Classical Jerusalem, Jordan and Cairo

Duration

12 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Jerusalem

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Jerusalem; ; Jerash; Amman; Madaba; Bethany; Dead Sea; Shoubak; Petra; Wadi Rum; Al Aqaba; Eilat; Saint Catherine; Moses Well; El Cairo

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

arrival at tel aviv airport. welcome to israel! border procedures and transfer to the hotel in jerusalem. free time.

Breakfast. PICK UP AT THE HOTEL RECEIPTION BETWEEN 07:45 HOURS  (AM) AND 08:00 HOURS  (AM).  Excursion to visit the  New City of Jerusalem , seeing the  Shrine of the Book in the Museum of Israel , where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed, and the model that represents the city of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. We will go through the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, then going toward Ein Karen, a picturesque neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city to visit the  Shrine of Saint John the Baptist. We will also see Yad Vashem, the  Holocaust Museum and Memorial.  In the afternoon, we will travel to  BETHLEHEM, located behind the wall built in recent years to separate the two communities. We will take a Palestinian guide to visit the Church of the Nativity, the Grotto of the Manger and the Shepherds’ Field. Return to Jerusalem and accommodation. 

We include a visit to the  old city of Jerusalem. Excursion by Mount Scopus toward the  Mount of Olives. There is an extraordinary view of the walled Holy City from the top. We then continue to Gethsemane, the Basilica of the Agony. Departure toward the Old City. Visit to the  Western Wall (Wailing Wall).  We will continue along the  Via Dolorosa  to arrive at Calvary, the place where Christ was crucified, and to see the  Church of the Holy Sepulchre . We then go onward to Mount Zion to visit the  Tomb of King David, the Cenacle (Hall of the Last Supper)  and the  Abbey of the Dormiton.  Accommodation in Jerusalem.

Breakfast. early departure to border of israel and jordan. arrival at sheik hussein bridge to complete border and visa procedures. welcome to jordan! we explore the fortress of ajlun, an imposing castle dating back to the 12th century. in this area, muslims and orthodox christians have always lived together. we visit the historic church of saint sergius. shall we all pray for peace? lunch included. we continue to jerash to visit its impressive roman archaeological site. we then travel to amman. arrival and accommodation.   


note: the sheik hussein border must be crossed on a special bus for this purpose. this costs around $3 per person, which must be paid directly by the passengers themselves.   
fees: each country requires an entry/exit fee that passengers must pay directly at their destination. for guidance purposes, these are the fees/visa fees that may apply (prices subject to change without notice): israel: $32 (departure fee to jordan); jordan: 40 dinars/$60 (sheik hussein border visa).

We will depart towards the castles of the desert, built between the 7th and 8th centuries. we will visit qasr kharana, with its imposing structure of thick walls and the qusayr amra world heritage site, notable for its remarkable frescoes. then, we travel to madaba, lunch is included. we will visit the madaba archaeological park, which we cross via an ancient roman road, and the church of st. george, with its fantastic 6th century mosaic representing the oldest known map of the holy land. we continue to mount nebo, where moses stopped to look over the promised land. return to amman. arrival and free time.

We leave for bethany on the banks of the river jordan, a unesco world heritage site; this is where john the baptist baptised jesus. then we visit the dead sea museum, which an impressive panorama complex. lunch is included. arriving at our hotel at the dead sea, do not forget to take a dip in the saltiest sea and lowest altitude on earth. dinner and accommodation included.

Exciting section in the heart of jordan. following the dead sea, we visit lot’s cave, discovered in 1991, with its old byzantine church from the 6th century. then we ascend into the mountains to dana, a small picturesque town of stone houses on a huge cliff. lunch is included. we continue along the king´s route to shobak, where we take photographs (outside only) of the great crusader castle. we continue to wadi musa (the site around petra). we will explore the moses spring,where moses is said to have tapped the rock with his rod and the water gushed out, and the petra museum, an excellent exhibition that enables us to learn about the history of the nabateans and to see magnificent pieces found in the area. dinner and accommodation. any travellers who wish can go to an old turkish bath or see a light and sound show in petra.

Today we have the most exciting day of the trip: first, we visit the impressive archaeological site of petra, which is accessed through a narrow canyon, and discover the temples and tombs excavated on the cliffs in this city that was founded 300 years before christ. after lunch (included) we leave for the impressive desert of wadi rum. at the visitor centre we board 4x4 vehicles to visit some of the most impressive landscapes. we stop in the town of rum to visit the ruins of the nabatean temple. we include a 45-minute camel ride through the desert. we will also visit the khazali canyon. in this spectacular place, we will see the engravings that reveal the origins of the arabic language. dinner and accommodation included in a desert camp.

After breakfast, we leave for aqaba, jordan’s second city, lying on the banks of the red sea. we walk through the centre before continuing to the border of israel, eilat and arrive in this modern and tourist city with its excellent beaches. there’s time to relax, have lunch and stroll around. are you tempted to have a swim? we then continue towards the egypt border, and into sinai. on the way, there’s chance to take photographs of the pharaoh’s island with the powerful fortress of saladin. continue to saint catherine. arrival, accommodation and dinner included.  


fees: at the border crossing from jordan to israel and from israel to egypt, every traveller must pay an entry/exit fee for the different countries. jordan: $15 (exit fees), israel: $32 (exit fee), egypt: $45 (entry visa, which is actually $25 visa + $20 processing fee)

At the foot of mount sinai, we visit the impressive walled monastery of saint catherine. according to tradition, this is where moses saw “the burning bush that burned without being consumed”. the monastery, which is a sacred place for jews, christians and muslims, belongs to the orthodox church and is a unesco world heritage site. we then continue on through the sinai desert’s picturesque landscapes. lunch included in route. stop at the well of moses, a biblical site that looks like a small oasis. we will leave sinai through the tunnel under the suez canal. arrival in cairo at the end of the afternoon. accommodation.

Full day visit where we explore the famous pyramids of cheops, kefren and micerinos (tickets to go inside the pyramids are not included), and also the impressive sphinx, which is sculpted from rock. visit to the egyptian museum with its ancient art and where the treasure of the lost tomb of tutankhamen is kept. lunch included. citadel of saladin and the alabaster mosque. we will take a walk through the coptic neighbourhood where we visit the hanging church built above a roman fortress.

transfers to the airport and the end of our services.  if you have time, we recommend that you purchase an additional night and take a trip to memphis and sakkara.


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