13D BEST OF EGYPT WITH HOLY LAND ISRAEL & JORDAN
DEPARTURE KOLKATA – FEBRUARY 28, 2019
RETURN KOLKATA – MARCH 12, 2019
AMMAN → JERASH → AJLUN → AMMAN → MT. NEBO → MADABA → WADI RUM → PETRA → ALLENBY BRIDGE → JERUSALEM → BETHLEHEM → JERICHO → ALLENBY BRIDGE → JERUSALEM → BETHLEHEM → MASADA → EIN GEDI → TEL AVIV AIRPORT → CAIRO → ALEXANDRIA → CAIRO → ASWAN BY FRIST CLASS TRAIN → ASWAN → LUXOR BY NILE CRUISE → NILE CRUISEESNA → ASWAN → LUXOR BY NILE CRUISE
A partially restored Roman-era stadium
The Temple of Artemis
The patron goddess of the city
The Oval Plaza
Jerash’s colonnaded street
The Jerash Archeological Museum
The Castle’s maze of corridors
Floors from the top of the castle you can get a beautiful view of the country
The surrounding valley
A memorial to the Prophet Moses
The Promised Land
Views of the Jordan Valley
Glimpse of Judah
St. George’s Greek Orthodox Basilica
The Turkish Ottoman Empire
Magical moonscape desert
The Red Sea
The Dead Sea
The famous SIQ
Two overhanging cliffs
The Ad-Deir Monastery
Christian and Muslim faiths
The Tomb of King David
The Room of the Last Supper
Dormition Abbey the Monastery
The Byzantine Cardo
The site of crucifixion
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The tomb of Jesus of Nazareth
Mount of Olives
Garden of Gethsemane
The Franciscan Chapel of Dominus Flevit
The Temple Mount
The Byzantine Church of the Nativity
The Grotto of the Nativity
Chapel of St. Jerome
The mountaintop plateau
See Herod’s swimming pool
Even a synagogue
Herod’s death the mountain top
The land of Jews
The Second Temple
The Desert Oasis
The lowest point on Earth
The therapeutic mineral-rich water
Area of Giza
The most popular monument in the whole world
The beauty of the lion’s body
The human headed sphinx
The largest monolith statues in history of mankind
The Egyptian Museum
Treasures of King Tut Ankh Amun
The Royal mummies’ hall
Khan El Khalili
Area of Giza
The most popular monument in the whole world
The beauty of the lion’s body
The human headed sphinx
The largest monolith statues in history of mankind
Alexandria including Catacomb
The Pompey’s Pillar
The Roman amphitheater
LUXOR BY NILE CRUISE
The Temple of Philae
The High Dam
The famous unfinished Obelisk
Embark the Felucca ship (optional)
The amazing Temple of Kom Ombo
The Greco-Roman Temple
The Temple of Horus in Edfu
The Valley of the Kings
The Necropolis of the Pharaonic New Kingdom
Tut Ankh Amun
The mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
The Gigantic Colossi of Memnon
The Karnak Temple
The Luxor Temple
You will have a change to take a ride on Hot Air Balloon
DAY 01 : AMMAN – JERASH – AJLUN – AMMAN
On arrival at Amman International airport our local representative will transfer to your Hotel, later drive approximately an hour to the City of Jerash, one of the most visited tourist destinations second only to Petra. The ancient city of Jerash has been inhabited for more than 6,500 years, coming under Roman rule in 63BC. It is known to be one of the best-preserved Cities of the Roman Empire in the world; it was hidden for hundreds of years before being recently re-discovered. It features a beautiful blend of Roman and Middle Eastern architectures. The Old and new Jerash are located beside each other, separated only by a wall. Explore the ruins of the old City, the original temples, theaters and plazas have been carefully preserved within the remaining city walls. Some of the must see sites are the hippodrome, a partially restored Roman-era stadium, the Temple of Artemis, which was dedicated to the patron goddess of the city, the Oval Plaza, Jerash’s colonnaded street and the Jerash Archeological Museum, which houses antiquities found during the excavation of the ancient city. Continue with a scenic short drive through the beautiful valleys of northern Jordan to Ajlun. Visit Ajlun Castle, located on the top of a mountain, Ajlun Castle is a good example of Arab military architecture. Wander through the Castle’s maze of corridors and floors from the top of the castle you can get a beautiful view of the country side and the surrounding valley. Return to Amman for Overnight.
DAY 02 : AMMAN – MT. NEBO – MADABA – WADI RUM – PETRA
After breakfast check out hotel and drive to Mt. Nebo (Siyagha), this mountain is a holy site and a memorial to the Prophet Moses. Mt. Nebo is where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land.
