Join our intimate group tour and discover the mysteries of the Middle East by exploring two Wonders of the World and visiting the Holy Land of Israel. This is a fantastic opportunity to travel to a unique part of the world -- in a small group setting.
Trip Summary: Israel, Jordan, Egypt | 10 - 16 Days
Private Dates: Year Round
Group Dates: November 2017; March 2018
Group Size: Max 16 Participants
Trip Cost: Starting at $4200 per person
- Learn how to capture the culture, history, religion, cuisine, and landscape of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel
- Explore the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World -the Great Pyramids of Giza
- Wander around the beautiful ruins of Petra in Jordan
- Learn about the Holy Land with one of Israel's top Israeli guides.
- Dine on traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine
- Be inspired by the events that occurred in places like Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Jerusalem.
Day 1 -2: Today we will visit the last standing Ancient Wonder of the world – The Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza. With our private guide, we will drive from Cairo to Memphis (the place known to be the birthplace of civilization). We will visit the ancient statue of Pharaoh Ramses II, the Sakkara Pyramid, the Sphinx, and the famous Great Pyramids of Giza. Accommodation: Mirage Cairo Hotel
Day 3-4: Be mystified by the beautiful antiquities (Sphinx, pyramids) as we cruise along the Nile River between Aswan and Luxor, onboard a beautiful cruise ship. Here we will have the opportunity to see the Philae Temple, the Obelisk, High Dam, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and the Valley of the Kings. Accommodation: Nile Cruiser
Day 1: Arrive at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan (from the Egypt extension or your international flight). Here our driver and private guide will greet us and take us to our beautiful accommodations. After we have checked into our hotel, we will come together for a traditional welcome dinner and have a debriefing of what to expect over the next two weeks as we journey through Jordan and Israel. Accommodation: Olive Tree Hotel
Day 2: Today our journey will begin with an authentic Jordanian breakfast buffet, preparing us for what the day has in store. Our travels will take us deep into ancient Philadelphia – as the city was known in the Old and New Testament times. We will travel to the mosaic city of Madaba, home to the oldest map on the Holy Land. As we explore the Archaeological Park, you will see numerous masterpieces of old Byzantine churches. We will continue south to Mt. Nebo, the beautiful mount that overlooks the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, and the believed burial site of the Prophet Moses. Our day will finish with a short hike at Wadi Hudeira, after which we will continue to Petra and enjoy dinner at our hotel. Accommodation: Petra Guesthouse or Seven Wonders Beduin Camp
Day 3: Petra is an ancient city built by the Nabataeans over 2000 years ago. This incredible architectural feat and sandstone masterpiece is considered to be one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Here we will take time to view the Treasury, Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs, and Qasr al Bint. The Treasury is one of Petra’s most impressive monuments, and can only be viewed after one travels through an immense crack in one of Petra’s stones, known as the Siq. In the afternoon we will embark on a Jeep Tour though the dramatic landscape of Wadi Rum. This is one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the world. It is home to magnificent rock formations, canyons and Nabatean rock inscriptions. Accommodation: Petra Guesthouse or Seven Wonders Beduin Camp
ISRAEL HOLY LAND TOUR
Day 1: This morning we will finish our time in Petra and cross the border into Eilat, Israel where we will meet our guide and have our first Israeli cultural experience as we head towards the dead sea. In the evening we will have dinner together before retiring to our hotel. Accommodation: Dan Panorama Eilat
Day 2: Dead Sea. As we wake up to a delicious breakfast, you will have the opportunity to go for a swim in the beautiful Dead Sea or walk along it’s beautiful harbor. In the afternoon we will depart for the north, passing through Machtesh Ramon, or the Ramon Crater and visit the city of Avdat on the Nabatean Spice Route. Our journey north will be filled with many beautiful stops and views as we learn more about the Holy Land around us. Our evening will conclude with another scrumptious Israeli dining experience, before we retire in our hotel on the banks of the Dead Sea. Accommodation: Ein Gedi Kibbutz
