The New Best of Egypt and Israel - 15 Days

Explore the best of Egypt and Israel with the top rated sights in these two unique countries.
Starting from USD $ 2427

The Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Sunday. Arrival to Cairo

Arrival to Cairo. Meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 2 Monday. Transfer to Luxor

After breakfast flight to Luxor and transfer to a 5 stars Nile Cruise. Lunch on ship. In the afternoon visit the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor. a vast open air museum of ruined temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings, notably the Great Temple of Amen. Dinner and overnight on cruise boat. We are using luxury Nile cruise boats, operating on European standards that have acquired an excellent reputation with our travelers. Our staff is available throughout the cruise and will guide you on the land tours.

Day 3 Tuesday. Luxor - Esna - Edfu

Immediately opposite Luxor, across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs of the Theban Necropolis, which includes the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. The archeological remains of Thebes offer a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height. Among others we shall view the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a famous female Pharaoh who during her 22 year long reign became known for her extensive expeditions and fostering of trade relations. From Luxor we sail to Esna. Two barrage bridges straddle the Nile at this point: one built by the British in 1906, and the "Electricity Bridge" built in the 1990s. If time permits we will visit the temple of Esna and the market of Esna. Our boat will negotiate its way through the lock system and sail on the Nile to Edfu for overnight.


Day 4 Wednesday. Edfu/ Kom - Ombo

Edfu is known for the major Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 BCE and 57 BCE. The Temple of Horus also known as Apollonopolis Magna, after the chief god Horus-Apollo, is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak and one of the best preserved. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth, and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt. We continue our sail on the Nile to the town of Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty. The building is unique because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis and there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world. The northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Horus the Elder, A few of the three-hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the temple. Sail on the Nile to Aswan for overnight.

Day 5 Thursday. Aswan Dam

The busy market town Aswan stands on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract. In antiquity the city of Swenet, was Egypt’s southern frontier town. It is one of the driest inhabited places in the world; as on January 2011 the last rainfall was a thunderstorm on May, 2006. In surrounding Nubian settlements, they generally do not bother to roof all the rooms in their houses. Visit to the Aswan High Dam is truly spectacular. It is one of the largest dams ever built and formed the Nasser Lake. Then sail on a Felucca, the traditional wooden sailing boat that has plied the Nile for thousands of years, to enjoy a quiet and calm view of the regions Botanical Gardens. Return to the Nile cruise boat for overnight.


Day 6 Friday. Aswan - Cairo

After breakfast, disembark and at leisure in Aswan evening travel by a Sleeper Train to Cairo. Dinner and breakfast on Train. Optional**: Abu Simble Tour to the preserved Great Temple of Abu Simbel - rescued by UNESCO from the rising waters of the Dam. Abu Simbel Great Temple was preserved by relocating 22 monuments and architectural complexes to the shores of Lake Nasser. Other monuments were relocated to countries that helped with the rescue works. The best way to get to Abu Simbel is by 45 minutes flight with a Boeing or by car that takes about 4 hours each way.

Day 7. Saturday. Cairo - Memphis -Saqqara - Great Pyramid of Giza 

Arrive at Cairo. Full Day tour, visiting the Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis / Sakkara. Overnight at hotel in Cairo. 

Day 8. Sunday. Cairo- Transfer to Tel-Aviv

Transfer to Cairo Airport for a flight to Israel. Upon arrival to Ben-Gurion airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for an overnight. 

Day 9 Monday. Jaffa – Caesarea – Haifa – Nazareth – Cana – Galilee

After breakfast drive through Jaffa, an ancient port city and the oldest part of Tel Aviv. Continue on to the ancient city of Caesarea that was built by King Herod the Great while driving along the beautiful Mediterranean coast. We will then proceed to Haifa, passing by Mt. Carmel to see the famous Bahai Gardens. From Haifa, we will drive to Nazareth and the Church of Annunciation. Drive to Cana, where the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine took place and visit the “Wedding Church”.  End the day with an overnight in Tiberias/Galilee Sea.

Day 10 Tuesday. Galilee – Mt. Beatitudes – Capernaum – Tabgha - Golan Heights 

Start the day with an exciting boat ride on the Galilee Sea. Continue to see the “Jesus Boat”, the ancient boat found sunk in the Sea of Galilee from the time of Jesus. Ascend up to Mt. Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the “Sermon on the Mount”.  Continue the day in Capernaum, known as “The Town of Jesus”, visit the synagogue and Peter’s house. Take a lunch break with a delicious St. Peters fish lunch. Next, we will visit Tabgha, the place where the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes took place. You will also have the amazing opportunity to see the famous mosaic under the alter of the ancient church of Tabgha. Proceed to the Golan Heights and have an overview from above. End the day at your hotel in the Galilee Sea for your overnight.

