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Day 1: arrive cairo

Welcome to busy and bustling CairoWelcome to busy and bustling Cairo

On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore your surroundings. In the evening, meet with your guide for welcome meeting and trip orientation.

 

Lodging
Ramses Hilton or similar

Day 2: cairo/giza

The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx are captivating sites near Cairo (photo by S. Anderson)The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx are captivating sites near Cairo (photo by S. Anderson)

After breakfast at the hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up for a full day of touring, starting with Cairo's iconic Giza pyramids, where the city meets the desert, then drive south along the river valley to Memphis, the once-resplendent capital of the Old Kingdom, where you will see the  reclining statue of Ramses II, then drive a short way on to Saqqara, the burial place of the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom and home of the Step Pyramid of Zoser, one of the world's oldest stone structures of its size. Return to your hotel for your overnight.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Ramses Hilton or similar

Day 3: luxor

You will be astounded by the massive scale of the Karnak temple complexYou will be astounded by the massive scale of the Karnak temple complex

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor, upon arrival head to your cruise ship, your base for the next few days. After lunch on board return to the West Bank, this time to the Valley of the Kings, to explore some of the pharaoh’s tombs. Continue to the Valley of the Queens and Deir El Bahari, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Stop to view the Colossi of Memnon before returning to the ship for afternoon tea. Late afternoon head to Luxor Temple. Reflecting the influence of Amenhotep III and Ramses II it is oversize in every respect. Have dinner aboard the ship and attend a Belly Dancing Show afterwards. Overnight on board.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
MS Dolphin River Boat or similar

Day 4: luxor to edfu

The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut sits among dramatic rock formationsThe Temple of Queen Hatshepsut sits among dramatic rock formations

Start your day with visiting Karnak Complex before leaving Luxor. Accompanied by your guide you will wander through its dozens of shrines, Hypostyle halls, courtyards and chapels. Most notable and not to be missed is the giant obelisk. The art and architecture of Karnak represents the early Middle Kingdom until the Ptolemaic Period. Afterwards return to the ship and have lunch as we set sail for Edfu. Enjoy the sights and sounds of life along the banks of the Nile as we partake in afternoon tea. Attend a cocktail reception (elegant dress) before dinner. Overnight on board the ship.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Nile River Boat

Day 5: edfu/kom ombo/aswan

Kom Ombo TempleKom Ombo Temple

This morning you will stop at what is perhaps the best-preserved temple in Egypt, that of the falcon god Horus at Edfu. One of the most enigmatic of Egyptian institutions, the ‘House of Life,’ whose function is still not well understood, was located here. Have lunch on board then continue sailing towards Kom Ombo. This afternoon you will tour the late period dual temple of Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus the Elder at Kom Ombo. This temple is unique as it is dedicated to two gods and has a double sanctuary. Enjoy afternoon tea on board as you approach Aswan. Tonight attend a “dress up” party after dinner. Costumes reflecting local attire can be rented on the ship or you can purchase items along the way.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Nile River Boat

Day 6: aswan nile and nubian sights

View the Temple of Isis from the river as you approachView the Temple of Isis from the river as you approach

Spend the morning touring the area with your guide. Begin at the High Dam, built in the Nasser era by a team of Russian engineers to control the flooding waters of the Nile and to generate electricity for the whole country. Then visit the quarries to see the colossal Unfinished Obelisk. Next you will board motorboats for a short ride to the island of Philae to see the Ptolemaic temple of the goddess Isis. Salvaged by UNESCO in the 1970’s, the temple was cut into thousands of small pieces and transported to a higher elevated island after the High Dam was constructed and Lake Nasser was formed. We return to the ship for lunch and a brief rest. This afternoon sail in feluccas on the river passing by the Agha Khan Mausoleum and stopping to tour the lovely botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island.  Back on board the ship you will have time to reflect on your journey along the river as you savor your afternoon tea. You will enjoy a Nubian Folkloric Show after dinner on this our last night aboard ship. 

