Egypt and the Holy Land

Tour from Brisbane to Cairo, visit Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Tutankhamun, Nile river, Valley of the Kings, Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and more........  Follow the footsteps of the Holy Land Past, Present & Future.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cities of Caesarea, megiddo, Haifa, Acre, Tiberias, Capernuaum, Banias
  • Nazareth, Beit Shean, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Dead Sea & Masada
  • Petra - Jordan
  • Iconic sites of Egypt - Sphinx & Pyramids
  • Cruise the Nile River

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Departing
30/09/2020
Duration
22 Days
Maximum Tour Size
12
Physical Rating
Medium
Transport
A/C Vehicles
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Day 1              HOME – CAIRO                                                         Wed 30 Sept (D)

Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met by a representative who will assist you with visa and custom formalities. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Day 2              CAIRO                                                                        Thurs 1 Oct (BLD)

After breakfast your private Egyptologist tour guide and driver will pick you up to start your tour. Drive to Giza and visit the Pyramids. See the Great Pyramid, a royal burial chamber and the Sphinx. Continue to Memphis, the capital of the pharaohs during the Old Kingdom. Visit the recumbent statue of Ramses II and the 80 ton Alabaster Sphinx. You will then take a camel ride around the Pyramids. Lunch is en route as you continue to Sakkara. Upon arrival, see the prototype of the Pyramids, the Step Pyramid built for the 3rd Dynasty Pharaoh Djoser by the exalted architect Imhotep. Visit a Papyrus and Carpets Institute on your way back to the hotel.

Day 3              CAIRO (Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Old Cairo)    Fri 2 Oct (BLD)

After breakfast visit the Egyptian Museum, this houses a magnificent collection of Pharaonic antiquities, especially the golden treasures of Tutankhamun. In the afternoon, proceed to Old Cairo to visit the citadel of Salah El Din and the Mohammed Ali Mosque situated high above the city. Continue the tour with a visit to the Church of Abu Serga, Muallaqa Church (Hanging Church) and Ben Ezra Synagogue, the oldest Jewish synagogue in Egypt. Lunch is en route. Visit a Perfume Institute on your way back to the hotel.

Day 4              CAIRO – ALEXANDRIA                                            Sat 3 Oct (BLD)

After breakfast, transfer to Alexandria to visit the Catacomb, the Pompey Pillar, St. Mark church, Greco, Roman Theatre, Qaitbay Citadel from outside. Afterwards the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before your transfer to your hotel in Alexandria for check-in.

Day 5              ALEXANDRIA – EL-ALAMEIN – CAIRO                 Sun 4 Oct (BLD)

After breakfast, check-out and depart for Alamein, a historic battle ground that played an important role in the Second World War. Here some 13,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers gave their lives in two extended battles and today their sacrifice is commemorated in a desert war cemetery with row upon row of grave stones and memorials to British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers.

On site also visit an enlightening local war museum, which tells the story of El-Alamein through war memorabilia. The gardens outside of the museum are scattered with huge army tanks and large scale weaponry that were used during the battles of El-Alamein. Inside there are five halls, each dedicated to a country involved in the war, with uniforms, weapons, models and records on display. Lunch is en route. Return back to Cairo.

Day 6              LUXOR – EAST BANK                                             Mon 5 Oct (BLD)

In the morning, depart Cairo by air to Luxor. Upon arrival our representative will pick up you for embarkation on your Nile Cruise. Lunch on board. Visit the great Luxor Temple and the magnificent Karnak Temple of Amun with its famous Hypostyle Hall and the 134 huge columns, the Statue of Ramses II, the Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut and the Sacred Lake. Visit St. Pachomius Monastery, dinner and overnight on board.

Day 7              WEST BANK                                                              Tues 6 Oct (BLD)

Breakfast on board. Today, visit the west Bank (Thebes) where some of the richest treasures in the world exist, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun (optional) and other royal tombs including Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings, you will be able to visit some of these tombs, visit Hatshepsut funerary Temple at Dier El Bahari, the Colossi of Memnon and St George Monastery Al Rozaikat.

