Monday, October 15, 2012

Egypt Travel Package with Petra and Jerusalem Tour

Egypt and Middle East Tour Packages

Day 1- Cairo :Welcome to Egypt! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel in Cairo. At a Welcome Dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.
Included meals: breakfast (in flight), dinner

Day 2- Giza & the Pyramids :Your tour director, also a professional Egyptologist, is an expert in the history and anthropology of the regions on tour. Today, your tour director leads a fascinating tour of ancient Egypt. The Pyramids of Giza are the only remaining “Wonder of the Ancient World” and your guided tour introduces you to the three pyramids here, including the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Then visit the enigmatic Sphinx.
This afternoon, return to Cairo, where your Tour Director leads a sight-seeing tour . The city’s mosques, of which there are more than 500, display some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Also visit the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, which houses the famous masks of Tutankhamen. Later, roam through the winding streets and alleyways of the Khan-el Khalili Bazaar. This evening, opt to enjoy an Egyptian Folklore Dinner.
Included meals: breakfast
Included entrances: Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Board a Nile riverboat for this evening’s dinner and live performance. Savor local specialties and Egyptian delicacies while a troupe of performers show you age-old music and dance traditions.

Day 3 - Cairo :This morning, visit the Citadel of Salah El Din and Mohammed Ali Mosque, also known as the Alabaster Mosque. Built in the 12th century by mighty Salah el-Din, the Citadel was originally used as a fortress and was the residence of the Sultans until 1850. After free time for lunch, board your bus for Saint Catherine. Arrive in Saint Catherine this evening.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner
Included entrances: Citadel of Salah El Din & Mohammed Ali Mosque

Day 4 - St. Catherine :Discover the beauty of Saint Catherine, a city located at the foot of the Sinai High Mountains, during this morning’s guided tour. A UNESCO World Heritage Area, Saint Catherine is a relatively new city, created when Bedouin tribes decided to cluster around the monastery. Then embark on a guided tour of Saint Catherine Monastery, the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the world, which was built on the site where Moses talked to God at the Burning Bush. You’ll also see the monastery’s library, which has the largest religious collection after the Vatican. Enjoy an early dinner with your group and take some time to rest before departing for your post-midnight hike up Mount Sinai—also known as Moses Mountain—where Moses received the Ten Commandments. (You can rent a walking stick and flashlight from your hotel.)
Included meals: breakfast, dinner
Included entrances: Saint Catherine Monastery

Day 5 - Mount Sinai :Begin the day by watching the sunrise from atop Mount Sinai, followed by breakfast at your hotel. Next, travel to Port Nuweiba, where you’ll take an hour-long ferry ride to Aqaba. Settle into your hotel and enjoy an included dinner.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 6 - Wadi Rum Desert :Travel to Wadi Rum this morning, a protected area of desert wilderness in the south of Jordan where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Huge sandstone and granite mountains tower over wide sandy valleys. Narrow canyons and fissures cut deep into the mountains and many conceal ancient rock drawings etched by the people of the desert. Bedouin tribes still live in these mountains, and their large tents can often be seen. Later today, you’ll travel to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 7 - Petra :Discover Petra during a full-day guided tour of this ancient city. Traveling through a narrow gorge, you’ll visit a city lost to the outside world for centuries. Investigate its freestanding temples, tombs, dwellings and altars.
Included meals: breakfast
Included entrance: Petra

Day 8 - Madaba :Explore Madaba, the city of Mosaics, and St. George’s Church. Next, head to Mount Nebo, Moses’ burial place. Arrive later today at your resort on the Dead Sea.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 9 - Dead Sea :Enjoy a free day at your Dead Sea resort. Or opt to travel to the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, one of the largest and best preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world. Tonight enjoy an included dinner with your group.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner ( $79 USD Jerash )
Spend the day exploring the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, considered one of the largest and best preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world, outside of Italy. You’ll explore many of its most treasured monuments, including Hadrian's Arch, the Corinthium column, a circus/hippodrome, two temples to Zeus and Artemis and the oval Forum, which is surrounded by a fine colonnade.

Day 11 - Amman :If you are continuing on the extension, depart for Jerusalem. Otherwise, relax at your Dead Sea resort, where you’ll have time to rest and explore before boarding your late-night flight home.
Included meals: breakfast

Day 12 - Jerusalem :Today brings you to the holy city of Jerusalem. Make stops on the way at Mt. Olive and the Garden of Gethsemane, and Jericho. Tonight, join your group for an included dinner.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 13 - Jerusalem :King David’s Tomb awaits you on Mt. Zion this morning, as does the Upper Room, where Jesus held the Last Supper. Back in the city, walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall, where you can place a written prayer in the wall.
Then follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulcher. Finally, venture into the Muslim, Christian and Armenian quarters of Jerusalem before indulging in the many wonders to be had at the Oriental Bazaar. Continue to discover Jerusalem at your own pace this afternoon, or opt for an excursion to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, said to be the birthplace of Jesus. The excursion includes a stop at a diamond factory during the return trip.
Included meals: breakfast. Included entrances: King David’s Tomb, the Upper Room, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
( $39 USD ) Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity
A Palestinian city located in the West Bank, about 10 km (6 mi) south of Jerusalem, Bethlehem is revered as the birthplace of Jesus. On your tour, you’ll stop at the Church of the Nativity, which Christians believe marks the spot where Mary gave birth to Jesus.
Please note: Travelers on this excursion should be sure to carry their passport for security checkpoint at the Israeli-Palestinian border crossing.

Day 14 - Jerusalem :Enjoy a free day in Jerusalem, or opt to explore the Fortress of Masada and meet the locals at a Bedouin Camp. Included in this optional excursion are a cable car ride in Masada, lunch and a visit at a Bedouin Camp.
Included meals: breakfast ( $69 USD ) Masada & Kfar Hanokdim Bedouin Camp
As you journey up to the Fortress of Masada by cable car, you will arrive at a fortification high atop a plateau that served as the site of the Great Jewish Revolt. This afternoon, you’ll enjoy a traditional Bedouin lunch.

Day 15 - Jerusalem :Spend the morning at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is the leader in Shoah education, commemoration, research and documentation. Continue exploring on your own or opt to visit Eim Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist. Relive memories of your journey at tonight’s included Farewell Dinner.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner. Included entrances: Yad Vashem, Israel Museum
( $45 USD ) Ein Karem. Located in southwest Jerusalem, Ein Karem is the village where John the Baptist was born. During your excursion, you’ll visit Ein Karem’s two most important churches and holy sites.

Day 16 - Jerusalem - Home :Transfer to Jerusalem’s airport for your return flight home.
Included meals: breakfast (In the case of early morning departures, breakfast may not be provided.)


- Round-trip air transportation with a major airline, airport transfers and escorts
- The services of a bilingual Tour Director
- 9 nights accommodations in comfortable, well-located hotels with twin beds and private bath or shower
- All hotel service charges, baggage handling and local taxes
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Private deluxe vehicles transfers


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