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17 DAYS BEST OF JORDAN - ISRAEL - EGYPT

17D BEST OF JORDAN - ISRAEL - EGYPT

DEPART KOLKATA : MARCH 02, 2019
ARRIVE KOLKATA : MARCH 18, 2019

VISITING COUNTRIES:
JORDAN - ISRAEL – EGYPT

AMMAN → JERASH → WADI RUM → PETRA → MADABA → MT. NEBO → BETHANY → AMMAN → JERICHO → NAZARETH → TIBERIAS → SEA OF GALILEE → MT. TABOR → NAZARETH → CANA → STELLA MARIS → HAIFA → TEL AVIV→ JERUSALEM → MT. OLIVE → DOLOROSA → BETHLEHEM → JERUSALEM → DEAD SEA → TABA, EGYPT → SHARM EL SHEIKH → HURGHADA → LUXOR-KARNAK TEMPLE → NILE CRUISE → ASWAN → CAIRO → ALEXANDRIA TOUR → CAIRO → KOLKATA

 JORDAN

JERASH
The hippodrome
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
AJLUN
Ajlun Castle
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
MT. NEBO
A memorial to the Prophet Moses
The Promised Land
Views of the Jordan Valley
Glimpse of Judah
Jericho
Franciscan Monastery
Byzantine mosaics
MADABA
St. George’s Greek Orthodox Basilica
The Mediterranean
WADI RUM
Arabian Desert
The Turkish Ottoman Empire
Magical moonscape desert
PETRA
The Red Sea
The Dead Sea
The famous SIQ
Two overhanging cliffs
The Treasury
The Amphitheater
The Ad-Deir Monastery
ISRAEL
JERUSALEM
Mount Zion
Jewish
Christian and Muslim faiths
The Tomb of King David
The Room of the Last Supper
Dormition Abbey the Monastery
The Byzantine Cardo
Jewish Quarter
Zantine times
Golgotha hill
The site of crucifixion
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The crucifixion
The tomb of Jesus of Nazareth
Jewish faith
Mount of Olives
Garden of Gethsemane
The Franciscan Chapel of Dominus Flevit
The Temple Mount
BETHLEHEM
The Byzantine Church of the Nativity
The Grotto of the Nativity
Chapel of St. Jerome
St. Catherine
Milk Grotto
Jericho
Judean Desert
Mount Temptation
MASADA
The mountaintop plateau
See Herod’s swimming pool
Water cisterns
Two palaces
Store rooms
Even a synagogue
Herod’s death the mountain top
The land of Jews
The Second Temple
EIN GEDI
The Desert Oasis
LUSH foliage
Hidden Waterfalls
The lowest point on Earth
The therapeutic mineral-rich water
EGYPT
CAIRO
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
ALEXANDRIA
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
The library
Qaitbay fortress
LUXOR BY NILE CRUISE
The Temple of Philae
The High Dam
Agilika Island
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
Theban Mountain
Tut Ankh Amun
The mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
The Gigantic Colossi of Memnon
The Karnak Temple
LUXOR
The Luxor Temple
You will have a change to take a ride on Hot Air Balloon

ITINERARY

VISITING PLACES:
AMMAN, JERASH, WADI RUM, PETRA, MADABA, MT. NEBO, BETHANY, JERICHO, TIBERIAS, SEA OF GALILEE - MT. TABOR – NAZARETH, CANA, STELLA MARIS, HAIFA, TEL AVIV, JERUSALEM, MT. OLIVE, OLD CITY, WESTERN WALL, DOLOROSA, BETHLEHEM, DEAD SEA, TABA BORDER CROSSING, SHARM EL SHEIKH, HURGHADA, LUXOR-KARNAK TEMPLE, NILE CRUISE, ASWAN, CAIRO, GIZA – PYRAMID SOUND & LIGHT SHOW, ALEXANDRIA TOUR, EGYPTIAN MUSEUM, KHAN & KHALIL BAZAR

