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Israel - Jordan - Egypt Highlights

Duration: 21 Days
Departure Everyweek
Guided Tour in the 3 biblical countries:
Israel the Holyland, the Kingdom of Jordan and the great Ancient Egypt.
A unique journey in the history learning seeing touching and feeling the Bible time.
The Tour starts in Tel Aviv on Thursday every week throughout the year. After 21 days in Cairo on Wednesday ending.
Destination Tel Aviv ,Jaffa,Ceasarea,Carmel, Megido, Sea of Galilee, Cfarnaum, Golan heights, upper Galiee,Nazareth,Jordan River,Biat shean, Jerusalem, , Dead Sea, Jerash, Amman, Petra, Eilat, Red Sea, Mt Sinai, Sharm el Sheikh, Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan, Cairo, the great Pyramids in Giza, Alexandria and many other historic and holy sites on the way.
THURSDAY
Tel Aviv - Israel
Arrive to Israel Ben-Gurion international airport meet our representative and be transferred to the hotel in Tel Aviv.

FRIDAY
Tel Aviv / Sea of Galilee / Tiberias
After breakfast drive for a brief visit of the old city of Jaffa (Joppa – where Jonah took to ship to meet the whale). Take a short walking tour in picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town and marvel at the views from the hill top. Then drive north along the coast to the archaeological site of the port of Caesarea, built by King Herod in honor of Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar. Continue to Haifa, for a sightseeing tour including the Bahai Shrine- Persian Garden and Mount Carmel with a panoramic view of the city. Drive to Megiddo - the “Armageddon” of the Book of Revelation , After exploring the fascinating archaeological remains of this ancient city drive towards the Sea of Galilee skirting Mt. Tabor to arrive at Tiberias and check-in to your hotel.
SATURDAY
Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights
Visit historic Tiberias, drive along the coast of the Sea of Galilee to visit Capernaum and Tabgha, then drive up to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. optional short cruise on the lake for a vist of the anicent Jesus boat musem i kibitz Nof Ginoshar.Ascend to the rugged plateau of the Golan Heights for a panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon and the green pastoral Huleh valley. Return to Tiberias for another lovely night in town.
SUNDAY
Sea of Galilee / Jordan River / Jerusalem
This morning we travel to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. We proceed to Nazareth, to visit the Church of Annunciation. Continue through the Jordan Valley to the town of Beit Shean with its recently excavated amphitheater and the preserved remains of this beautiful Roman City which was partly destroyed in an earthquake. Then onwards to Jerusalem,to your hotel for overnight .
MONDAY
Dead Sea & Masada
In the morning drive through the remarkable sometimes eerie Wilderness of Judea to the shores of the Dead Sea. Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. En route we shall pass the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We continue to Masada citadel which is situated on the top of an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. the Masada was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the Masada fortress on which King Herod built a luxurious palace and which later was the last stronghold.of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations and marvel at the ancient ingenious water saving installations. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Bring your swim suit. for a dip to float on the salty, mineral rich water will be possible. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
TUESDAY
Jerusalem Old City
Jerusalem occupies a unique place in the world. It is holy to Judaism Christianity, and Islam. This day’s tour starts on Mt. Scopus with a panoramic view of the city from the east. Then to the Mount of Olives, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Walk into the Old City to see and touch the Western Wall (Wailing wall), the only one remnant of the Second Temple. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. Then turn southwest, just outside the Old City, visit Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Return to hotel.
WEDNESDAY
Jerusalem New city & Bethlehem
Visit "Yad Vashem" the official memorial commemorating the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. There’s no denying that this is a heart-rending but mandatory experience. We pass by Mt. Herzl the national cemetery named for Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism. Then to Ein Karem a picturesque village known as the birthplace of John the Baptist. Ein Karem is also the site of the super modern Hadassa Medical Complex where we shall visit the magnificent Chagall Vitrage Windows. We then visit the Israel Museum which houses a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book that contains the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive by the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of the Hebrew University. Ongoing to visit Bethlehem to see Rachel Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. Back to Jerusalem for overnight.
Optional: A fascinating evening tour of the Western Wall Tunnels that reveal layers of Jerusalem’s history.
THURSDAY
Jordan:
Jerusalem Jerash - Amman
Drive from Jerusalem to the Jordanian border at Sheikh Hussein bridge. Thence to Jerash known as the city of 1000 columns The town is known for the remains of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, considered one of the best preserved Roman cities. Wander among the original temples, theaters, plazas, paths and colonnaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining old city walls. After drive to the Jordanian capital Amman built on the old Roman city of Philadelphia. During the city tour we shall see the ancient citadel and the theatre; pass by King Hussein Palace, where the late king is buried; the traditional markets and the beautiful houses of Abdoun. Overnight at the hotel.