Day 11 Wednesday. Jordan River – Qumran – Masada – Dead Sea

Begin the morning driving along the Jordan River to Yardenit Baptismal Site. Visit Qumran and see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Travel on to Masada where you will take a cable car up to the fortress. The history of the famous Jewish fortification will unfold before your eyes; the palaces built by King Herod, the synagogue and bathhouses used by the Jews. Descend Masada by cable car and drive to the Dead Sea for some relaxation and a dip in the water. Overnight at a Dead Sea hotel and spa where you will be able to take advantage of the spa facilities.

Day 12 Thursday. Dead Sea - Mt. of Olives - Bethlehem

Take advantage of some extra sleep or an early spa treatment, since check out isn’t until 11:00 AM. Go up to the Mt. of Olives, a cemetery that once was covered in olive groves, where you will have a magnificent panoramic view of Jerusalem. Depart for Bethlehem to see the Church of Nativity located at Manger Square. Overview of the Judean Desert and Shepherd's Field. Finish the day back in Jerusalem for your overnight. 

Day 13 Friday. Jerusalem (New City) - Mahane Yehuda Market

The morning will begin with a visit to Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust, Yad VaShem, located on Mt. Herzl. Drive past The Knesset and the Israeli Supreme Court, on your way to the Israel Museum, Israel’s national museum, where you will see the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as a model of the Second Temple. Continue the day with an exciting tour of the Mahane Yehuda Marketplace (Shuk) and experience life as an Israeli. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 14 Saturday. Jerusalem (Old City) - Tel Aviv

Today will begin with a tour of the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before his crucifixion. Make your way to Mt. Zion where you will visit David’s Tomb and the site of the Last Supper, also known as the “Upper Room”. We continue to the Christian Quarter where you will enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified. From there, walk where Jesus walked and make your way down Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross). The day will continue with a trip to The Cardo, what used to be a main street in the Old City during the time when Judea was under Roman rule. Go down to the Western Wall and spend some time in reflection and/or prayer. End the day with an overnight in Tel Aviv. 

Day 15 Sunday. Departure

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.

Rates

Room type - Regular Tourist First Superior Deluxe
Per Person in Double Room USD $2427 USD $2612 USD $2811 USD $3517
Single Room Supplement USD $770 USD $865 USD $1046 USD $1332
Supplement for dinners - USD $168 USD $312 -
High Season Supplement (per tour - single pay double) USD $113 USD $113 USD $225 USD $450
Double Room Peak Season Supplement (per night) USD $35 USD $35 USD $45 -
Single Room Peak Season Supplement (per night) USD $45 USD $45 USD $65 -

  
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Hotels

 

HOTELS
Hotel Area Tourist Class First Class Superior Class Deluxe Class Executive Class
Cairo Horizon Pyramids Barcelo Hilton Ramses Marriot Cairo Four Seasons
Nile Cruise Semiramis Sarah/ Tower Prestige Amarco I/ Blue Shadow May Fair Sun Boat
Tel Aviv Seanet Mercure Dan Panorama Carlton Hilton
Galilee Kibbutz Hotel Kibbutz Hotel Kibbutz Hotel Kibbutz Hotel Scots
Dead Sea Oasis Oasis David Resort David Resort Herods
Jerusalem Jerusalem Tower Grand Court Dan Panorama  Mamilla King David/ Waldorf Astoria

Family Plan

Tourist & First Class: Child (2-12) sharing parents' room - Reduction of 20%. 

Superior: Child up to age 18 sharing parents’ room - Reduction of 30%.