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Nile River Boat

Day 7: aswan/cairo

This is your chance to ride in a traditional feluccaThis is your chance to ride in a traditional felucca

Disembark the ship early. The monuments on the bank of Lake Nasser south of Aswan, where built by Ramses II. You will see two temples excavated in the mountain by Ramses II to his wife Nefertari in the guise of the goddess Hathor, and to himself. They were moved when the High Dam at Aswan was built to avoid being covered with water.  Return to Cairo via Abu Simbel and check into your hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch,
Lodging
Ramses Hilton or similar

Day 8: cairo

Experience the serenity of Ibn Tulun MosqueExperience the serenity of Ibn Tulun Mosque

Having experienced the highlights of ancient Egypt, you will begin your day at the Egyptian Museum to observe the span of Egyptian history. You will tour the exhibits including the world famous treasures of young King TutAnkhamun. Also located here are the mummies of many famous Egyptian kings that we will be privileged to view. We will have lunch at the restaurant Naguib Mahfouz and then set out to spend the remainder of your day touring Coptic and Islamic Cairo. You will begin with a visit to the ancient synagogue of Ben Ezra, before heading to the Coptic church of St. Sergius and the Hanging Church. Continue to the Citadel of Salah Eddin, the Mosque of Khedive Mohamed Ali Pasha and the Mosque of Sultan Hassan. You may then continue into the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, which sprawls around an old area of Cairo known as Al-Azhar. Your guide will lead you into the heart of the bazaar, walking the tortuous streets and alleyways and marveling at the sales pitches of the attendant hawkers. Explore the gold market, ‘perfume street,’ and the spice market, where the scents of cumin, coriander, and cardamom hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market). There is time for you to do some last-minute shopping before heading back to the hotel.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Ramses Hilton or similar

Day 9: cairo to amman

The flag of Jordan is displayed proudlyThe flag of Jordan is displayed proudly

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Amman, upon arrival meet and transfer to hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is yours to relax and take a short walk around Amman.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Al Qasr Metropole Hotel

Day 10: jerash/dead sea/amman

Don't miss the weightless experience of floating in the Dead Sea! (photo from K. Dochen)Don't miss the weightless experience of floating in the Dead Sea! (photo from K. Dochen)

Founded in the time of Alexander the Great, the Roman city of Jerash was a commercial and cultural center of considerable importance. Today, it is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world with an imposing collection of archways, theaters, baths, public buildings, and colonnaded streets. Visit the site in the morning and later drive down to the Dead Sea. This afternoon you have the opportunity to float in the warm, therapeutic waters, which are the saltiest in the world. Return to Amman for the night.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Al-Qasr Metropole Hotel or similar

Day 11: madaba/petra

Choose a camel ride into the ruinsChoose a camel ride into the ruins

After breakfast, transfer to Madaba for a visit of Saint George Church. The Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which is located northwest of the city Centre. The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 square meters, only about a quarter of which is preserved. Continue via desert way to Dana Nature Reserve for free time at the reserve. Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest nature reserve, covering some of rugged and beautiful landscape along the face of the Great Rift Valley. It sweeps down in a series of mountain ridges, from the 1500m high plateau near Quadesiyya to the desert plains of Wadi Araba. The mountains are cut by many steep-sided wadis. Afterwards head to visit Shobak Castle, once called "Mont Real", Shobak dates from the same turbulent period as Kerak. It is perched on the side of a mountain, with a grand sweep of fruit trees below. The castle's exterior is impressive, with a forbidding gate and encircling triple wall. Despite the precautions of its builder, the fortress fell to Saladin only 75 years after it was raised. Inscriptions by his proud successors appear on the castle wall. Continue to Petra directly for overnight at Petra Guest House standard room.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Petra Guesthouse or similar

Day 12: petra

The iconic Treasury at PetraThe iconic Treasury at Petra

Spend a full day today exploring the ancient city of Petra. The iconic view of the spectacular façade of the Treasury, viewed from the narrow cleft know as the Siq - is arguably the single most striking sight of the entire region. You are sure to be surprised by the size and scale of the Nabataean settlement. Explore the old Roman road, amphitheater, and tombs. You may also climb up to the Monastery for a fine view back over the entire site. There is a cafeteria on the site where you may enjoy a light lunch. In the midafternoon, return to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Petra Guesthouse or similar

Day 13: wadi rum bedouin camp

Colorful cliffs in the desert near Wadi RumColorful cliffs in the desert near Wadi Rum

