Pyramids, Petra, Promised Land - 18 days

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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.

Day 1: Cairo
Saturday. Today is the start of your adventure through the holy lands. Included transfer from Cairo airport and hotel check in. Overnight - Cairo
Zhosers Step Pyramid
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 (B)
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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 (B)
Felucca boats on the Nile at sunset
Days 4 - 5: Felucca Sailing
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 (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking in 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 (B)
Entering Karnak Temple via the anenue of the Sphinx, Luxor Egypt
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 (B)
Day 8: Hurghada
Luxor - Hurghada. Departing Luxor we head east to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for some beach time! Overnight - Hurghada (B)
Giftun Island - a great snorkelling spot in Hurghada
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 (B)
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 June 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 (B)
The treasury in Petra
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 (B)
Day 12: Wadi Rum
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 (B, D)
Salt and mineral deposits flank the Dead Sea in Jordan
Day 13: Dead Sea
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 (B, L, D)
Day 14: Madaba
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 (B)
The Church of Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel
Day 15: Jerusalem
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 (B, D)
The western Wall
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 (B, D)
The Golden Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem
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 (B, D)
Day 18: Jerusalem
Tuesday. Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Included departure transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport, at any time of day. (B)

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.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Cairo / Ends in: Jerusalem
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:17, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 7
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 5 star (4 - 5 star - Egypt, 3 star - Jordan + Israel) & Wadi Rum camp
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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