  Travel Insurance  
  •  Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary or any optional tours  
  •  Visa fees for Egypt, Jordan and Israel (if applicable) 
  •  Land border departure tax in Jordan 10 JOD or 15 USD per person  
  •  Allenby Border Shuttle bus rate 7 JOD per person and 1.5 JOD per piece of checked luggage. 
  •  Tips to the driver or guides  
  •  Any personal expenses  
  •  Others not mentioned in the inclusions  

Practical Info


- The price is calculated for this itinerary. Modified itineraries may result in higher costs.
- Any change in the number of passengers affects the quote.
- The driver/tour guide escorts according to the booked itinerary, he is not 24/7 at your disposal.
- Official check-in time at hotels 15:00 – check-out time at hotels 12:00.
- We do not check the availability of accommodation when planning your trip. Once you booked and any hotel is not available, we search for an alternative and inform you.
- The triple room in Egypt is a double room + extra bed or sofa bed.
- The entry visa to Egypt costs for non-restricted nationalities 25 $USD per person upon arrival.
- Departure taxes at airports cost for international departures 25 $USD per person, for domestic departures 5 $USD per person.
- 4x4s in Wadi Rum are old vehicles (no A/C, no seat belt) and belong to the local Bedouin association.
- For camping in Wadi Rum we recommend bringing a towel and torchlight.
- You walk several km in Petra, so bear in mind good walking shoes and a backpack for beverage, camera, etc.
- Entry ticket in Petra includes a 700 meters horse ride from the main gate to the beginning of the Siq (not mandatory, the horse handler expects a tip of 3-5 JOD per horse).
- In case of rain the government may decide to close Petra due to security reasons.
- All local or escorting guides in Jordan are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism in Jordan and are not part of our team.
- It is not permitted to bring telescopes or drones without permission to Jordan.
-Allenby Border or King Hussein Bridge opening hours: Sun-Thu 08:00-14:00, Fri & Sat 08:00-12:00. Travelers must be at the border 2 hours before closure. May change without prior notice.
-We cannot guarantee how long it will take for you to cross the border as it is not under our control. It depends on the traffic or if the Israeli authorities will question you about your stay in Israel / Palestine.
-The old city of Jerusalem is closed to private vehicles.
-The Western Wall area is open every day. However please note that on Friday evenings and Saturdays, tourists are not allowed to take any photos.
-Temple Mount Opening Hours: Mon-Thu, winter time: 07:30-10:30, 12:30-13:30 – Mon-Thu, summer time: 08:30-11:30, 13:30-14:30 - Fri & Sat closed.
-For the visit to religious sites you need to dress modestly and cover your shoulders and knees.
- Minor travelers must be accompanied by adult travelers.
- If you opt to have this tour be private or be customized please let us know so we can send the rates accordingly.

How to Book this Tour


- After booking the tour with us online, one of our consultants will get in touch within 24 hours. You need to pay then a 25% deposit by credit card or by bank transfer. The full payment is due latest 15 days before the tour start.
- Cancellations or changes need to be sent in written form. Charges are as follows:
• 5% of the total price of the trip for cancellations from the date of booking until 41 days before departure.
• 50% of the total price of the trip for cancellations or changes made 40 to 15 days before departure.
• 100% of the total price of the trip for cancellations or changes made 14 to 01 days before departure or no show.
- For refunds, we do not cover transaction fees charged by credit card companies and banks.
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