Days
22
Price from
€6,560EUR

From the Valley of the Kings to the Dead Sea, the solitude of the Wadi Rum desert to the high energy of Tel Aviv, this trip encompasses the best of Egypt, Jordan and Israel

Embark on a cultural and historical adventure through the Middle East, from the heartland of ancient Egypt to the Dead Sea and beyond. Over 22 unforgettable days, sail down the Nile, travel to the temples of Abu Simbel, break bread with local communities, discover lost kingdoms in Jordan, camp under the desert stars with Bedouins and marvel at some of the world’s most powerful religious sites in and around Jerusalem and Jericho.

Before booking on this trip we recommend that you read the ‘Safety’ section in the Essential Trip Information regarding special safety considerations for Egypt trips.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2018
In 2018 the Israel portion of this trip will be run in reverse. This mean that the Israel portion will start in Jerusalem and finish in Tel Aviv. Rather than passengers flying to Israel from Jordan we can use an overland border crossing from Jordan to Israel to deliver better value to our passengers. The new itinerary is below:

Day 1 Cairo
Day 2 Cairo (Overnight train)
Day 3 Luxor
Day 4 Valley of the Kings – Luxor – Nile Cruise
Day 5 Nile Cruise
Day 6 Aswan
Day 7 Aswan
Day 8 Cairo
Day 9 Amman
Day 10 Amman – Aqaba
Day 11 Aqaba – Wadi Rum
Day 12 Wadi Rum – Petra
Day 13 Petra
Day 14 Petra – Amman
Day 15 Amman
Day 16 Jerusalem
Day 17 Jerusalem
Day 18 Jerusalem
Day 19 Bethlehem
Day 20 Nazareth
Day 21 Tel Aviv
Day 22 Tel Aviv (departure day)


Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Jerusalem, Israel
Countries
Egypt, Israel, Jordan
Style
Peregrine
Code
PGDIC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Witness the icons of ancient Egypt, from the pyramids and Sphinx to the Valley of the Kings.

  • Relax into your journey with a 3 night riverboat cruise down the Nile.

  • Enjoy the traditional food and hospitality of a Nubian village in Egypt.

  • Travel to Abu Simbel’s monumental temples by plane and marvel at the sheer scale of these stunning structures.

  • Ride a camel through the desert to a remote Luxury camp in Wadi Rum.

  • Get a taste of Israel's bustling modern heartland - Tel Aviv.

  • Float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.

  • Discover the religious melting pot of Jerusalem and its Old City.

  • Feature stays on this trip include: Rest, relax and watch life unfold on the banks of the Nile during your 4 night river cruise, then spend a night in a luxury tented camp in Wadi Rum hosted by Bedouins.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

  • This trip visits a number of religious sites so it's advisable to bring clothes that cover arms and legs if you want to go inside and remain respectful. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it's hot.

  • Egypt can get incredibly hot in the summer months of July and August. Regardless of the month, it does heats up quickly during the day and there will be some site visits with little or no shade.

  • Some of the sites you will visit involve walking on rocky and/or steep hillsides, and there is often little or no shade. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and a hat are essential.

  • Accommodation aboard the Nile riverboat is full board – breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Drinks are offered from the bar area for an additional cost. An evening program is also available.

  • Accommodation aboard the overnight train is in two-berth cabins which convert to bunk beds. All bedding is provided on board and western-style toilets are located in each carriage. Keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to.

  • The weather in Jordan can be quite cool in the winter, so pack layers of clothing to deal with the varying temperatures.

  • In Wadi Rum we stay in a permanent tented camp with shared bathroom facilities.

  • Sites in Israel & The Palestinian Territories can get congested during peak travel periods with coaches of large pilgrim groups. We do our best to plan our visits around these times but sometimes it is unavoidable. There may be delays, queue's and private services that prevent us from entering the site. Your trip leader will manage this as best as they can on the day.

  • It’s not all hot desert days in Israel, as the winter months (December through to February) can be quite cold. Temperatures in northern parts of the country can drop to freezing overnight. Snowfall around these areas is also common. Regardless of which month you plan to travel, be sure to pack clothes that will prepare you for varying temperatures as they can differ quite dramatically ( 10 degrees or more ) from one side of the destination to the next.

