(Egypt, Israel, and Jordan); Cairo, Sinai, St. Catherine, Jerusalem, Tiberius, Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea
17 days / 16 nights in Egypt, Israel, and Jordan: including Cairo, St. Catherine, Jerusalem, Tiberius, Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea
Price is subject to change. Price does not include single supplement, tips, taxes or fuel charges
USA / CAIRO, EGYPT
PM: Depart the USA from New York (JFK) International Airport to connect with Egypt Air flight # 986 departs at 6:30 PM non-stop to Cairo, Egypt. Overnight on board. Dinner and breakfast are served en-route.
You need to be at JFK airport international departure, East wing, Terminal 4E - at least three hours before Egypt Air flight time.
CAIRO / MENA HOUSE HOTEL
11:20 AM: Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Historic MENA HOUSE HOTEL to spend the next three nights in Giza. Lunch & dinner on your own. PM: At leisure
CAIRO: PYRAMIDS, SPHINX, & EGYPTIAN MUSEUM (Full day tour) / MENA HOUSE HOTEL
After breakfast, (Meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby). Your Egyptian adventure begins in Giza, where you will tour one of the seven and only remaining wonders of the ancient world, the famous Great Pyramids of Giza. Then proceed to visit the Solar Boat Museum: a cedar woodcraft boat, built to take the Pharaoh through his journey to the afterworld.
You will also visit the legendary Sphinx, a sacred symbol of the union of the strongest physical with the highest intellectual power on earth. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant by the Pyramids
Optional 20 minutes camel Ride at the Giza Plateau. $20.00 per camel
PM: After lunch, you will continue with your guide to visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, one of the world’s most famous museums. The magnificent collections of antiquities include 27 Mummies, Sarcophagi, and 250,000 objects of art, and date as far back as 5,000 years.
Late afternoon: return to the hotel overnight. BB, L
CAIRO – TOURS OF THE THREE MAIN RELIGIONS / MENA HOUSE HOTEL
(Abu Serga Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, and Mohamed Ali Mosque. Stop at Khan El Khalili Bazaars.
9:00 AM: After your buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will start your day by visiting the following Biblical sites in OLD CAIRO:
1. ABU SERGA CHURCH:
The Church of St. Sergius and St Bacchus, or Abu Serga in Arabic, is among the most ancient churches in Old Cairo. It is built over the traditional site of a cave said to have sheltered the Holy Family during their sojourn in the area.
Abu Serga is of the basilica type supported by two lines of colonnades, one of the 12 columns contrasts the other with its red color, which according to the tradition represents Judas Iscariot. Traces of mural paintings can still be found on these columns even today. The screen of the central sanctuary dates from the 13th century, above the ebony and ivory inlaid panel, is the iconostasis of the twelve apostles. Entering from the southern sanctuary that is no longer in use, and descending through a flight of steps, you will find yourself inside the crypt that the Holy Family once took for refuge. Ascending from the other side of the crypt into the northern sanctuary, you can then behold the well blessed by the Christ Child.
2.BEN EZRA SYNAGOGUE:
The Synagogue of Ben Ezra in Cairo was originally named El-Shamieen Church and is situated today behind the "Hanging Church".
The Synagogue once had an old copy of the Old Testament, and it was said that Ezra the Prophet (Al-Azir) had written it. Yet, It is believed that the site of the Synagogue where the box of Baby Moses was found.
Ben Ezra Synagogue was originally a Christian church that the Copts had to sell, to the Jews, in 882A.D in order to pay the annual taxes imposed by the Muslim rulers of the time, and therefore Abraham Ben Ezra, who came from Jerusalem during the reign of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, bought the church for the sum of 20,000 dinars.
Through the centuries, the Synagogue received extensive restorations and renovations. The current building dates back to 1892 after the original collapse. It is built in the shape of a basilica (rectangle), consisting of 2 floors; the 1st dedicated to the men while the 2nd is dedicated to the women. The entrance is situated on the north side.
3. MOHAMED ALI MOSQUE:
Built between 1830 and 1848, the long time it took to complete this monument may be due to its size, gigantic by Cairo's architectural standards. That, combined with its prominent location and its profile of domes flanked by a pair of slender high minarets, contribute to its prestige. Though certainly not one of the most ancient mosques in Cairo, nor even one of the most historic, because of its grandeur and its location in the Citadel, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali is the most popular Islamic mosque among tourists. This mosque is also sometimes referred to as the Alabaster Mosque due to its extensive use of that stone on some of the exterior walls and other surfaces. Sometimes it is popularly known as al-qal'a, meaning citadel, and thus confused with the fortress in which it is located.
