ISRAEL - JORDAN - EGYPT
27 days. 03 April - 29 April, 2020
Features Easter In Jerusalem
13 day ISRAEL ONLY, or 17 day ISRAEL AND JORDAN options available.
This will be my 17th visit to Israel and I am delighted to offer further opportunities to explore this fascinating area.
The Middle East is the cradle of civilisation and is still in the news daily! 5,000 years of history to absorb with every day a different experience. Experience it for yourself and understand the world we live in as well as the past. History is still being made here.
It is a great pity that we cannot offer my favourite Middle East tour to escort from Beirut to Cairo via Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel however hope that peace may come soon
Escorted by Stephen Greenfield, many times visitor to the Middle East.
Day 1. Friday. April 3. 2020 . AUCKLAND DEPART
Meet your escort at Auckland airport and depart.
Day 2. Saturday, April 4. TEL AVIV ARRIVE Arrive Tel Aviv air[ort and transfer to our hotel at Tel Aviv or Netanya.
Day 3. Sunday. April 5. ARRIVE TEL AVIV (B)
Arrive Tel Aviv airport to meet our Israeli guide. Visit ancient Joppa and tour modern Tel Aviv. Drive to Caesarea, an ancient Roman port and one of Herod's masterpieces.See the aqueduct and ampitheatre before transferring to our hotel on the Mediterranean coast. The rest of the day is free to relax.
Day 4. Monday. April 6. MEGIDDO - NAZARETH - GALILEE (BD)
Visit Mt Carmel and drive through Haifa to see the Bahai Gardens. Drive to Megiddo for a guided tour through the excavations of Tel Megiddo and see across the Valley of Jezreel and the plains of Megiddo (Armageddon). Explore the Phoenician, Hellenistic, and Crusader town of Akko including the Crusader fortress and bazaar. Late afternoon we arrive at our kibbutz on the shores of Lake Galilee
Day 5. Tuesday. April 7. GALILEE (BD)
Today we take a leisurely tour aroud the Sea of Galilee including Bethsaida, the Golan Heights passing the village of Kuneitra overlooking Syria, Caesarea Philippi, and Banias. Visit Capernaum including Peters House and the adjacent Synagogue, the Mt of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Magdala, the 2,000 year old boat at Nof Ginnosar, and Tiberias, main town of Galilee. Also enjoy a cruise on the lake and lunch featuring fish from Galilee.
Day 6. Wednesday. April 8. GALILEE - JERUSALEM. (BD)
Enjoy an introduction to Kibbutz life before continuing to Nazareth to visit the church of the Annunciation and the early Israel village depicting life as it was at the time of Jesus Christ. Drive south through Samaria and see Mt Gerizim and Mt Ebal, and visit Shiloh where the tabernacle stood for 369 years. Enjoy the audio visual presentation and archaeological finds. Also visit Beth-El (scene of Jacons ladder) and a biblical garden. We then ascend to Jerusalem.
Day 7. Thursday. April 9 JERUSALEM (BD
Visit the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view over the city.walk down the hill through the Jewish cemetary to spend a few minutes in reflection in the Garden of Gethsemane. We enter the old city to walk part of the Via Dolorosa,and explore the old city including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Temple Mount including the tunnels under the wall. This afternoon explore the ruins of David's city some 3,000 years old. We take a walk through Hezekiahs tunnel (wade through thigh deep water) or the Canaanite tunnel (dry) to the Pool of siloam and visit the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. This evening we take a sobering visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum. See also the exterior of the Knesset including the giant Manorah
Day 8. Friday. April 10. JERUSALEM (BD)
Visit the Israel Museum to see the model of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus Christ and the 'Shrine of the Book' where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Also visit the western (Wailing) wall at the start of Shabbat.
Day 9. Saturday. April 11. JERUSALEM (BD) Drive to Hebron (subject to political conditions on the day) and visit the Mosque over the Cave of Machpelah, and the Synagogue where the remains of the patriarchs are buried. Continue through the desert to Beer Sheba and see Tel Sheva and Abrahams well. We also visit the Commonwealth war cemetary from the 1st world war where many New Zealand soldiers are buried and we visit the new ANZAC Museum. Continue to the Dead Sea for a swim (float) in the salty waters of the sea before visiting the springs at Ein Gedi and returning to Jerusalem.
Day 10. Sunday. April 12. JERUSALEM (BD)
The morning is free to join the special Easter sunrise service at the Garden Tomb, explore at your leisure, or visit the church of your choice. All activities extra expense.