  • Israel & The Palestinian Territories is by no means a cheap destination and you should budget accordingly. The good news is that your expert local leader is on hand to help you uncover the best deals!

  • Known as 'baksheesh' in the Middle East, tipping is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. If you are satisfied with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate and always appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Don’t be taken back if this tipping culture is even more apparent in Israel.

  • This destination caters primarily for large pilgrim groups and it can be difficult to secure small, boutique style accommodation in central locations with local 4 star amenities.

Itinerary

Arrive at Cairo International Airport and be transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Cairo at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city, but an important welcome meeting will be held at 6pm this evening. Please check the hotel reception for details. Cairo is one of the great cities of antiquity and its history can perhaps be symbolised by two imposing landmarks - the Pyramids of Giza and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. In free time perhaps get out and explore the busy streets of this city of contrasts, where you can see donkey carts and expensive cars, medieval slums and modern shopping malls.

Please note that the Novotel is a dry hotel. However there are a number of great options to grab a drink and a meal in the surrounding Zamalek area.
Accommodation
  • Novotel El Borg or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Cairo - Downtown Cairo Tour - USD45
  • Cairo - Half Day Pyramids Adventure - USD67
  • Cairo - Islamic Cairo in Depth Tour - USD64
  • Cairo - Alexandria City Discovery - USD133
  • Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids (entrance fee only) - EGP150
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
This morning after breakfast drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man - the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors.
The Egyptian Museum is simply one of the world's great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region's treasures. You will head there after lunch and your expert guide will take you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost).

Afterwards you will return to your hotel, where there is plenty of time to freshen up before you are transferred to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.

Accommodation aboard the overnight train is in two-berth cabins which convert to bunk beds. All bedding is provided on board and western-style toilets are located in each carriage. Your bags will be stored in your cabin, where airline-style dinner and breakfast will be served. However it may be worth bringing some additional snacks, especially if you are vegetarian or have dietary requirements. Your tour leader can help you to arrange this. Despite being a tourist class train facilities are basic. Please also keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to.it may be worth bringing some additional snacks, especially if you are vegetarian or have dietary requirements. Your tour leader can help you to arrange this. Despite being a tourist class train facilities are basic. Please also keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to.
Accommodation
  • Sleeper Train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum headset
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
Optional Activities
  • Cairo - The 2nd Pyramid of Khafre - EGP40
  • Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops - EGP200
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum Mummy Room - EGP100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After an early breakfast on board, the train rolls into Luxor. It's a vibrant place with an excellent bazaar, situated close to some of ancient Egypt's most important and extraordinary sights. Travel to Karnak, one of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years, and some of it dating back to 2,055 BC. Your guided tour of the temple reveals its finest sections.
Later you will be transferred to your Nile cruise boat, which will be your home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town. For the rest of the afternoon and evening you will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local tea house.

Notes: Audits were carried out on balloon operators within Egypt to confirm the safety of their operations, unfortunately we were not able to ascertain the safety standards of these balloon operators therefore, we are not able to recommend or assist in the booking of any balloon excursions.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple (entrance only)
Optional Activities
  • Luxor - Sound and Light Show at Karnak (entrance only) - EGP100
  • Luxor - Luxor Museum (entrance only) - EGP100
  • Luxor - Luxor Temple (entrance only) - EGP100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rise early this morning and head into the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. Explore this sprawling and spectacular place where discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun's final resting place is also located here, and you'll have free time to visit it. Your guide will explain the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. You will visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is the Colossi of Memnon – giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade. Enjoy lunch upon your return to the boat. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before you set sail for Edfu. Generally the journey from Luxor to Edfu is from 1 pm to 11 pm. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic – please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the 'Other Information' section. You will pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue your journey upstream.

Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Luxor - Tut Ank Amon Tomb entrance
Optional Activities
  • Luxor - Valley of the Queens - EGP50
  • Luxor - Medinat Habu Temple - EGP40
  • Luxor - Deir el Madina - EGP80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning finds you moored near Edfu, a beautifully preserved temple dedicated to Horus. Please see the special information below regarding visiting the temple.

Continue travelling upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights – desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land.