The mosque, the largest such structure built during the first half of the 19th century, is more impressive at a distance than close up.
Originally, the planning of this mosque was assigned to Muhammad Ali's French architect, Pascal Coste, who probably would have built it in the local Mamluk style judging from his interest in Cairo's traditional architecture. However, for some unknown reason, Muhammad Ali changed his mind and hired a Greek architect, Yusuf Bushnaq, to design the mosque on a plan similar to that of the Mosque of Sultan Ahmad in Istanbul (known as the Blue Mosque).
PM: After our visits, we will proceed to spend some time in Khan Al Khalili Bazaars. Late afternoon return to the hotel for overnight.
CAIRO / ST. CATHERINE - SINAI / CATHERINE PLAZA HOTEL
5:30 AM: Wake-up call
6:15 AM: Luggage outside and buffet breakfast at the hotel
7:15 AM: Get ready for your Biblical adventure where you are going to follow the MOSES path. Your seven (7) hour trip will start by driving east from Cairo to Suez City where we are going to cross Suez Canal via AHMED HAMDY TUNNEL. We might stop for a few minutes to watch the ships crossing through the canal. After a few hours’ drive, we are going to stop at the Red Sea shore to enjoy our box lunch.
We will arrive at the St. Catherine area in the late afternoon where we will spend one night at CATHERINE PLAZA HOTEL. Dinner & overnight. BB, L, D
ST. CATHERINE MONASTERY
Located at the foot of Mount Moses, St. Catherine's Monastery was constructed by order of Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565 AD. It is built around what is thought to be Moses' Burning Bush, which has a chapel built atop it.
It is a spectacular natural setting for priceless works of art, including Arab mosaics, Greek and Russian icons, Western oil paintings, paintings on wax, fine sacerdotal ornaments, marbles, enamels, chalices, reliquaries, including one donated by Czar Alexander II in the 19th century, and another by Empress Catherine of Russia in the 17th century. But of perhaps even greater significance is that it has of the largest and most important collections of illuminated manuscripts in the world (The Vatican has the largest). The collection consists of some 4,500 volumes in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, and Armenia.
Set beneath the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, Saint Catherine Monastery has been one of the world’s great centers of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries. Within its imposing walls rests a citadel like no other, incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures. Among its treasures is a library of ancient manuscripts and icons second only to the Vatican's itself, and a 6th-century church reputed to lie directly on the site of the Burning Bush. Quite simply, the monastery is a defining feature of the Holy Land.
ST. CATHERINE / TABA (Egypt/Israel border) / JERUSALEM / HERBERT SAMUEL HOTEL
2:00 AM: Only for those who are interested in climbing Moses Mountain to witness the sunrise. You will depart the hotel very early morning. A few minutes away is the base of Moses Mountain where you are going to follow dirt and rock paths with a local guide to almost halfway, then you will climb all the way up via steps without your guide. 6:00 AM: you will start to descent until you reach the bottom of the mountain where you will be picked up by our bus and taken you back to the lodge. Freshen up and pack your luggage. Enjoy your buffet breakfast at the lodge and get ready to visit St. Catherine Monastery before we continue our trip to Israel.
AM: After breakfast and after we check out from the hotel, we will proceed with our bus for two hours drive to TABA (Egyptian / Israeli border) to cross to Israel. After finishing immigration and customs formalities on both sides, you will be met and transferred by a private A/C coach on the Israeli side to Jerusalem. En route to Jerusalem, we are going to stop and visit MASADA.
Masada majestically towers high above the plateau of the Dead Sea, the mountain of Masada is undoubtedly one of the most impressive in the Judean Desert. Masada Israel is located in the Dead Sea region. The elevation of Masada at the top is barely 100m above sea level, while the bottom of Masada is way below, close to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, forming a remarkable drop of about 400m.
Above 90% of the findings in Masada Israel originated from the times of King Herod the Great. The dwellers in the following centuries basically used the numerous Herodian facilities, with minor alterations, to adjust them to their various needs.