This afternoon we visit Herodium, the Shepherds Fields, and Bethlehem including the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
Day 11. Monday. April 13. JERUSALEM - JERICHO - AMMAN (BD)
We take the road from Jerusalem to ancient Jericho. Ascend the Mount of Temptation by cable car for a panoramic view over the Jordan valley.visit the traditional site of Jesus Baptism and the Qumrun caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We cross the Jordan River into Jordan and travel to Amman for the night with a visit to Mt Nebo from where Moses viewed the promised land en route.
Passengers on the ISRAEL ONLY tour transfer to Tel Aviv airport departing mid afternoon for Auckland arriving wednesday April 15.
Day 12. Tuesday. April 14. AMMAN WADI RUM (BLD)
Visit ancient Jerash, one of the best preserved of the ancient Roman cities in the Middle East. See Hadrians Arch and the Hippodrome, and a display of Roman chariot racing and military action. Walk the colonnaded Cardo Maximus, take your seat in the Forum, and see the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and the 5,000 seat theatre. Later we return to Amman for a short tour of the city including the Citadel and Roman Theatre.
Day 13. Wednesday. April 15. WADI RUM - PETRA (BD)
Drive south to the amazing landscapes of wadi Rum. A special experience will be 'glamping' in the desert under the stars and dinner with the Bedouin. (Not quite as the Bedouin do - all tents have private shower and toilet!) Enjoy an exciting 4WD tour of the expansive desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, made famous in the film "Lawrence of Arabia".
Day 14. Thursday. April 16. PETRA - AMMAN (BD)
Visit the Crusader fortress at Kerak Continue to ancient Petra. Walk through the Siq to see the amazing Treasury and explore the ancient city including the Roman Theatre and Royal Tombs. There is time for the fit to take a fast hike to the monastery overlooking the surrounding mountains. Overnight Petra and the opportunity to return to see the Treasury by candlelight if you wish - extra expense. and ancient Madaba to see the 6th century mosaic of the Holyland in St Georges Cathedral before visiting Mt Nebo from where Moses viewed the promised land with spectacular views of the Jordan Valley and the hills of Judea and Samaria in fine weather. Overnight in Amman.
Day 15. Friday. April 17. AMMAN - CAIRO (BD)
This evening transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo.
Passengers on the Israel and Jordan tour travel to Tel Aviv and depart for Auckland saturday arriving monday April 20.
Day 16. Saturday 18 April. CAIRO (BD)
Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx, Valley temple, Memphis and Sakkara. Evening Sound and Light show at the Sphinx.
Day 17. Sunday 19 April. CAIRO - ASWAN (BD)
Transfer to Cairo airport and fly to Aswan. Visit the High Dam, Philae temple, and enjoy a Felucca cruise to Kitchenere Island.
Day 18. Monday 20 April. ASWAN (BD)
Morning tour to the amazing preserved temple of Abu Simbel. This afternoon embark on your luxury Nile cruise boat. Three nights on board,.
Day 19. Tuesday 21 April. CRUISING (BLD)
Sail to Kom Ombo and visit the double temples of Sobek and Horus the elder. Continue to Edfu.
Day 20. Wednesday 22 April CRUISING (BLD)
Continue cruising to Luxor and visit the Luxor Temple.
Day 21. Thursday 23 April. LUXOR - CAIRO. (BD)
Visit the West Bank including the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and Memnon Colossi. Also visit Karnak Temple. Fly back to Cairo and transfer to hotel.
Day 22. Friday 24 April. CAIRO (BD)
Visit the Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Cathedral, and Khan el Khalili.
Day 23. Saturday 25 April CAIRO - ALEXANDRIA (BD)
Drive to Alexandria via the El Al Amein battlefield where we will have a short commemoration service at the War Graves memorial for those who died.in the 2nd world war. Continue to Alexandria.
Day 24. Sunday 26 April ALEXANDRIA - CAIRO (BD)
Visit the National Museum, Catacombs, Kom al Shokafa, Qiatbay Citadel, Pompey Pillar, and Al Abbas Mosque. This afternoon return to Cairo.
Day 25. Monday 27 April CAIRO DEPART (B)
Say farewell to Egypt and commence our journey home.