This afternoon we will arrive at Kom Ombo temple (about 45km north of Aswan city) which sits picturesquely ruined on the river's edge and provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period. 
The temple was built approx. 181BC and is dedicated to 2 Gods; Horus the protection god and Sobek fertility god linked to the Nile Water . The temple consists of 2 identical northern sections the North and South each dedicated to either god.
In the Sobek section recent discoveries have been made of mummified Crocodiles, which are now displayed in the Crocodile museum attached to the temple - don't miss it!

Board your boat again at around 6pm and continue to Aswan, arriving at around 9.30 pm.

Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kom Ombo - Kom Ombo Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

The only mode of transport available to visit the Edfu temple is by locally managed horse and carriages. As a responsible travel focused business, animal welfare is extremely important to us and we want to ensure that we are not promoting any activities where the working animals are not properly cared for. Unfortunately, some operators of the Horse and Carriages have been found to be in breach of our animal welfare guidelines and it is, for this reason, we will no longer including the visit the Edfu Temple.

In addition to the animal welfare concerns, we have had a substantial amount of feedback suggesting that the experience itself is quite uncomfortable due to the pushy nature of the vendors and local suppliers outside the site. While we recommend that you do not use the horse and carriage to visit the Temple, the decision is ultimately up to you. Edfu is an included port stop on the Nile River cruise schedule.
Explore Aswan today, Egypt's southernmost city. Its easygoing charm is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Depending on your arrival time, you may visit the beautiful Temple of Isis (the Goddess of health, marriage and wisdom) that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island (alternatively you will visit it tomorrow). It's a marvel of decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings – definitely one of the real gems of Upper Egypt. Access to the temple is by small motorboats. The rest of your day will be free to wander, and Aswan is a great place for it. The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is recommended by many. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan's 'corniche', runs alongside one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea. Watch the waterfront come alive at dusk, as families are out strolling, socialising and relaxing along the corniche.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aswan - Philae Temple (entrance only)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We depart early this morning to visit the iconic Abu Simbel by plane. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights. The rest of the day is free for you to make your own discoveries. A popular afternoon option in Aswan is a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island. Alternatively travel to the Monastery of St Simeon, an abandoned 7th-century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile's west bank. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply relax by the hotel pool or do some shopping in the local bazaar. In the evening you will visit a Nubian village and enjoy the warm hospitality (and cuisine) of these locals. You will also be treated to some Nubian dancing, and may even have the chance to try some moves yourself. 

Accommodation
  • Hotel Basma or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Abu Simbel - Abu Simbel temples
  • Abu Simbel - Flights to and from Abu Simbel
Optional Activities
  • Aswan - Unfinished Obelisk (entrance only) - EGP40
  • Aswan - Nubian Museum (entrance fee only) - EGP60
  • Aswan - Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple - EGP100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes) where you will be met and taken to your hotel. Today you will dive into another layer of Egyptian history: medieval Cairo. Head to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo's oldest mosque and the Gayer-Anderson Museum. The 'Khan', sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience – a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes. It retains a distinctly medieval feel. You will explore the gold market, 'perfume street' and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market). The gorgeous 9th-century Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the oldest and largest in Egypt, possibly its most beautiful too. Its perfectly proportioned courtyard and distinctive minaret make it a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Nearby stands the Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in two fine old villas and vaunting a fascinating collection of Arabic artefacts, furniture and memorabilia. Also dont miss the chance to drink arabic coffee or mint tea from Cairo's oldest cafe, it has a long history and fantastic atmosphere.
This evening you will get to share an authentic Egyptian meal with a local family. Visit a family home, chat with the local family members about life in the Middle East, and learn some of your favourite traditional Egyptian dishes while enjoying a delicious dinner
Accommodation
  • Novotel El Borg or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cairo - Gayer Anderson
  • Cairo - Home Cooked Meal
  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili Bazaar
  • Cairo - Ibn Tulun Mosque
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
For the flight from Aswan to Cairo, the baggage allowance is up to 23 kilos for checked in luggage and 7 kilos for carry on bags subject to the airlines discretion.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Amman. On arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in Amman. Now, welcome to Jordan, cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet steeped in biblical history. Amman has served as the modern and ancient capital of Jordan and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with a 1994 excavation uncovering homes and towers believed to have been built during the Stone Age (circa 7000 BC). As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. Maybe head to the Old Town’s Roman Amphitheatre, find fine culture at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, look down on the city from the hilltop Temple of Hercules, or begin your trip with a relax in a Turkish bath house. Soak up the atmosphere as you sip mint tea in a cafe.

