HIGHLIGHTS OF ISRAEL & EGYPT

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Day 1:  Jerusalem for 3 nights
Meet & greet private transfer with fast track and assistance from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
1 twin deluxe room, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel American Colony*****
With its swimming pool, gourmet restaurants, landscaped gardens and a high-tech fitness centre, The American Colony Hotel – The Leading Hotels of the World offers a tranquil atmosphere in the heart of the vibrant city of Jerusalem. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel.
Rooms at The American Colony are located in 4 buildings; the Main House, the East House, the Palm House and the Cow Byre. Luxurious and spacious rooms feature air conditioning, flat-screen TV and Italian “Frette” bed linen. The modern bathrooms are equipped with designer amenities.
You can enjoy a selection of international and local savoury products in the garden, in the bar and or in the patio.
The hotel wellness centre includes an outdoor swimming pool, sauna and a well equipped fitness room. The business centre is at your disposal for free.
https://www.americancolony.com/

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1 twin grand deluxe, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel Waldorf Astoria*****
Located in the heart of Jerusalem, 500 m from the Jaffa Gate and Jerusalem’s Old City, Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is housed in a building whose design blends Greco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman motifs. It offers 2 restaurants and free WiFi.
The rooms are air-conditioned and feature a smart 46” LED TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels, a minibar and a coffee machine. The bathroom is equipped with both a bathtub and shower. Free toiletries, towels, linen, slippers and a bathrobe are included in the rate.
The Palace Restaurant serves an Israeli buffet breakfast in the mornings. After noon it turns to a kosher restaurant that offers an à la carte menu. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea or a drink at the King’s Court, while The Gaden Terrace is a tapas bar serving cocktails and Mediterranean cuisine.
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Day 2:
Full day private guided tour of Jerusalem
You will discover
The City of David began more than 3,000 years ago when King David left Hebron for a small hilltop city known as Jerusalem. Pass through the underground tunnels through which the city was conquered and residents fled. Go down to the hidden spring where kings were crowned. Walk in illuminated darkness through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls and fortresses.
Your will include all of the below
The Western Wall (Kotel) has remained intact since the destruction of the Second Temple (70 C.E.). It is the most sacred spot for Jews from all around the world and many come here to pray regularly. It is a remnant of the Herodian retaining wall that once enclosed and supported the Second Temple.
The Cardo was part of the Old City’s Jewish Quarter and was reconstructed as the market place of Byzantine Jerusalem from the 6th Century. Today, situated 20 feet below modern street level, one part of the Cardo is a restored arcade of Jewish galleries and shops, while the other part is an open-air reconstructed street.
The Western Wall of the Temple Mount is one of the most magnificent and significant remnants in Jerusalem from the days of the Second Temple, destroyed approximately 2,000 years ago.
The Western Wall stretches along almost half a kilometer, but today, the part visible to all at the Western Wall Plaza is a mere 70 meters of it. The tour of the Western Wall Tunnels allows visitors to reach the segments of the Wall hidden from view, and to touch the original and special stones that tell the story of the Jewish nation. Visitors to the Western Wall Tunnels walk through ancient and fascinating subterranean spaces with exquisite archeological findings, such as large stone arches, water pits, an ancient water aqueduct that ends at the Strouthion Pool, and more.
You will need waterproof shoes or sandals for the water walk through Hezekiah Tunnel.
The Christian Quarter is situated in the northwestern corner of the Old City, extending from the New Gate in the north as far as the Damascus Gate in the east, where it borders on the Muslim Quarter.
This quarter contains the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of Christianity’s holiest places. The ground on which the church stands is venerated by most Christians as Golgotha, the Hill of Calvary, where Jesus was said to have been crucified and buried. The church has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century. Today it serves as the headquarters of the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Catholic Archpriest of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher.
The Via Dolorosa is the road where Jesus walked on the day of His crucifixion from the judgment seat of Pilate to Mount Calvary. For as long as Christians have been coming to the Holy City, they have walked the last path of Jesus. Most easily followed by a guided tour, visitors can follow the 14 Stations of the Cross marked along the path.
The site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. The church has long been a major pilgrimage site for Christians all around the world.
Walk through the colorful Arab Market ‘shuk’ in the Christian Quarter of the old walled city and practice your bargaining skills with the local vendors.

Day 3:
Full day private guided tour to Masada & the Dead Sea
Leave Jerusalem on a full-day private trip to Masada and the Dead Sea, and discover Israel’s remarkable history and landscapes. Drive deep into the Judean Desert, explore Masada’s fortifications and palaces alongside your personal guide, and learn about a dramatic, 1st-century battle between Roman troops and Jewish Sicarii rebels. Descend to the shores of the Dead Sea to walk along salt-encrusted beaches, bathe in mineral-rich mud and float in one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water.

