23 NIGHTS / 25 DAYS
Day 1: USA - Tel Aviv (Israel)
Flight with a good itinerary.
Day 2: Tel Aviv
Arrival at the airport in Tel Aviv. You will be greeted by our local representatives after exiting the customs and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. The rest of your day is free for you to relax or start your exploration of the coastal city of Tel Aviv.
Day 3: Tel Aviv - Sea of Galilee - Tiberias
After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your local guide and drive to the port city of Jaffa (Joppa) for a walking tour in the picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town. You will pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the views from the hilltop. Continuation northward along the coastal road, via Maris, to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. From here, you will visit Megiddo where the book of Revelations mentions a great battle at the place called "Armageddon", an ancient city inhabited continuously for more than five millennia (6000 to 500 BC). After exploring the ancient ruins, you will drive toward the Sea of Galilee, stopping at Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. Arrival in Tiberias and check-in to your hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 4: Sea of Galilee
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will visit the sites on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, the stage for many of the events in Jesus' life. Driving along the shore of the sea to Capernaum – known as “His Town”, the center of Jesus ministry where he spent much time healing the sick and performing miracles - you will continue to Tabgha, the site of Christ’s miracle of feeding the 5,000, where you will visit the Church of Multiplication, where the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes, and the Church of the Primacy of St Peter, commemorating Jesus' reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostles. Continuation toward the Mount of Beatitudes, overlooking the sea, where Jesus preached the "Sermon on the Mount" and where it is believed that he picked his 12 apostles. On the Golan Heights, enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Hermon and the rugged Golan plateau. In the afternoon, you will visit Banias (Caesarea Philippi), one of the sources of the River Jordan, where Jesus took his disciples, revealing his purpose and His Church before his last trip to Jerusalem and where Simon identified Jesus as the messiah. Finally you will drive to the southern part of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Yardenit Baptismal Site. Overnight in Tiberias. (Breakfast)
Day 5: Nazareth - Jordan Valley - Beit Alpha - Jerusalem
Breakfast at your hotel. In the morning, enjoy some free time or opt for an amazing optional boat tour ($) on the Sea of Galilee. Then, you will travel through the Galilee region to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood, and the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. You will also see Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church. You will visit the ancient synagogue at Beit Alpha, located at the foot of the northern slopes of the Gilboa Mountains which has one of the most preserved and beautiful mosaics in Israel. Driving through the Jordan Valley, you will pass by Jericho before reaching Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast)
Optional boat tour ($) on the Sea of Galilee:
Sail on a boat to experience the tranquility and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fees).
Day 6: Masada - Dead Sea
Breakfast at your hotel. Through the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea, you will travel to Masada, which is located on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Ascending to the fortress by cable car, you will see the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, the bathhouse and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea below. Continuation to the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth's surface. Bring your swimsuit as, if weather permits, it is possible to "float" on the salty, mineral-rich, water. Overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast)
Day 7: Jerusalem
After breakfast at your hotel, you will visit the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Then, you will see the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Following your visit, you will drive toward Ein Karem, a picturesque village in the southwestern outskirts of Jerusalem, where according to Christian traditions John the Baptist was born. You will also visit Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Finally, you will visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Jerusalem
Breakfast at your hotel. You will visit the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, you will see Mount Zion with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent his last night and was betrayed by Judas. Here, enjoy the spectacular view of Jerusalem - the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - from the Mount of Olives. Overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast)
Day 9: Jerusalem - Allenby Bridge - Amman (Jordan)
After breakfast, greeting at the lobby of your hotel and transfer to Allenby Bridge Border where you will be met by our representatives on the Jordanian side to assist you with formalities. Arrival in Amman. Rest of the day at leisure and overnight in Amman. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 10: Amman - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Shobak Castle - Petra
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure toward Madaba, a city famous for its mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the 6th century and for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Continuation to Mt. Nebo, a 810 metres (2,651 ft) high mountain mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land that he would never enter.
You will then drive to Shoubak, where an impressive castle stands as a lonely reminder of former Crusader glory. Known to the crusaders as Montreal Castle, it was built in 1115 by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem and owned by the royal family for less than a century before falling to foreign invaders. Arrival in Petra in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Petra. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 11: Full day Petra
After breakfast at the hotel, you will start your full-day tour of the legendary Nabatean city of Petra. Considered as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. You will enter the city through a 1-km long narrow gorge which is flanked on both sides by 80 metres (262 ft) high cliffs with dazzling colors and amazing rock formations. The site is massive and contains hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs, roman-style theatres, temples dedicated to gods and kings, sacrificial altars, colonnaded streets and of course the Al Khazneh or "The Treasury of Petra". In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Petra on your own. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Petra. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 12: Petra - Little Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will visit Little Petra, an archeological site included in Petra's inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its ancient buildings sculpted out of solid red sandstone. A suburb of the city of Petra, Little Petra was the place where Nabateans used to entertain their guests. It was one of the main commercial areas of Petra, the entry and exit point for the trade routes to the north and north-west.