Meet your new leader and group tonight at a welcome meeting at 6pm

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers
Accommodation
  • Grand Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
After breakfast today you’ll leave the Jordanian capital of Amman and journey down the Desert Highway, with the beach resort of Aqaba as your destination (approximately 4 hours). On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Aqaba is the only port city in the country, lying at the very northern tip of the Red Sea, and you will have the rest of the day free to explore the town and port. The small Ottoman Mamluk Fort, dating from the 14th century and from where Lawrence of Arabia rode to Cairo, is worth a look. Otherwise most of the fun is to be found in the water. Acquaint yourself with the hotel's pool, or head to the beach – some of the best snorkelling in the world can be found around the untouched coral reefs just south of the town.
Accommodation
  • Days Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will see the contrast between the sparkling waters of the Red Sea and an ochre sea of desert on the way to spellbinding Wadi Rum. Drive approximately 1 hour into this desolate yet achingly romantic landscape the way the locals do – in rather old, rickety (but reliable) jeeps operated by the local Bedouin Community. After lunch (not included) in the small village of Rum and a browse around the visitor's centre, you will visit some of the most stunning desert scenery you’ll ever witness. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place, where great gouts of rock on a carpet of bright red sand have been eroded into fantastical gnarled shapes. Visit several of the distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence of this lunar-like landscape. Wadi Rum is probably best known for its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18. Today you will also meet your new Bedouin Friends, the backbone of Jordan. Journey through the sweeping swathes of desert, wondering how this place could be liveable until you soon get your answer – a group of dark tents low-pitched to the ground: a Bedouin camp. Meaning ‘Desert Dwellers’ in Arabic, the Bedouins are a semi-nomadic people considered by many to be the predecessors of the settled Arabs, and in Jordan up to 40 per cent of the general population is believed to possess Bedouin ancestry. This might explain the legendary hospitality of the Jordanians – in traditional Bedouin culture, a huge onus is placed on taking in and feeding any visitor, and so a very warm welcome is assured on your arrival.
This evening enjoy a delicious dinner cooked in an earthen oven by your Bedouin Hosts. Zarb otherwise known as Bedouin barbeque has been prepared for centuries by Bedouins in the Arabian Peninsula who cooked their food underground in earth ovens. This way of cooking does not require much equipment. Which was important as Bedouins travelled a lot as they roamed the desert in search of water and pastures for their cattle.
The chicken, lamb and vegetables are placed on the bbq racks, this is then placed into the large fire pit and covered with a lid. This then covered with sand and blankets to keep the heat inside. Cooking time can take 2.5 – 3 hours. Once the food is ready the sand and blankets are removed to reveal the delicious slow cooked smoky meat and perfectly cooked vegetables.
Spend the night in this incredible location, deep in Wadi Rum and under a huge expanse of stars.
Accommodation
  • Desert Luxury Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
  • Wadi Rum - Camel ride (30 min.)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Here we stay in permanent Bedouin style tents with shared bathroom facilities.
Tents are luxuriously furnished complete with comfortable king-size or twin beds, Bedouin sofa, mirrors, lamps, and the finest bed linens. All the furniture is hand-made. There is cosy relaxation area outside the tent to watch the stars at night. Electricity is provided in the guest tents in the evenings via solar power. Each tent has a private terrace with a fantastic view over the Wadi Rum Mountains.
After waking up in the unique surrounds of the Bedouin camp this morning, you will enjoy a walk around the area (the length of the walk will depend on how energetic you are feeling) before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area. Keen photographers will be delighted. You will then take 4WDs from your camp back to the main entrance, which is opposite the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the mountain named after Lawrence of Arabia’s book. The visitor's centre here is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and handicrafts, mostly made by a women's co-operative that is aimed at supporting traditional local industries. You will then continue your journey to the fabled city of Petra (approximately 2.5 hours). On arrival there is time in the afternoon to check out the town that has grown up around the site, and to just relax… ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Petra Moon Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petra - Guided Tour
Optional Activities
  • Petra - Petra By Night tour - JOD17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Petra is justifiably on most people’s list of ‘must-visit’ places. It is the jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabateans, an impressive series of tombs and dwellings hidden behind ornate façades carved directly into the rock. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the site was lost to Western minds until it was rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer. The iconic Petra view – the Treasury's glorious façade, glimpsed from the narrow cleft known as the Siq – is arguably the single most striking sight of the entire region. The first taste of this exquisite craftsmanship among such stark scenery is a moment that manages to be both eagerly anticipated and also an almost surreal surprise. The Siq leads through the rock and is sometimes only a few metres wide, with walls soaring up to 180 metres on either side, and it is impossible not to imagine the armies and traders who made their way down here in the ancient times. Petra's greatest surprise, however, is its size. With your guide you will explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs. You will also climb up to the second beautiful façade of the Monastery, from where you will have a magnificent view of the entire site. This is a memorable day exploring a truly extraordinary destination, a highlight of your trip. There is a cafeteria on the site, where you can enjoy a light lunch. In the mid-afternoon, return to your hotel where it won't take much convincing for you to try a soothing traditional Turkish bath. The rest of the day will be at your leisure – perhaps take the chance to witness Petra by night. Seeing the Treasury plaza lit up by flickering candle light while Bedouin music plays is a magical experience.
Accommodation
  • Petra Moon Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Petra is much bigger than most travellers imagine and there can be large stretches with no shade at all. Even if you don’t do a second climb, it still requires a reasonable amount of fitness to cover the whole site from one end to the other and back.
Petra is an incredible site and almost demands more than one visit. If you want to see more, then get up early to soak in the dramatic setting, walk to extra sites like the High Place of Sacrifice, and just try to comprehend the history and life of city that was once able to challenge the might of Rome. Later, the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak makes as imposing sight as you make the short drive up to it. It was originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189. Stroll the site and discover a small chapel, original gatehouse, and find out where a long, dark secret passage leads. Continue half an hour to the ancient village at Dana, on the edge of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms. Drive on to Madaba (approximately 3 hours), home to a number of fine Byzantine mosaics. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George and see an impressive mosaic map of the Holy Land that clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. You will arrive in Amman in the late afternoon, where you can spend the evening in one of its several fine restaurants.