Season Periods:

PEAK & HIGH SEASONS 2017:

 

High Season 

  • 22 Dec 2016 - 3 January 2017  ( Christmas and New Years) 
  • 01 July - 28 August 2017 ( Summer holiday Period ) 

 

Peak Season

  • 10 – 18 April 2017 : Passover (Jewish holiday)
  • 30 May - 1 June 2017: Shavuot ( jewish Holiday) 
  • 21 - 22 Sep 2017 : Rosh Hashana (Jewish holiday)
  • 29 – 30 Sep 2017 : Yom Kippur - Not possible for touring
  • 4 – 13 Oct 2017 : Succoth (Jewish holiday)

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PEAK & HIGH SEASONS 2018:


High Season

  • 22 Dec 2017 - 3 January 2018  ( Christmas and New Years) 
  • 01 July - 28 August 2018 ( Summer holiday Period )

 

Peak Season

  • 30 Mar – 7 April 2018 : Passover (Jewish holiday)
  • 19 – 21 May 2018 : Shavuot (Jewish holiday)
  • 10 - 11 Sep 2018 : Rosh Hashana (Jewish holiday)
  • 18 – 19 Sep 2018 : Yom Kippur - Not possible for touring
  • 23 Sep– 2 Oct 2018 : Succoth (Jewish holiday)

 

REGULAR SEASON:

  • Dates that do not appear in high & peak season.

Including

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival
  • Government licensed English speaking guide on touring days.
  • 9 Nights Hotel Accommodation including daily breakfasts
  • 1 Overnight on Sleeper Train
  • 4 Nights on Nile Cruise
  • Flight Cairo - Luxor
  • Flight Cairo - Tel Aviv
  • 12 Full days sightseeing in A/C vehicles
  • All transfers in Egypt according to the tour program
  • Full board during the cruise
  • All that is mentioned in the itinerary

Excluding

  • Not including visa fees & border taxes
  • Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff, etc.
  • Traveler's medical & baggage insurance
  • Beverages with meals
  • Lunches and Dinners when not on cruise (Dinner supplement for 8 dinners can be purchased separately)
  • Supplement for private transfers
  • Any International Flight (except flight Cairo - Tel Aviv)
  • Anything not mentioned in the "rate includes" section.

OPTIONALS

 OPTIONAL FLIGHTS:

  • It is a highly recommended option to reserve a flight from Aswan to Cairo instead of a Sleeper Train (highly recommended) with:

    • $130 supplement of per person on BB basis for the flight to Cairo from Aswan + Overnight in Barcelo/Oasis Hotel 

    • $180 per person on BB basis for superior category (Hilton Ramses) including all transfers from/to hotels

    • $240 per person for Deluxe category on BB basis (Marriot) including all transfers from/to hotels

  • Direct flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo (selected days): USD $351 per person, rate and tickets are subject to availability.

OPTIONAL TOURS:

  • Tour by car to Abu Simbel (on the last day of the Cruise, Day 6 ), $155 per person.

  • Optional tour by flight to Abu Simbel (on the last day of the Cruise, Day 6), $355 per person (including 2 flights).

  • Day Tour to Alexandria from Cario, vsiting the Catacomb, PomPei’s Pillar, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Garden. Drive back to Cairo through the desert road. From USD$ 190 per person including 1 additional overnight (First Class). This will make the tour a 16-day tour. 

The above rates are for a minimum of 2 people. In case of a single traveller, a supplement must be paid. Please contact us for details.

 

Important Notes

  • Tour starts on Sunday from Cairo.

  • In case of non availability of a Kibbutz Hotel, a hotel in the Galilee will be designated.

  • Dead Sea hotel is upon availiability.

  • All rooms are standard rooms. Optional room upgrades are available upon request for a supplement fee.

  • All categories of hotel class stay in the same Kibbutz Hotel in the Galilee no matter which hotel class was booked, except Executive.

  • Option for Superior and Deluxe class to upgrade to a non-Kibbutz Hotel for a supplement fee.

  • In case the hotels mentioned in the table are not available, a similar hotel from the same category will be booked.

  • The tour may start on Sunday from Tel Aviv with similar itinerary.

  • In order to pre-issue visas to Jordan and Egypt, we require a scanned copy of the all clients' passports.

  • The Nile Cruise is on full board basis (4 Days including breakfast, lunch & dinners).

  • Dinner Supplement includes and deluxe category applies only for the Egypt part of the tour - total of 3 dinners.

  • During August, the tour Deluxe category is upon availability in Israel.

  • There are a few options for extension tours in Egypt.

  • Dinner supplement includes 8 dinners (6 in Israel from 2nd day, 1 in Cairo and 1 on the sleeper train).

  • All tours may also be operated as private tours.

  • Noah Tours may be operating this tour with other tour operators.

  • Noah Tours Ltd. advises all participants to insure themselves and their belongings.

  • Please make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months at the time of your trip.

  • For further details please see our Terms and Conditions.

BORDER AND VISA FEES: (NOT INCLUDED)

Egypt: 

  • USD $ 25 per person for the visa to Egypt. To be obtained at the airport upon arrival.

 

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