17 DAY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS TOUR
INCLUDES CHRISTMAS MASS IN BETHLEHEM
Friday. Dec 18th Tel Aviv
The beginning of your journey in the Holy Land. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and be transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Saturday. Dec 19th Tel Aviv-Sea of Galilee-Tiberias
Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel, we'll drive for a short visit of the city of Jaffa (Joppa) where we will take a short walking tour in picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town. We will pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the views from the hill top. Than we drive up north along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honour of Augustus Caesar. From there we go on to visit Megiddo where the book of Revelation mentions a great battle at the place called "Armageddon". It is an ancient city inhabited continuously for more than five millennia (6000-500 B.C.). After exploring the ancient ruins we'll drive toward the Sea of Galilee. Arrive at Tiberias and check-in to your hotel.
Sunday. Dec 20th Sea of Galilee
Start the day from historic Tiberias, where Jesus lived, sojourned, and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Our next destination will be Capernaum, the center of Jesus ministry. Tabgha, just north of Tiberias, is the site of Christ’s miracle of feeding the 5,000 and at the Church of Multiplication the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes. We drive on to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea, where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” and it is believed that Jesus picked his 12 apostles. We'll ascend to the Golan Heights to view the panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon and beneath it the green pastoral Hula valley. Return to Tiberias for another lovely night in town.
Monday. Dec 21st Sea of Galilee - Jordan River - Jerusalem
This morning we travel to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. We proceed 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’ll also see Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church. Continue through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean with its recently excavated amphitheater. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City which was destroyed in an earthquake and then onward to Jerusalem, where you check-in to your choice of hotel.
Tuesday. Dec 22nd Dead Sea & Masada
Through remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea we'll continue to Masada which is situated right on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. The site has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. En route to the Dead Sea, you’ll see 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 the earth’s surface. Bring your swimsuit as if weather permits it’s possible to “float” on the salty, mineral rich, water. Return to Jerusalem for an overnight.
Wednesday. Dec 23rd Jerusalem
Start the day at Mt. Scopus. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem. The holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – Jerusalem occupies a unique place in the world. Your tour includes the Mount of Olives, a stop at the site where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer, and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. In the Old City you’ll 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, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Return to hotel.
Thursday. Dec 24th Jerusalem - Christmas mass in Bethlehem
Today’s tour includes Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust established in 1953, located on the foot of Mt. Herzl. Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village on the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to the tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit the Israel Museum with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive by the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of Hebrew University. If situation is permitting, we might visit Bethlehem to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. Christmas mass in Bethlehem and back to Jerusalem for overnight.
Friday. Dec 25th Eilat - Petra - Aqaba - Eilat
After flight to Eilat from Tel Aviv, cross the Arava border and drive to Petra, through the scenic Jordanian desert, past the Wadi Rum area, where Lawrence of Arabia once lived and fought with the Bedouin. Enter the Red City of Petra through the Siq, by horse or by foot (optimal carriage). This is a narrow passage through the mountains which has inspired people for centuries. Suddenly the impressive Treasury wonder appears at the end of the gorge, leaving the visitors breath-taken by it's 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. Stop for a traditional lunch, followed by a visit to Moses Spring. Drive to Aqaba for a short city return to Eilat for overnight.
Saturday. Dec 26th Eilat - Cairo (Optional : Visit Mt. Sinai)
After breakfast drive to Taba border. Cross the border into Egypt and drive through the magnificent Sinai desert to Cairo.
Optional: visit Mount Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery and drive to Sharm el Sheikh on the coast of the Red Sea leisure after noon and overnight. the next day fly to Loxuer from Sharm el Sheikh.
Sunday. Dec 27th Cairo - Luxor (or Sharem el Sheikh - 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.
Monday. Dec 28th 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.
Tuesday. Dec 29th Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
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.
Wednesday. Dec 30th Aswan
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.
Thursday. Dec 31st 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 to the preserved Great Temple of Abu Simbel - rescued by UNESCO from the rising waters of the Dam. Abu Simbel Great Temple was preserved by relocating 22 monuments and architectural complexes to the shores of Lake Nasser. Other monuments were relocated to countries that helped with the rescue works. The best way to get to Abu Simbel is by 45 minutes flight with a Boeing or by tour bus that takes 3+ hours each way.
Friday. Jan 1st 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.
