IJE3 - Ancient Civilizations: Israel, Jordan & Egypt

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23 Days  /  22 Nights – Tel Aviv, Beer Sheba, Masada, Dead Sea, Ashkelon, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Tiberias, Galilee, Acre, Haifa, Amman, Jerash, Um Qais, Pella, Dead Sea, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Kerak, Wadi Rum, Petra, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan – including a 7 night Nile Cruise.



Features:

•    International flight from Toronto*.
•    All transfers in Israel, Jordan and Egypt including baggage handling and porterage.
•     Round trip domestic flight between Cairo and Luxor.
•    All sightseeing and shore excursions as detailed in the itinerary, including entrance fees.
•    15 Nights hotel accommodations based on bed and breakfast.
•    7 Nights Nile Cruise Based on full board.
•    Service of an English speaking Israeli tour guide.
•    The accompaniment of an English speaking driver in Jordan.
•    Service of an English speaking Egyptologist guide.
•    Desert jeep tour in Wadi Rum.
•    Horse ride in Petra.
•    Tour of the Red-Rose City in Petra and Jerash with an English speaking guide in Jordan.

*For other departure destinations, please contact us for price add-ons.

 

Itinerary


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Day 1 (Sun) – Tel Aviv
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for an overnight. 

Day 2 (Mon) - Tel Aviv / Beer Sheba / Masada / Dead Sea 
Enjoy a short visit to the Negev capital. Continue via Arad to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, etc.  Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend for a possible “float” in the in the salty water of the world’s lowest place. Via Ein Gedi & Kalya, proceed to Jerusalem for overnight. (B)

Day 3 (Tue) - Jerusalem (New City)

Drive to Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Continue on to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. Continue to Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.)In the Afternoon, visit the Hadassah medical center’s synagogue, with Marc Chagall stained glass windows.  Via Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist). Return to Hotel. (B)

Day 4 (Wed) - Jerusalem (Old City) / Bethlehem

Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colorful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the stations of the cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Drive to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey.  In the afternoon, continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and return to Jerusalem for overnight. (B)

Day 5 (Thu) – Beit Shean / Tiberias / Galilee
Leave Jerusalem, and drive north via Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Continue through Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City.  Proceed to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to a Kibbutz Hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 6 (Fri) - Upper Galilee and Golan Heights / Nazareth

Drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages, Via Banias, source of the Jordan River. Proceed via the Hula Valley to Safed, city of the Kabala, to visit a synagogue and the artists’ colony and then to Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Sites. Return to the Kibbutz Hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 7 (Sat) – Acre / Haifa / Tel Aviv

After Breakfast, drive west to Acre for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, sightseeing tour of Haifa, including the Bahai Shrine, Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city and the bay. Proceed along the coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress. End the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Day 8 (Sun) – Tel Aviv / Amman

 In the morning, drive across the border to begin your visit in Jordan. Upon arrival in Amman, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 9 (Mon) – Jerash / Dead Sea
Today you will start your sightseeing tour with a visit to Jerash, the most beautiful and preserved Roman city in existence. Continue to the Dead Sea – the lowest spot on earth. Enjoy some time relaxing in the salty therapeutic waters. Overnight at your hotel at the Dead Sea. (B)

Day 10 (Tue) – Madaba / Mt. Nebo / Kerak / Petra
After breakfast, you will take the Ancient Silk Road. Stop in Madaba, home of the most famous Byzantine Mosaic map of the Holy Places of the Biblical world. Continue to Mt. Nebo with its spectacular view of the Holy Land. Then to Kerak to visit the Crusader Castle form the 12th century. Proceed to Petra for overnight. (B)

Day 11 (Wed) – Petra / Amman
After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing of Petra’s unique city: Red-Rose City. Start at the gate and make your way through the Siq to reach this city, built by the Arab Nabateans who carved their monumental tombs, palaces, temples and treasury (Al -Khazaneh) from the desert rocks sandstone in its natural hues of rose and gold. Return to Amman through the King’s Highway. Overnight at your hotel in Amman. (B)

Day 12 (Thu) – Amman / Cairo

In the morning, transfer from your hotel to Amman Airport for your flight to Egypt. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met by our representative assisted through formalities and transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day 13 (Fri) - Cairo

After breakfast, visit Memphis, the City of the God Ptah and the capital of the oldest kingdom in the world where you will visit the Alabaster Sphinx and the Statue of Ramses II. Continue to Saqqara, to visit the famous Unas Pyramid, King Zoser Step Pyramid, Mastaba Tomb of Ti, and the Tomb of Ptahotep. In the afternoon, you will visit the great Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and the mysterious Sphinx, a colossal lion with a pharaoh’s head. Return to your hotel. (B)

Day 14 (Sat) – Cairo / Luxor / Nile Cruise
In the morning, depart Cairo by air to Luxor for embarkation on your Nile Cruise. Overnight in Luxor. (BLD)

Day 15 (Sun) – Nile Cruise
In the morning, you will visit West Bank (Thebes) visiting royal tombs such as Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings (the tomb of Tut Ankh Amun is optional.) You will visit the Valley of the Queens, Hatsheput’s Temple at Dier El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon. Sail through the locks of Esna to Edfu and overnight. (BLD)

Day 16 (Mon) – Nile Cruise
In the morning, visit the Horus Temple of Edfu, one of the three beautiful temples of the Ptolemaic Period. Sail to Aswan and overnight.   (BLD)

Day 17 (Tue) – Nile Cruise
In the morning, you will visit the High Dam, and the Granite Quarries and the Philae Temple. Overnight in Aswan. (BLD)

Day 18 (Wed) – Nile Cruise

In the morning, you will sail on an Egyptian felucca to view Elephantine Island, the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener Island and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Sail to Kom Ombo and overnight. (BLD)

Day 19 (Thu) – Nile Cruise

In the morning, you will visit the Sobek Temple dedicated to the two gods which offers beautiful murals and reliefs. Sail to Luxor and overnight. (BLD)

Day 20 (Fri) – Nile Cruise
Visit the great Luxor Temple and the magnificent Karnak Temple of Amun with its famous Hypostyle Hall and the 134 huge columns, the Statue of Ramses II, the Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut and the Sacred Lake. (BLD)

Day 21 (Sat) – Nile Cruise / Cairo

In the morning, you will disembark from your cruise and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy some time of leisure. (B)

Day 22 (Sun) - Cairo
Enjoy a day of leisure in Cairo.  (Optional tours available.) Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Day 23 (Mon) - En Route

In the morning, transfer to Cairo Airport for your return flight. (B)  

 

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