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Pyramids, Petra, Promised Land

18 days  |  Cairo to Jerusalem  |  from USD $4,199  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Explore the highlights of Egypt, Jordan and the promised lands of Israel - neighbouring countries, steeped in history. From the pharaoh’s greatest accomplishment – the grand Pyramids of Giza, to the architectural feat of the Nabataeans in Petra and the most sacred of biblical sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem... join us on a journey of epic proportion.

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Day 1

Saturday. Today is the start of your adventure through the holy lands. Included transfer from Cairo airport and hotel check in.
Overnight: Cairo

    Cairo
Day 2

Cairo - Aswan. Start the day with a visit to Al Jizah, the famous Giza Plateau to see the iconic pyramids and Sphinx. Next explore the sand-strewn tombs and temples of the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, home to the Zhoser’s step pyramid. This evening we board an overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Aswan. After arrival and check in in Aswan we head off to the grand High Dam - an impressive feat of engineering which resulted in the creation of Lake Nasser. Next we enjoy a boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the Temples of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure; shop in the colourful souqs or simply kick back and relax.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Days 4-5

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning excursion by road to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage on the River Nile down stream, stopping along the way at local villages and islands. If sailing by felucca is not for you, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 6

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking near Kom Ombo we visit the temple before travelling to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, a huge complex that began construction in 237 BC. We then continue to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor is available alternatively, enjoy the facilities of our hotel.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Luxor. Take flight over ancient Luxor with an optional hot air balloon ride early this morning before exploring the West Bank of the Nile and the legendary Valley of the Kings. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the temple of Amenophis III, and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs.

After lunch we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you get lost wandering around the stone papyrus columns. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Luxor - Hurghada. Departing Luxor we head east to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for some beach time!
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Today can either be spent relaxing by the beach in Hurghada or on an optional boat trip to snorkel and swim at Giftun Island. Hurghada is one of the Red Sea's most popular resorts and it's the gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. The resort also has an array of shops, restaurants and bars for evening entertainment.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Hurghada - Cairo - Amman - Petra. We have a very early start this morning (around 6am) as we drive back to Cairo. The journey takes between 5 and 6 hours and once we arrive in the city we head straight to the Egyptian Museum for an informative guided tour. Opt to see also the Royal Mummies, if you wish. Once we have finished here we head to the airport to fly to Jordan on MS 701 departing Cairo at 16:45/ 16:55/17:55, arriving to Amman, Jordan at 17:55/18:05/19:15. Travellers need to independently book this flight at a personal cost. If your tour commences after 30 Sept 2015, please do not book this flight at this point in time. Upon arrival into Amman we transfer to our vehicle that takes us to Petra - our base for the evening. Please note this flight is not included and needs to be booked separately. See Go Guide for more details.
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast

Day 11

To discover the archaeological treasures of Petra, we first take a walk through the winding cleft in the rock that is known as the Siq, before reaching the awe-inspiring Treasury. This rose red building actually served as a royal tomb, but got its name from the legend that pirates hid their treasure there. More amazing Nabataean and Roman ruins follow, including a huge 8000 seat amphitheatre and other Royal tombs and Mausoleums.

If you are feeling energetic, why not continue up the hillside along the ancient steps that take you to the Monastery, to take in the stunning views. Consider opting for our Petra Kitchen bolt-on tonight.
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Petra - Wadi Rum. There is a chance to revisit Petra this morning before our afternoon drive to Wadi Rum. A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels that rise from the desert floor awaits. Boarding 4x4 jeeps, we take an exhilarating desert safari across the sand dunes, taking in the breathtaking scenery of Wadi Rum. Tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner at our desert camp.
Overnight: Wadi Rum  |  Breakfast, Dinner

    Wadi Rum
Day 13

Wadi Rum - Karak - Dead Sea - Madaba. This morning, we explore the vast 12th century Crusader castle of Al Karak. It took the Crusaders some twenty years to erect their fortified stronghold, which through the proceeding centuries withstood countless attacks. Note: Shobak crusader castle maybe visited as an alternative to Karak, depending upon weather and opening times.

Continuing on, we descend some 1300 metres to the lowest point on the earth's surface to the Dead Sea. Sitting at 422 metres below sea level we spend the afternoon floating like a cork in the salt-laden, buoyant Dead Sea and lathering up with a detoxifying mud. Then we drive on to the bustling Muslim-Christian market town of Madaba.
Overnight: Madaba  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Dead Sea
Day 14

Mentioned in the Old Testament, the prime attractions of the venerable town of Madaba are its many 6th-century Byzantine mosaics. Perhaps the most impressive of these is an enormous 6th-century map of Palestine and Egypt that is located in St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church. The nearby mosaic school, established to teach the restoration of these rare artworks, is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. You can also visit the town's museum, which contains many ancient artifacts and a collection of mosaics found in other regions of Jordan. There is plenty of time to wander about this ancient town and take in the sights.
Overnight: Madaba  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Madaba – Jerusalem. This morning you’ll be picked up at 9:00am and transferred to the Jordanian border where after immigration formalities you will transfer by public shuttle bus over the border into Israel, here you’ll be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem. The afternoon and evening offer free time. Today is the Sabbath and offers good opportunity to explore the World Heritage Listed city on foot without the usual crowds.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16
Bethlehem

