Day 1: Ben Gurion Airport - Jerusalem
Representative will meet you on arrival at Ben Gurion Airport at 4:20pm and assist you with the procedures. Then meet the driver and continue to Jerusalem for overnight at Mt. Zion Hotel.
Day 2: Jerusalem Tour
Breakfast at the hotel, then the driver guide will meet you to start the Jerusalem Tour. Start with an introduction to the city from the top of The Mount of Olives, and then walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We also visit the “Wailing Wall”, the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem. If the current situation allows it, we will try to visit the Temple Mount as well. We continue in the footsteps of Jesus along the Stations of the Via Dolorosa, Jesus’ “Way of Suffering”, and unto the Church of the Holy Sepulcure, where Jesus was crucified and buried. The Via Dolorosa also passes through the Old City’s oriental “Suq” (Bazaar). At the end of the day we visit King David’s Tomb and the “Room of the Last Supper”, the Ceanaculum. Return to Mt. Zion for overnight.
Day 3: Jerusalem - Bethlehem - Shepherd's Field - Mahane Yehuda Market - Jerusalem
Breakfast at the hotel, and continue to Bethlehem, the Birth town of Jesus Christ. Here we visit the Church of Nativity – the birth place of Jesus. This church is the oldest existing church where services were held continuously since St. Helen built the first church in the 4th century. We shall continue to the Milk Grotto church where Mary fed her son. Next stop is Shepherd Field located in Beth Sahur. We then explore Cremisan Cellars, a Christian owned winery– located just 5 KM from Bethlehem & 12 KM from Jerusalem. End the day at Mahane Yehuda Market where you can taste your way through Jerusalem’s biggest outdoor market. Overnight in Jerusalem at Mt. Zion Hotel.
Day 4: Jerusalem – Qumran – Masada - Arava Border - Aqaba
Breakfast at the hotel, then the driver guide will meet you at your hotel and continue along the Dead Sea to Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Next stop is at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada, an ancient fortification atop an isolated rock plateau in the Judean Desert. Explore the rugged, majestic beauty of the fortress and learn about its role in one of the most remarkable stories in Jewish history. Tour its fascinating water cisterns, and take a cable car up to the ruins, sitting precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level, to admire the extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the sprawling Judean Desert. After your visit at Masada, the guide will leave and continue with the driver to Arava Border. Our representative will meet you on the Jordanian side of Arava Border and assist with the entry procedures and visa to Jordan. He will then escort you to our driver and continue to Aqaba for overnight at Doubletree Hilton 5* or similar.
Day 5: Aqaba – Wadi Rum
Breakfast at the hotel, then the driver and private guide will meet you and continue to Wadi Rum where you will spend 3 to 4 hours with a real Bedouin family. Learn how to make of Arabic Bedouin coffee and bread, milking camels and goats, preparing a traditional lunch. After, explore the desert as the Bedouin have for centuries during a 2 hour sunset camel safari. Dinner and overnight at Rahayeb Desert Camp in shared VIP tent.
Day 6: Wadi Rum - Petra Guided Tour
Breakfast at the camp, the driver and guide will meet you and start the drive to Petra. The guide will spend the day with you in the Rose Red city of Petra. Petra is a UNESCO world heritage site and was recently voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. It is the legacy of the Nabataean's, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago. He will arrange your entrance fees and start to explore the main attractions of the site. You and the guide will start from the main gate all the way through the Siq to visit the Treasury, Street of Facades, the Theatre, all the way down to the Nymphium and Qaser El- Bent. Have lunch inside Petra at Al Basin Restaurant, then with the guide, continue exploring other places such as the High Place, Monastery, or view overlooking the Treasury. After, return to the main gate and to Petra Guest House 4* or similar for overnight.
