Day 1 Sunday. Arrival
Arrival to Tel Aviv International Airport. A Noah Tours representative will meet you after passport control and accompany you to your transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 Monday. Caesarea - Haifa - Acre - Rosh Hanikra
Drive north to Caesarea, what once was the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the Crusaders' City, the aqueduct and amphitheatre which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mount Carmel and visit “AF AL PI CHEN”, the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate. Drive to Acre; walk along the old harbour and local market. Continue to the northernmost point of Israel, Rosh Hanikra. Descend by cable car into the limestone grottoes. Overnight in the Kibbutz Hotel.
Day 3 Tuesday. Safed - Tel Hai - Banias - Golan Heights
Drive to Safed, center of the Kaballa movement; visit the Joseph Caro and Ha’Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the Artists' quarter. Continue to the Golan Heights; stop at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra and the Syrian territory. Stop at Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp; visit the Banias springs. Next, a visit to Tel-Hai; see the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. Overnight in Kibbutz Hotel.
Day 4 Wednesday. Tiberias - Beit Shean - Beit Alpha - Gan Hashlosha - Jerusalem
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave; proceed to Beit Shean, the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period. Onto Gan Hashlosha, (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa mountain, the famous mountain on which King Saul was killed in the battle against the Philistines. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5 Thursday. Jerusalem (Old City)
At the start of the morning, drive to the crest of Mt. of Olives where the entire city of Jerusalem unfolds before you. Visit at the Kotel for a prayer. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the Jewish quarter. Tour the Western Wall Tunnels; visit Davidson center and walk through the Roman Cardo to the local Arab bazaar. Walk through Jaffa gate to David’s Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 6 Friday. Jerusalem (New City)
Visit Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems. Next, visit the Israel Museum and see the Shrine of the book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the new Holyland model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Drive to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit ammunition hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War and converted into a national memorial site and museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7 Saturday. Qumran - Massada - Dead Sea - Tel Aviv - Eilat
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc. Descend by cable car. Enjoy Floating in the salty water at the Dead Sea. Driveto Tel Aviv for your flight to Eilat.
Day 8 Sunday. Eilat - Petra - Amman - Cairo
Begin with breakfast at the hotel in Eilat. A transfer will be arranged for you to get to Arava border, where we will assist you with the border formalities and visa to Jordan. Once you have crossed, drive to Petra. You will walk through the Siq (optional: rent a donkey, camel, or carriage instead of walking) to the Treasury, an elaborate Nabatean temple. Your guide will show you the ancient Nabatean city, replete with tombs, monuments, and a huge ampitheatre. Enjoy a local lunch at an authentic restaurant. Transfer to Amman airport for your flight to Cairo.
Day 9 Monday Transfer to Luxor - Board Cruise - East Bank Tour
After breakfast, flight to Luxor where you will be met with our representative, who will transfer you to your Nile cruiser for check in. Afternoon, you will visit Karnak Temples Complex, the largest Pharaonic temple complex in the world. The Karnak we see today date back to the new kingdom specially the huge amazing columns of the hypostyle hall which are constructed by Ramses II. Our next visit of today will be to Temple of Luxor, another startling temple which was established around the 14th century BC. After the tour, we will return to our Ship for rest and refresh. Afternoon tea will be served on board. Dinner meal will be served on board, then overnight in Luxor.
Day 10 Tuesday Luxor - West Bank Tour
Breakfast meal will be served on board. After that, you will join our expert tour guide to explore the west bank of Luxor, the city of the dead. Our first visit will be to Valley of the Kings, the richest and most fascinating ancient tombs in Egypt. We will then visit Temple of Deir El Bahari, which was constructed during the reign of the 18th dynasty by Queen Hatshepsut, one of the greatest rulers of Egypt. Finally, we will visit The Colossi of Memnon, these two huge statues are the only remaining items of the great funerary temple of Amenhotep III constructed in 1350 BC. After the tour, we will return to our Ship for rest and refresh. Afternoon tea will be served on board. Dinner meal will be served on board, then overnight in Luxor.
