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Cultural tour of Jordan, Israel & Egypt: 11 nights 12 Days

Type of safari- Cultural Safari , Destination - Egypt

Tour Summary

Jordan conjures images of Bible stories, lost cities and Lawrence of Arabia. It's a country that ought to be filled with tourists, but the Middle East's problematic past has kept them away.

Day 01 : Arrive Amman
Egypt Sphinx Meet & Assist at Queen Alia International Airport, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Fanar Palace Hotel, Amman (2 nights)

Day 02 : Ajloun - Jerash – Amman
After breakfast, we proceed to Ajloun to explore this majestic 12th century Qala’at Al Rabadh, which is a fine example of medieval Arab / Islamic military architecture. The castle was built between 1184-85 CE by the Izz Eddin Usama, the nephew of Salah Eddin Al-Ayubbi (known in the West as Saladin), the great Muslim commander who waged a successful campaign to recover lands lost to the invading Crusaders. You will be uplifted by the overwhelming view of the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley and the west bank of Lake Tiberius (the Sea of Galilee).
Next stop is at the ancient city of Jarash, which is remarkable for its long chain of human occupation. Well-watered site in the hills of Gilead, remains from Neolithic times, as well as Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and others have been found. Jerash's golden age, however, arrived with Roman rule. Today it is acknowledged as one of the best-preserved province cities of the Roman Empire. Jarash was a member of the Decapolis, a dynamic commercial league of ten Graeco-Roman cities. Drive back to Amman. (B)

Day 03 : Amman – Madaba - Mt. Nebo- Dead Sea - Kerak- Petra
This morning we proceed to Madaba for a tour of St. George’s church, home of the famous mosaic map of the holy land before moving on to Mt. Nebo for visiting the memorial of Moses.
Drive to the Dead Sea - 400 meters below sea level, which is the lowest point on the surface of the earth and some of the world's oldest civilizations sprang from this soil. The "Salt Sea," as it was referred to in the Bible, is a rich source of minerals essential for agricultural and industrial development, as well as for the treatment of various medical conditions such as psoriasis. Proceed via the famous King’s Highway to Kerak for a tour of the famous crusader castle, and then onto Petra.
Overnight: Panorama Hotel, Petra (1 night) (B)

Day 04 : Petra – Wadi Rum - Amman
Visit the ancient city of Petra, the legacy of the Nabataens - industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometre long chasm (siq), the walls of which soar 200 meters upwards. the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the (siq). Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets and haunting rock drawings - as well as a 3000 seat open air amphitheatre circa, a gigantic first century Monastery. Then drive to the landscape of Wadi Rum. Here, beauty can only be described as breathtaking and area is spotted with fascinating sandstone Mountains decorated with an array of colors explored on 4x4 vehicle tours that take you deep into the heart of the desert. Then drive back to Amman
Overnight: Fanar Palace Hotel, Amman (1 night) (B)

Day 05 : Amman- Jerusalem
Depart from Amman to the Jordanian – Israeli Allenby Bridge. You will be met and assisted with the formalities, then proceed to visit the Mount Of Olives to have a panoramic view over Jerusalem then on to visit Ascension Church and Pater Noster and then carry on to visit the Garden of Gethsemane - the Church of all Nations. Move on to Mt. Zion to visit St. Peter in Galicuntu and then the Dormition abbey. Continue onto Jerusalem.
Overnight: Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem (3 nights) (B)

Day 06 : Bethlehem - Shepherds Field - Ein Kerem - Bethany
Start the day by visiting Bethlehem - the birth place of Jesus Christ, and then the shepherds' field. Proceed to Ein Kerem - the visitation church, and St. John the Baptist, then back to New Jerusalem to visit the western part of the city. (B)

Day 07 : Walking Tour Of The Old City Of Jerusalem
Start the walking tour by entering the Old City from St. Stephens Gate and on to the Via Dolorosa (the Stations of the Cross), and then to the Holy Sepulcher. Then proceed to visit the Jewish Quarter, the cardo and the Wailing Wall, and the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa Mosque, if time permits. (B)

Day 08 : Jerusalem – Tel Aviv Airport - Cairo
Depart from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv International Airport for departure flight to Cairo (air ticket is not included in the quotes below). You will be met and assisted with the formalities then transferred to the hotel.
Overnight: Shepperd Hotel, Cairo (2 nights) (B)

Day 09 : Great Pyramids - Sphinx Of Giza - Sakkara
After breakfast, a scenic drive will take you to the Great Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza, which has stood for the last 5000 years. Continue on to ancient Memphis, the first capital of United Upper and Lower Egypt and Sakkara, site of the Step Pyramid of Zoser. (B)

Day 10 : Cairo - Luxor
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon visit to the Luxor Temple - dedicated to God Amon-Ra; it was expanded by Ramses II who added statues of himself. Then go on to visit magnificent Karnak Temple.
Overnight: Mercure Hotel, Luxor (1 night) (B)

Day 11 : Luxor - Cairo
Very early morning, cross the Nile today to visit the world-renowned Valley of the Kings and Queens, and the Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Continue to the Colossi of Memnon. Afternoon flight back to Cairo. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Shepperd Hotel, Cairo (1 night) (B)

Day 12: Depart - Cairo
This morning you will be bidding farewell to the ancient world. Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)

Safari - Cultural tour of Jordan, Israel & Egypt: 11 nights 12 Days - GECS - 04
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No. Of Tour Days 12 Days

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