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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Terms & Conditions

Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Tel Aviv, Israel
Destinations
Egypt, Israel, Jordan
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
XESIC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

Itinerary

Welcome to Egypt! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4 pm this afternoon. For those arriving early, why not take a walk to get your bearings of the neighbourhood, or escape the hustle and bustle and explore the Christian Coptic sector. After your important meeting, head out with your new travel buddies and discover Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, located in Cairo's Islamic centre. This traditional souk is a labyrinth of narrow alleys lined with local merchants; a perfect place to get introduced to daily Egyptian life.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit
Optional Activities
  • Cairo - The Citadel - Entry Fee - EGP180
  • Cairo - Coptic Museum -Entry Fee - EGP100
  • Cairo - Islamic Art Museum -Entry Fee - EGP140
  • Cairo - Sufi Dance Khan al-Khalili -Entry Fee - EGP85
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

If you are arriving early then check out the range of local day tours offered by our sister company Urban Adventures.  https://www.urbanadventures.com/destination/Cairo-tours.  Book on line  OR contact our local team +201096811067 for further assistance with pre tour activities.

This morning, head to Giza and some of the world’s most iconic sights. Approach the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx by camel, with panoramic views across the dunes. Explore these structures that have stood tall for 4500 years, and for an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu, although occasionally it is closed to visitors. Afterwards, make your way to the Egyptian Museum – home to one of the world's great collections of antiquities. Wander the treasure-filled halls of the museum, and make sure to check out the optional Mummies Hall for a close encounter with some of the country’s most important queens and pharaohs. Later in the evening, meet your leader and travel to the nearby train station, where you will board an overnight sleeper train bound for Aswan (approximately 13 hours).
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Cairo - Camel ride at the Pyramids
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum Guided Visit
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum headset
Optional Activities
  • Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops - Entry Fee - EGP400
  • Cairo - The 2nd Pyramid of Khafre - Entry Fee - EGP100
  • Cairo -The Royal Mummy Room- Entry Fee - EGP180
  • Cairo - Solar Boat Museum - Entry Fee - EGP100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The inside thoroughfares of the Pyramids of Giza are very small and very warm, so for those suffering from claustrophobia it is not recommended. Please note that you'll be required to walk around the Pyramids complex. It can be very hot in the summer months, so be prepared for little shade and pack appropriate clothing, sun protection, and carry lots of water. Please note that there is an additional EGP 50 fee to take photos in the museum.
The Nile, Elephantine Island and white-sailed feluccas. Welcome to Aswan – Egypt's southernmost city. Its easy-going charm is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Today is a free day so take the opportunity to see such Aswan sites as the unfinished obelisk or the High Dam. The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is top of many visitors’ lists. Highly recommended is 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. 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. This evening you’ll experience modern Nubian culture first-hand with a visit to a nearby village. You’ll join a local Nubian family for a memorable dinner and get an unforgettable insight into the daily life of the local people.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner
Optional Activities
  • Aswan - Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple -Entry Fee - EGP300
  • Aswan - Philae Temple -Entry Fee - EGP180
  • Aswan - High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk Tour (Min 2 customers) Transfers/Entry/Guiding-p/p - EGP700
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Optional activitiy charges mentioned today are for entry only OR for organised tour programmes facilitated by your group leader. In the past we have found that this suits most of our travellers. If you prefer to do your own thing, transport to sites are available and your leader can assist with organising this.
Today perhaps head out of Aswan and book in to visit stunning Abu Simbel in the morning. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, carved directly out of the mountain on the west bank of the Nile, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights. Please note this optional activity has a very early start (but it’s totally worth it). There’s two ways to get there – a 40-minute flight, or renting a minivan with your group and leaving very early. The journey by land is 3–4 hours each way, with an early departure from Aswan at 4 am. Instead, you could take a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island. Or, take a camel ride to the Monastery of St Simeon, an abandoned seventh-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. Otherwise, simply relax and take in the beauty of the Nile or do some shopping in the local bazaar.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Aswan - Abu Simbel Tour -Transfers/Entrance/Guiding( Min 4 customers) -price p/p from - USD110
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your group leader will offer to organise the optional excursion to Abu Simbel by minivan for your group. This excursion will be limited to your group members only. If you would like to fly to Abu Simbel or join an alternative excursion, please discuss options with your leader there are many join in tours sold but be aware group sizes may vary.

