Egypt, Jordan & Israel Trip Notes

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Egypt, Jordan & Israel
Trip code: XLKI
Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
Myth, religion and wonder come together on this adventure holiday across the timeless terrains of Egypt, Jordan and Israel. Discover ancient sites galore and be awed by the mysteries of the Sphinx, and the sublime stone structures of Petra. Travel on a felucca down the Nile River, explore chaotic Cairo city, stay on a secluded stretch of Red Sea coast and spend a night with Bedouin hosts amid the dunes of the Wadi Rum desert – these are just some of the highlights that make this adventure across the sands of time truly memorable.
ALTERNATE ITINERARY
Due to the increased unrest in the Sinai area we have been liaising with our local operations team in Cairo to ensure the safety of our passengers currently travelling or due to travel on trips to Egypt. With this in mind we have decided to re-route this trip to avoid the Sinai region.
All departures from 1 Apr 2014 to 1 Sept 2014 will be running on the below alternative itinerary. Departures post 1 Sept 2014 will be re-assessed in August.
Day 1-2 Cairo
Day 3 Luxor
Day 4-5 Nile Cruise
Day 6-7 Aswan
Day 8-9 Cairo
Day 10 - 11 Cairo - Amman
Day 12 Aqaba
Day 13 Wadi Rum
Day 14 -15 Petra
Day 16 Petra - Amman
Day 17 - 19 Jerusalem
Day 20 - Tiberias
Day 21-22 Tel Aviv
Please ask your booking agent for detailed trip notes.
Warning - this is a new trip for us!
While we have thoroughly researched this area to put together this trip, it still must be remembered that this is a relatively new trip for us. To be frank, we expect some things to go wrong. When we head to new destinations, we usually find there are more pleasant surprises in store than unpleasant ones, but the warning is sincere. If it concerns you then we recommend that you wait for a year until we get any bugs ironed out.
This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.
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Comfort
  • Comfort is your style of travel if you want the whole grassroots experience with more inclusions, meals and creature comforts. While accommodation is predominantly tourist class (3-4 star), on some itineraries there is the opportunity to stay with a local family, spend the night on a train or camp out in exotic places (without putting up your own tent of course). Along the way, you'll really experience the destination up close. You'll mingle with locals, enjoy a taste of their way of life and gain special insights from your leader. This is not luxury travel, but real world experiences - just with a softer landing!
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Egypt, Jordan & Israel
Itinerary
Days 1-2 Cairo
Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Egypt.
You'll be met on arrival at Cairo airport and transferred to our hotel. Complimentary transfers are only applicable if you arrive on Day 1 of your Intrepid trip or you're going to pre-tour accommodation booked through Intrepid. Please advise flight arrival details (flight number and time) at least 14 days prior to departure if you wish to have this transfer provided.
Explore the Pyramids up close: the Pyramid of Khufu (The Great Pyramid of Cheops), the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) and the Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus). From a distance Khafre's pyramid looks larger than Khufu's, but this illusion is due to the structure being built on higher ground. When they were built they were covered in gleaming white limestone - now most of the casing stones have been removed but you can still see some on the apex of Khafre's pyramid.
With thousands of exhibits, it's easy to lose yourself in the Egyptian Museum's many corridors - but don't miss the Tutankhamun rooms, where the famous golden death mask of King Tut and his gilded sarcophagi are displayed.
Travel to Luxor aboard a sleeper train with fold-out beds (approx 10 hrs). The two-berth cabins are comfortable and air-conditioned. All bedding is provided on board by the porter. Western-style toilets are located in each carriage, but as toilet paper isn't always available it's advised to carry some of your own. Keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to. An included dinner and breakfast are served on board. You may want to purchase something extra beforehand to supplement your meal, particularly if you're a vegetarian as only a single type of meal is served for dinner, which always includes meat. In rare circumstances you may be paired in your cabin with a group member of the opposite sex, depending on the group configuration.
On other occasions you might have the opportunity to share with another traveller of the same sex who may not be part of our group, again determined by the group configuration.
Included Activities
  • Egyptian Museum
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar (1 nt), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 nt)
Day 3 Luxor
After an early breakfast on board, the train will roll into Luxor - a buzzing place with a great bazaar situated close to some of ancient Egypt's most important and extraordinary sights.
You will be taken to your Nile cruise boat, which will bey our home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town. Later in the day you will take horse-drawn carriages to Karnak - one of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years. '
Explore the magnificent Karnak Temple, perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharoahs' monumental works.
Your guided tour of the temple reveals the complex's finest sections. 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.
