(Cairo, St. Catherines)
(Eilat, Jerusalem, Galilee, Tel Aviv)
Follow in footsteps of Moses and the ancient Israelites on their great escape to the Promised Land, with this historic journey through Egypt and Israel. Delve into the Book of Exodus as you travel in comfort and style with the luxury of private expert guides. In Egypt discover Cairo’s timeless treasures, cruise the Nile, soak in the Springs of Moses, cross the Sinai, voyage through the Wilderness of Sin, climb Mount Serbal, hear tales of the famous Golden Calf and pay respect at St. Catherine’s Monastery where Moses encountered the Burning Bush. Once in Israel, pilgrimage to legendary locations from the Old Testament including Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Masada, Qumran, the Dead Sea, Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee. This spiritual sojourn promises to be a truly transformative travel experience.
You will be met in the tunnel by an airport representative who will in turn facilitate the visa process (included in tour cost), escort you through customs and immigration, off to baggage claim and finally to passenger pick up. It is here that you will connect with a representative associate who will arrange airport transfer to your hotel.
Your visa is included in the cost of the tour - and will be obtained by the Cairo office in advance. You will be escorted through immigration as part of this service. Note: Visas cannot be facilitated to passengers travelling on Star Alliance airlines.
Transfer to/from Cairo Airport in private vehicle with English speaking driver.
This full day tour transports you from present day to the time of the Pharaohs. In the morning, a private vehicle, driver and trained Egyptologist will pick you up and take you for some exploration of two of Egypt's most famous monuments, the great Pyramids of Giza, and the mighty Sphinx. Later in the afternoon, enjoy viewing fragments of this regions rich history at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, where your trained Egyptologist will help you further understand how ancient Egyptians lived, and how their way of life has influenced how we live our lives today! Note: Entrance to the Cheops Pyramid, the Mummies room and Solar boat have an additional cost.
Enjoy a buffet lunch at a great local restaurant.
Learn more about Egypt’s modern history today with a private guided tour of Tahrir Square; the largest square in Modern Cairo. Adjacent to some of the major attractions including the Egyptian Museum, as well as other important institutions. The square was originally called Midan Ismailia Square, after the 19th-century ruler Khedive Ismail, who commissioned the new downtown district's 'Paris on the Nile' design. After the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 the square became widely known as Tahrir (Liberation) Square. Traditionally, it is the site for numerous major protests and demonstrations over the years, including the 1977 Egyptian Bread Riots, the March 2003 protest against the War in Iraq and the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. Your expert local guide will share stories with you about the people and what Cairo was like during their recent uprising.
Begin the day with a tour of one of the most ancient ruins in Cairo, to explore the remains of the Fortress of Babylon. First built by the Persians around the 6th century BC, these ruins are indeed Cairo’s oldest original structure. Within the confines you will find the Church of St. Sergius, where the Holy Family is reported to have stayed, and the Hanging Church, the seat of the Coptic patriarchate for centuries. Visit the Church of Saint Barbara, a charming monument commemorating a 4th century local saint. End the day with a visit to the Coptic Museum.
Enjoy a Nile River dinner cruise aboard the "Nile Maxim" or "Nile Pharaoh", one of the most elegant cruising restaurants sailing the world's longest waterway. You'll enjoy top-class service aboard your Nile cruise, gliding past Cairo's illuminated skyline while you dine, and with entertainment provided by a spectacular belly-dancing and folklore show. The "Nile Maxim" is built in the style of a flat pharaonic barge, conjuring up images of ancient Egypt. As you drift along the River Nile, the house band performs your all-time favorite Western and Oriental tunes – with a twist! Choose from the set menu or go for the a la carte selection offering seafood, Lebanese and Chinese cuisines. Then sit back and relax while you enjoy a colorful belly dancing show with a folklore band, featuring the unforgettable tannoura spin, in keeping with Egypt's whirling dervishes tradition. Sample Set menu (subject to change without notice):
Selection of fresh breads, Salad bar, Grilled Chicken with herbs, served with rice and vegetables, Nougat glace, Sample A la Carte menu (subject to change without notice).
Tehina salad, Green spices salad, Fried Kofta, Fried shrimps, Different kinds of rice and macaroni, Special dessert menu. Includes pick up and drop off from your hotel.