Day 3: Tiberias. The Dead Sea has been a refuge to prophets and outcasts throughout time and was once home to the lands we know as Moab and Edom; here we will have the opportunity to attend church at the Galilee Branch. While at the Dead Sea, we will have the chance to swim (or float) in the sea and bathe on the mud beaches of Kalia – whose mud was used by Cleopatra herself (and is still thought to have many medicinal properties). We will travel onwards to the cliff-top fortress of Masada, the last fortress to resist the Romans after the destruction of Jerusalem. We will also have the opportunity to visit the ruins of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and tour Ein Gedi, the Famous River River where King David hid from King Saul. As our day closes, we will follow the Jordan River Valley south to visit Yardenit, the baptizing site of Christ by John the Baptist on the river Jordan. Accommodation: Ein Gedi Kibbutz
Day 4: Tiberias. In the early afternoon we will set sail across the Sea of Galilee. Here we will view many areas that were important in Jesus Christ's early ministry. We will sail past the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. We will visit the city of Capernaum where Jesus lived among the fisherman, and taught his disciples. In the afternoon we will visit the beautiful city of Banias, the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi. We will also have the opportunity to explore Tel Dan National Park, the site where Abraham released his nephew Lot for captivity and home to a beautiful nature and archeological structures. Our final visit will be to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, before we head back to our hotel. Accommodation: Leonardo Plaza Tiberias
Day 5: Tiberias. We will start our day at Mount Arbel, which offers a beautiful view overlooking the Sea of Galilee traveling further onwards to the village of Cana and Mount Tabor. Mount Tabor is thought to be the site of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. As we make our way towards the Sea of Galilee we will visit Nazareth and the historic recreation Nazareth Village, a living presentation of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. Accommodation: Leonardo Plaza Tiberias
Day 6: Jerusalem. Today our journey will take us to the ancient Byzantine City known as Bet She'an, that was destroyed by an earthquake several thousands of years ago. This is the place where the former King of Israel, Saul, was tied, headless, to the city wall by the Philistines. We will continue on through the beautiful pastures and hills of the Jezreel Valley until we reach Mt Carmel where we will hear the stories of the prophet Elijah and the priests of Baal. We will travel onwards to Tel Megiddo, where the last battle of Armageddon will be fought. Our evening will be completed as we drive into the Holy City of Jerusalem for an evening dinner before retiring in our hotel. Accommodation: Dan Boutique
Day 7: Jerusalem. Today we will visit one of the most important sites in all of Jewish civilization – the Western Wall. Here we will experience why it is called the Wailing Wall and we will see Jewish families rejoicing in the Bar Mitzvah celebration of their youth. After lunch we will travel towards the City of David and the Hezekiah tunnels, eventually finding ourselves in Bethlehem, where Christ was born. As we gather together we will hear the story of Christ’s birth and possibly take part in one of the many pilgrimage celebrations that occur to celebrate the birth of Christ. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Nativity Church and the most famous Olive Wood Shop in Jerusalem. Accommodation: Dan Boutique
Day 8: Jerusalem. Today we will have the opportunity to see many historical sites in Jerusalem, such as Santa Anna, the Bethesda pools, and Eche Homo – Sister of Zion Convent located in Jerusalem. After Lunch we will continue to discover Jerusalem’s history with a visit to the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We will also venture out to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. Visit the famous market of Machne Yhuda – one of the most colorful Jewish Markets, and have the opportunity to see the Yad Vashem – the holocaust museum that pays tribute to the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi-wrought Holocaust in Europe. Accommodation: Dan Boutique
Day 9: Jerusalem. Today we will begin with a visit to Gethsemane where we will visit the holy sepulcher and the Garden Tomb where Christ performed the atonement. Our day will conclude with a visit to the to the Mount of Olives where the Garden of Gethsemane lies. In Gethsemane we will hear about what occured at this sacred Christian site. Our night will conclude with a farewell dinner as we prepare to leave Israel in the morning. Accommodation: Dan Boutique
Day 10: Jerusalem. Our journey in Jerusalem will end with a visit to the BYU Jerusalem Center for sacrament meeting in the morning; after which we will depart for Tel Aviv to catch our flights back home.
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