Here’s the best of Egypt and Jerusalem in only 12 days
Join us on a journey to these ancient lands for an unsurpassed array of sights, sounds and memories; a good look at Cairo; a Nile cruise; a walk along the ancient byways of Jerusalem and much more. Private touring including while on board the Nile cruise.
Day 1 – CAIRO – Saturday & Wednesday
VIP Meet & Greet Service at Cairo Airport
Our local representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. VIP Meet & Greet Service at Cairo Airport.
Visa fee is included and will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for: Australian, NZ, American, EU, Canadian & Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo.
Visa will be issued upon arrival. As you exit the gate, you will pass through a door or two, down some stairs, then walk for 2-5 minutes, until you pass the duty free shops, at the end of a wide corridor, you will see the security officers. There you will be met by a local representative, who will be holding a sign with your name.
Our local representative will then take your passport to obtain a stamp from the cashier / bank window and escort you to speak with the passport officer. He will escort you through another last check on your passport as you exit the passport control, into customs area, he will assist you in collecting your luggage and clearing customs. After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel.
Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room with our compliments. Sample deluxe Hotels or similar: Cairo Marriott, Hilton, Cairo Conrad, InterContinental Hotels or similar.
Day 2 – CAIRO (BL) – Sunday & Thursday
Full day tour of the Pyramids of Giza, Cheops Royal Barge Museum, and the Sphinx. Lunch is included at the Mena House. Then off to Memphis and Sakkara, including the Step Pyramid, the small yet charming Imhotep Museum, and the Nobles Mastabas, stop by the Haraniya before we head back to your hotel.
DAY 3 – CAIRO (BL) – Monday & Friday
On your first full day in Egypt we show you the Egyptian Museum, including the ” Mummies Room”, King Tut’s gold treasure room, lunch is included at Naguib Mahfouz or similar, then off to tour the Citadel of Saladin, and the Mohammed Ali Mosque, made of alabaster, before going treasure hunting at Khan El-Khalili Bazaar district.
DAY 4 – CAIRO/ LUXOR– Nile Cruise (BLD): Tuesday & Saturday
Very early morning flight to Luxor, (or Aswan depending on cruise confirmation and availability at the time of booking) and board our Nile cruise, morning tour of the Luxor Museum, after lunch, then to get ready for the afternoon visits to Luxor and Karnak Temples. Evening at leisure for you to explore local markets.
DAY 5 – LUXOR – On Board the Cruise (BLD) – Wednesday & Sunday
Crossing the Nile, we tour the magnificent tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the great funerary temples of Queen Hatshepsut. We’ll have a brief stop at the Colossi of Memnon on the way back to Luxor. Afternoon sailing up river to go through Esna locks.
DAY 6 – ESNA /EDFU (BLD) – Thursday & Monday
Sail further south to Edfu, climb aboard horse-drawn carriages, and clip-clop through town to the Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best preserved temple. Re-embarking, dock at Kom Ombo for the night.
DAY 7 – KOM OMBO (BLD) – Friday & Tuesday
Visit the twin temple at Kom Ombo then re-embark and sail to Aswan. Afternoon leisure cruise on the Nile by felucca. If you wish try your hand at camel riding, with our compliments! We’ll take a traditional caravan to enjoy tea with Nubian Villagers. We are proud to offer this opportunity for insight into local ways.
DAY 8 – ASWAN / CAIRO (B) – Saturday & Wednesday
Today we visit Aswan dam, the unfinished Obelisk, and Philae Temple before heading back to the airport. To board your return flight to Cairo, and your hotel.
Complimentary Dinner is included at a local home:
Meet the locals, you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family (T-shirt, small souvenirs of your home town). This evening we’ll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread… right into the homes of some of the people of Cairo! You’ll be invited to a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties, you’ll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your new friends, they’re sure to have questions about your own background. Once the ice is broken, you’ll enjoy a lively evening, and find that you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions, by letting us know your preferences.
DAY 9 – Tel Aviv – Jerusalem (BD) Sunday & Thursday
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your flight to Tel Aviv to start our Jerusalem Mini Package. You will be met by our Israel – based representative who will be at hand to assist with your transportation to your hotel in Jerusalem. You’ll have the rest of this day to discover Jerusalem on your own. The crowds along Ben Yehuda Street, the new city Hall, the walls of the Old City illuminated at dusk, the gleaning Dome of the Rock. Jerusalem surpasses every expectation! Dinner is included at the hotel.
Day 10 – Monday & Friday – OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM, BETHLEHEM (BLD)
Our visit to the Old City includes the reconstructed Jewish Quarter. Visit the newly excavated Cardo and continue to the Western Wall, the only remaining portion of the Second Temple. Nearby is the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest places of Islam. We will follow in the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and through the colorful bazaars. We’ll depart Jerusalem in the afternoon to Bethlehem, birthplace of King David. Visit Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of Nativity, before returning to Jerusalem. Lunch is included enroute. Dinner is included at the hotel.
Day 11 – Tuesday & Saturday – NAZARETH, TIBERIAS (BLD)
Drive north from Jerusalem to Nazareth to see the Church of the Annunciation. Then continue to the Sea of Galilee and ride the waters to Tabgha. Traveling overland again, we’ll stop at Cana, and stroll through lively waterside Tiberias. At Capernaum, on the Sea Of Galilee, to see the ruins of the Synagogue and Church of St. Peter. We’ll return to Jerusalem via the baptismal site on the Jordan River. Lunch is included enroute. Dinner is included at the hotel.
Day 12- Wednesday & Sunday – Departure- Tel Aviv (B).
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight. Bon Voyage.
Rates per person
DEPARTURE DATES: This tour departs weekly year round
Your tour includes:
- All airfares in Egypt in economy class, tax included, as per itinerary
- Air fare: Cairo / Tel Aviv, economy class, tax included.
- All transfers within Egypt and Israel always on a private basis.
- Hotel accommodations, including tax and service charges.
- Nile cruise; the sequence of sights visited between Aswan and Luxor is subject to change according to vessel requirements, and the cruise may begin in either Aswan or Luxor.
- Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary: B = continental breakfast; L = set-menu lunch; D = set-menu dinner.
- Guided sightseeing by private air-conditioned motor coach or car as per itinerary, including all entrance fees.
- Complimentary Lonely Planet travel guidebook to Egypt/ Jerusalem.
- Visa fee is included and will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport (no photos required) for: Australian, NZ, American, EU, Mexican, South African, South Korean, Canadian & Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo.
- VIP Meet and Greet Service upon arrival on Day 1 at Cairo Airport.
- Personal expenses and beverages
- Additional meals and services.
- Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
- Air fare from / to your home country