Notes: Please be aware that Kerak Castle is not included in your tour, as it is often very congested and busy. However, if there is sufficient interest among members of the group, your leader can also arrange an optional visit to Kerak Castle. Many travellers however prefer to spend extra time in Amman.
Accommodation
  • Grand Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Shobak - Shobak Castle
  • Dana - Ancient Village Visit
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will leave Amman for a short drive north (approximately 1 hour) to Jerash, once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world. These are some of the best ruins Greco-Roman ruins around. Reaching its zenith as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian, it has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a morning exploring. Grand ionic columns encircle the city's centrepiece, the Oval Plaza, a wonderfully atmospheric place to linger after exploring Jerash's riches. You better have packed your swim gear, because in the afternoon you can wash off the dust from exploring ruins with a dip like no other. Drive approximately 1.5 hours to spend the afternoon on the shores of the Dead Sea. Named for the dearth of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the density of the water makes swimming and getting underneath the surface very difficult. Floating on the surface without any sort of lilo makes for a unique pleasure though. Maybe grab a handful of the shoreline’s mud and slick it over your body on the way back in – it’s full of nutrient-rich natural minerals and will leave your skin feeling luxurious. Afterwards you will return to Amman for the evening (approximately 1 hour). Maybe spend your final night at one of the many bars and restaurants in West Amman, or ask your leader about the traditional cafes dotted around the city where locals spend their evenings.
Accommodation
  • Grand Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dead Sea - Visit including lunch
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
It's an early start this morning and you will be transferred to Amman's Queen Alia International Airport for a 6:55am flight to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. The flight is a short one at just under 1 hour. Once you have cleared Immigration and Customs in Tel Aviv, you will be met by your Israeli guide. You will then drive to the ancient port city of Jaffa, where your guide will take you on a morning tour of the city, including the Church of St. Peter, the old markets and the modern artist quarter and port. Enjoy breakfast before heading back to Tel Aviv to check-in at your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city. Tel Aviv is Israel's liveliest city and although just an hour from Jerusalem, the two cities couldn’t be more different. While Jerusalem is a place of ancient history and holy sites, Tel Aviv is a modern cosmopolitan city, a true 'city that doesn’t stop'. With its lively cafe culture, relaxed Mediterranean beach scene, and renowned nightlife, Tel Aviv makes for the perfect start to your adventure. If you have time, perhaps visit the packed stalls of the Carmel market, wander along the beach boardwalk, or have a drink at one of the beachside bars.

