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16 DAY EGYPT, ISRAEL & PETRA TOUR
The Egypt, Israel and Petra 16 days tour
Day 1 Sunday Arrival to Cairo
Arrival to Cairo. Meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 2 Monday Transfer to Luxor
After breakfast flight to Luxor and transfer to a 5 stars Nile Cruise. Lunch on ship. In the afternoon visit the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor. a vast open air museum of ruined temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings, notably the Great Temple of Amen. Dinner and overnight on cruise boat. We are using luxury Nile cruise boats, operating on European standards that have acquired an excellent reputation with our travelers. Our staff is available throughout the cruise and will guide you on the land tours.
Day 3 Tuesday Luxor - Esna - Edfu
Immediately opposite Luxor, across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs of the Theban Necropolis, which includes the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. The archeological remains of Thebes offer a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height. Among others we shall view the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a famous female Pharaoh who during her 22 year long reign became known for her extensive expeditions and fostering of trade relations. From Luxor we sail to Esna. Two barrage bridges straddle the Nile at this point: one built by the British in 1906, and the "Electricity Bridge" built in the 1990s. If time permits we will visit the temple of Esna and the market of Esna. Our boat will negotiate its way through the lock system and sail on the Nile to Edfu for overnight.
Day 4 Wednesday Edfu/ Kom - Ombo
Edfu is known for the major Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 BCE and 57 BCE. The Temple of Horus also known as Apollonopolis Magna, after the chief god Horus-Apollo, is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak and one of the best preserved. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth, and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt. We continue our sail on the Nile to the town of Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty. The building is unique because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis and there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world. The northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Horus the Elder, A few of the three-hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the temple. Sail on the Nile to Aswan for overnight.
Day 5 Thursday Aswan Dam
The busy market town Aswan stands on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract. In antiquity the city of Swenet, was Egypt’s southern frontier town. It is one of the driest inhabited places in the world; as on January 2011 the last rainfall was a thunderstorm on May, 2006. In surrounding Nubian settlements, they generally do not bother to roof all the rooms in their houses. Visit to the Aswan High Dam is truly spectacular. It is one of the largest dams ever built and formed the Nasser Lake. Then sail on a Felucca, the traditional wooden sailing boat that has plied the Nile for thousands of years, to enjoy a quiet and calm view of the regions Botanical Gardens. Return to the Nile cruise boat for overnight.
Day 6 Friday Aswan - Cairo
After breakfast, disembark and at leisure in Aswan evening travel by a Sleeper Train to Cairo. Dinner and breakfast on Train. Optional Abu Simble Tour .
Day 7 Saturday Cairo - Memphis -Saqqara - Great Pyramid of Giza
We begin our day with a tour of the ancient city of Memphis that lies some 12 miles south of Cairo. The ancient city is now an open air museum testifying to the magnificence of its four thousand years history. Serving Memphis lies the necropolis Saqqara a vast, ancient burial ground, featuring numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser. We then proceed to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx located on the Giza Plateau. The Great Pyramids of Cheops or Khufu; of Khafre or Chephren; and of Menkaure have always loomed large as emblems of ancient Egypt and were listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Valley Temples surrounding the pyramids provide an insight to dominating religious motives of the era. Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 8 Sunday Cairo- Transfer to Tel-Aviv
Transfer to Cairo Airport for a flight to Israel (*Not Included in the rate). Upon arrival to Ben-Gurion airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for an overnight.
Day 9 Monday Jerusalem (Old City)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then meet your guide in the lobby after check out for today's tour. Drive to Jerusalem, getting to know your group. The first site is the Mt of Olives, a cemetary that once was covered in olive groves. From there you will view the city. Go down into the Old City via one of the gates built by Suleiman. Briefly stop at the Cardo, an ancient Roman market road, but then continue down to the Western Wall. Spend some time in reflection and/or prayer, then continue down the Via Dolorosa. You will end the morning at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In the afternoon your group will drive to Mt. Zion, where you will visit King David's tomb and the Room of the Last Supper. End the day with an overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 Tuesday Jerusalem (New City) - Bethlehem
Begin the day passing by "The Knesset" - Israeli Parliment. Afterwards, drive to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls with your very own eyes and the model of the second temple. Continue the morning with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum. In the afternoon, drive to Bethlehem to see the Church of Nativity located at Mangar square with a local guide. Finish the day back in Jerusalem for your overnight.