Enjoy views of the Jordan Valley, get a glimpse of Judah and Jericho on a clear day you can also see the dead sea. At the top of the mountain there is also a Franciscan Monastery and a Church that has a beautiful display of Byzantine mosaics on the floor.
Continue your tour, drive approximately one hour for a visit to St. George’s Greek Orthodox Basilica in Madaba, home to the oldest preserved and most detailed ancient map of the lands extending east and west of the River Jordan from Lebanon to Egypt, from the desert to the Mediterranean.
This large Mosaic Map dates back to the 6th. Century and it details the Holy Land and Jerusalem. It was only discovered in 1894 and now is one of the most important treasures of Jordan. Then Drive to Wadi Rum, the Valley of the Moon. Feel the romance and adventure of the Arabian Desert. Wadi Rum was the head quarter of Lawrence of Arabia during World War I in the fight against the Turkish Ottoman Empire. It was also the film set of the famous movie Lawrence of Arabia. Enjoy two hour tour in 4X4 Jeep exploring this magical moonscape desert region be amazed at the spectacular landscapes of towering cliffs and canyons. Next you will be treated for a traditional Bedouin lunch at Wadi Rum. Continue your drive to Petra for Overnight.
DAY 03 : PETRA – ALLENBY BRIDGE – CROSS TO JERUSALEM
After breakfast at your Hotel drive to Petra for a tour of this famous ancient site.
Petra: the “Pink City” is the top tourist destination in Jordan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site found between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. Petra is unique in that the city was carved out of a massive rock face more than 2,000 years ago. It was once the gateway to the East and was a major trade route, camels and caravans full of goods making their way through the beautiful ancient landscape. Nowadays earthquakes have destroyed most of the ancient houses, but over 500 stone tombs carved into the rock are still standing in excellent condition.
Enter through the famous SIQ, an impressive long winding opening between the walls of two overhanging cliffs, you could hire a horse drawn carriage to take you throughout the City. Although you find many structures the most impressive are, The Treasury, The Amphitheater and The Ad-Deir Monastery looking over the valley and accessible by a flight of 800 stairs cut from the rock. After your tour of Petra, drive to Allenby Bridge to cross in to Israel. Board a shuttle bus and cross in to Israel where you will be met by our local representative. Transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 04 : JERUSALEM
After breakfast, Spend the day visiting the most well known sites in Jerusalem accompanied by an expert Guide. The day will be spent visiting holy Jerusalem, at the crossroads of different civilizations where you will come across remains of ancient mosaics and treasures from the Roman and Byzantine period, the Crusaders and the Ottoman Empire to name but a few. In the Old City you will encounter oriental charm and be plunged into the souk’s colorful alleys which take you to the meeting places of the three major monotheistic religions.
Mount Zion, A holy site shared by people of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, the Temple Mount is the highest point of the ancient City of Jerusalem. Here you visit: The Tomb of King David, The Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey the Monastery built in memory of Virgin Mary. Continue for a walking tour of the Old City by visiting: The Byzantine Cardo: Located in the Old City of Jerusalem within the Jewish Quarter, popular shopping area for art and special goods. The Cardo was Jerusalem’s main street in Roman and Zantine times, you can find it outlined on the famous Madaba Map kept in Jordan. Via Dolorosa: “The Way of Grief”, in Latin. Via Dolorosa is located in the old city of Jerusalem and is a path where Jesus was lead in stifling pain carrying the cross of crucifixion. Fourteen stations are placed along this path, based on events which happened on the way to the Golgotha hill, the site of crucifixion. Church of the Holy Sepulcher: Known as the place as both the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. The church has traditionally been a major pilgrimage center for Christians all around the world. Wailing Wall: Also known as the Western Wall is the most visited and sacred place for the Jewish faith, is all that remains of the four walls built by Herod the Great to support the Temple of Jerusalem. Overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.
DAY 05 : JERUSALEM – BETHLEHEM – JERICHO – ALLENBY BRIDGE
After breakfast at the Hotel your will be taken to visit Mount of Olives where you can get fantastic views of central Jerusalem Mount of Olives: Mentioned in the New testament as the place for Jesus teachings, it is said the hills were once covered with olive Groves. From here you get great panoramic views of the Old City of Jerusalem. Located in Mount of Olives is the Church of the Ascension is believed on this sacred site the ascension of Jesus Christ in to heaven happened. At the base of Mount of Olives is a crusaders Church that marks the Tomb of Virgin Mary. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane: Walk amongst the ancient olive trees of this Garden, believed to be the place that Jesus and his disciples came to after the Last Supper. Next to the Garden is the Church of all Nations also Known as the Basilica of the Agony here is where Jesus prayed before his arrest. You can also visit the the Franciscan Chapel of Dominus Flevit, located on the upper slope of Mount of Olives from here you can get beautiful views of the Temple Mount. There is also a visit to the Church of the Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples.
