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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 are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.  This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Cairo at any time.  Please note that hotel rooms are generally available only after midday.  The balance of the day/evening is free to explore your surroundings.

 

Lodging
Marriott Cairo or similar

Day 2: cairo: pyramids, memphis, saqqaara

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.  

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Marriott Cairo 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
Nile River Boat

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
Marriott Cairo or similar

Day 8: old cairo/mosques/markets

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full day tour of the city's finest sights, starting with a second visit to the Egyptian Museum, with its excellent collection of Egyptian antiquities. See the gold of Tutankhamon and the Hall of the Royal Mummies, the resting place of Ramses II, his father Seti I, and Tuthmosis II. Afterward, drive across town to visit the Citadel of Saladdin overlooking the whole city of Old Cairo, the ancient synagogue of Ben Ezra, the Coptic church of St. Sergius, and the Hanging Church. When you're done in Old Cairo, drive back to the heart of the modern town where you'll spend some time pleasantly lost in the medieval labyrinth alleyways of Khan El Khalili Bazaar, after which the evening is yours at leisure.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Marriott Cairo (or similar)

Day 9: cairo: museum

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

Your morning is a leisurely one, with breakfast at the hotel and a late start for a half day orientation tour of Cairo with your guide, stopping at Tahrir Square, site of the Egyptian Revolution, including the Sunday of Martyrs in February 2011, and an introductory tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, including the resplendent King Tut exhibit. Afterward, the remainder of the day and evening are yours free to rest and relax.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Marriott Cairo or similar

Day 10: 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 11: jerash/ajloun/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)

Drive north to Jerash, one of the most preserved Greco-Roman cities in the Middle East. Founded in the time of Alexander the Great, by the 3rd century it had become a 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. Continue to Ajloun to tour the 12th Century Saracen Castle built by one of Saladin's lieutenants to ward off Crusader armies at this key trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Mecca.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Al Qasr Metropole Hotel

Day 12: amman/mount nebo/madaba/kerak/shobak/petra

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

After breakfast, leave Amman for a three-hour drive south to Petra. Visit Mt. Nebo and take in the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. You can see panoramic views of Jordan, the Dead Sea, and Israel. Then head to Madaba to discover the amazing Byzantine mosaics excavated from throughout the town. See the Madaba Map at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. This oldest preserved map of the region clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. Continue south to the ancient crusader castle in Karak, exploring the maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways. The city of Karak was the capital of Moab and the castle dominates the skyline, providing an impressive insight into the architectural and military skills of the Crusaders. Stop at Shobak castle, also known as Montreal, before heading to Wadi Musa (the town outside the Petra ruins) in time for dinner.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Petra Guesthouse or similar

Day 13: petra

The iconic Treasury at PetraThe iconic Treasury at Petra

For many people, the image of Petra is a narrow chasm with glimpses of the famous Treasury in the distance. You are sure to be surprised by the size and scale of this ancient "Red Rose City," built by the Nabataean people. Explore the old Roman road, amphitheater and several old tombs. After lunch, venture where many tourists don't, climbing up to the Monastery or to Jebel Khubtha for a spectacular view of the entire site. It is a memorable day and sure to be one of the main highlights of your trip. 

Return to the hotel to freshen up before enjoying a hands-on culinary experience at Petra Kitchen.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Petra Guesthouse or similar

Day 14: wadi rum bedouin camp

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

Depart this morning for Wadi Rum, a beautiful desert valley lined with towering sandstone mountains. The wind-sculpted rock formations change hue throughout the day. 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. On arrival at your camp, start your desert adventure with a camel ride out into the magical mountainous desert. Then meet your Bedouin hosts who will drive you on a jeep safari exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, traveling around Wadi Rum's canyons and dunes, discovering rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains, and narrow gorges. At each stop you have the opportunity to hike (or scramble up dunes) and explore in your own time. Enjoy a simple lunch cooked in the desert in the shade of the mountains, and finish with a sunset view across the desert. Return to the camp for dinner and Bedouin hospitality.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Sun City Bedouin Camp