After breakfast drive to Wadi Rum. This desert valley has towering sandstone mountain walls change hue throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. Wadi Rum is probably best known for its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-1918. Much of David Lean's film of his exploits, "Lawrence of Arabia," was actually filmed in Wadi Rum. You will spend a full day and overnight here. Visit several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. Then meet your Bedouin hosts for the night and ride camels to their tented camp situated deep within the valley, where you will enjoy an evening around the fire and a traditional overnight on mats in Bedouin tents.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Sun City Bedouin Camp

Day 14: wadi rum/aqaba

Admire the vivid morning hues of Wadi RumAdmire the vivid morning hues of Wadi Rum

After breakfast, transfer to Marina Plaza Tala Bay Aqaba Hotel for check in and overnight. Aqaba is a fun place. It is a microcosm of all the good things Jordan has to offer, including a fascinating history with some outstanding sites, excellent hotels and activities, superb visitor facilities, good shopping, and welcoming, friendly people, who enjoy nothing more than making sure their visitors have a good time.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Marina Plaza Tala Bay

Day 15: aqaba/jerusalem

Arrive in the diverse, iconic, bustling city of Jerusalem (photo by K. Dochen)Arrive in the diverse, iconic, bustling city of Jerusalem (photo by K. Dochen)

Cross the border with Israel at Eliat. Once you have cleared immigration and customs, you are met by your new driver and will drive north with a visit to Beit Shean, Scythopolis in Roman times and one of the 10 cities of the Roman Decapolis with extensive archaeological excavations depicting a highly developed, Roman city, destroyed not in battle but by earthquake. Visit Qumran where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue and ascend to the cliff top fortress of Masada, built by Herod as a palace and fortification which later served the Jewish Zealots to resist the Romans. Continue to Jerusalem for overnight.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Dan Jerusalem Hotel or similar

Day 16: jerusalem

A visit to the Western Wall evokes rich emotion (photo by C. Mills)A visit to the Western Wall evokes rich emotion (photo by C. Mills)

Begin your tour of Jerusalem with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives showing you the city's great skyline – the ancient ramparts of the Old City, the churches adorning the Mount of Olives, and the iconic gold of the Dome of the Rock. Then drive to the Garden of Gethsemane and walk from there to St. Stephen’s Gate, through which you enter the Old City. Walk to the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, the old north-south axis in Roman times. Visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. When entry is permitted also visit the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. After lunch (not included), your tour continues with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust. Please note that Yad Vashem is closed on public holidays and also on Fridays and Saturdays. On these days, you will visit Mount Zion, the Cenacle, and the Dormition Abbey instead.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Dan Jerusalem Hotel or similar

Day 17: jerusalem

The Wailing Wall in JerusalemThe Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

Enter Old Jerusalem today through the Dung Gate to visit the Western (Wailing) Wall. Go beneath the surface to learn more about the fascinating history of this focal point through the Western Wall Tunnels. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, visiting the sites where world-changing events took place and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest site in the Christian world. End the day with a visit to the Temple Mount where King Solomon's Temple once stood and where today the Dome of the Rock dominates the skyline. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Dan Jerusalem Hotel or similar

Day 18: nazareth/sea of galilee/tiberias

Amphitheater at Beit SheanAmphitheater at Beit Shean

This morning drive through the Jordan Valley, stopping en route at Beit Shean to view a well-preserved Roman theatre and unique Byzantine mosaics. Passing through Tiberias, one of Judaism’s four holy cities, stop at Yardenit - the new commemorative site of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River. At Nazareth, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, which incorporates, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the cave in which Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. Afterwards return to Tiberias to sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha, where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Stop at the ancient settlement of Capernaum, situated on the banks of the Kinneret, where Jesus once lived and Peter’s house still stands, before returning to Tiberias for an overnight stay in a hotel on a kibbutz.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Ginosar Kibbutz or similar

Day 19: galilee/golan

The Roman ruins at Caesarea lie right along the water (photo by K. Dochen) The Roman ruins at Caesarea lie right along the water (photo by K. Dochen)

