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Israel and Egypt Essence

TAFL11: 14 Days Private Tour of Tel Aviv - Haifa - Nazareth - Sea of Galilee - Tiberias - Golan Heights - Jerusalem - Tel Aviv - Cairo - Aswan - Abu Simbel - Nile Cruise - Luxor - Cairo
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking driver guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Vehicle: Air-conditioned car, spacious and comfortable
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrival in Tel Aviv, Airport pick-up
The 14 days Israel and Egypt tour offers a top choice for you to explore the ancient sights of the two countries. After arrival in Tel Aviv, our representative will meet you at the airport with a paging board and you will be escorted to a hotel by our driver. Then you will be free for the rest of the day. You may get some rest at the hotel or just stroll around to sightsee in the city.  

Accommodation: Metropolitan Hotel
Day 2 Old Jaffa - Caesarea - Haifa Bahai Gardens - Nazareth - Cana - Tiberias
After breakfast, your driver-guide will wait for you at the hotel ahead of time and then lead you to visit the Old Jaffa. This is an old port city with 4,000 year's history and also the oldest part of Tel Aviv. Then drive along the Mediterranean coastline to Caesarea to see the historic site built by King Herod the Great. Next, we will go to Haifa, to visit Bahai Gardens and enjoy the beautiful terraces view on Mount Camel. After that, continue to drive to Nazareth and visit the Church of Annunciation. Then you will be transferred to Canna to have a glimpse of the "Wedding Church". The final stop is Tiberias and we will check-in at a local hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Caesar Premier Tiberias
Day 3 Sea of Galilee - Mt. Beatitudes - Capernaum - Tabgha - Golan Heights
This morning, we will take a cruise to view the Sea of Galilee and visit the Jesus Boat, which is said to be moored there from the Jesus era, the 1st century. Then we will guide you to Mt. Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his most famous discourse - the Sermon on the Mount. The next stop is Capernaum, believed to be the hometown of Jesus, where you can see the synagogue and Peter's house. In the afternoon, we will go to Tabgha, where Jesus feed 5000 people with two fish and five loaves. Now the Church of Multiplication is built there to memorize this miracle. Inside the church, it is decorated with the 5th century mosaics depicting fish and loaves with baskets. The final stop is Golan Heights and you can enjoy a panoramic view on the high land.  

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Caesar Premier Tiberias
Day 4 Jordan River - Qumran - Masada - Dead Sea - Jerusalem
Today, we will drive along the Jordan River to Yardenit Baptismal Site where once Jesus baptized others. Then we will visit the Qumran near the edge of the Dead Sea to see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Next, we will head to Masada, an ancient stone fortress near to the desert. Take a cable car to reach the top to enjoy the ancient Jewish remains including synagogues and bath houses. Go down by the cable car and we will continue to drive to the Dead Sea, one of the planet's saltiest lakes. You can have some rest and float in the water, definitely a once-a-lifetime experience! Then we will drive to Jerusalem to check-in at a hotel.        

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Court Hotel
Day 5 Jerusalem to Bethlehem day trip
Today, our Israel Egypt tour will start with the Mt. of Olives. Climbing up the peak, you can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Jerusalem City. Then, we will drive to the Bethlehem, which is the birth place of Jesus and King David. Here, we could visit Church of Nativity, the Judean Desert and Shepherd's Field. After the visit, we will get back to Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Court Hotel
Day 6 Jerusalem new city tour
After breakfast, we will go to visit the Yad Vashem, built in memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. On the way to Israel Museum, we will drive by the Knesset and the Israeli Supreme Court. The Israel Museum is famous for the rare Dead Sea Scrolls and a huge scale model of Second Temple. At the end of the tour, you will be guided to visit Mahane Yehuda Marketplace (Shuk) to experience locals' lives.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Court Hotel
Day 7 Jerusalem old city tour
The Jerusalem old city tour is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 14 days Israel and Egypt tour. Today's first stop is the Garden of Gethsemane and then we will go to Mt. Zion to see David's Tomb and the site of the Last Supper. After that, we will head to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified. Strolling along the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), we will finally get to the Cardo which was the city's main street. The last stop is the Western Wall, the holy site of Jewish people and you can see many prayers here.  

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Court Hotel
Day 8 Departure from Jerusalem & fly to Cairo
The driver will escort you to Ben Gurion International Airport to take flight for Cairo. After arrival, you will be picked up by our local representative and transferred to a nice hotel for check-in. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: InterContinental Cairo Semiramis
Day 9 Great Pyramids of Giza & Cairo sightseeing
Today, you will welcome another highlight of the 14 days Israel Egypt tour, the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We will visit the world's oldest and the largest three pyramids: Pyramids of Cheops, Khafre and Menkaure. Also, we will drop by the Great Sphinx, the impressive limestone statue with a lion body and a human head. Then move to Valley Temple. After that, go to the Egyptian Museum which contains about 120,000 items and displays brilliant Egyptian cultures. Later, take a felucca ride on the Nile River. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: InterContinental Cairo Semiramis
Day 10 Cairo to Aswan by flight, Aswan city tour
Take the flight to Aswan. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to board the Nile Cruise. Lunch will be served on the cruise. Afterward, you will be guided to visit the High Dam across the Nile River, which is one of the largest dams in the world. Next, we are going to visit Unfinished Obelisk in the stone quarry, where you can have a glimpse of the mass structure construction in ancient Egypt. The last stop is Temple of Philae shrined to the goddess Isis and the gods Horus and Osiris. Return to the cruise ship. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: M/S Concerto or similar
Day 11 Trip to Abu Simbel, Nile Cruise from Aswan to Kom Ombo to Edfu
Today, we are going to visit Abu Simbel composed of the two massive temples carved out of rocks. The transfer from Aswan takes about 3 hours for single way. We will get back to the cruise ship for lunch. Then sail to Kom Ombo and visit the Kom Ombo Temple. The temple featuring the "double design" which means two sets of buildings like courts, halls, and rooms were built to dedicate to the two gods Sobek and Haeroris. After that, continue to sail to Edfu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: M/S Concerto or similar
Day 12 Nile Cruise from Edfu to Luxor, Explore East Bank of Luxor
This morning, you will be accompanied to visit Edfu Temple, also known as Temple of Horus, one of the Egypt's best preserved shines. Get back to the cruise ship for lunch. Then sail to Luxor and explore the temples on the East Bank. First, visit the Karnak Temple Complex which consists of a series of temples, chapels, and pylons, definitely one of the must-see attractions during your Israel and Egypt tour. Continue to visit the Luxor Temple, also a large ancient Egyptian temple complex. After the visit, go back to the cruise ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: M/S Concerto or similar
Day 13 Explore West Bank of Luxor, Luxor to Cairo by flight
We will check out the cruise today and go to explore the west bank of Luxor. The first stops are Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens where hide a lot of underground mausoleums and only several tombs have opened to the public. Then we will head to Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and have a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon. After that, we will send you to the airport to fly to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: InterContinental Cairo Semiramis
Day 14 Departure from Cairo, Airport see-off
Today, our 14 days Israel Egypt tour comes to an end! The driver will escort you to the airport and see you off. A nice journey home!

Meals: Breakfast 
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