Flights can be booked online through EgyptAir, and prices vary throughout the season, depending on the day of the week you fly and how far in advance you book, but expect to pay between USD 270–350. Due to the southerly location, it's recommended to book the earliest flight possible and visit Abu Simbel as close to sunrise to avoid the heat. Your leader may be able to reserve a flight for you subject to availability.
With some free time this morning, perhaps head down and grab a motor boat out to the Tomb of the Nobles or stock up on snacks for your evening on the Nile. Board your included felucca journey just before lunch and spend the afternoon out on the river, watching Egyptian daily life play out on the banks, then spend a night under the stars. Your Nubian sailing crew provides all the meals which are hearty and delicious. Being a traditional wooden boat with broad canvas sails, your felucca offers some shade and protection from the elements. However, there is no cabin or enclosed section. Nonetheless, watching the sun setting across the Nile in the evening is a sight you won't forget. This is the absolute highlight of the trip for many, especially with some local Nubian entertainment from your crew.
Accommodation
  • Felucca (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nile - Felucca overnight sailing trip
Optional Activities
  • Aswan - Tomb of the Nobles -Entry Fee - EGP60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Conditions will be basic during your felucca trip. If you are prepared for this, you’re sure to have a memorable adventure. You'll sleep outside on the deck of the felucca on a mattress. While blankets are provided, a sleeping sheet or sleeping bag is recommended. During the colder months (October to March) temperatures can get as low as 5°C at night.

Slight alterations may have to be made to the Nile itinerary throughout the year, depending on winds and currents. As the felucca is a sailing craft without any outboard engine, if there's no wind you won't travel very far. The felucca does have a shared bathroom facility onboard. While feluccas do have mosquito nets when required, we do recommend insect repellent for your day on the Nile.
This morning, say goodbye to your Nubian friends and take a private van to the ‘open-air museum’ of Luxor (approximately 3.5 hours travel time). From the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs. On the way, there's the option to visit either the unique mirror-image design of the Temple of Kom Ombo, or the beautifully preserved Temple of Edfu. This afternoon you will explore the magnificent Karnak Temple, which is perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharaohs' monumental works. One of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, Karnak is a house of the gods built over a period of some 200 years. The rest of the day will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar, which is open until quite late, or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local teahouse.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple -Entry Fee
Optional Activities
  • Edfu - Edfu Temple -Entry Fee - EGP180
  • Luxor - Luxor Temple -Entry Fee - EGP160
  • Luxor - Luxor Museum -Entry Fee - EGP140
  • Luxor - Mummification Museum -Entry Fee - EGP100
  • Luxor - Sound and Light Show at Karnak -Entry Fee - EGP300
  • Aswan - Kom Ombo Temple -Entry Fee - EGP140
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
You will disembark your Felucca at a point between Aswan and Luxor which will be dependent on sailing winds. You will then continue to Luxor by private mini van. It may not be possible to visit Edfu or Kom Ombo Temples depending on wind and timing, please discuss with your Tour Leader.

Optional activity chargees mentioned today are for entry only OR for organised tour programmes facilitated by your group leader. In the past we have found that this suits most of our travellers. If you prefer to do your own thing, transport to sites is available and your leader can assist with organising this.

It may not be possible to do all of the mentioned activities due to timing. We recommend discussing with your leader what your free time priorities are.
Today you’ll hop in a private minivan and discover some of the wonder of ancient Thebes. Your first stop is the Colossi of Memnon – two 17-metre-high statues on Luxor's west bank. Carved from granite blocks, they represent the Pharaoh Amenhotep III and were once part of an impressive colonnade. Continue on to the spectacular royal burial site of the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 richly decorated tombs of pharaohs. With your leader, explore this sprawling and spectacular place, where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (16th to 11th century BC) were secretly interred for all eternity, and where discoveries are still being made. Your group leader will explain the history and legends of these remarkable people, and the significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. Afterwards, join a local family for lunch to try some traditional home cooking. The rest of your afternoon is free to explore – with the Luxor Museum a great place to visit. Keep in mind that tonight you’ll board an overnight sleeper train from Luxor back to Cairo (approximately 10 hours).
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
Optional Activities
  • Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun -Entry Fee - EGP300
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple -Entry Fee - EGP140
  • Luxor - Valley of the Queens -Entry Fee - EGP100
  • Luxor - Medinat Habu Temple -Entry Fee - EGP100
  • Luxor - Deir el Madina -Entry Fee - EGP80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note, there is an additional EGP 300 fee to take photos in the Valley of the Kings.

It is possible to do a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings and the Temples of antiquities on the West Bank. Your leader can reserve this service for you. We use Dream Balloons in Luxor. Pick up will be from your hotel between 0430 and 0500; balloon capacity is 16-25; Cameras are prohibited in the basket but cell phones are allowed. Activity is subject to weather conditions. Payment by card is possible and will attract a 3% bank service fee.