Continue on to Bethlehem where it all began, visit: The Byzantine Church of The Nativity: One of the oldest surviving Christian churches, the church built over the assumed birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. On the floor beneath the altar the exact spot where Jesus of Nazareth was born is marked by a fourteen-point silver star. The Grotto of the Nativity: One can see the star that signals the place of Jesus birth, the Manger and the altar dedicated to the three Wise Men. Chapel of St. Jerome. Descend to the grotto where St. Jerome translated the Hebrew Bible in to Latin, the church is dedicated to St. Catherine. Milk Grotto: The Milk Grotto, or “The Grotto of the Lady Mary”, is a quaint grotto with a small chapel built above it. It is traditionally believed that during the Slaughter of The Innocents, The Holy family took refuge in this particular grotto before their escape into Egypt. Proceed to Jericho look at the remarkable landscape of the Judean Desert learn the history of this ancient city, the oldest city in the world. See the old Sycamore Tree that many believe Zacheus climbed to spot Jesus. Stop for a view of Mount Temptation (also known as Mount Quarantine) hear the story of how Satan tried to tempt Jesus. Overnight Jerusalem/Bethlehem.
DAY 06 : JERUSALEM – BETHLEHEM – MASADA – EIN GEDI – TEL AVIV AIRPORT
Today after breakfast journey begins by taking the route down from Jerusalem descending below sea level through the Biblical wilderness towards the Dead Sea. On the way we will see the Inn of the Good Samaritan and stop en route to look out across the desert as we pass the point marking “sea level.” The ancient city of Jericho can be seen in the distance where Joshua’s troops caused the walls to fall and where Jesus healed the blind. We reach the shores of the Dead Sea encrusted with white salt and follow the shoreline towards Masada. Although it’s possible to climb the ancient snake path up Masada as the Romans did 2,000 years ago, we take the convenient cable car up to the mountaintop plateau. It was here that King Herod built a fortified palace complete with every convenience. See Herod’s swimming pool, water cisterns, two palaces, store rooms and even a synagogue. Following Herod’s death the mountain top was the last outpost of Jewish zealots when the Romans tried to rid the land of Jews. The Jewish zealots maintained their position for three years before the Romans finally managed to scale Masada using a ramp built by slaves. The 960 Jews didn’t wait for the Romans to successfully reach the summit, instead they killed themselves, becoming religious martyrs. Shortly afterwards, in 70CE, the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.
It was on Masada that the first parchment from this era was discovered in an Israeli archaeological excavation. On the parchment was the prophecy of Ezekiel “…I will take the children of Israel from among the nations… and bring them into their own land… Heading back to the Dead Sea we pass the Desert Oasis of Ein Gedi where there is lush foliage and Hidden Waterfalls and where David hid from angry King Saul. We also pass by Qumran where the 2,000 year old Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in a number of hillside caves. To end off a perfect day we stop at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, and a contender for the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. People come from across the globe to enjoy the therapeutic mineral-rich waters. And don’t worry if you don’t know how to swim, the high salt content will keep you afloat. After finishing the day long tour your will be transferred to Tel Aviv or Amman Airport to board on Cairo Bound flight.
DAY 07 : JERUSALEM – CAIRO
Upon arrival in Cairo airport in the morning our local representative will greet and proceed to visit the Pyramids Area of Giza, the most popular monument in the whole world, built by the pharaohs from the period starting from 2590 BC to 2480 BC. You will discover the beauty of the lion’s body and the human headed sphinx, one of the largest monolith statues in history of mankind. Check in hotel, afternoon free, overnight Cairo hotel.
DAY 08 : CAIRO – CAIRO – ALEXANDRIA -CAIRO
Today after breakfast in hotel start a full day tour to visit to Alexandria including Catacomb, the Pompey’s Pillar, the Roman amphitheater and both the library and qaitbay fortress. Lunch en-route in local Indian Restaurant and get back to Cairo in the evening, overnight in Cairo hotel.
DAY 09 : CAIRO – ASWAN BY FRIST CLASS TRAIN
Today morning after breakfast check out and proceed to visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities hosting the largest collection of Pharaonic displays in the whole world including the startling treasures of King Tut Ankh Amun and the Royal mummies’ hall. This is besides many other exhibitions form different Pharaonic periods. Your tour of the Museum will be accompanied by the perfect illustration of different stages of the Egyptian history.