Saturday. Jan 2nd Cairo city tour
Start the Cairo city tour by visiting the Egyptian Museum, with its fantastic display of ancient civilization; the Mosque of Mohammad Ali's Citadel; the old city; the Ben Ezra – Geniza Synagogue. Its store room – Geniza – was found to contain over 2000 medieval, manuscripts, a collection known as the Cairo Geniza. The El Mullakah Church (Hanging Church) one of the oldest and most famous Coptic Churches in Egypt. Continue to the City of the Dead a four mile long grid of tombs and mausoleums where people live and work amongst their dead and ancestors. Many residents live here because they were forced from more crowded areas in Cairo or emigrated from countryside. End at Bazaar of Kahn Khalili and return for overnight at the hotel.
Sunday. Jan 3rd Cairo- Departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport.
- Optional tour by car to Mount Sinai (including St. Catherine and overnight in Sharm El Sheikh) $199 per person for minimum 2 people, single supplement USD $100 for only one person
- Optional tour by flight to Abu Simbel (on the last day of the Cruise, Saturday), $310 per person (including 2 flights). Please contact us for the supplement rates.
- Highly Recommended option to reserve a flight from Aswan to Cairo instead of a Sleeper Train. Supplement of $160 per person for the flight to Cairo from Aswan + Overnight in Barcelo/Oasis Hotel on BB basis (first category)and $200 per person for superior category (Hilton Ramses) including all transfers from/to hotels to/from airport. Supplement covers flight from Aswan to Cairo on BB basis including all transfers from/to hotels to/from airport instead of travelling through Sleeper Train.
|AREA||3 STARS||4 STARS||5 STARS||5 DELUXE|
|Tel Aviv||SeaNet or sim.||Grand Beach or sim.||Dan Panorama;
|Jerusalem||JLM Gate; Caesar
|Leonardo Jrm or sim.||Dan Panorama
|Galilee||Kibbutz Hotel||Kibbutz Hotel||Kibbutz Hotel||Kibbutz Hotel|
|Eilat||Adi or sim.||Rimonim Central Park or sim.||Dan Panorama Eilat or sim.||Dan Eilat or sim.|
|Cairo||Oasis or sim.||Oasis or sim.||Sheraton or sim.||Marriot Cairo or sim.|
|2015 - 2016 RATES PER PERSON FOR EXTRA NIGHTS IN TEL AVIV|
|BB Basis, DBL room||US$ 76||US$ 94||US$ 138||US$180|
|HB Supplement||US$ 16||US$ 18||US$ 42||-|
|Single Room Suppl.||US$ 55||US$ 74||US$ 124||US$150|
|2015 - 2016 RATES PER PERSON FOR EXTRA NIGHT IN CAIRO|
|BB Basis, DBL room||US$ 50||US $ 96||US$ 103|
|HB Supplement, DBL||US$ 24||US $ 36||US$ 40|
|Single Supplement||US$ 40||US $85||US$ 92|
|2015 - 2016 HOTELS FOR EXTRA NIGHTS|
Sheraton Towers or sim.
Rameses Hilton or sim.
Marriot Hotel or sim.
All tours may be operated as private tours at additional cost.
- Tour of 17 days and 16 nights
- Pick up and drop off at airport
- Hotels with breakfast
- Nile Cruise on full board
- A/C tourist Van/Minibus/Bus during the touring days
- 1 Flight: Tel Aviv - Eilat
- Entrance fees
- 1 land transfer From Eilat to Cairo
- Transfers to hotel in Eilat to/from the airport
- Visa to Egypt, Israel & Jordan and Egypt Border tax
- Tips to guide and driver.
- Traveler's medical and baggage insurance.
- Beverages with meals
- Supplement for private transfers
- All other extra expenses
- Anything not mentioned in the "rate includes" section above
- Tour starts on Friday from Tel Aviv.
- Tour has guaranteed departure with minimum of 2 participants.
- Sites under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. In case that entry will not be permitted, other sites will be visited.
- For single travelers, supplement of US $120 is required for Eilat-Cairo transfer.
- Dinner Supplement and deluxe category applies only for the Egypt part of the tour - total of 3 dinners.
- The Nile Cruise is on full board basis.
- There are a few options for extension tours in Egypt & Jordan.
- All tours may also be operated as private tours.
- Prices can change due to currency, fuel price, hotels, etc.
- St. Catherine's is open 8-11:30 AM Mon-Sat, closed on Sundays.
- Noah Tours may be operating this tour with other tour operators.
- The number of travelers may vary from 2-40 people and Noah Tours cannot guarantee a small group.
- Noah Tours Ltd. advises all participants to insure themselves and their belongings.
- For further details please see our Terms and Conditions.
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