Accommodation
  • Hotel Metropolitan or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
After breakfast drive north to Caesarea, which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras. This was once a great port town built by King Herod around 25BC, complete with a theatre, amphitheatre, hippodrome, palace, Roman temple and an extensive network of aqueducts, along with an artificial harbour. The city was eventually abandoned and lost under the desert sands, but thanks to archaeological excavations since the 1950s, its splendour is on show once again. Continue through Haifa where you’ll see the Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel Mountains (a memorial and shrine to the Bahai faith) and look out across the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in what was once the ancient crusader port and capital of Acre. Here you’ll visit the vast complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John (Knights Hospitaller), excavated to uncover rooms including a large hall, a dungeon, a dining room and the crypt of an ancient Gothic church. You will also see the secret tunnel of their rivals, the Knights Templar – an underground passage between their fortresses.

Continue on to the hometown of Jesus – Nazareth where you’ll have the evening at your leisure.

Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 3.5-4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Villa Nazareth or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Akko - Templar Tunnels
  • Caesarea - Guided Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will visit the Church of the Annunciation, where Mary received the news of the Immaculate Conception, along with the well where she drew water every day.
Then travel on to Tiberias where you will take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee (weather permitting), and afterwards visit Tabgha. This is where the Bible says Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, one of the only miracles that’s in all the gospels. Here you can see the church and its ancient mosaics that were built to mark the spot of the miracle. A short way up the lakeshore is Capernaum; see the ruins of this old fishing town, the site of two ancient synagogues and a church said to have been the home of Saint Peter. Here you will have the traditional St. Peter’s Fish lunch. The name “St. Peter's Fish” comes from a story in the Gospel of Matthew about the apostle Peter catching a fish that carried a coin in its mouth.
Drive to Bethlehem, famous for the Nativity, where you will spend the night.

Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 3 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hosh Al Syrian Guesthouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's Well
  • Tiberias - Church of the Multiplication
  • Tiberias - Sea of Galilee boat ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Please note that the Restaurant where we have the St Peters Fish Lunch is large and caters for a high volume of tourists during peak periods. Despite this we have found that our travellers still enjoy this experience.
Even the non-religious have no doubt heard of Bethlehem, even if it’s just through Christmas Nativity plays. Early this morning visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, marking the spot of the stable where Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus, and the Shepherds’ Fields in Beit Sahour just a couple of kilometres east of the city. This area has been identified as the scene where Angels visited the lowly shepherds and informed them of Jesus’ birth. The Roman Catholics and the Greek Orthodox each have their own Shepherds’ Field. The Roman Catholic site features a Franciscan Chapel designed to resemble the shepherds’ tent, while the Greek Orthodox site features a 5th century church built over a cave. From here continue to Yad Vashem for a sobering and moving visit to Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Our local leaders are not permitted to guide in this museum so you will have a guided tour with a local guide which will take approximately 2-3 hours.
Then it’s a short drive to take in a panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives, which has churches and tombs all the way down from top to bottom. Continue to the centre of all this religious history – Jerusalem. The city has one of the great urban skylines – the serried buildings and ancient ramparts of the Old City, the churches adorning the Mount of Olives and the iconic gold of the Dome of the Rock.

Notes: Total driving time today is a maximum of 2 hours.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
  • Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will drive out to visit the Garden of Gethsemane, most famous as the place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion. See the Church of All Nations (also known as the Basilica of the Agony), which holds inside a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. Walk to St. Stephen’s Gate (also known as Lion’s Gate) to enter the Old City, and visit the crusader church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Now located in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, this pool was mentioned in the Gospel of John and is associated with healing. Walk along the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) – the “way of sorrows” which follows Jesus’ path to crucifixion – and stop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, died, buried, and rose again. Walk along the ‘Cardo’ in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was a road that ran the entire length of the city in Byzantine times. Visit the Wailing Wall – the remains of the Temple Mount, which acts as an outdoor synagogue, where written prayers are slid into the cracks between stones. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to wander around the city on your own. Return to your hotel when you desire, before being picked up by your guide for a short walk to a local restaurant in the old city serving a traditional meal of musakkhan (roasted chicken with onions, sumac, and olive oil on whole wheat flat bread) with yogurt salad.