Your last visit of the day will be to Khan El Khalili, the largest and most famous touristic market in the world. This bazaar, built in 1382 during the Mamluk reign, is the best place to shop for Egyptian gifs and souvenirs to take home from Cairo.
At the end of the day you will be transferred to the Giza Railway Station to board on a First class train to Aswan. Overnight in train.
DAY 10 : ASWAN – LUXOR BY NILE CRUISE
Arrive in Aswan in the morning and we check in 4* Nile Cruise in Aswan -We will then start our tour visiting one of the most beautiful temples constructed in Egypt, the Temple of Philae. This fabulous temple dedicated to the goddess Isis was constructed as one of the finest examples of the combined architecture of ancient Egyptians and the Greco-Romans styles. This temple, due to the construction of the High Dam was all covered with water until it was relocated in its present day location in the Agilika Island by the UNESCO project that took 8 years from 1972 to 1980 to be completed. Your next visit of the day will be to the High Dam, built by the former Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1960s to reserve the Nile Water that was lost every year in the artificial Nasser Lake. The High Dam, that was viewed as an architectural miracle at the time, also generates a lot of the electricity consumed in Egypt -The guest afterwards will go to visit the famous unfinished obelisk, a gigantic granite obelisk dating back to the Pharaohs New Kingdom If this huge obelisk was completed it would have weighed more than 1197 tons. This will be a marvelous chance to understand how the ancient Egyptians were capable of building such gigantic structures. You will have a chance to embark the Felucca ship (optional), which has remained, over hundreds of years, the main transportation of the people living by the Nile. We will sail down the Nile the way the Pharaohs did centuries ago. It is amazing to enjoy the ride, and catch a nice cold breeze on a hot summer night and enjoy the wonderful Nile and Egyptian villages’ scenery. Overnight in the Cruise.
DAY 11 : IN CRUISE
Kom Ombo – Edfu: After having the breakfast in the Cruise you will have the chance to visit the amazing Temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to two gods; Horus, the falcon god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. The Greco-Roman temple is famous for its matchless location overlooking the Nile. Construction work of the temple started in the 2nd century BC by Ptolemy VI and was completed during the reign of Ptolemy XII during the 1st century AD. You will have the chance to visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu. This temple is the largest and best preserved Ptolemaic temple in Egypt. The building work of the temple started during the reign of Ptolemy III in 237 BC and the construction continued until 80 BC. The temple includes wonderfully decorated walls and stone capitals. Sail towards Luxor – Dinner and over night in the Nile Cruise.
DAY 12 : IN NILE CRUISEESNA
Luxor: After a wonderful breakfast, you will start touring the wonders of the West Bank of Luxor. Your first visit of the day will be the Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of the Pharaonic New Kingdom. Starting from 17th dynasty, the Pharaonic Kings tried to hide their royal tombs from robbers. This was why they began to dig their tombs deep inside a Theban mountain that has a natural pyramid structure. These tombs have the finest colored.
Decorations with the famous tomb of Tut Ankh Amun discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 and may other royal tombs belonging to the kings of the 18th and the 19th dynasty. – Your next stop will be the amazing the mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. This temple was constructed by the 18th dynasty Queen Hatshepsut (1473 – 1458 BC) as a unique structure rising from the desert in the shape of imposing terraces. This temple was used as a monastery in the Christian era. This is why it is famous for the name “El Deir Al Bahry”, or the Western Monastery. Your last stop of the day will be at the gigantic Colossi of Memnon. These two 18 meters high statues are the only remaining items of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. During the roman era, music was heard coming out of one of the statues that were attributed, by the Greeks, as the legendary figure of Memnon greeting his mother Eos in one of the Greek myths. Your last trip of the day will be to the Karnak Temple, the largest religious Pharaonic structure ever built in the world. The kings of the Pharaohs staring from the 11th dynasty (2055 – 1985 BC) began adding their mark, one after the other, to this huge complex of Pharaonic temples. The Karnak temple includes the breathtaking hypostyle hall of the god Amun built by Ramses II in 1244 BC, the sacred lake of god Amun, and many more attractions dinner and overnight in the Nile Cruise.
DAY 13 : ASWAN – LUXOR BY NILE CRUISE
Disembarkation and departure from Luxor: After having the wonderful breakfast in the hotel, we check out the Nile Cruise and proceed to visit the Luxor Temple. You will have a change to take a ride on Hot Air Balloon. After finishing your Luxor Tour you will be transferred to the Airport for your return flight to India. End of our services.
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