FRIDAY
Amman - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Shobak - Petra
After breakfast drive to Mount Nebo, where, according to Deuteronomy, Moses was allowed a view of the Promised Land that God was giving to the Israelites. Indeed, the view from the 800 m. summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land and part of the Jordan River Valley. According to Jewish and Christian tradition, Moses was buried on this mountain by God Himself, and his final resting place is unknown. Continue to Madaba, once a Moabite border city, mentioned in the Bible.Visit the Basilica of Saint George with the famous Mosaic Map of the Holy land with two million pieces of coloured stone, the 6th century map preserved in the floor depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns and the earliest extant representation of Byzantine Jerusalem, labeled the "Holy City."
Drive south to Petra via the crusaders castle - Shobak, to wadi Mussa (=Moses), the village of by Petra for overnight.
SATURDAY
Petra - Eilat
After early breakfast, leave for. Petra (=rock) an archaeological city known for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established around the 3rd century BCE as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site and recently was chosen to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is also known as the “Red Rock City” because of the color of its rocks. (you can rent a carriage for all the tour ) Our visit will begin with 700 m. ride or walk to the impressive eastern entrance that leads us on foot or carriage 400 m.down through the Siq, a narrow gorge at the end of which we behold Petra's most spectacular tomb Al Khazneh - theThresury hewn into the rose colored sandstone cliff. A little further down, is a massive theatre, so placed as to bring the greatest number of tombs obelisks and altars within view. At the point where the valley opens out into the plain, the site of the city is revealed with striking effect. If you like you can climb 900 stairs up the mountain to the Monastery on the top overlooking the Arrava valley . (about 40 minutes each way , optional donkey ride ) after the visit drive from Petra to Eilat Israel for overnight by the red Sea.
Optional: extra day in Jordan for a Jeep tour in Wadi Ram.
SUNDAY
Eilat
A free day in Eilat for leisure to enjoy the beach or visit local attractions such as underwater observatory or local desert tours.
Optional: afternoon transfer to Mt. Sinai for overnight and early morning climbing to the high summit to view the sun rising above the Sinai peaks.
MONDAY
Egypt:
Eilat -Mount Sinai - Sharm el Sheikh
Early morning pick up and drive to Taba border. Cross the border into Egypt and drive through the magnificent Sinai desert. Arrive at Mount Sinai According to Jewish and Christian tradition where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Visit St. Catherine's Monastery a UNESCO World Heritage Site. St. Catherine is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. Visit the chamber of skulls and the site of the burning bush. Then drive to Sharm el Sheikh on the coast of the Red Sea at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula overnight.
TUESDAY
Sharm el Sheikh - Luxor
After breakfast flight to Luxor and transfer to a 5 stars Nile Cruise. Lunch on ship. In the afternoon visit the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor. a vast open air museum of ruined temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings, notably the Great Temple of Amen. Dinner and overnight on cruise boat.
We are using luxury Nile cruise boats,operating on European standards that have acquired an excellent eputation with our travelers. Our staff are available throughoutt the cruise and will guide you on the land tours.
WEDNESDAY
Luxor - Esna - Edfu
Immediately opposite Luxor, across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs of the Theban Necropolis, which includes the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. The archaeological remains of Thebes offer a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height. Among others we shall view the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a famous female Pharaoh who during her 22 year long reign became known for her extensive expeditions and fostering of trade relations. From Luxor we sail to Esna. Two barrage bridges straddle the Nile at this point: one built by the British in 1906, and the "Electricity Bridge" built in the 1990s. If time permits we will visit the temple of Esna and the market of Esna. Our boat will negotiate its way through the lock system and sail on the Nile to Edfu for overnight.
THURSDAY
Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
Edfu is known for the major Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 BCE and 57 BCE. The Temple of Horus also known as Apollonopolis Magna, after the chief god Horus-Apollo, is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak and one of the best preserved. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth, and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt.
We continue our sail on the Nile to the town of Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty. The building is unique because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis and there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world. The northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Horus the Elder, A few of the three-hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the temple.Sail on the Nile to Aswan for overnight.