Day 15: 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 16: aqaba/dead sea

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. Due to the distances today, we'll stop for an overnight on the Israel side of the Dead Sea.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hod Hamidbar Hotel or similar

Day 17: masada/qumran/jericho/tiberias

Start the day with a visit to Masada Herod's mountaintop fortress that became the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Lunch on your own. Walk the remains of an ancient community near the shores of the Dead Sea at Qumran. In the caves here Bedouins discovered what became known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Continue to the oldest city in the world; Jericho. Drive to Tiberias, check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Sea of Galilee Hotel or similar

Day 18: galilee/golan heights/ancient katzrin/safed

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, we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. We will visit the ancient boat found on shores of Galilee from 2000 years ago. Next, on to Capernaum. Visit the Synagogue that stands on the site where Jesus taught, and Simon Peter's house where Jesus healed Simon's mother-in-law. Drive to Golan Heights to visit ancient Katzrin. You will have a visit to a winery and have a culinary experience of cheese and wine tasting. From here we continue to Safed the Holy City on the Galilee Mountains, we will visit the old city and the ancient 16th century Synagogues (both Ashkenazi and Sephardic) and walk around the unique artist colony dedicated to traditional Jewish art. Return to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Sea of Galilee Hotel or similar

Day 19: nazareth/mt carmel/caesarea/jerusalem

Savory baked goods like the shukSavory baked goods like the shuk

After breakfast, we travel to Nazareth where we will visit the Annunciation Church, we will then continue to Mount Carmel and consider the contest between the Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal, discussing the reasons why the Prophet chose that place for the contest, and the lessons we learn from the story. We will stop by Bahai Gardens’ overlooking a beautiful Akko Bay. Drive to Caesarea visit the Roman Aqueduct, Crusader Fortress, Hippodrome and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity. Here, Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new religion, and Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome for trial. Then, proceed to our hotel in Jerusalem for to check in for dinner and overnight.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Grand Court Hotel or similar

Day 20: 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)

After breakfast, visit the Mt. Moriah, also called Temple Mount. It is here at Solomon’s Temple where the Dome of the Rock and the El Aksa Mosque stand. Continue to Mt Zion, where we’ll visit the upper room, David’s Tomb. Drive to the new city of Jerusalem where we will visit the Israel Museum as it has the model of the city of Jerusalem as it looked in 70 AD, shrine of the book where Dead Sea Scrolls are found. Lunch on your own. After lunch, and we will stop at the Holocaust Museum – Yad Vashem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Grand Court Hotel or similar

Day 21: jerusalem

The Wailing Wall in JerusalemThe Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

After breakfast, we will tour the Old City of Jerusalem starting with the “Wailing Wall”. Nearby we enter the Western Wall tunnels to see the impressive Herodian architecture of the western wall. We will visit Mahne Yahuda where the local vendors are to stop and taste olives, figs or others. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We tour the Jewish quarter see the Roman Cardo, King Hezekiah’s wall, view Hurva synagogue (also visit one of the Synagogues in the Jewish quarter time permitting). Afternoon we drive to Bethlehem. In Bethlehem we visit one of the oldest churches in Christianity, the Church of the Nativity, and the Shepherd’s Fields. Dinner and Overnight at our hotel.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Grand Court Hotel or similar

Day 22: 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

Land Cost:
$7,195
- $9,500
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$1,575
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.

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Duration:
22 days
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2-9
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Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

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Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

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For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

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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
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.

This sample itinerary can be done at anytime with coordination of the Nile sailings. Consider adding a day to the overall itinerary and taking a dahabaya cruise, a 15 passenger sailboat, on the Nile in place of the larger more conventional cruises. If you enjoy leisurely resort accommodations add more time in Aqaba. Itinerary may be adjusted to be sure to visit when museums and temples are open.

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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.

This sample itinerary can be done at anytime with coordination of the Nile sailings. Consider adding a day to the overall itinerary and taking a dahabaya cruise, a 15 passenger sailboat, on the Nile in place of the larger more conventional cruises. If you enjoy leisurely resort accommodations add more time in Aqaba. Itinerary may be adjusted to be sure to visit when museums and temples are open.

