Journey from the Nile River to the Rose City of Petra, discover the relics of the Holy Lands and be awed by ancient civilizations and breathtaking landscapes on this epic adventure through the Middle East
Uncover Egypt, Jordan, Israel & Palestine. Take a journey across lands that conjure up images of ancient civilizations, holy relics, cities carved from stone and sunrises over desert landscapes. Sip aromatic coffee in Cairo before you discover the pharaonic temples and tombs along the river Nile, take jeep safaris in Wadi Rum and the Negev desert and gaze up at unpolluted skies full of stars. Discover the Rose City of Petra, and the Roman city of Jerash before arriving in a city of a different kind modern cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. Taste what is arguably the best falafel in the middle east in Manger Square, and take a walking tour through the holy city of Jerusalem. Immerse yourself in this exploration across the best of the Middle East and gain a deeper understanding of this enduring land and its people.
Witness the icons of ancient Egypt, from the pyramids and Sphinx to the Valley of the Kings.
Rest, relax and watch life unfold on the banks of the Nile during your 3 night river cruise.
Visit Bibliotheca Alexandrina inspired by Alexandria's ancient Great Library,.
Travel to Abu Simbel’s monumental temples by plane and marvel at the sheer scale of these stunning structures.
Journey in the footsteps of Laurence of Arabia and sleep and star gaze with your new Bedouin friends
The Rose city of Petra; enjoy a two day pass and a guided tour and discover the intricacies of this ancient city.
Spend some time in hip, modern, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv and discover a lively food scene
Visit the Relics of the Holy Lands including Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem.
Take a float in the Dead Sea and discover the Oasis of En Gedi
Stay on the edge of the Ramon Crater an internationally recognised dark sky, indulge in some optional stargazing and contemplate the universe.
Visit the site of the Battle of Beersheba (1917) especially poignant for Australians.
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.
The Middle East 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. In contrast the deserts can get very cool in the evening especially in December and January.
Some of the sites you will visit involve walking on rocky and/or steep hillsides, 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.
In Wadi Rum we stay in a permanent tented camp with shared bathroom facilities, in the Negev desert we stay in bungalow type accommodation with shared bathrooms.
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.
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.
A single supplement is available on this trip, on day 2 the single supplement is not available
A complimentary arrival transfer may be a available on this trip please ask your booking agent and please provide flight details two weeks prior to departure