DAY 01: MAR 02 = ARRIVE AMMAN & TRANSFER TO AMMAN HOTEL
On arrival at Amman International Airport after completion your immigration our local representative will transfer you to Amman Hotel, Check in & having dinner. Rest overnight Amman hotel. (D)

DAY 02: MAR 03 = AMMAN – JERASH – WADI RUM – PETRA OVERNIGHT
Today morning post breakfast check out hotel and 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 towards 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. Continue your drive to Petra. Overnight Petra hotel. (B L D)

DAY 03: MAR 04 = PETRA – MADABA -MT. NEBO – BETHANY - OVERNIGHT AMMAN
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 towards Mt. Nebo.
MT. NEBO: This is a holy site for both Muslims and Christians. This is where Prophet Moses climbed at the end of his life to see the “Promised Land” which he never could enter. He also died and was buried here, although no one knows the exact place of his burial to this date. From the summit of the mountain visitors can see, as Moses did, the vast panorama of Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho (about 27 km), and Jerusalem (46 km). This place has been a place of pilgrimage for Christians for hundreds of years. The Serpentine Cross on the mountain is one of the most photographed sculptures of this place that represents serpent taken by Moses into the desert and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. A big stone-statue marks the visit of Pope John Paul II in 2000 AD near the main entrance.
BETHANY: The holy site where Jesus was Baptized by John the Baptist in Bethany, about another half an hour drive from Mt. Nebo, we reached the visitor center of Bethany. Bethany has been identified as a biblical site where Jesus was baptized. The exact point of baptism is known as “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” and this is the place where John was living when he baptized Jesus. This is supposed to be a holy site for all 3 monotheistic religions. For Christians it is obvious…Jesus was baptized by John at this very spot and the doors to heaven believed to open here during Christ’s baptism. For Muslims, Mohamed (SAW) said to have crossed this place before going to Jerusalem before his Night Journey (Mir’aj) to the heaven. At the end of the day you will be transferred to Amman hotel over overnight. (B L D)

DAY 04: MAR 05 = AMMAN – SHEIKH HUSSAIN BRIDGE CROSS – JERICHO – NAZARETH
Today post breakfast check out hotel and we will drive towards Nazareth through the border Sheikh Hussain Bridge and en route we will see the Jericho. At the end of the day you will reach our destination Nazareth. Check in Nazareth hotel, dinner & overnight (B L D)

DAY 05: MAR 06 = NAZARETH - TIBERIAS: SEA OF GALILEE – MT. TABOR – NAZARETH
Today begin this day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a boat ride on the beautiful and scenic Sea of Galilee. Upon docking the boat, you will have the opportunity to view the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. Following the Sea of Galilee, we continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount. Near the Mount, is Tabgha, one of Jesus' miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish Also, in Tabgha is St. Peter's Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter Continue to visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene in Magdala. During the time of Jesus, this village was a prosperous fishing village that exported fish and garum a fish sauce reduction; popular in Roman cooking. Your day concludes at Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus' ministry. In Capernaum, see the Synagogue where Jesus taught and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. Our last destination is a visit to Yardenit - the baptismal site on the Jordan River, the river where John the Baptist, baptized Jesus. Return to the hotel Nazareth. Dinner and overnight Nazareth hotel. (B L D)

DAY 06: MAR 07 = NAZARETH – CANA – STELLA MARIS – HAIFA –TEL AVIV – JERUSALEM
Following breakfast check out hotel & proceed to Nazareth, you will experience the town where Mary once lived and where Jesus lived as a child During the visit to Nazareth we visit the church of the Annunciation which includes the church of St Joseph ( It's not Byzantine - it's from 1914-21 built over Byzantine ruins) which tradition identifies it with the workshop of Joseph and the house of the Holy family. We will continue with a visit of the Church of the Incarnation, viewing at Grotto the remains of the house of the Blessed Virgin where the Angel appeared and announced the good news. Following Pilgrims path we visit Mary's well, where often the Virgin Mary would have walked to draw water from the spring. Thereafter you will continue your journey to Haifa where you will find Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery. The monastery is located above the cave where Elijah, the prophet, once lived. A colorful painting of this "wonder-worker" can be found on the ceiling of the Church. Following this visit, enjoy the scenic drive. The next stop will be to Cana where you will visit the Franciscan Wedding Church. Couples will have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony to renew their wedding vows we will drive towards Tel Aviv city for a short orientation tour. By the end of the day you will check-in to your hotel in Jerusalem, dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B L D)