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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive cairo
    Welcome to busy and bustling CairoWelcome to busy and bustling Cairo

    On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.  This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Cairo at any time.  Please note that hotel rooms are generally available only after midday.  The balance of the day/evening is free to explore your surroundings.

     

    Lodging
    Marriott Cairo or similar
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  • Day 2: cairo: pyramids, memphis, saqqaara
    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.  

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Marriott Cairo or similar
    Show on a map
  • 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
    Nile River Boat
    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
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  • 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
    Marriott Cairo or similar
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  • Day 8: old cairo/mosques/markets

    After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full day tour of the city's finest sights, starting with a second visit to the Egyptian Museum, with its excellent collection of Egyptian antiquities. See the gold of Tutankhamon and the Hall of the Royal Mummies, the resting place of Ramses II, his father Seti I, and Tuthmosis II. Afterward, drive across town to visit the Citadel of Saladdin overlooking the whole city of Old Cairo, the ancient synagogue of Ben Ezra, the Coptic church of St. Sergius, and the Hanging Church. When you're done in Old Cairo, drive back to the heart of the modern town where you'll spend some time pleasantly lost in the medieval labyrinth alleyways of Khan El Khalili Bazaar, after which the evening is yours at leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Marriott Cairo (or similar)
  • Day 9: cairo: museum
    Experience the serenity of Ibn Tulun MosqueExperience the serenity of Ibn Tulun Mosque

    Your morning is a leisurely one, with breakfast at the hotel and a late start for a half day orientation tour of Cairo with your guide, stopping at Tahrir Square, site of the Egyptian Revolution, including the Sunday of Martyrs in February 2011, and an introductory tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, including the resplendent King Tut exhibit. Afterward, the remainder of the day and evening are yours free to rest and relax.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Marriott Cairo or similar
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  • Day 10: 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
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  • Day 11: jerash/ajloun/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)

    Drive north to Jerash, one of the most preserved Greco-Roman cities in the Middle East. Founded in the time of Alexander the Great, by the 3rd century it had become a 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. Continue to Ajloun to tour the 12th Century Saracen Castle built by one of Saladin's lieutenants to ward off Crusader armies at this key trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Mecca.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Al Qasr Metropole Hotel
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  • Day 12: amman/mount nebo/madaba/kerak/shobak/petra
    Choose a camel ride into the ruinsChoose a camel ride into the ruins

    After breakfast, leave Amman for a three-hour drive south to Petra. Visit Mt. Nebo and take in the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. You can see panoramic views of Jordan, the Dead Sea, and Israel. Then head to Madaba to discover the amazing Byzantine mosaics excavated from throughout the town. See the Madaba Map at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. This oldest preserved map of the region clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. Continue south to the ancient crusader castle in Karak, exploring the maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways. The city of Karak was the capital of Moab and the castle dominates the skyline, providing an impressive insight into the architectural and military skills of the Crusaders. Stop at Shobak castle, also known as Montreal, before heading to Wadi Musa (the town outside the Petra ruins) in time for dinner.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Petra Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 13: petra
    The iconic Treasury at PetraThe iconic Treasury at Petra

    For many people, the image of Petra is a narrow chasm with glimpses of the famous Treasury in the distance. You are sure to be surprised by the size and scale of this ancient "Red Rose City," built by the Nabataean people. Explore the old Roman road, amphitheater and several old tombs. After lunch, venture where many tourists don't, climbing up to the Monastery or to Jebel Khubtha for a spectacular view of the entire site. It is a memorable day and sure to be one of the main highlights of your trip. 