Included Activities
  • Karnak Temple
Accommodation
Nile Cruise Ship (1 nt)
Days 4-5 Nile Cruise
Rising early, we will cross the Nile and drive to the secluded valley where 63 Pharaohs were buried as part of their journey to the after-life. In the company of a local guide we will explore some of the exquisitely decorated tombs of these rulers of long ago. It is here that the burial site of the boy-king, Tutankhamun, discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, can be found. This visit to the Valley of the Kings brings to life much of what we saw in the Egyptian Museum.
Please note that in the summer months we rise even earlier in order to beat the day time heat.
We return to our boat and enjoy lunch on board. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before we set sail for Edfu.
We pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue our journey upstream.
On day 5, we wake to find our ship moored near Edfu, an excellently-preserved temple dedicated to Horus - the falcon-headed god. We disembark and explore the temple as well as experiencing the bustling town centre. Returning to our cruise boat we 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. Arriving at Komombo, our short walk around the Temple of Sobek (the crocodile-headed god) that lies picturesquely ruined on the river's edge provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period
Included Activities
  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Edfu Temple
Accommodation
Nile Cruise Ship (2 nts)
Days 6-7 Aswan
The Nile, Elephantine Island and white-sailed feluccas: welcome to Aswan. This Nubian city is Egypt's southern gateway to Africa and an important market town - take time here to check out one of the country's best bazaars.
Explore the Temple of Philae. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, the temple was painstakingly moved and reassembled after the construction of Aswan High Dam flooded its original island location.
Depending on our arrival time, alternatively we will visit it tomorrow.
The rest of the 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 the one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea.
Visit the Kom Ombo Temple, north of Aswan. Built on a high dune overlooking the Nile, the complex dates back to the early 2nd century BC.
On Day 7 we leave the cruise boat behind and check-in to our hotel.
The visit to Abu Simbel will take place this morning for those who booked this option with your tour leader back in Cairo. This optional trip is well worth it. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights.
Alternatively, take a camel ride 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 just prefer to relax by the hotel pool or do some shopping in the friendly bazaar.
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.
In the evening you will visit a Nubian village and enjoy the hospitality of your hosts as you dine out on some delicious local cuisine. You will also be treated to some Nubian dancing and may even have the chance to perform some of the moves yourself!
Included Activities
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Philae Temple
Optional Activities
  • Abu Simbel by Air (Optional) - USD175
Accommodation
Nile Cruise Ship (1 nt), Pyramisa Isis Island Aswan Resort or similar (1 nt)
Day 8 Cairo
After breakfast you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo where you will be collected and taken to your hotel.
Today you will dive into another layer of Egyptian history: medieval Cairo. You will 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 and retaining a distinctly medieval and sometimes carnivalesque feel.
Accommodation
Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 9 Dahab
This morning you will be transferred to the airport and take a short flight to Sharm el Sheik, before transferring on to Dahab, where there is time to relax and unwind on the beaches of the Red Sea.
The beautiful Sinai Peninsula boasts a wide array of iconic sights, including Mt Sinai and St Catherine's Monastery, all of which are easily accessible from Dahab.
Accommodation
Daniela Dahab Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 10 Dahab
You will start the day with a two hour drive to Mount Sinai. After checking in to your hotel at the base, you will have the rest of the afternoon to climb to the top subject to local security advice and government warning
The climb up Mt Sinai is challenging and will take up to 3 hours depending on the fitness of the group. Your trip leader can help organist this for you locally. As a group we take the less physically demanding walking trail rather than the '3750 Steps of Repentance', as this gives all members of the group the best chance of reaching the summit. Those of the group that wish to tackle the steps will need to sign off the trip temporarily for this section of the climb, and rejoin the group at the summit.
The view at sunset is definitely worth the effort – the countless granite folds of the Sinai Mountains glowing in the gathering dawn are hauntingly beautiful. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel for a well-earned dinner. Note that during winter months (October to March) it can get very cold on the mountain and may even snow during the height of winter.
Please ensure you have warm thermal clothes during this period, and bring a torch (flashlight), for the descent.
Accommodation
Saint Katherine Daniela Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 11 Nuweiba
Visit the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Catherine, built around the burning bush that spoke to Moses. The monastery was built over 1,400 years ago by the Roman Emperor Justinian to protect the monks and hermits residing in the area. A site of Christian pilgrimage since the 4th century, it's the oldest Christian monastery in continuous existence. The monastery is named for the martyr Saint Catherine, who lived in the 3rd century, and whose relics were found at the summit of Mt Catherine (Jebel Catherine).
