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Best of Egypt, Jordan and Israel

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.

  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DPCT/205158
  • Starts: Cairo, Egypt
  • Finishes: Tel Aviv, Israel
You will Visit
  • Cairo
  • Aswān
  • Kom Ombo
  • Luxor
  • Amman
  • Wādī Mūsá
  • Wadi Rum
  • Aqaba
  • Jerusalem
  • Negev Desert
  • Jericho
  • Tiberias
  • Nazareth
  • Tel Aviv

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cairo

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Cairo/Aswan

Tour the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx before a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Catch an overnight train to Aswan.
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.

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Day 3: Aswan

Explore Aswan before visiting a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.
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.

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Day 4: Aswan

Spend the day exploring Aswan. Opt to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
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 Aswan's local people.

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Day 5: Aswan/Kom Ombo

Sail the Nile on a felucca with a support boat. Sleep onboard under the stars.
Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars.

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Day 6: Kom Ombo/Luxor

Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak.

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Day 7: Luxor

Travel by donkey and visit the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West Bank of the Nile.
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.

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Day 8: Luxor/Amman

Take a flight from Luxor to Cairo, then transfer to a connecting flight to Amman, Jordan. Free time to explore Amman on arrival.

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Day 9: Amman

Guided visit to the ancient Roman town of Jerash followed by a visit to the Dead Sea.
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.

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Day 10: Amman/Wādī Mūsá

A packed day includes a guided visit to the intricate Madaba mosaics, enjoying the panoramic views from Mt Nebo and a visit to the crusader castle at Karak.
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.

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Day 11: Wādī Mūsá

Start early to visit iconic Petra. It's easy to wander this massive 'rose city' for hours.
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 façade of the Treasury building. Learn a brief history of the city and walk approx 25 km to cover the entire site. Return to Wādī Mūsá in the late afternoon, or continue exploring on your own.

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Day 12: Wādī Mūsá/Wadi Rum

Opt to visit Little Petra in the morning before continuing to Wadi Rum. Head out for a 4x4 excursion during the day before a traditional dinner and overnight at a Bedouin desert camp.
Drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's 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.



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Day 13: Wadi Rum/Aqaba

Opt to take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise for incredible views of the desert. Journey towards the red sea, where you can opt to snorkel and enjoy a relaxing boat trip.
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.

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Day 14: Aqaba/Amman

Head back to Amman with a little time to explore.
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.

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Day 15: Amman/Jerusalem

Cross the border into Israel and make your way to Jerusalem. Take a free night to explore.

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Day 16: Jerusalem

Visit the Western Wall and the Holy Sepulchre Church. Enjoy a guided visit of the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Old Jerusalem.
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.

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Day 17: Jerusalem/Negev Desert

Visit Bethlehem and the Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees before heading to the Negev Desert for an overnight in a Bedouin-style camp.
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.

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Day 18: Negev Desert/Jericho

Visit the fortress of Masada followed by a swim in the Dead Sea.
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.

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Day 19: Jericho/Tiberias

Tour the Sea of Galilee, take in the rocky plateau of the Golan Heights, and spend the night in a kibbutz community.
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.

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Day 20: Tiberias/Nazareth

Travel to Nazareth. Make a unique visit to a Druze village and enjoy a lunch with a local family.

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Day 21: Nazareth/Tel Aviv

Visit Akko and its colourful markets and mosque before continuing to historic Jaffa. Complete the day with an driving tour of Israel's vibrant capital, Tel Aviv.

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Day 22: Tel Aviv

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal, Aswan Local Living: Lunch with a Local Family, Luxor Local Living: Bedouin Camp Overnight, Wadi Rum Local Living: Bedouin Camp Overnight, Negev Desert Local Living: Druze Village Visit and Traditional Lunch , Isfiya Druze Village
    • Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx entrance and guided tour
    • Egyptian Museum entrance and guided tour
    • Free time in Aswan
    • Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion with support boat for toilet/showers
    • Kom Ombo Temple visit
    • Karnak Temple visit
    • Free time in Luxor
    • Colossi of Memnon Visit
    • Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings visit
    • All entrance fees to included monuments
    • Overnight sleeper train to Cairo
    • Flights from Luxor to Cairo to Amman
    • Tel Aviv city tour including Old Port of Jaffa
    • Akko, Nazareth and Bethlehem visits
    • Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights tours
    • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
    • Jerusalem sightseeing including the Western Wall and Holy Sepulcher Church
    • Jerash entrance and guided tour
    • Dead Sea visit
    • Madaba mosaics guided tour
    • Mt Nebo entrance
    • Karak Castle guided tour
    • Petra day pass and local guide
    • Wadi Rum jeep excursion
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (17 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt), bedouin-style desert camps (2 nts)
    • 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-con van, train, felucca, donkey, plane, 4x4, pickup truck, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Office (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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.