Classic: Best of Egypt, Jordan and Israel (DPCT)
Countries Visited: Egypt, Israel, Jordan Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 10
Meals Included: 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Spend the night on a felucca, explore ancient temples and monuments, gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx, relax at the Dead Sea, camp overnight in the desert, visit the ancient rock-cut city of Petra, live like a local on a kibbutz, explore the biblical towns of Nazareth and Bethlehem, wander through the streets of Old Jerusalem.
Explore ancient sights and lost cities in a region that has seen centuries of human history. In Egypt, discover what adventures lie along the Nile, like the Great Pyramids of Giza. Head to Jordan to overnight in a Bedouin tent amidst dramatic desert scenery. See ancient Petra and relax in the Dead Sea. Explore the historic towns of Jerusalem and Nazareth, then check out modern and bustling Tel Aviv. Thousands of incredible moments, one comprehensive trip.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Cairo||Day 1 Cairo|
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: If this is your first visit to Cairo, we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Aswan||Day 2 Cairo/Aswan (1B, 1D)|
Head straight to the pyramids and soak in the history of these majestic structures. Later, visit the Egyptian Museum to see more ancient artifacts. In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan. Included Activities: Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour Egyptian Museum Visit Transport: Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Aswan||Day 3 Aswan (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile. Later, board a felucca (local boat) to reach Elephantine Island and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home. Included Activities: Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal
|Day 4||Aswan||Day 4 Aswan (1B)|
One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. Later, opt for a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswans local people.
|Day 5||Kom Ombo||Day 5 Aswan/Kom Ombo (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars. Included Activities: Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion
|Day 6||Luxor||Day 6 Kom Ombo/Luxor (1B)|
Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak. Included Activities: Kom Ombo Temple Visit Karnak Temple Visit Transport: Stop en route to visit the Karnak Temple. Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Luxor||Day 7 Luxor (1B, 1L)|
Cross to the West Bank and travel by donkey. Visit the massive 18m (59ft)-high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple. Descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile and then explore Luxor at your own pace. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked the Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride you will be flying today. Included Activities: Colossi of Memnon Visit Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon Visit Lunch with a Local Family Transport: Donkey
|Day 8||Amman||Day 8 Luxor/Amman (1B)|
Take a flight from Luxor to Cairo, then transfer to a connecting flight to Amman, Jordan. Free time to explore Amman on arrival. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Egypt - Jordan) Transport: Flight (1.00 hour(s)) Flight (1.25 hour(s))
|Day 9||Amman||Day 9 Amman (1B)|
Set off on a half-day trip to Jerash, a fascinating site and one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside Italy. Continue on to the Dead Sea. Known for its high salinity, opt to bob like a cork in the healing waters. Relax on the shores or cover yourself in therapeutic mud. Included Activities: Jerash Guided Visit Dead Sea Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Wadi Musa||Day 10 Amman/Wadi Musa (1B)|
Depart early for the first stop, Mt Nebo. Learn the ancient history of this spot and check out the views. Continue on to Madaba to see the famous Byzantine mosaics, dating back to the sixth century. After, visit Karak Castle, built during the Crusades. Arrive in the early evening to Wadi Musa, the town just outside Petra. Included Activities: Mt Nebo Visit Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour Karak Castle Guided Visit Transport: Including stops along the way. Private Vehicle (11.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Wadi Musa||Day 11 Wadi Musa (1B)|
Walk through the narrow canyon that forms the dramatic entrance to the city (the Siq), round the final corner and lay eyes on the dramatic faCade of the Treasury building. Learn a brief history of the city and walk approx 25 km to cover the entire site. Return to Wadi Musa in the late afternoon, or continue exploring on your own. Included Activities: Petra Guided Tour
|Day 12||Wadi Rum||Day 12 Wadi Musa/Wadi Rum (1B, 1D)|
Drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordans desert landscapes. Head deep into the desert by 4x4 stopping at famous landmarks along the way. Arrive to the tented camp in time for a traditional meal. Learn more about this ancient culture. Additional Notes: Accommodation in the desert is in one large goat-hair tent divided into "rooms" with curtains. Basic linens are provided but many travellers prefer to bring a sleep sheet for extra comfort. There are shared, unisex facilities. For religious reasons, no alcohol is permitted at the camp. Included Activities: Wadi Rum 4x4 Excursion Bedouin Camp Overnight Transport: Drive time doesnt include stops in the gorgeous desert along the way. Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Aqaba||Day 13 Wadi Rum/Aqaba (1B)|
Drive to the Red Sea resort city of Aqaba. Enjoy free time to enjoy the beach, go snorkelling or check out the city. Make sure to try some fresh seafood for dinner. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Amman||Day 14 Aqaba/Amman (1B)|
The morning is flexible. Spend a little more time at the beach or head back early. Reach Amman by way of the Desert Highway. Enjoy a final night out in the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 15||Jerusalem||Day 15 Amman/Jerusalem (1B)|
Cross the border into Israel and make your way to Jerusalem. Take a free night to explore. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Jordan - Israel) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 52km) Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 137km)
|Day 16||Jerusalem||Day 16 Jerusalem (1B)|
Visit the four quarters of the Old City on a guided walk: the Christian, Jewish, Armenian, and Muslim quarters. After, walk the 14 stations of the Dolorosa, ending at the Holy Sepulchre Church, and visit the Western Wall. Spend some free time exploring in the afternoon. Included Activities: Old Jerusalem Walking Tour
|Day 17||Negev Desert||Day 17 Jerusalem/Negev Desert (1B, 1D)|
Travel to biblical Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity before heading to Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees. The camp has become something of a permanent town. Learn more about the situation of the Palestinians in Israel and what life in the camp is all about. Included Activities: Bethlehem Visit Duhaishe Palestinian Refugee Camp Bedouin Camp Overnight Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 18||Jericho||Day 18 Negev Desert/Jericho (1B)|
Travel to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the famous rock fortress. Opt to hike (or ride) to the top and learn more about this ancient place. Continue on to the fascinating Dead Sea. Cover yourself in the healing mud, bob like a cork in very salty water, or enjoy a little sunbathing on the shore. Spend the night in Jericho. Included Activities: Masada Guided Tour Dead Sea Visit (Israel) Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 19||Tiberias||Day 19 Jericho/Tiberias (1B)|
Travel to Golan Heights and learn more about this history of the area. Visit the Sea of Galilee, including sights like the Church of Transfiguration and the Mount of Beatitudes. Later, travel to a kibbutz for the night. Learn about this unique communal way of life unique to Israel. Included Activities: Golan Heights Visit Sea of Galilee Area Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 20||Nazareth||Day 20 Tiberias/Nazareth (1B, 1L)|
Travel to Nazareth. Make a unique visit to a Druze village and enjoy a lunch with a local family. Included Activities: Druze Village Visit and Traditional Lunch Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 21||Tel Aviv||Day 21 Nazareth/Tel Aviv (1B)|
Visit Akko and its colourful markets and mosque before continuing to historic Jaffa. Complete the day with an driving tour of Israels vibrant capital, Tel Aviv. Included Activities: Akko City Tour Tel Aviv Orientation Drive and Jaffa Port Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (200km)
|Day 22||Tel Aviv||Day 22 Tel Aviv (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Domestic carriers for internal flights in Egypt will be Egypt Air or Nile Air. Flight information will not be available until a couple of days prior to the tour departure.
The domestic flight maximum weight allowance is 20 kg.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.