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Egypt , Israel & Jordan
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrival Cairo Airport where our representative will meet and assist you through customs and then you claim your baggage. You will be transferred to your hotel for a free evening. Dinner & overnight at your Hotel.
Today you will be transported back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. Our friendly guide will accompany you to the awe-inspiring Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will enjoy the legendary treasures of the Egyptian Museum. Take a look at some of the most exquisite and ancient artefacts and statues in history. Then onto the Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church, built on the ruins of two towers of the Roman fortress of Babylon, followed by St. Sergius Church which is said to be the hiding place for the Holy Family, The Synagogue, Church of Santa Barbara, Abu Seifein, then back to hotel, dinner & overnight Cairo
In the morning a visit of The Church of Al Adra Al Adawia, Then to Churches of Maadi & Matariya and visit the Church of Virgin Mary to which millions of pilgrims come for The Tree of Virgin Mary. Tradition tells that the trunk of that tree protected them from those who were persecuting them. Then onto Mostorod. a cascade of miraculous water flowed which enabled the family to drink and wash the clothes of baby Jesus. In the afternoon departure to the Delta of the Nile to see a part of the trip of the Holy Family in Egypt in Sakha and Tal Basta, return to Cairo and transfer to the hotel.
Breakfast followed by check out. Transfer to airport, by flight to Aswan and upon arrival to Aswan, transfer to a Nile cruise and embarkation followed by a visit of the Philae Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis is currently located. Proceed to the Old Dam built in 1899-1902 and then visit the masterpiece of modern Engineering – the High Dam constructed between 1960-1970 in order to protect the city from floods, generate hydroelectricity and irrigate agricultural fields. Go exploring Aswan’s famous markets in the evening. Lunch & dinner on board and Overnight.
Breakfast followed by Sail to Kom Ombo, visit temple of Kom Ombo, which was dedicated mainly to Sobek and Horus; however, some of their family members were part of the temple’s dedication as well. The Southern portion of the temple was not just dedicated to Sobek, the god of fertility, but also to Hathor, the goddess of love and joy, and Khonsu, the god of the moon. Sail to Edfu Visit Horus Temple located on the West bank of the Nile in Edfu, an incredibly well-preserved monument to one of Ancient Egypt’s most important deities, Horus worshipped as the child of Isis and Osiris, Horus was depicted with the head – and often the body – of a falcon and was the ruler of the skies and the deity of the pharaohs. Sail to Luxor. Lunch & Dinner and overnight on board
Breakfast and crossing the Nile to visit the West Bank and head to the Valley of the Kings with its numerous tombs and chambers. Only fifteen tombs out of 63 are open for public, among them are those granted to Tutankhamun, Thutmose III, Ramesses I and Seti II. You will pass by the village of ancient workers at Deir El Madina, the Temple of Madinet Habou dedicated to Ramesses III and massive twin statues depicting the Pharaoh Amenhotep III widely known as the Colossi of Memnon. Move to the Valley of the Queens to explore the colonnaded Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, where you can learn the tale of the divine birth of the first female king. Night visit to Luxor Temple & visit of Karnak Temple Complex. Lunch & dinner and overnight on board.
Disembarkation after breakfast, followed by coach ride to the north, following the Nile until reaching Asiut to visit the monastery of Al Moharrak., according to tradition, it is the place where the Holy Family stayed the longest period of 6 months and 10 days, where they lived in a cave. Lunch and transfer to Minya, transfer to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Breakfast and check out, a visit of Minya’s Monastery of the Virgin located on Mount Gabal El Teir, which means “mountain of the birds”, but it is also known as (El Kaf), because, according to Coptic tradition, Jesus extended his hand to prevent a rock from falling on the Holy Family, leaving his hand engraved on the rock. After the visit, departure to Cairo (250 kms.). Lunch en route, then arrival Cairo, dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast and departure by coach to Wadi Natrun (120 KM northwest of Cairo) according to tradition, the place was blessed by Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. You will visit three important Coptic Monasteries (AL BARAMOS, EL ANBA BESHOY and SANTA MARÍA). Lunch en route. Then return to Cairo where we will have free time to visit Khan El Khalili Bazzar & Moez Street, transfer to the hotel. Dinner & overnight.
Pack up your most wonderful moments … memory for a unique experience and get ready for a transfer after breakfast to Cairo Airport for the departure flight Cairo / Tel Aviv. Meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. Drive to Hotel for dinner & overnight.
After breakfast, drive to Beer Sheva to visit the Memorial Centre Anzac & hereafter the Commonwealth Graves. Continue to Jerusalem for dinner & overnight.
After breakfast, start the day at Mt. Of Olives to enjoy the panoramic view over the Old City and Temple Mount. On to Gethsemane, where Jesus spent the night before his arrest. Then on to Mt. Zion inside the Old City to visit the King David’s Tomb & Room of the Last Supper. See the Western Wall & Via Dolorosa, along which Jesus walked bowed under the weight of the Cross- continue to the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Afternoon visit to the Garden Tomb. Return to hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of West Jerusalem including Parliament Hill. Visit the Holocaust Museum “Yad Vashem”. On to Ein Kerem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and walk around this picturesque village. Drive to Bethlehem to see the Milk Grotto, the Church of Nativity & Shepherd’s Field. Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem.