Optional activity charges mentioned today are for entry only OR for organised tour programmes facilitated by your group leader. In the past we have found that this suits most of our travellers. If you prefer to do your own thing, transport to sites is available and your leader can assist with organising this.


Today you will farewell Egypt and take a short flight to Jordan. This flight is currently scheduled for the afternoon to allow for delays from the overnight train. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your Amman hotel, where your Jordanian Group Leader will be waiting for you. There may also be new group members joining the trip in Jordan. Welcome to Jordan, cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet steeped in biblical history. Tonight consider a visit to Rainbow Street where you will hear “Welcome to Jordan” from the locals, and maybe pick up a coffee from one of the cafés and partner it with an ara’yes, a toastie filled with spicy mincemeat
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Amman - King Abullah Mosque -Entry Fee - JOD2
  • Amman - Roman Theatre Entrance - JOD2
  • Amman - Citadel -Entry Fee - JOD3
  • Madaba - Bethany Baptism site (Al-Maghtas) -Entry Fee - JOD12
  • Amman - Jordan Archaeological Museum -Entry Fee - JOD3
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers.
Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia with a journey to Wadi Rum (approximately 5 hours). A half-day jeep safari will take you through some of the most striking desert scenery on the planet. Wadi Rum is full of weird and wonderful lunar-like rock formations, and traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area – from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum are those carved by nature – the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks. Tonight, sleep in a simple Bedouin desert camp, with the choice of sleeping under a camel hair tent or out under the stars. Enjoy dinner cooked in an earthen oven by your Bedouin hosts. Meaning ‘desert dwellers’ in Arabic, the Bedouins are a semi-nomadic people, and in Jordan up to 40 per cent of the general population is thought to have Bedouin ancestry. Conditions are basic at the desert camp, but the hospitality of your hosts as well as the chance to sleep beneath the twinkling desert night sky will sure make up for it.
Accommodation
  • Desert camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari and desert camp
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
For tonight’s camp, a mattress and blankets are provided. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night. So, warm clothes and a sleeping bag are highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months. Western-style toilet facilities are available, as well as solar panel showers.
After waking up in the unique surrounds of the camp this morning, head out on a trek around the area (approximately 12 to 15 kilometres), with a stop for tea and a lunch break. You might scale one of the large sand dunes for sensational views of the valley – the perfect chance to snap some unbelievable pictures. Explore the distinctive rock formations and bask in its eerie silence. 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. Tonight is again yours to enjoy the traditional Bedouin hospitality and the clear night skies of the desert.
Accommodation
  • Desert camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Rum - Guided trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The duration and length of today’s trek can vary depending on the weather and the group’s ability. Please make sure you have appropriate, sturdy, comfortable footwear for this trek. If you don’t want to participate in the hike, you can always spend some more time around the Bedouin Camp.
This morning you'll leave your desert camp, taking 4WDs 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 aimed at supporting local industries. Continue your journey to the fabled city of Petra by private vehicle (approximately 2 hours). The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt – a Swiss explorer. In 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage-listed site. Once arrived, spend the afternoon on a guided tour of Petra. Squeeze through a mile-long narrow path, known as the Siq, through huge towers of rock and get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury complex. It’s amazing to think that this enormous, intricate building entrance was hand carved out of the rock.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petra - Guided tour of Petra
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
A two-day entrance pass to Petra is included. Please note that when entering Petra as a group, a complimentary horse ride is included in the ticket price from the entrance point down to the Siq. Intrepid doesn't recommend that you take this option due to the safety and insurance liability involved. Please note a lot of walking is required to see all the sites and viewpoints of Petra. A basic level of fitness will enhance your enjoyment of your visit.
Enjoy a free day of self-discovery as you explore Petra on your own. The site is surprisingly big, and so it is up to you to choose your own route around the complex. You could explore the old Roman road, other smaller temples and several old tombs, as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre. For those who are feeling a bit more active, there's the challenging but highly rewarding 1-hour walk up the steps to the secluded yet stunning Monastery.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petra - Second day entrance (no guide)
Optional Activities
  • Petra - Petra By Night tour - JOD17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Traverse the King's Highway to the historic crusader castle of Kerak, which stands on a cliff commandingly overlooking Wadi Karak and the Dead Sea in the distance (approximately 2.5 hours). You’ll have time to explore the ruins and discover the legends of centuries-old battles. Pack your swim gear as next you can wash off the dust in the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level). This super-salty lake is a perfect place to spend some time relaxing and get some classic floating pictures. For those who are game, why not cover yourself from head to toe for a nutrient-rich natural mineral mud bath. Continue to Mt Nebo – the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the ‘promised land’ and where he’s supposedly buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the fourth-century church. Afterwards, continue to Madaba, famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the acclaimed sixth-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land at St George's Church. Other mosaic masterpieces from the fifth to seventh centuries can be found throughout Madaba’s churches, museums and homes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kerak - Kerak Castle
  • Mt Nebo - Mt Nebo visit
  • Dead Sea - Dead Sea visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will leave Madaba for a short drive to Jerash – once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world (approximately 1.5 hours). These are some of the best-preserved Greco-Roman ruins around. The ancient walled town that survives today is a remarkable evocation of life 2000 years ago. It has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a day exploring. Discover Hadrian’s arch, the partially restored hippodrome, ornate public fountains, the south amphitheatre, and see the collection of daily artefacts uncovered during excavations. Grand columns encircle the city's centrepiece, the Oval Plaza. After a full day of exploring, maybe gather your travel buddies together and share a celebratory shisha as you reminisce on your memories of majestic Jordan.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning we farewell Jordan and make the hour journey to the Alenby Bridge Crossing for your onwards journey to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Your Tour Leader will escort you to the crossing and provide you with instructions for the border officials. Once you have cleared the border there will be a representative to escort you to your hotel in Jerusalem. Welcome to Israel and Jerusalem, a city steeped in spirituality and legend; a rich tapestry of the many cultures, religions and nationalities that call it home, be they Palestinian Muslims & Christians, Sephardic Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, Armenian Christians, Ethiopian Copts or Greek Orthodox monks. Your arrival at the hotel should be just in time for lunch and the rest of your day is free to explore Jerusalem. We recommend checking out the range of tours on offer from Urban Adventures. There will be a meeting this evening at 6 pm with your Tour Leader and any fellow travelers, please look for this note in reception.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers.

