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Highlights of Israel & Petra & Egypt - St Catherine’s Monastery Tour - 10 Days tour details

Highlights of Israel & Petra & Egypt – St Catherine’s Monastery Tour – 10 Days

Start and end in Tel Aviv! With the sightseeing tour Highlights of Israel & Petra & Egypt – St Catherine’s Monastery Tour – 10 Days, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through Tel Aviv, Israel and 23 other destinations. Highlights of Israel & Petra & Egypt – St Catherine’s Monastery Tour – 10 Days includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Explore the Highlights of the Holyland and Petra. This 10 day adventure covers Israel top tour sites and Petra. Begin in Tel Aviv make your way to Visit the archeological sites atop Masada plateau then immerse yourself in the Dead Sea; Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Northern Israel and sleep at a kibbutz near Galilee and to continu to the Golan Hights, through Israel’s culture and history in modern Haifa, ancient Caesarea and Tel Aviv’s bustling port. 

Explore historical and archaeological UNESCO site Petra in Jordan. 

Our last destination will be on Egypt we explore Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastery.

Departure & Return Location

Pickup from hotel

Duration Time

10 Days

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Flights
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Additional Services

Price Excludes

  • Insurance
  • Additional Services
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Israel Holyland - Transfer from the airport to Tel Aviv

Our representative will meet you after passport control upon your arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, assisting as you pick up your luggage and head out for the transfer to your hotel. Check in at the hotel in Tel Aviv. Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 2Tel Aviv / Beer Sheba / Masada & Dead Sea / Negev Desert / Archaeological Park

We start our tour with driving south to Beersheba, for a short visit of the capital of the Negev Desert. Continue via Arad to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park. Ascend via cable-car for a thorough visit that gives insight to the rituals, politics and culture of the people who inhabited this desert fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse and cisterns, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Our next destination is Dead Sea, Descend to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea, to experience the mineral-rich black mud and to float in its salty waters. Passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi, proceed through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem. •Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 3Jerusalem / Israel Museum’s / Yad Vashem / Bethlehem / Church of the Nativity

Start your day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Visit Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Return to your Jerusalem hotel.

Day 4Jerusalem Old City / Western Wall / Mount Zion / Tomb of King David

Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem – the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders’ interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel. Return to your Jerusalem hotel.

Day 5Beit Shean / Nazareth / Church of the Annunciation / Safed / Jordan Valley

After breakfast Leave Jerusalem and drive north passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean, and visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. Discover the New Testament sites of Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee on this day trip from Jerusalem. In Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home, explore the Church of the Annunciation and Christian holy sites. Proceed to Safed, city of the Kabbalah and centre of Jewish mysticism, to visit the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony. Overnight in a kibbutz hotel in the Galilee.

Day 6Golan Heights / Sea of Galilee / Tabgha / Capernaum / Mount of Beatitudes

Drive up the Golan Heights, passing by Banias (the source of the Jordan River), former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages. We go through a beautiful Israeli wine country journey with vineyards encompassed by awe-inspiring views. Acquaint yourself with the vast collection of fine and rare wines while enjoying a tour, wine tasting, and presentation on the wine production process. Descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and Tabgha, the traditional site of the ‘miracle of the loaves and the fish’. Onwards to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Optional sailing on a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee). Return to the kibbutz hotel for overnight

Day 7Acre / Haifa / Baha'i Shrine / Caesarea / Tel Aviv

We start this exciting day with drive through the hills of the Galilee, westwards to Acre (Akko) for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, ascending Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden, and Haifa bay. Proceed along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress at what is known as the “masterpiece of Herod the Great”. Continue to Tel Aviv‘s domestic airport for a short flight to Eilat, the Red Sea resort. Transfer to your Eilat hotel. Overnight in Eilat.

Day 8Eilat / Jordan / Petra / Wadi Musa / Aqaba / Moses Spring

After breakfast leave Eilat, Israel and cross into Jordan at the Arava border. Drive to Petra through the scenic Jordanian desert, passing by the Wadi Rum area. Enter the Rose City of Petra through the Siq, a narrow passage through the mountains that has inspired people for centuries. Up to the Treasury which suddenly appears at the end of the gorge, leaving visitors breath taken by its’ size, color and beauty. Continue into the heart of this ancient city carved into the mountains, passing hundreds of tombs and monuments and a spectacular Amphitheatre, which once held 3,000 spectators. Exit the city and stop for a sit-down lunch in Wadi Musa – the new town of Petra, followed by a visit to Moses Spring before leaving. Drive to Aqaba for a short city tour, before returning to the Arava border and back to your hotel in Eilat Overnight in Eilat.

Day 9Eilat/ Egypt / Taba / St Catherine's Monastery / Mount Sinai / Tel Aviv

Moses travelled for 40 years with the Children of Israel through this astounding desert, receiving the Ten Commandments on the way. Nearly 2000 years later, a monastery was built around the Chapel of the Burning Bush at the foot of Mount Sinai and today still houses the art and icons which were protected from Islamic fury by a letter from the prophet Mohammed. Cross into the Sinai Desert just south of Eilat at Taba and pass by Pharaoh’s Island before driving through some of the most amazing desert scenery, Bedouin tents and villages. Arrive at the Monastery of Santa Katarina where you will see the monastery, the Burning Bush Chapel and the Well of Jethro at the foot of Mount Sinai, with explanations from your guide. Begin the trip back to Taba/Eilat stopping on the beach at Nuweiba for lunch (included). Cross the border back into Eilat and drive to Ramon Airport, Eilat for return flight to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. Transfer from Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv to Tel Aviv hotel for overnight. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 10Departure and Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

Check out of the hotel following breakfast. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the flight home.