    Return to the hotel to freshen up before enjoying a hands-on culinary experience at Petra Kitchen.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Petra Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 14: wadi rum bedouin camp
    Colorful cliffs in the desert near Wadi RumColorful cliffs in the desert near Wadi Rum

    Depart this morning for Wadi Rum, a beautiful desert valley lined with towering sandstone mountains. The wind-sculpted rock formations change hue throughout the day. 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. On arrival at your camp, start your desert adventure with a camel ride out into the magical mountainous desert. Then meet your Bedouin hosts who will drive you on a jeep safari exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, traveling around Wadi Rum's canyons and dunes, discovering rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains, and narrow gorges. At each stop you have the opportunity to hike (or scramble up dunes) and explore in your own time. Enjoy a simple lunch cooked in the desert in the shade of the mountains, and finish with a sunset view across the desert. Return to the camp for dinner and Bedouin hospitality.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Sun City Bedouin Camp
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  • Day 15: 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
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  • Day 16: aqaba/dead sea
    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. Due to the distances today, we'll stop for an overnight on the Israel side of the Dead Sea.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hod Hamidbar Hotel or similar
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  • Day 17: masada/qumran/jericho/tiberias

    Start the day with a visit to Masada Herod's mountaintop fortress that became the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Lunch on your own. Walk the remains of an ancient community near the shores of the Dead Sea at Qumran. In the caves here Bedouins discovered what became known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Continue to the oldest city in the world; Jericho. Drive to Tiberias, check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Sea of Galilee Hotel or similar
  • Day 18: galilee/golan heights/ancient katzrin/safed
    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, we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. We will visit the ancient boat found on shores of Galilee from 2000 years ago. Next, on to Capernaum. Visit the Synagogue that stands on the site where Jesus taught, and Simon Peter's house where Jesus healed Simon's mother-in-law. Drive to Golan Heights to visit ancient Katzrin. You will have a visit to a winery and have a culinary experience of cheese and wine tasting. From here we continue to Safed the Holy City on the Galilee Mountains, we will visit the old city and the ancient 16th century Synagogues (both Ashkenazi and Sephardic) and walk around the unique artist colony dedicated to traditional Jewish art. Return to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.

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    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Sea of Galilee Hotel or similar
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  • Day 19: nazareth/mt carmel/caesarea/jerusalem
    Savory baked goods like the shukSavory baked goods like the shuk

    After breakfast, we travel to Nazareth where we will visit the Annunciation Church, we will then continue to Mount Carmel and consider the contest between the Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal, discussing the reasons why the Prophet chose that place for the contest, and the lessons we learn from the story. We will stop by Bahai Gardens’ overlooking a beautiful Akko Bay. Drive to Caesarea visit the Roman Aqueduct, Crusader Fortress, Hippodrome and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity. Here, Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new religion, and Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome for trial. Then, proceed to our hotel in Jerusalem for to check in for dinner and overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Grand Court Hotel or similar
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  • Day 20: 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)

    After breakfast, visit the Mt. Moriah, also called Temple Mount. It is here at Solomon’s Temple where the Dome of the Rock and the El Aksa Mosque stand. Continue to Mt Zion, where we’ll visit the upper room, David’s Tomb. Drive to the new city of Jerusalem where we will visit the Israel Museum as it has the model of the city of Jerusalem as it looked in 70 AD, shrine of the book where Dead Sea Scrolls are found. Lunch on your own. After lunch, and we will stop at the Holocaust Museum – Yad Vashem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Grand Court Hotel or similar
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  • Day 21: jerusalem
    The Wailing Wall in JerusalemThe Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

    After breakfast, we will tour the Old City of Jerusalem starting with the “Wailing Wall”. Nearby we enter the Western Wall tunnels to see the impressive Herodian architecture of the western wall. We will visit Mahne Yahuda where the local vendors are to stop and taste olives, figs or others. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We tour the Jewish quarter see the Roman Cardo, King Hezekiah’s wall, view Hurva synagogue (also visit one of the Synagogues in the Jewish quarter time permitting). Afternoon we drive to Bethlehem. In Bethlehem we visit one of the oldest churches in Christianity, the Church of the Nativity, and the Shepherd’s Fields. Dinner and Overnight at our hotel.

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    Breakfast
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    Grand Court Hotel or similar
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  • Day 22: 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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    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Metropolitan Hotel or similar
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$7,195
- $9,500
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Single Supplement:
$1,575
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.

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22 days
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Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

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Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

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For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.

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We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

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When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

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There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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