Late afternoon and after our visit to Masada, we continue our adventure to Jerusalem to spend the next four nights at HERBERT SAMUEL HOTEL in Jerusalem. The Herbert Samuel Jerusalem hotel is located in the center of Jerusalem, close to all of the city’s most sought-after destinations. Nestled in the heart of Nahalat Shiv’a, a bustling pedestrian promenade lined with quaint sidewalk cafes, shops, and galleries, the hotel is also within walking distance of the Old City.
JERUSALEM- Mt. of Olives – Via Dolorosa – Cardo – Upper Room, Western Wall Tunnel, / HERBERT SAMUEL HOTEL
8:00 AM: Israeli buffet breakfast,
9:00 AM: Meet your tour guide - in the hotel lobby to start your adventure by driving first to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view over the city; then down to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations where we will have time to wander before we start our exploration of the Old City.
Drive to Mount Zion to view the Upper Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22, 10-38, Matt 26. 17-29, Acts 1.13 & act 2 the Pentecost) and King David’s traditional tomb. On we go through the renovated Jewish Quarter, the Cardo, which was the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. It is part of the Old City's Jewish Quarter and it is the reconstructed main street of Byzantine Jerusalem from the 6th century. This street used to be a long avenue that crossed the whole city from north to south.
Today, situated 20 feet below the modern street level, one part of the Cardo is a restored arcade of Jewish galleries and shops, while the other part is an open-air reconstructed street. We continue to visit the fabulous
Saint-Peter Church in-Gallicantu: built on the slopes of Mount Zion1931. According to tradition, this was the place of the palace of high priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was brought to jail after his arrest. Its name (Gallicantu, which means the cock's crow) is given after the story of Peter's triple denial of Christ and the cock crowing twice. Lunch on your own. Proceed to the WESTERN WALL TUNNEL and to see hidden layers of the Wall that are revealed underground which tell the story of ancient Jerusalem and of generations of longing for it. Honeycombing the very ground on which today's pilgrims and tourists tread are the remnants of 3,000 years of continuous civilization, roads and houses, and mighty edifices built atop each other by a cavalcade of rulers and conquerors ever since the dawn of recorded history. The ground can scarcely be broken in Jerusalem without running into the bones of the past.
Proceed to walk along part of the Via Dolorosa, where Christ carried his cross. We visit the convent of Ecce Homo to view the Lithostrotos (The actual stones on which Jesus was scourged) and then continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site which tradition says marks the spot where Christ was both crucified and rose from the dead (Matt 27.33-57, 28.10). Finally, no visit to Jerusalem would be complete without time spent in the colorful Arab Bazaars.
The winding Via Dolorosa mysteriously disappears, and suddenly – at the highest point in the Old City – rises to The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, with its mysterious light, its bustle of construction work, its competing chants, and burning incense. It is a magnificent mix of ancient and modern. Lunch on your own.
Later afternoon: return to our hotel to spend overnight. IB
JERUSALEM – Yad Vashem & Bethlehem / HERBERT SAMUEL HOTEL
9:00 AM: Our guide will meet us in the hotel lobby to take us on a fascinating tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. The Holocaust was the murder by Nazi Germany of six million Jews. While the Nazi persecution of the Jews began in 1933, mass murder was committed during World War II. It took the Germans and their accomplices four and a half years to murder six million Jews. They were at their most efficient from April to November 1942 – 250 days in which they murdered some two and a half million Jews.
Drive to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish-style church and Mary’s well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Continue on to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity. This is a major Christian holy site that marks the traditional place of Christ's birth. It is also one of the oldest surviving Christian churches, commissioned by Emperor Constantine. Lunch on your own
Late afternoon: Drive back to our hotel for dinner and overnight. IB, D
JERUSALEM – Caesarea, Muckrake, Megiddo, Nazareth / GALILEE / SEA of GALILEE HOTEL
AM: Israeli breakfast
8:00 AM: After our breakfast, we will be on our way to GALILEE. En-Route we will be visiting the following sites:
An old Roman port city on the Mediterranean shore (also known as Caesarea Palaestina and Caesarea Maritima) is an ancient city, now an archaeological park, located on the Mediterranean Sea and 60 miles northwest of Jerusalem.