Today we enjoy a guided tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Our first stop is the holy Mount of Olives where there are amazing panoramic views of the old city. We take a walking tour of the atmospheric old city; wander through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the Cardo (ancient Roman road). We continue on through the old city and the Christian quarter, visiting the famous Wailing Wall - a place of constant prayer and one of the most revered Hebrew sites. Retracing the final laboured steps of Jesus, burdened under the weight of the cross, we walk along the Via Dolorosa to the hallowed Church of the Sepulchre; the site of the crucifixion, Jesus’ tomb and the resurrection. A short drive from Jerusalem is Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus; where we visit Manger Square and the Church of Nativity, which is reputed to be the oldest Church in the world and the site where Jesus was born. Spend the evening at leisure in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17

This morning we head out for another full day of sightseeing around the Holy Land. We take in the sights of Nazareth – the home of Joseph and Mary, visiting the famous Churches of the Annunciation and St. Joseph. Heading north via Cana – where Jesus turned water into wine, we reach the shores of the Sea of Galilee and visit the significant Christian sites of Capernaum, historic Tiberias and Tabgha - site of the legendary Sermon on the Mount and the feeding of the 5000. We travel back to Jerusalem where you can spend your final night soaking up the atmosphere of this revered city.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18

Tuesday. Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Included departure transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport, at any time of day.
Breakfast

Perseids Meteor Shower departure - 01 Aug 2015

Why not combine this tour with the amazing celestial spectacle of the Perseids Meteor shower? The Perseids meteor shower is a spectacular celestial light show, that has mystified and amazed sky watchers for nearly 2000 years. The night sky is lit up by often over 60 meteors per hour! You can witness the incredible meteor shower from our desert camp in Wadi Rum, where you will spend two incredible nights star-gazing, when the meteor shower is at its peak on the 10th and 11th August. Please see the Go Guide for details of the amended itinerary. Supplement applies.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Oasis Hotel, Cairo
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Oasis Hotel is a classic Egyptian hotel with beautiful expansive gardens. Rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds and fantastic en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast offers a good spread. In the evening the outdoor pool and fountains are lit up making the restaurant and bar the perfect place to spend an evening sipping on a cold glass of beer. Well located in Giza on the Cairo-Alexandria Road. The pyramids and Sphinx are all close by.

Sleeper Train, Cairo
Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

When taking the train in Egypt, the most comfortable way to go is in a sleeper carriage. Cabins are equipped with 2 beds (one above the other), a sink, electric points and air conditioning. Each carriage has toilets at each end and there is a club car as well. In the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your beds for you. Cabins also come with interconnecting doors so perfect for families and groups of 4.

Helnan Aswan, Aswan
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There is also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan. The hotel has an excellent location on the Corniche in the heart of Aswan, just a few minutes from the Nile.

Felucca Cruise, Felucca Cruise
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category:

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 8 - 12 passengers comfortably. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. A support boat travels alongside your felucca and is on hand if you need to use the toilet or wash. It is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of the included meals, though they welcome helpers!

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

A grand and classical hotel, the Sonesta is luxurious, ensuring you a comfortable stay. The hotel has a sweeping terrace with fantastic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail and a beautiful health spa.

Grand Plaza Hotel, Hurghada
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Sat on a golden beach in Hurghada, the Grand Plaza Hotel offers an unforgettable experience. Guest rooms are bright and well furnished with soft Egyptian cotton linen. 2 outdoor pools are on offer to refresh and relax by and there is also giant chess - perfect for families! Being on the beach there is a whole host of watersports on offer - a great way to enjoy the Red Sea Riviera! The Grand Plaza Hotel is only five minutes from Hurghada International Airport.

Petra Moon Hotel, Petra
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just 300 ft from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The hotel is 100 metres from the main gate of Petra.

Rainbow Camp, Wadi Rum
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Camp

A row of permanent tents in the desert make up the popular Rainbow Camp. Inside the tents are comfortable camp beds and warm bedding. Showers and toilets are close by and are cleaned thoroughly everyday. Guests can relax in the communal area which is adorned with colourful rugs and cushions. The food at Rainbow Camp always gets rave reviews. Taking an evening stroll around the beautiful surroundings is a great way to work up an appetite before dinner. Well located in the heart of Wadi Rum.

Prima Palace, Jerusalem
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Centrally located, the Prima Palace is a modern hotel with a traditional atmosphere. Rooms are tastefully decorated with classic furnishings including authentic netilat yadayim washing sinks. Internet is available at an additional cost. The central courtyard is the perfect place to sit back, relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This hotel is situated within easy walking distance to the old city.

Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Rose City of Petra, Jordan
Dead Sea - opt for a dip
Al Karak - 12th century crusader castle
Sea of Galilea
Bethlehem - Shepherd’s Field, Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
Miracle sites - Cana, Tiberias, Capernaum and Tabgha (site of the sermon on the Mount & the feeding of the 5000)
Aswan - High Dam, Philae Temple, River Nile
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Luxor - Temple of Karnak
Hurghada - Red Sea coast - swim, relax, opt to snorkel or scuba dive in the clear coastal waters
Wadi Rum dunes, desert and safari
Madaba - Christian market town, Church of St George, Jordan’s finest Byzantine mosaics
Jerusalem - Old City - Armenian, Jewish & Christian Quarters
Cardo (Roman Road), Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Nazareth: Church of the Annunciation and Church of St Joseph.

Included

17 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
1 overnight train: Cairo - Aswan (2 berth, 1st class sleeper cabin)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Edfu, Luxor, Petra, Wadi Rum, Karak and Madaba
4x4 desert safari through Wadi Rum
Escorted by Egyptian tour leader/guide qualified in Egyptology, licensed Jordanian tour guide in Jordan, services of a coach tour guide in Israel
Entrance fees included for sightseeing in Israel.
6 nights 4 - 5 star hotels - Egypt, 7 nights 4 star hotels - Jordan & Israel, 1 night deluxe desert camp (Wadi Rum) and 2 nights felucca (open deck)
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1, day 10 and day 18
Swimming in the Dead Sea
Touring in Israel - Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, Capernaum & Tabgha
All additional transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa. Please note the flight between Cairo and Amman is not included and needs to be booked separately - see Go Guide for details.
Entrance Fees: $200-210 USD
Tip for your tour guides in Egypt, Jordan and Israel. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tip for your Felucca Crew/ Nile Cruise staff in Egypt, we recommend you allow $10 USD. Tipping of these persons mentioned above is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $75-85 USD

This tour has been excellent from start to finish.

Eligiusz Baumgart

To whom it may concern,

I have just returned from the Pyramids, Petra and Promised Land tour with On The Go and wanted to let you know that I had an amazing experience! The part which stood out most for me was the Egypt section of the tour with MoMo. It was fun, well organised and very informative.

I have been interested in Ancient Egypt since I was a small girl, so to experience Egypt with someone as qualified and so obviously passionate about his job as MoMo made this the best vacation I have taken to date. I left Egypt loving the country more than I had before arriving, with the ability to recognise for myself styles of Ancient Egyptian art, Pharonic vs Greek/Roman temples and able to identify a plethora of different Pharaohs and Gods.

MoMo was punctual and always happy to answer questions. He immediately negated any concerns about safety within the group and was always conscious of our individual locations at the sights. I was particularly impressed one morning on the way to Abu Simbel (which I have wanted to see since I was 7 years old!) when our bus broke down. After a two hour wait, he decided that instead of cutting time short at the sight, that he would organise for us to go the next day instead (despite meaning he would have to get up at 3am again!). This was the highlight of the tour for me!

I want to say a big thank you to MoMo for helping me fulfil a lifelong dream and giving me an experience I will never forget!

Lisa Blackman

Hi Trace,

Everything went off pretty much perfectly. On The Go was such a great choice. They were on the ball, completely professional and really experts in travelling through Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

The guides, particularly our Egypt guide, were incredible. But I think the best bit was that they met us at the airport in Cairo inside the immigration area (even though it was 2.30am) and filled out all our paperwork, took us through immigration & got our bags for us and were at our hotel within an hour getting ready to have a few hours sleep.

The same process in Jordan, going through the border crossing into Israel - collected our passports & did the visa & exit tax stuff for us. It really made that aspect of the trip especially stress free.

I felt completely safe there the whole time. Egypt is really struggling at the moment and we were the only tourists in a lot of places which was incredibly sad - as their economy relies so much on us. Cairo was pretty wild - it's a bit dirty, but that's expected & all part of the 'opening of your eyes' part of the adventure, really. Jordan was very, very friendly. Everyone was excited to see us & made us welcome. Israel was very western - and Tel Aviv in particular just feels like the Gold Coast! The hotel you picked us out there was excellent - very clean and free Wifi into the rooms which was really great.

I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this part of the world to anyone who asks - and would not hesitate to recommend On The Go specifically.

Thanks again for all your help - Michael and I both came away with the consensus that this was truly the trip of a lifetime. Something we will never, ever forget.

Brent Davidson

I really enjoyed the tour! Our main tour guide Hesham has been brillant! So passionate about his homeland. We are very luky to have him as our tour guide!

Hayden Nikolajenko

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

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Tour Details
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Jerusalem
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 5 star (4 - 5 star - Egypt, 3 star - Jordan + Israel) & Wadi Rum camp
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes
Meals
Breakfast: 17, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 7
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This tour has been excellent from start to finish.

Eligiusz Baumgart
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