'Please note that St Catherine's Monastery is closed to visitors on Public holidays and Sundays, and it may not always be possible to visit. Please speak with your leader about viewing the monastery on an alternative day.
Following this it's a two to three-hour drive to Nuweiba to board the hydrofoil to Aqaba
Take a ferry across the Gulf of Aqaba to Jordan (approx 2 hours). Your Egyptian leader will help you board the ferry and say good-bye. Please note that you'll be travelling on this ferry unaccompanied by a group leader. You'll be met at the Aqaba ferry terminal by our local representative who will receive and process visas for the group and arrange a transfer to the hotel where you'll meet your Jordanian leader.
The ferry crossing can be rough on occasions and those who suffer from sea sickness may want to prepare themselves. Please note this ferry crossing sometimes experiences delays and patience is required. This is a fast ferry and sometimes it can be cancelled without notice. For some trips we may be required to take the slow ferry which can take anywhere between 3-5hrs. Due to adverse weather conditions there's a possibility the ferry will be cancelled all together, forcing us to stay an extra night in Egypt. The ferry itself is modern with western-style toilets on board.
Included Activities
  • St Catherine's Monastery
Accommodation
Saint Katherine Daniela Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 12 Wadi Rum
This morning you will go on a brief orientation walk of Aqaba with your guide, Jordan's principal Red Sea resort. You can visit the old castle (time permitting) before driving to spellbinding Wadi Rum, a landscape of rugged sandstone mountains standing tall among an ochre desert floor.
Wadi Rum is full of weird and beautiful lunar-like rock formations. Traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the Wadi Rum area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum, however, are those carved by nature - the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks.
You will head into this desolate, romantic protected area in rather rickety old jeeps, operated by the local Bedouin community. This is an attempt by the Jordanian Government to bring much-needed income into this region - an initiative we also support.
After lunch in the small village of Rum and a browse around the excellent and informative visitor's centre, you will visit several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place with towering sandstone mountains.
Included Activities
  • Desert Jeep tour of Wadi Rum
Accommodation
Wadi Rum Desert Camp or similar (1 nt)
Days 13-14 Petra
This morning we take a walk (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.
We then take 4WDs from our camp back to the main entrance. The visitor's centre is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and knick-knacks, mostly made by a women's co-operative which is aimed at supporting traditional local industries.
We continue our journey on to Petra.
Hewn out of the rose-coloured rock face, the ancient Nabataean city of Petra is one of the Middle East's most spectacular destinations, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
On arrival there is time in the afternoon to check out the town, withdraw or change money and just relax…ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.
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 Monastery – the site's second beautiful façade – from where you will have a magnificent view of the entire site.
This is a memorable day exploring a truly extraordinary destination and sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. There is a cafeteria on the site, where you will enjoy a light lunch. In the mid-afternoon you will return to your hotel and your tour leader will attempt to persuade you to take a Turkish bath! This is the perfect time to enjoy a bath, and it is also a great experience - Petra is an excellent and safe place to try this tradition of the region. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Please note that when entering Petra as a group a complimentary horse ride is included in the ticket price from the entrance point of Petra down to the Siq. Intrepid recommends passengers do not take this option due to the safety and insurance liability involved.
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Petra
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 15-16 Amman
This morning we drive along the King's Highway, a road that pre-dates Old Testament times. We will reach Shobak Castle, 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.
We stroll through the site and continue on to the ancient village at Dana, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms.
We will then reach Madaba, where we visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George that houses an ancient mosaic map. https://elements.peakadventuretravel.com/Images/Form/reorderListDragHandler.pngThis is of particular interest as it clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD.
You can expect to arrive in Amman in the late afternoon, where in the evening you will try one of its several fine restaurants. (Please note 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.)
On Day 16 we head to the Roman city of Jerash, one of the grandest ancient cities in the world, its archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets constitute a striking collection and make it a beautiful place to explore.
This afternoon we drive to the Dead Sea where we spend the afternoon.
A Dead Sea float is a must for any trip to Jordan. Here at the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level) the water is seven times saltier than a normal ocean at 30% salinity. The Dead Sea is the second saltiest body of water in the world after Lake Asal in Djibouti. When swimming this means you are extremely buoyant and seem to float on top of the water rather than in it.
The mud here is supposed to have healing properties and many visitors like to cover themselves from head to toe for a beauty mud bath. Stop at a private beach with pools and a gentle slope to the water. Towels are available for hire. Don't forget to pack your swimwear for today.
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 17-19 Jerusalem
Day 17 will be an early start as we leave Amman and head for Israel, crossing into the country over the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge some 40 kilometres from Amman. This border crossing will not be accompanied by your leader.
