Upon arrival into Cairo International airport, you are met and assisted by your ITC Tours representative. Assisted through passport and custom formalities, and transferred to the hotel in Cairo for evening at leisure and overnight.
Optional night activity:
Pyramids Sound & Light show.
Pyramids / Sphinx / Solar Boat, Egyptian Museum / Old & New Cairo / Coptic Cairo and Synagogue of Ben Ezra
After buffet breakfast, meet your guide and start the tour with a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the 3 Pyramids of Giza, heops, Chephren and Mekerinus. Visit the majestic great Sphinx, which is the largest single block sculpture located at the foot of the grandest Pyramid Chephren. Enjoy the opportunity for a camel ride by the Pyramids followed by a visit to the Solar Boat museum, whose main attraction is an ancient Egyptian cedar wood dating back 4500 years. Continue to visit the famous Egyptian Museum, here we shall provide you with a brief but colorful sight into the five thousand year history of Egypt. Visit Old Cairo with the city's cultural landmarks that span three millenniums of Egyptian history. The Coptic Church, where you will visit the Hanging Church dating to the late 4th and early 5th century. This basilica was named "Al- u'allaqah" because it was built atop the south gate of the fortress of Babylon. Continue to the Church of St. Sergius, a 5th century Coptic Church. his basilica is built on the cave in which the holy family stayed and is regarded by visitors as a source of blessing. As we stroll along we will come to the recently restored Synagogue of Ben Ezra - the oldest Jewish synagogue in Egypt built in 882 AC. Next we will explore the spices and silks of the medieval bazaar of Khan el Khalili, one of the biggest bazaars in the Middle East and North Africa's most famous bazaar. Lunch will be served during the tour at a local restaurant. Return to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel including breakfast and dinner.
Optional night activity:
Nile cruise dinner with show
Sinai Desert / Morah / Elim / Rephdsim / Land of Goshen
After breakfast departure by air-conditioned vehicle to St. Catherine via the tunnel underneath the Suez Cannel to the west branch of the Red Sea, following what is thought to be the route of the Biblical Exodus (Genesis 16- 18). Our drive through the Sinai peninsula and the biblical land of Goshen to the Mount Sinai area (233 miles) takes about 6 hours. Next to Morah by the red sea; the desert springs along the shore of the red sea where he children of Israel found the water bitter. Continue to Alim and visit the desert oasis; proceed to Wadi Feiran (Rephidim), the desert valley where he children of Israel fought against Amalekites. Proceed to Mount Serbal, the possible site where Moses held his arms up for victory. We continue inland heading towards the granite mountains of Mt. Sinai and Wadi El Raha. According to traditions the area where the Israelis camped and the golden alf was forged (Exodus 32). We will arrive to the hotel near Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine's monastery.
Overnight Morgan Land hotel - breakfast and dinner included.
Optional night activity:
For those who wish to climb Mt. Sinai, please bring warm clothing for the ascent. Camel ride up to 1/3 of the mount can be arranged on the spot with our tour guide for $ 25 per person.
Friday Mt. Sinai to the Red Sea / Mountains of Edom / St. Catherine's Monastery / Taba border / Arava border / Aqaba panoramic / Petra
Early morning, climb up Mt. Sinai Jabel Musa. Enjoy a time of praise and incredible views of the Sinai wilderness. Descending the mountain, we return o the hotel to rejoin the rest of the group for breakfast. We continue for a tour of St. Catherine Monastery, the oldest working Christian Monastery built in 527 and 565 AC by the Roman Emperor Justinian and where it is believed God appeared to Moses in the form of a burning Bush. The Greek Orthodox Church building is the oldest continuously used Church building in the world. Leaving Mt. Sinai area toward the eastern shores of Sinai peninsula and on the Red Sea north to Taba border (Egypt Israel crossing border). After meeting and assistance at the Taba border, proceed to Arava order, (Israel- Jordan crossing border). Welcome to Jordan! Upon arrival in Jordan, you will be met and assisted by your Jordanian guide through visa formalities. You will then proceed for a panoramic tour of Aqaba.
Transfer to your hotel in Petra for overnight including dinner.
Saturday Full day Petra visit
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. At 08.00 a.m. depart to Petra for a full day trip. Explore the rose red city. Upon arrival to the visitor's center, you will begin a most memorable day with a 20 minute horseback riding to the Siq of Petra (Canyon) followed by guided tour through the Siq to the treasury. The accompanying guide will give a brief history of Petra, followed by a full day to explore the Rose-Red city including the Siq, Treasury, City center, the Royal tomb, and the theatre.
In the afternoon transfer to Amman hotel for dinner and overnight.
Amman / Madaba / Nebo / Baptism Site / Allenby or Sheikh Hussein / Tel Aviv
Buffet breakfast at the hotel at 08.00 a.m.. Depart for a full day excursion. A trip through the historical mountains of Moa'ab. Stopover in Madaba, his town has a long history being first mentioned in the Bible and in the Mesha Stele when it was a Moabite town. visit St. George orthodox Christian Church and see the mosaic map of Jerusalem, Palestine, Jordan, Israel and Egypt. Proceed to Mt. Nebo, from where Moses viewed the promised land in anaan and where he died and was buried. View the ruins of the 4th and 6th century churches with their mosaic floors. Continue to the baptism site Bethany, the site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany beyond the Jordan where Jesus was baptized has long been known from the Bible (John 1:28 nd 10:40) and from the Byzantine and Medieval texts. After the visit, transfer to Allen by or Sheikh Hussein for departure.
Meeting and assistance on the Israeli side and transfer to your hotel in Tel-Aviv for overnight.
Monday Caesarea / Megiddo / Haifa / Acre
Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Bahai Gardens and Haifa bay. From Haifa, drive to Acre to visit the ancient city and arbor.
Continue to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
After a short tour of Tiberias, we take a boat ride to Capernaum. Visit the remains of the 2nd century Synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and waterfalls and tour the Golan Heights.
Return to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
Wednesday Nazareth / Beit Shean
Drive to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee. Visit the Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph's workshop and Mary's well. Drive to Yardenit, the baptismal site in the Jordan river. Continue to Beit Shean, a newly excavated city, and visit the Roman theatre.
Drive along the Jordan River to Jerusalem for overnight.
Thursday Jerusalem - Old City
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Visit the church of All Nations, King David's tomb and the room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter within the walls of the city and visit the Cardo, Temple Mount (entrance to the mosques not included), Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, the Church of he Holy Sepulcher, oriental Bazaar. Visit the Garden Tomb.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday Jerusalem - New City and Bethlehem
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation. Proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second Temple period. Proceed to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of Nativity.
Overnight in Jerusalem. .
Saturday Dead Sea / Masada
Drive to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada , the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.. Ascend Masada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod's Palace. Time and weather permitting, an opportunity will be provided to float on the Dead Sea.
Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.
Itinerary Subject to Change