Day 26. Tuesday 28 April. EN ROUTE
Day 27. Wednesday 29 April AUCKLAND ARRIVE
Tour cost per person
Full tour................. 26 days.......2 per room $11,900... Single room.... $13,800
Israel only.............. 16 days.......2 per room $7,600... Single room.... $8,700
Israel and Jordan... 16 days.......2 per room $8,900... Single room.... $9,700
Tour cost includes - full tour:
** Return economy class air fares
** Arrival and departure transfers at all points outside New Zealand.
** 18 nights hotel with dinner and breakfast, 1 night glamping, ** 3 nights luxury Nile cruise including all meals
** Sightseeing listed (except options) including admission fees.
Tour cost does not include:
personal expenses, drinks with meals, passport and visa fees. Tips - allow USD $400
Deposit. 10% of your tour cost on booking
Balance due: 31 January, 2019.
DISCOVER ISRAEL - JORDAN - EGYPT
Please take time to do some pre reading and getting the history into perspective. Once on the road we will be assailed with facts and figures daily and the more we understand before going, the greater the enjoyment and the more we will see how it all fits together. For a basic travel guide Lonely Planet is best (They have a Middle East edition which covers every country we go to). For serious insights into the area we do recommend reading more widely. To obtain the best from Israel some knowledge of the Bible is a great asset. I will be providing basic country and historical outlines but these will be by no means exhaustive. mdClimate
Expect temperatures between 15-28 degrees in April which makes spring a comfortable time to travel through the area. Expect some rain and a fold up umbrella is recommended.
As always those who travel light travel easiest! Clothing is casual throughout with a good 'smart casual' set for evening dinners and some shows.
A good pair of walking shoes are essential as we cannot appreciate the glories of the ancient cities without walking among the history. It is worth packing a swim suit if you want to experience a swim in the Dead Sea. A few hotels have swimming pools but not many.
Please make sure that bags are lockable.
We will be visiting a lot of churches and other holy sites during the tour. They do expect a reasonable standard of conservative dress, e.g. sleeved blouses/dresses for the ladies, and in a few places a head scarf
Please note that tea and coffee are not usually included as part of lunches and dinners in the Middle East. A small kit to brew up in the room has been most popular with some people. You need to supply your own tea bags, coffee sachets, and creamer.
Be healthy before you come is the best advice!
We recommend keeping your basic vaccinations up to date for Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio, and Hepatitis A, B, and C. An anti diarrhoea injection is advisable and anti diarrhoea pills are essential.
I will have a general health kit but I suggest you pack your own favourite brands. If you are on any special medication please bring enough for the whole journey. If it may be suspect for customs officials etc please bring a note from your doctor.
Basic health precautions are essential along the way in personal hygiene, not drinking tap water, etc. As we stay at first class hotels throughout we do not usually have a problem.
We recommend taking a supply of antiseptic wet wipes.
Electricity supply is 220 volt in all countries.
Adaptors are necessary.
Travel Insurance is essential. Please check the exclusions.
US dollar notes are still best and just exchange what you need in each country. ATM's are available in all major cities.
Dinner and breakfast are paid for each day so you only have to buy lunches, drinking water, tea, coffee, juices, and other beverages with lunches and dinners, and other small items. $NZ100 per person per day would be more than ample for most, you can get by on half that. All the main sightseeing attractions are included however there will be some optional tours and evening shows offered along the way.
A fact of life. Where meals are included at the hotel you do not need to tip except where drinks are ordered. Taxis, restaurants where you may choose to eat separately, etc all expect to be tipped, usually 10-15% of the bill.
SAFETY A very important issue on this tour!!
I presume everyone has read the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advisory on their website www.mfat.govt.nz and has made a conscious and informed decision to come on this tour. If I thought there was a major risk I would not of course be going myself or take others to the area. However it is a volatile area of the world and there is some risk. I will give more advice along the way on such matters as keeping off the public buses and out of night clubs in Israel etc. Rest assured millions of tourists visit these countries each year without harm.
The local governments and tourist industry have a vested interest in keeping us safe as tourism is so important to the economies of the area. I will accept the advice of local guides in individual situations and it may be necessary to make some adjustments to the itinerary along the way if local problems flare up. However you have to make the decision yourself to come - and then relax and enjoy the area! Rest assured I and our agents and guides will do all possible to make sure the tour is trouble free.
Our refund policy in the event the tour has to be cancelled through safety issues is that your tour cost can be transferred without penalty to any other CONNOISSEUR HOLIDAY we operate,or receive a full refund of your tour cost less $500 which may be refundable through insurance (check your policy for details)