Day 4:  Cairo for 2 nights
Private transfer from hotel to Tel Aviv airport
Air Sinai flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo
Departure at 11:05 am, arrival at 12:30 pm
Meet & greet private transfer from airport to hotel with visa included
1 superior twin with Nile view, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel The Nile Ritz Carlton*****
Situated in the heart of Cairo lies the iconic Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo, situated between the Nile river, Tahrir square and adjacent to the Egyptian Museum. The hotel features panoramic views of the Nile corniche and only a stroll across to Qasr El Nil Bridge and Cairo Opera House. Guests can enjoy the free WiFi in the public areas as well as in the room.
Spacious and stylish, the rooms offer working desks. All rooms come with a TV. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom that comprises a lavish bath tub and a walk-in shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hair dryer.
The hotel offers a Casino and night life experience. More than nine distinctive restaurants and bars promise an unforgettable getaway. Bab El-Sharq is the signature Arabian restaurant offering Shisha and daily entertainment, Vivo the Italian restaurant overlooks the Nile and Cairo tower and Nox offers a nightlife experience from the rooftop overlooking entire Cairo.
The hotel also offers 24/7 fitness center, a lavish spa and a year-round sunny outdoor pool.
https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/middle-east/cairo?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

Day 5
Full day private guided tour of Cairo
Start your tour visiting the Egyptian Museum of antiquities. On display is a rare collection of 5000 years of art the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated to the Tutankhamen collection of treasures, gold, and jewelry, as it was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before it was discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated. Includes entry to theroyal mummies hall.

The Royal Mummies Hall inside The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is a must-see area. It has a separate section where royal mummiesunearthed from various tombs are preserved. The room is climate controlled and the mummies appear to be looked after well. Mummified over 4000 years ago, you can see the mummies of Kings of Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis and Ramses in good condition. The kings and queens have lean bodies and the mummies appear smaller and shorter in size than their original stature. Walk around leisurely in this room and look at Pharaohs and queen resting in peace in a climate controlled rooms, far removed from their original resting place.

Then visit the Great Pyramids – Cheops, Chephren & Mykerions. Cheops is the most colossal ever built. Next is a close-up look at Sphinx – a huge funeral complex guarded by the legendary lion body with the face of king Chephren.

Enjoy your camel ride, you will enjoy special panoramic views of sphinx & Pyramids. Hear about all the hidden stories of Pharaohs life. I will give you hints and details that you cannot find on books!

(Optional) Evening trip to attend the Sound & Light show in the Pyramids area.

Day 6: Cruise on the Nile from Aswan
Private transfer to the domestic airport
Nile air from Cairo to Aswan
Departure at 6:55 am, arrival at 8:20 am
Private driver guide at disposal
Arrival, and move to visit and the Philae temple. Then transfer by car to experience life in a traditional Egyptian village on this Nubian village tour. Leave the city behind and cruise to a Nubian village nestled on the west bank of the Nile River. Admire fine views over the riverside scenery, and visit a Nubian village to gain insight into local customs and culture.
Nubian village located on the west bank of the Nile River. Along the way, enjoy sweeping views over Soheil Island and the Aswan Dam, and capture the scenery on camera. Visit a local village with your guide and meet a traditional Nubian family. Learn about their lifestyle and culture, and gain insight into the traditions the Nubians have followed for thousands of years.
Transfer to the Cruise.
Movenpick RoyalLili or Royal Lotus Cruises – Sonesta Cruises – Ms Farah -MS Amarco suites Only

(Note)Sometimes due to sailing conditions on the River Nile some Cruises itineraries, schedule and sailing times may be updated. We assure that our clients will see all what is on their itineraries but maybe in different order

Day 7: cruise
Private Abu Simbel Trip
Departure by a/c car  to visit the Temple of Abu Simbel, The colossal Temple of Abu Simbel built by Ramses II (XIXth. Dynasty) and lately saved from inundation of the Nile waters in among the glories of ancient Egyptian monuments.
The temples were built out of a sandstone rock cliff, and representation of the deities to which each was dedicated is carved on its huge façade. Nearby, also saved, lies the small Temple of the King’s wife Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor. Back to Aswan.
Sail to Kom Ombo. Afternoon tea. Visit the temple shared by the two gods Sobek and Haroeris. Sail to Edfu. Dinner on board. Disco party. Overnight in Edfu.