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FAQ

Where is the best place to go in Egypt?

1. Pyramids of Giza.
2. Abu Simbel Temples.
3. Valley of the Kings. …
4. Karnak & Luxor Temples.
5. Hurghada.
6. King Tut Exhibit, Egyptian Museum.
7. Aswan & Philae Temple.
8. Alexandria.

What is the best thing to buy in Egypt?

1 – Alabaster Vase. Alabaster is a popular thing to buy in Egypt to take home as a souvenir.
2 – Canopic Jars. Canopic Jars would be one of the best things to buy in Egypt as a unique souvenir in my opinion.
3 – Cotton Dress.
4 – Cartouche.
5 – Perfumes.
6 – Mini Water Pipe / Shisha Pipe / Hookah Pipe.
7 – Mini Pyramids.

Which is the best time to visit Egypt?

Egypt is a year-round vacation destination although the summer months can be particularly hot, especially towards the south of Egypt in Luxor and Aswan. The best time to visit Egypt is from September through to April. Christmas, New Year and Easter are very popular times to visit Egypt, so it’s wise to book early

Visiting Egypt in the Spring – “20th of March to 20th of June”
Visiting Egypt in the Summer – “20th of June to 22th of September”
Visiting Egypt in the Autumn – “22th of September to 21th of December”
Visiting Egypt in the Winter – “21th of December to 21th of March”

What can you not wear in Egypt?

The dress code in Egypt for women is considered conservative by western standards and it is respectful to obey this code. For men it is not really an issue — normal trousers and shirt or T-shirt are fine — but in Cairo it would not be acceptable to wear short shorts or a tank tops/sleeveless tops.

How can I obtain my visa to visit Egypt?

Passport and Visas:
U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Egypt. U.S. citizens can obtain a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. … U.S. citizens and the citizens of 44 other countries are eligible to apply through this means in advance of their travel.

What kind of transportation can be used to move in Egypt cities ?

From your very first step after landing in Cairo airport, there will be a wide range of comfortable and affordable means of transport under your beck and call. The Fastest and most abundant is the Taxi. It is preferred to avoid white taxis as they Rarely abide by a meter reading and might ask for an exaggerated fare. However, the GPs and meter utilizing Uber transportation service is a preferred alternative. Another popular and highly accessible option for moving around is the Subway/Metro. With the Streets occasionally getting congested with people and automobiles the metro has become one of the fastest means of transportation to move from point A to Point B in Egypt. It tends to get crowded in rush hour times but still stands as a fast and convenient means of transport.

Do Egyptians speak languages other than Arabic?

Have no fear Most Egyptians living in Cities have a basic command over the English language and some English words and phrases. However the same cannot be said for French, Italian, Spanish and finally German. Nevertheless, Professionals working in the tourism sector have easily adapted to visitors who don’t speak Arabic. Satisfying the needs of most travellers with a combination of English and other lingual phrases.

Is it a common practice to give tips in Egypt?

Service charges are by default included in the bill when dining in a restaurant. However, these fees go to the restaurant and not the waiters. Knowing this it is advisable and courteous to directly tip the servers with an additional 10 %.

Do I have to learn Arabic in order to enjoy my visit to Egypt?

It’s not a must but definitely advisable and beneficial to learn a couple of day to day basic Arabic words and phrases such as greetings amongst others. If you are planning to dive deeper and explore more than the Popular destinations and famous tourist attractions learning some phrases is surely a smart move.

What different types of hotels are there in hotels in Egypt? What about check-in time?

Accommodations for travelers in Egypt fall across a broad range—everything from world class luxury to simple hostel accommodations are available. The nicest hotels compare well with luxury hotels anywhere, Egyptian hotels have their own rating system that loosely classifies them on a 5-star scale. The check-in time in most hotels in Egypt is around midday, 12 or 1 PM.

Tips

  • The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound, The value of the Pound is effectively fixed at the rate of 0.056 LE to 1 USD, Credit cards are widely used in Egypt.
  • Service charges that have been included on your bill go to the restaurant, not the waiter. Be sure to tip the servers 10% in addition by handing it to them directly.
  • The metro is one of the best ways to go from one place to another within Cairo.
  • Arabic is the official language, English is widely used as second language.
  • Try “Fool”, Egyptian beans, and “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish.
  • Try Kebab and Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.
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Highlights

  • Visit the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and valley temple which belongs to king Chephren.
  • See Luxor temple, Hatshepsut temple, Valley of the Kings and Karnak temple in Luxor.
  • Admire the wonders of ancient history at the Egyptian Museum.
  • Discover the magic of Egyptian oases like Siwa or Bahariya
  • Dive or snorkel in Sinai or cities situated on the Red Sea.
  • Going on a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan or vise versa.
  • Shop at Khan El Khalili touristic market in Cairo.
  • Visit Philae and Abu Simbel temples in Aswan.
  • Visit the Saint Catherine Monastery in Sinai.
  • Exploring Islamic Cairo on foot.
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