Combination Private Holiday, Cruise, and Coach Tour 22 Days ex CairoDeparts Saturdays
Please note that alternate start days, duration, and itineraries can be tailored to your needs. Contact us for more information
Experience three of the Ancient Kingdoms Holidays most popular destinations packaged into one amazing itinerary. Have the secrets of ancient Egypt unlocked for you by your own Egyptologist and experience life as the Pharaohs did as you cruise the Nile. Continue through Israel on a coach tour capturing the history, food, and culture of these lands which are so sacred to so many. Finish with a private driver as you explore Jordan’s colourful Nabatean, Crusader, and Roman history, culminating with the incomparable Rose Red City of Petra - lost to antiquity for millennia and rediscovered only in the 19th century.
- Wake to the inspiring view of the sun rising over the Pyramids of Giza
- Cruise the life blood of Egypt from Luxor to Aswan, discovering temples and tombs of the Pharaonic Age.
- Have ancient sites of the Pharaohs, Nabateans, Saladin, Hadrian, and Lawrence of Arabia brought to life by experienced local guides
- See the Rose Red City of Petra emerge in front of your eyes as you walk through the Siq entranceway
- Experience the sensory delight of a float in the Dead Sea.
- Trace the areas holy heritage from Jerusalem and Nazareth through to Galilee, visiting the renowned historic and Biblical site
- Experience hospitality including lunch in a Druze village overnight in a kibbutz and a wine tasting on the Golan Heights.
Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt and the beginning of your Egypt, Israel, and Jordan Odyssey. You will be met by our representative prior to passing through immigration. Soak up the atmosphere of Cairo as you are transferred to your Pyramids area hotel and your first sighting of these ageless monuments.
Day 2: Cairo (B)
A day to remember! Meet your private local guide and Egyptologist for your day tour. Visit the ancient capital of Memphis and the enduring monuments of Sakkara, prototypes for Ancient Egypt’s most enduring architectural legacy - the Pyramids. Explore the sand strewn temples and tombs before travelling to the incomparable Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The largest and oldest pyramid was built by Pharaoh Khufu over 3800 years ago.
Day 3: Cairo – Luxor (BLD)
Fly to Luxor and embark on your cruise along the life-giving Nile. After lunch begin exploring one of the world’s greatest open air museums - Thebes. Visit the magnificent Luxor Temple; follow the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Temple complex of Karnak. This gigantic site was added to by approximately 30 different Pharaohs which goes some way to explaining its size and grandeur.
Day 4: Luxor - Esna – Edfu (BLD)
This morning cross the Nile to the West Bank. Today is full of highlights including the Necropolis of Thebes and the Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of the Theban Ruler’s including Tutankhamun. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and see the famed Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. This afternoon sail to Esna and cross the lock.
Day 5: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan (BLD)
Today visit Edfu where remains from the Old Kingdom can be viewed, as well as the Temple of Horus – one of the holiest of the Egyptian pantheon of gods. Sail to Kom Ombo and visit Kom Ombo Temple which was shared by the two Gods Sobek (with the head of a crocodile) and Horus (who has the head of a falcon) and was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BCE. See the beautiful preserved murals and bas relief whose inscriptions provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt. Later sail to Aswan.
Day 6: Aswan (BLD)
Visit the Aswan Dams at the end of Lake Nasser and the beautifully restored Temple of Philae. Dedicated to the goddess Isis (the mother of Horus), an international effort relocated the entire temple complex to save it from being submerged by the creation of Lake Nasser. Later sail by felucca around the lush islands of Aswan.
Subject to the cruise arrival time into Aswan, there may be the option for an Abu Simbel excursion this morning.