FRIDAY
Aswan
The busy market townAswan stands on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract. In antiquity the city of Swenet, was Egypt’s southern frontier town. It is one of the driest inhabited places in the world; as on January 2011 the last rainfall was a thunderstorm on May, 2006. In surrounding Nubian settlements, they generally do not bother to roof all the rooms in their houses.
Visit to the Aswan High Dam is truly spectacular. It is one of the largest dams ever built and formed the Nasser Lake.Then sail on a Felucca, the traditional wooden sailing boat that has plied the Nile for thousands of years, to enjoy a quiet and calm view of the regions Botanical Gardens. Return to the Nile cruise boat for overnight.
SATURDAY
Aswan - Cairo
After breakfast, disembark and at leisure in Aswan evening travel by a Sleeper Train to Cairo. In the train dinner and breakfast.
Optional: Abu Simble Tour to the preserved Great Temple of Abu Simble - rescued by UNESCO from the rising waters of the Dam. Abu Simbel Great Temple was preserved by relocating 22 monuments and architectural complexes to the shores of Lake Nasser. Other monuments were relocated to countries that helped with the rescue works. The best way to get to Abu Simbel is by 45 minutes flight with a Boeing or by tour bus that takes 3+ hours each way.
SUNDAY
Cairo - Memphis -Saqqara -- Great Pyramid of Giza
We begin our day with a tour of the ancient city of Memphis that lies some 12 miles south of Cairo. The ancient city is now an open air museum testifying to the magnificence of its four thousand years history. Serving Memphis lies the necropolis Saqqara a vast, ancient burial ground, featuring numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser.
We then proceed to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx located on the Giza Plateau. The Great Pyramids of Cheops or Khufu; of Khafre or Chephren; and of Menkaure have always loomed large as emblems of ancient Egypt and were listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Valley Temples surrounding the pyramids provide an insight to dominating religious motives of the era.Return to hotel for overnight.
MONDAY
Cairo city tour start the Cairo city tour by visiting the Egyptian Museum, with its fantastic display of ancient civilization; the Mosque of Mohammad Ali's Citadel; the old city; the Ben Ezra – Geniza Synagogue. Its store room – Geniza – was found to contain over 2000 medieval, manuscripts, a collection known as the Cairo Geniza. The El Mullakah Church (Hanging Church) one of the oldest and most famous Coptic Churches in Egypt.. Continue to the City of the Dead a four mile long grid of tombs and mausoleums where people live and work amongst their dead and ancestors. Many residents live here because they were forced from more crowded areas in Cairo or emigrated from countryside. End at Bazaar of Kahn Khalili and return for overnight at the hotel.
TUESDAY
Cairo - Alexandria
One day tour to Alexandria a 3 hours drive from Cairo Visit the famous Library of Alexandria the Montazah Summer Palace, the Fort and Citadel built from the stones of the ruins of the Pharos lighthouse, one of the ancient world seven wonders. Naval museum devoted to Nelson's defeat of Napoleon's fleet Visit to the Bombay's Pillar which was built in 297 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Then to the Catacomb of Komel-Shokafa. These tombs, tunneled into the bedrock during the era of the Antoine emperors represent the last existing major construction of the old Egyptian religion. Return to Cairo by evening.
Optional: overnight in Alexandria and a day tour the El Aleman the historic battle ground form World War 2
WEDNESDAY
Cairo
Transfer to the airport after breakfast. End of tour.
21 DAYS ISRAEL & JORDAN & EGYPT TOURS INCLUDE


Arrival airport transfer from Airport TO HOTEL
20 Nights hotel accommodations
Guided City Tour 20 days
20 breakfasts
3 night’s hotel in Cairo on bed and breakfast basis
3 nights on Cruise board Aswan & Luxor full board - excluded drinks
All transfers in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan
All your tours and excursions with A/C cars
English speaking Egyptologist guide
Professional English tour guide
All entrance fees for all museums mentioned in the itinerary
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking private coach
Transfer by sleeper train Aswan – Cairo half board basis
Flight tickets Sharm el Sheikh /Cairo Luxor
4 nights on a 5 stars Cruise boat on full board basis
Return airport transfer to Cairo International Airport

21 DAYS ISRAEL –JORDAN- EGYPT TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International flights
Visas to Egypt, Israel, Jordan
Tips
Extra personal expenses
Notes:
- In security situation if Sites won’t be permitted alternate sites will be visited.
- Tour itinerary may change due to operational needs.
- Prices can change without notice due to currency, fuel price, hotels and others

 

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