After breakfast, drive to Tel Dan, located by one of the tributaries of the Jordan River. Visit Banias, a pagan city dedicated to the god Pan, rebuilt by Herod the Great's son, Philip and known in the New Testament as Caesarea Philippi. Ascend to the Golan Heights to visit Gamla, a Jewish city besieged by the Romans and finally conquered. A visit to the Golan Heights offers spectacular views of Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Descend to the area of the Sea of Galilee. Continue to Capernaum, the town that was the center of Jesus' ministry in Galilee. The ancient synagogue still standing was built on the foundations of an earlier one dating back to the 1st century AD. Visit other Christian sites by the Sea of Galilee, such as the Mt. of Beatitudes and the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. Dinner and overnight at your Galilee hotel. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Metroplitan Hotel or similar

Day 20: caesarea/mt carmel/megiddo/nazareth

Savory baked goods like the shukSavory baked goods like the shuk

After breakfast depart Tel Aviv along the Mediterranean coastal road to CAESAREA, built by Herod the Great as the capital of the Roman province of Judea. Visit the ruins of the Herodian, Byzantine and Crusader period including the Roman theater, hippodrome and palace of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Continue north along the coast to HAIFA for a magnificent view from Mt. Carmel of the Galilee. Visit Megiddo, King Solomon's chariot city, mentioned in the New Testament with reference to the apocalyptic battle of "Armageddon". Continue to Nazareth, the Galilee town where Jesus spent his youth. Dinner and overnight at your Galilee hotel. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Metropolitan Hotel or similar

Day 21: tel aviv / onward

Tel Aviv is equally distinguished as a commercial center and beach destination. (Photo by Christian Haugen)Tel Aviv is equally distinguished as a commercial center and beach destination. (Photo by Christian Haugen)

After breakfast visit the city of Tel Aviv, beginning in the area of the ancient port of Jaffa, which Jewish legend attributes to Japheth, son of Noah and the Greek legend to Joppa, daughter of the gods of the winds. It was here in the 8th Century B.C., according to the Bible, that Jonah started his journey to Nineveh. Much of Old Jaffa has been lovingly restored with renovated houses, artists' studios and galleries. Continue to Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, founded in 1909. Visit Independence Hall, where the modern State of Israel was declared in 1948. Along Rothschild Boulevard view examples of international-style "Bauhaus" architecture, recognized by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site". Visit the colorful Carmel Market and the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Depending on flight times, you may transfer to the airport late this night. 

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Metropolitan Hotel or similar

Price and Date Details

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$5,695
- $7,280
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$1,275
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The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx are captivating sites near Cairo (photo by S. Anderson)
The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx are captivating sites near Cairo (photo by S. Anderson)
The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut sits among dramatic rock formations
The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut sits among dramatic rock formations
View the Temple of Isis from the river as you approach
View the Temple of Isis from the river as you approach
This is your chance to ride in a traditional felucca
This is your chance to ride in a traditional felucca
Experience the serenity of Ibn Tulun Mosque
Experience the serenity of Ibn Tulun Mosque
You may choose to summit Mount Sinai
You may choose to summit Mount Sinai
Admire the vivid morning hues of Wadi Rum
Admire the vivid morning hues of Wadi Rum
Dana has a tradition of mosaics dating back to this map at the Church of St. George
Dana has a tradition of mosaics dating back to this map at the Church of St. George
Amphitheater at Beit Shean
Amphitheater at Beit Shean
The Roman ruins at Caesarea lie right along the water (photo by K. Dochen)
The Roman ruins at Caesarea lie right along the water (photo by K. Dochen)
You will be astounded by the massive scale of the Karnak temple complex
You will be astounded by the massive scale of the Karnak temple complex
Kom Ombo Temple
Kom Ombo Temple
Colorful cliffs in the desert near Wadi Rum
Colorful cliffs in the desert near Wadi Rum
Arrive in the diverse, iconic, bustling city of Jerusalem (photo by K. Dochen)
Arrive in the diverse, iconic, bustling city of Jerusalem (photo by K. Dochen)
A visit to the Western Wall evokes rich emotion (photo by C. Mills)
A visit to the Western Wall evokes rich emotion (photo by C. Mills)
Tel Aviv is equally distinguished as a commercial center and beach destination. (Photo by Christian Haugen)
Tel Aviv is equally distinguished as a commercial center and beach destination. (Photo by Christian Haugen)

