Travel the Middle East across Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine from Petra to the Dead Sea.
Egypt, Jordan, Israel & 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.
Before booking on this trip we recommend that you read the ‘Safety’ section in the trip notes regarding special safety considerations for Egypt trips.
This trip was formerly know as Explore Egypt, Jordan & Israel
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Be amazed by the beautiful scenery as you cruise down the Nile on a felucca.
Be amazed by the Pyramids of Giza.
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.
Travelling on a felucca is awesome, but it's not for everyone. You will be sharing a sleeping area with your fellow group members for the night and shared bathroom facility on board.
The facilities in Wadi Rum are shared but despite that most people list the Desert Camp experience as a highlight!
The walk ways around the ruins can be uneven, dusty and rocky, bring comfortable walking shoes. In places like Petra which is a massive sight you can expect to be walking in the elements for most of the day.
Some hotel in region 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, 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.
The temperatures in the region can be extreme – from very hot to very cold (snow in some places) during the year. Please be prepared with layers, hat, sunscreen and water.
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 & 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 itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 24 November 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
1. This trip starts on Day 1 in Cairo at 4pm.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for more details. Please note, on the following night, the single supplement is not available:
Day 5: Nile Felucca.
3. This trip finishes on arrival into Tel Aviv at 5pm on Day 21. Please ensure that you allow plenty of time for delays/traffic if you plan on catching a flight on this day.
4. Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt and 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 - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts