Travel the Middle East across Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine from Petra to the Dead Sea
Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Palestine are ancient lands that conjure images of river valleys, powerful Pharaohs, pilgrims and cities carved from stone. Dive headfirst into Cairo, sail up the Nile on a felucca, party in Tel Aviv, take a jeep safari across Wadi Rum and experience more World Heritage Sites than you can shake a stick at: Battir; Petra; the Old Cities of Cairo, Acre and Jerusalem; the Church of the Nativity… it goes on – and so will you as you trek, swim, explore, photograph and taste your way across the best of the Middle East. This adventure will leave you with a greater appreciation for life here and a hands-on experience of some of the most significant religious and human history in this part of the world.
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Be amazed by the beautiful scenery as you cruise down the Nile on a felucca.
Explore vibrant Cairo with its bustling markets and colourful streets.
Experience the feeling of weightlessness as you float in the super-salty Dead Sea.
Spend the night trying to count the billions of stars or chat with the locals at our Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.
Discover the sights, sounds and tastes of Jerusalem's Old City.
Hear the personal stories behind some of Bethlehem's graffiti walls.
Take a cable car to view the incredible caves of Rosh Hanikra.
We use a variety of accommodation on this trip, including shared accommodation on a felucca and in a desert camp.
Walking around the ruins can be uneven, dusty and rocky, bring comfortable walking shoes. In places like Petra you can expect to be walking in the elements for most of the day.
Some hotels may not have lifts. Please be aware you may need to climb stairs with your luggage to reach your hotel room for the night.
Sites 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, queues and private services that prevent us from entering the site. Your trip leader will manage this as best as they can on the day.
The temperatures in the region can be extreme – from very hot to very cold (snow in some places) during the year. Please be prepared for the season you wish to travel in.
Before booking on this trip we recommend that you read the ‘Safety’ section in the Essential Trip Information regarding special safety considerations for Middle East trips.
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.
Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories are by no means cheap destinations and you should budget accordingly. The good news is that you will have expert local leaders to help 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 trip starts in Cairo on Day 1 at 4 pm. This allows time to explore Khan al-Khalili bazaar with your leader after the meeting.
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 5 (Nile Felucca) and Days 9 and 10 (Wadi Rum) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
This trip has an international flight included, luggage restrictions of 23kg checked and 7kg cabin apply on this flight. This flight is unaccompanied.
Accommodation in Wadi Rum is in Bedouin tents, bedding is provided, but in the colder months of November–March you may want to consider bring a sleeping bag. Bathrooms in Wadi Rum are on a share basis.
SPECIAL INFORMATION – DEPARTURES MARCH, APRIL AND MAY 2020
Due to the closure of the border to the West Bank as a result of COVID-19 virus concerns and decisions implemented by the Ministry of Health, your departure may not be able to visit Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square and we are not able to stay in Jericho/Jordan River Valley.
DAY 17 – We have included a visit to the Herodion National Park, an impressive fortress built by Herod the Great, also the place where he was buried; from here you have a great view of the West Bank and Jerusalem.
DAY 18 – As we will no longer be able to spend the evening in the eco-lodge in the Jordan River Valley, we have added an extra night in Jerusalem with an afternoon tour of the Machane Yehudi Market with your leader.
These changes will remain in place until the Palestinian Territories Authority reopens its borders. Please consult a booking agent for further information.
We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page: www.intrepidtravel.com/travel-alerts
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