After early breakfast, drive to Caesarea, to see the Roman Theater and the Crusader Fortress. Drive to the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraqa on the Mount Carmel & hereafter visit Haifa. See the Bahia’s Gardens and see the Golden Dome of the Baha’i Temple. On to Hotel for dinner & overnight.
After breakfast, start the day with a boat ride on Sea of Galilee & then visit the ancient Nof Alon Boat Museum. Continue to Capernaum to see the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the house of St. Peter and the settlement that is also said to be the place where Jesus lived. Then to the Church of Multiplications at Tabgha. Enjoy a St. Peter’s fish lunch (not included) before continuing to Mt. of Beautitudes, where Jesus was said to deliver the Sermon on the Mount. Afternoon visit to the Banias Springs & on to the Golan Heights. Return to Hotel for dinner & overnight.
This morning transfer to the northern Sheikh Hussein border. Pass through border security measures. After meeting our local guide, we will travel south to the ancient Greco- Roman city of Jerash an amazing example of Roman civilization, and part of the original Decapolis (the ten big Roman cities of the East). The ancient city features theatres, churches, temples (Zeus and Artemis), a Nymphaeum and colonnaded streets. Later drive south to Amman where we stay for two nights Hotel in Amman. This evening dinner is included at hotel.
Today we explore Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, known in ancient times as Rabbath – Ammon and Philadelphia. Visit the famed Royal Automobile museum a famous collection created by King Hussein. Continue to the ancient Citadel, and Roman Theatre. Walk through downtown and old markets, and sample Habibah popular local sweets. Meet a local family in Amman for tea/coffee and discover more about life in Jordan. This evening we attend a local cooking class and dinner at Beit Sitti, and discover some of the delicious secrets of Jordanian cooking in an historic home.
Drive southwards along the Kings’ Way to Petra. You’ll follow along a very ancient and strategic trading route which connected Egypt with Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia. As with the Edomite’s and Moabites, trade along this route gave the Ammonites considerable revenue. Our first stop today is Madaba famous for its ancient mosaic map of Jerusalem in the St George Church floor. Continue to Mt. Nebo and the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley; then drive through the magnificent scenery of Wadi Mujib to Kerak to visit the Crusader Castle.
The Nabataean Kingdom of Petra, became a client state for the Roman Empire in the first century BC, it was only in 106 AD that the city lost its independence when it was captured by the Romans who renamed Nabataea to Arabia Petra. Petra’s importance declined as sea trade routes emerged and after an AD 363 earthquake which destroyed many structures. It was gradually lost to civilization until rediscovered by the Swiss explorer, Burkhart. Today is one of the tour highlights as you explore this city that is carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains. Continue into Petra to the Roman Theatre, the Courts, Qasr al-Bint Pharaoun, Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments. Break for lunch at the Nabatean Tent Restaurant, a local restaurant run by the Bedouin of Petra. After lunch you may wish to climb up to the Monastery high above the base of Petra, or continue to explore other sites in Petra.
Today we farewell Petra and drive north to the Dead Sea. This afternoon is at leisure, perhaps experience a unique “float” in the Dead Sea. This amazing site which is 306 metres below sea level is renowned for its therapeutic qualities.
Rest up this morning before early afternoon we head to the Amman International Airport, and join our flight of departure.
Egypt offers a wide variety of 3-star hotels. The prices range from $12 to $20 per person per night in a double room. I would suggest you check hotel directories for rates and locations. Backpacker services are not popular in Egypt, although a few are available.
The best time to visit Egypt is from October to May. It is the peak travel season, temperatures are milder though comparatively warmer than in the northern hemisphere. This is our High-Season with its two busiest periods: the Christmas/New Year period and the Easter Period, whereby hotels and cruises will put their prices up. This can mean that some hotels become really expensive, so making your reservations very early, even for the budget hotels, is strongly advised. The other 4 months are the low-season so to speak. May to September are the height of Egyptian summer, with very high temperatures, especially in Upper Egypt (Luxor and the southern parts of the country). However, this is the time for you to see Egypt in virtual peace and quiet, giving you the advantage of seeing the sites without any hassle either from school children or crowds of tourists.
Even though we arrange tours… the best BUDGET way is to do it yourself.
It is easier to sit back, have someone make all arrangements for you and just zip, worry-free from place to place (and some people wouldn’t do it any other way; it is a vacation after all LOL). But if you’re willing to put in the work, are flexible, easily adaptable, easy going and you’re willing to deal with haggling etc. it is not impossible to do Egypt without an operator.
In 10 days you can definitely visit three cities. You can even add Aswan in there. For most first-time visitors, 2 days in Cairo is enough. It is an overwhelming city, especially if you’re going about on your own.