Day 8              CRUISE                                                                      Wed 7 October (BLD)

In the morning, visit the Horus Temple of Edfu, one of the three beautiful temples of the Ptolemaic period. Sail to Kom Ombo, where you will visit the Sobek Temple, dedicated to the two gods, which offers beautiful murals and reliefs. We then sail to Aswan.

Day 9              ASWAN                                                                      Thur 8 Oct (BLD)

After breakfast you will visit the High Dam and the Granite Quarries and the Philae Temple. In the afternoon, sail on an Egyptian felucca around Elephantine Island and the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener Island and the Agha Khan Mausoleum.

Day 10            ASWAN                                                                      Fri 9 Oct (BD)

After breakfast, disembark the cruise and transfer to Abu Simbel by air conditioned private bus, visit Abu Simbel Temple, then return back to Aswan to check-in to your hotel.

Day 11            ASWAN – CAIRO – AMMAN                                    Sat 10 October (BD)

After breakfast, transfer to Aswan Airport for your flight to Jordan via Cairo.

Meet and assist at Queen Alia International Airport and transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 12            AMMAN – MADABA – BAPTISM SITE                   Sun 11 Oct (BLD)

Breakfast at the hotel. The trip south from Amman along the 5,000 year old Kings Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites. The first city to encounter is Madaba, “the City of Mosaics." The city, best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of coloured stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Other mosaic masterpieces found in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and the Archaeological Museum, depict a rampant profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Literally, hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba's churches and homes. From Mount Nebo’s windswept promontory, overlooking the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, Jericho and the distant hills of Jerusalem, Moses viewed the Holy Land of Canaan that he would never enter. He died and was buried in Moab, "in the valley opposite Beth-Peor" (Deuteronomy 34:6). His tomb remains unknown. After consulting the Oracle, Jeremiah reportedly hid the Ark of the Covenant, the Tent and the Altar of Incense at Mount Nebo. Mount Nebo became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians from Jerusalem and a small church was built there in the 4th century to commemorate the end of Moses' life. Some of the stones from that church remain in their original place in the wall around the apse area. The church was subsequently expanded in the 5th and 6th centuries into the present-day large basilica with its stunning collection of Byzantine mosaics. The Serpentine Cross, which stands just outside the sanctuary, is symbolic of the bronze (or brazen) serpent taken by Moses into the desert and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.

funerary Temple at Dier El Bahari, the Colossi of Memnon and St George Monastery Al Rozaikat.

Day 8              CRUISE                                                                      Wed 7 October (BLD)

In the morning, visit the Horus Temple of Edfu, one of the three beautiful temples of the Ptolemaic period. Sail to Kom Ombo, where you will visit the Sobek Temple, dedicated to the two gods, which offers beautiful murals and reliefs. We then sail to Aswan.

Day 9              ASWAN                                                                      Thur 8 Oct (BLD)

After breakfast you will visit the High Dam and the Granite Quarries and the Philae Temple. In the afternoon, sail on an Egyptian felucca around Elephantine Island and the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener Island and the Agha Khan Mausoleum.

Day 10            ASWAN                                                                      Fri 9 Oct (BD)

After breakfast, disembark the cruise and transfer to Abu Simbel by air conditioned private bus, visit Abu Simbel Temple, then return back to Aswan to check-in to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 11            ASWAN – CAIRO – AMMAN                                    Sat 10 October (BD)

After breakfast, transfer to Aswan Airport for your flight to Jordan via Cairo.