Later you will explore Wadi Rum on a 2-hour jeep ride into the Jordanian desert! Wadi Rum was described by T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia, as "vast, echoing and god-like", and is dubbed by the locals "valley of the Moon". You will then be transferred from Petra to your hotel on the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in the region of the Dead Sea. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 13: Dead Sea - Jerash - Amman
Breakfast at the hotel and departure northward to Jerash. You will explore the roman city of Jerash with a local English-speaking guide. This 2-hour tour will take you back to the ancient time thanks to well-preserved paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares, plazas, baths, fountains from the 1st century A.D.
After the visit, you will be transferred to Amman for a 2-hour tour of the capital city of Jordan. You will see wonderful historical sites such as the Amman Citadel, the Amphitheatre, the Blue Mosque and the Archeological and Folklore museums. At the end of the afternoon you will be transferred to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Amman. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 14: Amman - Cairo (Egypt)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport in Amman for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at the airport in Cairo, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or opt for an optional city tour ($) to start your exploration of Cairo. Dinner and overnight in Cairo. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 15: Cairo
After breakfast at the hotel, you will discover the world-famous pyramids of Giza. On the Giza Plateau just outside of Cairo, you will be impressed by the Pyramid of Cheops, the largest of the three pyramids, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to remain largely intact. With the head of a pharaoh and the body of a lion, the Sphinx of Giza is watching over the pyramids. Enjoy some free time to wander around this amazing site, take pictures and visit the interior chambers ($) of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Following lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the Egyptian Museum of Cairo, home to the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Dinner and overnight in Cairo. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 16: Cairo - Luxor (Beginning of the Nile cruise)
Early transfer to the airport in Cairo for your flight to Luxor. Breakfast on board. Upon arrival in Luxor, transfer to the port to embark on your Nile cruise. Following lunch on board, you will visit the most spectacular temples located on the east bank of the Nile and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Luxor and Karnak. You will notice that the entrance at Luxor Temple is as impressive as the reign of its architect Ramses II. Karnak, whose construction lasted for almost 2000 years, is the largest and oldest religious complex in the world. Dinner and overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 17: Luxor - Edfu
Breakfast on board. Today, you will visit amazing archeological sites located on the west bank of the Nile. In the Valley of the Queens, you will be awestruck by the Temple of Hatshepsut, dubbed the "Sublime of the Sublimes", built on three levels beneath the cliff at Deir El-Bahri. In the Valley of the Kings, you will visit the Temple of Ramses III the last great monarch of ancient Egypt who was able to save his country from collapsing at a time when other empires fell to invaders. On your way back to the ship, you will see the Colossi of Memnon which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep. Navigation toward Edfu. Dinner and overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 18: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
After breakfast on board, you will visit the temple dedicated to Horus which is one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt. It was built between 237 and 57 BC. Lunch on board. In the afternoon you will sail toward Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple of Sobek. Then you will navigate onward to Aswan. Dinner and overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 19: Aswan
Breakfast on board. In the morning, enjoy the facilities of the ship or opt for an amazing optional excursion ($) to Abu Simbel, considered to be one of the most impressive sites in Egypt. Lunch on board and afternoon free. Dinner and overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Optional excursion ($) to Abu Simbel:
Early morning transfer from the ship in Aswan to Abu Simbel with breakfast included. Here, you will visit the two temples built by Ramses II as a high-architect before he became a pharaoh. The 100-foot-high Great Temple is breathtaking with the 4 statues of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari, each 65-foot high. Next to the Great Temple is the temple dedicated to Queen Nefertari. Both temples were originally carved in a mountain. In 1965, they were moved to a new location thanks to an international project which saved them from the flooding caused by the construction of the High Dam.
Day 20: Aswan - Luxor (End of the Nile cruise)
After breakfast on board, you will disembark from the ship and start your day with the visit of the Aswan High Dam which is providing electricity to the whole country, the Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, and the unfinished Obelisk, the largest known ancient obelisk. In the afternoon, you will be transferred from Aswan to Luxor. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Luxor. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 21: Luxor - Makadi (Hurghada)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred from Luxor to your hotel in Makadi (Hurghada). Check-in and relax in the comfortable facilities of the all-inclusive Prima Life Makadi Hotel (or similar). (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 21 to 24: Makadi (Hurghada)
Enjoy 3 days on the shores of the Red Sea, unwind by remembering the unforgettable sites you have visited. You can also choose from a wide variety of optional excursions ($) at your hotel. (Breakfasts-Lunches-Dinners)
Day 24: Makadi (Hurghada) - Cairo
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Cairo. Enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or opt for an optional excursion ($) to continue your exploration of Cairo. In the early evening, opt for an incredible optional sound and light show ($) at the pyramids of Giza. Dinner and overnight in Cairo. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Optional sound and light show ($) at the pyramids of Giza:
Watch the Pyramid Sound and Light Show, illuminated at night with a stunning audio-visual display. Learn about the history of pharaohs and the Sphinx, guardians of the Giza Necropolis for over 5000 years.
Day 25: Cairo - USA
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)
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