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Land of the Prophets

21 days with Insight  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

Day 2 Welcome to Tel Aviv
You are met at Ben Gurion Airport and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Share a drink with your fellow guests during a short introduction to your trip. (WR)

Day 3 Exploring Vibrant Tel Aviv
(Relaxed Start) Morning sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant city – the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market. Drive along the seashore to the ancient city of Jaffa – see the famous clock tower and view the old harbour. Visit the artists' quarter with its galleries, boutiques and picturesque narrow lanes. At night, enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner at your hotel. (BB / SE)

Day 4 To Caesarea, Acre, Nazareth and Galilee
Leaving Tel Aviv, drive along the coastal road to Caesarea to explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, including the huge amphitheatre. Travel via Haifa to Acre, fought over for centuries and captured in turn by Saracens and Crusaders, including Richard the Lionheart. See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt before continuing to Nazareth. Visit one of Christianity's most sacred places, the Church of Annunciation, on the site where the angel is said to have appeared to Mary. Head on to your welcoming hotel in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee. The day concludes with a brief introduction to life on a Kibbutz. (BB / D)

Day 5 Along the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea
Visit the ancient wooden boat which dates back to the times of Jesus and enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, where Jesus is said to have entered the Synagogue and taught, and then head to the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount. Next, journey through ever-changing landscapes along the Jordan Valley, past ancient Jericho to take a dip in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea. (BB / D)

Day 6 Masada & the Holy City of Jerusalem
Take a cable car ride up to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies. Pass the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran, before driving through the Judean Hills to Jerusalem. Continue up to Mount Scopus for breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Afterwards, visit King David's Tomb on Mount Zion and the Room of the Last Supper before entering the Old City. Here, walk along winding cobbled alleyways to the magnificent Wailing Wall – the most sacred monument in Judaism. Then check into your hotel for three fabulous nights. (BB)

Day 7 Exploring Jerusalem
Visit Yad Vashem, the memorial in tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust, and the Shrine of the Book, a wing of the Israel Museum, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. (BB)

Day 8 Optional Bethlehem Experience and Exploring Jerusalem
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, perhaps take an option to meet your Local Expert at the West Bank border and continue to the Holy city of Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. Return to Jerusalem, where you'll also visit the Garden of Gethsemene and walk through the Old City to see the Temple Mount, one of Islam's holiest sites. Continue along the Via Dolorosa past the Stations of the Cross, Ecce Homo Arch, Pool of Bethesda to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At night, enjoy a hearty end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine. (BB / CD)

Day 9 Across the Judaean Desert to Amman
Drive through the Judaean Desert to the border with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. With the formalities completed, you are met on the other side and transfer through a landscape that has changed little in the last 2,000 years. Once at your Amman hotel, relax and settle in before joining your Jordanian Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, drinks and a Welcome Dinner. (BB / CD)

Day 10 Jerash, the Pompeii of the East and on to Petra
The journey to Jerash reveals the most beautifully preserved example of a Greco-Roman city still in existence. Enter through Hadrian’s Arch, to explore the grand ruins of the Temples of Artemis and Zeus, where you can listen to the Whispering Column, and overlook the vast Oval Plaza, and Cardo Maximus, the main Roman road. Return to Amman for sightseeing of the huge Roman Amphitheatre and the Citadel Hill. After some free time, continue south to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra – voted one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World’.

Day 11 Exploring the Lost City of Petra
This day is devoted to the beautiful 'rose red city, half as old as time’. You enter this lost city through a narrow gorge, the Siq, with walls that rise up to 200 metres. Emerge from the path to see the magnificent Treasury, carved out of solid rock and standing over 40 metres high. Wind your way through the canyon to explore the Roman Amphitheatre, which once seated 3,000 spectators, and the ancient tombs.

Day 12 To the Crusader Castle of Shobak, Mt. Nebo and back to Amman
Follow the King's Highway to visit Shobak, an authentic 12th century crusader fortress, perched on the side of a rocky mountain standing guard over a barren and desolate land. Admire the Arabic calligraphy on the external walls and towers before discovering the original Crusader chapel, palace complex and even a set of secret passages! Continue to Mt Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan, where Moses stood and saw before him the Promised Land. At Madaba, visit the famous Greek Orthodox Church of St. George with its amazing 6th century mosaic map depicting the entire Holy Land – from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south. Later, return to the Jordanian capital where you are at leisure.

Day 13 Fly to Cairo
Transfer to Amman airport for your flight to the timeless land of the Pharaohs - a country rich in wonders and mysteries. Upon arrival in Cairo, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 14 The Citadel and Egyptian Museum
Begin your city sightseeing at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Sightseeing continues at the Citadel where you enjoy breathtaking views over the whole city. Salah El Din started the Citadel in the 12th Century, but it owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose Great Alabaster Mosque you'll visit next. Then free time to enjoy as you wish. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Later, take your seats at the magical Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids which literally illuminates the history of Giza - an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt.

Day 15 Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza Experience
Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World during a visit to Giza with a Local Expert. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx crouching at the foot of Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, see the colossal statue of Rameses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I; dating from 2,686 BC, it's the oldest in the world. Enjoy free time this afternoon.