Please note that the border crossing can be very busy. Your Jordanian representative will explain the crossing process to you. Due to local procedures in regards to meet and greet services on arrival in Israel, if you can not immediately see your transfer representative who will be holding an Intrepid branded sign; please reach out to the border officials and ask them to call our local operator.
Explore the Old City this morning on foot. Start with the Courtyard of the Dome and the Western Wall, then continue to St Stephen’s Gate, passing the crusader church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue along the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) and stop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected. Perhaps stop and recharge and sip on sweek tea or sample fresh local bread and then walk through the Christian Quarter up to Jaffa Gate. In the afternoon use your free time to explore more of the city.

This evening meet up with your leader and enjoy a home-cooked meal of chicken maqloubeh (an upside-down layered dish) with a Palestinian family. With a full belly, enjoy a traditional oud performance from a local musician.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jerusalem - Guided tour of Old City
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Dome of the Rock/Al-Aqsa Mosque is open from 7.30–10.30 am 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 every day. However please note that on Friday evenings and Saturdays, tourists are not allowed to take any photos.
Start the day off with a panoramic view of the city. Drive out to the Mount of Olives that looks over Jerusalem’s Old City and visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is said to have prayed the night before his crucifixion. See the Church of All Nations (also known as the Basilica of the Agony), then drive the short distance out to Bethlehem and take a graffiti walking tour along the barrier wall. Graffiti by many artists has graced the wall over the years, including famous ones like Banksy. Continue to Manger Square and consider refuelling with some of Bethlehem’s famous falafel. Visit the Church of the Nativity, marking the spot of the stable where Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus, then head back to Jerusalem. Visit the holocaust museum Yad Vashem – your leader may not be licensed to guide in the museum or may not be comfortable doing so; if this is the case then an audio guide will be provided. Later, meet a local rabbi for a lively and informative discussion about the Israel–Palestine conflict, Jewish tradition and peace processes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bethlehem - Grafitti Walking Tour
  • Jerusalem - Yad Yashem Jewish Holocaust Memorial
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Departures March, April and May
Please note that a visit to Bethlehem and activities in the West Bank may not be available on your departure. The border to the West Bank may not be open to visitors due to COVID-19 virus concerns. As an alternative activity we will visit the Herodion National Park, an impressive fortress built by Herod the Great and also the place where he was buried – from here you have a great view of the West Bank and Jerusalem in the distance.
This morning drive out to the cliff-top fortress of Masada. On the way your leader will make a few stops; each leader has their favourite photo spots and stories to tell so we leave it up to them to share what they love. Arrive in Masada and take a cable car to the fortress built by King Herod around 35 BC. This UNESCO site is very important to the Jewish people as a symbol of their exile from the Holy Land and of bravery and self-sacrifice. Spend some time visiting the site, then drive around 30 minutes to the shores of the Dead Sea, where the dense and super-salty water means you’ll go for a float, not a swim. Spend some time relaxing here and soaking in the mud, which is supposed to have healing properties.