Day 7: Aswan – Cairo (B)
Disembark from your cruise, fly back to Cairo and discover past and present history and culture of Cairo. Discover the incredible glittering treasures on your private Egyptologist-guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. After lunch visit the towering Citadel Mohamed Ali Mosque and the vibrant Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
Day 8: Cairo – Tel Aviv (B)
Departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Tel Aviv. (Please note: Flight not included in the package price)
Arrive Tel Aviv Airport. Welcome to Israel. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local operator (look out for your name on a sign) and then transferred to your Tel Aviv hotel to begin your Coach Tour of Israel. This evening meet your fellow travellers joining you on this leg of your journey. Detailed information on your tour will be given to you upon arrival. Remainder of day at leisure.
Day 9: Coastal Plain (BLD)
This morning 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. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon, and visit the archaeological excavations. Continue to the Druze village at Dailat El Carmel and partake in lunch with Druze hospitality at a local restaurant. In the afternoon travel to Haifa via Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and Western Galilee. Continue on to the golden domed Bahai Shrine to explore the exotic Persian Gardens. Overnight Kibbutz guesthouse.
Day 10: Upper Galilee (BD)
This morning proceed to Safed, the centre of Jewish mysticism, to visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra, and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at a Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting before visiting Kessem Hagolan, a multimedia presentation of the area. Overnight in Kibbutz guesthouse accommodation.
Day 11: Sea of Galilee – Jerusalem (B)
Start the day with a tour of Tiberias. Explore the centre of Jesus’ ministry at Capernaum to see the remains of the synagogue where he preached and the octagonal church of St. Peter. Onto Nazareth to visit the church of the Annunciation. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac. Continue onto Jerusalem.
Day 12: Jerusalem – Old City & Bethlehem (B)
Visit the tomb of King David and the room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo the Herodian Quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre before proceeding to Mount Scopus and then to the Mount of Olives for a magnificent panoramic view of the Old City. Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) to visit the Church of the Nativity.
Day 13: Jerusalem – New City (BD)
Start your day with a visit to the Israel Museum - Tour the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and see the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Enjoy a tour of the New City – include a view the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament). Continue for a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Visit Meah Shearim the ultra-orthodox neighbourhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the spectacular sound and light show at the Tower of David museum (weather conditions permitting).
Day 14: Dead Sea – Jerusalem (B)
Depart Jerusalem via the Judean Mountains and descend to the lowest place on earth. Visit the ancient city of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to the magnificent cliff top fortress of Masada. Ascend via cable car to explore the remains of King Herod’s luxurious palace and hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location. Later, take the chance to enjoy a float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.
Day 15: Jerusalem – Eilat (B)
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your flight to Eilat. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the shore of the Red Sea.
Day 16: Eilat (B)
Day at leisure.
Day 17: Eilat – Wadi Rum (BD)
Today you will be transferred from your Eilat hotel to the Araba border to enter Jordan.
On arrival at the Araba border you will be met by your driver and transferred to Wadi Rum, famously depicted in the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Located in the heart of the majestic Wadi Rum desert stands your camp which offers its guests a unique experience of the authentic charm of the deserts.
Day 18: Wadi Rum – Petra (B)
Today travel where Lawrence of Arabia rode across the desert with his Arab liberation army. Take a jeep ride through this impressive moon-like landscape with its dramatic canyons and dunes. (Duration of jeep trip: 2 hours approx).
Note: Wadi Rum drivers & jeeps are locally-based so the quality may vary and is beyond the control of Innovative Travel or its Jordanian representative.
Later continue on to the majestic rose-red city of Petra.
Petra nestled in the mountains south of the Dead Sea is perhaps the most spectacular ancient city remaining in the modern world. The city was the capital of the Nabateans who dominated the lands of Jordan during pre-Roman times. They carved this wonderland of temples, tombs, and elaborate buildings out of solid rock. For centuries Petra fell into the mists of legend, its existence a guarded secret known only to the local Bedouins and Arab tradesmen. In 1812 a young Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, heard locals speaking of a lost city hidden in the mountains of Wadi Mousa. Burckhardt disguised himself as a pilgrim and discovered the secret of Petra, revealing it to the modern world. In order to best savour the atmosphere of this ancient wonder visit in the quiet of the morning or late afternoon when the sandstone rock glows red with quiet grandeur.
