Land of the Prophets (Winter 2017-18)
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Tel Aviv: See Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel market.
- Jaffa: Visit the ancient port and artists' quarter.
- Acre: See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt.
- Nazareth: Visit the Church of the Annunciation.
- Galilee: Visit Capernaum and the Mount of the Beatitudes. View the ancient wooden boat, which is said to date back to the times of Jesus.
- Qumran: See the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
- Jerusalem: Visit the Jewish sites of King David's Tomb and the Western Wall.
- Amman: See the Roman Amphitheatre and Citadel Hill.
- Petra: See the Treasury and explore the Roman Amphitheater and ancient tombs.
- Shobak: Explore the Crusader fortress seeing the Crusader chapel.
- Cairo: Sightseeing includes sweeping vies over the city from the Citadel and a visit to the Great Alabaster Mosque.
- Memphis: See the statue of Rameses II along with the Alabaster Sphinx.
- Sakkara: View the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of Zoser I, existing for over 4,500 years.
- Karnak: Walk the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, see the of Rameses II and the Hypostyle Hall.
- Edfu: Explore the Temple of Horus.
- Kom Ombo: Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.
- Aswan: visit the High Dam and Granite Quarries.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
- Tel Aviv: Partake in a Friday night Shabbat dinner.
- Jerusalem: Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner.
- Jordan: Enjoy complete convenience with all breakfasts and dinners included.
- Amman: Get to know your fellow travelers and Tour Director over a drink at your Welcome Reception.
- Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
- Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
- Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel.
- Included Quality Dining: 15 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT) and 5 Three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D) with tea or coffee; plus 2 Welcome Drinks (WR), 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine and tea or coffee. While Cruising: 4 Buffet Breakfast (BB), 4 Lunches (L), 3 Dinners (D) and 1 Signature Evening (SE) all with bottled water, tea or coffee.
- Caesarea: Explore the Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea, formerly one of the splendid cities in Palestine.
- Dead Sea: Ascend by cable car to the ancient fortress of Masada. Your Local expert will explain this is where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies, before before sacrificing themselves.
- Jerusalem: Accompanied by your Local Expert, walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - site of the Crucifixion. You will also walk the Garden of Gethsemene and the Temple Mount as well as seeing the Room of the Last Supper, the Pool of Bethesda and Ecce Homo Arch.
- Jerash: Feel like you have stepped 2,000 years back in time as your Tour Director guides you through this marvelous ancient metropolis - now the finest surviving example of a Greco-Roman city in the world!
- Petra: To visit the ancient and hidden 'rose red' city, journey with your Tour Director, through the winding, dark passageway, between rock walls 90-180 metres high.
- Madaba: Guided by your Tour Director, admire the detail of the Madaba Map - a fascinating mosaic that is believed to be the earliest surviving map of the Holy land.
- Cairo: Guided by your Local Expert, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasures.
- Giza: With your Egyptologist, meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
- Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man, as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it.
- West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
- Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
- Tel Aviv: Sheraton Towers Hotel is considered one of Tel Aviv's more sophisticated hotels, located on the waterfront and providing guests with luxury accommodation.
- Tiberias: The Leonardo Plaza Tiberias Hotel is centrally located close to the Old Town and offers beautifully decorated rooms.
- Dead Sea: The magnificent Hod Hamidbar Hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea, offers you serenity, relaxation and the perfect pampering experience in their modern spa.
- Jerusalem: The Leonardo Plaza Hotel graces the Jerusalem skyline, located in the heart of the city and offering panoramic views. It has many top facilities and is a good base from which to explore the Old and New Cities.
- Amman: The 5-star Amman Marriott Hotel is located in one of the capital's busiest centres, with easy access to all historical sites.
- Petra: The Petra Marriott Hotel is majestically situated to overlook the dramatic and picturesque rose-red city. It combines the warmest Arabian hospitality with the splendour of the ancient city of Petra.
- Cairo: The luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.
- Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style, on-board your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
- Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.
- Jerusalem: Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Shrine of the Book.
- Mount Nebo: Take in the astounding view of Moses' Promised Land, where the ruins are truly a site to behold.
- Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great pyramids.
- Philae Island: Rising from the waters, on the Island of Philae, is the amazing Temple of Isis. You will journey by motorboat to get there.
You will visit the following 3 places:
Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world, claims one of the world’s oldest cultures, descending from an ancient civilization that emerged in the 10th millennium BCE. It is best known as the home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and - visible above all - its pyramids. Less well-known is Egypt's medieval heritage, courtesy of Coptic Christianity and Islam - ancient churches, monasteries and mosques punctuate the Egyptian landscape. Egypt stimulates the imagination of western tourists like few other countries and is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations world-wide.
Israel is a country in the Middle East, on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It is considered part of the Holy Land (together with areas of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Territories). The four major monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Bahaism—all have historical ties to the region. Israel thus contains a vibrant modern history and culture, based in part on the diverse, immigrant origins of its inhabitants returning from the Jewish Diaspora. These aspects make Israel a fascinating destination for many travelers and pilgrims. As a result of this vast mix of culture, in addition to the official languages of Hebrew and Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish, Amharic and Yiddish are also spoken by a significant minority of Israelis.
Jordan is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River known by its ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. Many travellers and tourists visit Jordan with its history in mind, and understandably so. It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C.E. Everywhere you visit, you will hear heartfelt words of welcome, and will often be invited into shops or people’s homes for a glass of sweet tea and a conversation.