Meet and assist at Queen Alia International Airport and transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 12            AMMAN – MADABA – BAPTISM SITE                   Sun 11 Oct (BLD)

Breakfast at the hotel. The trip south from Amman along the 5,000 year old Kings Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites. The first city to encounter is Madaba, “the City of Mosaics." The city, best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of coloured stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Other mosaic masterpieces found in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and the Archaeological Museum, depict a rampant profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Literally, hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba's churches and homes. From Mount Nebo’s windswept promontory, overlooking the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, Jericho and the distant hills of Jerusalem, Moses viewed the Holy Land of Canaan that he would never enter. He died and was buried in Moab, "in the valley opposite Beth-Peor" (Deuteronomy 34:6). His tomb remains unknown. After consulting the Oracle, Jeremiah reportedly hid the Ark of the Covenant, the Tent and the Altar of Incense at Mount Nebo. Mount Nebo became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians from Jerusalem and a small church was built there in the 4th century to commemorate the end of Moses' life. Some of the stones from that church remain in their original place in the wall around the apse area. The church was subsequently expanded in the 5th and 6th centuries into the present-day large basilica with its stunning collection of Byzantine mosaics. The Serpentine Cross, which stands just outside the sanctuary, is symbolic of the bronze (or brazen) serpent taken by Moses into the desert and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.

The site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized, has long been known from the Bible (John 1:28 and 10:40) and from the Byzantine and medieval texts. The site has now been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and is being systematically surveyed, excavated, restored, and prepared to receive pilgrims and visitors. Bethany Beyond the Jordan is located half an hour by car from the Jordanian capital Amman. The Bethany area sites formed part of the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem, the Jordan River, and Mount Nebo. The area is also associated with the biblical account of how the Prophet Elijah (Mar Elias in Arabic) ascended to heaven in a whirlwind on a chariot of fire.

Day 13            PETRA – WADI RUM CAMP                                    Mon 12 Oct (BLD)

Breakfast at the hotel. The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan's national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Located approximately three hours south of Amman, Petra is the legacy of the Nabataean’s, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe. Much of Petra's appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometre long chasm (or siq), the walls of which soar 200m upwards. Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq. Used in the final sequence of the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." the towering façade of the Treasury is only one of myriad archaeological wonders to be explored at Petra. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets and haunting rock drawings - as well as a 3,000 seat open air theatre, a gigantic 1st century Monastery and a modern archaeological museum, all of which can be explored at leisure. A modest shrine commemorating the death of Aaron, brother of Moses, was built in the 13th century by the Mamluk Sultan, high atop mount Aaron in the Sharah range.

Day 14            WADI RUN – AMMAN CITY TOUR                          Tue 13 Oct (BLD)

Breakfast at the Wadi Rum Camp. The moonlike landscape of Wadi Rum is unique to the world. The desert of Rum is dotted with massive mountains, coloured in shades of red, yellow, and orange. Their hues spill over to colour the sand dunes around the desert and the horizon of its breathtaking panorama. This is a place where you can become one with nature, where visitors are humbled by the towering mountains and overwhelmed by the serenity and quiet ambiance of this magnificent place. The eco-system of Wadi Rum holds many rare and endemic plants. Spring reveals hundreds of species of wild flowers. About 120 bird species have been recorded in the area, including the Griffon Vulture, the Fan-Tailed Raven, Bonelli’s Eagle, and Hume’s Tawny Owl. Baseline surveys show the existence of the Grey Wolf, Blandford’s Fox, the Sand Cat, and the Ibex within the area.

One activity which keeps attracting thrill-seekers to Wadi Rum is mountain climbing. Ascents can range from simple hikes to serious 900m climbs up sheer granite and sandstone cliffs. A sprawling city spread over 19 hills, or "Jebels," Amman is the modern, as well as the ancient, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Known as Rabbath-Ammon during the Iron Age and later as Philadelphia, the ancient city that was once part of the Decapolis league, now boasts a population of around 2.3 million people. Amman, often referred to as the white city due to its low size canvas of stone houses, offers a variety of historical sites. There are a number of renovations and excavations taking place that have revealed remains from the Neolithic period, as well as from the Hellenistic and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages. The site which is known as the Citadel includes many structures such as the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the Byzantine Church. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre, which is a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and is still being used for cultural events. Another newly restored theatre is the 500-seat Odeon that is used for concerts. The three museums found in the area offer a glimpse of history and culture; they are the Jordan Archaeological Museum, The Folklore Museum and the Museum of Popular Traditions.