Day 7: Petra – Wadi Araba - Bethany - Dead Sea
Breakfast at the hotel, then the driver will meet you and start the spectacular drive through Wadi Araba (Namala Road). This is one of the most scenic roads in Jordan so we will stop at many vistas along the way for photos. We then arrive to Bethany. This archaeological site is one of the most important biblical discoveries in the world. Excavations began in 1996 and have already uncovered more than 20 churches, caves and baptismal pools dating from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Archaeologists are assured this is where John the Baptist lived, Jesus was baptized, and the first five apostles met. The path leading to the Jordan River transform from a dry desert into a tropical oasis and it becomes clear why Prophet Jeremiah described it as "the jungle of the Jordan". Dinner and overnight at Movenpick Petra 5* or similar.
Day 8: Dead Sea - Mt. Nebo - Madaba - Jerash - Amman
Breakfast at the hotel, then we continue to Mt. Nebo. Retrace the steps of Moses and admire the spectacular view of the Promised Land just as he did over 2,000 years before. It is very easy to feel that you have arrived some place special. On a clear day Jerusalem, Jericho and the Dead Sea can be seen. A memorial in Moses’ honor can be found at the entrance to the early Byzantine Christian church where Moses is believed to have died. After a short drive, we arrive to Madaba to view the oldest preserved ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land dating back to the 6th century BC located within the Church of St. George. We then begin a beautiful drive through the hilly landscape covered with olive and orange trees will lead to Jerash, so well preserved that one can almost hear the banter of the merchants and the creaking of chariot wheels along the cobblestoned streets. It was an extraordinary place in the days of Alexander the Great (332 BC) and was very prosperous - 20,000 inhabitants once lived here. There are numerous and breathtaking ruins of colonnaded streets, arches, temples and baths in a remarkable state of preservation and completeness. A private guide will extensively explain the history of this special place. End the day in Amman with a farewell dinner at the famous Tawaheen al-Hawa Restaurant. We then continue to Al Qaser Metropole 5* for overnight.
Day 9: Amman Airport - Cairo Airport - Cairo – Memphis – Sakkara – Giza Pyramids
Breakfast at the hotel, then according to your flight details, we will transfer you to Amman Airport for your flight to Cairo (please book a morning flight no later than 10am so that we can visit the sites this day). Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, the representatve will meet you and assist with your entry procedures. After, meet your private tour guide and continue to Giza Plateau to visit the impressive 3 Pyramids of Kings Cheops, Chephren, and Menkaure which are guarded by the rock-cut statue (The Sphinx). The Great Pyramid of King Cheops is the only wonder of the seven wonders of the ancient world that is still standing today, although it is 2,000 years older than any other wonder on the list. Then you will go to witness the Complex of Saqqara which belongs to King Zoser and his step pyramid which is considered the first pyramid in Egypt and the first rock-cut building in the history. Moving on towards Memphis "one of the ancient Egyptian Capitals until around 2,200 BC" which was a cult center for God Ptah god of creation and artworks, you will find there a lot of temples and monuments dedicated for him. After finishing the tour you will be transferred to Fairmont Nile City Hotel 5* or similar for overnight.
Day 10: Cairo – Luxor Tour
Breakfast at the hotel, checkout, then you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to catch your flight to Luxor. After reaching Luxor, the tour guide will escort you in a day-tour to visit the archaeological sites of the ancient Egyptians on the west bank of the Nile including Valley of the Kings where you will see the well preserved tombs belonging to the kings of the new kingdom including the great ruler Ramses II and the child King Tut Ankh Amon, the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut it's called "the Holy of Holies”. It is one the best architecture buildings. It consists of three levels connected with each other by ramps and has different scenes on its walls depicting the divine birth of the Queen and her Commercial expedition to Punt Land. The temple is mainly dedicated to worship the supreme god Amon-Ra, and the 2 Colossi of Memnun which are two massive statues representing King Amenhotep III in a seating Position). Then heading to visit the two Massive temples on the eastern bank of the Nile. The first one is Karnak Temple Complex which comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Building at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic Period. It's a vast open-air museum, and the second largest ancient religious site in the world. It's mainly a place to worship the Theban triad (Gods Amon, his consort Mut, and their son Khunso). The Second Temple is Luxor Temple which is believed that one of the ancient Egyptian's festivals was held inside the temple as there are different scenes on the walls representing the celebration of the festival. Its inner part was built by King Amenhotep III while the outer part was built by King Ramses II. After entering the temple you will find a mosque called (Abu Al-Haggag) was built on the ruins of a church which were built inside the temple. To the rear of the temple there are chapels built by King Thutmosis III and Alexander the Great. After this amazing tour through the ancient Egyptian Civilization, the tour guide will escort you back by the air conditioned vehicle to check in your hotel in Luxor for overnight at Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa 5* or similar.