Ancient Egypt, Jordan & Israel

Travel back to the ancient Middle-East on a three-country historic and cultural adventure

overview

Travel through time as you explore the heart of the ancient Middle East. Enjoy in-depth exploration that covers all the major sites in three countries. Delight in a four-day float along the Nile aboard a riverboat, stopping at towns and ruins along the way. Uncover medieval Cairo and the pyramids. Enter Jordan, and spend a night camping with the Bedouin in Wadi Rum. Wander a crusader castle, and enjoy a day in the magnificent lost city of Petra. Float in the Dead Sea and see the capital Amman before crossing into Israel. Then seep yourself in the ambient history, spirituality, and energy of Jerusalem. You will have plenty of time to discover its highlights and surroundings, including the Old City, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Tiberias. Return home with a much deeper understanding of the region's fascinating history, intriguing cultures, and greatest treasures.

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overview

Travel through time as you explore the heart of the ancient Middle East. Enjoy in-depth exploration that covers all the major sites in three countries. Delight in a four-day float along the Nile aboard a riverboat, stopping at towns and ruins along the way. Uncover medieval Cairo and the pyramids. Enter Jordan, and spend a night camping with the Bedouin in Wadi Rum. Wander a crusader castle, and enjoy a day in the magnificent lost city of Petra. Float in the Dead Sea and see the capital Amman before crossing into Israel. Then seep yourself in the ambient history, spirituality, and energy of Jerusalem. You will have plenty of time to discover its highlights and surroundings, including the Old City, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Tiberias. Return home with a much deeper understanding of the region's fascinating history, intriguing cultures, and greatest treasures.

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  • Day 1: arrive cairo
    Welcome to busy and bustling CairoWelcome to busy and bustling Cairo

    On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore your surroundings. In the evening, meet with your guide for welcome meeting and trip orientation.

     

    Lodging
    Ramses Hilton or similar
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  • Day 2: cairo/giza
    The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx are captivating sites near Cairo (photo by S. Anderson)The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx are captivating sites near Cairo (photo by S. Anderson)

    After breakfast at the hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up for a full day of touring, starting with Cairo's iconic Giza pyramids, where the city meets the desert, then drive south along the river valley to Memphis, the once-resplendent capital of the Old Kingdom, where you will see the  reclining statue of Ramses II, then drive a short way on to Saqqara, the burial place of the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom and home of the Step Pyramid of Zoser, one of the world's oldest stone structures of its size. Return to your hotel for your overnight.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Ramses Hilton or similar
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  • Day 3: luxor
    You will be astounded by the massive scale of the Karnak temple complexYou will be astounded by the massive scale of the Karnak temple complex

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor, upon arrival head to your cruise ship, your base for the next few days. After lunch on board return to the West Bank, this time to the Valley of the Kings, to explore some of the pharaoh’s tombs. Continue to the Valley of the Queens and Deir El Bahari, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Stop to view the Colossi of Memnon before returning to the ship for afternoon tea. Late afternoon head to Luxor Temple. Reflecting the influence of Amenhotep III and Ramses II it is oversize in every respect. Have dinner aboard the ship and attend a Belly Dancing Show afterwards. Overnight on board.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    MS Dolphin River Boat or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: luxor to edfu
    The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut sits among dramatic rock formationsThe Temple of Queen Hatshepsut sits among dramatic rock formations

    Start your day with visiting Karnak Complex before leaving Luxor. Accompanied by your guide you will wander through its dozens of shrines, Hypostyle halls, courtyards and chapels. Most notable and not to be missed is the giant obelisk. The art and architecture of Karnak represents the early Middle Kingdom until the Ptolemaic Period. Afterwards return to the ship and have lunch as we set sail for Edfu. Enjoy the sights and sounds of life along the banks of the Nile as we partake in afternoon tea. Attend a cocktail reception (elegant dress) before dinner. Overnight on board the ship.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Nile River Boat
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: edfu/kom ombo/aswan
    Kom Ombo TempleKom Ombo Temple

