Classic Egypt, Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories

22 Days | Explore one of the oldest cities and two of the ancient wonders of the world in this Middle Eastern adventure

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This whirlwind exploration of the Middle East takes you from ancient wonders to holy cities. On this 3-week trip, witness the immensity of the great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx in Cairo, sail down the Nile River and explore the architecture of the past, take in the majesty of The Treasury in Petra, Jordan, float in the strangeness of the Dead Sea and visit one of the oldest holy cities in the world – Jerusalem. Connect with the Bedouin women in the Negev Desert region of the Palestinian territories over tea and a traditional weaving demonstration. Head on a desert safari in a 4WD through an International Dark Sky Park. Traverse the open-air museum that is Luxor, full of Pharoah tombs, temples and monuments. Visit the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus is said to have been born. This Middle Eastern odyssey is packed with local experiences, modern traditions and ancient artifacts.

Trip overview

Map of Classic Egypt, Jordan, Israel & The Palestinian Territories including Egypt, Israel and Jordan
Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Theme
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Destinations
Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Egypt
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Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
XEKNC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore an ancient wonder of the world - the Pyramids of Giza, along with the famed Sphinx, Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings, as you learn mythological history from an expert guide.
  • You'll never forget your first glimpse of The Treasury in Petra. Spend a day taking in the majesty and mystery of this unforgettable place on a guided tour then enjoy free time to explore.
  • Explore the Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert in a 4WD, spotting constellations unimpeded by light pollution on a tour with an expert local guide.
  • Join Bedouin women for special lunch at Lakiya Negev Bedouin Weaving, an initiative that empowers women to apply their traditional weaving skills to the manufacture and sale of their products, and earn an income.
  • Experience the unique sensation of floating in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea, then cover yourself in the mineral-rich mud for a spa treatment like no other.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Cairo is notorious for road congestion and air pollution. Be prepared for one of the busiest cities in North Africa.
  • The walkways around ruins can be uneven, dusty and rocky, so be sure to bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. At major sites such as the Pyramids, you can expect to be exposed to the elements at length, so be prepared with a hat, sunscreen and plenty of fluids.
  • Temperatures can vary across this region and throughout the year. From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, we start some days very early e.g. 6am. Be sure to review the ‘Climate and seasonal information’ section of the Essential Trip Information and consider the weather at the time of year you wish to travel.
  • Accommodation aboard the overnight train is in two-berth cabins, which are comfortable and air-conditioned. All bedding is provided, and western-style toilets are located in each carriage. General train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to. An included dinner and breakfast are served on board. You may want to purchase something extra beforehand to supplement your meal, particularly if you have any dietary requirements.
  • The Nile Cruise includes four nights’ accommodation and full board (drinks are not included). Your ship will be docked each night in Aswan, Edfu or Luxor – please see the Itinerary for more details. When docked, Nile cruise ships are moored lengthways alongside each other, and your ship will most likely have a ship on either side. You walk through the other ships to reach the port.
  • In Wadi Rum we stay in a permanent tented camp with shared bathroom facilities. While the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cold at night and warm clothes are highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months.
  • Ramadan is an annual month-long festival, during which travel can be a rewarding cultural experience, however some regular services may not be available during the day, such as restaurants or cafes, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider this when selecting your travel dates. You'll find dates and further information in the 'Climate and seasonal information' section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • Major sites can become congested during peak travel periods with buses of large pilgrim groups. While we do our best to plan our visits around these times, it’s not always possible. There may be delays, queues and private services that prevent us from entering some sites. Your leader will manage this as best as they can on the day.
  • During your trip you will visit numerous religious sites. You will need to bring clothes that cover the arms and legs. Your leader will advise when such clothing is necessary.
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories is by no means a cheap destination, so it’s important to budget accordingly. The good news is that your expert local leader is on hand to help you uncover the best local deals.

Itinerary

Map of Classic Egypt, Jordan, Israel & The Palestinian Territories including Egypt, Israel and Jordan

Inclusions

Meals

21 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane, Cruise boat, Felucca, Overnight sleeper train, 4x4 Jeep

Accommodation

Hotel (15 nights), Cruise boat (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Desert camp (1 night)

Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Cairo - Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (entrance to 3 tombs)
  • Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple
  • Izbat Al Bayyarah - Kom Ombo Temple
  • Aswan - Felucca Sail
  • Aswan - Philae Temple
  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit
  • Cairo - Home-Cooked Dinner
  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
  • Petra - Guided tour
  • Petra - Home-cooked meal
  • Shobak - Shobak Castle
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Dead Sea - Visit and float
  • Tel Aviv - Welcome Dinner
  • Haifa - Bahai Gardens view & photo stop
  • Jaffa - Old Port
  • Tel Aviv - Lewinsky Market Visit
  • Nazareth - Church of Annunciation & Mary's Well
  • Nazareth - Wine Tasting
  • Akko - Knights Fortress Visit
  • Beersheba - Anzac Memorial
  • Mitzpe Ramon - Ramon Crater Jeep Safari
  • Negev - Lakiya Negev Bedouin Weaving visit and lunch
  • Masada - Masada visit
  • Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Jerusalem - Guided tour of Old City
  • Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
  • Bethlehem - Refugee Camp Cooking Class
  • Bethlehem - Separation Barrier Graffiti Tour
Add on activities
  • Cairo - The Citadel (entrance fee) - EGP450
  • Cairo - Coptic Museum (entrance fee) - EGP230
  • Cairo - Islamic Art Museum (entrance fee) - EGP270
  • Cairo - The 3rd Pyramid of Menkawre (entrance fee) - EGP220
  • Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops (entrance fee) - EGP900
  • Luxor - Mummification Museum (entrance fee) - EGP200
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show (minimum 2 persons) (entrance, guide & transport) - USD45
  • Luxor - Luxor Museum (entrance fee) - EGP300
  • Luxor - Tomb of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens (entrance fee) - EGP2000
  • Luxor - Hot Air Balloon over the Valley of the Kings - USD130
  • Luxor - Deir el Madina -Entry Fee - EGP200
  • Luxor - Valley of the Queens (entrance fee) - EGP180
  • Luxor - Medinat Habu Temple (entrance fee) - EGP200
  • Aswan – Abu Simbel excursion by car (includes transfer, guide and entry) - USD110
  • Aswan - Abu Simbel excursion by flight (includes flights, transfers, guide and entry) from price - USD450

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer to have your own 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.
2. 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.
3. This trip includes domestic and international flights as indicated on the trip map. The luggage allowance is 23kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on.
4. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for transport and entrance tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
5. 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 would like to do this activity as it is not available on all departures.

Essential Trip Information

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Classic Egypt, Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories
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ZAR  143,735