Constructed by Herod the Great between 22 and 10 BC and named for Caesar Augustus, Caesarea was one of the most splendid cities in Palestine and was the capital of the province for almost 600 years. Caesarea also figures prominently in the religious history of the area. Herod built a great Roman temple here dedicated to the Divine Augustus. Half a century later, Peter and Paul visited the city (as recorded in the New Testament book of Acts).
The Muchraka Monastery (Deir al Muchraka) is located
on the highest peak of the Carmel (480 m above sea level), called in Arabic Muchraka Carmel which means “burned place. The monastery was built in 1883 by the Carmelite Order. Carmelite is an ancient Catholic order founded on Mount Carmel during the Crusader period (1099-1260 AD) in the 12th century AD. Renamed 'Carmelitym' is derived from Mount Carmel. In Arabic, it’s called the monastery of Deir al Muaharka meaning the Monastery of the fire, since according to the biblical story this is the place where the prophet Elijah went up in a blaze of fire that came down from the sky during his struggle with the of Ba'al prophets.
MEGIDDO or ARMAGEDDON SITE:
One of the most important archeological sites in Israel from the time of the bible, Tel Megiddo is a beautiful and impressive national park. Megiddo was important in antiquity. It is mentioned in Egyptian writings and is forecast to be the site of Armageddon in the Christian Book of Revelations. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, the impressive remains of several civilizations draw many visitors and pilgrims. Lunch on your own in a local restaurant along the way.
The archaeological site of Megiddo, known as Tell el-Mutesellim, has had more rubbish written about it in science fiction and horror movies and books than any other single archaeological site on the planet.
Mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments of the Judeo-Christian bible as 'Armageddon', the site was the location of the Bronze Age Battle of Megiddo, between the Egyptian pharaoh Tuthmosis III and the prince of Kadesh (or Qadesh). Lunch on your own.
The City of NAZARETH draws its worldwide reputation as the hometown of Jesus of Nazareth. The important role of Nazareth as a pilgrimage and religious center has had a dramatic impact on the history of the city. The special role Nazareth has in the Christian world created special conditions and a unique atmosphere in which a very diverse, rich, and complex community has evolved. The New Testament mentions Nazareth many times, referring to it as the Home of Mary and Joseph, the town that inspired Jesus during his childhood and early manhood, the place of the Annunciation, and his clash with fellow citizens who disapproved of his non-conventional way of thinking.
The unique history of the city of Nazareth and its location in the heart of the Galilee region makes it one of the most interesting spots in any visit to the land of Israel.
Basilica of the Annunciation:
The Basilica of the Annunciation is the most famous Christian site in Nazareth. It is believed to be the home of the Virgin Mary and the place where the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was chosen to bear the son of God. The Basilica houses artwork from around the world and the remains of Crusader and Byzantine churches. The dome rises high above the city and appropriately reminds the visitor that the Basilica of the Annunciation is the largest church in the Middle East.
Late afternoon: Arrive at GALILEE to spend the next two nights at the SEA of GALILEE HOTEL. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. IB, D
GALILEE – a Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Mt. of Beatitudes, Tabgha, and Capernaum / SEA of GALILEE HOTEL
AM: Israeli breakfast
After breakfast, we head out to sail on the Sea of Galilee as our sail commences, the spray refreshes you. But the highlight is when your captain cuts the motor and you’re surrounded by landscapes sacred for thousands of years. In your wooden boat, resembling ancient ones, you feel you’ve gone back to a time when people depended on wind and waves for their livelihood and their miracles.
Here, Jesus walked on the water (John 6:19-21), calmed a storm (Matt. 8:23-26), and showed the disciples miraculous catches of fish (Luke 5:1-8; John 21:1-6). Many Jewish visitors also take the lake trip, heading out to where tradition says Miriam the Prophetess caused a miraculous spring to appear.
After our boat ride we board our bus to continue to visit the CHURCH OF BEATITUDES or MOUNT OF BEATITUDES or CHURCH OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT:
Located on a small hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee near Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes is the traditional site of Jesus' delivery of the Sermon on the Mount, probably the most famous sermon of all time. Pilgrims have been drawn to this scenic place since at least the 4th century.
TABGHA: is not a city, but a small area on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. In ancient times, Tabgha was known as Heptapegon - "Place of the Seven Springs." These seven springs produce warm water, which increases the production of algae in this part of the lake, which attracts more fish. Fishermen have thus flocked to Heptapegon for thousands of years.