Tonight you’ll stay at an eco-lodge, where the accommodation is part of an NGO, originally a refugee camp and now a community initiative that aims to protect the ecology of the Dead Sea and the Jordan River Valley. On arrival your host will speak about the environmental situation in the valley, and the work they are doing in waste management and water conservation. If there's time after your included dinner, take an optional sunset hike – a 2-hour walk to a farm to enjoy some light refreshments and some local conversation. 
Accommodation
  • Eco-lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dead Sea - Visit and float
  • Masada - Masada visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Departures March, April and May
Please note that due to COVID-19 virus concerns we will be unable to stay in the eco-lodge as advertised. We will spend an additional night in Jerusalem and your leader will take you on a snack-sampling tour of the Machane Yehuda Market.
Travel to the western shores of the Sea of Galilee and historic Tiberias, established all the way back in AD20. Visit the ancient fishing village of Capernaum. See the site of two ancient synagogues and a church said to have been the home of St Peter. Stop by Tabgha, where the Bible says Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, then head up to Safed (Tsfat), one of Judaism’s Four Holy Cities, which is over 900 metres above sea level. Continue to Nazareth to take a stroll through the Old City and visit the Church of the Annunciation, where Mary is said to have received the news of the Immaculate Conception. Hit the road again and arrive in Haifa for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning travel to Rosh Hanikra  (1 hour's drive) where white cliffs meet the blue sea. This little beauty of natural geography is tucked away on the border with Lebanon and is usually a highlight for everyone. Take the cable car up the cliff to view the spectacular grottoes. Continue to the ancient crusader port of Acre (Akko in Hebrew), where 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. Perhaps a good place to have lunch and relax before returning to Haifa. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time. You may want to visit the Baha’i Gardens, where the elaborate terraces and a golden shrine sit overlooking the city. There are some great produce markets and excellent restaurants nearby, just ask your leader for recommendations.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Akko - Knights Fortress Visit
  • Rosh Hanikra - Cable Car & Grottoes
Optional Activities
  • Haifa - Baha'i Gardens - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, journey to Tel Aviv via the coast and tour the ancient port of Caesarea (approximately 1 hour), which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras. Built in 25 BC, the city was eventually abandoned and lost under the desert sands. Thanks to archaeological excavations since, its splendour is on show once again. Continue along the coast to Tel Aviv. Take a stroll through the Old City of Jaffa, then drop your luggage at tonight’s accommodation. Head out on an orientation walk with your leader, taking in Rabin Square. Finish up your walk at the promenade, the perfect place to find a restaurant for dinner this evening, or enjoy a farewell drink at your hotel with your leader and fellow travellers and try the local boutique beer.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Caesarea - Roman Amphitheatre & Aqueduct
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Tonight's hotel does not serve breakfast, however they will issue a voucher for Aroma Cafe, one of Israel's best-loved cafes that serves great coffee and is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Your leader will give you your voucher this evening for tomorrow.
This trip comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time after you check out.

Getting to the airport is very simple and easy by public transport with buses nearby taking you to the train station and connecting to the airport. Private transfers are available to pre-book with Intrepid.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Felucca, Jeep, Overnight sleeper train, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (15 nights), Desert camp (2 nights), Eco-Lodge (1 night) Felucca (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Cairo - Camel ride at the Pyramids
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum Guided Visit
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum headset
  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner
  • Nile - Felucca overnight sailing trip
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple -Entry Fee
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari and desert camp
  • Wadi Rum - Guided trek
  • Petra - Guided tour of Petra
  • Petra - Second day entrance (no guide)
  • Kerak - Kerak Castle
  • Mt Nebo - Mt Nebo visit
  • Dead Sea - Dead Sea visit
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
  • Jerusalem - Guided tour of Old City
  • Bethlehem - Grafitti Walking Tour
  • Jerusalem - Yad Yashem Jewish Holocaust Memorial
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Dead Sea - Visit and float
  • Masada - Masada visit
  • Akko - Knights Fortress Visit
  • Rosh Hanikra - Cable Car & Grottoes
  • Caesarea - Roman Amphitheatre & Aqueduct

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Important notes

GROUP MEETING
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.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
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.

INCLUDED FLIGHT
This trip has an international flight included, luggage restrictions of 23kg checked and 7kg cabin apply on this flight.  This flight is unaccompanied.

ITINERARY
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.

Alternative Itinerary:
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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