(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 ($15 per person - 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 our 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.
The recently renovated Cairo Marriott Hotel, situated at the centre of the city, is surrounded by lush gardens and with a 19th century palace in its midst, on the Nile River. The grand hotel’s 1250 rooms are well appointed, with splendid views of the city and the Nile. One may take meals in any of the restaurants or cafes, which are reasonably priced and enjoyable, and feature especially hospitable staff. The city of Cairo is in itself a bustling source of amusement and history, including the Pyramids, though some guests prefer to stay on the hotel grounds and make use of the fitness centre or swimming pools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stylish Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem is located opposite Mt Zion and the Old City of Jerusalem, within easy reach of many tourist attractions, both ancient and new. A short walk away is the charming German Colony, with its lively cafes and restaurants and, in the other direction, is the picturesque Yemin Moshe neighborhood, and an array of fashionable cultural and entertainment venues. The guest rooms boast stunning views of Jerusalem's cityscape, whilst most studio suites, suitable for families, face westwards, towards the leafy residential streets of the German Colony. Superior rooms offer spectacular views of the Old City and Mount Zion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer between Tel Aviv and the airport.
Depart from Tel Aviv international airport - end of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport and visa are required for both US and Canadian citizens. Tourists can obtain a renewable thirty-day tourist visa on arrival at an Egyptian airport for a $15 fee, payable in U.S. dollars. Visitors arriving overland and/or those who previously experienced difficulty with their visa status in Egypt should obtain a visa prior to arrival. Processing generally takes 5 working days and is approximately US$30.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Egypt for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHProof of yellow fever immunization is required if arriving from an infected area. Evidence of an AIDS test is required for everyone staying over thirty days, for the purpose of studying or working in Egypt. All passengers arriving in Egypt now undergo certain measures at the Cairo International Airport as a precaution due to the 2009-H1N1 virus. The passengers’ passports are examined and they are screened at immigration via infrared cameras. HEALTH Health insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/egypt.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Cairo (El Qahira). Government: Republic. Language: Arabic is the official language. English and French are widely spoken. Religion: About 90% of the population follows Islam; the majority of the rest is Christian. All types of Christianity are represented, especially the Coptic Christian Church. There is also a small Jewish minority. Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Friday in April to last Thursday in September). Electricity: Most areas 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Certain rural parts still use 110 to 380 volts AC. Telephone: Country code +20. Mobile Telephone: Roaming exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to Cairo, Alexandria and along the north coast line of the Red Sea from Suez to Sharm el-Sheikh and the major towns along the Nile. Internet: There are Internet cafes in the main cities, including Cairo, Alexandria, Dahab and Luxor. Tourists can also access the Internet in hotels.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Israel for the most up to date visa information.
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