    This morning you will stop at what is perhaps the best-preserved temple in Egypt, that of the falcon god Horus at Edfu. One of the most enigmatic of Egyptian institutions, the ‘House of Life,’ whose function is still not well understood, was located here. Have lunch on board then continue sailing towards Kom Ombo. This afternoon you will tour the late period dual temple of Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus the Elder at Kom Ombo. This temple is unique as it is dedicated to two gods and has a double sanctuary. Enjoy afternoon tea on board as you approach Aswan. Tonight attend a “dress up” party after dinner. Costumes reflecting local attire can be rented on the ship or you can purchase items along the way.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Nile River Boat
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: aswan nile and nubian sights
    View the Temple of Isis from the river as you approachView the Temple of Isis from the river as you approach

    Spend the morning touring the area with your guide. Begin at the High Dam, built in the Nasser era by a team of Russian engineers to control the flooding waters of the Nile and to generate electricity for the whole country. Then visit the quarries to see the colossal Unfinished Obelisk. Next you will board motorboats for a short ride to the island of Philae to see the Ptolemaic temple of the goddess Isis. Salvaged by UNESCO in the 1970’s, the temple was cut into thousands of small pieces and transported to a higher elevated island after the High Dam was constructed and Lake Nasser was formed. We return to the ship for lunch and a brief rest. This afternoon sail in feluccas on the river passing by the Agha Khan Mausoleum and stopping to tour the lovely botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island.  Back on board the ship you will have time to reflect on your journey along the river as you savor your afternoon tea. You will enjoy a Nubian Folkloric Show after dinner on this our last night aboard ship. 

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Nile River Boat
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: aswan/cairo
    This is your chance to ride in a traditional feluccaThis is your chance to ride in a traditional felucca

    Disembark the ship early. The monuments on the bank of Lake Nasser south of Aswan, where built by Ramses II. You will see two temples excavated in the mountain by Ramses II to his wife Nefertari in the guise of the goddess Hathor, and to himself. They were moved when the High Dam at Aswan was built to avoid being covered with water.  Return to Cairo via Abu Simbel and check into your hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is at leisure.

     

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    Ramses Hilton or similar
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  • Day 8: cairo
    Experience the serenity of Ibn Tulun MosqueExperience the serenity of Ibn Tulun Mosque

    Having experienced the highlights of ancient Egypt, you will begin your day at the Egyptian Museum to observe the span of Egyptian history. You will tour the exhibits including the world famous treasures of young King TutAnkhamun. Also located here are the mummies of many famous Egyptian kings that we will be privileged to view. We will have lunch at the restaurant Naguib Mahfouz and then set out to spend the remainder of your day touring Coptic and Islamic Cairo. You will begin with a visit to the ancient synagogue of Ben Ezra, before heading to the Coptic church of St. Sergius and the Hanging Church. Continue to the Citadel of Salah Eddin, the Mosque of Khedive Mohamed Ali Pasha and the Mosque of Sultan Hassan. You may then continue into the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, which sprawls around an old area of Cairo known as Al-Azhar. Your guide will lead you into the heart of the bazaar, walking the tortuous streets and alleyways and marveling at the sales pitches of the attendant hawkers. Explore the gold market, ‘perfume street,’ and the spice market, where the scents of cumin, coriander, and cardamom hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market). There is time for you to do some last-minute shopping before heading back to the hotel.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
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    Ramses Hilton or similar
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  • Day 9: cairo to amman
    The flag of Jordan is displayed proudlyThe flag of Jordan is displayed proudly

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Amman, upon arrival meet and transfer to hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is yours to relax and take a short walk around Amman.

     

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    Breakfast
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    Al Qasr Metropole Hotel
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  • Day 10: jerash/dead sea/amman
    Don't miss the weightless experience of floating in the Dead Sea! (photo from K. Dochen)Don't miss the weightless experience of floating in the Dead Sea! (photo from K. Dochen)

    Founded in the time of Alexander the Great, the Roman city of Jerash was a commercial and cultural center of considerable importance. Today, it is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world with an imposing collection of archways, theaters, baths, public buildings, and colonnaded streets. Visit the site in the morning and later drive down to the Dead Sea. This afternoon you have the opportunity to float in the warm, therapeutic waters, which are the saltiest in the world. Return to Amman for the night.