Day 11 Wednesday Masada - Dead Sea
Take your towel and bathing suit today, but begin with a hat, sunscreen, and water for your tour of Masada. Go up to the fortress by cable car. The history of the famous Jewish fortification will unfold before your eyes: the palaces built by Herod, the synagogue and bathhouses used by the Jews there, and the place the zealots died. Descend Masada by cable car and drive to the Dead Sea for relaxation. Go back to Jerusalem for your overnight.
Day 12 Thursday Jordan Valley - Beith Shean - Nazareth
Check out of your hotel and say goodbye to Jerusalem. Drive through the Jordan Valley to Qasr el Yahud to the place of Jesus' baptism. Continue to Beit Shean, a national park containing the ruins of a Roman city. Visit Nazareth and Cana, known today best for its "Wedding Church". Finish the day with a tour of Tiberias. Proceed to hotel in the Galilee Sea area for overnight.
Day 13 Friday Banias - Golan Heights
After breakfast ascend to Mt Beatitudes for an overlook of the Galilee Sea. Continue up North. Pass by the Banias, also known as Caesarea Phillippi. Then go through the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian fortification from 1967 (the Six Day War). Visit a Druze village, then return to your hotel for overnight.
Day 14 Saturday. Acre - Haifa - Tel Aviv - Eilat
After breakfast drive towards the Mediterranean coast to visit the Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications of Acre. From Mt Carmel you can admire the panorama of your next stop: Haifa. You will see the Persian garden: the Shrine of Bahais. Then drive along ancient water aqueduct and visit the beautiful Caesarea Maritimes, famous for its Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress. Drive to Tel Aviv for a short walking tour of the Old Jaffa (time permitting) and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Eilat.
Day 15 Sunday Petra-Wadi Rum-Eilat
After breakfast leave Eilat-Israel, cross the Arava border and drive to Petra through the scenic Jordanian desert and the Wadi Rum area. Enter the Rose City of Petra through the Siq, a narrow passage through the mountains that has inspired people for centuries. Up to the treasury which suddenly appears at the end of the gorge, leaving the visitors breath-taken by its size, color and beauty. Continue into the heart of this ancient city carved into the mountains, passing hundreds of tombs and monuments and a spectacular Amphitheatre, which once held 3,000 spectators. Stop for a sit-down lunch, followed by a visit to Moses Spring before leaving Wadi Mussa - the new town of Petra. Drive to Aqaba for a short city tour, return to the Arava border and back to Eilat for overnight.
Day 16 Monday Departure
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure flight to Tel Aviv.
- If needed it's possible to take the last evening flight to Tel Aviv upon return from the tour
- Additional overnight in Eilat or Tel Aviv are available at a special rate.
|Room type - Regular||tourist||first||superior||deluxe|
|Per Person in Double Room||USD $2674||USD $2825||USD $3055||USD $3825|
|Single Room Supplement||USD $828||USD $890||USD $1170||USD $1264|
|Supplement for dinners||USD $191||USD $198||USD $364||USD $101|
|High Season Supplement (per tour)||USD $175||USD $175||USD $215||USD $0|
|Double Room Peak Season Supplement (per night)||-||-||-||-|
|Single Room Peak Season Supplement (per night)||-||-||-||-|
|Hotel Area||Tourist Class||First Class||Superior Class||Deluxe Class|
|Cairo||Pharaoh's Dokki / Horizon Pyramids||Barcelo/ Oasis||Hilton Ramses||Marriot Cairo|
|Nile Cruise||Nile Cruise||Nile Cruise||Nile Cruise||Nile Cruise|
|Tel Aviv||Seanet||Mercure / Metropolitan||Dan Panorama||David Intercontinental/ Carlton|
|Jerusalem||Jerusalem Tower||Grand Court/ Leonardo||Dan Panorama||Mamilla / Inbal|
|Galilee||Kibbutz Hotel||Kibbutz Hotel||Kibbutz Hotel||Kibbutz Hotel|
All tours can be operated as a private tour at additional cost. Please contact us for rates.