Once you have cleared Immigration and Customs, you will be met by your Israeli guide and head off down the western coastline of the Dead Sea.
Our first stop is the clifftop fortress of Massada whose tale of doomed resistance by the Zealots against the Romans resonates deeply for the Jewish people and the modern state of Israel.
From here we will retrace your steps to Qumran, an archaeological site of a small monastic community from the time of Christ who produced the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found by a shepherd in caves nearby.
Then to Jericho, a slow-paced West Bank townconsidered by some to be the longest inhabited city in the world, before continuing on to Jerusalem.
Day 18 will begin with a short drive to the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the city's extraordinary ensemble before driving to the Garden of Gethsemane.
From here we will walk to St Stephen’s Gate, where we will enter the Old City. We visit the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was the old north-south axis in Roman times, then the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
When entry is permitted you will also visit the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Jerusalem is one of those handful of cities in the world where there is so much to see all in one place; after lunch (not included), the rest of the afternoon will be free for you to further explore neighbourhoods within and beyond the walls of the old city to make your own discoveries.
Tonight we will have dinner at Azzahra restaurant where you should try musakhan, a local speciality.
On Day 19 we head off on a short drive to Bethlehem. En route you will pass through a gap in the controversial security wall that separates Israel proper from the West Bank. You will park in Manger Square and visit the Church of the Nativity, the world's oldest continually operating church that marks the birthplace of Jesus.
Accommodation
Hotel (3 nts)
Day 20 Tiberias
This morning we will drive through the Jordan Valley, whose fertile lands were chronicled in the Bible, to Nazareth. There we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, which incorporates, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the cave in which Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus.
Passing through Tiberias, one of Judaism's four holy cities, we will sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha, where Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. You will return to Tiberias to visit Yardenit - the new commemorative site of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River - and stop off at the site of the ancient settlement of Capernaum situated on the banks of the Kinneret, where Jesus once lived and Peter's house still stands.
We will have lunch at a restaurant and try the local delicacy - St Peter's fish - fresh from the water opposite. The day ends in Tiberias where you will stay overnight in a hotel on a kibbutz.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 21-22 Tel Aviv
On Day 21 we will leave Tiberias and head north to the ancient crusader port of Acre, a World Heritage-listed site and a place alive with an eventful history from the crusades through to the Napoleonic battles, and on to the present day.
We visit the massive complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John as well as the Knight Templars' secret tunnel. You will then head down the coast to Haifa where you'll visit the spectacular Baha'i Gardens.
The perfectly manicured gardens are one of the holy places for the Baha'i faith, one of the world's youngest religions. After lunch, you will arrive at Caesarea which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras and which nowadays holds some of the country's finest classical remains, including an aqueduct and a graceful theatre which overlooks the Mediterranean.
Afterwards, we will arrive in Tel Aviv where you'll spend your last night in Israel's liveliest city. With its lively cafe culture and relaxed beach scene, Tel Aviv makes for the perfect end point to your adventure.
Your trip will come to an today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Tel Aviv.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
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    Culture shock rating

    Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
    Physical rating

    Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
    Tipping
    If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.
    The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
    Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
    Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
    Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
    Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-US$4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
    In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.
    Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.
    Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult
    Important notes
    ALTERNATE ITINERARY
    Due to the increased unrest in the Sinai area we have been liaising with our local operations team in Cairo to ensure the safety of our passengers currently travelling or due to travel on trips to Egypt. With this in mind we have decided to re-route this trip to avoid the Sinai region.
    All departures from 1 Apr 2014 to 1 Sept 2014 will be running on the below alternative itinerary. Departures post 1 Sept 2014 will be re-assessed in August.
    Day 1-2 Cairo
    Day 3 Luxor
    Day 4-5 Nile Cruise
    Day 6-7 Aswan
    Day 8-9 Cairo
    Day 10 - 11 Cairo - Amman
    Day 12 Aqaba
    Day 13 Wadi Rum
    Day 14 -15 Petra
    Day 16 Petra - Amman
    Day 17 - 19 Jerusalem
    Day 20 - Tiberias
    Day 21-22 Tel Aviv
    Please ask your booking agent for detailed trip notes.
    RAMADAN & THE EID UL-FITR FESTIVAL 2014:
    In 2014, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 27 June through until 27 July, and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected.
    This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.