Day 11 Wednesday Edfu - Kom Ombo
Energizing breakfast meal will be served on board before our full day tour. Our Nile Cruise ship will land at the location of the Temple of Horus in Edfu, the finest preserved ancient Egyptian temple in the land of the Nile. It was constructed by the Ptolemies in the 3rd century BC for the worship of the god Horus. After your amazing visit, you will get back to the ship, so we can enjoy the lunch on board while sailing to the city of Kom Ombo. Arrange yourself for the second visit of the day, whereas we will meet Temple of Kom Ombo, established in the Ptolemaic period and completed in the Roman era, the temple is dedicated to two gods, the local crocodile, Sobek and the famous eagle god, Haroeris. Evening time is free at leisure to enjoy the Egyptian folklore show on board.
Day 12 Thursday Aswan City Tour - Aswan Dam
Breakfast meal will be served on board. After that you will prepare yourself to join your expert tour guide to explore the wonderful city of Aswan. Our first visit of the day will be to The High Dam, constructed in the 1960s by the former Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser to protect Egypt from the flood of the Nile. We will then ride in a motorboat to reach Agilika Island, where we can visit Temple of Philae, constructed in the 3rd century BC in the Greco Roman era as the center of the worship of the goddess Isis. We will then proceed to visit The Unfinished Obelisk, which was found in the granite quarry in the Southern part of Aswan. After the tour, we will get back to our Nile cruiser for rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in Aswan or (optional) Sound and Light show at Philae temple can be offered upon your request. Finally, we will get back to the Nile cruise for overnight.
Day 13 Friday Aswan
After breakfast, disembark the cruise, and have a day of leisure in Aswan (Optional: tour to Abu Simbel). Travel by a Sleeper Train to Cairo. Have dinner and overnight.
Day 14 Saturday Cairo - Memphis - Saqqara - Great Pyramid of Giza
We begin our day with a tour of the ancient city of Memphis that lies some 12 miles south of Cairo. The ancient city is now an open air museum testifying to the magnificence of its four thousand years history. Serving Memphis lies the necropolis Saqqara a vast, ancient burial ground, featuring numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser. We then proceed to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx located on the Giza Plateau. The Great Pyramids of Cheops or Khufu; of Khafre or Chephren; and of Menkaure have always loomed large as emblems of ancient Egypt and were listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Valley Temples surrounding the pyramids provide an insight to dominating religious motives of the era. Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 15 Sunday Cairo City Tour
Start the Cairo city tour by visiting the Egyptian Museum, with its fantastic display of ancient civilization; the Mosque of Mohammad Ali's Citadel; the old city; the Ben Ezra – Geniza Synagogue. Its store room – Geniza – was found to contain over 2000 medieval, manuscripts, a collection known as the Cairo Geniza. The El Mullakah Church (Hanging Church) one of the oldest and most famous Coptic Churches in Egypt. Continue to the City of the Dead a four mile long grid of tombs and mausoleums where people live and work amongst their dead and ancestors. Many residents live here because they were forced from more crowded areas in Cairo or emigrated from countryside. End at Bazaar of Kahn Khalili. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 16 Monday Cairo Free Day
After breakfast enjoy a free day on your on in Cairo (Optional Alexandria Day Tour)
Day 17 Tuesday Cairo - Departure
After breakfast check out of your hotel. Transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to your next destination. There will be assistance through airport formalities.
|Room type - Regular||Tourist||First||Superior||Deluxe||Executive|
|Per Person in Double Room||-||USD $3361||USD $3961||USD $4712||USD $7912|
|Single Room Supplement||-||USD $695||USD $990||USD $1880||USD $3200|
|Supplement for dinners||-||USD $220||USD $450||-||-|
|High Season Supplement (per tour - single pay double)||-||USD $130||USD $245||USD $515||USD $675|
|Double Room Peak Season Supplement (per night)||-||USD $35||USD $45||USD $130||-|
|Single Room Peak Season Supplement (per night)||-||USD $56||USD $75||USD $205||-|