Notes: Total driving time today is a maximum of 1 hour.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane & Basilica of the Agony
  • Jerusalem - Walk the Via Dolorosa
  • Jerusalem - Holy Sepulchre
  • Jerusalem - Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Dome of the Rock/Al-Aqsa Mosque is open from 7:30-10:30am Sundays through Thursdays, and again for an hour in the afternoon. In order to beat tourist traffic, our guides usually like to go there first thing in the morning.
The Western Wall area is open everyday. However please note that on Friday evenings and Saturdays, tourists are not allowed to take any photos.
Today you will drive via the biblical town of Ma'aleh Adumim and the Inn of the Good Samaritan in the Judean Desert to visit Masada. The Inn of the Good Samaritan is a museum located near the site of the inn mentioned in the New Testament's parable of the Good Samaritan, and it displays mosaics and artefacts discovered throughout Israel. In Masada you will take a cable car to discover the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, built by King Herod around 35BC. This UNESCO site is very important to the Jewish people, a symbol of their exile from the Holy Land and of bravery and self-sacrifice. The story goes that here a Jewish sect called the zealots held out against the Roman army in AD66. Rather than surrender, they either fought to the death or committed suicide, every last man, woman and child. Afterwards you will drive to an archaeological site on the West Bank, about a mile from the north shore of the Dead Sea. Major discoveries have been made here in Qumran, not the least of which is the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here you will also have a chance to float in the Dead Sea. Named for the death of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the density of the water makes swimming and getting underneath the surface very difficult. Continue up the shore to the town of Jericho. Discover this slow-paced town in the West Bank, where people have lived for 11,000 years. On a drive around the city see the Mount of Temptations (where Jesus was tempted by the devil) and a Sycamore Tree mentioned only in the Gospel of Luke. Return to Jerusalem for your final night.

Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masada - Dead Sea & Fortress visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Journey Through Israel comes to end today after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time. If you are keen to see more of the area, why not join one of our tours that continues through to Jordan.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Due to strict security measures, we recommend that you allow 3 hours minimum to get through airport security before your flight departure

Meals

19 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Boat, Camel, Hydrofoil, Jeep, Plane, Private aircon bus, Riverboat, Sleeper train

Accommodation

Overnight train (1 night), Riverboat (4 nights), Comfortable hotel (14 nights), Bedouin camp (1 night), Luxury Desert Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum headset
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple (entrance only)
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Luxor - Tut Ank Amon Tomb entrance
  • Kom Ombo - Kom Ombo Temple
  • Aswan - Philae Temple (entrance only)
  • Abu Simbel - Abu Simbel temples
  • Abu Simbel - Flights to and from Abu Simbel
  • Cairo - Gayer Anderson
  • Cairo - Home Cooked Meal
  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili Bazaar
  • Cairo - Ibn Tulun Mosque
  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
  • Wadi Rum - Camel ride (30 min.)
  • Petra - Guided Tour
  • Shobak - Shobak Castle
  • Dana - Ancient Village Visit
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
  • Dead Sea - Visit including lunch
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Akko - Templar Tunnels
  • Caesarea - Guided Visit
  • Nazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's Well
  • Tiberias - Church of the Multiplication
  • Tiberias - Sea of Galilee boat ride
  • Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
  • Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
  • Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane & Basilica of the Agony
  • Jerusalem - Walk the Via Dolorosa
  • Jerusalem - Holy Sepulchre
  • Jerusalem - Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Masada - Dead Sea & Fortress visit

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please refer to your booking agent for further information.
Please note, on the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
-Day 12: Wadi Rum
SAFETY ADVICE:
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt & Israel (particularly within the West Bank) before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - http://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/travel-alerts
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The code for this trip in 2016 was PGDI but has now changed to PGDIC in 2017.

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