By the 4th century AD, Heptapegon had become a popular place for Byzantine pilgrims to rest and have their picnics, thanks to its shady trees and excellent fishing. It is probably no coincidence that two of the three pilgrimage destinations in relate to abundant food: the miracle of the loaves and fishes during Jesus' Galilean ministry and a lakeside fish breakfast after Jesus' resurrection.
CAPERNAUM: is an ancient fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is home to a celebrated Byzantine-era synagogue as well as the house where Jesus healed a paralytic and St. Peter's mother-in-law.
In the Bible, Capernaum is frequently mentioned in the Gospels and was Jesus' main base during his Galilean ministry. It is referred to as Jesus' "own city" (Mt 9:1; Mk 2:1) and a place where he lived (Mt 1:13). He probably chose it simply because it was the home of his first converts, Peter and Andrew (Mk 1:21, 29). Lunch on your own in a local restaurant
After our tours, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
GALILEE – Yardenit Baptism site, Beit Shean excavations, Sheikh Hussein Bridge / AMMAN (Jordan) / GRAND HYATT HOTEL
AM: Israeli breakfast
8:00 AM: We will be on our way to Amman (Jordan). But first, there are two visits we must make to Tiberias:
YARDENIT BAPTISM SITE:
Jesus Christ traveled south to the Jordan River to meet John the Baptist who was baptizing in the Jordan River all who would come and repent of their sins. Jesus Christ was then baptized in Bethany across the Jordan River (John 1.28). Today Pilgrims to the Holy Land visit the Baptismal Site (Yardenit) and are baptized in the waters of the Jordan River.
Those of us who wish may don the provided robes and enter the Jordan waters to re-dedicate their baptism.
Then we proceed to visit:
BEIT SHEAN EXCAVATIONS:
Because of its fertility and convenient location, the Beit Shean Valley has been inhabited since antiquity. It is mentioned several times in the Bible. The earliest occupation date back to early biblical times. The valley is a part of the Jordan Valley and stretches in a soft slope towards the Jordan, and in the East, the Jezreel Valley imperceptibly links with it. The valley has been on the trade route to the east since the earliest times and Beit Shean was just in the right place to control it. It also has a perennial spring, the Harod River. Characteristic fishponds are scattered throughout the entire valley.
After our visits, we will continue our trip by crossing to Jordan via the Allenby Bridge. Once we complete our immigration and obtain our Jordanian visa, we proceed to the Jordan side where we will be met
by our Guide and proceed to visit JERASH:
Jerash, located 30 miles north of Amman and nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead, is the grandeur of Imperial Rome being one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the World outside Italy.
To this day its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains, and city walls pierced by towers and gates remain in exceptional condition.
After our visit, we will continue to Amman to spend the next night at the GRAND HYATT HOTEL. IB
AMMAN / PETRA / PETRA MOVENPICK HOTEL
AM: Buffet breakfast
8:00 AM: We meet our guide in the hotel lobby to continue our adventure by driving South to PETRA. En route from Amman to Petra, we will stop to visit the following sites:
The magnificent Crusader fortress of Kerak:
Kerak's origins go back long before the Crusaders; the earliest remains are Iron Age, shortly after the Exodus, when this was a part of Moab. It was known as Kir-haraseth, Kir-heres, or Kir, and its doom was prophesied by Isaiah (16:7), who mentions its 'raisin cakes, presumably a local specialty. Then it falls out of history until the Byzantine period when it was important enough to have an archbishop.
It was the Crusaders who made Kerak (biblical Charach Mouba) famous. The fortress, located 124 km south of Amman, was built in 1,142 by Payen le Bouteiller, lord of Montreal and of the province of Oultre Jourdain, on the remains of earlier citadels, which date back to Nabataean times. He made Kerak the new capital of the province, for it was superbly situated on the King's Highway, where it could control all traffic from north and south and grow rich by the imposition of road tolls.
Then we stop to visit: MOUNT NEBO and MADABA
MOUNT NEBO: is a 1,000m (3,300ft) high mountain located 10km/6 mi NW of Madaba in Jordan, opposite the northern end of the Dead Sea. According to ancient tradition, this is the mountain from which Moses saw the Promised Land before he died.