Day 19: Petra (B)
Today explore the famous Nabatean rock-cut tombs and temples of Petra. Entry is via a narrow ‘siq’ reaching hundreds of feet high. Your first sight is of El Khazneh - the Treasury carved ornately in the red rock. Other sights include the 3000 seat theatre (1st C. AD) and a Palace Tomb in the Roman style.
Day 20: Petra – Madaba – Dead Sea (B)
After breakfast depart for Madaba and Mount Naba. Madaba is famous for its mosaics, the most stunning of which is a beautiful sixth century map of Jerusalem. Later depart for the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea is 75 kilometres long and from 6 to 16 kilometres wide. It is fed by the Jordan River but it has no outlet. As its name suggests the Dead Sea is entirely devoid of plant and animal life. This is due to an extremely high content of salt and other minerals—350 grams of salt per kilogram of water as compared to about 40 grams in the world’s oceans. This concentration is caused by a rapid rate of evaporation. These natural elements give the waters of the Dead Sea certain curative properties recognised since the days of Herod the Great over 2000 years ago.
Day 21: Dead Sea - Jerash – Amman (B)
After breakfast drive to Jerash, nestled at the bottom of a green valley and widely regarded as one of the most beautifully preserved cities in the world. Start the tour from the “South Gate” into the “Oval Plaza” continue your way down through the “Street of Columns” until you reach the “Arch of Triumph” built on the honour of Emperor Hadrian in 129 AD.
Return to Amman later this afternoon.
Day 22: Amman (B)
Today you will be transferred to Amman Airport for your outbound flight.
- Welcome Visa Service in Cairo and Jordan
- 17 nights’ accommodation in your chosen class of hotel
- 4 night Nile Cruise on a full board basis
- Air Conditioned transportation throughout including all transfers
- Flights Cairo – Luxor Aswan – Cairo Tel Aviv – Eilat (Cairo – Tel Aviv not included)
- Private Transfers and sightseeing in Egypt (small group sightseeing on the Nile)
- Coach Tour in Israel and private transfers in Eilat
- Private driver and local guides in Jordan
- Meals – Daily breakfast and other meals as specified
- Sightseeing as specified including A/C transport guide and entrance fees
- Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Accommodation based on the below or similar
Tourist Class - Steigenberger PyramidsFirst Class - Le Meridien Pyramids (City View renovated room - Pyramid View Upgrade Available)Deluxe Class - Le Meridien Pyramids (Pyramid view)
Tourist Class - Tuya (Ex Luxor - First Class Cruise)First Class - Tuya (Ex Luxor - First Class Cruise)Deluxe Class - Nile Goddess (or similar)
Tourist Class - Pyramisa Cairo CityFirst Class - Steigenberger TahirDeluxe Class - Marriott
Tourist Class - Sea.Net / GilgalModerate First Class - Metropolitan Grand BeachFirst Class - Dan Panorama / Crowne Plaza / Herods
Tourist Class - Kibbutz Lavi - Lev roomModerate First Class - Kibbutz Lavi - Eden roomFirst Class - Kibbutz Lavi - Hod / Hadar Room
Tourist Class - JLM Tower / Park / JLM Gate HotelModerate First Class - Grand Court / Royale / Leonardo / KingsFirst Class - Dan Panorama / Crowne Plaza
All classes: Prima Music
All classes: Sun City (Standard Tent)
Tourist Class - Petra Palace HotelFirst Class - Petra Guest HouseDeluxe Class - Movenpick Hotel (Junior Suite)
Tourist Class - Dead Sea Spa HotelFirst Class - Dead Sea Spa HotelDeluxe Class - Kempinski Hotel
Tourist Class - Ibis HotelFirst Class - Regency Palace HotelDeluxe Class - Grand Millennium Hotel
Cruising the Nile Please use cruise itineraries as a guideline only. The order of sightseeing and overnight destinations may vary and are subject to change due to the operation of Esna Lock, or at the discretion of the of the cruise company. Should a change of boat be required due to any unforeseen circumstances prior to departure, an alternative of the same standard or better will be offered if available
There are many river boats that cruise between Luxor and Aswan. They provide accommodation and transportation for the majority of tourists travelling to Egypt. Each night and whilst moored for sightseeing, it is common for 4-5 cruise boats to be parked abreast of each other. The location of your boat will vary from port to port however in many cases your view from your cabin will be restricted to cruising periods only.