Day 8: cruise
Breakfast on board.
Visit The Temple of Horus in Edfu. Cross the lock. Sail to Luxor. Then transfer to visit the Karnak Temples, the greatest example of worship in history and was dedicated to the God Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. It was constructed from the beginning of the Middle Kingdom to the Graeco Roman Kingdom.
Then move to Luxor Temple. It was built by Amunhotep III in 18th Dynasty in the New Kingdom and it was completed by Ramesses II during the 19th Dynasty.
King Ramses II was the most famous king in the 19th Dynasty. He ruled Egypt for about 67 years. It was dedicated to the great god Amun-Ra, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu together representing the Theban triad. Enjoy visiting Obelisk of Ramses II in front of the 1st Pylon.
Dinner on board & Galabya party. Overnight in Luxor.

 

Day 9  Cairo for 1 night
Breakfast
Disembarkation Cross to the West Bank to visit Valley of the Kings, visit the tombs of various Dynasties. King Tut’s tomb which you will visit from inside. Tutankhamun ruled Egypt for approximately 10 years from around 1336-1327 BCE. In November 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered Tutankhamun’s near-intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The king’s mummified body was found surrounded by precious grave goods, in his golden coffin, after his burial chamber was officially opened on 17 February 1923 in the presence of Egyptologists and government officials.
Today, Tutankhamun is ancient Egypt’s most famous pharaoh. But how much do you really know about the boy king? Here during this tour, I will tell you the lesser-known facts about Tutankhamun…
Continue to Visit the Valley of the Queens, known as Ta-Set-Neferu “The Place of Beauty”. The valley served as a necropolis for the tombs of royal family members and the elite, with about 90 tombs belonging to Queens and princes of the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC). whilst here, you will have a chance to visit the magnificent colorful tomb of queen Nefertari  & Seti 1 tomb
Then move to visit the Temple of Deir El Bahari of Queen Hatshepsut. On the return journey stop at the Colossi of Memnon which are two gigantic sitting statues representing Amenopis III facing the Nile. Then visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

Egypt air from Luxor to Cairo
Departure at 7:40 pm, arrival at 8:50 pm
Meet & greet private transfer from airport to hotel
1 twin deluxe room, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel Le Meridien Cairo airport*****
Linked to Cairo Airport Terminal 3 by a pedestrian bridge, Le Meridien Cairo Airport offers a heated outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available.
Rooms here will provide you with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a seating area. There is also an electric kettle. Private bathrooms also come with a shower. Extras include satellite channels, All rooms feature soundproofing, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Facilities offered include entertainment staff, meeting facilities and shared lounge. Unique dining venues range from Lebanese and Singaporean restaurants to a high-energy sports bar
The hotel is 3 km from Cairo Festival City Mall and 2 km from Sun City Mall. Le Meridien Cairo Airport offers a private parking on site.


Day 10:  Tel Aviv for 3 nights
Air Sinai flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv
Departure at 8:55 am, arrival at 10:15 am
Meet & greet private transfer from Tel Aviv airport to hotel
1 twin grand deluxe room, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel The Norman*****
The Norman Tel Aviv is a luxury hotel set in the centre of Tel Aviv, near the Rothschild Boulevard. It features a rooftop pool, fitness centre and a wellness area, Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.
The Norman Tel Aviv is housed in two historic buildings that are restored to their unique architectural heritage. Offering city views, each room is elegantly appointed with a flat-screen TV, desk and a seating area. Other amenities include a Nespresso machine and air conditioning. En suite bathrooms are equipped with a shower and a hairdryer.
At The Norman Tel Aviv you will find a bar, 24-hour room service, shared lounge area and a 24-hour front desk with luggage storage facilities. Free use of bicycles is offered, as well as valet service.
https://www.thenorman.com/

 

Day 11
4 hour private guided walking tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa
Get to know Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa on a private 4-hour tour, with a knowledgeable, art-historian guide. The tour starts in 4,000-year-old Jaffa, an old-world port dating from Phoenician, Roman and Crusader times. Explore the archaeological ruins and winding alleyways, and then dive into Tel Aviv’s buzzing streets. Admire the UNESCO-listed Bauhaus buildings of the White City quarter, visit beautiful Tel Aviv port, and browse the artsy stalls of the popular Nahalat Benyamin street market.

Day 12
Full day Private guided tour Negev Mountains
See the Negev Mountains on this full-day, private, guided tour from Tel Aviv. Visit the Kibbutz Sde Boker where Ben Gurion lived and see his final resting place and onsite family tomb.
Walk in the ancient Nabatean city of Ein Avdat, once a stop along the Spices Way, and later visit the town of Mitxpr Tsmon.
From above, see Makhtesh, the moon-like, 220-million-year-old erosion in the Ramon Canyon.

Day 13
Private transfer from hotel to Tel Aviv airport

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