Early in the morning, your private vehicle will travel to St Catherine via a tunnel system underneath the Suez Canal, west of the Red Sea, following the route of the Biblical Exodus. The drive through the Sinai Peninsula and the biblical land of Goshen takes approximately 7 hours, en route you will learn about the history of this special region. On the way, enjoy a stop at the Marah desert springs (Springs of Moses) along the shoreline of the Red Sea. Continue onward to the Wilderness of Sin, and then further south to visit Wadi Ferrain, "Rephidim" the desert valley where the Israelites fought the Amalekities. Then it is off to Mount Serbal, the before continuing towards Mt Sinai & Wadi Al Raha, the site where the Israelites forged the famous Golden Calf.
Early in the morning you will climb up the famous Mount Sinai, which the option of riding a camel for a portion of the climb. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Sinai wilderness as you ascend the 750 step summit. Enjoy a hardy breakfast after you’ve made your descent down the mountain. After, you will tour the St. Catherine’s Monastery, believed to be built on the plateau where Moses encountered the burning bush. You will leave Mount Sinai and travel towards Nuweba, where a stop for lunch is planned which boasts views of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Northern Israel. After you arrive at Taba, you will cross the border to Israel.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer to the Arava Border from Eilat.PLEASE NOTE: The prices do not include the border taxes of US $65 per person, to be paid on the spot in cash, and subject to change without prior notice.
This tour combines the earth’s lowest point, the Dead Sea, with one of the most famous sites in Jewish history, Masada. In the early morning hours, enjoy a sunrise climb up snake trail, or enjoy the same panoramic experience aboard a mountain cable car. Perched high atop a cliff overlooking the Dead Sea is the ruins of the well-appointed fortress of Masada, which was built by King Herod, and was used as a refuge for a Jewish faction resisting Roman rule. Next, visit Qumran, best known as the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found inside the caves located on the sheer desert cliffs. Finish this tour at a Dead Sea spa, with a float in the famous and buoyant Dead Sea, renowned for its mineral content and rich black mud.
This tour begins with visits to the Western Wall, followed by a visit to the famed Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. Next, make a stop at Al Aksa Mosque before continuing on, walking through the meandering streets towards the reconstructed Cardo, a shopping arcade which once existed during ancient times. Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, for a short photo stop. Enjoy some shopping at the most atmospheric market of the Old city, offering variety handicrafts, clothes, foods, spices and local delicacies. End the tour at David’s Citadel and Museum, located near the Jaffa Gate.
This tour visits the many highlights and monuments in two very important Israeli cities, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Visit the Israel Museum with its renowned Shrine of the Book monument containing pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a cityscape model of ancient Jerusalem. Pass by the Knesset building, home of the Israeli Parliament before touring Yad Vashem, a memorial built to commemorate victims of the Holocaust. In the afternoon carry on to Bethlehem and visit sites such as the Milk Grotto and the birthplace of Christianity, the Church or the Nativity.
Enjoy this tour, taking in all the stunning scenery and ancient religious sites around the Sea of Galilee. Visit ancient churches and towns such as Capernaum, the one-time home of Jesus, the ruins of the ancient synagogue, and the still standing Church of St. Josef, before arriving at Yardenit, the site where the lake empties into the Jordan River.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer between Tel Aviv and the airport.
The Marriott Hotel Cairo is located in the heart of Cairo with an exotic garden setting built around a 19th century palace on an island in the Nile River in downtown Cairo. The hotel is surrounded by the sights and sounds that makes Cairo the most popular destination in the Middle East for leisure travelers and is a perfect base for exploring historic Cairo. The rooms are well appointed, with splendid views of the city and the Nile. The city of Cairo is a bustling source of amusement and history, including the Pyramids, but you may also enjoy staying on the hotel grounds and making use of the fitness center or swimming pools.
Catherine Plaza Hotel Group is one of Egypt’s newest hotel to open, and more specifically, is the first hotel built in the St. Catherine area. The location of St. Catherine's Plaza Hotel provides guests with spectacular panoramic views of the Sinai region, married along with modern amenities to create a "home away from home" atmosphere.
The Dan Panorama Hotel is ideally located for a vacation that blends sun and fun with Eilat's spectacular natural attractions. The hotel overlooks Eilat's lovely lagoon, just a few minutes’ walk from the relaxing North Beach, where the clear waters of the Red Sea lap the sunny shores perfect for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and a variety of water sports. Eilat’s climate is ideal for sun lovers, as it is warm and sunny all year round.
The Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem with its youthful, cool ambiance brings new dimensions of personal hospitality to Jerusalem. A true designer hotel with a special intimate identity, the Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem boasts elegant and sophisticated interiors and an atmosphere that is both cozy and informal. An excellent choice for either corporate guests or vacationers, the Dan Boutique Hotel is situated in a prime Jerusalem setting within walking-distance of the Old City, on a small hill facing Mount Zion and the Old City Walls and in close proximity to the Old Turkish Railway Station, one of the capital’s newest entertainment hubs.