If you’re going to do this yourself, I suggest at least securing ground transportation for the day. That can be a hired private car or taxi but you don’t want to be wasting time flagging down and haggling with taxis at every turn. Having pre-arranged transport will take lots of the hassle out of doing things yourself. Having a good guide book is essential but if you can, book a guide or two to break up the monotony and really help with understanding the sites and bringing them to life. There are many good budget hotels in Luxor, Cairo and Aswan, which can be booked on sites such as hostelworld.com. You pre-pay 10% of the booking when it’s made and then pay the rest on arrival. The hostels do tours as well.
If you’re a student, be sure to bring your ISIC card for 50% discount on tickets to the sites.
If you decide you need help arranging all or part of the trip, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Spend a couple of nights in Cairo, take the sleeper-train to Aswan, spend another two nights there while visiting Abu Simbel and the Philae Temple, maybe Kom Ombo too. Then you can take a cruise down the Nile to Luxor, spend two nights visiting the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the Karnak Temple Complex. Then you can return to Cairo and from there head to a Red Sea resort, either on the Sinai Peninsula or the coast, for a few nights.
The high-season is October to May, making June to September (the summer months and the hottest) the low-season and therefore prices are at their lowest.
It has never been a problem, however you have to put up sometimes with annoying verbal harassment and this happens to Egyptian women as well. The best thing is to ignore and go on. It can sometimes get really irritating but reacting does not work. There is nothing forbidden in Egypt. You do not need to cover up or anything of the sort, yet to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself, do please cover your shoulders and cleavage and do not wear shorts. It is just a matter of feeling comfortable and fitting in. Best footwear are sneakers as there is a lot of walking and it is dusty and sometimes the streets are in poor condition and dirty.
The ones recommended are: Yellow Fever (common to most parts of Africa), Tetanus and Hepatitis. Otherwise, just take the usual precautions when travelling to hot parts of the world. Drink bottled water, avoiding ice and unless you are in a well-known hotel and restaurant, avoid eating uncooked greens. Avoid roadside food stands. Bring a good insect repellent as the evenings might be full of mosquitoes. At all cost, avoid contact with street dogs, rabies is still a risk in Egypt. Make sure you have condoms on you, they are also available in all pharmacies. Carry a small medical kit for your needs, with painkillers and diarrhea tablets at hand at all times. We also advise you to carry a travel insurance.
On Organizing your Trip – Alone or in a couple or with friends and you wish to organize everything yourself, please let the hotel know of your plans before leaving. Should you get lost, the hotel will be able to act on your behalf. Also arm yourself with hotel address and telephone number, always, as you may need it. Be aware that you might be ripped-off. Like many tourist destinations, Egypt has its “wolves”, preying on unsuspecting, trustful travelers. Often the total cost will be more than if you had arranged it through a travel agent or your hotel and a lot less enjoyable.
On independent travel, for a first timer it is not advised. It much better to take a guide. You don’t need to book a package tour, groups can be arranged here. First and foremost, prepare yourself for a culture shock. Many seasoned travelers arrive and find it is unlike any other country they have previously visited.
On Dining Out, first time travelers are at a loss. It is best to seek out a hotel chain or a well-reviewed restaurant (ask around if you can) then you can be assured to get good, clean food. The price will be worth it. Never drink tap water! Wash and shower with it, but do not drink it.
On the Egyptian Language- Learn the basic words: La’ (no) and shukran (thank you). You will be needing them.
On Transportation – Taxis are a problem as they do not have a counter and pricing can be very tricky. Best is to use Uber or Careem or else have your hotel get you a cab and negotiate the price before you go on your ride.
In general, always take a bottle of water on your expedition. The heat will get to you.
Always carry local currency as it will make your life easier, especially when paying for groceries, taxis, touristic venues, museums and souvenirs. In big shops, restaurants and hotels you may use your credit cards.
On Tips – If you feel generous enough to tip one child, then expect to be followed by a hoard of others expecting to be tipped as well. Make sure you have a lot of small bills for such ventures as tipping is sort of expected and even the smallest bill (one pound) will be welcomed.
On Photography – Taking photos inside many temples is restricted, so please follow the advice of your guide and the keeper of the sites. In some places, please be aware that the government will charge you for taking photographs. Due to new policies put in place by the Ministry of Tourism, cameras are not permitted at all in the Valley of the Kings. Please exercise caution and respect when taking photographs of anything other than tourist sites. It is forbidden to take photographs of the police, anything of a military nature or indeed bridges, airports and public works. Respect should be given to Egyptian women, use discretion. Always ask permission before taking photos of people and expect to be asked for a tip in return.
On Clothing – Upon visiting mosques, please dress conservatively, i.e. half/long sleeved shirt and no shorts. In public areas, this would also be our advice. However, in some touristic areas such as the seaside, it perfectly fine to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts. Please remember to remove your footwear upon stepping into a mosque.
On Health – Bring a supply of your medication if you take any on a regular basis as well as a copy of your prescription. However, please be assured that your hotel or our staff will find you a specialized doctor should the need arise.
Egypt’s national airline is Egypt Air. Most major international airlines fly to Cairo.
Please check with your travel agent or your favourite travel website for more
Please visit https://visacentral.com/egypt-visa
Please note your passport should be valid for 6 months after the end date of your visa.