    Group size
    Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
    Accommodation
    Hotel (9 nts), Nile Cruise Ship (4 nts), Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar (2 nts), Saint Katherine Daniela Hotel or similar (2 nts), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 nt), Pyramisa Isis Island Aswan Resort or similar (1 nt), Daniela Dahab Hotel or similar (1 nt), Wadi Rum Desert Camp or similar (1 nt)
    Meals
    21 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 12 Dinners
    USD 500.00
    Transport
    Plane
    Alternate Joining point
    For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
    12 Jul 2014 (XLKI140712), 06 Sep 2014 (XLKI140906), 04 Oct 2014 (XLKI141004), 18 Oct 2014 (XLKI141018), 01 Nov 2014 (XLKI141101), 15 Nov 2014 (XLKI141115), 27 Dec 2014 (XLKI141227), 07 Mar 2015 (XLKI150307), 04 Apr 2015 (XLKI150404), 16 May 2015 (XLKI150516), 30 May 2015 (XLKI150530), 27 Jun 2015 (XLKI150627)
    Grand Pyramids Hotel
    53, Studio Misr Road - Mariottia , Giza, Egypt
    Giza
    Cairo
    EGYPT
    Phone: +20 (2) 33881883
    Fax: +20 (2) 33882022
    Finish point
    Hotel Metropolitan
    11 Trumpeldor St
    Tel Aviv
    63803
    ISRAEL
    Phone: +972 35192727
    Fax: +972 35172626
    Emergency contact
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's local Cairo-based ground representative for the Middle East can be reached on Tel: +2 01096811067. For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week.
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our local Jordan-based ground representative for the Middle East (Jordan Circle Tours ) can be reached on Tel: +962 79 554 7137. For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week.
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our local Israel based ground representative for the Middle East (United Travel) can be reached on Tel: +972-54-761-3668. For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week.
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Melbourne Office can be reached on Tel: +61 3 9473 2650. For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page:
    Visas
    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
    We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
    EGYPT:
    Australia: Yes - on arrival
    Belgium: Yes - on arrival
    Canada: Yes - on arrival
    Germany: Yes - on arrival
    Ireland: Yes - required in advance
    Netherlands: Yes - on arrival
    New Zealand: Yes - on arrival
    South Africa: Yes - required in advance
    Switzerland: Yes - on arrival
    United Kingdom: Yes - on arrival
    USA: Yes - on arrival
    Visas are easily attainable on arrival at Cairo airport or Aqaba ferry port for most nationalities for US$25 to be paid in cash, but please check with your travel agent or embassy before departure. On arrival to Cairo airport you buy your visa at any of the banks before proceeding to immigration. You will be given a stamp that you then need to put into your passport yourself. A single entry visa is valid for three months from date of issue and entitles the bearer to one month in Egypt. Multiple entry visas are not available at the airport or any border crossings.
    JORDAN:
    Australia: Yes - on arrival
    Belgium: Yes - on arrival
    Canada: Yes - on arrival
    Germany: Yes - on arrival
    Ireland: Yes - on arrival
    Netherlands: Yes - on arrival
    New Zealand: Yes - on arrival
    South Africa: Yes - on arrival
    Switzerland: Yes - on arrival
    United Kingdom: Yes - on arrival
    USA: Yes - on arrival
    Visas are required by all visitors entering Jordan. Single entry visas valid for 14 days and can be obtained, by most nationalities, on arrival at the airport in Amman or at the Jordanian border for approx. JOD40. It can be significantly more expensive to acquire your visa from the embassy in your home country. If you require a stay longer than 14 day, a visa obtained from the embassy in your home country will be valid for 2 months.
    Please note that although there are ATMs in Amman airport, there are currently no ATMs in the immigration halls of Amman airport (but there are currency exchanges), so ensure you have some foreign currency on hand if you do not have your visa in advance.
    ISRAEL:
    Australia: No - not required
    Belgium: No - not required
    Canada: No - not required
    Germany No - not required
    Ireland: No - not required
    Netherlands: No - not required
    New Zealand: No - not required
    South Africa: No - not required
    Switzerland: No - not required
    United Kingdom: No - not required
    USA: No - not required
    It is important to be aware that many Arab and Islamic countries deny entry to any person that has evidence of a visit to Israel. Syria, Iran, Libya and several other countries are included in this list. If you are planning to visit any of these countries with the same passport you must request that your Israeli ‘tourist visa’ be stamped on a loose leaf ‘Form 17 L’ instead of in your passport. Likewise, if entering Israel through the land borders with Jordan please ask the Jordanian officials not to stamp an exit stamp in your passport. If you have evidence in your passport of visits to certain Islamic countries, Israeli border officials will scrutinize you regarding the purpose of your visit to Israel. They can sometimes appear difficult and the delay can be lengthy however patience and a friendly demeanor are advised.
    Carbon offset
    Carbon Offset C02-e 1165.00 kgs per pax.