Take an epic Middle Eastern adventure in comfort
Take an epic 26-day journey across lands 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 Nile River. Take jeep safaris in Wadi Rum and Negev, camping under unpolluted skies full of stars. Discover the Rose City of Petra and the Roman city of Jerash before arriving in Tel Aviv. Taste unbelievable falafel in Manger Square and take a walking tour through Jerusalem. Immerse yourself in the frequently misunderstood Middle East and gain an understanding you can’t get from news bulletins.
Relax and watch life unfold on the banks of the Nile during a three-night river cruise, stopping at temples and villages by day and stargazing from the deck pool by night.
Take an included flight to Abu Simbel and feel tiny compared to the towering, mountain-carved statues of Ramses II that guard the Great Temple.
Journey into the red-desert wilderness of Wadi Rum and spend a night camping beneath the stars with your nomadic Bedouin hosts.
Wash off the dust of the desert with a float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea – a surreal experience that has to be felt to be believed.
Stay on the edge of the world’s largest erosion cirque – Ramon Crater – and contemplate a galaxy unimpeded by light pollution in the Middle East’s only official Dark Sky Place.
Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. This trip visits a number of religious sites and many require you to cover ankle to wrist.
Weather in the region can be extreme, depending on the season, ranging from very hot to very cold. Please consider the season and research the weather conditions to determine the best time to travel for you. Remember to come prepared with adequate clothing.
Some of the sites you will visit involve walking on rocky and/or steep hillsides, so sturdy walking shoes and are essential. That being said, this trip can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.
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.
Popular sites can get congested with large groups of coach travellers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. We do our best to avoid peak times, but there may be delays, lines and private services that prevent us from entering in a timely manner.
Israel and 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 part of life in this region. Tipping is not compulsory, but if you are satisfied with the services provided a tip is appropriate.
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
Petra by night is offered as an optional activity, this activity is currently scheduled to operate on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, please check your departure date if you are planning this activity as it is not available on all departures
The Flight from Cairo to Amman and the land border transfer from Amman to Tel Aviv are included but you will be unaccompanied on these transfers.
As you have joined an Egypt -Jordan group trip you will not have a visa fee on arrival in Jordan as is considered a group arrival.
You will have three Intrepid leaders on this trip each one is local to the destination.
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 Shepherds Field.
Day 25 – 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. Later in the afternoon, take a tour of the Machane Yehudi Market with your leader.
These changes will remain in place until the Palestinian Territories Authority reopens it 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
There is one internal flight included in this tour, from Luxor to Cairo. The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 23 kgs per person plus 7 kgs hand luggage.
There is an included international flight from Cairo to Amman. The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 23 kgs per person plus 7 kgs hand luggage.
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