Sightseeing on Nile Cruise boats is operated by the cruise company. You will be allocated an English speaking guide and small group of other English speaking tourists for sightseeing upon embarkation. The order of sightseeing may vary depending on the local port authorities. If a tomb or temple is unable to be visited an alternative will be provided where possible.
Sightseeing (non cruise)All sightseeing unless specified is on a private basis with a driver and guide. Sightseeing generally takes place in the cooler periods of the day ie early morning or late afternoon therefore on occasion some early starts may be necessary to avoid the heat
Valley of the Kings: Not all the tombs within the Valley are currently open to the public. Many are closed periodically for resting and renovation (Entrance fees to three tombs is included in tour packages. Entrance fees to Tutankhamen’s Tomb is not included. Currently EGP100pp - subject to change).
RamadanDuring the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain eating in public during the fasting hours. Restaurants and Cafes in Hotels and Cruise boats will be open, however limited alcohol may be available over this time. In 2019, Ramadan should begin around 5 May. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days.
Domestic Flights in Egypt. Flight times will reconfirmed by the local operator upon arrival in Egypt. Note, Flights from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor generally involve early morning starts due to flight schedules in the summer season. For flights to Abu Simbel certain flights are allocated to clients travelling for day trips from Cairo and overnight programmes. These flights are set by Egypt air and are outside of the operators control
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
HotelsHotels in regional areas (i.e Abu Simbel/ Siwa/ St Catherine ) can be of a lower standard than the properties in the main tourist centres., with more basic/ less developed infrastructure due to location and surrounding conditions. The options chosen are the best available.
Israel is a country of pilgrimage for the three main religions of the world. It is a country where locals and those visiting have diverse political, cultural and religiously opinions. These generally reflect the cultural or religious belief of the person you are talking to. When travelling on tours please be aware that cultural sensitivities and attitudes of those on the tours, and those operating the tours may differ from those you personally have. The majority of sights visited on tours have religious significance to more than one religion and denomination. The tours are generally non-denominational.
Visa procedure on entry into Israel - Electronic Gate PassIt is essential that clients thinking of visiting Iran, Lebanon or Syria do not have a stamp showing entry into Israel.
For passengers who wish not to have their passports stamped with an Israel visa, Israel authorities have developed the “Electronic Gate Pass” as a substitute for the visa stamp. With the press of a button, a card is printed at the Border Control station and includes the principle details of the traveller as in the first page of the passport. Such details are picture, full name, date of entrance and type of visa. The form may not be printed automatically by the agent in charge at the border control booth, so it is important that clients specifically ask for the card to be issued if they do not wish to have their passport stamped.The Electronic gate pass is available at Ben Gurion Airport and at the various land crossings into Israel.The card is a proof of tourist status and must be retained at all time by the tourist while in Israel.
It allows tourists to purchase goods and be exempt from VAT. When planning a purchase, the card must be shown (but not handed in) in order to receive tourist privileges such as return of VAT for hotel services, car rentals as well as at specially registered duty free shops throughout the country.
Arrival TransfersIf for any reason you do not meet your transfer representative, please approach the “SMILE” office which is located behind the information counter in the baggage reclaim hall. Please do not leave the baggage reclaim hall or pass through Customs before you meet our representative, as once you are outside it is very difficult to locate you.Smile Airport Assistance: 972-3-975 4020
West Bank and Occupied Territories Checkpoints and crossing into the West Bank and Occupied Territories: There are some travel restrictions in place in Israel, Sometimes access to attractions or cities may be restricted or limited by the security forces. These situations are outside the control of the operator and in the event of such circumstances they will endeavour to offer an alternative or reschedule a tour.