Day 15            AMMAN – JORDAN – ISRAEL                                 Wed 14 Oct (BLD)

Cross border into Holy land (Sheikh Hussein border crossing). Continue on to visit Beit Shean. Beit Shean was settled as early as the Chalcolithic era (about 6000 years ago) and has remained continually inhabited since then. Extensive excavation of a large mound in Beit Shean has revealed over 20 layers of remains from ancient civilizations. Canaanite Temples pre-date Egyptian occupation of the region followed by Israelite rule and the Philistines during the Old Testament period. Proceed to your hotel in the area of the Sea of Galilee for check-in.

Day 16            GOLAN HEIGHTS – SEA OF GALILEE                   Thur 15 Oct (BLD)

Journey north to Caesarea Philippi and Mt. Hermon. Visit Capernaum (A fishing village of the first apostles), Nof Ginosar Kibbutz (1st century Jesus boat) a traditional sailing vessel on the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy a traditional St Peter's fish lunch back on shore. Visit Tabgha (site of multiplication of loaves and fishes), the Church of the Primacy of Peter and Mt. Beatitudes. Dinner and overnight in the Sea of Galilee area.

Day 17            GALILEE – NAZARETH                                           Fri 16 Oct (BLD)

After breakfast, depart Galilee for Nazareth. Visit Mt. Tabor (the church of Transfiguration) then continue on to Cana (opportunity for married couples to renew wedding vows). Ascend Mt. Precipice before arriving in Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation and St. Joseph Church.

Day 18            MT CARMEL – MEGIDDO – TEL AVIV                    Sat 17 Oct (BLD)

Check out from our hotel and depart for Mt. Carmel. Visit Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Haifa and Bahai Gardens. Proceed to Caesarea and visit the ancient port. Drive via the coastal road to Tel Aviv.

Day 19            TEL AVIV – JERUSALEM                                         Sun 18 Oct (BLD)

After breakfast, continue to Jaffa, visit the old port and St. Peter Church.

Continue to Jerusalem. Ascend Mt of Olives to visit Pater Noster Church, Dominus Flevit Church for Mass, Garden of Gethsemane & Church of the Agony, Orthodox Church of Assumption.

Day 20            JERUSALEM – EIN KAREM – BETHLEHEM         Mon 19 Oct (BLD)

After breakfast, visit Ein Karem (the birthplace of John the Baptist/Visitation). Travel to Bethlehem, Shepherd's Field, Church of the Nativity for Mass, St Jerome's Cave & Milk Grotto and the Wailing Wall Jerusalem.

Day 21            JERUSALEM OLD CITY – ABU GUSH                   Tues 20 Oct (BLD)

Early this morning, enter the Old City of Jerusalem to commence Stations of the Cross. Church of St. Anne, Pool of Bethesda, the Lithostrotos (pavement) in the Ecce Homo convent, Flagellation and Condemnation Chapels, Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, exploration of Hezekiah's Tunnel.

Continue to Emmaus - Abo Gosh. Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 22            QUMRAN – MASSADA – DEAD SEA                     Wed 21 Oct (B)

Travel south along the Dead Sea to Qumran where Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Visit Jericho, sycamore tree, view Mt. Temptation from below, visit Massada and ascend the mountain by Cable car. Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for finale departure.

Inclusions

  • 21 Nights’ Accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Meet and assistance upon arrival at the Airport
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • All mentioned tours with all mentioned entrance admission tickets.
  • 500 ml of water per person on board daily
  • Hotel service charges, all governmental taxes.
  • Hotel portage
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours by local professional private English speaking guide/Egyptologist throughout all tours.
  • No visa for Israel at this stage available at border
  • Tourist Visa for Egypt
Departing
30/09/2020
Duration
22 Days
Maximum Tour Size
12
Physical Rating
Medium
Transport
A/C Vehicles
Need Flights?
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Price
AUD $10,870
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