Day 16 Fly to Luxor to board your Nile Cruise Ship
Fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. Transfer to your cruise ship. After lunch onboard, visit Luxor Temple unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s.

Day 17 Visit the Valley of the Kings, then through the Esna Lock to Edfu
Travel by air-conditioned coach to the west bank of the Nile to see the Colossi of Memnon, and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried. Next, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. Return to your cruise boat and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu.

Day 18 From the Temple of Horus to Aswan
Visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God. After exploring this magnificent site, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple in Egypt dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder. Cruise to Aswan and in the evening, don your galabeyas (traditional Egyptian attire), for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.

Day 19 Explore Aswan’s High Dam and experience a Nile Felucca
In the morning, visit to the Aswan High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous unfinished obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. Later, on a traditional Nile Felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient craft. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel.

Day 20 Free Time in Aswan and back to Cairo
In the morning, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy free tme in Aswan. Why not join an optional experience by air to the magnificent Temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel? Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. There is lots to enjoy; the Botanic Gardens, Elephantine Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum or soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night.

Day 21 Depart Cairo
Your journey ends after breakfast with transfers to the airport.
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River Cruise Highlights
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
  • Caesarea: Explore the Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea, formerly one of the splendid cities in Palestine.
  • Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.
  • Dead Sea: It's nearly impossible to sink so be sure to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters.
  • Dead Sea: Ascend by cable car to the ancient fortress of Masada where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies, before committing mass suicide.
  • Jerusalem: Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Shrine of the Book.
  • Jerusalem: Walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of the Crucifixion.
  • Jerash: Step back 2,000 years in time in this marvellous ancient city, the finest surviving example of a Greco-Roman city in the world.
  • Petra: Visit the ‘rose red’ city and journey through the winding dark passageway between rock walls 90-180 meters high to the ancient hidden city.
  • Mount Nebo: Look down upon Moses’ Promised Land. The view is amazing and the ruins are truly a site to behold.
  • Madaba: View the mosaic that is believed to be the earliest surviving map of the Holy Land.
  • Cairo: Gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasures.
  • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great pyramids.
  • Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife.
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex.
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tel Aviv: See Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel market.
  • Jaffa: Visit the ancient port and artists' quarter.
  • Acre: See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt.
  • Nazareth: Visit the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Galilee: A brief talk on the history and contemporary life on a Kibbutz. Visit Capernaum and the Mount of the Beatitudes. View the ancient wooden boat, which is said to date back to the times of Jesus.
  • Qumran: See the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Jerusalem: Walk the Garden of Gethsemene, Room of the Last Supper, Pool of Bethesda, Ecce Homo Arch. See the Temple Mount. Visit the Jewish sites of King David's Tomb and the Western Wall.
  • Amman: See the Roman Amphitheatre and Citadel Hill.
  • Shobak: Explore the Crusader fortress seeing the Crusader chapel.

All This Included
Welcome to a journey of the Holy Land of epic proportions, incorporating Biblical sites, colossal structures, lost cities, and stunning panoramas.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
  • Tel Aviv: Partake in a Friday night Shabbat dinner.
  • Jerusalem: Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner.
  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread.
  • Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan’s famous Old Cataract Hotel.
  • 19 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 2 Welcome Drinks (WR), 4 lunches (L), 1 High Tea (AT), 2 Signature Evenings (SE), 8 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D) all with tea or coffee and bottled water while cruising; plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both wine, and tea or coffee.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
  • Tel Aviv: Sheraton Towers Hotel. Considered one of Tel Aviv’s more sophisticated hotels, located on the waterfront providing guests with luxury accommodation.
  • Tiberias: The Leonardo Plaza Tiberias Hotel is centrally located close to the Old Town. Offering beautifully decorated rooms and a wide range of facilities.
  • Dead Sea: The magnificent Hod Hamidbar hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea, offers you serenity, relaxation and the perfect pampering experience in their modern spa.
  • Jerusalem: Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem. The Leonardo Plaza graces the Jerusalem skyline in the heart of the city and offers panoramic views. It has many top facilities and is a good base from which to explore the Old and New Cities.
  • Amman: The 5-star Amman Marriott Hotel is located in one of the capital's busiest centers, with easy access to all historical sites. It offers spacious rooms and features 2 restaurants, 2 bars, and a health club with 2 pools.
  • Petra: The Petra Marriott Hotel is majestically situated to overlook the dramatic and picturesque rose-red city. It combines the warmest Arabian hospitality with the splendor of the ancient city of Petra.
  • Cairo: The luxurious Cairo Marriott is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869. Facilities include health club, whirlpool and sauna.
  • Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style, on-board your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.
ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES
  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.
  • Deluxe hotel in Cairo.
  • 4 night Nile cruise on MS Miriam/MS Giselle/MS La Boheme (or similar).
  • Scheduled air travel Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo.
  • Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt.
  • Smaller vehicles without toilet facilities may be used.
Accommodations on this Tour
Tel Aviv: Sheraton Tel Aviv & Towers
Tiberias: Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias
Dead Sea: Hod Hotel
Jerusalem: Leonardo Plaza
Amman: Amman Marriott Hotel
Petra: Petra Marriott Hotel
Cairo: Cairo Marriott Hotel
Cruising: MS Miriam/MS Giselle/MS La Boheme (or similar)
Notes
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