Bethlehem – Israeli guides and drivers may not be allowed to enter Bethlehem. Tours are generally operated by locals who also own their own local shops. We are reliant on using the locals for the tours and therefore spending part of the tour in a local merchant shop is part of the experience.Old Jerusalem – Due to parking and road restrictions in Old Jerusalem transfers and sightseeing coaches have limited access. You may be required to walk a short distance to meet tours or transfers.
Hotels and Services in Israel :Although Israel is considered a First World country, the standard of hotels and service especially in the tourist and first class categories are more reflective of the region. Breakfasts may be buffet or middle eastern breakfast (more like a continental breakfast with egg, bread and cheese). The demands on infrastructure in these regions are quite high and may lead to issues relating to maintenance or reliability of supply. Hotel staff whilst efficient may appear brusk and unwelcoming in comparison to other destinations.
Coach Tours:Please note that Israel coach tours may operate with clients staying in different hotels in each location. People on the tours may also have different inclusions.
Hotels on Coach Tours:Please use the hotel information on coach tours as a guide. In some cases these hotels are substituted for alternatives of the same or higher standard without notice.
Day tours in Israel Most day tours in Israel operate from both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Depending on which direction the tour is travelling you may have an early start. Transportation between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (vv) may be with a driver only.
Border Crossing Procedures For full details on border crossing procedures please refer to the Innovative Travel Notes. Unsure you have some hard currency on hand to pay departure and or arrival taxes.
The Allenby Bridge Border Crossing from Jordan or Israel is the most difficult and inconsistent border crossing in the region. This border crossing may take between 1-3+ hours depending on the time and day of travel. This may cause problems in finding the transfer drivers as although they are prearranged drivers are limited in the time they are able to wait at the border.
If you are more than 90 minutes at the border it is important to contact the transfer driver on the number provided in your documentation to reconfirm the drivers location as they are unaware if you have already passed through immigration.
Dress Codes Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
On all “flexi-holiday” itineraries (including the Royal Jordan tour) touring is made by private air-conditioned car with an English speaking driver. The journey from Amman to Petra or vv is with a private driver only. Local guides are provided in Petra and Jerash. The quality of assigned local guides may vary, due to Jordanian Government selection procedures, and is beyond the control of Ancient Kingdoms Holidays and their local representatives Jordan Circle Tours.
PetraIn Petra, the entrance fee includes free access to brochures & maps, a horse ride from the gate to the Siq and 3 hours guided tour. A horse and carriage is available within the Siq - this is booked and paid locally. Tips for horsemen and guides not included.
Dead Sea When travelling to the Dead Sea from Amman, remember to take your passport as there is a security stop enroute where it will need to be produced.
Wadi RumThe Desert camps, although permanent campsites, have basic infrastructure and facilities. The standard of accommodation will be lower than that experienced in a hotel.
Visa on arrival in JordanFor New Zealand & Australian passport holders staying more than 2 nights in Jordan, visa upon arrival can be organised by our local representative. Visa's can be also pre organised by our local representative for clients arrival into Jordan at Amman Airport, when arriving from Israel at Sheikh Hussein bridge or Arava Borders. For clients arriving from Israel via Allenby Bridge (also known as King Hussein Bridge), visa need to be pre-organised (and prepaid) prior to arrival.
Border Crossing (land borders to Jordan and Israel)For full details on border crossing procedures please refer to the Innovative Travel Notes. Ensure you have some hard currency or the local currency on hand to pay departure and or arrival taxes as credit cards payments may not be accepted.
RamadanDuring the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain from these activities in public during the fasting hours. In 2019, Ramadan should begin around 05 May. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days. During this period hotels may not serve alcohol during daylight hours or at all. Entertainment such as belly dancing may also not be available over this period in particular on the Desert Safari.
Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.