PEAK & HIGH SEASONS 2017:
- 22 Dec 2016 - 3 January 2017 ( Christmas and New Years)
- 01 July - 28 August 2017 ( Summer holiday Period )
- 10 – 18 April 2017 : Passover (Jewish holiday)
- 30 May - 1 June 2017: Shavuot ( jewish Holiday)
- 21 - 22 Sep 2017 : Rosh Hashana (Jewish holiday)
- 29 – 30 Sep 2017 : Yom Kippur - Not possible for touring
- 4 – 13 Oct 2017 : Succoth (Jewish holiday)
PEAK & HIGH SEASONS 2018:
- 22 Dec 2017 - 3 January 2018 ( Christmas and New Years)
- 01 July - 28 August 2018 ( Summer holiday Period )
- 30 Mar – 7 April 2018 : Passover (Jewish holiday)
- 19 – 21 May 2018 : Shavuot (Jewish holiday)
- 10 - 11 Sep 2018 : Rosh Hashana (Jewish holiday)
- 18 – 19 Sep 2018 : Yom Kippur - Not possible for touring
- 23 Sep– 2 Oct 2018 : Succoth (Jewish holiday)
- Dates that do not appear in high & peak season.
- Meeting and assistance upon arrival
- Government licensed English speaking guide on touring days
- 15 Nights Hotel Accommodation including daily breakfasts
- Flight Cairo - Luxor
- 16 Full days sightseeing in A/C vehicles
- All transfers in Egypt according to the tour program
- Round flight to Eilat and back to Tel Aviv
- Transfer from Hotel in Eilat to Arava border
- All that is mentioned in the itinerary
- Does not include border taxes and fees when crossing the border, please refer to important notices.
- Not including transfers in Eilat to & from the airport
- However, in case you would like us to drop you of at the airport when you return from Petra no extra charge
- Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff, etc.
- Traveler's medical & baggage insurance
- Beverages with meals
- Supplement for private transfers
- Any International Flight
- Anything not mentioned in the "rate includes" section
OPTIONAL EILAT TRANSFER:
- If you would like Noah Tours to arrange a transfer from the Eilat airport to the hotel we can do so for US $35.00 (1-3 people).
It is a highly recommended option to reserve a flight from Aswan to Cairo instead of a Sleeper Train (highly recommended) with:
$130 supplement of per person on BB basis for the flight to Cairo from Aswan + Overnight in Barcelo/Oasis Hotel
$180 per person on BB basis for superior category (Hilton Ramses) including all transfers from/to hotels
$240 per person for Deluxe category on BB basis (Marriot) including all transfers from/to hotels
- Flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv (selected days): USD $351 per person, rate and tickets are subject to availability.
Tour to Mt. Sinai on the the last day, St. Catherine by car including extra overnight: USD $229 per person. Overnight in Santa Caterina hotel (on first class category sharing a double room and this will make the tour a 17-day tour).
Tour by car to Abu Simbel (on the last day of the Cruise), $155 per person.
Optional tour by flight to Abu Simbel (on the last day of the Cruise), $355 per person (including 2 flights).
- Day Tour to Alexandria from Cario, vsiting the Catacomb, PomPei’s Pillar, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Garden. Drive back to Cairo through the desert road. From USD$ 190 per person including 1 additional overnight (First Class). This will make the tour a 17-day tour.
The above rates are for a minimum of 2 people. In case of a single traveller, a supplement must be paid. Please contact us for details
Tour starts on Sunday from Tel Aviv.
Tour has guaranteed departure with minimum of 2 participants.
The tour may start on Sunday from Cairo with similar itinerary.
In order to pre-issue visas to Jordan and Egypt, we require a scanned copy of the all clients' passports.
Please make sure your passsport is valid for at least 6 months at the time of your travels.
The Nile Cruise is on full board basis (4 Days including breakfast, lunch & dinners).
Dinner Supplement includes and deluxe category applies only for the Egypt part of the tour - total of 3 dinners.
During August, the tour Deluxe category is upon availability in Israel.
There are a few options for extension tours in Egypt.
Dinner supplement includes 8 dinners (6 in Israel from 2nd day and 2 in Egypt).
All tours may also be operated as private tours.
Noah Tours may be operating this tour with other tour operators.
Noah Tours Ltd. advises all participants to insure themselves and their belongings.
- For further details please see our Terms and Conditions.
BORDER AND VISA FEES: (NOT INCLUDED)
USD $65 per person for the border taxes, fees and tips. To be paid at the border.
- USD $65 for visa to Jordan. To be obtained at the border.
USD $ 25 per person for the visa to Egypt. To be obtained at the airport upon arrival.
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