Because of its connection to Moses, Mt. Nebo has long been an important place of Christian pilgrimage. Excavations led by the Franciscans, who own the site, have uncovered significant remains of the early church and its magnificent Byzantine mosaics. A simple modern shelter dedicated to Moses has been built over them.
Madaba's chief attraction - in the contemporary Greek Orthodox church of St. George - is a wonderfully vivid, 6th-century Byzantine mosaic map showing the entire region from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south. This map includes a fascinating plan of Jerusalem: on the left is the north gate from which two colonnaded streets run south. On the straight street through the heart of the city stands the domed Holy Sepulcher. Lunch on your own at a local restaurant
Late afternoon: we arrive at Petra and proceed to PETRA MOVENPICK HOTEL to spend the next two nights in Petra. Overnight. BB
PETRA – full-day tours / PETRA MOVENPICK HOTEL
AM: After early breakfast, enjoy a highlight of our tour with your full-day tour of Petra; The visit starts at the visitor’s center, where you are assigned a Bedouin guided horse for the entrance of the Siq where we begin our walk with our guide for the journey into the lost city. Pass through the Siq, an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone.
It is a winding, one-kilometer-long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet overhead. Near the end of the passage in towering brightness appears Petra’s most impressive monument, EL Khazneh - The Treasury. This is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity, carved out of solid rock from the side of the mountain, which is nearly 140 feet high and 90 feet wide. Lunch at Basin Restaurant at the end of our visit to Petra. Horseback rides out from outer Siq to the entrance gate (800 meters). Return to hotel for overnight in Petra. BB, L.
PETRA – WADI RUM (One night at the TENT) / SUNCITY CAMP
AM: Buffet breakfast
8:00 AM: we will be on our way to Wadi Rum to spend a couple of hours by jeep. After our desert safari, we proceed to SUNCITY CAMP to spend the next night in WADI RUM
Sun City Camp is located in Wadi Rum. It features a coffee shop and a 24-hour front desk. Tents include a dining area and a private entrance. The bathroom is fitted with a bathtub or a shower. Other facilities offered at the property include a tour desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed on-site or in the surroundings, including horse riding and hiking. There is evening entertainment.
The raised wooden en-suite chalets are covered with Bedouin tents, giving an authentic appearance. The large dining area of the camp is decorated with traditional colorful carpets and low seating and is where the campfire is lit every evening. A traditional Bedouin meal is served here after sunset, following which you are free to enjoy the starry desert skies.
Day at leisure. Overnight at Wadi Rum. BB, D
WADI RUM: Offering some of the most extraordinary desert scenery you'll ever see, this area, made famous abroad by the exploits of TE Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia') in the early 20th century, has lost none of its allure and forbidding majesty. Its myriad moods and dramatic colors dictated by the changing angle of the sun show the timeless rhythm of desert life. Wadi Rum is as much to be experienced as it is to be seen.
WADI RUM / DEAD SEA / MOVENPICK RESORT & SPA HOTEL
AM: Buffet breakfast at the Camp
AM: After breakfast, we board our bus and continue our journey to the Dead Sea. Arrive at the Dead Sea where we are going to spend the next night at MOVENPICK RESORT & SPA HOTEL. The Dead Sea is 400 meters below sea level. The Moevenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea is 55 km from Amman.
Day at leisure. Overnight at the Dead Sea. BB
THE DEAD SEA / AMMAN / CAIRO / MOVENPICK LE PASSAGE HOTEL
AM – Buffet breakfast. Morning at leisure
11:30 AM: You will be picked up by a private coach, driver & English-speaking guide and drive via Kings Highway to have lunch at King's Castle Restaurant.
After lunch, you will continue to Queen Alia Airport for your Egypt Air evening flight to Cairo.
Eve: Arrive in Cairo where you will be met and transferred to Movenpick Le Passage hotel overnight. BB, L
CAIRO / NEW YORK (USA)
4:45 AM - Wake Up Call
5:30 AM - Buffet breakfast at the coffee shop.
6:15 AM - Departure transfer to Cairo airport for your Egypt Air 9:15 AM flight to New York (JFK).
3:15 PM – Arrive at JFK where you will connect with your domestic flight home.
Welcome home with a lifetime of memories from EGYPT, ISRAEL & JORDAN