Day 11: Luxor - Aswan Tour
In the morning, the tour guide will escort you by air conditioned vehicle to the beautiful Aswan (About 3.30-4 hrs. driving). After reaching Aswan, your tour guide will lead you to visit Aswan's High Dam which is one of the most important achievements of the last century in Egypt .It Contains 18 times the material used in the great pyramid of Cheops and It provides Egypt with the water and electricity and secures the country from the destructive inundation of the Nile River. Then you will visit the Temple of Isis at Philae which its construction started during the reign of Ptolemy II and completed by the Roman emperors. And it was dedicated to goddess Isis which was considered the mother of god and she is the mother god Horus and the consort of God Osiris. Then, you will be transferred to your hotel in Aswan for overnight at Movenpick Aswan 5* or similar.
Day 13: Aswan – Abu Simbel - Aswan
After breakfast at the hotel, the tour guide will meet you and start the 3.5 hour drive to Abu Simbel. Travel back to visit the location of the most famous temples (The Great and Small temples) of King Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertiti. The most spectacular aspect of this temple is its setting in the solid rock above the banks of the Nile River. The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments," which run from Abu Simbel down-river to Philae (near Aswan). It is believed that the axis of the temple was positioned by the ancient Egyptian architects in such a way that on October 22 and February 22, the rays of the sun would penetrate the sanctuary and illuminate the sculptures on the back wall, except for the statue of Ptah, the god connected with the Underworld, who always remained in the dark. These dates are allegedly the king's birthday and coronation day. After, transfer back to Aswan to catch the sleeper train to Cairo.
Day 14: Cairo Egyptian Museum - Khan Al Khalili Market
After, arriving to Cairo, the driver will meet you and transfer you to Fairmont Nile City Hotel 5* or similar in Cairo for check-in, breakfast and to refresh. On an agreed upon time, the tour guide will escort you to continue your journey through the history starting with the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities which was built in 1902. It exhibits a large number of items and treasures (exceeding 120,000 masterpieces) dating back to the ancient Egyptian period and Greco-Roman period including the marvelous collection of the child king Tut Ankh Amon. After, proceed to a new era "The Coptic Cairo" where you will visit the "Hanging Church" which dates back to the 3rd Century AD and was dedicated to Virgin Mary. It's called "Hanging" because of its location above the gatehouse of the ancient Roman fortress "Babylon" .It contains 110 holy icons depicting beautiful religious scenes We then explore the "Saint Sergius and Bacchus Church" which is believed to have been built on the spot where the holy family rested at the end of their journey into Egypt. We end the Coptic Cairo tour with a visit to the "Jewish Synagogue of Ben Ezra", It gained its importance from its Geniza (Store room) which was found during the 19th century containing a treasure of abandoned Hebrew secular and sacred manuscripts. We end our tour going to Khan el Khalili Bazaar which is one of Cairo's main attractions. The district of Khan el Khalili was originally a mausoleum called "el Zaafran" for the burial of Fatimid Caliphs. After that it became a district for the Turkish community during the Ottoman period. Now it is a bazzar where you will find many souvenirs shops, coffeehouses serving Arabic coffee and offering Hookah "Shisha", and restaurants throughout the area. The Medieval atmosphere of this authentic market provides hours of excitement for visitors. The bazaar is also famous for spices, clothing, perfumes, jewelry and handcrafts. After, we will transfer you back to Fairmont Nile City Hotel 5* or similar for overnight.
Day 15: Cairo - Cairo Airport
Breakfast at the hotel then according to your flight details, the driver will transfer you to Cairo Airport for departure.