     

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    Breakfast
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    Al-Qasr Metropole Hotel or similar
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  • Day 11: madaba/petra
    Choose a camel ride into the ruinsChoose a camel ride into the ruins

    After breakfast, transfer to Madaba for a visit of Saint George Church. The Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which is located northwest of the city Centre. The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 square meters, only about a quarter of which is preserved. Continue via desert way to Dana Nature Reserve for free time at the reserve. Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest nature reserve, covering some of rugged and beautiful landscape along the face of the Great Rift Valley. It sweeps down in a series of mountain ridges, from the 1500m high plateau near Quadesiyya to the desert plains of Wadi Araba. The mountains are cut by many steep-sided wadis. Afterwards head to visit Shobak Castle, once called "Mont Real", Shobak dates from the same turbulent period as Kerak. It is perched on the side of a mountain, with a grand sweep of fruit trees below. The castle's exterior is impressive, with a forbidding gate and encircling triple wall. Despite the precautions of its builder, the fortress fell to Saladin only 75 years after it was raised. Inscriptions by his proud successors appear on the castle wall. Continue to Petra directly for overnight at Petra Guest House standard room.

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    Petra Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 12: petra
    The iconic Treasury at PetraThe iconic Treasury at Petra

    Spend a full day today exploring the ancient city of Petra. The iconic view of the spectacular façade of the Treasury, viewed from the narrow cleft know as the Siq - is arguably the single most striking sight of the entire region. You are sure to be surprised by the size and scale of the Nabataean settlement. Explore the old Roman road, amphitheater, and tombs. You may also climb up to the Monastery for a fine view back over the entire site. There is a cafeteria on the site where you may enjoy a light lunch. In the midafternoon, return to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

     

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    Petra Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 13: wadi rum bedouin camp
    Colorful cliffs in the desert near Wadi RumColorful cliffs in the desert near Wadi Rum

    After breakfast drive to Wadi Rum. This desert valley has towering sandstone mountain walls change hue throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. Wadi Rum is probably best known for its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-1918. Much of David Lean's film of his exploits, "Lawrence of Arabia," was actually filmed in Wadi Rum. You will spend a full day and overnight here. Visit several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. Then meet your Bedouin hosts for the night and ride camels to their tented camp situated deep within the valley, where you will enjoy an evening around the fire and a traditional overnight on mats in Bedouin tents.

     

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Sun City Bedouin Camp
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  • Day 14: wadi rum/aqaba
    Admire the vivid morning hues of Wadi RumAdmire the vivid morning hues of Wadi Rum

    After breakfast, transfer to Marina Plaza Tala Bay Aqaba Hotel for check in and overnight. Aqaba is a fun place. It is a microcosm of all the good things Jordan has to offer, including a fascinating history with some outstanding sites, excellent hotels and activities, superb visitor facilities, good shopping, and welcoming, friendly people, who enjoy nothing more than making sure their visitors have a good time.

     

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    Marina Plaza Tala Bay
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  • Day 15: aqaba/jerusalem
    Arrive in the diverse, iconic, bustling city of Jerusalem (photo by K. Dochen)Arrive in the diverse, iconic, bustling city of Jerusalem (photo by K. Dochen)

    Cross the border with Israel at Eliat. Once you have cleared immigration and customs, you are met by your new driver and will drive north with a visit to Beit Shean, Scythopolis in Roman times and one of the 10 cities of the Roman Decapolis with extensive archaeological excavations depicting a highly developed, Roman city, destroyed not in battle but by earthquake. Visit Qumran where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue and ascend to the cliff top fortress of Masada, built by Herod as a palace and fortification which later served the Jewish Zealots to resist the Romans. Continue to Jerusalem for overnight.

     

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    Breakfast
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    Dan Jerusalem Hotel or similar
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  • Day 16: jerusalem
    A visit to the Western Wall evokes rich emotion (photo by C. Mills)A visit to the Western Wall evokes rich emotion (photo by C. Mills)

    Begin your tour of Jerusalem with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives showing you the city's great skyline – the ancient ramparts of the Old City, the churches adorning the Mount of Olives, and the iconic gold of the Dome of the Rock. Then drive to the Garden of Gethsemane and walk from there to St. Stephen’s Gate, through which you enter the Old City. Walk to the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, the old north-south axis in Roman times. Visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. When entry is permitted also visit the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. After lunch (not included), your tour continues with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust. Please note that Yad Vashem is closed on public holidays and also on Fridays and Saturdays. On these days, you will visit Mount Zion, the Cenacle, and the Dormition Abbey instead.