The Ein-Gev holiday resort is situated on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee and is one of the largest in the area. The resort focuses mainly on organized tours and vacations for tourists from all over the world. Equipped with 166 rooms are suitable for couples, families and groups, and their location – on the shores of the lake – provides an ideal setting for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation in a beautiful clean environment.
The tranquil and intimate City Hotel, offering 96 rooms - including 24 studio rooms, each with a small balcony that can seat up to 4 - is situated on a quiet street, a one-minute walk from the Tel Aviv beach, in the heart of Tel Aviv’s leisure and business center. Renowned for its cozy atmosphere, warm hospitality, excellent restaurant and considerate service, the City Hotel is one of Tel Aviv’s best-kept secrets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the City Hotel, Tel Aviv’s coffee shop on a charming street-side terrace, room service, and the banquet halls for small meetings, conferences, and family events. A nearby gym is open to guests for a moderate fee.
Egypt to India
Kirsten Boucher ,
November 04, 2013
"I want to tell you what a great trip you arranged for us. We are having an amazing time and have very good guides. "
Egypt to India
Ann Schiller ,
October 29, 2013
"I wanted to write to you this week to express my sincere thanks for the trip of a lifetime to India. My son, David, and I had the most incredible time in the Golden Triangle, thanks to you! The entire tour went without a hitch. We saw so many attractions on our short journey. We were enamored with the Indian culture, architecture and artistry. The hotels were fantastic, like you promised. The hospitality was unmatched. We appreciated the Kensington staff who met us at the airport and at each destination, and made sure that our checkouts went smoothly, as well."
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Sharon Lombardi ,
November 04, 2013
"Bhutan guide and driver were excellent...loved them so much!"
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Deborah Eastland ,
October 29, 2013
"My husband and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Egypt. The sites were amazing and overwhelming. Everything was as promised. We had the most amazing pyramid view and Nile view from our hotels. Our itinerary included the most magnificent sites and we were accompanied by the most informative and friendly people. I highly recommend visiting Egypt. It is totally safe. Thank you to everyone at Kensington for this experience. It was so beyond our expectations!"
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Arnold Levine ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you so much for everything.
You planned an outstanding trip that met all our interests and requirements.
Another wonderful tailored vacation by Kensington. I've completed the survey, but wanted to let you know personally how thankful we are to you."
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Carolann MacGregor ,
June 14, 2013
"I’m back and I had an AMAZING trip from beginning to end – trip of a lifetime to be sure. Aseem, I wanted to thank you for all your help, advice and fantastic planning for this trip. The itinerary, accommodations and guides were phenomenal! As a single woman travelling alone, I have to be willing to get on that plane and have the faith there will be dependable, competent people at the other end for me when I arrive. And with both of my Kensington trips, my hopes were surpassed. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about this trip."
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Mark Hickman ,
June 26, 2013
"Mohammed, our main guide throughout this itinerary was excellent and made sure every part of our experience was safe and entertaining. He often called ahead when we arrived at our next destination to talk to us by cell phone about our arrival and safety...we greatly appreciated his expertise and professionalism. Likewise, Mohammed (our driver in Cairo) became a good friend and was kind and courteous throughout.
The other guides during the trip....Sam in Luxor during the Nile trip and Samya in Sharm....could not have been any better. Great people, excellent guides and travel companions. I will think about them and this entire trip with great fondness. I will surely recommend Egypt and the Sinai to others who are considering a trip to the middle east in the future. With so much bad press lately, it was reassuring to have these people planning our every move and making things feel secure, inspiring and entertaining."
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Elisabeth Greene ,
April 19, 2013
"Everything was extremely smooth and really appreciated how everything was taken care.The hotels were wonderful and the Taj Mahal exceeded her expectations and was very nice."
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Angela Gentile ,
April 02, 2013
"Just a note of heartfelt thanks for organizing such a wonderful adventure to Jordan for MaryAnn and me. Our time in Jordan was spectacular and each day full of endless blessings. Our guide, Zaid Sakarneh, was kind, professional, intelligent and embraced each day with a fresh passion that was contagious. Thank you for all that you did to ensure we had a week full of memories that will last a lifetime!
Egypt to India
Lilly and Roy Brown ,
April 05, 2013
"We were very happy with the trip,and would very highly recommend our travel agent to every one.They delivered all that we wanted and also what they promised.We saw all the pyramids,temples and other ancient ruins both in Egypt and also Jordan.. even rode a camel,did horseback riding and enjoyed floatingin the salty Dead Sea."
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