Egypt , Jordan Israel Pilgrim tour 15 days by Vacations to Go Travel - Egypt
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Take this 15-day historical tour over the greatest Egyptian cities. Discover the culture, the history, and visit churches and monasteries with a major biblical significance.
- Departure times: Varied
- Duration: 15 Days
- Starts in: cairo
- Ends in: Tel Aviv
What to bring:
- Light Refreshments
- Comfortable Footwear
- Change of Clothes
- Warm Clothing
- Waterproof Clothing
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Day 1: Arrive Cairo (EGYPT) Arrival Cairo Wednesday
Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome in Arabic. We are warmly received at Cairo Airport and transferred to our hotel. Check in time starts from 1400 hrs.
Day 2: Cairo/Pyramids
This is a day to go back in time, starting with a visit to the most famous of the Egyptian sphinxes, the Great Sphinx of Giza, followed by the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). Completed around 2600 BC, this pyramid was 146m (478ft) high and consisted of over 2 million limestone blocks weighing over 2 tons each. Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The Museum houses the world's greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, including 12 rooms filled with golden treasures from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutenkhamun. (B, D)
Day 3: Cairo/Aswan (Flight)
An early morning flight gets us to Aswan where we are warmly received and transferred to your boat, home for the next three nights. This is also a day for those who may want to take an optional flight excursion to Abu Simbel to see the temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. Visits in Aswan include the famous and monumental Aswan High Dam and the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka then sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. It stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Continue to Edfu.
Overnight: M/S Nile Cruise (3 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 4: Nile Cruise
Morning we will be visiting the well-preserved Greek built Temple of Horus. This temple, built during the reigns of six generations of Ptolemy's, is not only the best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but also the second largest after Karnak. We then sail to Esna. Cross the lock and continue to Luxor. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Nile Cruise
We begin our day with a visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, richly decorated, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of pharaohs. Our visit will also includes Queen Hatshepsut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Luxor Luxor / Sharm-el-Sheik (Flight) Via Cairo
After breakfast we disembark from our cruise ship and visit the Karnak and Luxor Temples. The ancient Egyptians knew the Temple of Karnak as Ipet-isut. It is a city of temples built over 2000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amon, Mut and Khonsu. This derelict place continues to overshadow many of the wonders of the modern world. It is the mother of all religious buildings and a place of pilgrimage for nearly 4,000 years. Luxor Temple was connected to Karnak Temple by an avenue of sphinxes in ancient times. Unlike Karnak, Luxor is mainly the work of one pharaoh - Amenhotep III and was added to by Tutankhamun, Horemheb, Ramses II and Alexander the Great. During Akhenaten's all religion other than worship of Aten was rejected and development at Luxor stopped. When Akhenaten died, the old religions returned, along with the priests so the temple began to expand again. After the tour we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Sharm el Sheikh. Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel. Sharm is world renowned for it's beautiful beach and offers several sea sports that one can enjoy or sunbathe. The day is free to enjoy these activities.
Overnight (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 7: Sharm-el-Sheik
Free time in Sharm, overnight Sharm.
Day 8: Sharm-el-Sheik / St. Catherine (Drive)
This afternoon we drive to the Sinai desert to prepare for our ascend on the historical and holy site of St Catherine.
Overnight Hotel (1 night) (B, D)
Day 9: St. Catherine/Aqaba/Petra (JORDAN)
A pre dawn climb on the biblical Mountain of Moses. The feeling to stand on the spot where Moses is reputed to have received the Ten Commandments with spectacular sunrise view of the Sinai, is something that cannot be described but has to be experienced. After descending, we have breakfast at a local hotel before visiting yet another historical place - the St. Catherine's Monastery constructed on order of the Emperor Justinian in the area of what is believed to be Moses' Burning Bush. Drive to Nuweiba to have lunch then transfer to the pier to catch the speed ferry to Aqaba in Jordan. we proceed north to the spectacular city of Petra.
Overnight. (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 10: Petra
Another highlight today and it is Petra - the most magnificent site in the Middle East. After passing the main gate we take a horse ride for about 700 meters to the entrance of the SIQmand walk along the SIQ until the most astonishing monuments of Petra, the Treasury, appear all of a sudden. We wander among the tombs, temples, water cisterns, the Roman Theater, street of Facades, the Royal Tombs, the massive Courthouse, Roman Street and Triumphal Arch and ending at Qasr Al-Bint. (B, D)
Day 11: Petra / Amman (Drive)
Continue northwards to Amman with stops to visit the Dead Sea, and the Christian town of Madaba to visit St. George's Apostle Church that houses the earliest original mosaic map of the ancient Middle East. Continuing to nearby Mount Nebo, we visit the church on top of the hill where it is believed that Moses viewed the Promised Land.
Overnight. (B, D)
Day 12: Amman/ Jerusalem
Amman, the capital of Jordan, offers both the old and new. Our day tour starts with a visit first to see the Roman Amphitheater followed by the Citadel, the Archeological Museum, the beautiful King Abdullah Mosque. We then spend time at the local souq and also visit the newly built high-class area of Abdoun. We then go out of town to see the huge site at Jerash where we also cover the Triumphal Arch, the Hippodrome, the Temple of Zeus, and the Forum, the mile long street of Columns, the Nymphaeum, the Temple of Airtimes and the Viaduct Church.Drive to Sheikh Hussein Border to cross into Israel. After border formalities we are met at the Israel side and transferred to Jerusalem - the centre of history making for centuries.
Overnight.(3 nights) (B, D)
Day 13: Jerusalem
Start the day to visit Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus Christ, then on to visit the shepherds' field. Then on proceed to visit Ein Kerem, the visitation church, and St. John the Baptist then back to New Jerusalem to visit the western part of the city. (B, D)
Day 14: Jerusalem
Start the walking tour of the old city by entering the Old city from St. Stephens Gate, then on to visit the Via Dolorosa (the Stations of the Cross), then on to visit the Holy Sepulcher. Then proceed to visit the Jewish Quarter, the cardo and the Wailing Wall then on to visit the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa Mosque if time permits. (B, D)
Day 15: Jerusalem / Tel Aviv (Drive)
Check out time is by 1100 hrs. After a journey into antiquity and Biblical times, we bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)
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