DAY 07: MAR08 = JERUSALEM – MT.OLIVE – DOLOROSA – BETHLEHEM – JERUSALEM
After breakfast, Spend the day visiting the most well known sites in Jerusalem accompanied by an expert Guide. An intense day of reflection awaits as you set off on a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old Town. From the MOUNT OF OLIVES, take in memorable views over the city’s domes, walls, and rooftops before strolling in the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Your guide will then lead you into the JEWISH QUARTER, pointing out the WESTERN WALL with its prayer notes tucked between the stones, and the Dome of the Rock, the gold-topped mosque on Temple Mount. Next, walk the famous Dolorosa "The Way of Grief", in Latin Way of the Cross 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. 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 byzantine time,. 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. (B L D)

DAY 08: MAR 09 = JERUSALEM – DEAD SEA – TABA, EGYPT
After breakfast we depart Jerusalem for the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth which is more than 400 meter below sea level. We will enjoy the marvelous experience of floating (not swimming) in its unique water, which contains an unusual amount of healthy minerals. Also we can shop and explore the Dead Sea's natural beauty products such as salts, mud, lotions and facial masks thereafter we will drive along the Arava Valley toward the Taba border. The crossing at the border can take some time due to it being quite small and it can become crowded at sometimes. After crossing the border where you will join another bus to reach your hotel. Overnight Taba/Nuweiba hotel. (B L D)

DAY 09: MAR 10 = TABA – SHARM EL SHEIK H AIRPORT – HURGHADA
We will start from Taba hotel to Sharm El Sheikh International airport to board on Hurghada bound flight at 15.35. It’s a 40 min flying over Red Sea. On arrival Hurghada you will be transferred to Hurghada beach resort hotel. Evening free time to enjoy Resort inside activities, Dinner and overnight Hurghada.
Hurghada - Once a tiny fishing village, Hurghada is one of Egypt’s best-loved seaside resorts, a place with a well-cultivated offering of family-friendly accommodations and wide array of outdoorsy activities. It now attracts intrepid adventure travellers and relaxation-seekers alike, Most come in search of the Red Sea’s diving culture, which continues to expand further and further in the Gulf in order to offer scuba and free diving packages in the supremely beautiful, and hitherto uncharted waters away from the shore. But if diving isn’t your thing, then rest assured, Hurghada’s sandy beaches are buzzing most months of the year. (B L D)

DAY 10: MAR 11 = HURGHADA – LUXOR – CHECK IN NILE CRUISE
Today after breakfast we will explore Hurghada - Hurghada’s sandy beaches are buzzing most months of the year. This resort destination has all the amenities and services any traveler could require, along with a high-energy nightlife any of the Red Sea destinations on Egypt’s eastern shore. After lunch we will start for Luxor. On arrival Luxor check in Nile Curise. Dinner and overnight Luxor Cruise. (B L D)

DAY 11: MAR 12 = IN NILE CRUISE
After a wonderful breakfast in cruise, 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 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. (B L D)

DAY 12: MAR 13 = IN NILE CRUISE
Edfu- Kom Ombo : 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. (B L D)

DAY 13: MAR 14 = ARRIVE ASWAN & TRAIN TO CAIRO
Arrive Aswan in the morning and after breakfast we will 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 boat which has remained, over hundreds of years, the main transportation of the people living by the Nile. In the evening we will board on a Sleeping train for Cairo. Overnight in Train. (B L D)