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    Breakfast
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    Dan Jerusalem Hotel or similar
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  • Day 17: jerusalem
    The Wailing Wall in JerusalemThe Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

    Enter Old Jerusalem today through the Dung Gate to visit the Western (Wailing) Wall. Go beneath the surface to learn more about the fascinating history of this focal point through the Western Wall Tunnels. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, visiting the sites where world-changing events took place and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest site in the Christian world. End the day with a visit to the Temple Mount where King Solomon's Temple once stood and where today the Dome of the Rock dominates the skyline. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. 

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    Breakfast
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    Dan Jerusalem Hotel or similar
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  • Day 18: nazareth/sea of galilee/tiberias
    Amphitheater at Beit SheanAmphitheater at Beit Shean

    This morning drive through the Jordan Valley, stopping en route at Beit Shean to view a well-preserved Roman theatre and unique Byzantine mosaics. Passing through Tiberias, one of Judaism’s four holy cities, stop at Yardenit - the new commemorative site of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River. At Nazareth, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, which incorporates, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the cave in which Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. Afterwards return to Tiberias to sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha, where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Stop at the ancient settlement of Capernaum, situated on the banks of the Kinneret, where Jesus once lived and Peter’s house still stands, before returning to Tiberias for an overnight stay in a hotel on a kibbutz.

     

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    Ginosar Kibbutz or similar
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  • Day 19: galilee/golan
    The Roman ruins at Caesarea lie right along the water (photo by K. Dochen) The Roman ruins at Caesarea lie right along the water (photo by K. Dochen)

    After breakfast, drive to Tel Dan, located by one of the tributaries of the Jordan River. Visit Banias, a pagan city dedicated to the god Pan, rebuilt by Herod the Great's son, Philip and known in the New Testament as Caesarea Philippi. Ascend to the Golan Heights to visit Gamla, a Jewish city besieged by the Romans and finally conquered. A visit to the Golan Heights offers spectacular views of Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Descend to the area of the Sea of Galilee. Continue to Capernaum, the town that was the center of Jesus' ministry in Galilee. The ancient synagogue still standing was built on the foundations of an earlier one dating back to the 1st century AD. Visit other Christian sites by the Sea of Galilee, such as the Mt. of Beatitudes and the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. Dinner and overnight at your Galilee hotel. 

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    Metroplitan Hotel or similar
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  • Day 20: caesarea/mt carmel/megiddo/nazareth
    Savory baked goods like the shukSavory baked goods like the shuk

    After breakfast depart Tel Aviv along the Mediterranean coastal road to CAESAREA, built by Herod the Great as the capital of the Roman province of Judea. Visit the ruins of the Herodian, Byzantine and Crusader period including the Roman theater, hippodrome and palace of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Continue north along the coast to HAIFA for a magnificent view from Mt. Carmel of the Galilee. Visit Megiddo, King Solomon's chariot city, mentioned in the New Testament with reference to the apocalyptic battle of "Armageddon". Continue to Nazareth, the Galilee town where Jesus spent his youth. Dinner and overnight at your Galilee hotel. 

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    Metropolitan Hotel or similar
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  • Day 21: tel aviv / onward
    Tel Aviv is equally distinguished as a commercial center and beach destination. (Photo by Christian Haugen)Tel Aviv is equally distinguished as a commercial center and beach destination. (Photo by Christian Haugen)

    After breakfast visit the city of Tel Aviv, beginning in the area of the ancient port of Jaffa, which Jewish legend attributes to Japheth, son of Noah and the Greek legend to Joppa, daughter of the gods of the winds. It was here in the 8th Century B.C., according to the Bible, that Jonah started his journey to Nineveh. Much of Old Jaffa has been lovingly restored with renovated houses, artists' studios and galleries. Continue to Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, founded in 1909. Visit Independence Hall, where the modern State of Israel was declared in 1948. Along Rothschild Boulevard view examples of international-style "Bauhaus" architecture, recognized by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site". Visit the colorful Carmel Market and the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Depending on flight times, you may transfer to the airport late this night. 

     

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    Metropolitan Hotel or similar
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