DAY 14: MAR 15 = ARRIVE CAIRO : PYRAMIDS OF GIZA
On arrival at Cairo in the morning we will take transfer to our Cairo hotel (early check in subject to availability)
Cairo: the very name conjures up visions of ancient monuments, exotic souks and eons of history. Almost as a backdrop to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the city rises from the surrounding sandy plains like some kind of desert mirage, albeit cloaked in an ever-present haze of heat, smog and sand.
The Pyramids of Giza are at the top of most people's do-before-I-die lists. For an in-depth experience, go for a private tour of the Pyramids and the Sphinx in the fascinating company of a professional Egyptologist and archaeologist. Only a few kilometers away from Cairo, literally on the edge of the city limits, the Pyramids are an ever-present reminder of Egypt's mysterious, ancient history. At night, the Pyramids come to life in a brilliant Sound & Light show - Enjoy a spectacular evening of entertainment with 2-hour Pyramid Light and Sound Show experience this world-famous sound and light extravaganza. Watch as the pyramids and Sphinx are illuminated in multi-colored lasers and visual projections, and listen to the booming music and commentary emanating from the Sphinx that tells the stories of ancient Egypt and the pyramids. Afterward, your private transfer back to your Cairo/Giza hotel. (B L D)

DAY 15: MAR 16 = ALEXANDRIA TOUR
Breakfast, Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel, Travel to Alexandria. Start the tour with the library of Alexandria; the biggest library in the world – now with 8 million books. Visit it’s open court. Then visit the Site of the Lighthouse; one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World on which now stands the castle of Qaitbey. Visit the royal gardens of King Farouk (the last king in the history of Egypt) and see the royal palaces of Haramlek and Salamlek as well as the royal beaches of the queens. Continue your tour by visiting the prettiest and biggest mosque in the city: the Abbo Elabbas Mosque, as well as the memorial of the Unknown Soldier of Alexandria and the statue of Alexander the Great. Finally we will return back to our Cairo Hotel for overnight stay. (B L D)

DAY 16: MAR 17= EGYPTIAN MUSEUM, BAZAAR & DEPARTURE
Today after breakfast we check out hotel and will start at 10.30 to visit Egyptian Museum of antiquities. It displays the largest and most precious items of the Egyptian art in the world. It exhibits a rare collection of over 250,000 genuine artifacts that date as far back as 5000 years, including an exclusive exhibit dedicated to the Tutankhamon - A collection of treasures, gold, and jewelry that were buried in his tomb for over 3,500 years before they were discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated. Then continue to Visiting Khan Khalili Bazaar where you can see Islamic sites of Cairo. The numerous shops in this district are known for trading fine brassware, copper, erfumes, leather, silver, gold, antiques and much more at the end of the Tour you will be transferred to Cairo airport for your return flight to India. (B L D)

DAY 17: MAR 18 = ARRIVE INDIA, KOLKATA AIRPORT
You will be landed at Kolkata Airport Complete your immigration and the time to say a Big Good Bye. See you again friend (Tour ends here).

TOUR PRICE:
PER PERSON = USD 1950 + RS. 75000/- ON TWIN SHARING BASIS
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT = USD 450

PAYMENT:
At the time of Registration @ Rs. 50000/- per person
Rs. 25000/- within next 30 days and balance USD Part payable prior to 45 days of Travel date.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Return air fare in economy class from India
  • Internal flights
  • Visa fees for all Countries
  • 3*/4* hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Meals – Daily Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 1 overnight train 
  • 3 Nights Nile Cruise on FB basis
  • Dead Sea Tour
  • Holy Land Tour
  • Petra the Pink City tour
  • Entrance fees as per tour itinerary
  • English speaking local Egyptologist guide
  • Discovery tour director service
  • Local English speaking knowledgeable friendly tourist guide

TOUR COST EXCLUDES:

  • Tips & Gratuities, Personal expanses 
  • Entering the Pyramids Chamber from inside & solar boat 
  • Inside Pyramids entry
  • Mineral Water during the entire trip
  • Beverages during meals
  • Any items not mentioned above


CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Minimum cancellation charges per person @Rs.25000/-
  • 30 days before date of group departure = 25% of the Tour Cost.
  • 30 – 15 days before date of group departure = 50% of the Tour Cost.
  • 15 – 07 days before date of group departure = 75% of the Tour Cost.
  • Below 07 days of date of group departure = 100% of the Tour Cost.
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